(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Sunday, 17 January, 2021) At 3:00 AM today, a Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 490 km East Southeast of Davao City. Tail-end of Frontal System (Shear line) affecting the eastern section of Southern Luzon,Visayas and Mindanao. Northeast Monsoon affecting the rest of Luzon. Caraga Region will experience Cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to Tail-end of Frontal System. Possible flash floods or landslides due to moderate to heavy rains. Light to moderate winds coming from East to Northeast will prevail and the coastal waters will be slight to moderate (0.6 to 2.1 meters wave height).

PIA News Service - Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Surigao Norte LGU, SCCI to spearhead 1st Surigao Norte Bizcon

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Oct. 30 (PIA) -- The Provincial Government of Surigao del Norte and Surigao Chamber of Commerce and Industry will spearhead the 1st Surigao del Norte Business Conference on November 22-23 at the Provincial Convention Center, this city.

With the theme “Responsive Governance, Green Enterprises and Productive People: Onwards to a Bag-ong Surigao,” the two-day conference aims to harness efforts of public and private sectors in encouraging a vibrant business atmosphere in the province and accessing new economic opportunities for a more sustainable and inclusive development.

Registration fee for the two-day affair is at P1,500/person which covers meals and snacks, conference materials, souvenir program and souvenir photo. A discounted rate of P1,200 shall be given to those who register on or before November 9.

For more information, interested participants may contact the conference secretariat at telephone numbers 826-3814 and 0999-9948065 and look for Lala Mante, or contact at SCCI telephone numbers 826-7716 and 0939-9069600 and look for Cresol Mantong. (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Surigao del Sur free from red tide toxin, BFAR says

By Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 30 (PIA) -- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)-Caraga has released the latest Shellfish Bulletin No. 25 dated October 25, 2012, baring that Bislig Bay in Surigao del Sur is negative from red tide toxin.

BFAR said based on laboratory results, all shellfish around the area of Surigao del Sur are safe for human consumption. However, shellfish from the waters of Dumanquillas Bay, Zamboanga del Sur, Murchelagos Bay in Zamboanga del Norte and Misamis Occidental are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison, and all kinds of shellfish are not safe for consumption.

With these developments, BFAR reminded the people avoid consuming shellfish from the infected areas. They also said fish, squid, shrimps and crabs are safe to eat but must be properly prepared and provided that the fish is fresh and washed thoroughly. Internal organs, gills and its intestines must also be removed before cooking.

The country's fish bureau said people must be vigilant in buying seafood in the market to avoid any complications. (RER/NCLM/PIA-Caraga)

STIP proclaimed winner in stat quiz show

By Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Oct. 30 (PIA) -- The Southern Technical Institute of the Philippines (STIP) was declared winner in the recent fourth Division Statistical Quiz Show conducted by the National Statistics Office (NSO) for Bislig City Division.

STIP was represented by Janet Manaytay and Jennyvive Obedencio with coach Mercie Penados.

De La Salle John Bosco College was proclaimed second placer, followed by Sikahoy National High School, Tabon M. Estrellla National High School, and Bislig City National High School-Main Campus as third, fourth and fifth placers, respectively.

Surigao del Sur Provincial Statistics Officer Ruel Dres said nine private and national secondary schools joined the said competition for Bislig City Division, this province.

Dres also said the event was in line of the 23rd National Statistics Month celebration this October to assess the competency and skills of students in statistics. It was also meant to promote, enhance, and instill awareness and appreciation on the importance and value of statistics, specifically in the field of education.

This is the first time private secondary schools were invited to join the competition. For the past three years, only national schools were invited to join.

Dres further revealed that the contest was a collaborative effort of sponsors and partners, and medals were sponsored by the provincial government. (RER/NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

ACE to conduct 11th Annual Career Executive Service Conference

By Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 30 (PIA) -- The Association of Caraga Executives (ACE) will be conducting their 11th Annual Career Executive Service Conference on November 14-16 at the Grand Orchid Hotel in Zamboanga City.

This year’s conference is anchored on the theme “Going 4G! Good to Great, Green Governance.”

The ACE is an organization of heads of offices of different government agencies in Caraga region which aims to further professionalize the corps of Career Executive Service Officers (CESOs) and Career Executive Service Eligibles (CESEs). ACE members not only provide financial assistance through the members’ contributions to civic groups’ programs but also undertake outreach programs for the marginalized sector in the society.

ACE President atty. Francisco Pobe said all participants will be given 16 hours of training credits by the Caraga Executives Service Board as part of its commitment to lifelong learning and career growth of CESOs and CESEs.

The official also said all CESOs and CESEs are requested to attend said conference.

With this, the Office of the President has released a Memorandum Circular No. 37, dated September 11, 2012 entitled “Authorizing Participation in the 11th Annual Career Executive Service Conference.” (RER/NCLM/PIA-Caraga)

DENR official ends assignment in Caraga Region

By Eric F. Gallego

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 30 (PIA) -- Environment Assistant Secretary Marlo D. Mendoza has cut short his assignment in Caraga Region as regional executive director (RED) effective October 30, 2012 to pave the way for a teaching career at the University of the Philippines in Los Banos, Laguna.

Undersecretary for Field Operations Demetrio L. Ignacio will temporarily act as officer-in-charge/RED of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 13 pending a Special Order formally designating a replacement officer.

Ignacio was in Butuan City on October 26, 2012 to officially confirm Mendoza's request for relief by Paje.

Ignacio said the DENR management had second thoughts on granting the request of Mendoza, considering his managerial talent and contribution to the organization.

It was a brief tour-of-duty for Mendoza, who slowly improved the soiled-image of the DENR in four months since he assumed his post on July 2012.

Mendoza said his full-time job as professor in UP shall not deter his willingness to support the DENR program. (RER/NCLM/DENR-13/PIA-Caraga)