1.07.2012

PIA News Service - Sunday, January 8, 2012

RDRRMC-Caraga issues General Flood Advisory; alerts local DRMMC

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 8 (PIA) – The Caraga Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) through the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) has issued a general flood advisory Saturday for the region.

According to the advisory, for the past 24 hours as of 8:00 a.m., rainfall is measured in Hinatuan at 9.2 millimeters, Butuan City at 16.6 millimeters, and Surigao – 36.0 millimeters.

The advisory also stated that moderate to occasionally heavy rains will occur for the next 24 hours, affecting waterways like water and streams and its tributaries in Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur and Dinagat Islands.

With this, RDRRMC advised the people living near the mountain slopes and in the low-lying areas of the aforementioned river systems to be alert.

RDRRMC also advised the local risk reduction and management councils concerned to be alert for possible flashfloods and landslides.

The advisory also pointed out that emphasis should be on proactive action, which is evacuation rather than rescue.

As of 5:00 p.m., Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reported that Northeast Monsoon has affected the Luzon area while Tail-end of the Cold Front is affecting the Visayas and Mindanao islands.

Because of this, PAGASA said Visayas and Mindanao will have mostly cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and isolated thunderstorms, becoming cloudy with widespread rains over Eastern and Central Visayas and the Eastern section of Mindanao which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.

Meanwhile, the Eastern section of Luzon will experience mostly cloudy skies with light rains while the rest of Luzon will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated light rains.

Also, moderate to strong winds blowing from the Northeast will prevail over Luzon and Western Visayas and coming from the Northeast and East over the rest of the country. The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be moderate to rough. (PIA-Caraga)


DA-Caraga intensifies “Gulayan sa Paaralan” project

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 8 (PIA) - The Department of Agriculture (DA)-Caraga Region strengthened the “Gulayan sa Paaralan” (Vegetable in School) program in all public elementary and high schools in the region.

DA-Caraga Regional Information Officer Rebecca Atega said aside from providing the schools with different varieties of vegetable seeds, series of activities were conducted last month as an advocacy to the project.

Atega added election of officers were also conducted in every school to strengthen and sustain the activities being conducted in line with the project.

Further, the regional information officer of the agriculture department in the region emphasized that teachers and parents are also involved in the activities as they guide the pupils and students in planting and taking care of the vegetables.

Prior to this, Atega said the parents together with the teachers and students are encouraged to participate seminars and trainings on how to plant and take care of vegetables.

With this development, Atega said the DA will continue to distribute varieties of vegetable seeds to schools to ensure sustainability of the program.

“Atong padayonon ang pagpang-apud-apod sa mga liso sa gulay sa mga eskuwelahan, ingon man usab ang mga tools and equipment sa gardening aron pagagamiton sa mga bata… ug duna pud kita’y pagabuhaton nga pagbansay-bansay kanila,” Atega said.

(We will continue to distribute vegetable seeds to schools and we will also provide them with tools and equipment on gardening for use by the schoolchildren… we will also conduct trainings for them.)

The official also said the program will not only teach the schoolchildren how to plant and take care of vegetables but more importantly, they will be informed of the values of agriculture.

The Gulayan sa Paaralan is a project initiated by the Department of Education (DepEd) and DA during the previous administration in support of the government’s hunger mitigation and poverty alleviation efforts. (PIA-Caraga)


LTO,DOTC-Caraga grateful for the approval of bus drivers’ fixed salary

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 8 (PIA) - Officials of Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) expressed their gratitude with the approval of bus drivers’ fixed salary in Caraga Region as agreed by bus companies.

According to DOTC-Caraga Regional Director Atty. Alim Pangandaman, the lack of fixed salary may be a cause of the high rate of road accidents as drivers.

“’Yan ang dapat gawin upang maiwasan na ang mga komisyon basis kasi nag-uunahan ang mga drivers na makakuha ng pasahero na naging dahilan ng aksidente,” Pangandaman said.

(That is really the best thing to do to get rid of commission-basis because the drivers are competing to get passengers which causes accidents.)

Atty. Pangandaman also said that with this implementation, competition in bus companies will now be minimized. “Thus, accidents will also be minimized,” he added.

“Dahil dito, mawawala na ang kumpetisyon sa mga bus companies at drivers upang lumaki ang kita nila,” Pangandaman said.

(Through this implementation, competition of bus companies and drivers on getting passengers first, will definitely stop.) (PIA-Caraga)


30% DPWH accomplishment rate in 2011 due to poor weather condition

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 8 (PIA) - Officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)in Caraga region said that poor weather conditions hindered the agency from meeting its target in 2011.

Only 30 percent of DPWH's target projects in the region were accomplished last year, according to Maribeth Burgos, chief engineer of the DPWH-Caraga Construction Division.

She said, however, that the Butuan District Engineering Office managed to complete 70 percent of its projects in 2011.

Burgos said, in a radio interview, that the low accomplishment rate of the region was attributed to poor weather condition.

She said during the start of the year, Caraga Region was hit by massive flashfloods in all the provinces and cities.

In February last year, another massive flood hit the region engulfing the areas in the five provinces and six cities.

Since then, low pressure area (LPA) has continuously affected Caraga Region, causing some water systems in other areas to swell and overflowed which caused massive flooding.

Until the last quarter of 2011, some areas in Surigao del Sur and Agusan del Sur were affected when tropical storm “Sendong” struck Northern Mindanao, devastating Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities, killing hundreds of people. Hundreds are still missing.

However, Burgos said the agency is determined to finish the uncompleted projects in 2012.

Further, the official expressed hope that Caraga Region will experience improved weather conditions this year. (PIA-Caraga)