(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Monday, 27 May 2024) At 3:00 AM today, the center of the eye of Typhoon "AGHON" {EWINIAR} was estimated based on all available data at 95 km East of Baler, Aurora (15.6°N, 122.5°E) with maximum sustained winds of 140 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 170 km/h. It is moving North Northeastward at 10 km/h. Southwesterly Windflow affecting the western section of Southern Luzon and Visayas. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—˜π—”π—§π—›π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Localized Thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—œπ—‘π—— 𝗔𝗑𝗗 π—–π—’π—”π—¦π—§π—”π—Ÿ π—ͺπ—”π—§π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Light to moderate winds coming from South to Southwest will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.5 meters).

Butuan City opens ‘Forest in the City Hall Exhibit’

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 18 (PIA) – In relation to the launching of Butuan 2020: Premier Forest City, the city government here opened on March 17 the “Forest in the City Hall Exhibit” set up at the city hall lobby.

A ribbon cutting ceremony led by city councilor Samuel Alan Amante is conducted to formally signal the launching. A ceremonial watering of plants was also initiated that suggests each person’s responsibility to foster clean and green environs.

Highlighted in the exhibit are the programs and projects or the so-called 13 Strategic Initiatives for Vision 2020.

Councilor Amante encouraged the public to replicate the good practices of greening drives so they can prove to people from other countries what makes Butuan a better place to visit and an ideal place to reside.

He likewise invited the public to visit and enjoy the scenery of the ‘Forest in the City Hall Exhibit’ and be inspired to do their part as the city aspires for increased income opportunities and empowerment among Butuanons to own and participate in the development of the locality.

As included in the planned agenda, the Butuan Forest Festival, a showcase of forest-based exhibitions, parades and competitions is aligned to promote public and private participation in the planning and implementation of forest projects wherein several sectors are expected to be involved in the annual forest festival.

Meanwhile, Butuan City mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. gave his message through a phone patch and expressed his gratitude to the stakeholders for their cooperation and combined effort during the “Grow a Million Tree” kick-off activity on March 16 wherein 1,500 mahogany seedlings were planted along the five kilometer stretch from Bancasi rotunda going to Brgy. Bonbon road in this city.

“It is one of the most organized tree planting activity and its overwhelming success is significant in describing good governance. Let’s prepare for growth-related actions similar in nature with this in the future as Butuan goes global,” he remarked.

Moreover, the exhibit aims to create public awareness about the Butuan strategy map - stakeholders to utilize production zones for short-term and long-term agroforestry products; attract ecotourism investments by integrating urban forestry in planning and development; attract investors to buy and process raw materials in Butuan.

As envisioned by 2020, “Butuan will be a model for sustainable forest-based economy in the country, thereby giving its people the highest per capita income in Mindanao.”

On March 21, Friday, the Butuan City band will be staging again to entertain the guests who will go to see the exhibit. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)

PopCom-13 to launch U4U Teen Trail Initiative in Butuan

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 18 (PIA) – The Commission on Population (PopCom) Caraga is set to launch its new program dubbed “U4U Teen Trail Initiative” on March 26, 2014 at the Covered Court of Agusan National High School (ANHS), this city.

“The U4U is an initiative which aims to deliver critical information to Filipino teens aged 10-19, to prevent teen pregnancy, and reduce the prevalence of sexually transmitted infections through online and mobile platforms,” revealed PopCom-Caraga regional director Alexander Makinano.

Makinano, further bared that the campaign of the government can be best brought to the doorsteps of every household through the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) – the information arm of the government, as well as the local media.

In line with this effort, PopCom will also have a press conference in the afternoon of the same day at the same venue. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)  

DOST to promote SETUP in Surigao Sur towns

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Mar. 18 (PIA) - The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will promote their Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) to the four municipalities, namely: Barobo, Tagbina, Hinatuan, Lingig, and Bislig City on Wednesday, March 19.

SETUP is DOST’s response to their public’s demand to improve access to technologies and breakthroughs developed by the different facilities of DOST. This program is focused in helping SMEs utilize and adapt technological innovations and scientific processes that improve business productivity and efficiency.

Provincial Science and Technology Director Andrew Soliano said the activity, which will be held at Mangagoy, Bislig City, will be attended by the representatives from the four municipalities, Bislig City, national and local government agencies, various sectors including the micro, small, and medium enterprises.

“SETUP is a nationwide leading program of the DOST that will encourage and assist the small, and medium enterprises (SMEs) to adopt technological innovations that will improve their products, services, operations and increase their productivity and competitiveness,” said Soliano.

Soliano said the program focuses on the six priority sectors: the food processing; furniture; gifts, decors and handicrafts; marine and aquatic resources; horticulture (Cut flowers, fruits, high value crops); and metals and engineering.

Meanwhile, the Provincial S & T Center sub-office in the second district will also open on the same day located at Bareda St., Mangagoy, Bislig City. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

DAR Surigao Norte, Dinagat Islands personnel attend VAWC symposium

By Darryl Tumbaga

SURIGAO CITY, Mar. 18 (PIA) – Employees of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Islands attended the symposium on Republic Act 9262 or Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) held recently at the Cultural Center for Children, Provincial Sports Complex, this city.

The activity is in line with the nationwide celebration of the Women’s Month with the this year’s theme, “Juana, ang Tatag Mo ay Tatag Natin sa Pagbangonat Pagsulong.”

The symposium’s lone speaker was Lydia Bajan, Local Government Operations Outcome Manager of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Surigao del Norte who talekd about the salient features of R.A. 9262.

The most engaging part of the activity was when Bajan shared tips for men on how to help end violence on women.

Meanwhile, on his part Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Jamil P. Amatonding, Jr acknowledged that Filipino women are catalysts of change and partners in realizing the government’s goal of an empowered Filipino nation.

Amatonding also commended the women from DAR Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Islands for their hardwork and perseverance to be better employees and always demonstrating their efficiency and brilliance in the performance of their tasks and commitment to public service.

The symposium ended with a three-minute animated story entitled “Impossible Dream” where a woman was depicted as a hardworking mother and a very loving wife amidst her daily undertakings and challenges both in her own abode and workplace. (SDR/DAR-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Surigao City DRRMC joins 1st Quarter National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Mar. 18 (PIA) – The Surigao City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) will join the conduct of the 1st Quarter National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill at 9:00 am, Wednesday, March 19, 2014, this city.

It was learned that the City DRRMC has identified the City Hall, Saint Paul University-Surigao (SPUS) and Metro Surigao Shopping Center as the ceremonial sites for the conduct of the said earthquake drill.

The blowing of city’s siren will be the signal in doing the simultaneous earthquake drill and a re-enactment of various rescue situations will be conducted for documentation purposes.

The conduct of the said drill will gauge the efficiency of the warning dissemination and the response of the CDRRMC council and the local government unit, as well as the level of preparedness of school, and other establishments and surrounding communities if an actual earthquake takes place. (SDR/Surigao City DRRMC/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

DOE releases findings on the February 27 Mindanao incident

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 18 (PIA) - The Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Transmission Corporation (TransCo) presented at a press briefing last Friday the findings of their investigation on the total loss of power in Mindanao on 27 February 2014.

A supply-demand imbalance caused by the reduced generation of STEAG coal-fired power plant due to a technical problem and the defective equipment of the government-owned Agus 1 hydro power plant led to the incident.

The National Power Corporation (Napocor) acknowledged NGCP’s assistance in correcting and restoring the defective Napocor-owned capacitor voltage transformer inside the switchyard of the Agus 1 plant.

For its part, NGCP is pushing for power plants to coordinate and check with the system operator their own respective plants’ protection settings.

Measures to uphold the security and integrity of the grid were in place at the time when two major events, namely STEAG’s generation reduction and the tripping of Agus 1, happened within seconds of each other. In just 85 seconds, around 870 megawatts were dropped from the grid. “It was practically impossible for the system to recover from the steep decline in overall system frequency, which directly resulted from STEAG’s generation reduction and the tripping of Agus 1.This, in turn, triggered the safety systems of the remaining generating plants as part of their equipment protection,” stated Mr. Eugene Bicar, NGCP’s Head for Mindanao Systems Operations. This “confluence of uncommon events,” as described by TransCo President, Mr. Rolando Bacani, was an unprecedented occurrence in the grid.

NGCP fully cooperated with the inter-agency team that sought to solve the Mindanao power situation. NGCP’s internal investigation, which was submitted to the Department of Energy and TransCo, included the voltage and current profile at the time of the incident, and showed that there was no fault in any of NGCP’s transmission equipment.

NGCP remains steadfast in fulfilling its mandate as system operator, “We are one with the power sector in resolving this. As the system operator, NGCP will continue to uphold the security and integrity of the power grid,” said Atty. Cynthia D. Perez-Alabanza, NGCP Spokesperson. (NGCP/PIA-Caraga)

Tagalog News: Palasyo binaybay ang mga benepisyo ng pagtaas ng presensiya ng pwersa ng Amerika sa Pilipinas

Ni David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Mar. 18, 2014 (PIA) - Sa pagselyo ng kasunduan ng pagtaas at painog-inog na presensiya ng pwersa ng Amerika sa Pilipinas ay magdadala ng malawakang benepisyo para sa bansa, sabi ng isang opisyal ng Palasyo.

Ang kasunduan, na pinalutang mula sa kasalukuyang kasunduan kasama ang US kagaya ng Visiting Forces Agreement at ng Mutual Defense Treaty, ay seguradong makakatulong sa Pilipinas sa pamamagitan ng paglipat ng teknolohiya at pagharap sa mga trahedya, sabi ni Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda sa kanyang pakipanayam sa media noong Lunes.

“Ito ay makakabuti sa kalidad ng depensa ng Pilipinas sa panahon ng paghahanda. At hayaan ninyo akong bigyang diin na parte ng painog-inog ng presensiya ay sumisentro sa paghahanda sa mga sakuna at pagpababa ng sakuna,” dagdag niya.

Nakita ng pamahalaan ng Pilipinas na malaki ang pagbabago pagdating sa pagtaas ng painog-inog na presensiya particular na noong magpadala ang Amerikanong military ng kanilang assets sa Central Visayas pagkatapos ng pananalasa ng bagyong Yolanda.

Nagpadala ang US ng mga barko, mga eroplano, mga helekopter at mga sasakyang military para tumulong sa pagdala ng mga relief goods, suplay at mga kagamitan sa apektadong rehiyon ng Visayas.

Ang bagong kasunduan ay hindi na nangangailangan ng ratipikasyon ng Senado ng Pilipinas dahil ang pagtaas ng painog-inog na presensiya ng kasunduan kasama ang US ay itinatag sa dating mga kasunduan na naratipikahan ng ng Senado.

“Isa itong kasunduan na itinatag o kaya ipapatupad base sa mga probisyon ng Mutual Defense Treaty, at ng Visiting Forces Agreement. Ang dalawang kasunduan ay naratipikahan na ng Senado,” sabi ni Lacierda.

“Kaya sa tingin ng sangay ng Ehekutibo, Ang mga ito ay ang mga naunang probisyon na magpapatupad ng kapwa kasunduan na naratipikahan noon pa ng Senado. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Cebuano News: GSIS interest rates gihangyong paubsan

Ni Jay Vincent V. Demain

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 18 (PIA) - Paubsan ang interes. Kini ang giawhag karon sa 16th Sangguniang Panlalawigan pinaagi sa usa ka resolusyon nga naghangyo sa Government Service Insurance System kun GSIS nga ubsan niini ang interest rates sa utang sa mga myembro niini.

Sa pagpangamahan ni Provincial Board Member Rodulfo A. Pitogo, naghangyo ang probinsya nga maghimo og stratehiya ang GSIS aron maubsan ang interes sa utang sa mga myembro niini. Kon ma-aprobahan, makuhaan matod pa niini ang kalisod sa mga empleyado sa gobyerno sa pagbayad sa ilang utang sa ahensya, diin dako nang tabang kini sa pang-adlaw-adlaw nga galastoson sa pamilya sa usa ka myembro.

Naglaom ang probinsya nga aprobahan kini nga hangyo ilabi na nga suportado kini bisan sa GSIS Regional Attorney dinhi sa Caraga ug hulaton na lamang ang desisyon sa GSIS Board of Trustees. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

Cebuano News: SLP orientation and stakeholder’s forum gipahigayon

Ni Lyka Quinto

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 18 (PIA) - Nagmalampuson ang pagpahigayon sa Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) Orientation ug Stakeholders Forum sa Roldans Fastfood and Restaurant ning dakbayan, Marso 14.

Agi’g pakig-alayon sa Lokal nga Panggamhanan sa Butuan ug Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), ingon man ang mga stakeholders sa nasangpit nga programa, nagtambayayong kini sa tumong sa pagpakunhod sa kaso sa kapobrehon ning dakbayan.

Namugna ang SLP alang sa mga “poorest among the poor“ nga walay sarang ika-pundar alang sa pamilya; panginabuhian sa pamilya, ingon man sa natad sa edukasyon sa ilang mga anak ug hilabina sa hisgutanang panglawas. 

Nahisgutan usab ang Self- Employment Assistance Para sa Kaunlaran (SEA-K) Integrated Program. Usa kini ka investment capital ubos sa SLP. Tumong niini nga mahatagan ug higayon ang mga katawhan nga makapundar o makasugod ug negosyo alang sa mga panginahanglanon sa matag pamilya niini.

“It has a goal of establishing community-based, self-managed and sustainable credit facilities to enable the economically active poor to have continued access to credit,”  saysay ni  Marvin F. Tubo, Special Projects Focal Person. (LGU-Butuan City PIO/PIA-Agusan del Norte)