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DENR suspends 3 CBFM in Sibagat, Agusan del Sur

Butuan City (23 October) -- Regional Executive Director Edilberto S. Buiser has suspended the operation of three CBFM areas in Barangay Padi-ay, Sibagat, Agusan del Sur today as a condition for the release of the remaining DENR personnel being held by the kidnappers somewhere in a remote village of Padi-ay in Sibagat, Agusan del Sur.

The compromise deal was arrived at after a meeting of the Crisis Management Committee presided over by RED Buiser with the multi-sectoral group to discuss the demands of the kidnapper.

The suspended CBFM are the Iligan Tribal Forest Development (ITRIFADC), with an area of 2,639.00 hectares, the Hampapalay Farmers Multi Purpose Cooperative (HFMPC) in brangay Sta.Cruz with an area of 2,162 hectares and the Bagani Tribal Returness Development Cooperative (BTRCDC) wih an area of 1,204.58 hectares in Barangay Bantolinao, all Sibagat, Agusan del Sur.

The suspended CBFM were contained in the 6-point demands of the kidnappers of the DENR personnel who are being kept in an isolated place in Barangay Kolambogan, Sibagat, Agusan del Sur.

The Crisis Management Committee and the multi-sectoral group have arrived with this decision as part of the bargain to secure the release of the rest of the DENR personnel who are still being held at the kidnapper's lair.

A group was sent to the area to bring the medicines and fresh clothes being requested by the hostages.

The group will also bring the position of the DENR Crisis Management Committee that the kidnapers should consider as priority of the release of the other hostages who are injured and need immediate medical attention as possible.

The Committee is at present holding another meeting with Mayor Democrito Plaza II and Congressman Jose Aquino II at the City Mayor's Office in Butuan City as of press time. (DENR-13/PIA-Caraga) [top]

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