(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, 20 July 2016) Tropical Wave affecting Mindanao. Cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms will prevail over the regions of Caraga, Northern Mindanao & Zamboanga Peninsula. Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms will be experienced over the rest of the Mindanao. Winds will be light to moderate coming from the Southeast with slight to moderate seas. PAGASA Mindanao/jpf

7.25.2016

Monday, July 25, 2016

PAGASA says Caraga region is vulnerable to La Niña

By Nora C. Lanuza Molde

BUTUAN CITY, July 25 (PIA) –Caraga region is the most vulnerable region in terms of La Niña event, state weather forecaster said.

In a press conference held during the celebration of the National Science and Technology Week (NSTW), assistant weather services chief Anthony Joseph R. Lucero of Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Regional Service Division said the region belongs to Climate Type 2 which means that the region does not experience dry season but experiences rain all year round and will likely experience the La Niña event.

“Caraga has only wet and very wet climate, and La Niña condition is possible at the end of September and the La Niña event may occur at the end of December," Lucero added.

Meanwhile, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) advised the public in advance on the possible consequences of the La Niña phenomenon and urging the public to be ready for the possible effects like flooding and landslides.

La Niña is associated with wet and above average rainfall and might bring to more than 600 mm of rain in a month. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


AgNor social welfare office orients PWDs on online PH registry

By Nora C. Lanuza Molde

BUTUAN CITY, July 25 (PIA) – Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) from the different municipalities of the province of Agusan del Norte were oriented on the Online Philippine Registry for PWDs (PRPWD) on July 21-22 at the provincial training center here.

Provincial Social Welfare Population and Nutrition Services Office (PSWPNS) chief Daisybiel O. Dimavivas said the activity was aimed to help the PWDs understand the significance of the PRPWD program.

“The event will also help PWDs-participants familiarize the system and its corresponding services,” Dimavivas said.

The PRPWD can be availed through walk-in and even through through online.

The two-day event was spearheaded by the PSWPNS in coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development through the National Council for Disabilities Affairs. (NCLM/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


MSMED week 2016 celebration kicks off in Tandag City

By Nida Grace Barcena-Tranquilan

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, July 25 (PIA) – A series of activities have been lined up for the week-long celebration of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development (MSMED) Week in the province of Surigao del Sur.

The celebration kicked off on Monday with a motorcade by the officers and members of the Provincial MSMED council, different national government agencies, local government offices, business groups and other civic organizations at Vicente L. Pimentel Sr. Boulevard, this city.

This year’s celebration is anchored on the theme “Developing Innovative and Resilient MSMEs.”

The week-long MSMED observance will include the conduct of seminars on ice cream making (July 25), reflexology (July 26), tourism awareness, table skirting and napkin folding, floristry (July 27-28), BFAR's post-harvest training in Bislig City (July 27-28), entrepreneurship symposium at St. Theresa College (July 28) and culinary (July 29).

A radio gusting is also set starting on July 26 to 29, which shall be handled by the Working Committees (Business and Investment Enabling Environment, Access to Market, Access to Finance, and Productivity and Efficiency) every 2:30 p.m. at the Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Army conducts Youth for Peace Movement workshop

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, July 25 (PIA) - The 42nd Civil Military Operations (CMO) “Panaghiusa’’ Company, 4th CMO Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army recently facilitated the conduct of planning and workshop of the Youth for Peace Movement-POINTY (YFPMP) held at the 42CMO headquarters here.

Joshua Bebis, the lead conveyor of Youth for Peace Movement (YFPM)-Caraga, shared the background and rationale of said planning which is aimed to provide a productive and excellent youth leaders. “The active youth students, as well as the out of school youth are the participants of said activity,” he said.

The activity also helps the youth to be empowered and trained to become a leader of peace advocate, strengthen the bond of relationship by getting to know its other, develop their leadership skills and uplift their talents they possess and be effective leaders with action and discipline.

“We are happy that the Armed Forces of the Philippines supported us in this leadership planning for our youth. We believe that through this effort our youth will be equipped with the right information and education about the government’s thrusts and programs, enough to make them more productive in their respective communities and cannot be recruited by groups or individuals who are just taking advantage of their very idealistic and young minds. And as youth, we are the hope of our nation. We should devote our time and best effort to learn from this planning,” Bebis highlighted.

Meanwhile, 42nd CMO company commanding officer Capt. Edwin Fuertes encouraged the participants to give their full commitment and dedication to participate in the said planning. “As your partner in molding our youth into a much productive leaders of our future, we will always be here ready to assist you. Such convergence of effort is the best way in advocating and promoting sustainable peace and development in our community,” he stressed. (42CMO, PA/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Surigao Norte guv signs 'Surigao first policy'

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, July 25 (PIA) - Surigao del Norte governor Sol F. Matugas signed recently Executive Order No. 024 series of 2016 dubbed as “Surigao First Policy.”

Governor Matugas issued the said executive order pursuant to Section 9, Article 11 of the Philippine Constitution which says, that the state shall promote a just and dynamic social order that will ensure the prosperity and independence of the nation and free the people from poverty through policies that provide adequate social services, promote full employment, a rising standard of living, and an improved quality of life for all.

Governor Matugas said that all Surigaonons must obtain major and dominant participation in their own to the economy of the province.

“There is an imperative need to require business establishments, industrial sectors, contractors and subcontractors to give priority and hire qualified skilled and unskilled labor to be taken from the available bona fide residents in the province in which the businesses or projects are to be undertaken in order to promote the welfare of every Surigaonon,” said Matugas.

Under the said EO, the Provincial Office of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) shall submit on a quarterly basis a certified list of job opportunities in the province to the provincial government through the provincial employment and services office (PESO).

The Business Permit and Licensing Section of the Office of the City and Municipal Mayor shall submit a list of business establishments indicating their employees and addresses.

The owners and managers/chief executive officers of business and industrial establishments, contractors and subcontractors shall under oath certify a list of its employees and their addresses including vacant positions and submit the same to the PESO office.

Meanwhile, the PESO office as the collator of all data gathered shall come up with a master lists of vacant positons/job opportunities in all business and industrial establishments and that of their existing number of employees and their addresses.

The said EO shall take effect 15 days following its approval and publication. (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


AgNor inks agreement with DA for road project

By Aimee B. Sienes

BUTUAN CITY, July 25 (PIA) – The province of Agusan del Norte will sign an implementation management agreement (IMA) with the Department of Agriculture (DA) for the concreting of Bay-ang-Mahaba farm-to-market road with a bridge.

The said IMA is a vital requirement to avail the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) for the implementation of the said project.

DA's PRDP is designed to establish the government platform for a modern, climate-smart and market oriented agri-fishery sector, in partnership with the local government units (LGUs) and the private sector in providing key infrastructure facilities, technology and information that will raise income, productivity and competitiveness in the countryside.

The national government though the DA has obtained a loan from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development-World Bank (IBRD-WB) for the purpose of financing the PRDP to support the government’s effort to reduce poverty among the rural communities of 81 provinces in the country.

The provincial government signified its interest and became one of the recipient LGUs of the said project for the implementation of the of Bay-ang-Mahaba farm-to-market road with a bridge project. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Surigao Norte gives TMC plaque of distinction

By Nissi Aline S. Alvarez

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, July 25 (PIA) – The provincial government of Surigao del Norte has awarded Taganito Mining Corporation (TMC) a plaque of distinction in recognition of its contribution to the development of the province.

The plaque was awarded to TMC resident mine manager Aloysius C. Diaz by Governor Sol F. Matugas and Vice Governor Arturo Carlos Egay, Jr together with the newly elected officials, leaders and sectoral representatives.

Being one of the economic drivers in the province, TMC as a large scale mining operator has been a consistent partner in community development.

In terms of employment, TMC currently employs around 90 percent of its workforce form the province.

Annually, it also allocates five percent of its Social Development and Management Program (SDMP) for the province’s HEALS Program (Health, Education, Agriculture and Aquaculture, Livelihood, Social-cultural and Spiritual).

The budget allocates for the provision of school bags containing hygiene kits to kindergarten and elementary schools within the province.

It also donated a building for the Provincial Community Training Center in Bad-as, Placer, Surigao del Norte and for this year, a total of 4,167 Reference for Emergency and Disaster (RED) Books and 5,936 school bags and 13,592 health kits were already distributed to the different schools in the province. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


New OIC in PENRO SurSur, CENRO Cantilan installed

By Johny S. Natad

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, July 25 (PIA) -  By virtue of DENR Regional Special Order No. 2016-272 s. 2016, Director Nonito M. Tamayo of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga officially installed Forester Jose Flavio V. Concha as the new in-charge in the Office of Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) Surigao del Sur during the installation ceremony recently held at PENRO Building, this city.

Forester Concha, a pure Tandaganon, was the in-charge of CENRO Cantilan, Surigao del Sur since July 2015. He served as a DENR employee for more than 30 years since his first employment in the environmental service sometime in 1982.

PENRO Surigao del Sur acting Human Resources and Management Officer Maria S. Paz Aguilar revealed that Forester Concha has been a dedicated DENR employee with vast working experiences holding gigantic positions within the area of responsibility (AOR) of PENRO Surigao del Sur for more than three decades now.

“Forester Concha is one of the DENR employees who rose from rank. His first employment in the agency was in 1982 as the Forest Guard in BFD Bislig, Surigao del Sur. He then promoted as Forester I of CENRO Bislig in 1987, which was the beginning of his career development in the ladder of success,” HRMO Aguilar said as she introduced the new caretaker during the installation ceremony. She added that among the highlighted promotions and designations he acquired during the past years in DENR were Senior Forest Management Specialist and Development Management Officer.

In his acceptance speech, OIC PENR Officer Concha revealed that he was overwhelmed considering the great responsibilities in managing two cities and 17 municipalities within the AOR of PENRO Surigao del Sur. But he was grateful to the management for the trust and opportunity given to him while optimistic to perform the job.

“With your full support and cooperation together with the help of the top management and different stakeholders, we can accomplish effectively the works assigned to us based on our mandates,” OIC PENRO Concha said.

Meanwhile Dir. Tamayo also formally installed Forester Zaldy C. Perater as the new CENR Officer of Cantilan, Surigao del Sur in view of reassignment of Forester Concha. Tamayo said that he trusted the management capacity of the OIC in PENRO Surigao del Sur and CENRO Cantilan.

“With the leadership of the new officer-incharge, I believed that the PENRO Surigao del Sur and all its field offices under its AOR are in good hands,” Tamayo said during the installation rite.

The movement of some DENR personnel to PENRO Surigao del Sur was due to the transfer of OIC PENR Officer Raul Rosales to DENR Regional Office for health reason. (PENRO-SDS  Info Officer/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Tagalog News: DOST Caraga pinarangalan ang mga ahensiya ng gobyerno at pribadong sektor na patuloy na sumusuporta sa kanilang mga programa sa syensa at teknolohiya

Ni Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Hulyo 25 (PIA) - Pinarangalan ng Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Caraga ang mga ahensiya ng gobyerno at pribadong sektor na patuloy na sumusuporta sa mga programa ng DOST sa ginanap na selebrasyon ng National Science and Technology Week dito sa lungsod ng Butuan na may temang "Juan Science, One Nation" mula Hulyo 25-29, 2016.

Ang mga lokal na pamahalaan ng Butuan City; Agusan del Norte; Agusan del Sur; Surigao del Norte; Surigao del Sur; Burgos, Surigao del Norte; Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte; Jabonga, Agusan del Norte; at Dinagat Islands ay tumanggap ng plaque of appreciation galing sa DOST.

Tumanggap rin ng nasabing award ang mga ahensya ng Department of the Interior and Local Government; Department of Social Welfare And Development; Department of Trade and Industry; National Economic Development Authority; Office Of Civil Defense; Department of Health; at Philippine Information Agency Caraga.

Ang Caraga Food Safety Team; Create Foods; Caraga State University; Philippine Foundation for Science and Technology; United Architects of the Philippines - Surigao Chapter; at Winrock International ay nakatanggap rin ng nasabing parangal.

Ayon kay DOST Caraga regional director Dominga Mallonga, mayroon silang marching order mula sa kanilang Secretary ng DOST na i-localize ang aktibidades ng nasabing selebrasyon.

Napag-alaman din na ang National Science and Technology Week ay base sa Proclamation Number 169 na nilagdaan sa taong 1993. Ito ay idinaraos taon-taon sa lahat ng regional offices ng DOST na naglalayon na mabigyang-pugay ang kontribusyon ng Science and Technology sa pag-unlad ng bansa at nang makakuha ng suporta sa publiko at pribadong institusyon para sa pangmatagalang pag-unlad ng bansa.

Samantala, ibinahagi din ni director Mallonga na may inihanda silang ibat-ibang aktibidades para sa isang linggong selebrasyon sa Caraga region. Kabilang sa mga ito ay ang pagbubukas ng Traveling Science Centrum sa Caraga State University sa Butuan City. Mayroon ding Magic Kiddie Show na pinangunahan ng Philippine Science High School.

Ginanap rin ang Science and Technology Quiz Bowl; Extemporaneous Speaking Contest; Food Safety Fair kasama si Chef Boy Logro; at Forum on Geo-Informatics. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

7.24.2016

Saturday, July 23, 2016


Fulbright-PHL Agriculture Scholarship Program opens for 2017 educational exchange grant

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, July 23 (PIA) – With a goal to modernize the agriculture and fisheries sectors of the Philippines by developing their human resources base through bilateral educational exchanges between the Philippines and the United States, the Philippine-American Educational Foundation (PAEF) now accepts application for the Fulbright-Philippine Agriculture Scholarship Program (FPASP) for Advanced Research.

The objective of the grant is not only to enable the recipient to pursue a particular field of study but to develop leaders in agriculture and fisheries who can contribute to promoting better understanding between the Philippines and the United States.

Proposals for research will be accepted from the following fields: Agriculture and all its subfields including Fruit and Vegetable Production, Horticulture, Plant Breeding/Genetics, Dairy Science, Pest Control/Entomology, and Animal Nutrition; Agricultural Engineering and its subfields including Forest Engineering, Handling/Processing/Storage of Agricultural Products, Irrigation and Drainage Systems Engineering, Post-Harvest Technology, Soil and Water Engineering, Agricultural Waste Management, and Food Engineering/Process Control; Agricultural Economics and its subfields including Agribusiness, Agricultural Policy, Farm Management, Natural Resource Economics, and Production Economics; Natural Resources and Forestry and their subfields including Forestry, Wood Science, Natural Resource Management, Range Management, Fish/Game/Wildlife Management, Marine Resource Management, Coastal Zone Management, and Environmental Science; Veterinary Medicine and its subfields including Small-Animal Medicine and Large-Animal Medicine; Agricultural Extension; and Fisheries and its subfields including Inland Water Fisheries, Marine Water Fisheries, and Brackish Water Fisheries.

Applicants must be citizens of the Philippines. Filipinos holding dual citizenship (Philippine-American) or permanent U.S. residency are ineligible for grant to the U.S. English proficiency is also required to pursue proposed program in the U.S.  Likewise, individuals who are currently studying, working, residing or researching in the United States are not eligible.

While no medical certification is required at the time of application, applicants must be in good health to pursue graduate work in the U.S. Finalists are required to pass a medical examination.

As to grant benefits, the fully funded awards cover international travel, monthly maintenance allowance, dissertation research/professional development allowance, settling-in and in-transit allowances, and accident and sickness insurance. Other requirements can be accessed at www.fulbright.org.ph.

Applicants must return to the Philippines immediately upon completion of their study or research.

New application deadline for the 2017-2018 Fulbright-Philippine Agriculture Scholarship Program (FPASP) for Advanced Research is on August 15, 2016. Printed copy of completed applications must be received at the PAEF on the said date. Grantees are expected to begin their program in the U.S. by September of 2017. (PAEF/VLG/PIA-Caraga)