(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Saturday, 31 July 2021) Southwest Monsoon affecting the country. ACTIVE TROPICAL CYCLONE OUTSIDE PAR AS OF 3:00 AM TODAY TROPICAL DEPRESSION LOCATION: 2,515 KM EAST NORTHEAST OF EXTREME NORTHERN LUZON (30.2°N, 144.7°E) MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS: 45 KM/H NEAR THE CENTER GUSTINESS: UP TO 55 KM/H MOVEMENT: NORTHEAST AT 35 KM/H Caraga Region will have Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Southwest Monsoon. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Light to Moderate winds coming from Southwest will prevail with Slight to Moderate seas / (0.6 to 2.1 meters).

PIA News Service - Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Caraga RDRRMC conducts Refresher/Orientation to Evaluators of Earthquake Drill

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 15 (PIA) – To improve perceptions and performance of evaluators during earthquake drills in different establishments in the province of Agusan del Norte, the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) spearheaded the conduct of Refresher/Orientation on how to evaluate an earthquake drill, held recently in one of the local convention centers here.

The evaluators come from the member-agencies of RDRRMC through their permanent focal persons led by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Caraga.

During the orientation, some of the rescuers from Butuan City Search and Recue Team and Agusan del Norte Emergency Rescue Team also participated and shared their actual experiences during earthquake.

Marc Gil Calang, Training Officer of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Caraga emphasized that evaluators should be objective in their assessment and evaluation during earthquake drill.

He also recalled that there was once when one of the evaluators in the previous drills who said and suggested during the evaluation that drill participants should go immediately outside the building during the occurrence of earthquake or when in case they are in the upper floors of the building, they should immediately proceed to the roof top.

“This kind of thinking will surely put the lives of the participants at risk whenever the actual earthquake comes, instead of teaching and reminding the drill participants to always apply and perform the ‘Duck, Cover, and Hold’ to protect them from falling debris… This is one of the reasons why the RDRRMC would want the old and new focal persons from member-agencies to be refreshed on the right ways of evaluating an earthquake drill, as well as the fire drill,” stressed Calang.

Calang further said that drill participants must also cooperate well during earthquake drills so that they can always perform the proper way of protecting themselves when the actual earthquake comes.

With this, the RDRRMC hoped that drill evaluators must be sincere in their evaluations, suggestions and recommendations to improve the performance of the drill participants in the different establishments and offices. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

NSCB calls on Caraga media practitioners to join in the 4th NSM Media Awards

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 15 (PIA) -- The National Statistics Coordination Board (NSCB) is calling for entries from the Caraganon media practitioners for the 4th NSM Media Awards come October 2012.

The NSM Media Awards is an annual search that recognizes the important role of media practitioners specifically reporters from broadcast, TV and radio; print; and online news service from both government and private media organizations who have made significant contributions in promoting, popularizing and using statistics in information dissemination.

The search is open to all Filipino media practitioners affiliated with local and national news organizations/companies in both government and private sectors.

The board of judges will use the following criteria as basis: 1) Quality or accuracy and timeliness of data based on reliable sources and substance of the article or report, specifically its significance and relevance to the needs of the country and the Filipino people. The report or article can include both qualitative and quantitative analysis using statistics, 35%; 2) Frequency/number or articles/reports released based on the submitted list of the reporter and the monitoring of news by statistical agencies published/aired in newspapers/online/broadcast media. News articles/items should have been released during the period November 2011 to July 2012, 35%; and 3) Effectiveness of the style/approach/form of articles/reports released. News articles/reports that make use of statistics should be user friendly and easily understood by the public and should also positively motivate readers in deeply understanding the use and importance of statistics in improving people’s lives through informed decisions, 30%.

The PIA-Caraga has already started disseminating this information through SMS/Text Blast, including local media practitioners in the region so they can join and prepare the necessary requirements based on the above-mentioned criteria.

A plaque and cash award shall be given to the winners during the 23rd NSM Opening Ceremonies in October 2012.

Deadline of submission of entries is on August 31. Interested parties may contact the NSM Media Awards Secretariat at telephone number (02) 890-9405 and look for Mr. Ruben Litan or e-mail at info@nscb.gov.ph. (RER/JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Foreigner arrested for qualified trafficking, 2 minors saved

By Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Aug. 15 (PIA) -- A German national was arrsted August 12 for qualified trafficking here.

The suspect was caught with two minors inside a bedroom, according to Tandag City Social Welfare and Development Officer Tessie Buniel.

Chief of Police Greggie Pimentel said their office received information from a civilian informant that there was a suspicious foreigner going in and out with some minor girls at a cock house every Saturday and Sunday.

The PNP immediately conducted surveillance to verify the report, and on Sunday, the suspect was arrested during the raid.

Police operatives recovered a Casio Exilim 7.2 mega pixel digicam, a Sony Handy Cam, four sex toys, 30 unsused/used condoms, one bottle Melkfett-soft gel, 40 Cowhead brand pills, syringe without needle and other personal belongings.

As of this writing, the PNP said the filing of the case against the suspect for qualified trafficking or violation of Anti-Child Trafficking in Person Act of 2003 is on process while the suspect is presently detained at Tandag City Police Station. (RER/NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

New director assumes Police Regional Office 13 top post

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 15 (PIA) -- Police Chief Superintendent Carmelo E. Valmoria, the former director of the headquarters support services of the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters at Camp Crame, Quezon City assumed as the new acting regional director of Police Regional Office 13, in a well-attended turn over rites held at the regional police headquarters parade grounds, Camp Rafael C. Rodriguez, here on Tuesday morning.

He received the command symbol and records from PSSupt. Mario Soriano, the Deputy Regional Director for Administration, who was designated officer-in-charge of the said office when the former PRO 13 chief CSupt. Reynaldo S. Rafal was relieved of his post and recalled to the national police headquarters two weeks ago.

Rafal as mentioned in passing by PDir. De Asis during his message at the turn over rites yesterday, is due to retire from the service by October and is now under non-duty status at Crame.

SSupt. Soriano relinquished his charge to CSupt. Valmoria by virtue of General Orders No. 1323 dated August 10, 2012 Sections 1 and 2. Section 1 (Paragraph 1) of the said order terminated Valmoria’s designation as chief of the NHQ support services. The second paragraph of the same section also terminated SSupt. Soriano’s designation as PRO 13 officer-in-charge. The second section of the same general order contained the designation of CSupt. Valmoria to his present post as Caraga’s acting police regional director. The order was duly signed by Police Director Gen. Nicanor Bartolome, the chief PNP, and Police Deputy Director Gen. Rommel DH Heredia, chief Directorial Staff and Police Dir. Elpedio De Asis, Director of the Directorate for Personnel and Records Management.

PDir. Elpedio Z. De Asis, Jr. who presided over yesterday’s activity was accompanied by PDir. Felicisimo Kho, Jr., Director of the Directorate for Integrated Police Operations-Eastern Mindanao (DIPO-EM). Also attending the ceremony were Col. Ronald Albano of the 402nd Brigade Philippine Army, Hon. Ryan Anthony Culima, Chairman, City Committee on Peace and Order of the Butuan City Council and other top regional police officials.

In his message of acceptance, CSupt. Valmoria expressed his elation over the warm welcome he and his party received upon their arrival here. He likewise conveyed his heartfelt thanks to President Benigno S. Aquino III, DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo and CPNP Dir. Gen. Nicanor Bartolome, for affording him their trust and confidence by choosing him to take the helm of the highest police post of this region.

He mentioned that among his priorities will be the unwavering support of the regional police to the lead agencies in the ongoing campaign waged against illegal logging and mining activities in the region. This is keeping in step, he said, with the marching orders of the President to strictly implement EO 23 which aimed to protect and preserve the remaining forest covers of the country and EO 79, aiming to ban mining activities in tourism and protected areas. The care of environment he pointed out, is among the core values adapted by the PNP which is “Makakalikasan.”

The police according to him will also focus on other equally important concerns as well such as the protection of the constituents against lawless elements, the intensified campaign against the organized crime groups which irreversibly destroy the moral fibers of the society such as the perpetrators of the illegal drugs and gambling, the relentless pursuit of the mandate to enforce the law, to prevent and control crimes, maintain peace and order and ensure public safety and internal security and to seek the active participation of the community, the LGUs and other stakeholders.

He posed the challenge to the regional police force to let the ten-point agenda of the chief PNP be the guidelines in the performance of their functions and duties.

PDir. De Asis for his part challenged the regional police to keep up the top achievements and accomplishments of Police Regional Office 13, as he recognized its laudable performance by making it to the “Top Three Regional Police Offices” of the country this year. He challenged the men and women of uniform as well to continue the delivery of more efficient and effective services to the community.

He likewise posed the challenge to the regional police rank and file to provide equally whole-hearted support to their new regional director as they had been generously supportive to their former regional chief.

CSupt. Valmoria had his previous assignments at Region 7 (Central Visayas), Region 8 ( Eastern Visayas), Region 11 (Davao Area), NHQ at Camp Crame as Chief of Staff and Deputy of the Police Community Relations, National Capital Region Police Office as Chief of Staff and Deputy Regional Office and then prior to his assignment in the Caraga Region he formerly was the Director of the Headquarters Support Service which is in-charge of the security and housekeeping of the seat of the Philippine National Police. (RER/Noel B. Najarro/PIA-Caraga)

Australia supports Philippine disaster preparedness through WFP rice contingency stock

MANILA, Aug. 15 (PIA) -- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has received a grant of $AU1 million, approximately P43.8 million, from the Australian government to boost WFP’s contingency food stocks for enhanced disaster response capacity in the Philippines.

The contribution, made through the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), will be used to dispatch rice to flood-affected people, augmenting the Philippine government’s relief response.

“WFP is grateful to the government of Australia for this generous donation. WFP is actively supporting efforts of the government of the Philippines to prepare for and mitigate the effects of natural disasters at both national and local levels,” said WFP Representative and Country Director Stephen Anderson.

“Learning from past emergency responses, establishing a strategic contingency stock of food to complement government efforts is both an efficient and cost-effective preparedness and response measure,” he added.

The WFP contingency food stock in the Philippines will include 200 metric tons of fortified high-energy biscuits and 1,500 tons of rice, enough to support 320,000 people for two weeks.

This contingency food stock will be distributed in direct coordination with WFP’s main government partner, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), which is also the lead government agency for emergency food response.

“The Australian government is providing these items to the World Food Programme so that they can be drawn upon immediately in serious situations, such as this massive flooding caused by continuous heavy rains for the past two weeks,” Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Bill Tweddell said.

“This allows Australia and WFP to support the Philippine government to respond quickly and effectively to essential humanitarian needs following emergencies and disasters. This assistance builds on the significant support Australia has already provided to the Philippines on disaster risk management and climate change adaptation, including hazard and risk analysis, integrating disaster and climate considerations in development and land use planning, community-based disaster preparedness and providing safer settlements.”

The Australian government is among the top donors to the World Food Programme globally and has also provided generous support for WFP’s disaster preparedness and response initiatives in the Philippines. Recently, AusAID contributed to the response to tropical storm Sendong by providing food and cash assistance to support emergency relief and early recovery activities. (RER/DMS/World Food Program/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Tagalog news: DSWD nagbigay ng mahigit P41.66 milyones na relief assistance para sa mga biktima ng pagbaha

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Agosto 15 (PIA) -- Ang Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) ay nagbigay ng mahigit P41.66 milyong relief assistance sa mga pamilyang apektado ng pagbaha dahil sa sunod-sunod na pag-ulan sa bansa, ayon sa palasyo.

“Ang DSWD ay nagbigay ng P41.662,152.48 milyong relief assistance sa National Capital Region (NCR), Region I, Region 3, Region 4-A, Region 4-B at Region 6,” ani Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte kamakailan sa isang press briefing sa Malacanang.

Ang NCR ay nakatanggap ng P16,951,252 na binubuo ng mga pagkain at iba pang mga pangangailangan ng mga pamilyang apektado ng kalamidad, ang Region 1 ay nakatanggap ng P1,063,593.46; P10,670,733.22 sa Region 3; P12,847,845.80 sa Region 4-A, P100,000 sa Region 4-B at P28,728.00 sa Region 6.

Ang repacking ng mga pagkain ay kasalukuyang ginagawa sa National Resource Operations Center (NROC) sa Pasay City sa pangunguna ng mga manggagawa ng DSWD at mga volunteers, at patuloy din ang pamimigay ng mga relief goods sa mga apektadong lugar.

Ang NROC ay ang command center at national warehouse ng DSWD kung saan ang mga disaster operations ay minomonitor. Dito rin inilalagay ang relief goods.

Ipinahayag naman ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ang kayang pasasalamat sa daan-daang estudyante at mga professionals na nag-volunteer sa pagre-repack at pagbibigay ng relief goods sa mga pamilyang apektado ng pagbaha. (RER/DSM/PIA-Caraga)

Cebuano News: Gobyerno gilihok ang direktiba ni Pangulong Aquino alang sa pag laymanize sa mga weather updates sa PAGASA

Ni Fryan E. Abkilan

SURIGAO CITY, Agosto 15 (PIA) – Ang Malacañang miingon nga gilihok na sa gobyerno ang direktiba ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ngadto sa Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) ang paggamit sa gitawag nga “layman-friendly” nga mga termo sa ilang mga weather bulletins aron dali nga masabtan sa katawhan ug makapreparar sila sa mga kadaut nga posibleng mahitabo.

Sa press briefing didto sa Malacañang, Kagahapon Martes, si Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte miingon nga ang Pangulo mirekomendar ngadto sa PAGASA nga seguroon ang ilang mga repsonsibilidad sa paghatag og inuras nga weather conditions labi na gayud sa panahon nga adunay pag-daut sa mga panahon.

“The President did commend … DOST-PAGASA for its effort to update and disseminate the weather updates from last week. The President did also ask them to further work on laymanizing the weather advisories,” matud ni Valte.

“You have seen this happen already in the past week, meron pong concerns about the rainfall signals… nung una po kasi yellow, green and then red meron pong mga naging reactions from the public primarily through the social networking sites that were sent to us and sabi po baka pwedeng palitan yung green… kasi green exudes calm so hindi po siya appropriate and it was changed midway last week,” dugang pa niya .

“So, now its yellow, orange and red. We continue to work with DOST-PAGASA on laymanizing their weather update,” si Valte nagkanayon.

Agig paglihok sa mga mando sa Pangulo niadtong niaging semana, ang PAGASA miingon nga ilang gamiton ang simple nga mga termino sa ilang mga weather updates. Dugang niini nga likayan sa ahensya ang paggamit og dili kinahanglan nga mga technical terms.

Ang DOST-PAGASA mipasalig sa publiko nga ang presentasyon sa ilang inuras nga pagtaho, partikular na ang pag-ulan, madali nga masabtan sa nayong katawhan. Dugang pa niini nga kini nga mga taho magapokos dili lamang aron mapahibalo ang katawhan apan ipasabot usab niini ang posible nga mga epekto sa maong weather condition. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)