(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Saturday, 17 April 2021) At 3:00 AM today, the center of the eye of Typhoon "BISING" (SURIGAE) was located based on all available data at 715 km East of Surigao City, Surigao del Norte (10.1°N, 132.0°E) with maximum sustained winds of 175 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 215 km/h. It is moving West Northwestward at 20 km/h. Caraga Region will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorm due to TY Bising. Possible flash floods or landslides during moderate to heavy rains. Moderate to strong winds from Northeast to Northwest will prevail over the region with moderate to rough seas / (2.5 to 4.0 meters).

PIA News Service - Saturday, December 8, 2012

NSO to conduct Regional Dissemination Forum on 2010 Annual Survey of ASPBI, SICT

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 8 (PIA) -- The National Statistics Office (NSO) Caraga will be conducting a Regional Dissemination Forum on the 2010 Annual Survey of the Philippine Business and Industry (ASPBI) and 2010 Survey on Information and Communication Technology (SICT) on December 18 at the Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, this city.

Statistician Reynaldo Magno of NSO-Caraga, said the forum is aimed to raise awareness of the stakeholders and data users on the importance and relevance of the economic survey data and to give due recognition to the top 20 respondents who provided timely and quality data.

“This will be participated by provincial planners, city planners, and representatives of national line agencies, local government units, non-government organizations, people’s organizations, the academe and owners of business establishments, awardees, among others,” said Magno.

The forum will also serve as a venue to drum up support and publicity for the upcoming 2012 Census of Philippine Business and Industry which shall be undertaken in April 2013.

For more information, NSO can be reached at telephone number (085) 225-5219. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

DSWD to hold Annual SLP Congress in Butuan

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 8 (PIA) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga through the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) will be holding the Annual SLP Congress on December 13 at the Balanghai Hotel and Convention Center, this city.

DSWD-Caraga Regional Director Mercedita Jabagat said that the congress will serve as an avenue of showcasing and exhibit of the products and crafts of the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries from their livelihood projects funded thru the SLP.

One of the highlights of said activity is the gallery viewing and product selling that is open to public starting 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

“This is one way of promoting and marketing our local products to potential buyers that will eventually help beneficiaries become profitable and productive,” said Jabagat.

With this, DSWD-Caraga hoped for the full support of other government agencies for the welfare of the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Buy only certified Christmas lights - DTI

By Atty. Maria Aurora R. Curaza-Maquiling & Marson Jan S. Dolendo

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 8 (PIA) -- In anticipation of increased demand for Christmas lights, DTI-Caraga enjoins consumers to buy only DTI-certified Christmas lights which passed the Philippine National Standard (PNS) 189:2000.

Only those Christmas lights issued with Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) certificates from January 2010 to present and with the appropriate ICC stickers will be allowed to be sold in the country. These also include sets with light emitting diode (LED) bulbs.

The DTI-Bureau of Product Standards (DTI-BPS) has published a list of importers of Christmas lights issued with ICC license as of October 2012 available at all DTI offices.

In addition, retailers/wholesalers are required to post copies of ICC certificates appropriate to the brands that they are selling. Consumers can validate the authenticity of the ICC stickers by comparing the serial number pasted on the Christmas lights with the serial number indicated in the ICC certificate.

Before buying Christmas lights, consumers are strongly encouraged to conduct a visual inspection of the sets to ensure product quality and safety, to wit;

• Wire – It must have an outside diameter of 1.5 mm.
• Plug – The plug must have firm pins which are not easily bent.
• Package – The package must reflect the name and address of the manufacturer/importer/distributor, brand name, rated voltage and wattage of the set, rated voltage and wattage of the lamp, mark “For indoor use only”, batch/lot number, bar code, standard used (PNS 189:2000), country of origin, and suitable warnings or instructions for use.

ICC mark– It must bear the ICC (Import commodity clearance) mark/sticker for products imported abroad. (NCLM/ORD Information Service/DTI-13/PIA-Caraga)