(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).

Monday, November 3, 2014

DA-13 conducts 2nd Be RICEponsible short film contest

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 3 (PIA) - With the vision to be a rice sufficient nation by year 2016 and beyond, the Department of Agriculture (DA) Caraga region continuously conducts the Be RICEponsible campaign to bring awareness in the minds and hearts of the people the value of being a responsible rice consumer.

On Friday, DA Caraga headed by regional director Dr. Edna M. Mabeza conducted the 2nd Be RICEponsible Short Film contest participated by 13 public and private high schools in the region.

According to regional director Mabeza, the contest is one of the several information and advocacy campaigns that have gained positive response among the public and private high schools in the region.

The Be RICEponsible Short Film Contest is a short documentary produced by students that tackle important issues that affect not only the youth but all sectors in the society as well, Mabeza said.

The Short Film Contest’s production central theme is Be RICEponsible. It exhibits responsible and healthy rice consumption and production practices; recognizing the important role of farmers; youth contribution to food sufficiency; community’s role to food sufficiency; and innovative rice farming.

Mabeza also said, the contest is a way of encouraging the youth to take part in the Be RICEponsible campaign and rouse interest among secondary schools in the region. “Through their participation, youth will become our allies in reaching their families and relatives that creates a ripple effect in information dissemination,” she said.

The contest winners were chosen according to the following criteria:  Relevance of the Theme; Narrative Flow; Performance; Production Design (props, costumes, sets, and locations; Visual Composition/Cinematography; Use of Audio Enhancements (sound and music); and Editing and Use of Visual Enhancements that include the transitions, titles, credits, and special effect).

The awarding of winners is set on November 28, 2014 in time with the National Awareness Month. First placer will receive P20,000; P15,000 and P10,000 for the second and third placers, respectively. Each will also receive a trophy and certificate of participation.

Last year, Mabeza recalled that the campaign on National Year of Rice has gained positive response among the different stakeholders in the national and local level. In the region, information campaigns were done in partnership with the local government units (LGUs) and the Department of Education. The provincial and local LGUs had promulgated into resolutions the support of the previous advocacy especially on responsible rice consumption while schools have pledged its support to avoid rice wastage in their homes and schools, she added.

The Be RICEponsible is an advocacy campaign that aims to promote the RICEponsibility of every Filipino to their physical bodies and the nation for better health and rice self-sufficiency. Apart from the role of the farmers, it also informs the consumers and policy-makers on how they can help the country achieve rice self-sufficiency. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)

Guv leads giving of provincial ‘leadership excellence awards’

By Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 3 (PIA) - Agusan del Norte Governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba led the awarding of “leadership excellence awards” dubbed as “Accelerating New Dimension on Good Governance and Excellence in Local Leadership,” (A.N.G.E.L.L.) awarding program, Thursday afternoon.

The awarding rites was held at Malvar Convention Hall, Balanghai Hotel, Brgy. Doongan, this city. The said activity was attended by the different municipal mayors or their representatives from the 10 municipalities and one city of the province and the barangay chairpersons and officials of the winner barangays.

The guest of honor and speaker of the occasion was Agusan del Norte 2nd District Cong. Erlpe John M. Amante. The other guests of the award-giving ceremony includes Vice-Gov. Ramon Bungabong, DILG Regional Director Lilibeth Famacion, PDEA Regional Dir. Erwin Ogario, Agusan del Norte Provincial PNP Dir. Rommel Francisco D. Marbil, Provincial Administrator Atty. Percianita Racho, Provincial DILG Dir. Romeo Solis. CHR Regional Director Marilyn Pintor was represented by Mr. Leonor Ledesma, PIA-Caraga Regional Director Abner Caga, by Ms. Nora L. Molde, PIA-13 operations chief officer, and the members of the Sanguniang Panlalawigan.

Cong. Amante in his message underscored the necessity of excellence and best performance in governance. He commended the program where those who have shown exemplary leadership and good performance in governance, including programs and projects with the best impact on the community were given recognition and awarded. According to the lawmaker, that the performance and leadership in public office were usually thankless jobs. Being awarded for good governance and excellence in leadership is a big booster to a public servant to do some more.

According to the second district solon that during his term as the governor of the province, he started when Agusan was still the smallest province of the region (that was before the creation of Dinagat Island Province ) with less resources and money. “But Agusan del Norte was able to compete with the large provinces in the region despite its lesser resources and financial standing.”

He recalled that Agusan del Norte was awarded for “good housekeeping,” during the time of the late Secretary Jesse Robredo. The province, according to him had improved much in its educational system during his term. It got a prestigious national award for its pre-school educational program and second place in its secondary level educational program.

Amante said that the province was able to lower its poverty incidence level and improved the standing of its economy.

A.N.G.E.L.L. awards municipalities and component city in the following contests: “2014 Most Child-Friendly LGUs,” “Most Functional Anti-Drug Abuse Councils,” and the “Disaster Resilient LGUs.” The winners received a cash award and an ANGELL Trophy of P100,000.00 (first), P75,000.00 (second) and P50,000.00 for the first category. For the second category the prizes were P75,000.00 (for the first), P50,000.00 (second) and P25,000.00 (third). For the third category again its P100,000.00 (first), P75,000.00 (second) and P50,000.00 (third). A P10,000.00 cash awards were also given to the component city and the 1st to 3rd class municipality category.

The contests for the barangays includes: “Best Performing Barangay Peace and Order Committee (BPOC) 2014,” “Outstanding Lupong Tagapamayapa 2014,” and the “Best Performing Barangay 2014.” The winners received prizes of P50,000.00 (first), P30,000.00 (second) and P20,000.00 (third). Award was also given to the “Outstanding Employee of the Year,” and the “Best Provincial Office 2014,” where a prize of P10,000.00 were given to the winners. (PNA/PIA-Caraga)