(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Friday, 22 March 2019) Mindanao will have partly cloudy-cloudy skies w/ isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Localized Thunderstorms. Eastern section of Mindanao will have moderate winds from the Northeast w/ moderate-occasionally rough seas. Elsewhere, light-moderate winds from NE-E w/ slight-moderate seas. PAGASA Mindanao/jaf

Thursday, March 21, 2019

AgNor PDRRMC conducts trainings for disaster preparedness, response

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, March 21 (PIA) – With the aim to prepare and assist Agusanons before and during disasters that might strike the province, series of trainings on disaster preparedness and response have been set by the provincial government of Agusan del Norte for the month of April this year.

According to Erma Suyo, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (PDRRM) officer, the PDRRM office in partnership with the Office of Civil Defense Caraga will hold a three-day Emergency Operations Center (EOC) training on April 3 to 6. 

Suyo said EOC is one of the disaster response tools that coordinate the actions of different groups by blending their complex organizational structures, its staff to manage information, and mobilize resources in anticipation of and/or to support incident operations.

Also, on April 8 to 10 a three-day Training of Trainers (ToT) on Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) will be conducted.

The CCCM is aimed to provide life preservation and meet the basic subsistence needs of affected population in the province of Agusan del Norte based on acceptable standards during or immediately after a disaster, she said.

The CCCM trainingis facilitated by the Response Committee of the PDRRMC in order to develop and implement standard operating procedures on response at all levels. (NCLM/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Cantilan all set for 6th Nat’l Surfing Competition

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

CANTILAN, Surigao del Sur, March 21 (PIA) – The local government unit of Cantilan this province is all set for the 6th Cantilan National Surfing Competition on March 22-24, 2019 in Cantilan town.
The second-class municipality headed by Mayor Philip Pichay will host the event supported by Governor Manuel Alameda Sr.

The activity aims to make Cantilan as one of the best surf sites in the province as well as in the Philippines.

The registration for each participant is Php500.00, with the following inclusion: event shirt, welcome dinner and victory party dinner.
The event has two open categories to compete: the Short-board; and the Long-board with a grand prize of Php10,000.00 and Php7,000.00, respectively.

Online registration will be accepted via email at cantilansurf@gmail.com.

The participants are requested to state the complete name and category they wanted to belong to in the competition and wait for the reply from the organizers for the details of the payment.

The organizers also encourage all participants to bring their own tents or hammocks, including their own tumblers.

The LGU organizer will provide the water stations at the event venue as they are promoting a 100% Plastic-Free event with the slogan of “Be the Change! Say No to Plastic!” (PIA-Surigao del Sur)

DOST Caraga chief to scholars: We need you for industry 4.0

BUTUAN CITY, March 21 - “We need to strengthen our human resource in science and technology now that we are moving towards the 4th industrial revolution,” Department of Science and Technology- Caraga Regional Director Dominga Mallonga said.

Mallonga spoke with pride before the 16 new Junior Level Science Scholarship program (JLSS) 2018 qualifiers with their parents from Agusan del Norte during the Orientation and Scholarship Signing at Watergate Hotel, Butuan City on February 28 . 

“We need more engineers and researchers, especially in agroforestry and mining industry. We need your help in government initiative to promote manufacturing and digital convergence among academe, industry, businesses and other processes,” she said.

She highlighted that the Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) is in full support to talented and deserving students who would like to pursue Science and Technology courses and careers.

Mallonga is hoping to expand the reach of DOST scholarship programs in the region.

“We also have the DOST S4CP or Science for Change Program which can help regions in capacity-building and industry competitiveness,” she added.

S4CP is a DOST effort in accelerating Science, Technology, and Innovation in the country thru massive investment in human resource development and R&D.

Jerome T. Remadar, a new JLSS scholar and third year BS in Geodetic Engineering student from Caraga State University (CSU), said that he felt the need for more scientists and engineers in the region.

“I like working with hazard maps. I even want to work with Geo-safer Mindanao after graduation. In that way, I could also help with disaster preparedness in communities. The scholarship is a big help for me to reach that dream,” said Remadar in an interview.

Geo-safer Mindanao is a DOST-funded project in CSU for geo-informatics.

In Caraga region, a total of 43 out of 90 applicants who took the exam last October, 2018 qualified for JLSS.

Aside from the qualifiers from Agusan del Norte, there are 15 qualifiers from Agusan del Sur, eight from Surigao del Norte and four from Surigao del Sur who signed the Scholarship Agreement with their parents and were also oriented with the scholarship policies.

Scholars will avail privileges such as book allowance, transportation, graduation clothing, monthly living allowance, group health and accident insurance, and fund for other school fees.

Early last year, DOST-SEI announced enhanced benefits for DOST scholars. (DOST Caraga/PIA Caraga)