(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).

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

PSA Caraga to hold CBPI 2012 Reg’l Data Dissemination Forum

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 9 (PIA) – The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Caraga is set to hold the Regional Dissemination Forum on 2012 Census of Philippine Business and Industry (CPBI) on December 19, 2014 at the Patria’s Inn and Resto Bar, this city.

According to PSA interim regional director Rosalinda Celeste-Apura, the 2012 Census of CPBI is a nationwide survey that serves as reliable bases upon which the government and private sectors can formulate socio-economic development plans and policies.

“Specifically, the survey results are used in: the construction of national and regional accounts of the Philippine economy; formulating and monitoring plans/policies in the attainment of national and regional economic structures and performances; and in the market research and feasibility studies,”  Apura disclosed.

It was also learned that said activity will be participated by the provincial/city planners, representatives of national line agencies, academe and owners of business establishments.

For more information, the PSA Caraga regional office can be reached at telephone number: (085) 342-5764 and 225-5219. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

BCPO bares accomplishments on intensified law enforcement campaign 

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 9 (PIA) – In carrying out its mission of enforcing the law, ensuring public safety, and maintaining peace and order in the city, the Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) headed by city director P/SSupt Nerio Bermudo has illustrated positive operations on illegal logging, illegal drugs, and enforcement of special laws which mirrored the intensified police operations to counter the menaces in town.

Bermudo revealed that for the period October 21 to November 25, 2014, a total of 522 crime incidents were recorded, 251 of these are index crimes while the remaining 271 crime incidents are non-index. Theft is the most prevalent based on the distribution of index crimes. “It indicates that our office is strictly implementing the Police Integrated Patrol System (PIPS), specifically the conduct of strong checkpoints and serious operation against illegalities on drugs, logging, gambling,” he said.

In addition, BCPO has strengthened its anti-criminality campaign through the implementation of Patrol 101 where a four squad police personnel rove at strategic locations in the city to deter lawbreakers; conduct of recoreda; distribution and posting of Philippine National Police hotline numbers; and inspection and visitation of financial establishments.

According to Bermudo, they were able to arrest 14 individuals and confiscated 1,932.376 grams of marijuana with estimated value of P15,000; 106.5152 grams of shabu with estimated value of P563,100; and several drug paraphernalia. He also confirmed that seven cases were already filed in court.

On their campaign against illegal gambling, six persons were apprehended. Fruit game and video karera machines were confiscated with five cases filed in court.

Also, 38.98 cubic meters logs with P920,000 estimated market value were recovered and turned over to Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO).

“Included also in our successful operations was the capture of 18 wanted persons, all covered with warrant of arrest. Our proactive police forces shall continue to serve and protect the people and we also encourage citizen’s participation in solving crimes in our locality,” bared Bermudo. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)

‘Buy Caraga by Caraga’ trade fair 2014 to open in Butuan City

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 9 (PIA) – In keeping abreast with Caraga region’s status as one of the fast growing local economies in the country, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Caraga in partnership with Butuan-Agusan Chamber and Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) Caraga is providing a bigger and better platform for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in promoting their products and services through launching of a regional trade fair and exhibit dubbed “Hininang Para sa Pasko, buy Caraga by Caraga” at the Atrium, Robinsons Place Butuan, this city.

The marketing event which will run from December 12-15, 2014 will showcase the handicrafts, wearables and fashion accessories, fresh and processed foods, furniture and furnishings, and other products and services that the region is known for.

It will also highlight the products that made prominence during the Manila FAME (Furnishings and Apparel Manufacturers' Exchange), National Food Fair and the National Fashion Fair conducted here in the Philippines.

The organizers are inviting the public to visit the trade fair where gift items are for grabs for the holiday season. They are likewise encouraging the local folks to support the homegrown businesses.

DTI undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya will lead the cutting of ribbons being the guest of honor during the said occasion. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)

SurSur PDRRMO chief defends enforcement of preemptive evacuation

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Dec. 9 (PIA) – Citing the proverbial precaution “Better safe than sorry,” Abel De Guzman, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRM) chief in Surigao del Sur defended the enforcement of preemptive evacuation here a day before Typhoon Ruby made landfall in Dolores, Eastern Samar on December 6, Saturday.

He confirmed that a total of 5,754 families coming from 49 barangays of seven municipalities and one city in the province have been advised to seek shelter in identified evacuation centers nearest them.

In his “Final Report re: Typhoon ‘Ruby’” dated December 7, 2014 sent to Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Caraga regional director Liza Mazo, the local government units (LGUs) that implemented evacuation in Surigao del Sur were the towns of Bayabas, Cagwait, Marihatag, Cortes, Hinatuan, Lingig, and Lanuza as well as Tandag City.

However, De Guzman admitted that except for all the troubles and inconveniences, no damage brought about by Typhoon Ruby had been reported and/or recorded.

Surigao del Sur was among the initial provinces that were placed under Public Storm Signal No. 2 as the said typhoon was getting closer to make landfall during that time. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Infra projects inaugurated in AgNor town

By Ian Sabado

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 9 (PIA) - Residents of barangays Pinanaan and Lingayao, both from the municipality of Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte can now enjoy the newly completed infrastructure projects expected to spur development in the municipality.

These infrastructure projects are the construction of Road at Brgy. Pinanaan and construction of mini-market at Brgy. Lingayao.

Funding for the said infrastructure projects was pushed for by Agusan del Norte first district representative Lawrence Fortun and was implemented by Department of Public Works and Highways – Butuan City District Engineering Office (BCDEO).

These infrastructure projects have long been desired by the people of Las Nieves, whose distance from major trade centers of the province, and abysmal infrastructure system spoils flow of economic activities. While possessing abundant nature endowments, the municipality of Las Nieves recorded a significant poverty incidence in the region.

In a ribbon-cutting and turn-over ceremony held Friday, Fortun expressed his hopes for the said important projects to spur needed economic activities for the municipality, connecting better opportunities for the people of Las Nieves.

Early November, the solon inaugurated a spate of infrastructure projects in his district, one of the biggest shares for the region.

The solon also bares the construction of more infrastructure projects scheduled to be completed within the fiscal year. (District Constituency Office, Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

Dinagat Islands reports zero casualty during Typhoon Ruby

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Dec. 9 (PIA) - The province of Dinagat Islands recorded zero casualties as per report by the Incident Management Team during the overall assessment for the 4-day monitoring, preparations and response during Typhoon Ruby conducted on Monday, December 8, 2014 at the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) Incident Command Post, this province.

According to Provincial Information Officer Jane A. Mayola, the municipality of San Jose has the most number of families evacuated with a total of 1,042 families or 3,882 individuals followed by the municipality of Basilisa with 941 families or 3,239 individuals, and Loreto with 531 families or 2,655 individuals.

Mayola said that the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office has distributed a total of 10,289 family packs composed of rice, sardines, and corned beef.

On her part, PDRRMO officer and Incident Commander Rosario “Inday” Roxas expressed her gratitude to all provincial officials who were very supportive especially to governor Glenda B. Ecleo and vice governor Benglen B. Ecleo who entrusted them the job with full support and confidence.

The PDRRMO are still conducting damage assessment on property, school buildings, infrastructure like roads and bridges. (SDR/PIA-Dinagat Islands)

154 cops in SurSur get promoted

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Dec. 9 (PIA) – A total of 154 cops of this province, 146 of them classified as Police Non-Commissioned Officers (PNCOs) have earned their respective promotions recently.

Acting provincial director P/SSupt. Narciso Verdadero led the mass oath-taking and donning of ranks ceremonies for the PNCO promotees on Monday, December 8.

However, it was learned that a separate ceremony was also held on the same day in Caraga Police Regional Office 13 (PRO 13) for policemen who earned an officer’s rank—eight of them came from the province. 

Governor Johnny Pimentel gave a message while SPO4 Noel Recamara delivered the acceptance speech on behalf of his fellow honorees during the fitting ceremony held at the Police Provincial Office in Camp Vicente L. Pimentel, Sr., this city.

The newly promoted cops here were pinned by their respective spouses/family members.

Police Non-Commissioned Officers (PNCOs) are those whose ranks range from Police Officer 1 (PO1) to Senior Police Officer 4 (SPO4).

As part of the program, deputy provincial director for administration P/Supt. Daniel Puesca delivered his welcome address followed by deputy provincial director for operation P/CInsp. Mangandog Arab who presented and read the promotion orders. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Cebuano News: Capitol Christmas lights gidugok

Ni Roselyn Exaure/Rolando Lopez

BUTUAN CITY, Dis. 9 (PIA) - Gidugok sa liboan ka mga katawhang Agusanon ug Butuanon ang gilusad nga pag switch-on sa Capitol Christmas in Wonderland, sulod sa Capitol Compound niadtong Lunes, Disyembre 8 ning syudad sa Butuan.

Dili matukib ang gibating kalipay ug kahingangha sa mga dumuduong ang kaanindot sa mga lights ug dekorasyon uban ang fireworks display atol sa gipahigayon nga switch-on, kon diin gipangunahan kini ni Agusan del Norte Governor Maria Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba ug Vice Governor Ramon AG Bungabong.

Mas pinasahe ang konsepto karong tuiga kon diin mas daghan nga mga benefactors o sponsors gikan na sa mga pribadong sector uban ang napulo ka mga munisipyo ug usa ka syudad ang gitahasan sa pag decorate sulod sa Capitol Compound kon diin haum kini sa temang "Capitol Christmas In Wonderland."

Alayon niini gikatakdang adunay ipahigayon usab nga Nightly Cultural Presentation and Sharing "Handog Sa Pasko" nga pagasugdan sa December 15-23, 2014, pinaagi sa pag-abag sa municipal/city government, pribadong sektor ug ubang ahensya sa gobyerno nga nag-operate sulod sa probinsya sa Agusan del Norte.

Mamahimong abli ang Capitol compound matag gabii alang sa tanang buot mosaksi sa kaanindot sa talan-awon ug sa nakahan-ay na nga mga activities matag gabii. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)