(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, 31 May 2023) At 3:00 AM today, the center of the eye of Typhoon "BETTY" {MAWAR} was estimated based on all available data at 320 km East of Itbayat, Batanes (21.2°N, 124.9°E) with maximum sustained winds of 120 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 150 km/h. It is moving North Northwestward slowly. Southwest Monsoon affecting Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. 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 Southwest Monsoon. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Moderate to Strong winds coming from South to Southwest will prevail with Moderate to Rough seas (1.2 to 2.8 meters).

PIA News Service - Monday, March 12, 2012

PRO 13 boosts campaign against illegal drugs

By PSupt Martin M Gamba

-- Police Regional Office 13 Caraga, in coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), has beefed up its campaign against illegal drugs.

On December 15, 2011, Oplan Zombie was launched by Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) to further stop the notorious pushers and users of prohibited drugs within the area.

The statistical record of BCPO shows that from December 15, 2010 to February 28, 2011, one drug-related operation was conducted; one suspect was apprehended by the operatives and consequently, one case was filed before the court.

However, from December 15, 2011 to February 28, 2012, a total of six different major operations were conducted by the PNP elements that resulted to the arrest of seven suspects. Hence, 15 cases were already filed in the court.

One of its notable operational accomplishments was the raid conducted by the joint forces of Butuan City Police Station 4 and BCPO Anti-illegal Drug Special Operation Task Force on February 11, 2012 at around 4:30 a.m. at P-1 Brgy Sumilihon of same city. The team seized 22 sachets of shabu, two cellular phones, one unit M1911A1 cal 45 pistol, one fragmentation grenade, one suspected marijuana plant, several drug paraphernalia and cash amounting to P4,850.

Regional Dir. PCSupt Reynaldo Rafal urges the community to be more vigilant and to continually cooperate as partner of the PNP in making Butuan a safe place to live in. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga/PNP-13)

Tree planting marks Women’s Day celebration in Surigao del Sur

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, March 12 (PIA)
-- A tree planting activity in support to the National Greening Program (NGP) of the Department of Environment and National Resources (DENR) highlighted the Women’s Day celebration recently in Surigao del Sur.
Done in Barangay Gamut, Tago, seven kilometers south of Tandag City, women, especially from the government sector, joined the event which started at 7:00 a.m.

Mila Arreza, Provincial Population Officer and focal person of Gender and Development (GAD) here spearheaded the said affair with seedlings provided by the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) in Tandag City under Forester Rogelio Montenegro.

Meanwhile, many activities are still set for the rest of the Women’s Month celebration. Among these are the “Hataw” (exercise), free blood chemistry at the Adela Serra-Ty Memorial Medical Center (ASTMMC), mass blood donation courtesy of the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) in cooperation with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on March 29, and Alay-Lakad on March 30.

The opening day came with a mass, motorcade, and special program. (Radyo Ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA Surigao del Sur)

Surigao del Sur fortunate as Kalahi-CIDSS beneficiary

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, March 6 (PIA)
-- The province of Surigao del Sur has been fortunate for being a beneficiary of Kapit-Bisig laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

According to Engr. Merlyn Baure, chief of the Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO) here, the World Bank has already granted the province the total amount of P162,264,012.62 under such program by funding the implementation of various infrastructure projects.

These projects are in the form of water supply system, school buildings, drainage canals, farm-to-market roads (FMRs), hanging and bailey bridges built in 113 barangays in the towns of Bayabas, Cagwait, San Miguel, San Agustin and Marihatag in the First District and Tagbina as well as Hinatuan in the Second District.

Meanwhile, Baure said, under the Aquino administration, five of the municipalities mentioned have been, again, listed back as beneficiaries of the upgraded program now dubbed Kalahi Makamasang Tugon. (Radyo Ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA SUrigao del Sur)

Butuan City to offer potential PPP projects

By Eldie N. David

-- The Sangguniang Panlungsod recently approved an ordinance authorizing City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. to offer potential Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects to prospective private investors.

The ordinance, principally authored by Vice Mayor Lawrence Fortun, is in line with the Executive Order No. 51 issued by Mayor Amante creating the PPP Executive Team to advocate, conceptualize, initiate, organize, coordinate, direct and oversee the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the different PPP programs, projects and activities.

In his explanatory note, Fortun emphasized the following as basis in filing the ordinance: 1) the natural and economic resources of Butuan City present enormous potentials for rapid economic growth and sustainable and equitable development; 2) there is an impetus to develop and implement a comprehensive economic agenda to maximize and convert potentials into concrete and environmental gains; 3) the PPP as advocated by the national government is seen as a pivotal and key strategy in the implementation of the economic agenda; and 4) the Local Government Code of 1991 vests upon the LGU the prerogative to enter into contracts involving its properties, subject to limitations imposed by law, and provides LGU with wide ranging authority to undertake major infrastructure improvements and to seek financing for this purpose.

Among the list of projects eligible for PPP offering are: power plants, slaughterhouse, tourism projects, piggery, swine semen processing center, hydropower projects, farm facilities, farm to market roads, agricultural mechanization, public markets, public toilets, public terminal, education and health facilities, mega-infrastructure projects, solid waste management, land reclamation projects, drainage, dredging and other infrastructure and development projects as may otherwise be identified by the PPP Executive Team pursuant to E.O. 51 issued last December 29, 2011.

The PPP projects that will be entered by the City of Butuan will observe the following principles under the ordinance: 1) that the LGU of Butuan shall adopt and implement a policy of full public disclosure of all its transactions involving public interests; 2) that the LGU of Butuan City shall uphold its advocacy of entering into a clear, honest and transparent PPP contracts; 3) risk allocation should be based on the party most capable to manage the risk; 4) PPP partnerships should be feasible and affordable. From the onset, the project should be feasible, demonstrating the need for the project, broad level project costs estimation and indicative commercial viability; 5) PPP partnerships should be bankable. PPP should be bankable as financiers will be reluctant to commit funding when a project entails high participation costs, unreasonable risk transfer or lengthy and complex contract negotiations; 6) PPP partnership projects should provide value for money. PPPs should provide value for money and good economic value, which is not necessarily the same as least cost, and includes: allocating risks to the party best able to control and manage them; and maximizing the benefits of private sector efficiency, expertise, flexibility and innovation; 7) PPP partnership projects should provide economic and social benefits. PPPs underlying principle stems from the fact that the public authority remains responsible for services provided to the public, without necessarily being responsible for corresponding investment; and 8) PPP projects should have due consideration for empowerment of Filipino citizens.

The implementation of PPP projects should have due consideration for the empowerment for the citizens as a strategy for economic growth and sustainability. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga/BC-CMO)

Tagalog news: Pinagtibay na pagsamasama ng lahat ng kinauukulan ay may kaibahan - PDEA

By David M. Suyao

-- Inihayag ng Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) kamakailan lamang na ang pagpalawak ng pakikipag-ugnayan sa iba’t-ibang ahensiya at mga lokal na kuponan ay may kaibahan sa pagsugpo ng paglaganap ng mga ipinagbabawal na gamot sa Agusan del Sur dahil sa ulat na may mga nagpapalusot ng naturang droga kahit na sa mga malalayo at liblib na lugar.

Ayon kay PDEA Regional Director Joel Plaza, ang mga nabuong konseho na pambarangay, pambayan at panglalawigan para sa masugpo ang paglaganap ng pinagbabawal na gamut noon ay hindi na aktibo ngayon, ang PDEA ay nagsisikap upang ang mga organisasyong ito ay mabuo at maging aktibong muli para maaasahan ang kanilang tulong at pakikiisa laban sa pinagbabawal na gamut.

“Ang suliraning ito ay hindi lamang dito sa Agusan del Sur kundi sa buong bansa at kahit sa buong daigdig. Ang mga kasamaan at kasiraanan na dulot nito sa tao ay nakikita natin mismo. Pero marami pa rin ang hindi alintana ang paglaganap nito. Ang responsibilidad para masugpo ito ay hindi lamang nasa kamay ng PDEA kunid nasa kamay ng bawat mamamayan. Kaya napakamahalagang magkaisa tayo kasama ang iba pang autoridad at local na pamahalaan para masugpo at mapigil ang paglaganap ng mga ipinagbabawal na gamut na ito,” sabi ni Plaza.

Ayon sa PDEA director, nakatuon ang pansin ng kanilang tanggapan sa tinatawag na value operations and targets, air-tight filing of cases in court at pagpapatibay ng kanilang pakipag-ugnayan sa iba’t ibang ahensiya ng pamahalaan at komunidad.

“Ang value operation ay ang tinatawag nating pag bingwit sa malalaking isda sa industriyang ito. Pero sa among pagsusuri, wala naming malalaking isda rito dahil wala kaming nakita o natanggap na ulat kaya na may mga laboratory, bodega, mga drug dens, at resorts na maaring doon mangyari ang pag gawa at pagbinta ng mga ipinagbabawal na gamut. Pero may nalaman kaming plantasyon ng marijuana rito sa Agusan del Sur at ang mga ito ay amin ng nilusob at hinuli,” sabi ni Plaza.

Maalaalang nagsagawa ng dalawang paglusob ang PDEA kasama ang ibat-ibang pwersa ng pamahalaan sa dalawang plantasyon ng marijuana dito sa Agusan del Sur. Ang una ay noong Hunyo 8, 2011 sa Sitio Umayam, Brangay Kasapa, La Paz kung saan nahuli ang himigit kumulang 532 puno ng marijuana, at ang pangalawa ay noong Hulyo 8, 2011 sa Sition Mactan, Kasapa I, Lapaz kung saan 5,188 puno ng marijuana ang nahuli. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Cebuano news: Unom ka mga Empleyado sa Kapitolyo mi-apil sa Training sa paghimo og Audio- Visual Tools and Technique presentation

-- Unom ka mga empleyado sa kapitolyo ang mitambong sa unom ka adlaw nga pagbansay-bansay sugod niadtong Marso 5-10, 2012 didto sa Butuan City.

Ang maong pagbansay-bansay gipasiugdahan sa opisina sa National Economic & Development Authority (NEDA) sa pagpanguna nila resource persons Elvie Ato ug Archie Guzman.

Ang mga empleyado nga mipailawom sa maong pagbansay-bansay mao sila: Mary Jul Escalante sa Provincial Information Center, Albert Banac sa Provincial Tourism and Culture Office, Miguel Pacillos ug Ronald Jhun Flores sa Provincial Human Resource Management Office ug si Michael Aselo sa Provincial Governor’s Office.

Makakat-on sa maong training ang mga partisepante sa pamaagi sa audio recording, editing, graphic designing, photo-video shooting ug hands-on video production. (Provincial Information Office/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Cebuano news: Disaster readiness ug response programs importante gyud sa Japan ug Phils tungod kay duol kini sa natural disaster

By Susil D. Ragas

-- Tungod sa kaduol sa Japan ug Pilipinas nga maigo sa pagdasdas sa severe weather disturbances maoy hinungdan sa kaimportante sa makanunayong pag-andam ug pagbaton og mga programa sa dinaliang pagresponde aron maminosan ang kadaot sa kinabuhi ug mga kabtangan, si Executive secretary Paquito Jr., miingon kahagapong adlawa Domingo.

Si Ochoa mihimo sa maong pamahayag atol sa iyang keynote speech atol sa commemoration sa unang tuig nga pagsaulog sa magnitude 9.1 earthquake nga miigo didto sa Japan niadtong Marso 11, 2011.

“The March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan and Typhoon Sendong in our country underscore the particular vulnerability of our two countries, and stress the importance of disaster readiness and response programs to address such vulnerabilities,” si Ochoa miingon.

Siya mapasalamaton sa gobyernong hapon tungod sa pagtabang sa gobyerno sa Pilipinas, pinaagi sa ilang overseas development assistance (ODA), aron matubag kini nga mga kasinatian “to improve our disaster prevention and response capabilities.”

Ang Executive Secretary miingon nga pinaagi sa Japanese ODA, ang nasod nakahimo sa pagpalambo sa radar sytems, flood warning systems, emergency shelters, ug mga proyekto sa river channel improvement.

“Next month, in fact, we will be inaugurating a new radar station in Virac, Catanduanes that was built from the funding provided by the Japan International Cooperation Agency,” matud ni Ochoa.

“The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) believes that the completion of this radar station will substantially improve the accuracy of weather forecasts, thus resulting in more timely warnings for our people and helping minimize human casualties and property damage as a result of the severe weather disturbances that constantly batter the country,” matud pa niya.

Gidayeg ni Ochoa ang goryernong Hapon tungod sa dugang paghatag ug hinabang ngadto sa uban pa nga mga nasod sa rehiyon sama sa mga miyembro sa Association of Southeast Asian nations (ASEAN).

“We commend Japan for its support for the establishment of the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management and of an ASEAN-wide information-sharing network regarding Disaster Management,” si Ochoa miingon.

“It is hoped that collaborations such as these will help countries such as ourselves replicate the level of disaster response readiness that Japan showed last year,” siya midugang.

“In leading the way to find means to mitigate the effects of the natural disasters that will inevitably plague us, Japan has shown us the best strategy in dealing with natural calamities—and that is to work amongst ourselves to implement programs and projects that will help ensure that natural disasters do not become greater tragedies by needlessly claiming more lives,” matud ni Ochoa. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)