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(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Tuesday September 2, 2014) SYNOPSIS:At 4:00 AM today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 590 km East of Daet, Camarines Norte (14.2ºN, 129.0ºE). Forecast: Metro Manila, MIMAROPA, Bicol region, CALABARZON, Central Luzon and Visayas will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms. The rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms. Light to moderate winds blowing from the southwest to west will prevail over Visayas and Mindanao and coming from the northeast to north over the rest of the country. The coastal waters throughout the entire archipelago will be slight to moderate.

Butuan Sillimanian Tree Planting Activity

Butuan Sillimanians unite together for a tree planting activity along Macapagal Highway in Butuan City on August 9, 2014 in support to the city's greening program.

Regional Forum on BINDS Project by Oxfam Phils.

OXFAM Mindanao Coordinator Dante Dalabajan in an interview with media men expresses high hopes on the People’s Survival Fund as a finance mechanism that would help LGUs during a Forum on BINDS Project Good Practices in Butuan City on July 30, 2014.

Regional Forum on BINDS Project by Oxfam Phils.

Local government unit and non-government organization representatives gather during a Forum on BINDS Project Good Practices held in Butuan City on July 30, 2014 to connect and work together and link local initiatives to any similar programs on building adaptive capacities in the local level.

Agents of Change Forum

Information officers from government agencies and local government units join the Agents of Change Forum which highlights the presentation of Revised Regional Development Plan (RDP) 2013-2016 held at the Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort on July 30, 2014.

PRC AgNor-BXU Chapter BODs' Courtesy Call to Gov. Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba

Red Cross Agusan del Norte-Butuan City Chapter board of directors pay courtesy to Agusan del Norte Gov. Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba on July 28, 2014 in Butuan City.

Release Operation-4 PNP Captives by NPA

Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas interfaces with the media corps during the release operation of the four police captives by the New Peoples Army (NPA) on July 29, 2014 at Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte.

100 Millionth Baby Nominees in Agusan/Butuan

Cherry Rubado, mother of the baby-candidate for the Search of the 100 Millionth Pinoy, carries her newly born baby and receives the starter kit during the Commission on Population (POPCOM) and Phil. Information Agency (PIA) Caraga’s assessment and coverage at the Butuan Medical Center, Butuan City on July 28, 2014.

100 Millionth Baby Nominees in Agusan/Butuan

Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga personnel Jennifer Gaitano, together with local media representatives, witness the turn-over of starter kit to the parents of the baby-candidate for the Search of the 100 Millionth Pinoy spearheaded by Commission on Population on July 28, 2014 at the Butuan Medical Center, Butuan City.

100 Millionth Baby Nominees in Agusan/Butuan

Commission on Population (POPCOM) Caraga regional director Alexander Makinanao extends the agency's support in providing services to the baby-candidates for the Search of the 100 Millionth Pinoy to help them grow well and healthy during his visit at the Butuan Medical Center, Butuan City on July 28, 2014.

Reg'l Information Officers' Summit on Climate Change Advocacy

Philippine Information Agency Caraga regional director Abner Caga explains during an interview with the ABS-CBN the rationale of the two-day Information Officers’ Summit on Climate Change Advocacy held at Dottie’s Place, Butuan City on July 16-17, 2014.

Reg'l Information Officers' Summit on Climate Change Advocacy

Most Rev. Zacarias Jimenez, D.D., auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Butuan, led the lighting of candles, environmental prayer and sprinkling of holy water to all participants during the Information Officers’ Summit on Climate Change Advocacy held at Dottie’s Place, Butuan City on July 16-17, 2014.

Caraga LaKAsLIKASAN Pledge & Prayer

Participants individually lit candles and implore for divine intervention through an environmental prayer for people to be unswerving in advocating for the preservation and protection of mother earth during the Information Officers’ Summit on Climate Change Advocacy held at Dottie’s Place, Butuan City on July 16, 2014.

Reg'l Information Officers' Summit on Climate Change Advocacy

Independent Humanitarian and Development Worker Melie “Milet” Mendoza elaborates to the participants the topic, “Understanding and Addressing Vulnerabilities and Disaster Risks from a Wholistic Perspective” during the Information Officers’ Summit on Climate Change Advocacy held at Dottie’s Place, Butuan City on July 16-17, 2014.

1.04.2011

PIA News Service - Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2010

Agusan del Sur Flood Update
By: David M. Suyao
January 5, 2010

Source: Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Operation Center
As of 10 PM, Jan. 4, 2011

A total of four persons are reported dead, another one missing and six are injured as result of the recent floods that hit Agusan del Sur.

Manuel Madelo, 28, from Patin-ay, Prosperidad died of electrocution, Caesar Aquilam, 51, and Junmark Castro, 21, both from Sibagat, by drowning, and Bryl Jake Mondejar, one year old from San Luis, also died by drowning. Paning Poras from Prosperidad is reported missing.

A total of 31,687 families or 155,475 persons from 120 barangays province-wide were heavily affected, broken down as follows: Sibagat - 169 families or 1,014 persons; Bayugan- 589 families or 2,797 persons; Prosperidad- 7,424 families or 37,120 persons; San Francisco- 1,970 families or 7,632 persons; Rosario – 2,769 families or 13,845 persons; Bunawan- 4,798 families or 19,165 persons; Trento – 901 families or 4,425 persons; Sta. Josefa – 691 families or 3,455 persons.

From Veruela, 4,362 families or 21,810 persons are heavily affected; Loreto – 2,032 families or 10,160 persons and; Esperanza – 5,982 families or 34,052 persons. The municipalities of Talacogon, San Luis and La Paz were not able to report the damages yet.

Flood victims totaling to 2,669 families or 11,961 persons all over Agusan del Sur evacuated in 17 evacuation centers located in their respective municipalities, but many have already returned home.

On the outburst of the floods, eight houses were totally damaged, while 10 were partially damaged, with an estimated cost of P140,000.

Damages in infrastructure registered an estimated cost of P4,233,000., where a hanging bridge in Sibagat called Tag-oyango claimed P4,000,000, and part of the roads also in Sibagat with an estimated cost of P233,000. The rest of the infra damages are still under thorough estimation.

In agriculture, running estimate now reached up to P35,177,510, with rice fields as most affected. Other affected agriculture products are fisheries, livestock and rootcrops.

On lifelines, road going to Barangay Ladgadan, New Visayas, San Francisco is not passable by normal means of transportation. Roads portion of San Antonio Antoquia, Trento and San Marcos, Nueva Era in Bunawan are underwater. La Caridad, Napo road in Prosperidad, Cabawan and Novele roads in Rosario are not passable by normal means of transportation. Electricity in the entire province are already restored.

The provincial government, thru the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Operation Center chaired by Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza has issued warning advisory to the LDRRMCs to be vigilant and advice their constituents living in identified flood prone areas to go to safer areas or designated evacuation centers on Sunday after heavy rains that pour down Saturday evening. PDRRMC/ PDRRMO personnel SARAS Team are on standby for emergency calls. Search and rescue teams with rubber boats, rescue vehicles were dispatch immediately to respond to emergencies, backed up by military vehicles and personnel from 401st and 402nd Brigade, including the vehicles and personnel from the 52nd Engineering Brigade as augmentation force. The Agusan del Sur Police Provincial Office also dispatched two rescue trucks, 15 patrol cars, 300 PNP officers and personnel to augment to the rescue, evacuation and relief operations, while the PSWD validate the extent of the damages while documenting. PSWD and the Philippine Red Cross Agusan del Sur Chapter also conducts feeding to flood victims. The DPWH Maintenance also dispatched rescue team, dump trucks, service vehicles and personnel.

The municipalities of Bunawan and Sibagat already declared under state of calamity thru resolution No. 1, series of 2011 and Resolution No. 01-11 Series of 2011 dated January 3, 2011, respectively.

Since yesterday afternoon until today, moderate rainfall are still experienced province-wide. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)
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Mayor Amante cites priorities of calamity fund

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY (5 January) – Following the declaration of the state of calamity here, Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. on Wednesday, January 5 said the local government can use 30 percent of the calamity fund to mitigate the problems brought about by the massive flooding in the city.

In a press conference on Wednesday afternoon held at Father Saturnino Urios University Gymnasium designated as the Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Operation Center, Mayor Amante said the 30 percent amount from the calamity fund will be used primarily for the food and basic commodities of the people especially those that are greatly affected by flood.

Mayor Amante also said, through the fund, vehicles of the city government will be mobilized to transport the victims during evacuation.

Also, the official said, with the declaration of the city under state of calamity, individuals from this city may avail of calamity loans as well as to strengthen the awareness and consciousness of all agencies in the local and national government, as well as the public and private stakeholders of the possible complications brought about by calamity.

The declaration of the city under state of calamity was enacted by the Sangguniang Panlungsod during the 1st Special Session held on January 4, 2011 and approved on January 5, 2011.

On Saturday, January 1, 2011, heavy rains struck the city causing the rise of water levels and the consequent overflowing of the Agusan River including its many tributaries causing flood and destruction to the lives and properties of the residents here. (PIA-Caraga)


In the wake of massive flooding in the city

Butuan dad assures stable prices of basic commodities

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY (5 January) – Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. said prices of basic commodities are stabilized in the wake of massive flooding that hits not only this city but as well as the entire region and some regions in the Visayas and Mindanao.

The assurance was made by the city’s chief executive during the press conference held Wednesday (January 5) at Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) Gymnasium here.

According to Amante, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has been monitoring the prices of the basic commodities and according the department’s report, prices in the basic commodities are still stabilized.

Mayor Amante also said DTI already issued an order freezing the price increase especially in basic commodities.

FSUU president Father John Christian U. Young offered the university’s gymnasium as the operation center of the Local Risk Reduction Management of this city. (PIA-Caraga)


Surigao’s Media Club elects new officers

Surigao City (January 5) – The Media Association of Surigao (MASU) has successfully conducted its election of officers on Tuesday, Jan. 4 at Peng U Grille, this city.

After a long hiatus, Jocelyn Ferol, Program Director of RMN-Surigao was elected unopposed as the new President of the club.

Elvis Romero, news anchor/reporter of RPN-DXKS won as Vice-President against his equally worthy rival Roberto Parada, Jr., Editor/Publisher of Caraga Aksyon Balita via toss coin.

Roel Catoto, the Editor of The Agusan-Surigao Enquirer was elected unopposed as the new Secretary. Elected Treasurer was Roberto Parada, Jr. of Caraga Aksyon Balita. Alexander Jalbo, news reporter of CMN-DXSN was elected as Auditor and Jose Platil, correspondent of the Mindanao Goldstar Daily was elected unopposed as the new PRO.
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Chosen to compose the 6-member Board of Directors were the Immediate Past President (IPP)/Interim President Tirso Clerigo, Jr., Program Director of RPN-DXKS; former Treasurer Reynaldo Bernadez, Program Director of CMN-DXSN; Daniel Lerio, Surigao Bureau Chief of Mindanao Goldstar Daily; Nestor Guballa, news anchor/reporter of RMN-Surigao; Joselito Gibertas, news anchor/reporter of RPN-DXKS and Prudencio Portugues, news reporter of CMN-DXSN.
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IPP Clerigo said since its inception on August 2007, MASU has been a regular member of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) representing the local media in the province. (FEAbkilan, PIA-Surigao del Norte)
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MGB-13 reports Geohazard situation in Caraga Region

Surigao del Norte (January 5) – With the continuous rains experienced in the whole province, the Mines and GeoSciences Bureau (MGB-13) reported the Geohazard situation in Caraga Region.

In its January 4, 2010 report, the evacuation had been initiated at the cites and municipalities of Butuan City, Surigao City, Bunawan and San Francisco in Agusan del Sur, Taganaan in Surigao del Norte, Cantilan, Barobo and San Miguel in Surigao del Sur.

In Surigao City and Surigao del Norte, flooding had generally subsided starting Monday afternoon. However, flooding in Surigao del Sur and Agusan del Sur has not yet stabilized. In Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte the Del Carmen-San Benito Road is not passable due to flood.

Some roads in Dinagat Island and Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur specifically the Los Arcos Road in Awa-Azpetia area that connects the provinces of Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur and the Talacogon-Lapaz Road in Agusan del Sur are reported non –passable at the moment due to minor landslides along roads.

The report also said that power outage is in effect in Esperanza, Agusan del Sur and Barobo, Surigao del Sur. Radyo ng Bayan Tower in Tandag, Surigao del Sur toppled down due to strong gale winds.

The MGB-13 is continuously coordinating with partner national line agencies and LGU for further developments. Ready alert levels for floods and landslides are still in effect. MGB monitoring team has also been deployed to monitor situation of operating mines in Claver-Carrascal area. (Susil Ragas, PIA-Surigao del Norte)
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Army Disaster Units full force in Caraga

The 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division last Sunday, January 2, 2011 issued an order to mobilize and activate all disaster task units within the Caraga Region. The order came out after two days of non stop rain resulted in flooding and several landslide on barangays and towns all throughout the region.

The heavy rain fall which started last January 2 has caused severe flooding in some major towns along Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Sur and Agusan del Norte. As early as January 2, the 36th Infantry “Valor” Battalion responded to reports of flooding along the low lying areas in the municipality of San Miguel, Poblacion and Tago after the Tago river overflowed. The 36IB then provided support and rescue teams to the areas affected especially after some barangay roads became non passable due to landslides and flash floods.

While the disaster rescue team from Bravo Company of the 30th Infantry battalion composed of 12 enlisted personnel and two KM450 vehicles were dispatched to help augment the existing Surigao City rescue unit. A total of 47 families (203 individuals) from barangay Rizal, San Juan and Washinton, Surigao City was evacuated.

The 4th Infantry Division Deputy Spokesperson Maj. Noli Kanashiro said that all the existing disaster relief units has all been placed in full motion and our people in the ground has been coordinating with the different agencies and disaster coordinating councils from different municipalities and cities.

According to Major General Victor A. Felix, Commander of the 4ID, PA that soldiers of the division are ready and capable in reaching out and helping our people during times of such crisis and calamities. The rule of the army is not only restricted during war times but is geared toward peace building efforts and civic social responsibility such as relief and disaster efforts. (4th Infantry (Diamond) Division, Philippine Army/PIA-Caraga)
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Butuan City relief center, in full operation

In response to the impending flood threat brought about by the heavy downpour of rain here in Butuan City, the City Government of Butuan through the Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Operation Center (LDRRMOC) and in cooperation with various line agencies like the Philippine National Police, Philippine National Red Cross, City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD), City Health Office, and Father Saturnino Urios University operationalize the Butuan City Relief Center at FSUU Gym.

The center will receive and dispatch relief goods to different evacuation centers for affected families in barangays. It will be also be the information hub regarding updates and developments relating to the present situation.

Currently, the relief center is monitoring the report from the DOH San Francisco of the planned release of massive volume of water from Agusan del Sur dam which also originate from Davao City that could rise up water level here in our Agusan River that may damage properties alongside the river.

The public, especially those living along the flood way of the Agusan River, is advised to proceed to evacuation centers right away to avoid risks and accidents.

For further information and emergency assistance, the center is open 24/7 and could be reached at 341-1477; 09088847154 (look for Grace Brongcano); or 09202357777 (look for Jereze Madriaga).

The center will also accept donations for our affected families. You may contact the City Social Welfare and Development Help Desk through Ms. Aldeberan Mordeno here at FSUU Gym. (PIO-Butuan City/PIA-Caraga)
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Davao ICTSI scholar bags 3rd place in nat’l science competition

Reymond Tayone, senior high school student of Davao City National High School and an ICTSI Scholar, bag the 3rd Place in national science competition during the 6th National Biotechnology Week celebration held recently at the National Office of the Department of Education in Pasig, Metro Manila.

Entitled “Bioethanol Production from Banana Stalk Using Cow’s Rumen Fluid for Cellulose Degradation,” the science investigatory project hurdled through different competitions from different levels before winning third place in the national contest.

“We won first placer in school, division level and regional competitions in Davao Region before we tried our luck to compete in Manila,” Reymond said. “The project’s aim among others is to help find alternative source of fuel that is not destructive to humans and the environment”, Raymond added.

Besides promising usage at home and in the industry, Ethanol has positive contribution to daily life, Raymond also disclosed. Among these were: ethanol is renewable and raw materials abound in the surroundings, it is environment-friendly, it is clean fuel and when mixed with other fossil fuel; can help clean engine that reduces smoke emission among vehicles.

The project can be replicated in a bigger level, Raymond said. “In Davao Region for example, where big banana plantations are found, we can collect all the banana stalks which companies consider as wastes and turn them into ethanol using cow’s rumen fluid in the process”, he said.

Reymond Tayone is one of the 21 scholars in Mindanao being supported by the International Container Terminal Services Incorporated or ICTSI. Aside from Davao City National High School, two other schools were also being assisted namely: Misamis Oriental General Comprehensive High School (MOGCHS) in Cagayan de Oro City and General Santos City High School. The educational assistance project for the 21 high school students is being implemented by the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP). (Danny Escabarte, PBSP-MRO/PIA-Caraga)
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Lanao Norte LGU distribute relief goods to 700 families, 1 killed in Lanao flash flood

TUBOD, Lanao del Norte – A 6-year old girl was killed while more than 700 families received relief goods on Monday from the provincial government of Lanao del Norte after heavy rains flooded 3 of its coastal towns in the province on Sunday (January 2), said provincial action and information officer Lyndon Calica, on Tuesday.

He said the hardest hit by the flooding are the municipalities of Lala, Baroy and the capital town of Tubod.

Lala had 5 barangays affected, Baroy had 4, and Tubod had 4 barangays flooded, he said.

“We have been monitoring the situation since Sunday after rains did not let up for 2 days. We alerted our rescue teams and local officials to activate their contingency plans should there be a need for massive evacuation”, added Calica.

Municipal officials in the low lying areas immediately dispatched food packs containing rice, noodles and sardines.

As of presstime, 928 families have been identified by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) as flood victims.

According to initial reports received by PSWDO, there are 12 totally damaged houses and 19 partially damaged homes in the 13 affected barangays.

“We are augmenting the assistance given to these families by distributing relief goods in the flooded towns. Each relief package contains rice, sardines, noodles, beef loaf, mat, blanket and cooking pots”, PSWDO Head Annabelle Mendez said.

Minor landslides have also been observed in Barangays Lapinig and Dunggoan in Kapatagan. However, these were immediately cleared by DPWH personnel in the area.

The lone fatality in the calamity was identified as 6-year-old Cristy Jane Celocia whose house was swept away after flood waters overflowed from the Tubod riverbank.

Relief operations are still on-going as flood victims continue to rebuild their homes after the devastation left by the calamity.

Lanao del Norte Gov. Mohamad Khalid Q. Dimaporo on Tuesday mobilized already all department heads and their respective personnel to assist on the relief operation to flood victims.
(MUC/PIA-Caraga)


LGU’s, disaster councils in Agusan del Sur, Butuan City in “close watch” of more floods

BUTUAN CITY – Local government unit officials (LGU’s) and all disaster councils along the river towns of Agusan del Sur and this region’s capital city were alerted on Wednesday in a wake of continues heavy downpour along the southern part of this region and nearby Compostela Valley (ComVal) province.

The Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC) also alerted all LGU’s, disaster councils and rescue teams to “standby alert” as heavy rains are already reported in ComVal province which might go down stream along the giant Agusan river where populated areas might be hit by the rampaging flood waters from the upper stream of the giant river.

Residents living along the river towns of Loreto, La Paz, Sta. Josefa, Talacogon, San Luis and Esperanza, all in Agusan del Sur; and Las Nieves town, in Agusan del Norte and Butuan City, are also advice to evacuate in a safer grounds to avert further casualties.

Disaster councils in these areas are also advice to standby alert their respective river crafts for evacuation of residents living along the river towns.

This advisory came from Dr. Blanche T. Gobenciong of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD-Caraga) at 11:50 a.m. Wednesday.

Director Gobenciong, also chairperson of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC), said heavy rainfall is now occurring in ComVal province which might cause the rise in water level in Agusan river.

“We advice the local DRRMC’s and the people living near mountain slopes and in low lying areas to be “alert” and take appropriate actions for possible flashflood and landslide,” she said in her advisory.

She added: “Emphasis should be on proactive actions – evacuation rather than rescue”.

Region Xlll Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Regional Director Abner M. Caga requested residents along the river towns to tune in local radio stations in this city and other news agencies for any further advisory.

Meanwhile, Agusan del Sur Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza and Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. already deployed their respective river crafts and motor boats along the giant Agusan river for evacuation of residents living along the river banks. (MUC/PIA-Caraga)


MGB-DENR warns Caraga region residents near river systems of continuing flashfloods

BUTUAN CITY – Residents living near the mountain slopes and in low-lying areas of the river systems of Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga region) and their respective local disaster risk reduction management councils (DRRMC) have been alerted anew for the rise of water and possible flashfloods and landslides due to continues heavy rainfall in the region and nearby Compostela Valley (ComVal) province.

Region Xlll Regional Director Alilo Ensomo of the Mines and Geo-Sciences Bureau (MGB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), also advice all mining companies in the region to exercise “extra precautionary measures” for possible soil erosions or collapse of mining tunnels.

Latest report coming from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomic Services (PAGASA-Surigao), said the tail-end of a cold front has continued to affect Mindanao and the Visayas resulting in light to moderate winds in the next 24 hours today.

This PAGASA report already affected the four provinces and three cities in the Caraga region and nearby ComVal province since January 1, this year.

The waterways that affected by this weather condition are the rivers, streams and their tributaries, particularly, the giant Agusan river and its tributaries and watershed areas in the region.

“Our local government units and all disaster councils must redouble their effort to avert further destruction and loss of lives,” said Director Ensomo.

The severe flooding that currently hit the provinces and cities in this region already displaced several thousands of individuals and killed almost a dozen now, various disaster councils reported.
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The Office of Civil Defense, Police Regional Office 13 (PRO 13) and Philippine Information Agency (PIA) advice fishing boats and other small sea crafts in the region not to venture out into the sea, while larger sea vessels were alerted against big waves.

The warning came from the region’s disaster risk reduction team, saying that strong to gale force winds associated with the surge of northeasterly winds, “Amihan” is expected to affect the seaboards of Northeastern Mindanao.

“We must alert at all time as this abnormal weather condition is still going on,” added Director Ensomo. (MUC/PIA-Caraga)


Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Butuan City under a state of calamity
More than Php 200-M worth of damage in infrastructure, agriculture in Caraga region flood


BUTUAN CITY – The initial worth of damage on infrastructure and agriculture in the Caraga region on Wednesday now reaches more than Php 200 million as more damage report is still coming in, while one city and two provinces in the region were already declared under a state of calamity due to flooding and landslides.

Butuan City, Surigao del Sur and Surigao del Norte were already declared under state of calamities.

Region Xlll DPWH Regional Director Danilo E. Versola, said the rampaging flash flood was brought about by overflowed rivers and creeks damaging several roads and some bridges while other roads were hit by landslides and soil erosion hitting the shouldering due to the past three days heavy downpour since January 1 up to the present.

Initial damage report on infrastructures from the different District Engineering Offices (DEO’s) in the region now reaches to Php 111, 388, 855, he said.

In an exclusive interview with the Manila Bulletin on Wednesday, Director Versola said road along Butuan City-Talacogon was hit by landslide; the Butuan City-Talacogon-La Paz road was also washed out by strong current of flood, the Payasan-Los Arcos road was hit by landslide, the Del Carmen-San Benito road was hit by falling rocks while the Tago-La Paz bridge (crane-way) was washed-out by the rampaging flood waters.

“Some roads at various areas in the region were destroyed by soil erosion while some roads were also partially damaged because of flood waters,” said Director Versola.

Maintenance crew from the regional office and various District Engineering Offices (DEO’s) spread at various areas in the region are already undergoing removal and clearing of debris and slides in national and secondary roads which were affected by wide flood and slides in the different parts of the region.

“Our ground personnel are working round-the-clock basis so that reported impassable roads will be immediately opened to the commuting public,” further added Director Versola.

The damaged Wawa bridge that connects Butuan and Agusan to Davao region and other national roads were already cleared by the DPWH maintenance crew despite of heavy downpour on Wednesday and already opened for land transportation, he also said.

However, the Tago bridge in Tago town, Surigao del Sur was destroyed by the rampaging overflowed flood waters. The Php 10 million worth of 70 tonner crane and Rotary machine used for board files in Tago bridge were washed out and destroyed, said Director Versola.

Meanwhile, Gov. Sol F. Matugas, Surigao del Norte solons Rep. Francisco T. Matugas (1st district) and Rep. Guillermo Romarate, Jr. (2nd district) also reported that the Lahi, Sico-Sico, Camam-onan roads in that same province are impassable and now isolated of land transportation due to damage of roads while Malimono town is not also accessible to vehicles .

Several roads are also destroyed in Surigao City when the Kinabutan river overflowed destroying the Jubgan bridge, reported Surigao City Mayor Ernesto T. Matugas.

Water supply in Surigao City has been shutdown while wide areas in Surigao del Sur and in Esperanza town, Agusan del Sur also suffered power outages because of flood.

All personnel of the city government of Surigao, Constituency offices of Matugas and Romarate and provincial government of Surigao del Norte were already mobilized to assist the flood victims.

The Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) in Surigao del Sur, also reported Wednesday the Php 30 million initial damage to crops and properties.

On the other hand, Dinagat Islands (Surigao del Norte) Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) Coordinator Rosario Roxas also reported that damage to infrastructures has reached to Php 2.2 million, in agriculture, rice fields and other crops such as banana and rootcrops were also damaged amounted to Php 3.04 million.

Meanwhile, Region Xlll Regional Director Reinerio Belarmino, Jr. of the Department of Agriculture (DA) also reported the initial damage of agricultural crops such as rice, corn, livestock and other crops rose to Php 27, 089, 815.

Director Belarmino said at least 12, 651 hectares of rice lands, 46 hectares of corn and 346 hectares of other crops in the whole Caraga region were destroyed while 916 heads of livestock were drowned.

He said wide number of hectares of banana plantation and other agricultural crops were submerged by flood waters the past three days since January 1, this year.

At least 3, 718 farmers at various areas were severely affected by the continuing flood in the Caraga region, Director Belarmino said.

“The most devastated province brought about by floods are in Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur”, he said.

Todate, about 67, 438 families or about 350, 095 individuals were already affected by floods at the four provinces and three cities in the Caraga region, a compiled report coming Philippine Information Agency (PIA-Caraga) Regional Director Abner M. Caga, Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Regional Director Blanche T. Gobenciong and various disaster councils spread at various areas in the region.

Initially, the relief operations conducted by the various disaster councils, local government unit and other non-government organizations already served to at least 1, 669 families or about 7, 814 individuals to various evacuation centers in the region, PIA, OCD, RDCC and DSWD report said.

At least 10 fatalities were already reported, 2 injured and 6 are still missing and still under search and rescue operation by the various disaster coordinating councils in the region.

Latest fatalities coming from Police Regional Office 13 (PRO 13) based at Camp Rafael C. Rodriguez here on Wednesday stated that one Alberto Paradaña Rebasora, 50, Saint Peter Collector and resident of Purok 1, Jumpers Drive, John Bosco District, Mangagoy, Bislig City was drowned while swimming at the seawaters of PICOP Resources Incorporated Port, Barangay Tabon, Bislig City. On the other hand, one Rustico Labastida Pacaldo, 38, married, farmer and resident of Barangay Mat-i, Cagwait town, Surigao del Sur was also drowned and still missing. The victim was swept away while crossing Barangay Mat-i river. Another victim, identified as Ramil L. Bobiles, 36, yrs old, married and resident of Purok 1, Sitio Manlapso, Barangay Magroyong, San Miguel town, Surigao del Sur was reportedly drowned after passing across the flooded area at Purok 12, Barangay Tina, San Miguel town, Surigao del Sur province. On the other hand, one Francisco T. Eclipse, 70, married, farmer and resident of Barangay Magsaysay, Jabonga, Agusan del Norte was found lifeless by the populace floating at Calinawan river, Sitio Sabang, Barangay Magsaysay, Jabonga town, Agusan del Norte. Dr. Roberto Blancano, Municipal Health Officer of Jabonga declared that drowning is the cause of his death. Meanwhile, one Ceasar A. Aquilam, 50, Barangay Kagawad of Barangay Tagoyango, Sibagat, Agusan del Sur was also reported drowned and found lifeless at the riverbank of Wawa river of that same barangay by the search and rescue team led by Ely A. Aquilam, brother of the victim. In Surigao City, one Roberto Dalangin, 35, married and a native of Barangay Cawilan, Tubod town, Surigao del Norte was also found lifeless floating at the river of Purok 2, Barangay Bonifacio, Surigao City.

Relief operation by various line agencies of the government, LGU’s and disaster coordinating councils went into high gear to flood victims in almost 900 evacuation centers at various parts in the region.

The Kapuso Foundation, Inc. Team of GMA 7 are now in the province of Surigao del Sur to distribute relief goods to provincial disaster coordinating council (PDCC). The relief assistance of the foundation was supported by M35 trucks from the Army’s 4th Division Support Area, loaded with 100 sacks of relief goods intended to 1,000 families in the municipalities of Tago and San Miguel in Surigao del Sur.

Maj. Gen. Victor Felix, commanding general of the Army’s Fourth Infantry (Diamond) Division (4th ID) directed Col. Efrain Oropel, 4th DSA commander based at Bancasi, this city to supervise the deployment of M35 trucks in Surigao del Sur and other areas for the rescue and relief operations. (MUC/PIA-Caraga)
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POLICE REPORTS
By PO3 Arturo Suganob Campania

Report on robbery

One Esmeralda Joveta, 42 years old, married, owner/cashier of Fredo Junkshop and resident of Purok-3A, Brgy 23, Cabadbaran City reported to Cabadbaran Police Station on January 3, 2011 at 11:50 am that she was allegedly held-up by two unidentified suspects armed with cal .45 pistol and cal .38 revolver inside their junkshop located at said place.

Investigation disclosed that the two unidentified suspects entered the said establishment, pulled out their handguns and declared hold-up. Suspects then, carted away two units cell phone and cash money amounting to seventy five thousand pesos (PhP 75,000.00) and fled towards Surigao City riding a single Honda XRM motorcycle, color red, without plate nr.

PNP elements of Cabadbaran Police Station are now conducting thorough investigation for the possible identification and apprehension of the suspects. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

Report on drowning incident

One Alberto Paradaña Rebasora, 50 years old, married, Saint Peter Collector and resident of Purok 1, Jumpers Drive, John Bosco District, Mangagoy, Bislig City was reportedly drowned while swimming at the seawaters of PICOP Resources Incorporated Port, Brgy Tabon, Bislig City on January 2, 2010 at 3:00 pm. The victim was found lifeless by his friends Alberto Sullano and Brendo Undag on the following day at 10:30 am at the seawater of said place.

Meanwhile, one Rustico Labastida Pacaldo, 38 years old, married, farmer and resident of Brgy Mat-I, Cagwait, Surigao del Sur was reportedly drowned and still missing.

Investigation disclosed that while the victim together with one Rogelio Sumaya were on their way home and while crossing Brgy Mat-i River on January 2, 1011 at 5:00 pm, the victim was suddenly swept by a strong current and reportedly drowned. PNP elements of Cagwait Municipal Plolice Station (MPS) are presently conducting search and retrieval operation.

One Ramil Bobiles y Lamigo, 36 years old, married and resident of Purok 1, Sitio Manlapso, Brgy Magroyong, San Miguel, Surigao del Sur was reportedly drowned after passing across the flooded area at Purok 12, Brgy Tina, San Miguel, Surigao del Sur On January 3, 2011 at 4:0 pm. Search and rescue operations conducted by PNP elements of San Miguel MPS which resulted to the retrieval of the victim’s body on January 4, 2011 at 12:30 pm at the rice field of Sitio Apugan, Brgy Tina, San Miguel, Surigao del Sur.

On the other hand, one Francisco Eclipse y Tablon, 70 years old, married, farmer and resident of Brgy Magsaysay, Jabonga, Agusan del Norte was found lifeless by the populace floating at Calinawan river, Sitio Sabang, Brgy Magsaysay, Jabonga, Agusan del Norte. Investigation disclosed that the victim went to his farm and was not able to return home. Dr Roberto Blancano, Municipal Health Officer of Jabonga declared that drowning is the cause of his death.

Meanwhile, One Ceasar Aquilam y Alisna, 50 yrs old, married, Bgry Kagawad and res of Brgy Tagoyango, Sibagat, Agusan del Sur was reported found lifeless at the riverbank of Wawa river of said Brgy by the search and rescue team led by Ely Aquilam y Alisna, brother of the victim. Subject person was reportedly missing last January 3, 2011 due to the flashflood in Wara river.

In Surigao City, one Roberto Dalangin, 35 yrs old, married and a native of Brgy Cawilan, Tubod, Surigao del Norte was found lifeless on January 4, 2011 at 10:00 am floating at the river of Purok 2, Brgy Bonifacio, Surigao City. Victim was reportedly missing since January 2, 2010 at 9:00 am.
(PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

Report on landslide

PNP personnel of Butuan City Police Station 4 led by PSINSP GAUDIOSO CAJUTOL JR proceeded to Brgy Maibu, Butuan City to verify the veracity of the reported landslide in the area. Investigation disclosed that on January 3, 2011 at 9:00 am at Purok 1 of said Brgy, twelve (12) miners were conducting gold panning at the secluded area of said place when a landslide hit the area.

Two victims namely Shielo Carrid y Balbuena, 43 years old, single and resident of Purok 3, Brgy Maibu, Butuan City and Deoscoro Alberto Jr y Lazaga, 17 years old, minor and resident of Purok 1, Brgy Maibu, Butuan City were instantly buried. Companions and relatives of the victims conducted rescue operation and excavated the victims but they were already confirmed dead. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)
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Death toll in Caraga region flood rose to 15
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BUTUAN CITY – The death toll in the Caraga region flood now rose to 15, official report disclosed Wednesday afternoon by concerned government agencies.

In a disaster briefing conducted Wednesday afternoon at downtown hotel and restaurant here by the officials and action officers of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) led by Office of Civil Defense (OCD-Caraga) Regional Director Blanche T. Gobenciong, Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-Caraga Regional Director Abner M. Caga, National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Regional Director Carmencita Conchingco and other line agencies of the government including military and police commanders, said all the immediate kin of the reported fatalities are currently being attended by the respective concerned local government units and disaster councils in the provinces and cities.

Meanwhile, as of 3 o’clock in the afternoon on Wednesday, the local DRRMC in Dinagat Islands in Surigao del Norte advices all Dinagatnons that an “alert level 3” is now being enforced in all the seven towns in the island.

“Forced evacuation is recommended to all constituents in low lying areas and steepslopes,” the Dinagat DRRMC advisory stated.

On the other hand, the Surigao del Sur Provincial Police Office (PPO) based in Tandag, Surigao del Sur advisory also stated that the national highway along Matho Cortes in Surigao-Davao Coastal road is no longer passable due to landslide. However, no casualty or injured were reported when the side of the mountain gave in at 10 o’clock a.m. on Wednesday.

In a related development, Butuan City Councilor Ryan Anthony Culima also reported Wednesday afternoon that the number of families affected by flood in the city’s rural and urban areas already rose to 16, 577 or about 82, 885 persons.

He said at least 57 barangays, 25 of them along the river banks of Agusan river and its tributaries are already affected by flash flood since January 1, this year.

Councilor Culima said rubber boats, pump boats and other river crafts were already deployed along the river banks to assist the flood victims.

Initially, the city government have already allocated of at least Php 15 million or 30% (quick respond fund) of the Php 52 million calamity fund for the calamity victims, added Councilor Culima.

The city council of Butuan already declared the city under a state of calamity. (MUC/PIA-Caraga)
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Surigao del Sur declared under State of Calamity

Source: PDCC Surigao del Sur Operation Center

Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) Executive Officer Mr. Florencio Pimentel, Jr. said, Surigao del Sur was declared under State of Calamity yesterday January 4.

Mr. Pimentel also revealed an estimated cost of damages will reach to P30M in the agricultural, infrastructure, and properties.

PDCC partially recorded 131 barangays from 18 municipalities and one city reportedly was affected by massive flashfloods. Also, 27,170 families or 162,131 individuals were affected where the municipality of San Miguel recorded the highest number of families affected with 3,538 or 21,228 individuals.

As of press time, reported areas where landslide occurred are: San Pedro Lianga - Los Arcos road not passable, Pakwan KM8, KM13, Ebuan, Mampi and Nurcia-Sibahay Road all in Lanuza; Cumawas, San Isidro, Brgy San Jose, Nat’l Road, MONE-Bagwis Road all in Bislig City; MAtin-ao National Highway and alternate PICOP Road in Tagbina; Tagmalinao-Cagwait road Section and Matho Cortes National Road.

There are four persons reported missing due to flashfloods and one injured after accidentally hit by falling debris in Antao, Carmen.

As of 11:30 am today, roads bound to South and North of this province are reported passable according to DPWH.
(PIA-Surigao del Sur).
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Tagalog News: Rescue team ng Surigao city, tiniyak ang kahandaan sa mas malala pang pagbaha

Nakaalerto na ang mga miyembro ng Rescue Team ng Surigao City sa posibilidad sa pagpapalikas ng mga tao lalo na ang apektado ng pagbaha.

Nasa alert Level 2 pa rin ang buong Surigao kung saan suspendido na ang klase ng mga estudyante sa elementary at sekondarya.

Naunang inihayag na ni Dr. Teofila Cabatuan, ang Schools Division Supt. na apektado na ang ilang paaralan at basa na rin ang libro ng mga estudyante dahil sa baha.

Tinatayang umabot na sa P28 million ang pinsala ng ulan at pagbaha kabilang ang pinsala sa mga eskuwelahan

Ayon kay Surigao City Mayor Ernesto Matugas kung anuman ang mangyayari, handa na ang iba’t ibang mga ahensiya lalo na sa Rescue Team sa pagresponde kung saan ipinatawag na ang mga barangay chairman para sa mas matinding paghahanda.

Mahigpit na ring binabantayan ang pagtaas ng tubig sa Surigao river. (RMN-Surigao City/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Cebuano News: 4 ka tawo, nadugang sa mga namatay sa baha sa Caraga Region

BUTUAN CITY - Upat ka mga tawong patay ang nadugang sa listahan sa mga nakalas tungod sa pagbaha sa Caraga Region human nga silang tanan gitu-uhang parehong nalumos human napalgan sa nagkada-iyang suba og lugar nga nabahaan.

Unang napalgan pasado alas 10:30 sa buntag ning mi-aging adlaw si Alberto Paradaña Rebasora, 50-anyos, minyo, collector sa St. PeterLife Plan Incorporated og residente sa Purok Uno, Jumpers Drive sa John Bosco District, Mangagoy, Bislic City kinsa nalumos human naligo sa dagat duol sa PICOP Resources Incorporated sa Brgy. Tabon, Bislig City pasado alas-tres sa hapon niadtong Enero 2 og napalgan na lang sa iyang mga higalang sila Alberto Sullano og Brendo Undag.

Samtang napalgan usab sa iyang mga silingan nga naglutaw na og wala na'y kinabuhi sa Calinawan River sa Sitio Sabang, Brgy. Magsaysay, Jabonga, Agusan del Norte, ang 70-anyos nga si Francisco Eclipse, minyo og mag-uuma. (dxBR-Bombo Radyo Butuan/PIA-Caraga)

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