(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, 24 July 2024) At 3:00 AM today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 135 km West Southwest of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro (13.1°N, 120.0°E). Meanwhile, another LPA was estimated based on all available data at 880 km East of Eastern Visayas (11.1°N, 133.8°E). 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—˜π—”π—§π—›π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to Southwest Monsoon. Possible flash floods or landslides due to moderate to at times heavy rains. 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 Southwest to Southeast will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.5 meters).

PIA News Service - Thursday, December 8, 2011

CDA-Caraga chief says more trainings were given to coops in 2011

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 8 (PIA) --
Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) Caraga Regional Director Manuela Pelaez recently said they have conducted more trainings to local cooperatives in the region to ensure their effectivity and productivity.

According to Dir. Pelaez, a total of 35 trainings were conducted to some 1,778 cooperative members and officials region-wide as of October 2011.

The CDA chief of the region also said that in 2012, they will be conducting more trainings to those registered cooperatives in an effort to provide them strategies, therefore, ensuring sustainability.

With these developments, Dir. Pelaez is hopeful that the participants will apply the knowledge and skills they learned in the trainings to obtain a more effective and productive cooperative, thus sustaining the transaction.

These CDA projects support the economic agenda of the Aquino administration that is featured in the Philippine Development Plan.

According to Pres. Benigno Aquino III, the plan serves as the Philippines’ guide in formulating policies and implementing development programs until the end of his term in 2016. (PIA-Caraga)

MRP monitors state offices in Butuan

by Robert E. Roperos

-- To ensure that everything discussed in the National Moral Recovery Program (MRP) Congress are applied in the government offices, a team from the city government conducts regular visitation to monitor the progress of each participant in their respective workplaces.

According to Pastor Charlie Prior, MRP Officer of the city government, they are visiting government agencies and offices to monitor the level of implementation of the moral recovery program.

Prior said the visitation also aimed to assist the heads of offices in the implementation of the MRP.

“This is just a follow-up of the MRP Congress that was held here last month. Local officials and heads of offices must adhere to the program for the benefit of the people,” Prior said in Cebuano dialect.

Meanwhile, Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. of this city pointed out that the program is in line with the mandate of Presidential Proclamation No. 62, otherwise known as Moral Recovery Program; Presidential Proclamation No. 828, declaring 2005-2015 as Decade of Good Governance; and Executive Order No. 713 which strengthen the authority of the Presidential Council on Values Formation towards the effective pursuit of a just and moral Philippine Society.

The program also strongly supports the transparency, accountability and good governance of the present administration that is also highlighted in the Philippine Development Plan. (PIA-Caraga)

BFP-Butuan conducts ocular inspection to establishments

by Robert E. Roperos

-- The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) here is regularly conducting ocular inspections to establishments and sees to it that the buildings have complied the regulations set by the bureau.

In an interview with a local radio station here recently, BFP-Butuan Chief Inspector Aldrich Gomez said the ocular inspection is part of their mandate to ensure that all establishments here are safe.

Insp. Gomez is thankful to the city government for their relentless efforts in supporting the mandate of the BFP. (PIA-Caraga)

DOH-Caraga strengthens advocacy on Family Planning, Maternal & Child Health

by Jennifer P. Gaitano

-- The Department of Health (DOH) Caraga Regional Office, headed by Regional Director Leonita Gorgolon, is strengthening its advocacy on Family Planning, Maternal and Child Health (FP/MCH) Program of President Benigno Aquino III’s administration in support to the Philippine Development Plan.

During the recently concluded one-day Inter-Agency Meeting on Family Planning (FP), Maternal and Child Health (MCH), FP Program Coordinator Emmi Marie Cabahug said based on the maternal mortality rate in the Philippines in 2003, 4,600 Filipina women die every year while over 100,000 suffer from pregnancy related to disabilities, and three babies are born every minute.

“Three million pregnancies occur every year. Half are unintended while 1/3 of women with unintended pregnancy end in abortion,” said Cabahug.

For 2010, the main cause of maternal mortality Caraga in 2010 is maternal hemorrhage - 60 percent; eclampsia followed with 29 percent; other medical conditions – 7 percent; and infections – 4 percent.

Cabahug also said that DOH prioritizes the facility-based deliveries to mothers; increasing birth attendance; upgrading Basic Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (BEmONC) and Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (CEmONC) facilities; establishing of RED Hotline; improving transportation and communication; and providing local government unit and community support.

Thus, DOH-CHD has identified and strengthened the nine child survival interventions: 1) skilled attendance during pregnancy, delivery and immediate postpartum; 2) care of the newborn; 3) breastfeeding and complementary feeding; 4) micronutirent supplementation and deworming; 5) immunization of children and mothers; 6) integrated management of sick children; 7) child injury prevention and control; 8) birth spacing; environmental sanitation and smoke-free home.

With this, DOH calls on the women to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, planned and supported; every pregnancy is adequately managed throughout its course; every delivery is facility-based; and every mother and new born care secures proper postpartum and postnatal care with appropriate package of services. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Agusan del Norte LGU supports DOH birth spacing campaign

by Jay Rosas

-- The Provincial Health Office (PHO) here has adopted a national campaign on family planning by promoting proper birth spacing of three to five years.

With a call “3-5 Taong Agwat, Dapat!”, the campaign aims to educate parents about the importance of waiting for three to five years before having another child.

“We need to tell mothers and fathers why a longer birth interval is best for them,” said Provincial Health Officer Dr. Elizabeth Campado.

According to Campado, a mother needs at least three years to recover from previous birth. This will also allow her to spend more time with her child during the crucial first-five years of child development.

“Relevant information is crucial to help couples make a decision for their family’s future,” Campado added.

Meanwhile, Dr. Irma Asuncion, Director of the National Center for Health Promotion (NCHP) of the DOH said that they are mandated to provide information about the benefits of birth spacing so that parents can make an informed, voluntary decision about how they will plan their family.

Short birth spacing is linked with poor health outcomes like maternal and newborn morbidity and deaths, premature births, low birth weight, and child stunting in numerous studies cited by the World Health Organization in its global technical discussions.

Recent survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) revealed that 73 percent of respondents agreed that the government should provide information on all methods of modern family planning.

Also, data from the Department of Health showed that about 55 percent of women in the Philippines give birth too soon after a preceding birth.

Asuncion further encouraged local leaders and health service providers to step up health promotion through the conduct of health events and classes to increase the number of people adopting ways of birth spacing or reducing the size of their families.

Rural health facilities in Agusan Del Norte, with the support of the Provincial Health Office have been conducting health classes and health events in municipalities. (PIA-Agusan del Norte)

Surigao City spearheads Agri-Industrial Master Plan Workshop for 2012

by Annette P. Villaces

The city government here spearheaded recently the Master Planning Workshop on Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries at the City Cultural Center.

The 3-day activity, from Dec. 5 to 7, aimed to develop a master plan for the agriculture and fisheries sectors for the year 2012.

Engineer Allen Macababayao, the team leader and economic consultant of the city presented an overview of the city’s agricultural master plan, while agriculture and agro-industrial consultant Dr. Rafael Barrozo discussed the Agri-Fisheries and Agro-Industrial Development Program (SAFIDEV).

The team also discussed the setting up of organic farmer’s market depot, fish and soya processing plant and cannery, organic dairy processing plant, engineered bamboo plant and training center, and techno-demo farms and nurseries.

Participants of the said event included city employees, media practitioners, farmers and fisherfolks from 54 city barangays. (Surigao City PIO/SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

7 Patrol Cars to PRO 13

by Noel B. Najarro

-- Seven Toyota Innova patrol cars from the police national headquarters were delivered at Camp Rafael C. Rodriguez the regional headquarters of Police Regional Office 13, Monday.

The patrol cars were assigned unit numbers 831 to 837, and distributed to each recipient police offices at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Five of the patrol cars were assiged to Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, the Regional Police Headquarters and Butuan City Police Office.

Caraga PNP Chief CSupt. Reynaldo S. Rafal said, in an interview at his office, that the vehicles had already been designated and marked to the recipient police office when it was delivered to the camp. “So what we will do this afternoon is just to facilitate its distribution to the recipient office,” Rafal said.

The official said that other equipments were turned over by Gen. Bartolome to PRO 13 during his visit which included some investigation equipments, civil disturbance management (CDM) equipments, information technology equipments such as the 12 laptop computers donated by the Police Public Safety Mutual Benefits, Loans and Savings Association (PPSMBLSAI) for the use the “eBlotter System” of Butuan City and soon in the province of Agusan del Norte. (PIA Caraga)

Tagalog News: 21 kaso isinampa ng PDEA laban sa mga nagtutulak ng droga

by David M. Suyao

-- Inilahad ng Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency ang kanilang pagsampa ng kaso laban sa 21 katao na nagmula dito sa probinsiya dahil sa mga kasong may kinasangkutan sa illegal na droga sa ginawa nilang operasyon mula Hulyo hanggang Setyembre ng taong kasalukuyan.

Ang mga naarestong suspetsado na ang kaso ay isinampa na sa korte ay nanggagaling sa mga bayan ng Bayugan – 4; Bunawan – 1; La Paz – 3; Prosperidad – 1, San Francisco – 6; Sibagat – 2; Talacogon – 1; Trento – 2 at; Veruela – 1.

Sa pagpupulong na ginawa ng Provincial Peace and Order Council kamakailan sa kapitolyo ng Agusan del Sur, inilahad ng PDEA na ang 21 na mga suspetsado ay nahuling nagdadala ng Methamphetamine hydrochloride o “Shabu” at Martijuana.

“Ang mga suspetsadong ito ay aming nahuli sa pamamagitan ng “buy-bust operation”, inflagrante de licto, search warrant at sa aming pagtatalaga ng mga checkpoints. Pero sa aming pagsusuri, ang sitwasyong ito ay hindi masyadong malala kung ikumpara sa mga masyadong malala ang kalagayan kung saan matatagpuan ang mga laboratoryo ng druga, bodega, tambayan, resort, plantasyon ng marijuana at iba pa. Sa aming pananaliksik, ang mga drugang dinadala rito ay naggagaling pa sa Manila, Cebu, Marawi, Ozamis, Iligan, Cotabato at Davao. Ang talagang landing points ng mga illegal na drugang ito ay nasa Manila, Cebu, Davao, Marawi Ozamis at Cotabato,” ang sabi ni OIC Regional Director Joel Plaza ng PDEA.

Ayon pa kay Plaza, sa loob ng isang buwan, nagkaroon sila ng dalawang malalaking ginawa at naitala. Noong Hunyo 8, kasama ang mga element ng Regional Special Operations Task Group, ng 13th Regional Public Safety Management Battalion at ng La Paz Municipal Police Station, sila ay nakabunot ng mga pananim na Marijuana sa Sitio Umayam, Barangay Kasapa II, La Paz, Agusan del Sur ng mahigit kumulang mga 532 puno ng Marijuana at 1,000 na seedlings na nagkahalaga ng P156,400.00.

“Naulit pa ito noong Hulyo 8, kung saan, mahigit kumulang mga 5,000 puno ng Marijuana na naman an gaming nabunot at agad-agad na sinunog doon mismo sa lugar kung saan namin nabunot kasama ang tropa ng RPSB13, RSOTG 13, 26 IB ng army at ng 402nd Brigade sa Sitio Mactan, Kasapa I, Agusan del Sur na nagkahalaga naman ng mahigit P1 Milyon,” Sabi ni Plaza.

Sa kasalukuyan ayon pa kay Plaza, ang kanilang tanggapan ay nakatutok sa mga nakatalang mga pangalan ng mga nagbebenta at gumagamit ng illegal na druga, ang pagpalakas ng mga Anti-Drug Abuse Councils sa mga barangay, lungsod, mga bayan at lalawigan para suportahan ang pangkalahatang pagsisikap para harapin ang suliranin sa illegal na druga at paigtingin lalo ang kampanya laban sa pag-abuso nito sa pamamagitan ng mga pulong-pulong para maisakatuparan ang mithiing mawala na ang salot na suliranin sa druga. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Cebuano News: Aquino gipangulohan ang Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentives Awards

ni Susil D. Ragas

-- Gipangulohan ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquinoo III kagahapon Miyerkules ang awarding ceremony sa mga mananaug sa 2011 Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentives Awards (LTIA).

Sa iyang mensahe atol sa maong okasyon, ang Pangulong miingon kakulang og huwes sa mga korte sa atong nasod nagresulta sa mga paglangan sa proseso sa korte nga nakahasol og dako sa katawhan nga nangita og hustisya.

Pero, tungod kay ang mga bikil/away sasinugdan naresolba naman sa kinaubosan nga lebel uban ang tabang sa Lupong Tagapamayapa, ang Pangulo miingon kini nakapugong sa mga kaso nga mapasaka sa korte.

“Kaya naman nagpapasalamat ako sa tagapagtaguyod ng pagdiriwang nating ito, partikular na sa Department of Interior and Local Government, sa pangunguna ng magaling na lider natin na si Secretary Jessie Robredo,” siya miingon sa iyang mensahe.

“Sa pagkilala po ninyo sa mga katangi-tanging Lupong Tagapamayapa hindi lamang kayo sumasaludo sa kanilang mga sakripisyo at ambag sa kaayusan sa lipunan nabibigyan din natin ng insentibo ang ating mga ehemplo na magpatuloy sa kanilang makabuluhang serbisyo-publiko.”

Ang maong mga awards usab nakapahiusa sa uban pang mga ahensya sa gobyerno alang sa dugang epektibo nga pagtugyan og hustisya sa katawhan nga nangita niini, siya miingon.

Siya midayeg sa mga awardess tungod sa ilang epektibo nga mga serbisyo sa paghimo sa ilang mga katungdanan.

“Taus-puso po akong nagpapasalamat sa inyong maayos at epektibong serbisyo sa pagpapatibay at pagsasabuhay sa mga adhikain ng Katarungang Pambarangay at sa inyong pagiging malikhain at maparaan bilang mga tagapamagitan tungo sa pag-aayos sa mga di pagkakaunawaan sa inyong nasasakupan,” ang Pangulo miingon.

“Nais po nating maghari ang katarungan sa bansa at katuwang natin ang Lupong Tagapamayapa bilang isa sa mga instrumento ng kaayusan at pagkakaunawaan ng mga Pilipino. Sa tulong at gabay ninyo sa problema ng inyong nasasakupan nakatutok tayo sa mas mabibigat na problema ng ating bansa at sa pagtataguyod ng kapakanan ng mas nangangailangan,” siya midugang.

Ang Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentives Awards gimugna agig pagsunod sa Executive Order 394 series of 1997, nga miila sa kontribusyon sa Lupon sa promosyon niini sa mga katuyoan sa Katarungang Pambarangay (KB).

Kini nagtinguha sa pagpalig-on sa ka epektibo sa Katarungang Pambarangay isip pinakaunang struktura sa paghusay nga adunay kapasidad pagresolba sa mga bikil/away sulod sa komunidad aron malikayan ang taas nga mga paghusay sa korte.

Ang pagtugyan sa maong awards nagbase sa mga mosunod nga kriterya: Kamaayo sa operasyon, ug kaepektibo sa pagseguro sa mga katuyoan sa KP. Karong tuiga ang kumpetisyon naglangkob sa 39,348 ka mga lupons libot sa nasod gikan Hulyo 2009 hangtod Disyembre 2010.

Adunay 48 ka mga national finalists gikan sa 57 ka mga target nga Lupon finalist sa 16 ka mga rehiyon nga nagkompetensya sa LTIA karong tuiga sa mosunod nga mga kategoriya: Highly urbanized cities, component cities, First to third class Municipalities ug Fourth to sixth class municipalities.

Ang mga winners karong tuiga mao ang Lupong Tagapamayapa sa Barangay Adlaon, Cebu City alang sa highly urbanized cities nga kategoriya; Lupong Tagapamayapa sa Tuyo, Balanga City, Bataan alang sa Component cities nga kategoriya; Lupong Tagapamayapa sa Barangay Bailan, Pontevedra, Capiz alang sa First to Third class municipalities nga kategoriya; ug ang Lupong Tagapamayapa sa Barangay Quezon, Mainit, Surigao del Norte alang sa Fourth to sixth class municipalities nga kategoriya.

Matag usa sa upat ka mga national awardees nakadawat sa presidential trophy ug cash gikan sa Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). (PIA-Surigao del Norte)