SURIGAO CITY (Aug. 27) - The proposal of Surigao del Norte provincial government to host the photo-shoot swimwear competition of the Miss Universe 2016 gained a positive response from the Department of Tourism (DOT).
Surigao del Norte Governor Sol Matugas told reporters on Thursday that the response to the request was personally received by her in a meeting with DOT Secretary Wanda Teo.
Matugas said at least 20 candidates of Miss Universe 2017 will have their swimwear competition in Siargao Island, the premier tourist destination in CARAGA region and Northern Mindanao.
“In behalf of the entire Surigaonon community, we are very pleased to support the efforts of the Department of Tourism in the development of the tourism industry, especially with the country’s successful selection as the host of the most anticipated Miss Universe 2017,” Governor Matugas said in a request letter she sent to Secretary Teo.
Gov. Sol Matugas
The governor added that hosting the particular event is a rare chance and opportunity for Siargao Island to showcase its diverse tourism destinations which include a vast mangrove area, pristine waters on white sand beaches, tidal pools and rock formations, caves, verdant forests and captivating islets.
The final date of the competition is not yet finalized, Matugas added.
The positive response from the DOT was also welcomed by Surigao del Norte 1st District Representative Francisco Jose Matugas II who told the participants of the 25th Mindanao Business Conference (MBC) in Surigao City on Thursday, August 25 that Siargao Island will receive around P1.2 billion worth of infrastructure projects by 2017.
The allocation, Rep. Matugas said, will complete the concreting of the major road networks in the island, including those leading to the tourist spots in the area.
Lined up projects for next year include the P347-million preservation of national roads that would include repairs; the P289 million road network development; P3 million construction and maintenance of bridges; P55 million flood control and drainage; P774 million construction of access roads to airport, seaports and tourism destinations; and the P55-million local infrastructure projects for barangays.
Matugas also bared the plan to establish a new international airport in the island.
The plan, he added, already got the support of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez who also shared the vision of the leaders of Surigao del Norte to infuse more development projects in the island.
The establishment of a new international airport will be part of the master development plan that is now being worked on by the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA).
Representatives from the Civil Aviation Administration of the Philippines (CAAP) have already visited Siargao two weeks ago and conducted an ocular inspection on the possible site of the proposed airport, Matugas added.
“Come to visit and invest in Siargao Island,” the congressman urged the businessmen who joined the conference.
He said the island is considered as the international surfing and game fishing capital of the country as tournaments are being held in the area every year.
On September 23, another round of international surfing competition will be hosted in Siargao Island where professional surfers from other countries will come to compete.
With surfing being considered as one of the official games in 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Matugas said the possibility of winning the first gold medal for the country is not far as Siargao Island has already produced a number of surfing champions in the past competitions. PNA
MAINIT, Surigao del Norte (Aug. 26) - The municipality of Mainit made "a
serious dent" in its "zero-tolerance" drive against illegal drug
activities, with the police arresting the town's top drug personality.
Photo credit: Mainit Police Station
The latest suspect arrested was identified
as Marissa Paramo y Gallardo, 39 years old, married, businesswoman, and a
resident of Purok Roses, Brgy. Roxas, this town.
She was apprehended during a buy bust
operation conducted by elements of Mainit Police Station around 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016.
Confiscated from the possession and control
of the suspect were: three sachets of suspected shabu estimated weight
0.12711g, with a market value worth P1,500, one blue cellular phone (cherry
mobile), one piece disposable lighter color blue, open cigarette pack with
transparent cellophane inside, cash money worth P600 including the buy-bust.
Seized items were duly inventoried in the
presence of Barangay Capt. Viviano T. Febra, Barangay Roxas, Mainit, Jessie Digol
of DOJ, and Nestor Guballa, media representative who subsequently signed the
buy-bust operation documents.
Photo credit: Mainit Police Station
The arrested suspect together with the
seized items was brought to Mainit Municipal Police Station for proper
disposition. Cases for violation of Sections 5, 11 and 12, Article II of RA
9165 are now being prepared for filing against the suspect before the
Provincial Prosecutors Office.
Cong. Ace Barbers
SURIGAO CITY (Aug. 25) - To help the financial woes of families with a meager income, Surigao del Norte 2nd district Rep. Robert “Ace” Barbers hopes to give “junior citizens” government-sponsored discounts and benefits similar to what millions of senior citizens are now enjoying.
Just recently, Barbers filed the Junior Citizens Act mandating a comprehensive program of privileges for children aged 0 to 12.
“It is unfortunate that legislations and policies underscore minimal consideration on the basic and fundamental needs of our children. How we take care of our children is a reflection of our character as a nation,” he said.
The bill will benefit families with annual income of less than P250,000.
It will award children 20 percent discount and exemption from value-added tax on purchases of medical services, goods and other privileges.
Barbers emphasized that Filipino children have limited access to basic needs and they are left behind when compared to their counterparts in other parts of the world.
“The ideal is that Filipino families should not be hounded by the amount they spend on their children’s basic food and non-food needs. Enrolling all junior citizens to PhilHealth must be automatic, not optional,” he said.
SURIGAO CITY - Alerto 24-oras ang han-ay sa kapulisan sa dakbayan alang na sa pagbantay sa bisan unsang kasamok kon tawag emerhensiya ilabina karong pag-abli sa unang adlaw sa ika 25th Mindanao Business Conference.
Sumala pa ni PSupt. Noel Silvosa, hepe sa maong buhatan sila naningkamot nga ang dakbayan mag-pabiling hapsay samtang nag-obserbar sa maong conference.
Dugang pa niini, nga adunay 40 ka PNP Personnel gikan na sa ubay-ubay nga munisipyo ang 24-oras activated ug 88 ka Field Training Police, army, K-9 Police kauban ang City Traffic Enforcer ang nag-palibot aron masiguro ang seguridad dili lamang sa mga bisita ug usab ang mga Surigaonon.
Sa katapusan, gibutyag ni PSupt. Silvosa nga "Crime Prevention is everybody's Concern," busa giawhag niini nga ang tanang Surigaonon magbinantayon ug kung adunay maobserbaran nga kaduda-duda nga i-report dayon kini sa kapulisan. (MICO-Surigao)
Cong. Ace Barbers
SURIGAO CITY - After weeks of deliberation, Surigao del Norte 2nddistrict
Representative Robert Ace S. Barbers is confirmed chairman of the House
Committee on Dangerous Drugs for the 17th Congress.
“I am humbled to be named
Chairman of the Committee on Dangerous Drugs. We will prioritize legislation
that will reflect the present administration’s all-out war against illegal
drugs and commitment to rehabilitate drug users. I am ready to work with
stakeholders to achieve into fruition the legislative agenda of our President,”
He said the Committee on Dangerous Drugs has jurisdiction over
matters directly and principally relating to illegal or prohibited drugs,
controlled precursors and essential chemicals, the production, manufacture, use
and trafficking thereof, as well as the rehabilitation and treatment of drug
As such, the Committee will deliberate crucial bills related to the
Duterte administration’s intensified war on drugs. Proposals on establishing
additional treatment and rehabilitation centers in different regions,
strengthening the mandate of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), and
prescribing higher penalties for drug related crimes, top the priority list of
the House Committee on Dangerous Drugs, Barbers added. (Abby Gonzales)
SURIGAO CITY - The mining industry is set to take center
stage for the three-day Mindanao Business Conference (MinBizCon) that opens
today, Aug. 24 here.
The annual event, which usually focuses on
infrastructure and policy concerns as well as agriculture, the southern
island’s main economic driver -- will highlight mining this time.
On the second day, DENR Secretary Regina
Paz L. Lopez will talk about balancing social justice and economic growth
through sustainable development.
National Institute of Geological Sciences
Director Carlo A. Arcilla is scheduled to discuss the mineral products industry
development road map while Nickel Asia Corp. President Gerard H. Brimo will
talk about his company, which has operations in Claver, Surigao del Norte.
Aside from Nickel Asia, several mining
companies operate in the Caraga Region, including in the two Surigao provinces.
Among these are Philex Mining Corp. and Global Ferronickel Holdings, Inc. Seven
other firms in the region have previously been announced by the DENR as under
audit, namely: Marc Ventures Development Corp., Clarence T. Pimentel Mining
Corp. and Carrascal Nickel Corporation, all in Surigao del Sur; and Platinum
Group Metals Corp., Adnama Mining Corp., Taganito Mining Corp., Hinatuan Mining
Corp., and Greenstone Resources Mining Corp. in Surigao del Norte.
Bernardine T. Siy, president and chief
executive officer of the Fil-Pacific Apparel Corp., will discuss the challenges
and opportunities for the garments industry in Mindanao, where manufacturing
still needs a push.
Other sectors lined up for discussion are
wood, cacao and oil palm. Mindanao Development Authority Executive Director
Janet M. Lopoz will also discuss the role of Mindanao as a strategic economic
hub in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, while Dr. Felipe M. Medalla,
a member of the Monetary Board of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, will talk
about the risks, consequences and policy options in investing in Mindanao. (Carmelito Q. Francisco, BusinessWorld)
SURIGAO CITY - NPA rebels are set to free four captives in
Surigao del Norte as a gesture of goodwill for the resumption of formal peace
negotiations with government on August 22.
The National Democratic Front-Northeaster
Mindanao Region identified the captives as PO2 Caleb Sinaca, PO3 Jayroll
Bagayas and non-uniformed personal Rodrigo Angob of the Malimono municipal
police station, and Senior Police Officer 3 Santiago Lamanilao of the Surigao
The four were captured together on July 24
and are held by the NPA’s Front Operation Command 16.
The rebels said all four captives had undergone “preliminary
investigation,” the results of which would theysaid would be handed to
third-party facilitators during the release with a request to forward these to
Philippine National Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa “in the hope that
it will assist them (PNP) in their own investigation.” (see full news report: interaksyon.com)
SURIGAO CITY - Four children and a woman were drowned after their pump boat capsized off the waters of Barangay Manjagao in Surigao City Wednesday afternoon, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) reported Friday.
PCG said pump boat “Charmel Jade,” with 12 passengers on board, was enroute to Cagayan Fish Cage off Barangay Madjagao when strong winds and big waves hit it at about 11:00 a.m. Wednesday.
Mrs. Edith Cabasa, owner and boat captain of the vessel, said they departed Manjagao at about 11 a.m. Wednesday and while enroute to Cagayan Fish Cage for a swimming venture, strong winds and big waves battered the pump boat, causing the boat to tilt and eventually capsized.
Seven of the 12 passengers managed to cling to the pumpboat while the five other persons drowned, she said.
Fortunately, Pumpboat “Anna Joy,” which as transiting in the area at 1:00 p.m., sighted the victims and immediately rendered rescue assistance and retrieval of fatalities. It also took the victims back to the shoreline of Manjagao.
The dead victims were identified as follows:1) Charmel S. Cabasa – 1 ½ years old2) Jhon Laster B. Sila – 2 ½ years old3) Kim Claire S. Suan – 4 years old4) Lysa Maricela B. Sila – 9 years old5) Rena B. Sila – 34 years old
The rescued passengers were taken to their respective homes while awaiting the local embalmer for the proper disposition of the cadavers. Leilani Junio/PNA
SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte – “It’s all systems go,” bared Concepcion Pacqueo, president of Surigao Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) and conference director of this year’s Mindanao Business Conference (MinBizCon).
The event, which is set on Aug. 24-26 at the Philippine Gateway Hotel, this city is anchored on the theme, “Mindanao: ASEAN’s Emerging Economic Hub.”
The said event is the biggest annual gathering of business leaders, policymakers, exporters, traders, and exhibitors in the island-region. Paqueo said around 500 individuals have already confirmed their participation and they are still counting up to 800 participants from different regions in Mindanao and some in Luzon, Visayas and even foreign businessmen.
The three-day event will be full of learning sessions especially on new business trends, business opportunities and linkages. Other side events are also lined up for participants to enjoy and that include a worthwhile partnership made with the Surigao City Tourism Office and Surigao Travel and Tour Operators Association.
The said event is running on its 25th year, hosted by different business chamber in Mindanao and this year’s host the SCCI is hopeful that this will be another milestone for the province in terms of economic progress.
For registration and more information please visit the SCCI office located at the Provincial Sports Complex, Surigao City or call at telephone number (086) 826-7716. (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)
Photo credit: SDN PPO
SURIGAO CITY - A 35-year old man who is tagged as the
number four in the watch list of illegal drugs personalities in the city was arrested by
the police operatives of the Surigao City Police Station (SCPS) during a buy
bust operation in Purok Mariposa, Narciso Street, Surigao City on Aug. 14,
The police identified the arrested drug
person as ALDEN MAGARBIO ALMEÑANA, alias “Kidong.”
Seized from the suspect’s possession and
control were one plastic sachet of suspected shabu bought by the poseur- buyer
from the suspect with an estimated weight of .05 gram with Dangerous Drugs
Board (DDB) value of P590.00 @ P11,800.00 per gram; several assorted drug
paraphernalia; two open transparent plastic sachets containing suspected shabu
residues; 11 transparent plastic sachets of suspected shabu with an estimated
weight of 3.5 gram with Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) value of P41,300.00 @
P11,800.00 per gram; P500 bill bearing serial number EX311354 marked money; and
cash money amounting to P550.00 in different denominations.
The suspect is now temporarily detained at the SCPS while formal charges for violation of Republic Act Number 9165
are being prepared for inquest proceedings.