PNP changes Cordillera reg’l, provincial heads

>> Wednesday, April 26, 2017

‘Bato’ hits officials, LGUs doing illegal acts 

BONTOC, Mountain Province -- – A change in command was instituted by the Philippine National Police in Cordillera provinces even as PNP Director General Ronald M. dela Rosa said here there is no conflict in control and supervision of local officials over police force in their jurisdiction and supervision and control of PNP officials over their men.
“The conflict on local supervision and control of local police force by local officials only happens when local officials are involved in illegal activities that tend to compromise their efforts in implementation of government’s campaign against illegal drugs and illegal activities. If such problem exists, the PNP is authorized to remove supervision and control of local officials over the PNP in their areas but such scenarios are isolated,” dela Rosa said..
The PNP chief said local officials can invite municipal, provincial, city or regional police officials for clarification in relation to their duties and in relation to implementation of government’s priority anti-criminality campaign and peacekeeping initiatives for transparency.
Dela Rosa said local officials are their partners in government’s anti-drug, anti-criminality campaign and peacekeeping initiatives that is why there will be no conflict in control and supervision of the local police force because their primordial aim is to maintain peace and order in the country.
Dela Rosa was here as guest speaker of foundation day of Mountain Province and to grace the Lang-ay Festival.
This, as Senior Supt. R’win S. Pagkalinawan assumed post as new regional PNP director for operations replacing Senior Supt. Angelito A. Casimiro who was promoted as executive officer of directorate for logistics at PNP national headquarters.  
Last week, Senior Supt. Dominador M. Halog, also assumed as Apayao provincial PNP director in  turn-over ceremony here at regional police headquarters presided by regional police director Chief Supt. Elmo Francis Sarona.
Senior Supt. Felix Dayag, outgoing Apayao PNP director is due to retire this month. 
In Abra, Senior Supt. Rey A. De Peralta also assumed post as provincial police director in rites held at Camp Juan Villamor in capital town of Bangued.
Chief Supt. Gregorio N Lim, deputy police regional director for administration presided turnover rites.
Outgoing provincial director Senior Supt. Alexander C. Tagum will assume post as Davao City police director.
Sarona said the PNP designates positions or commands to its men not by seniority but by proven track record.
In BOntoc, Dela Rosa said the PNP wants harmonious implementation of national and local initiatives against criminality.
He said government’s aggressive anti-drug campaign is geared towards curbing the illegal drug menace that is major deterrent in realization of lasting peace nationwide.
Dela Rosa said what is important for Mountain Province and other provinces in the region that were declared drug-free is for the maintenance of their drug-free status by not allowing the re-entry of individuals who have been identified as drug pushers or users and the prohibited drugs in any part of the province so as not to taint its status.
For his part, Mountain Province Gov. Bonifacio Lacwasan, Jr. said those who were pinpointed as drug personalities in the province actually came from outside the province and that they actually sought refuge from different municipalities because of the government’s aggressive anti-drug campaign in the different parts of the country.

Lacwasan said he remains optimistic that the province will remain drug-free because of the harmonious working relationship of the provincial officials, the community residents and the law enforcers who continue to remain vigilant in curbing the proliferation of drugs in their places that is why Mountain Province was able to achieve its drug-free status in just eight months of the government’s aggressive anti-drug campaign. – With a report from Dexter A. See


Suspect in Ilocos vice mayor’s ambush nabbed

By Freddie G. Lazaro

LAOAG CITY, Ilocos Norte -- Police arrested one of the three suspects in the ambush of the vehicle carrying Vice Mayor Jessie Ermitanio’s of Marcos town last Tuesday, which resulted in the death of his driver.
Chief Insp. Lauro Milan, Marcos chief of police, confirmed the arrest of Allan Coloma Gante, 26, of Barangay Caestebanan, Banna, this province, a day after the failed attempt to kill Ermitanio last April 4.
The three gunmen opened fire at Vice Mayor Ermitanio’s vehicle, wounding him and his two companions – Ricky P. Florendo, 32, and Edralene D. Arellano, 26 – and killing his 21-year-old driver, Lucky Jesrel R. Rumbaoa.

Milan identified a second suspect in the attack as Joey Sia, of Barangay Cabitauran, Nueva Era town, who is now the subject of a hunt. The third suspect remains unidentified, he said.


Truck falls off Halsema Highway; driver killed

BUGUIAS, Benguet – The driver of a mini dump truck was killed when the vehicle he was driving fell down a 350-meter high ravine here along the Halsema Highway April 9 around 12 midnight. 
Police said they received a call from a concerned citizen informing them a vehicle fell on a ravine in Pekew Poblacion so they went to the area and found the totally wrecked blue mini dump truck.
Initially, the responders did not see the driver making them them to conduct a search and around 7:50 a.m., they located the lifeless body of the driver along the river
The victim was named as Erwin Carlos Makin, 26, resident here of Barangay Natubleng. The vehicle with plate number RZL 277, witnesses said, was headed to Barangay Abatan when it fell down the ravine.


Abra councilor hunted for shooting old farmer

LICUAN-BAAY, Abra – A town councilor here is now being hunted by police for shooting a 77-year-old farmer around 6:30 a.m. April 9 in Barangay Tumalip.
The victim was identified as Rodolfo Bautista Torres while the suspect was named as Periam Jaquias Tadeo, 66, member of the sangguniang bayan.
Both are residents of place of incident.
Police investigation disclosed around 6 a.m. that day, Louisa Tadeo Torres, wife of the victim, went to Barangay Plaza to help clean the area and met Helen Sopriano who was also cleaning.
Ms Torres asked Sopriano why she did not sweep their backyard.
Sopriano replied that she was instructed by Tadeo not to clean the said area then went to Tadeo’s place. 
After a while, Tadeo came out shouting and threatened Ms Torres he will kill her then suddenly slapped her face.
The incident was witnessed by the victim that prompted him to approach the suspect allegedly with a bolo but the suspect shot him at the left side of his chest.
The victim was rushed to Dr. Petronilo Seares Memorial Hospital, Zone 3, Bangued Abra for medical treatment. A police report did not say the victim’s condition.

Responding personnel of Licuan-Baay MPS recovered one fired cartridge case believed to be of Caliber .380 in the crime scene.  The suspect could not be located in the area but responding personnel learned that he already left for Bangued, Abra. 


Kalinga’s TAMPCO now billionaire coop

CITY OF TABUK, Kalinga -- The Tabuk Multi-Purpose Cooperative (TAMPCO) here is now a billionaire coop with total assets of P1.09 billion in 2016.
This milestone was achieved as the coop celebrated   its 45 years of service to the people   with the theme, "TAMPCO @ 45: Sadiri dagiti Miyembro, Kamang ti Tattao".
Elmerli Colangan, chief executive officer,  reported during their recent  45th general assembly  the coop’s assets  dramatically increased by 13 percent or up by P124 million  in a year attributing the good performance to the continuous patronage and support of members to its banking services.   
The growth in asset resulted also to increase of cash, loans receivables and investments.  
Membership increased by 1,230 from 12,928 in 2015 to 13,937 last year translated to a P14.8 million in additional fixed deposits.
Management was able to decrease the coop’s delinquency rate based on maturity by one percent from 7.17% in 2015 to 16.17% last year.
TAMPCO was organized during the Cory Aquino administration and succeeded to operate despite difficulties in managing its credit services. It survived and grew year after year to become at present one of the richest cooperative in Northern Luzon.
On its social responsibility, TAMPCO conducted tree planting activities and actively participated in the monitoring of the National Greening Program.
It  gave donations for restoration of destroyed portion of the irrigation system in Cabaruan this city due to typhoon Lawin and to the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Luzon’s relief operations.

 Meanwhile, Rev. Claudio Bagano, chairman of the board of directors. reported the body passed 24 resolutions  which include the hiring of seven new employees; making Tax Identification Number a mandatory requirement for regular membership applicants; supported moves for exclusion of cooperatives from the Cooperative Information System Act; against moves to repeal tax exemption of coops; abolition of the irrigation service fees; adoption of DOLE’s formula for the 13th month pay; establishment of TAMPCO branch in Rizal, and approval of the 70:30 allocation of net surplus to dividends and patronage refund in favor of dividends. --  PIA- CAR


LU cops return bag with P113-K

By Jun Elias

SAN FERNANDO, La Union – Two members of this city’s police station returned a bag containing at least P113,000 in cash and documents, which they found in a restaurant in Barangay Biday here on April 6.
Renato Alvarez of Sison, Pangasinan was grateful that the bag was returned to him, saying the money belongs to a lending firm where he works.
Alvarez said he went into the restaurant at around 4:30 p.m. and placed the bag on a chair beside him.
He said he discovered that the bag was missing as he was in a bus heading home.
Alvarez sought the help of the Sto. Tomas police, which called up Chief Insp. Bernardo Manzano, deputy chief of the San Fernando City police.
Manzano ordered beat patroller, Police Officer 2 Sonny Perez, to look for the bag in the restaurant.
Perez found the bag on the chair where Alvarez left it.

Manzano and Perez returned the bag to Alvarez, who traveled back to San Fernando to claim it.


‘Minahang Bayan’ eyed for Benguet small miners

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- A measure establishing framework for small scale mining operations is seen to  pave the way for establishment of a “minahang bayan”.
The  Sangguniang Panlalawigan committee on mining and energy chaired by board member Apolinario Camsol crafted an ordinance establishing rules for operation of small scale mining and quarrying in the province now up for  second reading.
Camsol said the proposed ordinance if acted upon will benefit  small scale miners.
By then they will be working out their own “Minahang Bayan,” he added.
Among provisions of the local measure are need for prior approval of two sanggunian bodies, procedure in  application  for small scale mining  and quarrying contract, transport of minerals products, seizure and disposition of illegally sourced mineral products, imposition of local taxes and administrative fees, adverse claims, protests and oppositions, fines, prohibitions and penalties.
Republic Act 7076 or the "People's Small-scale Mining Act of 1991", provides that  small-scale mining operations shall be undertaken only within the declared People’s Small-Scale Mining Areas or Minahang Bayan.
It also incorporates a provision on contractors’ obligation on the payment of taxes.

There is still no Minahang Bayan declared in Benguet where there are about 30,000 small scale miners  with their families. 


Educational assistance launched in Benguet

LAS TRINIDAD, Benguet -- The Educational Assistance Program for Benguet was launched here Wednesday at the provincial capitol with special guest of honor and speaker Sec. Salvador E. Panelo.
Welcome remarks were given by Gov. Crescencio C. Pacalso, while Swiss entrepeneur Sandro Grandjean gave opening remarks.
Mayor Materno Luspian, president of the Mayors League of Benguet, gave an inspirational message while civic leader and businesswoman Remedios Bueno Coady did closing remarks.
The EAP which is in collaboration with the governor’s office of Benguet  and the Mayors League, benefits poor but deserving students of Benguet.
Certificates of scholarship grants to lucky recipients were presented during the launching program.
The Educational Assistance Program launch is sponsored by Microsoft Philippines and Swiss IT Academy, owned by Sandro Granjeans.
Swiss IT Academy is a Manila-based training center  for advanced IT studies, with the primary goal of producing quality programmers to provide quality service.
The Academy was inspired by CALCMENU Philippines, Inc. an established software company of over  20 years which produced a workforce of excellent programmers handling the development of advanced software and gaining trained skillsets used in various industries.
The courses of Swiss IT Academy have been carefully selected and grouped to exceed educational assistance both to students who can afford their education and to the less fortunate to finance their studies.
The key courses include Creative Web Design, Programming Courses and Swiss IT’s own Road Map Microsoft Pilot Courses.

“Our collaboration with the Educational Assistance Program of the Local Government Units (LGUs) will endeavor to reinforce the power to educate the less fortunate, and provide equal opportunities of employment,” Grandjeans said.


Beachgoers warned against red tide areas

By Liezle Basa Iñigo

DAGUPAN CITY, Pangasinan — Summertime visitors to the beaches of Pangasinan were warned last week by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) against collecting and eating shellfish in some areas with red tide.
The BFAR said shellfish samples collected in the coastal areas of Bolinao and Anda have been found positive of the red tide toxin.
Based on the latest laboratory tests, the toxin level in shellfish samples collected in Bolinao and Anda are between 78-90ngSTX which the BFAR said is very high.
Once eaten, shellfish meat from these red tide-affected areas may lead to paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) that may cause a person’s sudden death.

The BFAR clarified that except for Bolinao and Anda, other coastal areas of the province only have a low toxicity level and that shellfish like crabs and mussels as well as shrimps and prawns are fit for human consumption especially if they are cooked.


More Benguet towns, adapt resolutions for free dialysis

By Aileen P. Refuerzo

BAGUIO CITY – More Benguet towns and barangays adopted resolutions or support to the on-going campaign to make dialysis a free medical service in the country.
Baguio Correspondents and Broadcasters Club Inc. (BCBC) moved the submission of the documents to President Rodrigo Duterte and other national government offices to a later date this week to accommodate more resolutions from other local government units as well as signatures being submitted by groups and individuals who volunteered to conduct their own initiatives. 
Even if the documents have been submitted, the signature campaign will go on to continue convincing the President, the Congress of the Philippines, Department of Social Welfare and Development, the Department of Health and the PhilHealth that coming up with a unified program for free dialysis is the best way they can help the increasing number of patients relying on the emergency life-saving procedure but are continuously scrounging for funds to do so, BCBC outgoing president Ramon Dacawi said.
Last week, more signatures were received from the Benguet Renal Center Patients and Caregivers Association headed by Ariel Bastian, St. Louis University renal center, Kias barangay and the Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) bringing the total signatures to roughly 40,000.
Bastian and his co-patients also forwarded copies of the resolutions of support to the campaign adopted by the provincial government of Benguet, municipalities of La Trinidad, Itogon, Kapangan, Buguias, Tublay, the Liga ng mga Barangay of La Trinidad and Buguias and the Sangguniang Barangay of barangays Puguis, Cruz and Poblacion all of La Trinidad town.
   The supporting measures were prompted by the association’s own resolution launching the signature campaign and which was submitted to all legislative councils in the barangay, municipal, city and provincial levels in Benguet province.
Prior to the drive’s launch, the city council of Baguio adopted a resolution to drum up support to the campaign. 
Dacawi called anew on LGUs in the provincial, city, municipal and even barangay levels to adopt their own resolutions of support which they may base on the BCBC resolution that can be downloaded from the petition posted at the website ( and search for free dialysis petition; or through the following link:
“LGUS that already adopted their resolutions are also requested to inform us and provide us copies for acknowledgment and inclusion in our documents and those with initiatives on the signature campaign kindly inform us at the PIO-CMO or email us at, ” he said.

Sign-up sites for the campaign are at the city public information office and city councilors’ offices at the Baguio City Hall, PIA-CAR in front of the Mansion, Luisa’s Café along Session Road and the Baguio General Hospital dialysis section and Bookends book shop along Calderon St. – Aileen P. Refuerzo


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