(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, 28 October, 2020) At 3:00 AM today, the eye of Typhoon MOLAVE (formerly QUINTA) was located based on all available data at 500 km Northwest of Kalayaan Islands, Palawan (14.0°N, 110.7°E) (outside of Philippine Area of Responsibility) with maximum sustained winds of 155 km/h near the center and gustiness up to 190 km/h. It is moving West Northwestward at 20 km/h. Caraga Region will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to Localized Thunderstorm. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Light to Moderate winds coming from Northeast to Southeast will prevail and the coastal waters will be Slight to Moderate with wave height from 0.6 to 2.5 meters.

Monday, October 26, 2020

‘Bisaya Gyud’ team facilitates successful operation of Surigaonon mother

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 26 (PIA)-- Months after her successful operation on cancer of the saliva gland in July, the ‘Bisaya Gyud’ team visited Mary Jane Ocampo on October 23, 2020 to check on her current health status.

Ocampo, 28 years old and a native of Surigao del Norte, sought help from the Bisaya Gyud program to have her Stage 4 parotid mucoepidermoid carcinoma, a cancer of the salivary glands, treated. Such concern was then voiced to concerned authorities. The team then visited her temporary residence in Cainta, Rizal in June to facilitate her needs. Through the aid provided by the Malasakit Center and the Office of Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go (OSBG), she then underwent an operation at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) a month after.

Mary Grace Ocampo, Mary Jane’s sister who accompanied her throughout the operation, recounts that the operation was anything but smooth. Prior to it, Mary Jane tested positive for COVID-19 which caused further delays. But all throughout, the Malasakit Center team, as well as the hospital staff, was accommodating to their needs, which helped ease their plight.

“We had to wait for her recovery before she could have her operation done. We were really worried but thankfully the staff members of the Malasakit Center and the PGH always made sure to check on us.”

The Malasakit Center also shouldered all the expenses for the operation, which amounted to P200,778. According to Mary Grace, it only took them less than a day for the transactions to be processed, which was a huge relief for them.

The Ocampo sisters expressed their deepest thanks to the swift response provided by the center and to those who readily provided aid for their situation.

“We are truly thankful for the immediate aid provided to us, especially to the team making up the Malasakit Center and to Senator Bong Go who was just as active in responding to our needs. We are also thankful to Secretary Martin Andanar and the Bisaya Gyud team. Without them, help wouldn’t have come our way,” Mary Grace said.

The OSBG team provided food packs to the Ocampo sisters while financial assistance was provided by the Bisaya Gyud team under its Operation Tabang.

Now that her operation is done, Mary Jane expressed her desire to go home to her family and continue her recovery period in her hometown and asked help from Senator Go.

“I would like to seek help from the senator. It’s hard for me to continue my recovery while I’m away from my family. I badly want to go home and be with my family.”

The Bisaya Gyud team assured that her concern would be voiced immediately to the senator’s office. (DMNR/PIA-Caraga)  

AgNor LCE lauds DA-NFA’s palay procurement program

By Aurelius P. Arais

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 26 -- The local chief executive of Las Nieves, Agusan del Note lauded the government’s palay procurement program through the Department of Agriculture-National Food Authority (DA-NFA) for buying palay from the local farmers.

“With the low buying price of the private traders, the government procurement program allows our farmers to earn more,”  Mayor Avelina Rosales said.

The buying price of DA-NFA is P19.00 per kilo, clean and dry, much higher than the private traders.

Amielou Jane Mendoza, information officer of DA-NFA Caraga revealed that based on their monitoring, private traders are buying from the farmers at the average price of P14.63 per kilo for fresh harvest and P16.95 per kilo for clean and dry.

Rosales is grateful to NFA for establishing a buying station in their town catering to the harvest of Las Nieves rice farmers.

“As our contribution to the government procurement program, the local government unit is assisting our farmers to have their fresh harvest dried in the Village Type Dryer (VTD) provided by the DA-Caraga for a very minimal fee,” Leonito Pasquito, the Municipal Agriculturist said.

Farmers who will bring in their fresh harvest on the VTD will just have to pay .85 cents per kilo, and DA-NFA will buy the dried palay, thus ensuring a sure market of farmer’s produce at a higher price.

“We are so thankful to the Department of Agriculture for giving us a Village Type Dryer capable of processing both corn and rice, it is a big boost for our farmers in the locality,” Pasquito explained.

Las Nieves is a recipient of two Village Type Dryer from the Department of Agriculture, one located at Brgy. Pinanaan, and another one at Brgy. Malitacato, and some Multi-Purpose Drying Pavement (MPDP) through various farmer’s association. 

“As of October 17, 2020, our VTD had already dried around 12,000 bags and the dried palay had been purchased by DA-NFA,” Pasquito revealed.

He said that as the harvest of corn is also on the way, the post-harvest facility is a big boost to the locality’s agriculture sector.

DA is assisting the farmers through the provision of pre and post-harvest facility (PPHF) to minimize losses and maintain the quality of the products.

Recently, Regional Executive Director Abel James I. Monteagudo visited the project and other DA-assisted interventions to ensure continuous food production amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (DA Caraga/PIA Agusan del Norte)

PNP joins TESDA in providing skills trainings to Butuan’s RCSP priority villages

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 26 -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) joins with Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in providing skills training to residents of Brgy. Antongalon here.

This development came after TESDA-Agusan del Norte Provincial Director Rey M. Cueva has discussed on October 22, 2020 in a meeting with Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) Director PCol. Canilo Fuentes, Antongalon Brgy. Capt. Epefania D. Antoquia, and some police officers of this city on the possible interventions to be given to residents of the said barangay.

Director Cueva said that one of the skills trainings that are lined-up is the Organic Vegetable Production which is being pushed by TESDA Sec. Isidro S. Lapena to allow the local community to obtain self-sufficiency in food production.

Other livelihood trainings that are put in place are: rug-making, soap-making, floor wax-making, banana chips, cake, buko pie and buko halo-halo-making. “By teaching the local residents of these trainings, we are hoping that this can help the community in their livelihood,” Cueva said.

Barangay Antongalon is one of the 14 barangays of this city that is given priority by the Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP).

The CSP is a program of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Development Support and Security Plan (DSSP) dubbed as “Kapayapaan,” which is a multi-stakeholder and community-based peace and development effort aimed to establish and protect a conflict-affected community. It aims to identify issues of the communities and introduce developmental interventions to resolve these issues that the community itself identified. However, the CSP is limited with resources in addressing issues and gaps due to limited resources and participation of other National Government Agencies (NGAs).

Thus, the RCSP was formulated in order the strengthen the CSP initiatives of the military and making the effort of Local Government Units driven. With the implementation of the RCSP, Local Chief Executives will be the champions of the RCSP through their programs, projects and activities (PPAs) that are geared towards institutionalizing sustainable peace and development. (TESDA Agusan del Norte, PIA Agusan del Norte)

From ink to link towards dev't

By Aurelius Arais

A project proposal is a stepping stone towards the realization of a much-needed change and development.

Thus, the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Caraga conducted specialized training for its staff for a project proposal writing dubbed as “Writing a Winning Project Proposal In Response to COVID-19 Pandemic” on Sept. 8-10, 2020 for the first batch and Oct. 6-8, 2020 for the second batch.

”This training aimed to capacitate DA personnel especially those at the forefront of assisting our farmer associations or organizations in coming up with a viable project proposal,” said Rebecca Atega, OIC-Regional Technical Director for Operations.

With the current guidelines on accessing government financial support or project will be proposal-based, the training is a big boost for DA-Caraga frontliners.

“In my experience, a winning proposal must include the farmers in conceptualizing and drafting stage to make it viable and realistic,” said Dr. Victor Emmanuel Ozarraga, a consultant of Gawad Kalinga Community Development Foundation and resource person of the training.

Ozarraga said that any financial institutions whether government or private will finance a project if the proposal itself not just speaks about the importance of the project but how attainable.

The said training is a collaboration of DA-Caraga Regional Office and DA-Agricultural Training Institute (DA-ATI).  (DA13-RAFIS/PIA-Caraga)

Olympic-size swimming pool sa Surigao del Norte binuksan na sa publiko

By Venus L. Garcia

LUNGSOD NG SURIGAO, Surigao del Norte, Oktubre 26 (PIA) -- Isang 50-meter Olympic-size swimming pool ang benindisyunan at binuksan kamakailan sa loob ng Provincial Sports  omplex sa pamamagitan ng isang simple at makabuluhang selebrasyon.

Ang pagbubukas ng bagong olympic size swimming pool ay naglalayun na palakasin ang inisyatibo ng provincial government na ma promote at mapaigting pa ang mabuting kalusugan ng mga surigaonon kahit sa gitna ng pandemya na kinakaharap ng bansa.

Ang nasabing selebrasyon ay inumpisan isang motorcade paikot sa syudad patungo sa provincial sports complex at sumunod na ang blessing na pinangunahan ni Fr. Larry Espuerta at isinunod din ang inagurasyon sa pangunguna ni Gobernador Francisco Matugas kasama ang iba pang lokal na opisyal ng probinsya ng Surigao del Norte at lungsod ng Surigao.

“Kahit pa sa nararanasang pandemya buo pa rin ang paniwala ko na kailangan pa rin ng probinsya na mapanatili ang mabuting kalusugan ng mga Surigaonon sa pamamagitan ng reconstruction sa nasabing swimming pool na magiging importanteng bahagi ng buhay ng bawat Surigaonon,” ani Gob. Matugas.

Samantala laking pasasalamat naman ni Edwin Ausa, ang kasalukuyang provincial wellness sports and youth development officer, dahil aniya makakatulong ang nasabing swimming pool sa mga studyante ng ibat’ ibang paaralan sa Surigao del Norte na gustong mag-ensayo kasama na ang mga residente na gusto ring maligo.       

“Basically, itong swimming pool na ito will cater all those who are here in the mainland. I'm sure in the future we can have superstars in terms of swimming," ani Ausa.

Pero kasabay ng pagtaas ng kaso ng COVID-19 sa probinsya, pansamantala munang isinara sa publiko ang pag gamit sa nasabing swimming pool. (VLG/SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)