12.08.2014

Thursday, December 4, 2014

DepEd Caraga prepares for Typhoon Ruby

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 4 (PIA) – School heads of the Department of Education (DepEd) are now advised to be ready and make necessary preparations for Typhoon Ruby, says official.

According to Dr. Isidro Biol, officer in-charge of the Curriculum and Learning Management Division and Regional Information Officer of DepEd Caraga, all school heads of the different schools in the region are now ordered to be prepared and take precautionary measures.

“Teachers need not wait for the local government units’ order for the suspension of classes, they have to assess situations that will cause danger to students in their area, automatic suspension of classes must be implemented,” said Dr. Biol.

DepEd also ordered all teachers to secure all permanent records of pupils and students to avoid reoccurrence of the same during the previous typhoon that caused floods and damaged of students’ record, Dr. Biol added.

School heads are also reminded to take actions on the following: Unplug computers and other electrical equipment in schools; Move textbooks, school records, furniture, and other important materials to safe areas; Secure beams and strap roofs to prevent them from flying out; Board up jalousies and windows with plywood or other secure material; Prune trees especially those adjacent to buildings and along electrical posts; and Secure all ongoing construction projects including supplies and materials.

Typhoon Hagupit has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Wednesday and now named typhoon Ruby. (PIA-Caraga)


Agnor implements Code Blue, on heightened alert status

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 4 (PIA) – Due to the inclusion of the province of Agusan del Norte to the government list of 58 critical areas of typhoon Ruby, Governor and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council chairperson Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba ordered the implementation of Code Blue – on heightened alert status.

Governor Matba has directed all local DRRMCs to take preventive and precautionary measures as typhoon Ruby has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility.

Matba said that if the situation warrants, they are encouraged to immediately implement pre-emptive evacuation of communities in highly critical areas such as coastal, landslide-prone, etc.

“Prepositioning of relief goods is a must and identified evacuation centers are now prepared,” said Governor Matba.

Suspension of classes in kindergarten starts Wednesday and all classes in elementary and high school in both public and private schools will be suspended effective Thursday, said officer Erma Suyo of the PDRRMO

Also, Suyo said, all sea vessels are now strictly prohibited from venturing out in the sea.

Meantime, provincial administrator Percianita Racho, in a live interview over 107.8 MHz Advance Forward Emergency Broadcasting System (AFEBS) Network of the Philippine Information Agency Caraga region, advised Agusanons to be always ready and pray for the safety of everyone.

The province Operation Center has started 24/7 operations effective Monday. (PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Caraga RDC meets the private sector for Corporate Partners’ Forum

By Sherwin E. Verdun

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 4 (PIA) - The Caraga Regional Development Council (RDC) met the private sector for the first-ever Corporate Partners’ Forum, Tuesday, December 2.

The participants were oriented on the Regional Development Council and its roles and functions. They were also introduced to the Revised Caraga Regional Development Plan (RDP) 2013-2016 and their role in its implementation.

The Caraga RDC believes that the attainment of inclusive growth depends on the participation of the private sector. The private sector generates jobs, provides goods and services, and contributes to public revenue necessary for economic and social welfare. Thus, the private sector helps fight poverty by providing income to households from jobs in the micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises established. With jobs, people are able to buy goods and services that would improve their quality of life. The revenues generated from the enterprises created help the government provide better social services to the people.

The private sector is also seen as an important external income source and a domestic resource influencer. They provide micro-financing, savings deposit, and access to loan opportunities.

However, for the private sector to continuously support socio-economic progress, they need enabling environment and mechanism to support business development. Hence, they needed to be oriented on the Revised Caraga RDP 2013-2016. (NEDA-13/PIA-Caraga)


SurSur PDRRMC orders counterparts to take precautions due to Typhoon Ruby

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Dec. 4 (PIA) – The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) in Surigao del Sur chaired by Governor Johnny Pimentel has already advised early this morning all local counterparts at the municipal level to take the necessary precautions.

According to chief PDRRMC officer Abel De Guzman, the chair particularly pointed out four priority tasks—Activate your MDRRMC/Incident Command System;  Preposition your response resources; Conduct pre-emptive/forced evacuation for vulnerable areas to storm surge, flood and landslide; and, Activate local Search Emergency Rescue Teams (SERTS)/Operation Center 24/7 as well as report incident to PDRRMO.

All concerned were also urged to be more vigilant and prepared by instituting pro-active measures, he added.

Meanwhile, De Guzman clarified that there is no consensus yet as to the suspension of classes but stressed that the situation will depend on how the storm is going to affect the province which, he claimed, included under the red alert status right now. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Caraga chair cancels RDC meeting in SurSur due to Typhoon Ruby

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Dec. 4 (PIA) – Caraga Regional Development Council (RDC) chair Surigao del Norte Governor Sol Matugas immediately cancelled yesterday the scheduled 81st RDC meeting set today, December 4, in Tandag City, Surigao del Sur due to Typhoon Ruby.

According to Marjorie Pagaran, secretary to Governor Johnny Pimentel, they were informed of the decision soon after a consensus was made amid threat of a storm, with international name “Hagupit” which was already about to cross the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR).

She likewise mentioned DILG regional director Lilibeth Famacion, who, she hinted, agreed on the timely course of action made.

In the invitation letter dated November 21 sent to Gov. Pimentel, Matugas lined-up 10 agenda items to be taken up, some of which have something to do with disaster plans and programs.

Had the occasion pushed through, a Christmas party/fellowship was set to follow with a theme, “Going ASEAN.” (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


SK election postponed until October 2016

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 4 (PIA) - On Monday, the House of Representatives passed on third and final reading a legislation postponing elections for Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) to synchronize with barangay poll on October 31, 2016.

Strongly endorsed by House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms and Commission on Election, House Bill 5209 garnered a total affirmative vote from 193 legislators, and 8 on the negative.

Last October 3, 2013, Congress passed Republic Act 10632 "An Act to Postpone the Sangguniang Kabataang Elections on October 28, 2013 Amending for the Purpose Republic Act 9340 and for other Purposes," effectively deferring the then scheduled October 2013 SK poll to a date to be determined by the COMELEC between October 28, 2014 and February 23, 2015.

In an interview Tuesday, Rep. Lawrence 'Law' Fortun welcomed this development. The solon pointed out that they are currently studying, and will subsequently endorse, reforms on the Local Government Code pertaining to the provisions on the Sanggunian Kabataan to ensure effective and genuine leadership, participation and empowerment for the youth.

Senate has yet to pass its version of the legislative measure. (LAWig Katawhan/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Caraga RDC bares winners of 'Be the agent of change' contest

By Sherwin E. Verdun

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 4 (PIA) - And the winners are…

The Caraga Regional Development Council (RDC) led by NEDA-Caraga regional director Mylah Faye Aurora CariƱo, DILG-Caraga regional director Lilibeth Famacion, and DepEd-Caraga regional director Atty. Alberto Escobarte announced the winners of the "Be the agent of change" Contest, Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, Butuan City. The RDC was assisted by NEDA Undersecretary for Regional Development Office Margarita Songco.

The Caraga RDC conducted the Jingle-Making and Photography Contests from August 1, 2014 to October 31, 2014 and the On-the-spot Canvas Painting Contest on December 2, 2014.

The jingle-making contest had 10 entries from all over Caraga. The winning piece entitled, "We are the agents of change" was declared winner. The winning jingle was composed by Ian Alfer Ba-al, lyrics by Mary Jane Dela Cruz, and interpreted by Girley Sagayno, Kathlyn Dacera, Irish Jay Casida, Lian Joshua Dajao, Elline Joy Ocno, Kemberly Torralba, Louisdhyl Solon, Aiza Mae Abalos, Cinesthian Alfred Ba-al. The group received P20,000.00.

The finalists were From Caraga to the World composed by Reuben Rhyll Chris Garbilao; I Can (We Can) by Jonree Elmido; and Be the Change and Start the Change by Jayson Pradilla (composer and lyricist), Krizia Meijel Mellijor (interpreter), Al Francis Sarsate (guitarist), and Ben Jay Felizarta (interpreter). The four finalists received P5,000.00 each as consolation prize.

The jingles were judged based on originality and creativity (30%), lyrics (30%), melody (30%), and overall appeal (10%).

The photography contest was participated by 19 Caraganons who submitted 78 photographs in eight categories.

The first prize winners received P4,000.00 each, the second prize winners received P3,000.00 each, and the third prize winners received P2,000.00 each.

Ronaldo Cayomo got the highest prize amount of P18,000.00 for winning in six of the eight categories (2 first prizes, 2 second prizes, and 2 third prizes). He is followed by Alexis Gomez who won a total of P13,000.00 for winning in five of the eight categories (1 first prize, 1 second prize, and 3 third prizes). Kierrah Jill Tanglao followed who won P12,000.00 for winning three of the eight categories (3 first prizes). Domingo Nollora won 3 third prizes for a sum of P9,000.00.

Tanglao, Nollora, and Gomez got the most number of wins – first, second, and third prizes, with 3 entries each respectively.

The photographs were judged based on content (30%), creativity and originality (20%), composition (20%), and visual impact (30%).

On the other hand, the on-the-spot Canvas Painting Contest was won by Philippe Erick Monares of Butuan City Schools of Arts and Trade who got P5,000.00. The second prize of P4,000.00 went to Cybelle Bugas of Cabadbaran City National High School. The third prize of P3,000.00 went to Angelica See of Bayugan National Comprehensive High School. All 6 participants received consolation prize of P2,000.00 each and their respective coaches received P1,000.00 each.

The entries were judged based on thematic relevance (35%), design and creative elements (35%), technical execution (20%), and visual impact (10%). (NEDA-13/PIA-Caraga)


SurSur DRRMC all set for Typhoon Ruby

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Dec. 4 (PIA) – As Typhoon Ruby intensifies further across the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR), Abel De Guzman, Surigao del Sur chief Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council officer, expressed confidence that all of their counterparts in the entire province have abide by the order early this morning of Governor Johnny Pimentel, PDRRMC chair, to take the necessary precautions.

Citing the activation of all local DRRMCs/Incident Command System and the rest of the directives up to reporting of incidents to their office “24/7,” he stressed that everything is now in place.

At 11:00 a.m., today, Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) already raised typhoon signal no. 1 over Samar provinces, Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Surigao del Norte, Siargao and Dinagat Islands, as well as Surigao del Sur, it was learned.

Until the bad weather is over, PDRRM office is going to remain steadfast in responding to any call of duty, De Guzman assured. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


NFA activates warehouse task force in SurSur

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Dec. 4 (PIA) – The National Food Authority (NFA) provincial office in Surigao del Sur, under the supervision of Caraga assistant regional director Gil Ibarra as concurrent provincial manager, has already activated its warehouse task force to operate “24/7” since news of Typhoon Ruby came to the fore.

Alvin Balatero, NFA assistant provincial manager, clarified that members of said task force are going to be on duty until notice of deactivation will be issued.

Any NFA office is prompted to activate its warehouse task force due to an impending calamity in its area of operation like the threat behind Typhoon Ruby, he explained.

Meanwhile, Balatero noted that among the 17 municipalities and two cities of the province, only Tago and Cortes towns have initially signified intention to get some rice supply if the situation warrants.

As of December 1, the total rice stock inventory of NFA here sums up to 104,724 bags, the office bared.

In addition, NFA rice remains at P27 per kilo for the regular-milled and P32 per kilo for the well-milled, it was learned. (NGB/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Dinagat Islands guv orders suspension of classes due to typhoon Ruby

By Jane A. Mayola

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Dec. 4 (PIA) – Dinagat Islands Governor Glenda B. Ecleo released an executive order (EO) on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 as a protective measure in anticipation of the onslaught of Super Typhoon Ruby in the province.

Under the said EO, Governor Ecleo declared the province under State of Heightened Alert and Imminent Danger and ordered the suspension classes in all levels both private and government schools provincewide effective today, December 4 as well as the conduct of pre-emptive evacuation for the residents living in the areas identified as high risk for storm surge, flooding and landslide.

Also, administrative offices and other social functions and gatherings will be suspended on December 5 and will resume upon advisory by the council.

All Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMCs) and Barangay DRRMCs are advised to observe state of heightened alert and execute measures to ensure zero casualty.

Further, advisories will be issued through Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) Operation Center by text, social media, local radio broadcast, Amateur Radio Club, PBMA ITO, Community Cable and Bandilyo. (SDR/PIO-Dinagat/PIA-Dinagat Islands)