(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).

Thursday, October 23, 2014

PIA Caraga’s climate change advocacy accomplishments report bares exceptional output

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 23 (PIA) – The partial accomplishments report on climate change advocacy (CCA) furnished by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 13 on Wednesday showed a remarkable feat in terms of performance and effective campaign strategies in the entire region.

It can be recalled that on January 9, 2014, PIA Caraga led by regional director Abner Caga and DENR Caraga represented by regional director Tamayo signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the implementation of local campaign on Climate Change adaptation and mitigation advocacy at the DENR regional office this city.

Both parties intent to implement activities and mitigation measures that will help minimize the effects of climate change in various sectors of society.

The quantitative monitoring report revealed that the estimated service value based on performance indicators totaled to P8,240,476.80 as weighed against the P2,000,000 amount allocated for the CCA campaign.

“This numerical presentation is a manifestation of DENR-PIA Caraga’s excellent performance in executing CCA plans and strategies throughout the region. It means that we have projected a better penetration to stakeholders compared to the ordinarily and traditionally carried out media mileage. We were able to create multipliers through our agency’s credibility and exemplary capabilities as clearly shown in our comprehensive reports,” underscored Caga.

In the essence of transparency and accountability, the quantitative monitoring report attached entirely explains in figures the kind of genuine services that PIA Caraga can provide by utilizing its existing special platforms.

Caga also said that the PIA Caraga team has deliberately designed its CC adaptation and mitigation campaign activities for the advocacy to take a life of its own. “Several activities for this year are still lined-up in strengthening further public awareness. But more importantly, we want to instill in them the right approach on this new normal to help them become resilient on climate change related challenges,” he added.

DENR 13 regional technical director Maritess Ocampo pleasantly received the copy of the accomplishments report including the CC advocacy mugs. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)

PIA Caraga turns-over CCA mugs to DENR

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 23 (PIA) – As the agency continues to innovate and intensify its Climate Change Advocacy (CCA) with partner government agencies, the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga headed by regional director Abner Caga turned-over on Wednesday the CCA mugs to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga for distribution to its personnel and clientele.

Representing DENR-Caraga regional director Nonito Tamayo, regional technical director Maritess Ocampo received the mugs. She also expressed her appreciation to PIA for coming up with another initiative and useful materials to intensify the CCA awareness campaign in the region.

“What you have just made is another success for our continuous campaign on CCA. These mugs are very useful for all of us since we can use these anywhere we are and people will see what we are really campaigning for. Thank you PIA for your commitment and support to DENR’s programs and advocacy,” Ocampo articulated.

Also, Caga bared that the agency will also be distributing the same to the five provinces of Caraga region to further increase the number of CC advocates.

“We believe this would be another effective tool to intensify our campaign on Climate Change. Knowing that people use glass in their daily living, much more of these mugs that we have just distributed bringing the important messages of our campaign. This is in addition to the CCA shirts which we already distributed to the different CC advocates regionwide,” disclosed Caga.

As PIA continues to engage in the work towards creating a disaster-resilient community, all must come together and participate in this task to contribute to sustainability and advocacy for the environment and earth in general. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

More mining companies interested to invest in AgSur

By David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Oct. 23 (PIA) - Another foreign investor and is already a holder of exploration permit has presented its plan to the Agusan del Sur Environment and Sustainable Development Council (ASESDC) signifying that if the exploration will go on smoothly, another mining firm will be established in Bunawan and Rosario areas.

On the same day, October 21, 2014, the Adnama Mining Resource Inc. (AMRI) also sent a letter and a draft of a Memorandum of Understanding to Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza offering free of charge study and actual survey of the Agusan River upon hearing an information that Agusan del Sur is planning of dredging and de-silting  the Agusan River.

In a presentation of Bunawan Mining Corporation (BMC) representative, it was learned that  BMC is 40 percent Australian company.

“The permit issued to us by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) is to explore and discover the area we have identified whether there are mineral deposits such as gold, copper and other minerals. This present exploration permit granted to us is only good for two years, renewable every two years up to eight years. Presently, our obligation with the community are: To look after the environment and maintain its excellent status; in our work program, we have signified to comply with all the rules and regulations whether national or locally imposed by the government; we only limit our activities to drilling for sampling and geological knowledge, and above all, to employ local residents specially the tribal communities,” Sara said.

The exploration permit No. EP-033-XIII was issued to BMC by the MGB on August 18, 2014 that will cover 677 hectares. If ever there will be action from among the present management within 30 days, the permit will be take back by the MGB. Within its operating period, if there are lapses and non-compliance with the Philippine Rules and Regulations.

A team will be organized so that from time to time, monitoring of the progress of work will be recorded.

It was suggested by the ASESDC that there must be a representative from the ASESDC who will become member of the monitoring team and every monitoring activity undergone by the team, a copy will be furnished to ASESDC. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

SurSur fishery office keeps tie-up with fisherfolk

By Greg TataroJr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Oct. 23 (PIA) – The Provincial Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Office (PFARO) in Surigao del Sur has continued to keep fisherfolk provided with technical and other forms of livelihood support.

According to Bernesita Rojas, PFARO planning division chief, this month of October, their office has set aside 28,200 tilapia fingerlings for distribution.

She bared that seven fishermen from four municipalities in the province are set to benefit from “Fish Seed Production and Distribution” within the month—three from Tago, two from Cantilan, while one each from Hinatuan and San Miguel.

Meanwhile, Rojas confirmed that last week, October 13-17, was Fish Conservation Week celebration or “Linggo ng Pangisdaan,” which carries the theme “Sektor ng mga Mangingisdang Rehistrado at Kinilala Kabalikat sa Pagsulong ng Pangisdang Masagana.”

Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Caraga Regional Office headed by regional director Dr. Nerio Casil led the celebration in Surigao City, it was learned. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Cebuano News: SPMS orientation workshop gihimo sa SP

Ni Mary Cheryl S. Monoy

BUTUAN CITY, Oktubre 23 (PIA) - Aron maka-ingon ang katawhan nga tinud-anay na gyud ang pagpanerbisyo sa mga empleyado sa gobyerno, gimugna sa Civil Servcie Commission (CSC) ang Strategic Performance Management System (SPMS). Para masabtan kini sa tanang empleyado, gihimo ang usa ka orientation workshop ni CSC Provincial Director Christopher C. Mabale kaniadtong Oktubre 22, 2014 sa SP Session Hall.

Naka-angkla sa Executive Order No. 292 (Administrative Code of 1987) ug sa Resolution No. 1200481 (Guidelines in the Establishment and Implementation of Agency Strategic Performance Management System) ang pag-implementar niini nga balaod sa CSC ngadto sa tanang empleyado nga sakop sa gobyerno.

“SPMS is a competency – based evaluation system. CSC believes that success lies in the performance of the personnel. Without it, the organization will fail! This is why we encourage all government agencies to accept only the most competent applicant for the position in its recruitment system in order to be of help to the organization because why would we spend a lot of money in the government sa mga tao nga dili mapuslan? Nga dili mga competent? Kung dili siya competent, ipadala pa sa opisina for training. Gasto na! Sayang pa ang oras!” matod pa Dir. Mabale.

Gi-awhag usab sa CSC ang pag-institutionalize sa Program on Rewards and Incentives System (PRAISE) para madasig nga motrabaho ang usa ka empleyado. Importante pod ang Monitoring and Coaching Program nga pagahimuon sa mga hepe aron ma-giyahan og insakto ang iyang mga tao.

Sa SPMS, himuon una ang Office Performance Commitment and Review (OPCR) usa pa ang Individual Performance Commitment and Review (IPCR) aron mahaum kini sa kung unsay buot makab-ot nga katuyoan sa opisina.

Ang maong orientation gipangunahan ni Bise Gobernador Ramon A G. Bungabong, PS Alfredo M. Rafanan, mga hepe ug staff sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan Office. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)