(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, 29 May 2024) At 3:00 AM today, the center of the eye of Typhoon "AGHON" {EWINIAR} was estimated based on all available data at 850 km East Northeast of Extreme Northern Luzon (23.1°N, 129.7°E) with maximum sustained winds of 130 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 160 km/h. It is moving Northeastward at 20 km/h. Southwesterly Windflow affecting the western section of the country. 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 2.1 meters).

Sunday, June 1, 2014

CSC-13 to launch PRIME-HRM

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, June 1 (PIA) – With its vision of becoming Asia’s leading Center of Excellence in Human Resource and Organization Development and as the central human resource management in the public sector, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Caraga regional office will launch on Monday, the Program to Institutionalize Meritocracy and Excellence in Human Resource Management (PRIME-HRM) at the Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, this city.

“We also aim of aligning agency’s HR actions, processes and procedures as mandated under PRIME-HRM using its new assessment tool,” bared CSC-Caraga regional director Resurreccion Pueyo.

Pueyo further explained that the PRIME-HRM is a tool that CSC uses to recognize the best practices, innovations, enhancements, and remarkable developments in human resource management performed by a particular agency.

“In the event that an agency qualifies for a status and recognition tantamount to its achievements, the commission thereby delegates authority to that office to execute functions that are normally performed by CSC. There are five levels that every agency under CSC can be categorized under depending on its adherence to PRIME-HRM standards: Level I (Regulated); Level II (Accredited); Level III (Deregulated); Center of Excellence in Human Resource Management; and Seal of Excellence in Human Resource Management,” relayed Pueyo.

PRIME-HRM has three components, namely Comprehensive HRM Assistance, Review and Monitoring (CHARM); Continuing Assistance and Review for Excellence Human Resource Management (CARE-HRM); and Special Program for Evaluation and Assessment as Required/Requested (SPEAR). CHARM is concerned with appraising human resource management standards and systems, records management, and human resource personnel competence; CARE-HRM is a continuing program that serves to assist agencies in the implementation of the recommendations as contained in the CHARM findings; and SPEAR is involved with the special assessment of particular HRM agencies, either by necessity or by request. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

DA-13 opens 2 rice processing centers in SurSur

By Rhea C. Abao

BUTUAN CITY, June 1 (PIA) - Two Farmers Association recently realized their dream of establishing agricultural facility that would regulate the over all aspects of the rice production in their province.

The Patong-patong, Balas, Tabinay, Bagunhian (PABANTABA) Farmers Association of Madrid, Surigao del Sur and Tuyake Pederoid Domoyog Irrigator Association (TUPEDO) Irrigators Association of Cantilan, Surigao del Sur has seen the need to improve their production and minimize postharvest losses through the establishment of the Rice Processing Complex (RPC) II.

For years, Department of Agriculture (DA) continues to provide the needed support to empower the farmers by providing interventions to increase their productivity. Through its Rice Program, mechanization is placed as one of its top priority. Assistant Secretary for Operations at the same time the National Rice and Corn Coordinator Edilberto M. de Luna strongly promotes farm mechanization to attain food security and sufficiency.

On May 12, he formally led the inauguration of the Rice Processing Complex II at Madrid and Cantilan, Surigao del Sur. He was accompanied by the Regional Executive Director of RFO 13 Edna M. Mabeza, Provincial Governor Johnny T. Pimentel, 1st District Congressman of Surigao del Sur, Philip A. Pichay, Jose A. Arpilleda, Mayor of Madrid & Genito B. Guardo, Mayor of Cantilan.

Asec. De Luna congratulated the two Farmers Associations for their hard work in pursuing their goal to address the problem on post harvest. According to him, the lack of post-production facilities results to a tremendous loss and wastage in rice production. The total loss of palay due to lack of post harvest facilities represent 14.84% of the country’s total production of which the highest loss is attributed to drying with an average of 5%, he explained.

RPC is a facility that showcases efficient rice postharvest operation through mechanization and automation. It ensures savings in labor cost, lesser losses, enhanced quality, improved distribution system and maximized use of buy-products.

“RPC II is not only a service facility but an enterprise venture for farmers to do and learn how to run an agri-business operation to the best of their ability," Asec De Luna said.

President of PABANTABA Farmers Association Magno E. Sarim said that during the rainy season, quality of harvested palay is reduced which lead to low buying price and sometimes forced traders reject their product.

“The establishment of RPC II has given us hope for a brighter tomorrow with all the rice farmers in our province availing the benefit of this faciltiy," said Elvie Arrubio, Chairman of TUPEDO Irrigators Association.

The RPC II established in the municipalities of Madrid and Cantilan, Surigao del Sur has a total project cost of P 30.5 million. Around 5,000 hectares will be covered in the CARCANMADCARLAN area where the source of palay to be processed is coming from. The 5,000 hectares has an average palay yield of 4 metric tons per year. (DA-13/PIA-Caraga)