Friday, December 7, 2012

Armed Robbers carted away P550,000 from Baler Cebuana Lhuiller Courier

BALER, Aurora, December 7, 2012-An employee of Cebuana Lhuiller was robbed of P550,000.00 by two (2) armed men riding along Bonifacio St., Brgy. 2 Poblacion, here, Yesterday afternoon.

He was to deliver the money to Cebuana Lhuiller in BG Plaza when he was robbed in a broad day light.

Deputy Chief of Police Police Inspector Maynard D. Pascual said that the victim who was identified as Christian Camaya Y’ Ignacio, 27 years old, married and a native of Brgy. Bangad, Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija, was riding in a black RUSI 125 tricycle, without plate number, bearing MTOP body number 1952 being driven by Joel Sagun (SUKTODA) at about 1:30pm when he was intercepted by the robbers, who were also on motorcycle.

Police report stated that one of the robbers pointed a gun to the victim and the tricycle driver, took the money hidden in his clothing and shot him in his leg before the suspects sped off to south direction.

Responding personnel of Baler PNP recovered from the victim one empty shell of cal. 45.

Authorities were investigating the case and said that the robbers were between 30 to 40 years old. (Jason de Asis)

National Youth Commission launches the Mindanao Week of Peace

MANILA, December 7, 2012-The kick-off activities of the Mindanao Week of Peace celebration were launched last December 1 by the Youth Solidarity for Peace in partnership with the National Youth Commission at the Claret School of Zamboanga.
With the theme "Together for Sustainable Peace in Mindanao," around a thousand youth peace advocates representing school organizations, non-government entities and faith-based groups participated in the event.
Guest of Honor and Commissioner Representing Mindanao Earl Saavedra highlighted that the celebration of the Mindanao Week of Peace is synonymous to the significance of the recently signed Peace Accord between the Philippine Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
"There is indeed a great reason to celebrate peace especially with the Bangsamoro Framework which is expected to heal the divisions of religious discrimination, cultural differences and miscommunication among the tribes in Mindanao. The culture of peace and its attainment is emphasized in the involvement of young people who will soon be the caretakers of our communities.” Commissioner Saavedra further said.
The program was simultaneously held in strategic areas in Mindanao such as Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Basilan, Sulu and in the CARAGA Region where candle lighting ceremonies were held including peace rallies with youth participants in the forefront of the efforts.
“The National Youth Commission, as the voice and advocate of the youth, aims to lead and empower the young generation in their vital role in nation-building. With the celebration of the Mindanao Week of Peace, we educate them that violence, arms and terrorist acts will never instill social order. We make them realize the responsibility they have in their hands would dictate the future of Mindanao and how it could be transformed into a war-free and tension-free island." Commissioner Saavedra added.
The weeklong celebration in Zamboanga Peninsula includes an outreach program for less fortunate young people, a peace festival and symposium on pressing issues which will be open for public participation. The over-all organizer, the Youth Solidarity for Peace under the Peace Advocates of Zamboanga consider these activities as part of their sustainability initiatives after winning the 2012 Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations Award in the ASEAN Region which happened in Thailand last September.

After Pablo, Legarda Says: Much Remains to be Done

MANILA, December 7, 2012-In the wake of Typhoon Pablo, Senator Loren Legarda said that much remains to be done in order to reduce disaster risks in the country and achieve sustainable development.

“Typhoon Pablo unveils the vulnerability of affected communities to natural hazards and extreme weather events. This vulnerability is brought about mostly by poverty and environmental degradation, among other drivers of risk,” she explained.

The latest typhoon to hit the country entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) Sunday night, and ravaged 26 provinces, mostly in Mindanao. Typhoon Pablo resulted in the deaths of 418 people, with hundreds still missing.

Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change and UN Regional Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation for Asia-Pacific, remarked that for the country to achieve inclusive and sustainable growth, building the resilience of Mindanao to disasters is crucial.

“We cannot afford recurring disaster losses from typhoons such as Pablo and Sendong in Mindanao. In December 2011, heavy rains brought by Typhoon Sendong caused the overflow of the Cagayan de Oro River. Whole villages were swept away, and left more than a thousand dead. The proper dissemination of geo-hazard maps to our LGUs, as well as the proper implementation of these, should be done,” she said.

“While today our work will be on rebuilding the communities affected by Pablo, we must ensure that we are not rebuilding the risks. Furthermore, communities that were not hit by the typhoon should now be scaling-up their disaster preparedness mechanisms to ensure that in the event a natural hazard occurs, they are ready. In building back better, we need to invest in making communities more disaster-resilient,” Legarda stressed.

The Senator outlined tools for disaster prevention, which include: cleaning of esteros, canals, and other waterways for  the free flow of water; preventing the cutting of trees especially in balding mountains and protected areas; abating mining in vulnerable areas; reminding the citizenry that rivers and other bodies of water are not garbage disposal bins; recycling; using geo-hazard maps as guide to determine the safe areas for residences and other infrastructure; regular inspection of public buildings and facilities for structural integrity; and establishing a clear and effective early warning and response system.


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