(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Friday, 02 June 2023) Southwest Monsoon affecting the country. ACTIVE TROPICAL CYCLONE AS OF 3:00 AM TODAY SEVERE TROPICAL STORM MAWAR {2302} (FORMERLY "BETTY") LOCATION: 945 KM NORTHEAST OF EXTREME NORTHERN LUZON (26.9°N, 128.3°E) MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS: 95 KM/H GUSTINESS: UP TO 145 KM/H MOVEMENT: NORTHEASTWARD AT 25 KM/H FOR. 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 - Wednesday, March 28, 2012

CSC-Caraga to conduct Orientation on the Revised Rules on Administrative Cases

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

-- The Civil Service Commission (CSC) Caraga, headed by Regional Director Adams Torres, will be holding the Orientation on the Revised Rules on Administrative Cases in the Civil Service (RRACCS) on April 16-17 for the first batch at Luciana Convention Center, and April 19-20, 2012 for the second batch at Goat2geder Hotel, this city.

The main objectives of the program are to be able to contribute to the more effective dispensation of administrative justice in the agency; be able to apply the new rules (RRACCS) in both disciplinary and non-disciplinary cases that may be lodged before the agency; and be able to understand and appreciate the procedural guidelines that would govern the disposition of civil service cases and matters.

According to Torres, target participants for this activity are the Local Chief Executives (municipal mayors; provincial governors); Provincial Vice-Governors; Municipal Vice-Mayors; SB Panlalawigan/Panlungsod members; National Government Agencies Executives (regional and provincial directors, division chiefs); Legal Officers/Legal Office Staff/Hearing Officers; Municipal/Provincial Administrators; Human Resource Management Officers; and the Investigation Committee Members.

Torres also said that each participant needs to pay a registration fee of P2,500.00, inclusive of lunch/snacks and training kits with a copy of the RRACCS manual.

“The said revised rules were promulgated by the Commission on November 18, 2011 and are now implemented per CSC Resolution No. 1101502. Thus, this is a must-attend training in order for us to be fully appraised of the new rules,” said Torres.

The CSC is a government agency that is constituted by legislature to regulate the employment and working conditions of civil servants, oversee hiring and promotions, and promotes the values of the public service.

For more information, the CSC-Caraga Regional Office can be reached at telephone number: (085) 342-6090. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

PhilHealth inks MOA with Butuan City gov’t

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

-- To continuously ensure health care benefits of Butuanons, the Philippine Health (PhilHealth) Insurance Corporation recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the city government here.

The MOA signing between the two parties ensures coverage of poor and the low-income families identified by the city government under the Partial Subsidy Scheme, which also shows support to President Benigno S. Aquino III's goal of universal health coverage for all.

Heads of government agencies, representatives, partner-stakeholders and some members of the media graced said activity. Representing Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr., Vice-Mayor Atty. Lawrence Fortun signed the MOA with PhilHealth President and CEO Eduardo Banzon, Caraga Regional Vice President Johnny Sychua, and Area Vice President Ramon Aristoza Jr.

In his message, Banzon stressed that PhilHealth Law was the best law ever passed and legislated by the congress because it has the message of social solidarity.

"We want people of different walks of life be protected and secured of their health care benefits and with PhilHealth, we are fulfilling that goal," he said.

PhilHealth aims of placing a renewed emphasis on achieving universal coverage. It is categorized as a tax-exempt government-owned and controlled corporation (GOCC) of the country, and attached to the Department of Health (DOH) providing affordable health social health insurance coverage for all Filipinos.

This social insurance program shall serve as means for the healthy to help pay for the care of the sick and for those who can afford medical care to subsidize those who cannot. Both local and national government allocate funds to subsidy the indigent.

Banzon also emphasized that PhilHealth is responsible for oversight and administration of public sector insurance schemes. It has a governing board chaired by the Secretary of Health with representation from other government departments (ministries) and agencies, and the private sector including the OFW sector.

Meanwhile, Vice Mayor Fortun expressed his gratitude for the efforts of PhilHealth in reaching out the poor and marginalized sector in the country to ensure their health care benefits.

With this development, the city government and PhilHealth hoped to work together and strengthen its partnership for the all Butuanons and Caraganons. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

PhilHealth Caraga turns over checks to ‘PhilHealth Run’ beneficiaries

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

-- The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC) - Caraga, headed by Regional Vice President Johnny Sychua, recently released checks as financial assistance to beneficiaries of the ‘PhilHealth Run - Mindanao Run for Hope’ conducted last February.

PhilHealth President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Eduardo Banzon with Regional Vice President Sychua turned over the checks to Por Cristo Foundation Incorporated and Lingap Center of Butuan City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) a facility for abandoned elderly and children.

Both checks given amounted to P170,218.14 each.

The PhilHealth Run for Hope is also for the benefit of children with cancer in Mindanao, specifically the Southern Philippines Medical Center Children’s Cancer and Blood Diseases Unit. This is the primary beneficiary of Davao Children’s Cancer Fund Inc.

Also, Banzon stressed that with unity in all sectors, the ‘PhilHealth Run – Mindanao Run for Hope’ was a success.

Meanwhile, Sychua expressed his thanks to all Butuanons and Caraganons for their full support and participation during the PhilHealth Run. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

PWDs voter registration set in Caraga

By Robert E. Roperos

-- A voter registration for persons with disabilities (PWDs) is scheduled by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) in Caraga Region.

In an email sent to PIA-Caraga, Rexie Magsano of the Office of Commissioner Rene Sarmiento of the COMELEC said the voter registration of PWDs in Mindanao is scheduled on April 2012.

Magsano said for this month, the registration is focused in the Visayas regions. He added this must be continued in all the five regions in Mindanao.

The official further said a kick-off event will be held at the ground floor of the Sangguniang Panlungsod Building in Davao City on April 18, 2012.

Furthermore, Magsano said same event is scheduled in the regions in Luzon on May 2012, to include the National Capital Region and the Cordillera Administrative Region. Meanwhile, a nationwide PWD voter registration is set on July 2012 to highlight the regional activities.

Prior to the kick-off activity in Davao City, for Caraga Region, the events will be held in this city on the following schedule: April 9 (Brgy. Antongalon), April 10-11 (Brgy. Anticala), and April 12-13 (Brgy. Buhangin).

The registration will continue on April 23 (Brgy. Masao), April 24-25 (Brgy. Lumbocan), April 26-27 (Brgy. Taguibo), and April 30 (Brgy. Ampayon).

The inter-agency and non-government organization Network on Empowering Persons with Disabilities under Pillar 9 of COMSTRAT1116 (Commission on Elections’ Strategy for 2011-2016) proposed the focused voter registration for PWDs on specific regions per month to create awareness on PWDs’ right to suffrage and electoral reforms dealing with the accessibility of election related activities and information.

Aside from voter registration, the inter-agency emphasizes the need to update the records such as accomplishing the supplementary data in the Office of the Election Officers. This event aims to encourage thousands of PWDs to register and for those who are already registered, to update their records at the local COMELEC offices or in selected locations for satellite registrations. (PIA-Caraga)

Over 1,000 students to benefit from summer job in Surigao del Sur

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, March 28 (PIA)
-- This summer vacation, 1,159 poor but deserving students are going to benefit under the Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) in Surigao del Sur.

According to Teofila Rosales, chief of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) field office here, their pledge of commitment targeted up to 1,165, but benefactors came up short of six students.

In the entire province, nine municipalities and two cities are taking part in the SPES implementation and six private businesses as well.

An increase of more than 40 percent of recipients this year enjoy the SPES compared from last year.

DOLE has allocated P2,246,352 for their 40 percent counterpart of the wages.

The SPES program aims to help poor but deserving students to pursue their education by providing income or augment their income through encouraging their employment during summer and/or Christmas vacations. (Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

PRO 13 ready for Oplan Sumvac

By PSupt Martin M Gamba

-- The Police Regional Office 13 has implemented Operational Plan for Summer Vacation Activities (OPLAN SUMVAC) to prevent any occurrence of criminal activities.

OPLAN SUMVAC will involve the maximum deployment of mobile and motorcycle patrol units along major thoroughfares to ensure the safety and security of the populace.

The operation also encompasses the deployment of police officers and establishment of Police Assistance Centers on different sea, land and air transport terminals.

In addition, PRO 13 has deployed tourist police in areas where visitors are expected. These policemen will aid and assist all tourists in CARAGA.

To tighten the measure more, it is launched in coordination with other government agencies and non-government organization, Regional Director of PRO 13 Caraga, PCSupt Reynaldo Rafal directed the lateral coordination of all PNP offices for its successful implementation.

Moreover, Rafal reminded its personnel to assist motorists and commuters and to be more vigilant for any criminal activities. (PNP-13/NCLM/PIA-Caraga)

PNP - Surigao del Sur ready for events this summer

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, March 28 (PIA)
-- The Philippine National Police (PNP) in Surigao del Sur is all set for the three events that will take place this summer. These are the: 43rd NPA anniversary, lenten season, and summer vacation.

According to Police Provincial Director SSupt Arthur Sanchez, they have already braced for all these upcoming events through the guidance of the national headquarters citing both the memoranda dated March 4 and 16, respectively, relative to the security preparations and operations for the said events.

On March 26, the PNP National Headquarters has reiterated the said orders, it was learned.

Meanwhile, Sanchez said he has already met with the army officials recently to discuss security matters. (Greg Tataro, Jr.Radyo Ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA SUrigao del Sur)

PRO13 highlights women's importance in nation-building

By PSupt Martin M Gamba

-- The police force in the region recognizes the role of women in different perspectives such as nation-building and peacekeeping.

In consonance with the continuing national and local efforts to advocate National Women’s Month Celebration with the theme “Women Weathering Climate Change: Governance and Accountability, Everyone’s Responsibility,” Police Regional Office 13 highlighted the importance of policewomen as a part of implementing peace and order situation in the region.

During the culmination program held at PRO 13 grandstand on March 26, 2012, PRO 13 headed by the Regional Director PCSupt Reynaldo S Rafal awarded deserving policewomen namely PSI Rowena Martinez, PO2 Cubillan, PO1 Dianna Mae Mirnada and the Officer’s Ladies Club on their initiatives in spearheading the construction of day care center inside the premises of the Regional Office 13.

The guest speaker was Rosedel Amante Matba, congresswoman of Agusan del Norte second district.

On her speech, Matba emphasized that a woman is the masterpiece of God’s creation and the partner of man in serving not only the family but as well as the community.

Further, Matba encouraged the women to continue empowering themselves in achieving their advocacies.

The activity ended with a parade of policewomen in battalion formation were spectators could see that in the field of police service, women have true equality, in collaboration and participation vis-à-vis with the opposite gender. (PNP-13/NCLM/PIA-Caraga)

Tagalog news: Summer class bubuksan sa Bunawan National High School

-- Pinagkalooban kamakailan ng secondary education division ng Departamento ng Edukasyon (DepEd) sa Bunawan National High School (BNHS) ang permiso para magkaroon ng summer class simula ngayong taon.

Kasabay ng pagdiwang ng music, arts, physical education at health festival ng BNHS, ibinigay ng hepe ng secondary education division ng DepEd Caraga Regional Office na si Elvira Namuag ang permiso kay BNHS principal Danilo Jore ang hudyat na pwede nang simulan ang summer class sa darating na Abril at ito ay magtatapos sa Mayo ng taong ito.

Ayon kay Mamuag, dadalawa lamang ang mga sekondaryang paaralan na binigyan ng permiso ng DepEd na magkaroon ng summer class sa buong rehiyon ng Caraga. Ang isa pang binigyan ay ang Barobo National High School sa Surigao del Sur.

“Napakalaking tulong ito sa ating programang kung tawagin ay education for all. Sa panahon ng summer class, ang BNHS ay pwedeng tumanggap ng mga estudyante mula sa ibang mga lungsod kung ang mga estudyanteng ito ay gustong makinabang ng summer class.

Maliban diyan, ang programang ito ay nangangahulugan din ng dagdag na kita para sa mga lokal na mga guro dahil sila rin mismo ang magtuturo sa summer class,” sabi ni Namuag.

Ayon din ka principal Jore, ang mga estudyanteng gustong pumasok sa summer class ay magbabayad ng P10 kada araw pag sila ay pumasok simula Abril 16 at magtatapos sa Mayo 28, 2012. Nanawagan din si Jore sa mga estudyante at mga magulang na kung mayroon mang mga subject na kinakailangan pasukan sa summer class, pumunta lamang sa BNHS para mag enroll. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)