(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, 24 April 2024) Easterlies affecting the country. Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Easterlies/Localized Thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—œπ—‘π—— 𝗔𝗑𝗗 π—–π—’π—”π—¦π—§π—”π—Ÿ π—ͺπ—”π—§π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Light to moderate winds coming from East to Southeast will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.1 meters).

PIA News Service - Monday, June 22, 2009

POPCOM execs to observe region’s anti-hunger drive

Surigao City – The gathering of the executives of the Commission on Population on June 22-23 here to study and possibly replicate the good practices employed by POPCOM-Caraga in its fast yet efficient implementation of the agency’s role in mitigating hunger incidence through the Responsible Parenting-Natural Family Planning (RP-NFP).

POPCOM Regional Director Camilo S. Pangan will do a detailed presentation on the different strategies and modes of RP-NFP implementation in the region. Technical, materials and financial support to the local government units, who are frontliners in the program implementation, will also be revealed.

Latest record of POPCOM-Caraga showed that as of May 2009, RP-NFP classes posted a total of 7,005 with 70,746 couples reached regionwide. Of these couples, 44,779 are currently using natural family planning methods. About 62 percent of the total barangays in the region have been reached by the movement. These numbers are increasing as movement is becoming more popular at the grassroots.

Pangan disclosed that the performance of the region in RP-NFP would not reach this far without the active involvement of the LGUs from provincial/city up to the barangays. “Our commendation goes also to the Barangay Service Providers who are facilitating the conduct of RP-NFP classes”, he added.

To sustain the commitment of the barangay volunteers, POPCOM-Caraga continuous to provide collaterals like bags, vest jacket, and NFP supplies and commodities. Pangan said that POPCOM-Caraga is continuously looking into consideration how to address the clamor of cash incentives to augment the meager income of the volunteers. “We hope that the Central Office will consider this issue”, he added.

POPCOM will bring its National Management Meeting for the first time in the region so as to be closer to the community where the program really works.
(Rutchie C. Saluta, POPCOM-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

NPA attacked 58th IB elements in Lianga Surigao Sur

Tandag Surigao del Sur (June 22) - According to reports, an undetermined number of Communist Terrorists (CTs) believed to be members of FC19a under unknown communist terrorist leader in the vicinity of Purok 5, Barangay San Isidro fired upon members of the Peace and Development Team of Philippine Army.

Said perpetrators were believed to be the same group who fired twice to the troops of Lt. Alipio while conducting research for peace and development in the area. Firefight ensued for more or less 3 minutes while enemy withdraw towards Northeast. There are no reported casualty on the government side and undetermined casualty on the other side.

Info officer of 58th IB confirmed that some residents from Barangay San Isidro, Lianga evacuated due to the encounters.

As of press time, Surigao del Sur Provincial Social Welfare Development Officer (PSWDO) May Navidad Salinas revealed that 62 families and 308 individuals evacuees were now housed at Lianga Gymnasium, Lianga Surigao del Sur.
(Nida Grace B. Tranquilan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

NEDA-KR2 Project gets RTR a national award

A team of national evaluators visited the Municipality of Remedios T. Romuladez (RTR), Agusan del Norte on June 15-16, 2009 for the final assessment of the town’s merits for the Department of Agriculture Secretary’s award for outstanding organic agriculture. The assessment is based on the criteria set by the Bureau of Agriculture and Fishery Product Standard. Out of seven nominees, RTR is one of the two national finalists. The municipality of Surallah, South Cotabato is the other contender for the title.

The NEDA-KR2 Productivity Enhancement Program (NEDA-KR2-PEP) is part of this success having granted to RTR an amount of P1 million to support its initiative in organic rice farming. The project started with one hundred ten farmer beneficiaries through loan assistance amounting to P10,000 for each farmer. From P1,000,000, the seed capital has now grown to P1,430,000 which already benefited a total of 130 farmers in the barangays of Poblacion 1 and 2, Panaytayon, Humilog, Tagbongabong, Basilisa and Balangbalang.

The productivity level of the farmers has improved from 4-5 tons/hectare to 5-6 tons/hectare and they have also enjoyed an increased farm income of P40,000/hectare to P55,000/hectare. These are key indicators of development in the lives of the farmers which indicate their achievement of a higher level of self-sufficiency. The farmers themselves during said evaluation expressed how the shift to organic farming have benefited them through lower production cost and further enriching the soil. They also appreciated the support provided by the LGU like training, monitoring, infrastructure support and provision of loan assistance at a much lower interest rate through the NEDA KR2 project.

The presence of RD Carmencita S. Cochingco as a reactor during the evaluation process also strengthened the chances of RTR to be selected as the national awardee especially when she affirmed that the LGU of RTR through Mayor Nilo Soliva and the Municipal Agriculture Office, is among the most active and effective LGU partners of NEDA with its outstanding performance in the implementation of the KR2 project.

To make the municipality fully organic, the LGU of RTR targets to raise the percentage of its farmers practising organic farming to 100 percent in the next 2-3 years. The LGU also intends to expand its organic farm practices to other crops such as banana and vegetables. Considering that the LGU is already producing its own organic fertilizer, this thrust is indeed workable.

Mayor Soliva further hopes to radiate this LGU initiative to the rest of the municipalities of Agusan del Norte and throughout the Caraga Region. This unfolding in itself already makes RTR a winner and a success story worthy of emulation.
(Gemima A. Olam, NEDA-13/ PIA-Caraga)

Cebuano News: Mga opisyales sa mga kalungsuran mihatag ug suporta kang Gov. Ace Barbers atol na sa kasaulugan sa ika-49 nga adlaw Nan Surigao del Norte

Puno sa kasadya ug malampuson nga gisaulog sa katawhang Surigaonon ang usa ka makabuluhanong selebrasyon sa ika-49 nga Adlaw Nan Surigao del Norte niadtong adlaw nga biyernes, Hunyo 19, 2009 didto sa Kapitolyo diin saa makausa pa, nagpakita na usab sa tiunay nga pakighiusa ug suporta ang pipila ka mga opisyales sa kalungsuran sa probinsya.

Ang mga maabtik nga mga local nga opisyales nga sila Vice-Mayor Alejandro BiΓ±an sa Lungsod sa Malimono ug Vice-Mayor Nazario Gastardo sa San Francisco nga maoy mga gipasidunggang bisita atol na sa maong kasaulogan, usab nakighiusa sa gipahigayon nga Family Day nga pinangulohan ni Gov. Ace Barbers ubansa iyang kaabag sa panirbisyo, Vice-Governor Noel P. Catre.

GIkalipay sa tanang mga mintambong sa Family Day, hilabi na gayud ang mga kabataan ang ubay-ubay nga mga kalingawan ug parlor games sama sa Trip to Capitol ug Videoke Singing Contest alang sa mga managti-ayon ug pati na usab ang Hep-Hep Hurray para sa mga kabatan-onan nga giandam sa Human Resource Management & Development Office ubos na sa pagpangulo ni Mrs. Marnita Uberita.

Ang mga migawas nga mga mananog nagpakadawat sa ilang tagsa-tagsa ka mga gift packs nga gitunol mismo sa Gobernador.

Dako ang pasalamat ug kalipay ang gibati ni Gov. Ace barbers sa kamadasigon ug sa koopersayon nga gipakita sa tanang empleyado uban ang mga Dept. Heads ug mga opisyales sa probinsiya. Siya usab nanghinaut nga ang maong panaghiusa molahutay unta dili lamang sa karon nga mga higayon kung dili hangtud sa umaabot pa nga mga kalihukan dinhi sa atong dapit.
(PGO-Media Bureau/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Cebuano News: Lungsod sa Malimono mapasalamaton kang Gov. Ace Barbers sad ala niini nga mga panirbisyo sa gipahigayon nga People’s Day

Napaabot gayud ni Gov. Ace Barbers ang dakong tinguha niini nga iyang madala suod sa katawhan labi na sa mga hilit nga mga kabarangayan ang pangagamhanan sa probinsya pinaagi sa mga nagkadaiyang panirbisyo sa nagpadayon nga People’s Day, diin kagahapong adlawa, Hunyo 18, 2009 didto si Gov. Barbers sa Lungsod sa Malimono.

Uban usab sa Gobernador si Vice-Gov. Noel P. Catre, SP Members ug mga Department Heads. Sa maong kalihukan, nakita sa mga katawhan ang tiunay nga paghatag ug dekalidad nga panirbisyo sa pangagamhanan ubos sa liderato ni Gov. Barbers. Gibati usab sa mga lugsuranon ang paghatag kanila ug dakong bili ug pagtagad ni Gov. Ace, labi na nga gituyuan gayud sila sa pag-adto aron matino ang ilang kahimtang, uban ang mga opisyales sa probinsya ug mga Dapartment Heads alang sa ilang tanan nga mga gikinahanglan ug mga suliran kalabot sa ilang lungsod ug barangays.

Dako usab ang kalipay sa mga Barangay Health Workers sa usbaw sa ilang allowance nga gihatag ni Gov. Barbers, mga Barangay Kapitanes uban ang ilang mga opisyales nga nakapadayag sa ilang tagsa-tagsa ka mga hangyo ug sa ilang nadawat nga financial assistance, mga Senior Citizens, ug uban pang katawhan nga nakatagamtam sa libre nga medical mission nga may pagpanuli, dental, X-ray ug laboratory exams, papsmear sa mga kababainhan, libreng tambal ug konsultasyon, nahatagan sa mga Philhealth cards, food packs, palay & vegetable seeds, organic fertilizers ug pati usab sa mga deworming drugs alang sa mga kahayupan.

Gikalipay usab ni Gov. Ace Barbers ang mainiton nga pagdawat kanila sa mga lumulopyo sa Lungsod sa Malimono tungod sa gidaghanon sa mga tawo nga mintambong sa maong talagsaon ug mapahimuslanong kalihukan. Gipanghinaut sa Gobernador nga unta kining maong mga higayon makahatg ug dugang kadasig ug inspirasyon diha sa tanang katawhang Surigaonon aron sa ingon nga sila usab makahatag ug tabang nga bisan pa sa ginagmay, makatampo gihapon sa mga mas nanginahanglan nilang mga kaigsuonan. (PGO- Media Bureau/PIA-Surigao del Norte)