Author: Raffy Rico

HOUSEWIFE FALLS IN PDEA BUY-BUST IN ILIGAN CITY

A housewife, who is also a drug pusher, was arrested by anti-narcotics agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) during a buy-bust operation in Iligan City on October 13, 2014. PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo G Cacdac, Jr. identified the suspect as Marlyn Gapol y Yabroso, 39 years old, housewife and resident of Purok 4, Saray, Iligan City. At around 1:30 pm, an undercover agent from PDEA Regional Office 10 Lanao del Norte Special Enforcement Team (PDEA RO10) under Director Emerson L. Margate acted as poseur-buyer and was able to buy one big heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet of methamphetamine hydrochloride, popularly known as shabu, from Gapol in her neighborhood in Purok 4, Saray, Iligan City. After the transaction was consummated, operatives arrested Gapol. Confiscated from her possession were three pieces of big rectangular heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets of suspected shabu, one small-sized heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet of suspected shabu, two pieces of small-sized rectangular heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets containing suspected shabu and the buy-bust money.  Seized pieces of drug evidence were brought to the PDEA Regional Office 10 laboratory for forensic analysis. Gapol is presently under the custody of PDEA RO10.  Charges for violation of Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs) and Section 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs), Article, of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 have been filed in court against...

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PUSHER BUSTED INSIDE FASTFOOD RESTO IN PASIG, P875,000 worth of shabu seized by PDEA

A 40-year-old male pusher was arrested by elements of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) after he sold methamphetamine hydrochloride, locally known as shabu, to a poseur-buyer inside a popular fast food restaurant chain on October 13, 2014 in Pasig City. PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo G. Cacdac, Jr. identified the suspect as Zaldy Sanchez y Alci, alias Zaldo, single, a cockfighting handler and a resident of No. 058 S. Tuazon Street, Pateros, Metro Manila. An undercover PDEA agent was able to hatch a drug transaction with Sanchez who agreed to rendezvous inside a fast food restaurant along A. Luna Street, San Joaquin, Pasig City, at around 8:30 in the evening. Upon a pre-arranged signal, operatives of PDEA Regional Office-National Capital Region (PDEA RO-NCR) under Atty. Jacquelyn de Guzman immediately swooped down on Sanchez after he received the P1,000 marked bill placed on top of boodle money in exchange for one knot-tied plastic bag containing 175.0437 grams of shabu worth P875,000. According to reports, Sanchez was arrested for a drug-related offense in 2005 but the case was later dismissed two years after by a regional trial court in Pateros.             A case for violation of Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs), Article II of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, was filed before the Office of the City Prosecutor in Pasig City against...

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PDEA, PNP, NBI TAKE PART IN SHOOTFEST

Drug law enforcers from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) participated in a one-day invitational shoot fest held at the PNP Firing Range, Camp Crame in Quezon City on October 7, 2014. PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo G. Cacdac, Jr. said that 49 marksmen and women formed the teams of PDEA, PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force (AIDSOTF) and NBI-Reaction Arrest and Interdiction Division (RAID) competing in the event. The shooting competition featured three stages and was divided into six categories: team, lady, standard, production, classic and steel challenge “man vs man shooting, with a total of 17 trophies at stake. The biggest winners include Team PDEA 1 that won the over-all championship followed by two teams from PNP-AIDSOTF. In the Ladies Category, NBI was the runaway victor. After the awarding ceremonies, the participating teams enjoyed a Fellowship Dinner that capped off the day’s festivities. “Through this activity, we form stronger ties and bolster the culture and climate of cooperation among drug law enforcement agencies. Thus strengthening our foundation of teamwork in performing a common mandate, that is crushing the drug menace. It is also an exercise to sharpen our shooting competency and safety in handling firearms,” Cacdac...

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DA 11, IPs reach agreement on Stock Farm land

Benchmarking. Department of Agriculture (DA) 11 officials headed by Director Remelyn Recoter led the benchmarking during the kick-off of the 5-day Re-Survey in Marilog Stock Farm  and Research Center Reservation in Marilog District, Davao City. DAVAO CITY – Finally, an agreement between the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) group and the Department of Agriculture (DA) 11 was done through a symbolic ritual recently at the Marilog Stock Farm and Research Center Reservation in Marilog, Davao City. Through benchmarking of the different points, DA 11 once again re-survey in conformity with their customs and traditions the parcel of land with the help...

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DA-BFAR OPENS 51ST FISH CONSERVATION WEEK, HIGHLIGHTS FISHERFOLK’S ROLE IN THE PHILIPPINE FISHERY SECTOR

Message of DA-BFAR National Director Asis G. Perez (left), during the openning of the annual celebration of the 51st Fish Conservation week  with the theme, “SECTOR NG MANGINGISDANG REHISTRADO  AT KINILALA, KABALIKAT SA PAGSULONG NG PANGISDAANG MASAGANA” at the PCA covered court  Elliptical road Quezon City, on October 13, 2014. (at the right) Region-4A the winning group, during the “street dance” competition. The Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) opens the annual celebration of the Fish Conservation Week, today, with some good news in store for the Philippine fishery sector. The Fish Conservation Week, which...

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Batac farmer improves livelihood through CPAR

Rosalinsa Basamot, a farmer cooperator in Ilocos, is all smiles as she shows her renovated house she refers to as “sementado na.” Right below her is a bamboo slat in which her old house was made of. Rosalinda Basamot considers herself a happy farmer as she is earning a respectable livelihood by planting rice, corn, and winged bean, along with vermicompost production and cattle fattening. Rosa, as she is fondly called, is a farmer-cooperator of the Community-based Participatory Action Research (CPAR) project implemented by the Department of Agriculture –Regional Field Office (DA-RFO) 1 and funded by the Department of...

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Tagbanwa women receive livelihood training from DAR

  The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently conducted a two -day training for Tagbanwa women in Narra, Palawan to revive and enhance their heritage products and promote the same in wider markets. Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Conrado Guevarra said the training activity, dubbed as “Enhancement Training on Handicraft Making,”  is in preparation for the establishment of a Pasalubong Center in Barangay Estrella Village, an agrarian reform community (ARC) in Narra town. The participants to the training were chosen from among the women weavers with basic knowledge in handicraft making.  The Pasalubong Center, made possible through the effort and funding of the Municipal Tourism Office of Narra, is a potential market for local products, which are big attractions to tourists and balikbayans visiting  Estrella Falls in Barangay Estrella. Estrella Falls is a tourists’ destination in Narra because of its cool and clean water. It is consistently recognized as the “Cleanest Inland Body of Water in the regional level.” “The 21 participants, mostly wife of farmer-beneficiaries, were introduced to Salimbawa or Crazy Weaving, a new and unique way of buri/pandan weaving. The training is expected to help Tagbanwa people gain additional source of livelihood through selling of handicraft products,” Guevarra said. The training, which was jointly initiated by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the local government of Narra,  in partnership with the non-government organization (NGO) implementing the...

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DA Bicol climate change response ensures production recovery

The effects of climate change may have challenged rice farmers in Bicol Region but the Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Office 5 has swiftly responded to cover production shortfall forecast. Mr. Cesar V. Calleja, Regional Statistics Officer of the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics said that the late start of the rainy season has delayed planting of rice in the region, decreasing the forecasted yield to 27.29% for the third quarter compared to the same period last year. “Planting of rice that normally starts in the months of May and June has been moved to July and August due to absence or lack of rainfall during these months.   In addition, about 28,400 hectares of rice plants, majority still   in the seedbed, newly planted or in vegetative stage have been damaged by typhoon Glenda,” said Calleja, adding that the figures translate to around 97,898 MT of production losses for the region. In response to these climate change challenges faced by Bicol rice farmers, the DA regional office has launched the Bicol Rehabilitation Assistance for Glenda in the Agriculture Sector, a massive effort to rehabilitate farms and recover from the resulting losses before the end of the year. Initially, 6,000 bags certified seeds were distributed to the provinces of Sorsogon, Albay, and Camarines Sur during the series of visits and provincial launching activities of the rehabilitation program of DA Secretary Proceso Alcala. ...

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P2.2 MILLION WORTH OF CHEMICALS AND LAB EQUIPMENT USED FOR MANUFACTURING SHABU DESTROYED BY PDEA

Seized controlled precursors and essential chemicals (CPECs), together with laboratory equipment intended for the production of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu, valued at P2,258,845.20 were destroyed today, October 10, 2014. The Director General of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Undersecretary Arturo G. Cacdac, Jr., led the destruction ceremony of the chemicals and non-drug evidence turned over by authorities that were recently ordered by the court to be destroyed. Cacdac said that a total of 993.50 liters of liquid chemicals (composed of diphenylmetyhane, ethanol, formic acid, hydrochloric acid, methanol and sulfuric acid) and 169,721 grams of solid chemicals (composed of ammonium formate, magnesium sulfate, activated carbon, iodine, red phosphorus and sodium hydroxide) were destroyed through chemical treatment method. Laboratory equipment consisting of heating mantles, electric burner, thermometer, separatory funnel, hot plate, iron stand, condenser, beaker, and glass wares confiscated during anti-drug operations were smashed to prevent them from being used again. The destruction activity was held at the Green Planet Management, Incorporated (GPMI) in Barangay Punturin, Valenzuela City, a Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) -accredited treatment facility. “In the spirit of transparency and accountability, PDEA will continue to regularly conduct activities to destroy illegal drugs, chemicals drug paraphernalia and laboratory equipment right before the probing eyes of the public. This will eliminate any misconception that these pieces of drug and non-drug evidence are being recycled for other purposes,”...

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SSS NCR Operations Group collects P10.81 in 1st Sem 2014

The offices of Social Security System (SSS) in the National Capital Region have collected P10.8 billion in total contributions for the first half of 2014, a 15.1 percent increase from the same period last year, SSS NCR Operations Group Head Senior Vice President Jose B. Bautista (seated 5th from left) said. Photo shows the branch managers from the NCR Operations Group during their 2015 Group Planning and 2014 First Semester Performance Review held recently with their respective Division Heads (seated 4th, 7th, respectively from left), Assistant Vice President for NCR-North Leticia G. Barbers and Assistant Vice President for NCR-South...

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