UN AGENCY COMMITS $25-M FOR POVERTY REDUCTION PROJECTS IN 11 AGRARIAN REFORM COMMUNITIES


 

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) of the United Nations has committed $25 million worth of agricultural projects starting in 2016 aimed at reducing poverty in 11 agrarian reform communities (ARCs).

 

IFAD Country Program Manager Benoit Thierry said over 300,000 agrarian reform beneficiaries belonging to 11 ARCs in regions 9, 11 and Caraga would benefit from the project called Convergence of Value-Chain Enhancement for Rural Growth and Empowerment (CONVERGE).

 

“Starting next year, various development projects will pour to these farm communities for the next six years,” Thierry said.

 

Thierry said the objective of CONVERGE is to enable ARBs and other smallholder farmers to become highly productive entrepreneurs.

 

In partnership with the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Thierry said CONVERGE shall provide financing for farm inputs, tools, product packaging and capacity-building projects to increase the quantity and improve the quality of farmers’ commodity production. The project shall also link the farmers to the market.

 

“By linking farmers to the market, CONVERGE shall effective transform these farmers into active contributors to the achievement of broad-based rural economic growth,” said Thierry.

 

Thierry announced the CONVERGE project during the Knowledge and Learning Market and Policy Engagement (KLM-PE) jointly organized by IFAD, DAR, the Dept. of Agriculture, civil society organizations and farmers’ organizations held on November 25, 2015 at the Bureau of Soils and Water Management Auditorium (BSWM) in Quezon City.

 

This year’s KLM-PE sessions focused on activities that highlight the importance of smallholder farmers in poverty reduction strategies.

Posted By: Lynne Pingoy

DRUG DEN MAINTAINER, 5 CUSTOMERS ARRESTED DURING SEARCH IN CEBU


Armed with a search warrant, operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) neutralized a drug den and arrested its suspected maintainer and five others in Cebu City on November 7, 2015.

PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo G. Cacdac, Jr., identified the suspects as Mario Campil Sacedo, 30 years old, a resident of Barangay Tisa, Cebu City; Jomyl Gallardo, 28; Cliffton Billones, 36; Merlito Segara, 40; Martin Regidor, 19; and Joven Luna, 28.

Sacedo, who is the subject of the search warrant, is believed to be the one maintaining the drug den.

At around 7:00 in the evening, agents of PDEA Regional Office 7 (PDEA RO7) under Director Jeffrey Bangsa implemented a search warrant at a house utilized as a drug den in Platinum Street, Riva Ridge, Barangay Tisa, Cebu City that led to the arrest of Sacedo and company.

Confiscated inside were 31 plastic sachets of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu, weighing more or less 60 grams, with an estimated value of P600, 000 and assorted drug paraphernalia.

Sacedo will be charged for violation of Section 6 (Maintenance of a Drug Den), Section 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs) and Section 12 (Possession of Equipment and Other Drug Paraphernalia), Article II of RA 9165, or The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, while cases for violation of Section 7 (Visitors/Employees of a Drug Den) of the anti-drug law, await the others.

Posted By: Lynne Pingoy

LOCAL DRUG GROUP MEMBER BUSTED IN BAGUIO


A local drug group member was arrested by combined operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and local police after he sold methamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu, to a poseur-buyer in Baguio City.

PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo G. Cacdac, Jr. identified the suspect as Patrick Roger Tamayo Catbagan, 28 years old, a resident of South Sanitary Camp, Baguio City. Catbagan is a member of Pagare Drug Group operating in Baguio City.

On November 6, 2015 at around 11:00 in the evening, an undercover agent of PDEA Regional Office-Cordillera Administrative Region (PDEA RO-CAR) under Director Juvenal Azurin entered into a transaction with Catbagan for the purchase of two plastic sachets of shabu. They agreed to meet in South Central, Aurora Hill, Baguio City.

Upon the pre-arranged signal, elements of PDEA RO-CAR, in collaboration with a team from Baguio City Police Office Station 6 immediately arrested Catbagan after receiving the buy-bust money in exchange for the illegal drug.

When frisked, Catbagan yielded eight more plastic sachets containing more or less 50 grams of suspected shabu, with an estimated street value of P225,000.

However, Catbagan’s cohort identified as Arman Dumpit, managed to elude arrest. Dumpit remains at large.

Catbagan will be charged for violation of Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs) and Section 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs), Article II of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. He is temporarily detained at PDEA RO-CAR Jail Facility in Camp Bado Dangwa, La Trinidad, Benguet.

Posted By: Lynne Pingoy

PDEA CONFISCATES P750, 000 WORTH OF SHABU IN NAGA CITY


Anti-narcotics agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) seized P750, 000 worth of methamphetamine hydrochloride, locally known as shabu, during an entrapment operation in Naga City on November 7, 2015.

PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo G. Cacdac, Jr. said that the illegal drug was confiscated from suspects identified as Francis Tayco, alias Boto, 38 years old; and Reynante Pamarang, 32, both residents of San Cirilo, Pasacao, Camarines Sur.

At around 3:00 in the afternoon, operatives of PDEA Regional Office 5 (PDEA RO5) Camarines Sur Provincial Office under the direct supervision of Director Bryan Babang conducted a buy-bust operation along Maharlika Highway, Barangay Mabolo, Naga City that led to the arrest of Tayco and Pamarang, who yielded 11 pieces of transparent plastic sachets containing 150 grams of shabu worth P750, 000.

Tayco and Pamarang will be charged for violation of Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs) and Section 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs), Article II of Republic Act 9165 or The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Posted By: Lynne Pingoy

BIG-TIME LADY PUSHER BUSTED INSIDE HOTEL: Yields P5 million worth of shabu


A suspected big-time lady pusher was arrested inside a hotel in Camarines Norte after she sold methamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu, to an undercover Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) agent on November 7, 2015.

PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo G. Cacdac, Jr. identified the suspect as Cherrylyn Nabahab, with aliases Dhang/Cherrylyn Bebing, 23 years old, of Kalimbas Street, Sta. Cruz, Manila.

At about 8:00 in the morning, elements of PDEA Regional Office 5 (PDEA RO5) Camarines Norte Provincial Office under Director Bryan Babang conducted a buy-bust operation in Wiltan Hotel, Barangay 5, Daet, Camarines Norte which resulted in the arrest of Nabahab.

Confiscated from her was one large tape-sealed transparent plastic bag containing 1,012.7204 grams of shabu, with an estimated street value of P5, 000, 000.

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 charged against Nabahab before the Office of the Provincial Prosecutors, Daet, Camarines Norte.

Nabahab is presently detained at Camarines Norte Provincial Jail, Daet, Camarines Norte.

Posted By: Lynne Pingoy

WANTED CHINESE NATIONAL ARRESTED BY PDEA, PNP IN MAKATI


A 47-year-old Chinese national who is wanted for possession of illegal drugs, was arrested by combined operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) during the implementation of a warrant of arrest in Makati City.

PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo G. Cacdac, Jr. identified the suspect as Jacky Sia Huang, with aliases Tsoi/Huang Jin Nan, married, a resident of Units 2201 and 2604, Antel Platinum, Tower Condominium Association, Inc. (APTCAI), No. 154 Valero Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City.

On November 5, 2015 at around 11:10 in the evening, combined operatives of PDEA Special Enforcement Service (PDEA SES) under Director Ismael G. Fajardo Jr. and Special Operations Unit 3-Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force (SOU3-AIDSOTF) served a warrant of arrest against Huang in his condominium unit in APTCAI, Makati City that led to his arrest.

Huang was charged in his participation in the dismantled warehouse located at Unit 48 Cerulean Street, Sentosia Condominium, Macapagal Avenue, Brgy. Tambo, Parañaque City on February 12, 2014. Confiscated during the search were 27.50 kilograms of shabu and 24 kilograms of ephedrine.

Huang has a pending case for violation of Section 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs), Article II of RA 9165 or The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Two days ago, Marvin Tan Yap, alias Mr. Tiu, 39, a resident of No. 15, San Carlos Street, Magallanes Village, Makati City, and Unit 3B, Tuscany Garden Villa Condominium, McKinley Hills, Taguig City, was also arrested by the same law enforcement units at the parking lot of Central Square, 30th Street Corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.

Yap also has a pending case for violation of RA 9165 because of his alleged participation in the neutralization of a warehouse in Sentosia Condominium, the same facility where Huang was implicated.

Posted By: Lynne Pingoy

P700, 000 WORTH OF SHABU SEIZED IN LAGUNA: PDEA arrests 2 pushers


Seven hundred thousand pesos worth of methamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu, was confiscated by agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) during a buy-bust operation in Laguna on November 7, 2015

PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo G. Cacdac, Jr. said that operatives of PDEA Regional Office 3 (PDEA RO3) under Director Gladys Rosales conducted an entrapment operation in Phase 2, Golden City Subdivision, Dila, Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

Arrested during the operation are suspects identified as Rhayaron Portales, 32 years old, a resident of Cabuyao, Laguna; and Angelita Gabayan, 47, of Muntinlupa City.

PDEA RO3 operatives made a drug deal with Portales and Gabayan to facilitate the sale of 200 grams of shabu and first agreed to rendezvous in San Fernando, Pampanga, then in Muntinlupa City, and eventually in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, at around 3:00 in the afternoon.

Confiscated from the duo were 200 grams of suspected shabu, with an estimated market value of P700, 000.

A case for violation of Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs) in relation to Section 26 (Conspiracy to Sell), Article II of Republic Act 9165, otherwise known as “The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002” will be filed in court against Portales and Gabayan, who are temporarily detained at PDEA RO3 Jail Facility in Camp Olivas, City of San Fernando, Pampanga.

Posted By: Lynne Pingoy