(PAGASA PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST) as of Tuesday, 25 September 2018 -- Weather Forecast At 3:00 AM today, the eye of Typhoon “PAENG” was located based on all available data at 740 km of East of Basco, Batanes (19.6°N, 129.0°E) with maximum sustained winds of 200 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 240 km/h. It is moving West Northwest at 10km/h. Zamboanga Peninsula, ARMM & SOCCSKSARGEN will have cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to trough of TY. The rest of Mindanao will be partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers and thunderstorms due to localized thunderstorms. Moderate to Strong winds coming from the west over the eastern section of Mindanao and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough. Elsewhere, light to moderate winds from Northwest to West with slight to moderate seas. (PAGASA)

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

1,305 motorbikes get clean rider stickers in SurSur

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Sept. 25 (PIA) - A total of 1,305 motorcycles in the Surigao del Sur were registered and received clean rider stickers, as of Sept. 13, 2018, a police official here said.

PPO chief PSSupt Francisco Dungo Jr., Provincial Director, urged the public particularly motorcycle owners in Surigao del Sur to support the said anti-criminality campaign and apply for a clean rider sticker to the nearest city or municipal police station provincewide.

Dungo added the program was successfully launched in the province at the Vicente L. Pimentel Sr. Boulevard in Tandag City last August 18, 2018.

Surigao del Sur Police Community Relations Officer PSupt Ramil Tersona, in a press statement said, the clean rider program is a nationwide campaign of the Philippine National Police (PNP) aimed to ensure the safety and security of motorcycle riders as well as prevent the impounded/stolen motorcycles to be used for criminal activities.

The clean rider sticker will be given free to all legitimate motorcycle owners.

The motorist only needs to fill up a registration form with 2×2 picture, present Original Receipt/Certificate of Registration of Motorcycle, Deed of Sale if applicable, Driver’s License, and Government Issued IDs, said Tersona. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)

DAR steps up LinkSFarM project in Agusan Norte

By Gil E. Miranda

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 25 -- Some 103 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) and smallholder farmers underwent a three-day training workshop on Product Selection, Supply Assessment and Market Chain Study under the LinkSFarm or Linking Small Farmholder to Market conducted by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) of Agusan del Norte on August 29 to 31, 2018 here.

The LinkSFarM project organized 22 clusters of several smallholder-farmers and Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) involving eight Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs) from different Agrarian Reform Communities (ARCs) within the target project areas of Butuan City.

DAR Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II (PARPO II) Andre B. Atega said that the project is a convergence approach among the DAR, Local Government Unit of Butuan, farmer groups and various stakeholders to engage farm business by way of collective marketing approach.

According to LinkSFarM Provincial Point Person Juanita Balibay, the training helped the farmers fully understand the cluster’s capacity to supply selected products to the market.

“The training also emphasized the importance of market chain study to gather market information of the intended buyers. This activity enhances the farmers’ knowledge to formulate agroenterprise objectives for collective marketing,” Balibay added.

Reynaldo Villarama, one of the participants, said the training helped farmers learn entrepreneurial skills and establish strong business relations with buyers.

LinkSFarM specific objective is to make smallholder farmers increase agricultural productivity, and effectively manage their agricultural production applying value chain process. Agro enterprise development approach is adopted for them to identify supply demands and access to market chain.  (DAR-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)