PIA News Service - Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Preemptive evacuation in Caraga provinces set for Typhoon Haiyan

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 6 (PIA) - The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) of Caraga on Tuesday advised local disaster councils in the region to implement preemptive evacuation, if the situation warrants, as typhoon “Haiyan” is set to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Thursday.
           
Haiyan will be named “Yolanda” once it enters the PAR.

RDRRMC chairperson and Office of Civil Defense regional director Liza Mazo said the local government units and local disaster response officials should immediately order preemptive evacuation in low-lying and mountainous areas along the affected areas and ensure the safety of the evacuees in the evacuation centers.

“With the expected track of this weather disturbance that may affect the provinces of Caraga Region, all local DRRMCs are encouraged to conduct a preemptive evacuation, if the situation warrants, and likewise advised to ensure that evacuation centers are located in safe areas,” Mazo said.

“Further, prepositioning of resources and response assets for possible mobilization as well as stockpiling of food and non-food items for humanitarian assistance are also advised,” Mazo added.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said that at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, the eye of the Typhoon ("HAIYAN") over the Pacific Ocean was located at 1,411 km East of Mindanao (7.4°N 139.1°E) with maximum sustained winds of 150 kph and gustiness of up to 185 kph.

It is forecast to move West Northwest at 30 kph. This weather disturbance is expected to enter PAR early morning of Thursday (November 7).

It is expected to make landfall over Samar-Leyte Provinces by Friday (Between 11am-1pm, November 8) and to exit the PAR by Sunday early Morning (November 10), the state bureau said. (FEA/PIA-Caraga)


Local leaders reap best performance awards

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 5 (PIA) – Barangay and municipal leaders have received awards for their outstanding performance in the delivery of service to the community.

The provincial government of Agusan del Norte in collaboration with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) provincial office recognized the efforts of the local public servants who practiced good governance.

“Local government units (LGU) have already implemented programs. We are now in the level and system of giving awards to those who dutifully fulfil the mandate of the LGU which is to provide basic services to the constituents,” said DILG provincial director of Agusan del Norte Romeo A. Solis.

This year’s winners for Lupong Tagapamahala Incentive Awards are:

Category A (city category):
Brgy. Mabini, Cabadbaran City led by brgy. captain Wilson Beray;

Category B (1st-3rd class brgys.):
1st  - Brgy. Macalang, Buenavista led by brgy. captain Shirley M. Edoc
2nd - Brgy. Bangonay, Jabonga led by brgy. captain Dominador P. Rante
3rd  - Brgy. Ibuan, Las Nieves led by brgy. captain Francisco G. Namuag, Jr.

Category C (4th -6th class brgys.):
1st  - Poblacion, Carmen led by brgy. captain Ricarlita J. Tubo 
2nd - Brgy. Balang-balang, R.T. Rumualdez led by brgy. captain Alex S. Rolona
3rd  -Brgy. Tagmamarkay,Tubay led by brgy. captain Delfina M. Poras

The evaluation is based on the Lupon’s efficiency of operations, effectiveness in serving the Barangay Justice System, and resourcefulness of mediators. Each winner received a plaque of recognition and a cash prize.

Solis further said that one of the fundamentals of local governance is safekeeping. Thus, awarded the best performing Barangay Peace and Order Committees (BPOC).

Category A (city category):
Brgy. Mabini, Cabadbaran City led by brgy. captain Wilson Beray;

Category B (1st-3rd class brgys.):
1st  - Brgy. San Isidro, Las Nieves led by brgy. captain Melecio B. Siega
2nd - Poblacion, Jabonga led by brgy. captain Raymundo M. Beluan, Jr.
3rd  - Poblacion 6, Buenavista led by brgy. captain Marlyn L. Sagarian

Category C (4th -6th class brgys.):
1st  - Jaliobong, Kitcharao led by brgy. captain Terso R. Montante 
2nd - Poblacion 2, Santiago led by brgy. captain Mardy M. Polistico
3rd  - Brgy. Balabg-balang, R.T. Romualdez led by brgy. captain Alex S. Rolona

“We see the system of LGUs if local officials take care of our children who are the future of our community. We see the direction of the LGUs based on how these children are handled by keeping their rights to survival, development and protection,” added Solis.

The awards for Child Friendly LGUs were given to:

Category A and B (city and 1st-3rd class brgys.):
1st  - City of Cabadbaran led by city mayor Dale B. Corvera
2nd - Municipality of Las Nieves led by municipal mayor Avelina S, Rosales
3rd  -Municipality of Nasipit led by municipal mayor Enrico R. Corvera

Category C (4th-6th class municipalities)
1st  - Municipality of Tubay led by municipal mayor Fidel M. Garcia, Jr.
2nd - Municipality of Magallanes led by municipal mayor Demosthenes H. Arabaca
3rd  -Municipality of Carmen led by municipal mayor Ramon M. Calo

According to Agusan del Norte provincial governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba, “the practice of good governance is everyone’s obligation.” She also announced that cash prizes for the winners will be increased next year. “That’s how serious we are in acknowledging the efforts of our local leaders in performing with transparency, accountability and in maintaining peace and order in the community,” she said.

Along with the recognition and awarding ceremony is the launching of A.N.G.E.L. (Accelerating New Dimensions on Good Governance and Excellence in Local Leaderships), a provincial innovation recognizing exemplary achievements. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)