caraga region

Army provide light meals to Covid-19 Checkpoint frontliners in Surigao Sur

March 30, 2020

BISLIG CITY, Surigao del Sur-Camp Jaime N Ferrer Sr., Brgy Maharlika, Bislig City (Stn) – The 75th Infantry "Marauder" Battalion led by Lieutenant Colonel Warren C Munda, Commanding Officer, together with the Marauder troopers gave snacks to COVID-19 checkpoints frontliners within the 75IB's Area of Responsibility (AOR) in Surigao del Sur on March 25, 2020.             Mostly, our frontliners were up for numerous hours in performing their tasks in ensuring the health and safety of the public and community to prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). With appreciation to our frontliners, the Marauder troopers prepared Four Hundred Thirty (430) pieces of sandwiches, drinks and distributed it to all COVID-19 checkpoints frontliners.             In this time of crisis where COVID-19 gone pandemic and created fear worldwide, still, our frontliners have sincerely performed their tasks in protecting the people's health, safety, and well-being. Frontliners were soaked under the sun, uncertain of the situation that they may likewise get infected due to their everyday tasks outside their homes to serve the people and community.             Further, the Philippine Army is not only tasked to defend the land, but soldiers have become instrumental and dedicated with a heart to serve as COVID-19 checkpoint frontliners.             Thus, Lt. Col. Munda expressed his deep appreciation and care to all the frontliners. “Together, we will assist and support our Local Government Units (LGUs), especially in times like this. Always observed precautionary measures; take your vitamins; eat healthily; have faith; be still, and one day we'll contain this COVID-19 outbreak." Lt. Col. Munda stated.             A little act of kindness will produce a happy heart that is sincere to perform their duty day-by-day. With discipline, cooperation, and support from each of us, the country will successfully contain this COVID-19.

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Army in Caraga Commemorates Philippine Army's 123rd Founding Anniversary

March 26, 2020

Bancasi, Butuan City – The 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade commemorated the 123rd Founding Anniversary of the Philippine Army (PA) on March 23, 2020, at Headquarters 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade, Brgy Bancasi, Butuan City.    The Brigade under the leadership of Brigadier General Maurito L Licudine led the commemoration of the Philippine Army's 123rd Founding Anniversary through the conduct of a simultaneous flag-raising ceremony together with its OPCON units.  Amidst the challenges of the unseen threat of COVID-19 in the country, once again, the Philippine Army as a reliable and dependable partner of the people has been put to the test on its dynamic role to assist and support the civilian agencies in preventing the spread of the pandemic virus that plagued not only the Philippines but the whole world.     The simultaneous flag-raising was done following the protocol of social distancing which was led by Brigadier General Licudine highlighting the reading of the message of the Commanding General of the Philippine Army, Lieutenant General Gilbert I Gapay AFP.     In his message, General Gapay underscores the milestones of the Philippine Army for the past 123 years of gallantry and dedication in serving our people and securing our land and as a staunch guardian of peace, a vital partner in nation-building and the single largest force provider of the Armed Forces of the Philippines standing proud at one hundred thousand strong.  In Filipino language, He said, “Habang ipinagdiriwang natin ang ating anibersaryo, ang ating kasundaluhan ay buong giting na babantayan ang kaligtasan ng sambayanang Pilipino mula sa salot na COVID-19. Kakaiba ito sa ating mga tradisyunal na kalaban sapagkat hindi ito tao ngunit labis na mapamuksa. Mananatili tayong matatag sa pagtupad ng ating sinumpaang tungkulin – ang pagsilbihan at protektahan ang mga mamamayan at ating bayan kahit buhay man ang kapalit”. Meanwhile, Brigadier General Licudine in his statement said that the Stinger Troopers under his leadership will perform its mandate and continue being catalysts of peace. “402nd Brigade will continuously serve and protect the people as we pursue our quest for professionalism among our ranks. We call on our peace-loving citizens to support your troops in its peaceful war effort through the Peace and 4TH INF DIV By 2028, a world-class Army that is a source of national pride. Honor. Patriotism. Duty. Development Zone (PDZ) program here in Caraga spearheaded by the Task Force ELCAC in order to attain just and peaceful environment for inclusive development”.

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Army, LGU ensures public welfare, conducts checkpoint amidst Covid-19 outbreak in SurSur and AgSur

March 26, 2020

BISLIG CITY, Surigao del Sur-Camp Jaime N Ferrer Sr, Brgy Maharlika, Bislig City (Stn) – The 75th Infantry ‘Marauder” Battalion in partnership with the Local Government Units (LGUs) of Surigao del Sur and Agusan del Sur conducted checkpoint operation in all entrances and exit within the 75IB's Area of Responsibility (AOR) to ensure people's safety and preventive measures amidst Covid-19 outbreak.             In line with the Presidential Proclamation Number 922, series of 2020, declaring a State of Public emergency throughout the Philippines and as a precautionary measure to ensure public safety against Corona Virus Diseased (COVID-19). The Marauder troopers implemented the measures and protocols per memorandum published by respected LGUs in AOR until after the Public Health Emergency is lifted or withdrawn.           Moreover, the Province of Surigao del Sur will be quarantined to enforce the community that will take effect at 8:00 o clock in the evening of March 20, 2020 until revoked or lifted in order to protect the people within the Province from the fatal effects of Covid-19. The provincial government imposed tougher measures in conformity with the directives and guidelines in the implementation of preventive community quarantine from the national government.           In connection with the Presidential Proclamation No. 922 series of 2020, the LGU of every municipality within the 75IB’s AOR fully implemented its policy and guidelines in order to prevent the spread of the virus in their locality.           In his statement, Lieutenant Colonel Warren C Munda, Commanding Officer of 75IB said. "Our Medical Health Practitioners cannot do it alone in the widespread prevention of this disease. Knowing that your Philippine Army is for peace, therefore, we are also for the safety and welfare of everyone in fighting against this dreaded disease."           The Philippine Army's pursuit of peace will not be hampered by this Covid-19 outbreak. Cooperation, discipline and by simply following the policy will contribute to the successful prevention of disease outbreak in the country.         

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Caraga PNP seize more than P100K worth of drugs, suspect nab amidst COVID-19

March 22, 2020

Camp Col Rafael C Rodriguez, Butuan City--------- Despite of the intensive efforts of Police Regional Office (PRO) to maintain peace and order and ensure public safety and security amidst the implementation of Community Quarantine due to COVID-19, PNP Caraga does not undermine its anti-illegal drugs campaign where Php119, 180.00 worth of shabu were seized and drugs suspect was arrested in Butuan City yesterday, March 21. Police Brigadier General Joselito T. Esquivel Jr, PRO13 Director reported that personnel of Butuan City Police Station (BCPS) 1, Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) of BCPS 4 and DEU Butuan City Intel Branch in coordination with Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) 13 conducted anti-illegal drugs operation through buy-bust in Purok 10, Barangay Baan Km. 3, Butuan City around 4:15PM yesterday which resulted in the arrest of Vincent C Gaje, 39 years old, married, jobless and a resident of Purok 3, Barangay Bading, Butuan City. Seized during the buy-bust operation were four sachets of suspected shabu weighing 10.10grams with Dangerous Drug Board value of Php119,180.00, Php1,000.00 marked money, one cellular phone and Php380.00 cash money. Gaje is now facing charges for violation of Section 5 and 11, Article II of RA No. 9165 otherwise known as Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. “I assure the Caraganons that despite of many undertakings of PNP Caraga during this time of medical crisis, we will continue our fight against all forms of criminality specially against illegal drugs,” PBGEN Esquivel, Jr said. “I continue to urge all Caraganons to STAY AT YOUR HOME and perform hygienic activities to keep you and your family safe from COVID-19. Also, continue monitoring your television and radios to keep updated on the latest news regarding this pandemic we are facing today,” he added. #TeamPNP #WeServeAndProtect #PNPKaubanMo #HomeOfTheBraveFriendlyPeaceCenteredPoliceForce

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26,580 households in Bayugan City requiredto get home quarantine ID

March 20, 2020

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur--- At least 26,580 households in Bayugan City need to secure Home Quarantine Pass from the city hall which will be used by only one family member to buy food and medicines after the city was placed under general community quarantine on March 19. Bayugan City Mayor Kirk Asis issued Executive Order No. 65 Series of 2020 declaring the entire city of three urban barangays and 40 rural barangays under general community quarantine to regulate the movements of the residents outside their homes to avert the spread of the dreaded Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). It is the first time in the country that residents of an entire city are under home quarantine with their movements being regulated by the local government unit even as this only city of the province is still COVID-19 free.. The city has a total of 117, 117 people based on the 2018 census results done by the Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) of the provincial government of Agusan del Sur. Asis’ measure is more stringent than Malacañang’s directive about community quarantine. Based on the national government directive a barangay-wide quarantine is advised when there at least two positive COVID-19 cases belonging to different households in the same barangay. A municipality or city-wide quarantine is advised when there at least two positive COVID-19 cases belonging to different barangays in the same municipality or city. A province-wide quarantine is advised when there at least two positive COVID-19 cases belonging to different municipalities, component cities or independent component cities in the same province. Based on the Asis’ EO 65 guideline, only one family member is allowed to leave their home to buy basic necessities and necessary medical supplies. A Home Quarantine Pass will be issued per household will be distributed by barangay officials and their workers who will strictly monitor that anyone has brought the pass when he/she will go out of their home. Household members especially over 50 years old, pregnant women and those with underlying health problems are advised to stay in their homes. Exempted from this directive are those who will leave home for essential work both in public and private sector but they are required to show their employment ID or certificate of employment. Failure to comply will be told to go home. Chaperons to the children and the elderly having sickness are also allowed provided that they will present a medical certificate. Passenger tricycle and single motorcycle drivers plying the city are also allowed provided that a Motor Tricycle Operator’s Permit and a driver’s ID will be presented.  

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CNTs employ IEDs amid COVID-19 ceasefire declaration

March 19, 2020

Bayugan City, Agusan Del Sur (ADS) – 8th Special Forces Company of the 3rd Special Forces “Arrowhead” Battalion, upon acting on a report of concerned civilians, recovers two (2) pieces of 12 kilogram grapeshot pressurized type improvised anti-personnel mine employed by Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) 10 meters away from a brangay road at Purok 4, Barangay New Salem, Bayugan City today. Earlier, the government declared unilateral ceasefire to allow AFP to shift its efforts to support the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-MEID) amid the COVID19 crisis nationwide. Yet, the CNTs take full advantage to cause casualties on government troops through tactical offensives despite the declaration of ceasefire. The recovered pressurized type of IEDs can inflict a fatal damage to victims within an estimated 10- to 15 meter radius according to its specifications and assessment of an explosive ordinance disposal (EOD) expert. “Pressurized type of IEDs are extremely dangerous than command detonated IEDs kasi matamaan  lang ng kaunti ng biktima ito at mapressure sa required amount of force ng IED ay sasabog na ito,” an EOD expert, said. The community and the Army condemns the CNTs and the terroristic acts which violate and dishonor the International Humanitarian Laws and Human Rights laws through using banned anti-personnel mines landmines that cause severe or long term damage to the environment, superfluous injury or unnecessary suffering to potential victims. “While we do our duty in COVID-19, the CNTs take undue advantage by targeting the govvernment troops. We are battling the COVID-19 but the fact is, real virus stronger than COVID are these Communist NPA Terrorists who corrupts the nation and takes advantage of the COVID crisis situation because it is a potential scenario for a violent revolution,” LTC Joey B Bayayan, 3SFBn Commanding Officer, said. Meanwhile, Colonel Allan D Hambala, 401st Infantry Brigade Commander urges all units and the public to be vigilant because the Communist NPA Terrorists are known violators of ceasefire agreements. “They are terrorists and know no laws and agreements. The COVID-19 crisis, if cannot be managed properly would be advantageous for them. We need the help and vigilance of everyone to cooperate with the procedures, checkpoints to stop the spread of the virus. In the same manner, we appeal to the public to report immediately the terrorist activities and the terrorists’ presence so we can act accordingly based on our constitutional mandate, “Colonel Hambala, said.

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