(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, 04 August 2021) Southwest Monsoon affecting the country. At 3:00 PM today, a Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 550 km Northeast of Itbayat, Batanes (24.5N, 125.4E). TROPICAL CYCLONES OUTSIDE PAR AT 3:00 AM TROPICAL DEPRESSION LOCATION: 735 KM WEST OF EXTREME NORTHERN LUZON (21.1°N, 114.8°E) MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS: 55 KM/H NEAR THE CENTER GUSTINESS: UP TO 70 KM/H MOVEMENT; EAST SOUTHEASTWARD SLOWLY Caraga Region will have Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Southwest Monsoon. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Light to Moderate winds coming from Southwest will prevail with Slight to Moderate seas / (0.6 to 2.1 meters).

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Site validation alang sa 'vegetable derby' nagpadayon

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN -- Nagpadayon kagahapong adlawa, Agosto 3, ang site validation alang sa proyektong “Vegetable Derby” nga gipasiugdahan sa probinsya sa sa Agusan del Norte pagpanguna sa buhatan sa Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO).

Ubos sa derby i-develop sa apil sa indigay ang labing ubos usa ka ektarya nga luna nga tamnan og 10 ka klase nga gulay.

Ang maong indigay giapilan sa upat ka lungsod nga girepresentahan sa mosunod nga mga sites: Brgy. Kauswagan sa syudad sa Cabadbaran; Brgy. Tagbuyacan sa Santiago; Sitio Zapanta Valley sa Kitcharao, ug; Brgy. Lingayao sa Las Nieves.

Ang kalihukan gisugdan niadtong Abril ug kamulo na ang mga Technical Working Group sa pag-monitor sa vegetable production sa mga nasangpit nga sites.

Tumong sa pagpahigayon og vegetable derby nga ma-improve pa ang sistema sa vegetable production sa probinsya, mapalambo pa ang mga proyektong sama sa gulayan sa paaralan/tahanan, demo farms, provision of tools and inputs ug uban pa.

Gipunting usab sa maong indigay nga maka-impluwensya pa sa mga mag-uuma aron madugangan pa ang ilang existing crops aron mapalambo pa ang ilang panginabuhian.

Ang pagpahiluna og mga gulayan kabahin sa Food Security Enhancement Project sa AGUSAN UP!, ang  kampanya sa pagpalambo sa administrasyon ni Gob. Dale B. Corvera kaabag ang buhatan ni Kongw. Angel Amante-Matba nga gitutokan sa PAO.  

Kabahin usab kini sa proyektong “Food Basket”, usa sa mga Core Processing Projects sa Process! Process! Process! Project ubos sa AGUSAN UP!

Nagpunting ang “Food Basket” nga matamnan ang 500 ektaryas nga gulayan sa tibuok probinsya hangtud sa tuig 2027 ug makamugna og vegetable processing activities sa lungsod sa Kitcharao sulod sa maong higayon.

Kuyog sa maong site validation ang mga personahe sa Mindanao Development Authority kon MinDA.

Kaabag usab sa maong proyekto ang buhatan sa Department of Agriculture [DA] -Region, Municipal Agriculture Offices, ubang mga ahensya sa gobyerno ug mga vegetable seeds companies. (Shena Mae Pabia ug Jim Rasonabe, LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

AgSur town mayor bares ongoing efforts vs COVID-19

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY – The local government unit (LGU) of Talacogon, Agusan del Sur led by Mayor Pauline Marie Masendo revealed initiatives and efforts of the LGU and various stakeholders in the fight against the transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), during the Network Briefing News hosted by Secretary Martin Andanar of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO).

As part of its preventive measures, the LGU has strengthened its information dissemination in the barangays, letting the locals know more about the virus and how to prevent it. “We have a strict implementation of our ordinance on health protocols and issued local executive orders to ensure that all are guided and will not be violating any rules,” she said.

“Our BHERTs are functional. We also remind our barangay officials of their functions, at the same time we remind our constituents that the Delta variant is different and not all COVID tests detect the highly transmissible Delta variant because it carries a distinctive biological matter,” added Masendo, who is also a registered nurse by profession.

For those Returning Overseas Filipino Workers (ROFWs), Masendo appealed for their understanding that a negative RT-PCR test result is not a guarantee that they can safely go home in the municipality. "The respective LGUs of destination are allowed to have local protocols so we enforce our protocol on quarantine," she said.

When asked about the vaccination rollout in the municipality, the lady mayor said that vaccination target is 28,410 and they are now at 17.44% accomplishment of that figure. “We try to convince our Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representatives (IPMR) and tribal leaders for them to get immunized first, and we are receiving positive feedback from them,” she said. 

Meanwhile, Sec. Andanar encouraged Mayor Masendo to bring their issues and concerns and request for assistance to Senator Bong Go, as the latter has been reaching out to the provinces of Caraga region and providing services and assistance particularly on the medical needs of the people during this time of COVID-19 pandemic. 

Mayor Masendo also shared that she is thankful to the support already extended by Sen. Go in the municipality, as well as the recent launching of the 131st Malasakit Center at the D.O. Plaza Memorial Hospital, wherein he provided financial assistance, groceries, vitamin supplements, face masks and face shields, among others. 

“Last Saturday, the 131st Malasakit Center was inaugurated here in Agusan del Sur and I personally thanked Senator Bong Go for his assistance, especially for COVID because last year he also gave P10 million and this year, we received P3 million in the first quarter which we used to buy equipment and create structures for our vaccination sites,” said Masendo. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

AgSur’s modernized Agriculture facility yields first harvest

BUTUAN CITY -- The Modernized Agriculture Facility of Agusan del Sur has recently yielded its first harvest of lettuce through a ceremonial harvesting facilitated by the Provincial Agriculture Office.

The facility is a project funded under the Department of Agriculture (DA)–Caraga’s Bayanihan II program and costs a total of P3 million. The establishment is located within the provincial capitol grounds.

The Modernized Agriculture Facility features a Hydroponics System, agriculture greenhouse, and a Nursery with Automated Fertigation System. It also has a component of a season-long training that will run for 16 weeks. 

Provincial Agriculturist Armando Valiente shared that the facility serves as a show window of various modern agricultural technologies that can further help develop the agriculture sector. He said that it aims to establish a resilient food system to ensure food availability and accessbility, promote urban agriculture, and provide an opportunity for farmers to generate income. 

Agusan del Sur Provincial Governor Santiago B. Cane said that they will definitely sustain the project. He said the program which will ensure food availability will help solve the problem on hunger and malnutrition.  He also said he will encourage all municipalities of the province to have the same facility in their areas.

On the other hand, DA–Caraga Regional Technical Director Rebecca R. Atega commended Agusan del Sur for being the first to harvest their planted crops in the facility despite being the last to start the establishment of the facility. He also assured Governor Cane that the Department will continue to support the endeavors of the Local Government Units for the development of agriculture in the region.  

The harvested lettuce was then sold at P120 per kilo. (DA-Caraga/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Youth org in AgSur advocates vs illegal drugs, terrorism

BUTUAN CITY – Amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, a youth organization in the province of Agusan del Sur has been active in advocating against the proliferation of illegal drugs and terroristic activities in the communities, and encouraged them to actively participate in the campaign and save more youth from being victims of these kinds of menace in the society.

During the Network Briefing News on Monday hosted by Secretary Martin Andanar of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) chairperson Jayson Barola shared that the SK officials in Barangay Los Arcos, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur are continuously reaching out to other peers in different barangays ang get them involved in the organization with they call as “Kabataan Kontra Droga at Terorismo” (KKDAT), wherein the personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) of the municipality have also been assisting the youth in their activities.

“During our dialogue with the youth in the different barangays here in our municipality, we introduced to them what the KKDAT organization is all about and its objectives. The KKDAT is under the supervision also of the PNP, and in every Katipunan ng Kabataan assembly in every barangay here, we urged the youth to be more aware of the ill effects of illegal drugs and to be more mindful not to be deceived and join and support the communist terrorist group,” said Barola.

Barola highlighted that as a leader and peace advocate, he is also an active member of the Propelling our Inherited Nation Through our Youth Inc. (POINTY) which is under the Youth for Peace Development Movement of the Philippines in partnership with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

“The youth is the hope of the nation, that’s why we must take action to ensure that we could also have a better future ahead. We want to make sure also that our efforts will not be put to waste, and soon we will gain the fruits of our labor as one nation,” Barola cited.  

When asked about the initiative of the SKs in the government’s vaccination program, Balora revealed that the SKs had conducted the ‘Katipunan ng Kabataan’ General Assembly and discussed issues and concerns on COVID-19, vaccination, and other topics. “I am also encouraging all the eligible youth to get vaccinated not only for their protection but also with those people that surround them,” he said. 

Meanwhile, Sec. Andanar was appreciative of all the efforts extended by the SKs to the youth in the communities to keep them well-informed and updated and active in the activities and campaign of the government. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Statement by Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar: On fake news circulating online claiming Pres. Duterte is using COVID-19 vaccines to “depopulate” the PH

There is no truth to circulating social media posts that the COVID-19 vaccines are being used by the Duterte administration to “depopulate” the Philippines. For detractors or critics to spread lies and claims that the Duterte administration and other officials is involved in such a sinister plot is laughably ludicrous and reeks of nutty conspiracy theory.

Our government has been working hard to achieve population protection through our national COVID-19 vaccination program so that we can protect everyone against the virus and minimize mortality by developing an immune response to it.

Such an attempt to misinform the Filipino public and induce paranoia when factual scientific basis support the safety and efficacy of vaccines against COVID-19 is malicious and ill-natured, and should not be tolerated. We ask the public not to believe these posts and use sound judgment when encountering other similar false information.