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Today’s News…  Aquino pledges government support to help BPO industry grow further  Aquino welcomes Miami Heat coach to Malacañang  Aquino receives petition to stop trafficking of children and young people  Aquino says New Bohol Airport to provide better service to greater number of travelers  Malacañang says government’s contigency measures are always in place for typhoons  Aquino says 2012 national budget geared towards country’s progress and development  Malacañang supports move of DOJ to put Genuino and Garcillano on immigration watch list  Malacañang to review Recto’s proposal on Malampaya proceeds  Aquino vows gov’t will file charges against those implicated in alleged poll fraud  Aquino inaugurates New Municipal Hall of Trinidad in Bohol  Mayor Amante reports positive result of city’s fiscal mngt  City’s budget deficit drops drastically, Mayor Amante says  2 wounded rebs in Trento raids brought for treatment in Surigao del Sur, PNP confirms  Surigao del Sur Gov. to fix state workers’ pay hike  Lower House funded projects underway in Siargao Island  Tagalog News: Paaralang modelo ng kagalingan sa Agsur umabot na sa 22  Surigaonon News: Gov. Matugas pinasidunggang bisita atol sa joint induction, acquaintance program sa Taft Nat'l High School  Surigaonon News: Gob. Sol Matugas moatinder sa th 13 Quarterly NEDA Conference ug League of Governors Meeting sa kaulohan  POLICE REPORTS Across the Region  PHOTO FOCUS

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ACROSS THE NATION

Aquino pledges government support to help BPO industry grow further

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III told the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry on Tuesday that the government would extend total and immediate support to help propagate the industry as it reaches greater heights of bringing prestige to the country as well as in generating more job opportunities for Filipinos. In short remarks at the 5th International Contact Center Conference and Expo (ICCCE) 2011 held at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City Tuesday afternoon, the President said he would direct government education agencies to focus more attention on giving Filipinos the basics of working in the BPO industry. “So you can expect from government, in cooperation with CHED (Commission on Higher Education) and DepEd (Department of Education) and the basic sector that we are gearing all our education towards training the people for the jobs available when they do graduate instead of chasing after jobs that are currently and will no longer be existent by the time they graduate,” the President said. He said that through this pledge of support, graduates will have a better chance of landing a job of their choice. “…we are concentrating on a lot of different facets that we think will

really grant our people maximum opportunities because at the end of the day, I did promise job generation as the first priority of this Administration,” the President said. The ICCCE is a yearly convention of BPO industry leaders comprising the Contact Center Association of the Philippines (CCAP). The CCAP recently released a report touting the dominance of the Philippine contact center industry in the global outsourced voice services market with revenue growth outpacing the global benchmark by almost twice the rate and its global market share growing to 24 percent, or almost 50 percent higher than its share five years ago. “ThePhilippine contact center industry has grown significantly in the last five years, from about US$2.6-billion in revenues in 2006 to about US$6.2-

billion in 2010,” the CCAP said in a statement. “At the same time, the industry employed at least 344,000 FTEs (full-time equivalents) by the end of 2010 from less than 160,000 in 2006,” it added. The CCAP added that the Philippine contact center industry will double its investment and job generation opportunity in five years. “The industry is expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate of 15 percent -breaching a milestone revenue level of US$14.7-billion and a FTE count of 816,000 by 2016,” the CCAP said. President Aquino lauded this report and expressed hope the group would achieve this feat in three years. “Tell us how we can ease the process much more to help you achieve the targets that I think all of us want to achieve better sooner than later,” the President said.

Aquino welcomes Miami Heat coach to Malacañang

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III welcomed the head coach of the National Basketball Association’s Miami Heat Erik Spoelstra who called on him in Malacañang on Wednesday. 3

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Joining the President in welcoming Spoelstra and other members of the Miami Heat staff were Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda, Presidential cousin Rafael Lopa, and Philippine Airlines Executive Vice President Viviene Tan. In an interview, Spoelstra said it was an honor to personally meet the President whom he briefed on the activities of the NBA FIT program, the league’s global comprehensive health and wellness program that encourages physical activity and healthy living for children and families through programs and events. “We are here with the NBA FIT program and I’m here with the Miami Heat staff and

we’re very involved in trying to promote our program here of fitness and teaching young Filipino kids about the importance of being physically fit, learning proper nutrition and making healthy choices,” Spoelstra said. “This is also a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the President,” he added. To show his appreciation, Spoelstra gave the President a white NBA FIT t-shirt which he signed: “To President Aquino, you inspire all of us to make a difference.” Now on its third year, the NBA FIT program, which began its Philippine run last July 25, is now on its second week.

The expanded physical program includes the following elements: NBA FIT clinics, development camps, celebrity NBA FIT challenge and fun run. “We’re (now) spending a lot of time outside schools and unto the (basketball) courts trying to promote a healthy lifestyle, a lot of it through playing the game of basketball but not exclusively to basketball,” Spoelstra said. Born to Fe Celino, a Filipina from San Pablo, Laguna, the 35-year-old Spoelstra is an excollegiate basketball player at the University of Portland, Oregon and a former professional basketball player/coach for Tus Herten, a team in the professional sports league of Germany.

Aquino receives petition to stop trafficking of children and young people

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III received a non-profit organization’s petition for the government to do something concrete to finally end the trafficking of children and young people in ceremonies in Malacañang on Wednesday. The End Child Prostitution, Pornography and the Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes (ECPAT) and partner The Body Shop presented the President with the one-page petition that calls for positive change and action in the fight against child trafficking. Backed by 473,489 signatures, the petition also calls to: 1) Develop community-based prevention programs for the most vulnerable children; 2) Raise awareness of trafficking in schools; 3) Improve law enforcement systems in order to combat crimes against children; and, 4) Build capacity service providers and the allocation of further resources for those organizations that provide recovery and reintegration services

to child victims of trafficking for sexual purposes. In his speech keynoting the event, the President told the group that his government joins EPCAT’s advocacy to end child trafficking. “This is why I am here today to take a stand with all of you who have vowed for zero tolerance against sex trafficking —and, ultimately, against human trafficking. I was presented with more than 400,000 signatures from a wide range of sectors —from law enforcement to politics, from the academe to our senior citizens —all expressing their desire to have a Philippines and a world without human trafficking. I thank all of

you for this commitment,” the President said. “And I likewise thank The Body Shop for their continued and earnest acts of corporate social responsibility, as well as the End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and the Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes International for their unending crusade against the exploitation of children, he said.” “Allow me to tell you today that the Philippines stands behind your advocacies. We are, and we will continue to fully implement the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act to prevent human trafficking, and to provide protection and services to those

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already victimized,” the President added. He pointed out that through his government’s faithful implementation of Republic Act No. 7610, otherwise known as the Special Protection Law against Child Abuse, “we have already convicted 32 human traffickers in the span of a year, and we have filed cases against many more after a number of raids and rescue operations.” He noted that government efforts have not gone unnoticed as the United States “have removed us from the Tier 2 Watch list in the 2011 Trafficking-in-Persons report.” The President stressed however, that despite the great strides the government has taken to

address child trafficking, more still needs to be done. He vowed to relentlessly pursue the complete eradication of child trafficking as well as those who participate in its business. “As long as our people can still be taken against their will to do work that they did not willfully choose, we will continue our fight against human trafficking,” the President said. “I assure all of you that we will not cease in our efforts—and that the Philippines will put in extra hours to make certain that we comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking, so that we may rise to another tier,” the President emphasized. “But make no mistake about it: We are doing this not

merely because we want to reap the benefits of an international designation. We are doing this because human trafficking drowns the hopes of people all over the world.” “Child sex trafficking endangers the future of our children—it diminishes their capacity to dream. We are doing this because it is the right thing to do; we are doing this so that we can better ensure the safety and wellbeing of our children and youth,” the President said. “And today, our confidence in what we are doing has grown even more with the knowledge that more than 400,000 people also strongly believe that this is the right thing to do,” he concluded.

Aquino says New Bohol Airport to provide better service to greater number of travelers TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol – President Benigno S. Aquino III has directed various concerned national government agencies to revisit the proposed contract for the construction of the New Bohol Airport as he assured locals here that it will be of service soon considering the growing tourism industry of the province. During the project briefing on the new P8.4 billion airport to be erected in the Municipality of Panglao, the Chief Executive said that the project tops the agenda of his first visit here since he assumed the Presidency in June last year. The Chief Executive said that the government has allocated funds needed for the new infrastructure project. “The first meeting we had with Governor (Edgardo) Chatto had to deal with the airport, there is an outlay of one billion in the current General Appropriations Act and another one P1.2 billion in the 2012 General Appropriations Act… so that’s P2.2 billion of a

projected P8.4 billion fund necessary for the creation of the Panglao airport,” the President stressed. “There are already concerns or issues raised with the location, sub-soil etc., our instructions are to examine both…we want to have the airport servicing your community at the soonest possible time,” he added. President Aquino said that the government wants to make sure that the new airport will provide better service to a greater number of travelers in the area. Tourism Secretary Albert Lim who was also present during the briefing said that there is an

expected 50 per cent increase of tourist influx in the region. He added that last year, a total of 334 thousand tourists visited the Central Visayas region. The New Bohol Airport will feature better communication and navigational facilities that will make it capable for night waiting operation. Apart from accommodating smaller aircrafts such as the Airbus 319 and the Airbus 320, its 2.5 kilometer runway can also service bigger airplanes like the Airbus 330. Foreign regional flights are also being considered to be

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available upon the completion of the project. A total of 2,291,802 hectares of land were already acquired covering four barangays in Panglao where the airport will be constructed. An additional 57.31 hectares are being negotiated for the new facility.

Also in attendance during the meeting were other government agency heads that include Transportation and Communications Secretary Mar Roxas, Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson, Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, Energy Secretary

Jose Rene Almendras, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda, Deputy Spokesperson Abigail Valte and Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office Undersecretary Manuel Quezon III.

Malacañang says government’s contigency measures are always in place for typhoons

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alacañang said that the government’s contingency measures are always in place as Typhoon Kabayan continues to bring rains over Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon.

Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office head Secretary Ramon Carandang said that the government has already prepositioned the relief goods in areas affected by the typhoon. “The usual contingency measures that we observe are always in place—the prepositioning of relief goods, the warnings to residents in affected areas,” Carandang said during a regular press briefing on Tuesday in Malacañang. Carandang said that the government continues to monitor the typhoon. “We’ll have to see how the weather develops. Ang mahirap kasi minsan, napapansin ninyo kung minsan kahit hindi siya nagsi-signal no. 2 or no. 3, nakakaranas ‘yung ibang lugar ng baha,” he stressed. “So I think what we’re seeing in the last two weeks is you cannot simply rely on signal no. 2 or signal no. 3 before you

determine whether you’re going to suspend classes. You’ll have to look at the situation on the ground and how people are being affected by it,” he added. Carandang also said that the government has decided to suspend the classes in college level and the work in government because of the heavy rains spawned by Typhoon Kabayan. “Well, right now, we know that the rain has inconvenienced a lot of people. But, at this point, we’re still monitoring. We have not monitored any major problems,” Carandang said. Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. has declared the suspension of college classes and work in government in National Capital Region (NCR) on Tuesday from 1 p.m. onwards. Ochoa issued on Tuesday a memorandum circular number 17, declaring the suspension of classes in college level and work in

government in the NCR on Tuesday afternoon. “Upon the recommenddation of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG ASA) and in view of the continuing inclement weather brought about by Typhoon Kabayan, work in government offices and classes in college level in the Nation Capital Region are hereby suspended today, 2 August 2011 from 1 p.m. onwards,” Ochoa said. “However, those agencies whose functions involve the delivery of basic and health services, preparedness/response to disasters and calamities, and/or the performance of other vital public services shall continue with their operations and render the necessary services,” the Executive Secretary added.

DAR Agusan Norte will distribute some 628 hectares of Certificate of Land Ownership Award (CLOA) to 329 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries in brgy. Bugsukan, Butuan City on Thursday, Aug. 4. The distribution will be done by 1st district Agusan Norte & Butuan City Representative Jose Aquino II & Butuan City Ferdinand Amante, Jr., to be assisted by DAR regional director Faisar Mambuay & provincial director Andre Atega. (Source: Gil Miranda, DAR-AdN PIO)

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Aquino says 2012 national budget geared towards country’s progress and development TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol – President Benigno S. Aquino III said that the proposed national budget for fiscal year 2012 is projected to be evenly distributed to all parts of the country for its progress and development as he expressed confidence for its passage on time in Congress. In an ambush interview following the Multi Stakeholders Forum at the Dagohoy Grand Hall of the Bohol Tropics Resort, here on Tuesday President Aquino said that the national budget for 2012 is geared towards bringing progress and development to the remotest part of the country as stated in his social contract with the Filipino people. “Ang instructions po natin walang mamamayan ng republika ang made-deprived ng kanilang

rightful share… sa palagay ko po masasagot ni Secretary Abad specifically kung may nagrereklamo mayron bang napunta sa probinsiyang ganito…sa bayan na ganito, mai-po-point out, so sa palagay ko po hindi tama yung statement na mayroon na-zero, lahat po, ang pagkaintindi ko ay naibigay yung kaukulang bahagi nila sa ating national budget,” the President said. When asked of the Chief Executive’s confidence on the

enactment of the General Appropriation Act of 2012 in Congress, the President said there is no reason to get worried. Recent reports said that the House Minority bloc decided to boycott the budget deliberation and hearings to protest the discrimination against opposition members whose Priority Development Assistance Fund or pork barrel has not yet been released since last year.

Malacañang supports move of DOJ to put Genuino and Garcillano on immigration watch list

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alacañang defended the move of the Department of Justice to place former Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. chairman Efraim Genuino and former Commission on Elections commissioner Virgilio Garcillano on the watch list of the Bureau of Immigration. Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office head Secretary Ramon Carandang said that the decision to put Genuino and Garcillano on the immigration watch list was a “preventive move.” “May mga lumalabas na testimonya, ebidensya na may posibleng naganap na krimen dito.

Kung hindi tayo maglagay ng tao sa watch list, hindi ba medyo mali rin ‘yon? It’s a preemptive move because of the evidence that’s coming out. I think it’s a responsible thing to do,” he said. “Pag may mga ebidensyang lumalabas against someone, kahit hindi pa po siya nacha-charge sa korte, SOP po ‘yang pag-issue ng hold departure

order lalo na kung sinasabi silang flight risk,” he added. The DOJ issued on Monday an order including Garcillano on the immigration watch list. Garcillano is being tagged on the alleged massive poll fraud during the 2004 presidential elections.

The maintenance section of DPWH Siargao is currently undertaking various repair & maintenance of Dapa-Gen. Luna road, a vital tourism road going to the municipality of Gen. Luna, Surigao del Norte, the host municipality of the World Junior Surfing Finals & 17th Siargao International Surfing Competition in September.

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Malacañang to review Recto’s proposal on Malampaya proceeds

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he Aquino government will study the proposal of Senator Ralph Recto to use the proceeds from Malampaya natural gas project as power rate subsidy for consumers following reports of the planned 39 to 40centavo increase in the universal power charge. During the regular press briefing in Malacañang on Tuesday, Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) Secretary Ramon Carandang underscored the need to look into the specific details of Recto’s proposal to determine if it would work for both the government and the public in general. While a broader power rate subsidy is something the government is not contemplating to

consider at this time, Carandang said there is an existing lifeline subsidy to poor electric consumers. Carandang also cautioned the public of the consequences of giving a subsidy to all consumers instead of only to poor electric consumers because the government will eventually incur additional debts. “Pero kung ang pinagiisipan ni Senator Recto ay isang malawakang subsidy sa kuryente, I think we’ve been there, we’ve done

that. Para po ‘yang OPSF (Oil Price Stabilization Fund) eh—nabaon sa utang ‘yung gobyerno dahil sa pagsubsidize, malawakang subsidy sa langis. Ganoon din sa kuryente,” he said. Recto said the Malampaya proceeds collected every year should now be included in the national budget and be specifically channeled to programmed obligations such as “subsidy to power users."

Aquino vows gov’t will file charges against those implicated in alleged poll fraud TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol – President Benigno S. Aquino III assured that the government will file charges against personalities implicated in the alleged 2004 poll fraud saying that the ongoing probe on the issue is being taken meticulously including gathering information from “would-be” witnesses. In an ambush interview following the Multi Stakeholders Forum at the Dagohoy Grand Hall of the Bohol Tropics Resort, here on Tuesday, President Aquino said that the government is exerting all out efforts to ferret out the truth based on factual evidences on the issue. “Kung natatagalan po yung iba nating mga kababayan, hindi naman po kasi tayo sumasakay ng basta-basta eh, kailangan may pruwebang matibay,” the President said. The Chief Executive stressed that the government’s

investigation on the matter will not be dependent on the statements of some reluctant individuals claiming to have full grasp of information on the issue. He added that all of the information gathered from various witnesses on the case would be subject to evaluation. He also said that at present, they are pursuing four tracks of investigation that may lead into deeper understanding of the issue. Over the past week, reports claimed that former Commission on Elections (Comelec) commissioner Virgilio

Garcillano expressed willingness to testify against former president and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on the alleged election fraud through feelers sent to Presidential Political Adviser Ronald Llamas but recently, the former Comelec official reportedly chose to clam up on the issue. “Hindi po nakasalalay sa kanila yung pag-iimbestiga natin sa lahat ng mga nangyayaring yun (2004 poll fraud)…,” the President said. “Yung four tracks more or less na tinitingnan natin, isa ho dun

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ang focus namin ngayon and I will be severely disappointed if we will not be able to file charges by the end of this year… at least on the first track na hindi kasama si Garcillano, if I may add,” he said.

The former president was accused of massive cheating in the 2004 elections and her wiretapped conversations with Garcillano started her political woes.

Two government agencies, the Department of Justice and the Comelec, teamed up to jointly probe allegations of massive election fraud in 2004 and 2007.

Aquino inaugurates New Municipal Hall of Trinidad in Bohol TRINIDAD, Bohol – President Benigno S. Aquino III led the inauguration of the new municipal hall here underscoring the new kind of leadership under his administration. The President said that with the inauguration of the new municipal hall in this town, the local government of Trinidad can serve and extend their services more for the benefit of the people. He thanked the local leaders of Trinidad for joining him towards the righteous path that his administration champions. “Panatag ako na patuloy na makikipagtulungan ang ating mga LGUs sa mga inisyatiba ng ating gobyerno at sa kanilang patuloy ding pagtupad sa kanilang mga sinumpaang mga mandato,” the Chief Executive said in his speech at the Trinidad Cultural Center following the inauguration of the new municipal hall.

The President also thanked the local officials of Trinidad for dedicating the session hall of the new building and the town’s park to his parents. The session hall of the newly constructed building was named after the President's father, late senator Benigno Aquino Jr. while the conference hall and the people’s park was named after his late mother, former President Corazon Aquino. “Nawa’y patuloy silang maging inspirasyon sa ating lahat at magpaalala sa ating pagmamahal at paglilingkod sa bayan. Narito na po ang isang gobyernong handang makipag-ugnayan at makipagkapitkamay sa inyo,” the President said as he asked the people of Bohol

and its neighboring towns to work with the government for the benefit not only of Trinidad but also the country as a whole. The President was accompanied by Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo and Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson in his Trinidad visit. They were joined by Bohol Governor Edgardo Chatto and Trinidad Mayor Roberto Cajes. Earlier, the President led the oath taking ceremony of the Regional Peace and Order Council and joined a multi-stakeholders forum in Tagbilaran City. He was also briefed about the New Bohol Airport that will be constructed in the province.

FIDA administrator Cecilia Gloria Soriano disclosed that Europe is a major destination for abaca pulp since car manufacturers there are shifting to natural fibers for use in the interiors of their automobiles.

DOTC-Caraga headed by Regl Director Atty. Alim Pangandaman will be spearheading the Card Turn-Over & Distribution to its beneficiaries on Aug. 9, 1pm at the DOTC-Caraga Regional Office, Butuan City. The activity is in line with the Public Transport Assistance Program (PTAP) under the Pantawid Pasada of the Aquino's administration.

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ACROSS THE REGION

Mayor Amante reports positive result of city’s fiscal mngt by Robert E. Roperos BUTUAN CITY, August 3 (PIA) – City Mayor Ferdinand Amante recently said the city’s fiscal management gains positive result with the increase of tax collection and licensing fees. In his report to the city on Monday, Amante said the city obtained the 50 percent tax collection target from January to June 30, 2011 base on this year’s target amounting to Php 400 million. “Our tax collection increased by Php 27 million compared to the same period last year,” Amante said. Amante also reported that the city’s collection in the permits and licensing fees increased by 83%. The Real Property Tax also increased by 61% and the Business Tax is up by 60%. Amante said basing on the reported figures, collections

drastically increased by more than 50 percent. “This only shows the trust and confidence given by the Butuanons and for the smooth and effective tax collection system implemented to this administration,” the chief executive said. Further, the mayor of the region’s capital center reported that an efficient, business-friendly system has been installed through the Business Permits and Licensing System which reduced the duration of processing permits from three weeks to less than 10 minutes. He said the system has become a model for other LGUs

and has boosted the confidence of the business sector in the system. “This resulted to an increase of 450 business permits and licenses more than last year,” Amante said. However, Amante said his administration will not stop as he calls upon the city’s revenue officers to a revenue summit, “to diagnose well and recommend strategies to further increase revenues without unnecessarily increasing the taxes.” (PIACaraga)

City’s budget deficit drops drastically, Mayor Amante says by Robert E. Roperos BUTUAN CITY, August 3 (PIA) – Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. said his administration successfully brought the city’s finances to a positive balance of P300,000 at the end of 2010, from the P23 million deficit incurred by the previous administration in 2009. During Monday’s State of the City Address (SOCA), Amante said the city’s budget deficit

drastically went down drastically by a huge amount of percentage.

This, according to Amante, is because of the efforts made by City Administrator Leah

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Mendoza, together with the Business Permits and Licensing Office, City Treasurer’s Office and City Assessor’s Office. “Kaluoy sa Diyos, ang mga tseke karon sa City Government of Butuan dili na gyud manguntol. Up to date na usab kita sa pagbayad sa atong utility bills. No more bouncing checks, no more delayed payment of bills,” Amante added. Mayor Amante also stressed the deficit that his administration inherited from the previous administration was partly brought by the jaw-dropping P123 million that was spent on procurement of goods and services from April to June 2010 alone. Because of the strict compliance of the procurement law

and the judicious spending, Amante said the city government only spent P35 million of goods and services this quarter as compared to P123 million in the same period last year. “It is our procurement policy to buy the least-best price! Ang alcohol kaniadto nga tag P1,500, karon P62 pesos na lang. (The price of the alcohol before which is P1,500 per bottle, now it’s only P62),” he said. To move further, Amante said his administration has developed a Public Finance Management Plan and conceptualized more revenuegenerating strategies without increasing the cost of doing business. “All of these will be implemented within the last two quarters of this year,” Amante said.

Furthermore, the chief executive reported that the Bids and Awards Committee has sanitized the procurement and other transactions involving the city government, which led to the termination of contracts that did not go through the mandated processes. Meanwhile, Amante said the city government under his leadership has fully implemented the Generics Act resulting to the substantial reduction of prices of medicines at the Butuan Medical Center. He added the price of the Cefuroxine now is only P57 compared before which is priced at P400. “These are some of the reasons why our budget has drastically dropped,” Amante stressed. (PIA-Caraga)

2 wounded rebs in Trento raids brought for treatment in Surigao del Sur, PNP confirms by Greg Tataro, Jr. TANDAG CITY, August 3 (PIA) – Surigao del Sur Police Provincial Director SSupt Julito Diray confirmed two (2) wounded rebels who took part in Trento Police Station raid in Agusan del Sur were brought to Bislig City District Hospital, in this province. Diray said they were rushed here the morning after the incident on Saturday, July 30 at about 5:00 a.m. Diray identified the suspected rebel-patients as Ricky Salde, male 28 years old, a resident of New Bataan, Trento and Sanny Calbayan, 35 years old, married, a

resident of La Fortuna, Veruela, all in Agusan del Sur. However, Diray clarified, the wounded rebels are now in the custody of the Provincial Officer of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Team (CIDT) of Agusan del Sur after they were immediately turned-over by Bislig City Chief of

Police (COP) Supt. Ronelo Jaurigue three (3) hours later. They were then brought to Patin-ay Provincial Hospital in Agusan del Sur for referral. (Radyo ng Bayan/PIA Surigao del Sur)

Surigao del Sur Gov. to fix state workers’ pay hike by Greg Tataro, Jr. TANDAG CITY, August 3 (PIA) – Surigao del Sur Gov. Johnny Pimentel is in quandary on the pay hike to be given to capitol employees here amidst the projected cut in Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) next year. 11 Wednesday, 08-03-2011

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Gov. Pimentel admitted his administration will not be able to give what is due for the third tranche under the salary standardization law. At present, the provincial government needs P38M to cover up for said salary increase which will be started to implement on January 2012. With this, Gov Pimentel further explained his administration

can only give up to 50% pay hike because of the prevailing scenario that will affect the budget of local government units at all levels because of the Supreme Court’s decision favoring the decision to the 16 municipalities that were converted to cities, where Tandag City here is one of those cities. However, Pimentel cited that DBM memorandum circular is giving the LGU a freehand in the

implementation of the salary increase. Meanwhile, Gov. Pimentel had recently announced that he will call a meeting with all the department heads while on Monday, August 8, he is set to attend a meeting with all the governors regarding this matter. (Radyo ng Bayan Tandag/PIA Surigao del Sur)

Lower House funded projects underway in Siargao Island by Michael Conte DAPA, Siargao Island, August 3 (PIA) – The Department of Public Works and Highways, in line with the government’s program to provide each Filipino with quality infrastructure facilities, will soon undertake various lower house funded barangay and municipal projects in Siargao and Bucas Grande Islands. In a statement, Monitoring Engineer Demelyn M. Castrence said that “a total of 116 projects are on the list of to be implemented projects in different barangays and municipalities of Siargao Island costing around P20 million pesos.”

“Among the identified priority projects are several farm to market roads, repair/rehabilitation of multi-purpose buildings, water systems, and repair/rehabilitation of barangay roads,” Castrence added.

The funds of the projects are sourced from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of Surigao del Norte first district Representative Francisco T. Matugas. (DPWH 2nd Engineering District/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Tagalog News: Paaralang modelo ng kagalingan sa Agsur umabot na sa 22 by David M. Suyao AGUSAN DEL SUR, Agosto 3 (PIA) – Umabot na sa 22 ang mga tinaguriang modelo ng kagalingan na mga paaralan sa lalawigan ng Agusan del Sur habang anim pa ang ilulunsad hanggang sa katapusan ng buwan ng Agosto. Noong Hulyo 6, inilunsad ni Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza ang dalawang na paaralan bilang modelo ng kagalingan sa mga bayan ng Veruela, ang Sinobong

Elementary School at ang Sayon Elementary School sa bayan ng Sta. Josefa. Noong Huly 12, inilunsad din Gov. Plaza ang East Bayugan Central Elementary School sa

lungsod ng Bayugan, at ng Hulyo 14, ang Esperanza Central Elementary School sa bayan ng Esperanza, at ang Bunawan West Central Elementary School sa

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bayan ng Bunawan. Ang katapusang modelong paaralan na inilunsad noong Hulyo ay ang Pasta Elementary School sa Barangay Pasta, bayan ng San Francisco. Sa Buwang ito ng Agosto, itutuloy ni Gob. Plaza ang paglunsad ng Loreto Central Elementary School, Sagunto Elementary School sa Lapaz, Sta. Ines Elementary School sa San Luis, Labnig Elementary School sa Talacogon, Dona Rosario Elementary School sa Prosperidad, Wasian Elementary School sa Rosario, Villangit Elementary School sa Sibagat at ang Patin-ay Elementary School sa Prosperidad. Ang pagkilala sa ibatibang paaralan sa Agusan del Sur na maging modelo ng kagaligan ay parte ng programang “Pagtoon Alang sa Masanag nga Kaugmaon program” ng pamahalaang panlalawigan ng Agusan del Sur sa

pakipagtulungan ng Department of Education. Ito ay may tatlong layunin. Una, ito ay naglalayon para paunlarin ang lahat ng paaralang elementary sa buong lalawigan ng Agusan del Sur para maging modelo ng kagalingan sa pamamagitan ng pagbigay ng mga libro para sa mga baryo. Ang mga librong ito ay galing sa America at lahat ng mga ginagastos para sa pagdala ng mga librong ito ditto sa lalawigan ay sagot ng pamahalaang panlalawigan at ng mga local na pamahalaan. Pangalawa sa layuning ito ay ang pagtaas ng antas ng edukasyon ang nangunguna kung saan lahat ng paaralang elementary ay magkaroon ng library, computer laboratory atg speech laboratory. Ito ay nagbigay halaga rin sa pagpaunlad ng kaalaman ng mga guro kung saan, sila ay pinapadala sa ibat-ibang pagsasanay para

mapaunlad ang kanilang kaalaman sa pagtuturo sa mga makabagong pamamaraan. “Ang paghanda ng kinabukasan ay parte lamang n gating pinakamithiin sa Pagtoon program. An gating hinahanda talaga rito ay ang ating mga kabataan para sila ang magiging malakas, may tiwala sa sarili at kakayahan. Walang pinaka mahalagang bagay na ating maibigaysa ating mga kabataan kundi ang magaling na klase ng edukasyon. Kaya tayo ay nagkaroon nitong programang Pagtoon,” Sabi ni Gob. Plaza Maliban sa pagpataas ng antas ng sistema ng edukasyon sa Agusan del Sur, ang pamahalaang panlalawigan ay mayroon ding scholarship program. Sa katunayan, ang mga scholars ng lalawigan ay umabot sa 234 para sa unang semester ng taong 20112012. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Surigaonon News: Gov. Matugas pinasidunggang bisita atol sa joint induction, acquaintance program sa Taft Nat'l High School SURIGAO CITY, August 3 (PIA) – Niadtong miaging adlaw, Agosto 1, 2011 gipahigayon ang Joint Induction and Acquaintance Program sa Taft National High School sa Surigao City Gym diin si Governor Sol F. Matugas ang pinasidunggang bisita. Atol sa maong okasyon, gipahigayon ang Launching sa Project Best ug ang Induction of Officers sa maong Project Best o Barangay Education Strategic Team nga diin ang kapitan sa Brgy. Taft Hon. Pablo A. Bonono, Jr mao ang president. Pagkatapos sa maong induction misunod dayon ang pagpirma sa memorandum of understanding sa mga opisyales ug ni Governor Sol F. Matugas.

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Gipamulong sa atong Gobernador nga ang Project Best usa ka pamaagi nga mamonitor ang attendance sa mga kabataan aron malikayan ang drop outs, nga kinahanglan ang tanang estudyante matapos sa ilang pagtoon, kay importante gayod ang edukasyon sa paghaw-as sa kalisud sa atong dakbayan. Gipamahayag usab sa atong Gobernador nga ang probinsya mihatag ug 1 milyon pesos alang na sa pagtukod ug

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Women’s Center dinhi sa atong syudad ug kini gidungagan usab ug 1 milyon pesos sa atong City Mayor Ernesto Matugas. Malipayon ug mapasalamaton gayod ang mga magtutudlo sa pagsanong sa ilang imbitasyon sa Gobernador ug sila misaad sa pagsuporta sa tanang mga programa sa atong probinsya pinanguluhan ni Governor Sol F. Matugas. (Provincial Information Center/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Surigaonon News: Gob. Sol Matugas moatinder sa 13th Quarterly NEDA Conference ug League of Governors Meeting sa kaulohan ni Jun Parada SURIGAO CITY, August 3 – Mugikan si Gobernor Sol Matugas karong adlawa aron mu-atinder sa ika 13th Quarter Conference nan National Economic Development Authority, Regional Development Committee Mindanao didto sa Dipolog City, ugmang adlawa Agosto 4, 2011. Si Gobernor Sol Matugas morepresentar sa Caraga Region isip Regional Chair sa Regional Development Council kauban ang mga RDC Chair sa Region 9, 10, 11, 12 ug ARMM. Samtang human sa Agosto 8 gikatakda na moatinder sa tigum sa League of Provincial Governors sa tibook Pilipinas didto sa kaulohan. Kagahapong adlawa isa ka adlaw nga mitambong si Gobernor Sol Matugas aron sa pagpaminaw sa 2011 Midyear Accomplishment Report sa mga department heads sa

Provincial Government diin tinguha ni Gobernor Matugas na mahimong moangat ang lalawigan ngadto sa pagka first class province pinaagi na sa tabang sa mga sakop nan Sangguniang Panlalawigan ug mga Department Head, Local Government Unit ug ang Barangay apil na ang papalapad sa HEALS Program.

Police REPORTS

Karun adlawa si Bise Gobernador Arturo Carlos Egay, Jr. maoy magsilbing Officer In-charge sa opisina sa Governador ug sa lalawigan samtang magsilbing Officer In-charge isip Bise Governador si Senior Board Myrna Madelo Romarate.(Jun ParadaProvincial Information Center/ PIA-Surigao del Norte)

ACROSS THE REGION

PO3 Philip Amer Posas Mazo PNP-PRO-13 ARREST OF WANTED PERSON On August 2, 2011 around 1O AM, Dario Sanchez Serito, 39 years old, married & a resident of Purok 4 Brgy Abilan, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte was apprehended by the elements of Buenavista MPS by virtue of Warrant of

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Arrest issued by Hon Gael Paderanga, Presiding Judge of MTC 1Oth Judicial Region, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte. Serito was arrested for the crime of ATTEMPTED HOMICIDE docketed under case

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number 3967 with recommended bail bond of Php 12,000.00. The arrest took place at Purok 6 Brgy Abilan, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte. Serito is now under the custody of Buenavista MPS for proper disposition.

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PROGRESS REPORT RE ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF FIREARM At Sitio Rusi, Brgy. Del Pilar, Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte on August 1, 2011. A case for Violation of RA 8294 (Illegal Possession of Firearms) was already filed against Fernando

Rosal, Sonny Boy Judyawan and Arsenio Baguio at the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office Agusan del Norte, Hall of Justice, Libertad, Butuan City with NPS docket nr XIII-02-INQ-11H-00086 dated

August 1, 2011 in an Inquest Proceedings. The three were temporarily detained at Cabadbaran City Police Station.

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PRESS CONFERENCE WITH BGEN CHARITO B PLAZA AFP Reserved Force Butuan City Hall

Brigadier General Charito “Ching” Plaza, AFP Reservist discusses the benefits of the Reservists which include subsistence allowance, combat clothing and individual equipment, and free medical, dental treatment and hospitalization in military hospitals, held recently during a press conference at the City Mayor’s Office, Butuan City.(PIACaraga)

Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. with Brigadier General Charito “Ching” Plaza, AFP Reservist orient the media on the AFP’s National Reservist Program, as well as the activities set for the 61st Adlaw Hong Butuan on August 2, 2011, during a press conference held recently at the City Mayor’s Office, Butuan City. (PIA-Caraga)

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Members of the local tri-media in Butuan City are shown here during the press conference with Brigadier General Charito “Ching” Plaza, AFP Reservist held recently at the City Mayor’s Office, Butuan City. (PIACaraga)

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