caraga region

595 PNP personnel in Caraga get promotion

November 26, 2019

Camp Col Rafael Rodriguez, Butuan City - Police Brigadier General Joselito T Esquivel Jr, Regional Director of Police Regional Office 13 Caraga spearheaded the Oath Taking Ceremony and Donning of ranks of 595 PNP held at PRO13 Grandstand Camp Col Rafael Rodriguez, Butuan City today, November 25. Of the 595 promoted personnel, 21 were Police Commissioned Officers (PCOs) and 574 were Police Non-Commissioned Officers (PNCOs) assigned to different police units of Caraga. PBGen Esquivel congratulated the promotees and emphasized that their promotion does not only imply more authority; but greater responsibility that needs more responsive career development to adequately meet the demands of higher positions appropriate to their new ranks. The promotion was a result of the merit system to give recognition to the PNP uniformed personnel and uplift the morale of the police force. “Our promotion comes from God and we are answerable to Him for the services we give to the public. I am looking forward also that you will become good role models of competence, discipline, excellence and professionalism in the police force,” RD Esquivel added.  

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30th Infantry Battalion join bloodletting to save lives in SurNor

November 25, 2019

PLACER, Surigao del Norte – Personnel of 30th Infantry (Python) Battalion participated in the Bloodletting activity with the theme "Dugong Alay, Dugtong Buhay" at San Pedro Calungsod Parish Hall, Sta Cruz, Placer, Surigao del Norte on November 23, 2019, Saturday.  The Bloodletting activity was conducted by Mr. Joaquin P Ormega, Parish Youth Ministry Coordinator in collaboration with the Placer Rural Health Unit headed by Ms. Mary Joy S Barcos, Midwife III, OIC and the Caraga Regional Hospital Blood Bank. Python troopers headed by Lt. Col Jeffrey A Villarosa, Commanding Officer 30IB donated 14 bags equivalent to 6,300cc of blood in the said activity.  Mr. Joaquin P Ormega expressed her heartfelt gratitude to the different agencies who voluntarily donated their blood to save lives. “This is a big help to our people who need it; it’s our second time to conduct this activity and we are hoping that this will be done yearly as to ensure the adequate supply of blood that will cater people in need”, he said.  In a statement, Lt. Col Villarosa said, “Through this activity, the unit showed its love and care not just to the people of Placer and the whole of Surigao del Norte, it most importantly shows that the men and women of the Armed Forces of the Philippines will always be a reliable force that will readily render its humble service to the Filipino people." “I commend the other donors. Let us continue to volunteer our precious bloods, let us continue to save lives”, Villarosa ended.

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Mamanwa Tribal Leaders Condemn NPA attacks on civilians in SurNor

November 25, 2019

Placer, Surigao del Norte - The tribal leaders of SurNor condemned the New People's Army for violating the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) with the assassination of Roy Olmo Biyog, 23 years old, a resident of Camp Edward, Alegria, Surigao del Norte at the hinterland of Kabanikagan, Barangay Hinimbangan, Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte. Said incident happened at about 6:00pm of November 18, 2019.  Based on the interview, the senseless killing was perpetrated by members of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army Terrorists (CNTs) known as the Sandataang Yunit Pampropaganda(SYP) C1 of Guerilla Front(GF) 16, North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee(NEMRC) led by Roel Tremidal Neniel alyas Jacob.  During the press conference, Datu Mario Labao, tribal leader of Barangay Budlingin and Bae Arlinda Soriaco, tribal leader of Barangay Camp Edward of Alegria, condemned the attack perpetrated by the CNTs. Both tribal leaders were very emotional as they pleaded that as civilians, they should not be involved in the armed conflict. They further added that the victim was in the mountains, their ancestral domain, to hunt for food to feed his wife and two young kids.  In an Interview, Bae Suriaco said, "Unsay rason nganung yanuhon ra nila pagpatay ang mga inosenteng tawo sama kanamo?" (What is their reason for casually killing an innocent person such as us, tribes people?).  Under Common Art 3 of the 1949 Conventions of IHL, civilians who do not take part in combat operations shall be respected and protected. They are not to be attacked, killed, wounded, or detained. But the NPA disrespected the IHL. In a statement, Lt. Col. Jeffrey A Villarosa, commander of the 30th Infantry Battalion said, "We extend our deepest condolences to the bereaved family of Roy Biyog, especially to his wife who is two months pregnant and their 2 kids. We strongly condemn the CNTs for the barbaric act of murder on a helpless civilian. Roy suffered a fatal gun shot wound on his head. When his family recovered his body on Tuesday, they found his limp body in a shallow grave. His limbs and legs fractured or broken.  He also suffered beating marks and nine gunshot wound on his back. This is again is a clear violation of our Llaws, of the International Humanitarian Law (IHL), a clear disrespect of Human Rights. Roy Biyog is a civilian and never had any participation in the armed conflict. Roy does not deserve this kind of death." "We must also remember that a month ago, the same NPA unit of GF-16C, torched and staffed civilian construction equipment at barangay Campo, Bacuag, SDN. Said equipment were never involved or used in armed conflict. Said equipment are not military targets. They were instead used for road widening, a project that will immensely contribute to the well-being of Surigaonons and commuters from all over the region. These barbaric acts of the CNTs are clear proof that they are indeed terrorists", Lt. Col. Villarosa ended. 

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Army's Peace Advocacy Symposium illuminates change to brighten the people of conflict affected communities in SurNor

November 25, 2019

Placer, Surigao Del Norte - The 30th Infantry Battalion (30IB) initiated Peace Advocacy Symposium that enlightened people held in the Municipality of Mainit and Alegria of Surigao del Norte, last November 3-5, 2019. More or less one thousand five hundred (1,500) individuals, mostly parents coming from six (6) conflict-affected barangays namely: San Francisco, Tolingon and Bobonaon of the municipality of Mainit and Camp Edward, Ombong and San Pedro of Alegria, all of Surigao Del Norte, participated in the Peace Symposium, information drive and film showing of the CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNT) propaganda, deception and atrocities, and the exploitation by the CNT's legal front organizations, such as the NAMASUN or the Nagkahiusang Mag-uuma as Surigao del Norte in their conduct of mass demonstrations and rallies. The activity was initiated by the Alpha "Alakdan" Company, 30IB under the leadership of 1Lt. Jonel G Castillo, Acting Commanding Officer of the said unit. During the activity, former rebels gave their testimonies regarding how they, themselves were deceived by the CNTs. Alyas Nas, a former Political Instructor/Organizer of the NPA discussed the modus operandi of the CNTs giving emphasis on the step-by-step process of communist radicalization on his townfolks in Alegria and neighboring towns. Former rebel alyas Prex also shared his experiences being an insurgent for three years, how he was recruited by the communist group until he decided to surrender. He warned everyone not to commit the mistakes that he did when he joined and got involved in not just the armed atrocities of the CNTs, but also in their conduct of mass actions. "Ayaw mo pag-apil-apil anang mga organisasyon sa NPA kay mangamatay ra mo diha. Daghan ng inyong nakita nga gipangrekrut sa mga barangay, pero kadaghanan nangamatay lamang sa engkwentro sa lasang. Wala moy kaugmaon sulod sa NPA, mao tong hinungdan nga nag surrender ko (Don't join the organization of the NPA, you will just die. You have seen those who were recruited from different barangays, but many of them perished in encounters in the forest. You will never have a good future being an NPA, this the very reason why I surrendered)", he said. 1Lt. Castillo in his message, emphasized the future of the children and appealed to their parents, relatives and guardians to guide and protect them, send their children to school and never allow them to be deceived and exploited by the CNTs. They should never allow their children to waste their time and talents attending CNT activities. "We are closely partnering with your local officials in Mainit and Alegria, with our provincial local government, and the national line agencies to ensure that government services will be rendered to everyone, especially those who are geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDA), conflict-affected areas (ConAAs), and Conflict-Vulnerable areas (CVA), " he added.

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Army’s CSP team observes National Children's Month celebration; distributes school supplies to kids 

November 25, 2019

TALACOGON, Agusan del Sur – The Community Support Program (CSP) team of the 26th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army took part in the celebration of National Children's Month as they distributed school and office supplies and conducted supplemental feeding to the day care learners of Barangay Mahayahay, San Luis Agusan del Sur, on November 22, 2019. A total of 40 preschoolers benefitted from the supplemental feeding and received school supplies donated by Provincial Social Welfare Development (PSWD), Agusan del Sur. Said activity was made possible thru the help of Rachel Montemor, PSWD officer in collaboration with 1Lt Percival J. Carido, the civil military operation (CMO) officer of 26th IB as part of the 27th National Children's Month, with the theme "Karapatan Pambata: Patuloy na Pahalagahan at Gampanan Tungo sa Magandang Kinabukasan." “As we celebrate the special month for our young generation, this activity form part of our commitment to impart community service and other efforts to win the people’s trust and support. We have to instill in the minds of the children that our personnel is here to help”, 1Lt Carido said in a statement. The soldiers distributed 80 pad papers, 40 pcs notebooks, 30 boxes of crayons, 10 pcs scissors, 7 boxes of pencils, 5 boxes of play dough, 2 boxes sharpeners and other office and teaching materials. Touched by the said distribution, Mrs. Arcita T. Cervantes, one of the day care teachers, expressed her heartfelt gratitude to the CSP team. She further said that she didn’t expect that her request to the troops regarding the school materials will be granted. “Thank you very much Philippine Army and other involved personalities for making this activity possible. This only proves that our soldiers are not only trained for war, but also for social and charity works”, Cervantes said. In a statement, the commanding officer of 26th IB, Lt Col Romeo C. Jimenea said, “This simple gift giving activity initiated by our CSP with the help of PSWD Agusan del Sur is a proof that EO 70 is very effective contrary to allegations of the leftist groups that EO 70 is a junk and that our troops are abusive and troublemakers,” Lt Col Jimenea said. “We are glad to see smiles painted on the faces of these young children. As part of the government, it is our joy that we bring a glimpse of hope and happiness to them”, he added. “We will continue to collaborate with other agencies and other stakeholders to support EO 70 most especially in providing these young individuals a safe and comfortable place for learning”, Lt Col Jimenea ended.  

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Army participates in the Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill in Surigao Sur

November 25, 2019

BISLIG CITY, Surigao del Sur – The 75th Infantry “Marauder” Battalion participated in the 4th Quarter Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) held in Bislig City, Surigao del Sur on November 14, 2019. The NSED initiated by the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Bislig headed by Engr Rumulo C Garay, City Administrator; Mr. Jessril A Oval, City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer; team evaluator headed by Ms. Liza Maso, Chairperson, Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC) and Regional Director, Office of the Civil Defense and participated in by all concerned residents of Poblacion; LGU Officials and employees; Bislig City National High School Teachers and Students; BFP personnel; Bislig City 911 Rescue; 75IB Marauder troopers and other stakeholders.  The NSED intends to test the capabilities of institutions, and the public during and after quake. It is necessary that people, students, and children are knowledgeable and at the same time will be guided with the proper scheme on how to be safe during actual event.  Ms. Liza Maso, Chairperson, Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC) and Regional Director, Office of the Civil Defense, took her part in sharing what to do during and after quake. She also expressed her gratitude for the cooperation of everyone involved in the said activity. “Readiness and awareness are imperative in dealing with any disaster. We must all know how and what to do if it happens, for us to ensure our safety,” Ms. Maso said.  Furthermore, Lieutenant Colonel Warren C Munda, Commanding Officer of 75IB has been in full support to every activity which the LGU Bislig is conducting. “We have learned through education and participation. In this kind of activity, applying it properly in real scenarios can help reduce casualties and even keep ourselves safe and can protect others during disaster,” Lt. Col. Munda said.  

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