(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Monday, 22 August 2016) At 4AM today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated at 370 km East of Baler, Aurora (15.5N,125.0E). Monsoon trough affecting Southern Luzon and Visayas. Zamboanga Peninsula will experience monsoon rains w/c may trigger flashfloods & landslides.The rest of Mindanao will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rains & isolated thunderstorms. Winds will be moderate to strong coming from the southwest to west with moderate to rough seas. PAGASA Mindanao/jpf


Monday, August 22, 2016

DA Caraga to launch BROWN4Good Challenge

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 22 (PIA) – The Department of Agriculture (DA) Caraga will be launching the BROWN4Good Challenge campaign on September 7, 2016 at Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) Gymnasium, this city.

“On its third year of the Be RICEponsible campaign, the DA is intensifying its promotion throughout the country through a social media propaganda dubbed as BROWN4Good Challenge,” bared DA Caraga OIC-regional executive director Renato Manantan.

Manantan further disclosed that the BROWN4Good Challenge advocates the four goodness of Brown Rice; Good for the body; Good for the country; Good for the Farmers; and Good for the less fortunate.

“The challenge is open to all and will enlist the participation of all sectors including those in public service, media, education and health, students, farmers, among others,” Manantan added.

Also, a motorcade and ‘Zumba for Rice’ will be held on the same day. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Motorboat capsizes off Surigao City

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Aug. 22 (PIA) – A motorized pumpboat named “Charmel Jade” carrying 12 passengers capsized Wednesday morning, August 17, 2016 at the seawater here in  Barangay Manjagao, this city.

According to pumpboat owner Edith Cabasa at around 11:00 A.M on the same date, he and the other members of his family were on board the said pumpboat going to Cagayan Fishcage for swimming when they suddenly encountered big waves and strong winds which caused their pumpboat to capsized.

Cabasa said five of his family members drowned and seven were rescued by another pumpboat named “Anna Joy.”

Philippine Coast Guard officials identified the five casualties as Charmel S. Cabasa (1 1/2 years old); John Lester B. Sila (2 years old); Kim Claire Suan (4 years old); Lysa Maricela B. Sila (9 years old); and Reyna B. Sila (34 years old).

Among the passengers who survived were five minors and two adults. (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

NIA Caraga receives drilling rigs

By Jane B. Huqueriza

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 22 (PIA) - To combat the effect caused by El Niño, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Caraga recently received the two-unit drilling rig for the installation of Shallow Tube Well (SHT) in some affected areas to continue to provide irrigation for the whole year round.

It can be recalled that on August 17-18, 2016, the regional office conducted the two-day Orientation on Operation of Drilling Rig held at the NIA Conference Room, Brgy. Bancasi, this city.

The activity includes actual installation and operation of Drilling Rig by the supplier (TRAMAT Merchantile, Inc) at Brgy. Aguinaldo, Bayugan City - one of Andanan-Wawa River Irrigation System (AWRIS) service area.

The participants from the three Irrigation Management Offices (IMOs), Regional Office and from Region 11 observed cautiously as they will operate the said equipment from the mounting of the drilling rig to tube well installation. The supplier also emphasized the importance of the safety precautions to avoid accidents.

The activity includes actual installation and operation of Drilling Rig by the supplier (TRAMAT Merchantile, Inc) at the AWRIS service area.

NIA Caraga regional manager Engr. C’zar M. Sulaik said that the drilling rig's installation will have significant impact to their farmers who need water for irrigation during dry-spell, "it is crucial to provide adequate water at the right time to help them during rice production." (PRO/NIA-13/PIA-Caraga)

Lumads benefit PNP Caraga’s Project 'Kasing-kasing'

By PCInsp. Charity Galvez

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 22 (PIA) - In line with the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) Strategic Campaign Plan SAMAHAN, Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 conducted Medical and Dental Outreach Program (MEDOP) to the 638 Lumads in Kitcharao, Agusan de Norte on Thursday.

Other activities include Pulong-Pulong, free haircut, mass feeding, distribution of slippers, information materials, and food supplies.

Kasing-kasing is a Visayan word for “heart.”

Police Community Relations Division (R5) of PRO 13 facilitated the outreach in partnership with the local government unit of Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte, Regional Health Service 13, Department of Health, and Rotary Club of Downtown Butuan.

PRO-13 regional director PCSupt. Rolando Felix said that over the years, PRO-13 gives free medical and dental services to the residents of Caraga region and will continue its humanitarian work, reaching out to underprivileged communities. (PNP-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

Caraga formulates regional contingency plan on armed conflict

By April Rose Anne Y. Sanchez

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 22 (PIA) - The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) of Caraga through the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) conducted a three-day Contingency Plan Formulation Workshop (CPFW) on Human-Induced Hazard on August 17-19, 2016, this city.

During the activity, situational reports on insurgency were presented by the 401st and 402nd Infantry Brigades of the Philippine Army; while the situational report on criminality was presented by the Philippine National Police Regional Office. The concept on terrorism and its countermeasures were delivered by the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) Region 10. Likewise, DILG discussed the Caraga Road Map for Peace.

A contingency plan for armed conflict was developed based on the result of the hazard identification and a worst case scenario was then generated. The cluster approach and Incident Command System were integrated in the plan. This was facilitated by Dir. Lita B. Enok and Julie Villadolid, Subject Matter Experts on Contingency Planning.

The regional contingency plan on armed conflict will undergo a series of polishing and enhancement during cluster meetings before it will be finalized and tested through a table-top simulation exercise in November. It is set to be approved and adopted during the 4th Quarter RDRRMC Full Council Meeting in December 2016.

Caraga Region has already a Contingency Plan on Super Typhoon which was reviewed in 2013 and was tested through a table-top simulation exercise and then approved and adopted by the council in 2014. (OCD-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

Persons with visual impairment in Butuan now licensed masseurs

By Abegail R. Alvarez

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 22 (PIA) - Through the help of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Caraga, eight persons with visual impairment are now licensed massage therapists (LMTs).

Among the list are Marilyn Edmilao, Daryl Cadavos, Erwin Batoon, Elsa Maglangit, Rodel Reyis, Fritzie Ann Binega, Adora Bandola, and Beverly Lucille Consad who are all residents in the city.

According to Wilma Geralla, focal person for Persons with Disability (PWD) sector, these visually-impaired masseurs passed the massage therapist licensure examination on June 3, 2016 held in Davao City. They underwent written, oral, and practical test.

“But before the examination, they attended the training on massage therapy for 30 working days in a training center accredited by the Department of Health (DOH). They were taught about different styles in massaging commonly applied in the center,’’ said Geralla.

“Massage therapy is the number one income-generating opportunity for Filipinos who are visually impaired, that’s why the department initiated to capacitate, educate, and train them to help uplift their quality of life,’’ she added.

Daryl Cadavos, one of eight licensed massage therapists, shared her hardships and testimonies during the training and examination period.

“Dili sayon ang amung gi-agian gikan sa training hangtud sa final exam. Pero kadtong tanan nabayran tungod kay dako ang akong kalipay nga nahimo nako karun nga LMT. Kini ang akong mahimong sumbanan nga makakita ug mas maayong trabaho (The experience we had from the training and final exam was quite difficult. But all of those were paid-off because I am now a licensed massage therapist. This will be my opportunity to look for a better and decent job),” said Cadavos.    

To sum up, a total of P171,000 was allocated by DSWD for this intervention including the examination fee and travelling expenses for them.

With this, the department is planning to train next year another batch of persons with visual impairment including other PWDs. (Social Marketing Unit/DSWD Field Office Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

Friday, August 19, 2016

OSHC Caraga readies upcoming activities

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 19 (PIA) – The Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) Caraga has geared up preparations for their upcoming activities in the region.

According to Engr. Christian Lee Jaguit, Engineer II of OSHC Caraga, they are set to hold the Training on Scaffolding per Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) department order 128-13 on August 20-21, 2016 here.

“On August 25-28, 2016, participants from different provinces will also be participating in the Basic Occupational Safety and Health (BOSH) Training here in Butuan City, as per DOLE department order 16,” added Jaguit.

It was also learned that another training for Fire Safety Practitioners will be held on August 29 to September 2, 2016 in Surigao City.

“We have been very active in conducting trainings to our recipients/clientele to ensure their safety and health when at work. More trainings will be set to cover more workers in the region,” Jaguit highlighted.

Created by virtue of Executive Order No. 307, on November 1987 by then President Corazon C. Aquino, the OSHC is envisioned as the national authority for research and training on matters pertaining to safety and health at work. It provides the expertise and intervention mechanism to improve workplace conditions in the Philippines.

It has a dual mandate of protecting Filipino workers against accidents and illnesses and promoting workers' welfare through effective programs that enhance productivity, workers well-being and afford social protection to its client sector. The center adopts a multisectoral strategy with its partners -- business, workers group, other Government and Non-Governmental Organizations and the Academe to fulfill its mandate. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Feature Story: Change is Coming: A clarion drumbeat for promising progress

“Change is coming!” is a sheer yet mighty byword that most ordinary Filipinos thought for the present administration. It brings high hopes towards a path for genuine change – a truism that citizens get what they deserve from choosing the top echelon of leader capable of pursuing the proclaimed political platforms, a herald of promising development.

In less than half a hundred days since president Rodrigo Duterte took his seat in Malacanang and barks out his orders, Rex Torres, a village councilor of Brgy. Patong in the interior municipality of San Miguel, Surigao del Sur expressed his trust in the “DU30’s” more responsive system of governance. According to Torres, the change is truly felt in his community and at the local government unit where he is serving.

Torres shared his personal experience as he recently made a transaction at the Land transportation Office (LTO) in Tandag City. “I am amazed of the drastic change in the delivery of frontline services, from long hours of queuing and waiting for my turn previously to a fast-paced processing of the renewal of license and registration,” enunciated Torres.

Torres attributed the now efficient system, effective processing initiatives and upgraded of human resource performance capability to the affirmative upshots of the Duterte’s directives to government institutions to eradicate red tape and bureaucratic practice of delayed actions.

“This has perfectly matched the implemented electronic and online verification of data among LTO customers. It gives ease on our part which saves money, time and effort,” stressed Torres.

Citing his observations, Torres quipped that the real change that most ordinary citizens had longed before has finally come, and that he is more optimistic about the ultimate success in the implementation of programs and projects under the new administration.

Torres added that he has proven no wrong of placing his trust and confidence to the leadership of Pres. Duterte. Quitting from believing for a substantial and progressive change is not an option for him at all.

Meanwhile, in support to the national government, Surigao del Sur Governor Vicente Pimentel, Jr. also instructed all the department and division heads under his office to expedite the streamlining of its courses of actions and policies in accordance also to the rules for good governance, public accountability and transparency.

For Torres, the verge of transformation is very challenging, but a worthwhile encounter for every Filipino - to savor a dream pursued and a purpose fulfilled for a powerful independent nation. (VLG/NGBT, PIA-Surigao del Sur)

PRO 13 bags awards during the 115th Police Service Anniversary

By PCI Charity S Galvez

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 19 (PIA) - The Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 received two awards on Wednesday afternoon during the 115th Police Service Anniversary celebration in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

PRO 13 regional director Chief Supt Rolando B. Felix received the award of recognition and PNP unit streamer after PRO 13 had been adjudged with the least number of election related violent incidents during the election period in 2016.

Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) 13 Commander Supt. Chito G. Bersaluna also received the awards for the RPSB 13 after being recognized as the best regional public safety battalion for the year 2015.

President Rodrigo Duterte and PNP Chief Director General Ronald M. Dela Rosa distributed the plaques to exemplary police units and personnel.

“The concerted efforts of the PNP, AFP, community and other stakeholders had resulted in a safer and more peaceful electoral process in Caraga region during the 2016 elections; without the cooperation of everyone, we cannot receive this recognition,” Chief Supt Felix said.

Last July 29, 2016, RPSB 13 was also an awardee during the regional Gawad Kalasag for being declared as champion in two categories: Best Government Emergency Response Management Service and Heroic Act. (PNP-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

ANHS teachers update students' LRN

By Ederlina R. Jampac

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 19 (PIA) - Teachers of Agusan National High School (ANHS) here are busy updating a permanent ID number called Learner’s Reference Number or LRN.

The LRN is fed to an online database purposely to track their students from Grade 7 up to the time they graduate from high school or even as they transfer from one school to another.

This nationwide undertaking is pursuant to Department Education Order No. 22 of 2012 to help government measure students’ participation rate. The LRN is a permanent 12-digit number which the student keeps while completing the basic education program, regardless of transfer to another school or learning center in the public or private sector, and promotion/moving up to the secondary level.

The LRN will be used in all documents, forms, examinations, surveys and databases which refer to a student. It will be indicated in the student’s Permanent Record, (Form 137), Report Card (Form 138), Alternative Learning System Certificate, Diploma or Portfolio, National Achievement Test (NAT), and Accreditation and Equivalency (A & E) Examination.

It is the teacher’s responsibility to ensure that the information provided in the database is accurate, to request for issuance of LRN for students who do not have one, and the deactivation of LRN in case a student has multiple LRNs.

Information provided in the database such as student’s name, current section, birth date, gender, address, parents’ name, etc. will be kept confidential. As the student steps up to the next grade level, his or her new teacher updates the student’s database. This is a yearly activity of a teacher who handles an advisory class of 50 students on the average.

For ANHS teachers, they are given up to August 31, 2016 to complete the encoding/updating of the database. (DepEd Butuan City Division/PIA-Agusan del Norte)