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Pagara TKOs Chavez in 2nd round; three other Pinoy boxers win in Pinoy Pride 29 (Sports)

DAVAO CITY, Feb. 8 (PNA) -- World Boxing Organization International junior welterweight champion Jason "El Nino" Pagara retained his title by knocking out Mexican challenger Cesar Chavez in 1:56 of the second round in the Pinoy Pride 29: Fist of Fury Saturday night at the USEP Gym in Davao City. Pagara first knocked down the Mexican twice in the early opening round but was saved by the bell.

In the second round, the native of Cagayan de Oro City immediately went to the body before landing a whooping right hook to the head that sent down Chavez grimacing in pain. Chavez tried to stand up but only to fell down again on the canvas with his forehead hitting first forcing referee Bruce McTavish to stop the scheduled 12-round title-fight. "Malakas talaga si Pagara (Pagara is really strong)," said ALA chief trainer Edito Villamor. Meanwhile, WBO Intercontinental junior featherweight champion Genesis "Azukal" Servania also retained his title by a convincing unanimous decision over Mexican challenger Juan Luis "Perla Negra" Hernandez.

Servania tried to mix it up with Hernandez, who opted to keep on avoiding the undefeated Filipino fighter from Bago City after the second round. According to his female trainer Monica Abedith Rico, Hernadez injured his right wrist during the second round. Servania, however, kept on chasing Hernandez but failed to land the knockout punch. Both fighters earlier predicted to win by a knockout.

"King" Arthur Villanueva also remained undefeated by scoring a similar unanimous decision against former world champion Juan Cesar "Pingo" Miranda. The fight, however, turned out to be more exciting compared to the Servania-Hernandez championship bout. Miranda showed his old form in the first five rounds but slowed down in the remaining rounds as Villanueva completely dominated the fight with his stinging left-right combinations.

Villanueva said that he had learned so much from his fight with Miranda. "Kailangan ko pa ma-improve ang aking stamina at diskarte (I still need to improve on my stamina and skills)," said Villanueva. Promising Mark "Magnifico" Magsayo and Arjan "Spartan" Canillas also both remained undefeated after stopping their foreign rivals in the undercard. Magsayo stopped former PABA super bantamweight champion Sukkasem Keityongyuth of Thailand in 2:10 of the fifth round by landing a whooping right cross to the head.

The smashing blow almost sent down the Thai out of the ring. Referee Elizardo Resma was able to hold on to the leg and immediately stopped the fight. It was Magsayo's 10th win and 8th KO while Keithyongyuth only suffered his third loss against 13 wins. Canillas, on the other hand, knocked out Stevi Ongen Ferdinandus of Indonesia in 2:48 of the 4th round. Canillas landed left-right body shots to send the Indonesian kneeling down at the corner and was counted out. Canillas now has 10 straight wins with no loss or draw.

The other results: Vic "Vicous" Saludar of South Cotabato won over Bukidnon's Lester John Pronco by unanimous decision, Arnold Garde of Empire Boxing Gym Davao beat Bacolod's Rafael Sueno by unanimous decision and Bukidnon's Brian "Buhawi" Lobitania knocked out General Santos City's in 50 seconds of the 2nd round. The Pinoy Pride 29, a co-presentation of ABS-CBN was backed by Rajah Park Hotel, Fungisol, Infinity Suites, The Royal Mandaya Hotel, SM City Davao, Holiday Taxi and MMJJ Ads. (PNA)CTB/LCM/LTDR/LDP

GenSan dad seeks lifting of LRA suspension order for titling of public lands

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Feb. 3 (PNA) -- City officials are pushing for the immediate lifting of a suspension order issued by the Land Registration Authority (LRA) over the titling of pubic lands within the city. City Councilor Rosalita Nunez filed a resolution urging the LRA to recall the “total suspension” order on land titling that it issued in July 2013 in the wake of an investigation over alleged irregularities in the processing of land titles involving declared public lands in the area.

She said the move is mainly aimed to facilitate the processing of titles for various alienable and disposable lands in the city that are already considered as residential areas. The official specifically cited areas that were not covered by the investigation and subject to claims by local residents. Nunez said some of these areas are already eligible for titling as provided for in Republic Act 10023 or the “Act Authorizing the Issuance of Free Patents to Residential Lands.”

BFAR allots P55-M for implementation of TARGET program in Region 12

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Jan. 26 (PNA) -- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has allocated around P55 million for the implementation this year of a new socio-economic initiative for poor fisherfolk in parts of the region. Sammy Malvas, BFAR Region 12 director, said Monday they have identified a total of 3,723 inland and coastal fishermen as beneficiaries of the newly-launched Targeted Actions to Reduce Poverty and Generate Economic Transformation in the Fishery Sector or TARGET program in the region.

He said the recipients were chosen from among the registrants of the agency’s National Program for Municipal Fisherfolk Registration (FishR) and the database of the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Region 12. “We will be providing livelihood assistance to these beneficiaries, who are considered as among the poorest of the poor fisherfolk in the region,” he said during the program’s regional launching here.

ARMM gov calls on stakeholders to guard gains of Mindanao peace process

COTABATO CITY, Jan. 27 (PNA) -- Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Mujiv Hataman has urged all peace stakeholders not to let Sunday’s violent incident in Mamasapano, Maguindanao involving elements of the Philippine National Police–Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) derail the ongoing Mindanao peace process. As of the latest count, the incident claimed the lives of 49 police officers and 5 MILF fighters.

Hataman said even the MILF concurs that the operation launched by the SAF team was legitimate. He said even Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas called the incident a “misencounter” leading to the “single largest loss of life in the security sector." Hataman also called on both government and MILF not to let the case affect the ongoing peace process, cautioning that detractors might use the incident for their own agenda and try to sow discord and derail the peace process.

ARMM pursues 2015 P120-M BRIDGE program

COTABATO CITY, Jan. 20 (PIA) – As the transition to Bangsamoro Government is expected in the 2nd quarter of 2015, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) launched another development program - the Bangsamoro Regional Inclusive Development for Growth and Empowerment (BRIDGE) at the Office of the Bangsamoro People, here recently. The ARMM-BRIDGE concept is patterned after the government’s National Community Driven Development Program (NCDDP) under the KALAHI-CIDSS convergence program of the DSWD, according to ARMM Executive Secretary Laisa Alamia..

“The ARMM-BRIDGE adopts the same mechanism of Community Driven Development (CDD), meaning, the developments that we’re going to undertake is based on the request/needs of the community. “This BRIDGE is an upscaling of ARMM-HELPS program at the municipal level – although, the individual budget can be implemented through municipal wide, community or barangay level," Alamia said. During the launching of the program, Alamia identifiedl 15 target pilot municipalities in the five provinces of ARMM in which each pilot town submitted at least three barangay beneficiaries.

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