Agnor PDRRMC records damages, casualties caused by TD Agaton

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 22 (PIA) – The provincial government of Agusan del Norte through its governor and chair of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba has recorded damages in agriculture and casualties caused by Tropical Depression (TD) Agaton.

In agriculture, based on PDRRMC report, as of 5 p.m., January 21, the PDRRM office headed by Erma Suyo recorded a total of 2,040.70 hectares mostly rice cops damaged by TD Agaton in the province.

The municipality of Remedios T. Romualdez (RTR) recorded the biggest damage in agriculture affecting 1,609 hectares of rice fields; Nasipit with a total of 87.4 hectares of rice and corn crops; and Buenavista with 344.3 hectares.

Also, the PDRRMC recorded different damages of crops during the floodings caused by TD Agaton, to include: in the municipality of Las Nieves – different variety of vegetables (squash, camote, corn, egg plant, pepper, cabbage, ampalaya, tomato, and okra). In Buenavista, it includes rice, vegetables, bananas, chicken, rootcrops, cutflowers, corn, and even carabaos).

Five casualties were also recorded by the PDRRMC: Jolito Agatia, 32 years old, a resident of Alegria in Surigao del Norte with his seven companions went to Sitio Pangaylan in Santiago to gather firewood. Agatia was swept away while trying to cross the flooded river of Aciga. Saturnino Decoy, Sr.- 51, Saturnino Decoy, Jr - 35 and Loloy Salabe, 9 years old reportedly went to the mountain in Sitio Bayabas on January 15 to dig mineral ores (gold). The three were buried alive caused by a landslide in the middle of the heavy rains.

The youngest victim is a six year-old boy, Raymond F. Formentera of Sitio Bolihon, Tagcatong, Carmen. He got drowned. Formentera’s three-year-old brother is still missing.

The province has been declared under the state of calamity on Sunday, January 19, 2014 due to the massive floodings that the municipalities are experiencing until this time. (NCLM/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


DSWD extends relief assistance to flood victims in Caraga

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 22 (PIA) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga Field Office here has extended food relief assistance to flood victims in the region.

Some 1,000 packs of food relief were distributed to flood victims in Barangays San Marcos, San Teodoro, Poblacion, Mambalili, Nueva Era, Bunawan Brook, San Andres, Imelda and Libertad, all in Bunawan, Agusan Sur worth P285,360.00.

The agency had also released some 4,000 family packs to Butuan City as requested by Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr, and 3,000 family packs to Agusan del Norte 1st District (Butuan City-Las Nieves) Cong. Lawrence Fortun.

Each of the family pack distributed by the agency contains three kilos of rice, six pieces noodles, six pieces canned goods, and six sachets of instant coffee.

Accordingly, DSWD’s cost of assistance now reached to P9,032,623.32 of which P3,000,000.00 came from DSWD-XI (Davao City) Field Office as augmentation to DSWD-Caraga Field Office.

Also, a total of 32,812 family packs had also been allocated as augmentation to affected local government units in the region.

Meanwhile, volunteers have been mobilized for the ongoing repacking of family packs at Brgy. Tiniwisan, this city. (JPG/PIA-Caraga) 


RDC-13 launches Caraga RDP, RDIP  

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 22 (PIA) – The Caraga Regional Development Plan (RDP) and Regional Developent Investment Program (RDIP) 2013-2016 was formally introduced to the stakeholders during the Regional Development Council (RDC) Caraga’s launching activity held recently in this city.

The Caraga RDIP is the companion document of the RDP. It is the translation of the objective and strategies of the RDP into concrete programs, projects, and activities to be implemented by the agency regonal offices, state universities and colleges, and the local government units.

RDP and RDP 2013-2016 is aimed at strengthening manufacturing sector through expanding and broadening export base, strengthening industry cluster, and massive promotional activities in tourism industry with its 499 breathtaking destinations, among others.

Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr.  stressed the significance of the plan because it serves as the blueprint for the socioeconomic development of Caraga for the next three years, being identified as one of the fastest developing region in the country.

He highlighted in his message the booming of mining and aqua industries in Surigao and agri-timber in Agusan. “Caraga has a record of increased business investments. This is a result of good convergence, unity, and understanding among leaders which benefit most of the people in Caraga,” Amante said.

Meanwhile, NEDA Deputy Director General Usec. Margarita R. Songco, representing on behalf of NEDA Director General and Socio-Economic Planning Sec. Arsenio M. Balisacan, relayed that the revised RDP and RDIP contained a more sharpened strategies to best address the challenges of Caraga region. "It is now poised to take flight," she said.

NEDA Caraga regional director Mylah Faye Aurora Cariño also said that “growth here in Caraga is really inclusive since all its programs and social services are accompanied with substantial reduction in poverty."


The Caraga RDP and RDIP Tarp was unveiled during the event. “It is hoped that the integration will definitely have a significant impacts to Caraga region’s economy particularly that its growth drivers are in varying state of preparedness,” remarked Cariño. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)