(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, May 18, 2015

DOST-XII to launch PH Halal logo

By Daisy Jane M. Apit

BUTUAN CITY, May 18 (PIA) - The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region XII will be launching the Philippine Certified Halal Logo at the Philippine Halal Assembly, International Conference and Expo on June 3-5 at Marriott Grand Ballroom, Manila.

The introduction of the said logo, duly recognized by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), will make Philippine Halal products be accepted in the international market in accordance to the worldwide Halal standards. The logo is also compliant to the “One Standard, One Logo, One Test” rule of the OIC.

The event is focused on the development of Halal industry in the country aimed at increasing Halal products/exports especially to the OIC countries which are the main Halal food consumer market.

Organized by the DOST XII and Halal Development Council (HDC) MICE Middle East, the assembly and Expo, is an excellent platform in charting the country’s course towards a stronger Halal economy and a venue for unified action and synergized efforts and government and private sectors to boost Halal industry development.

The conference is expected to draw delegates and buyers from 40 countries like Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, India, China, Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, South Korea, Philippines, England, Italy, Canada, New Zealand, Europe and USA. 

International and Local top officials in the government and academe, industry leaders, speakers, dignitaries/VIPs, certification bodies, experts, buyers, traders, importers, chain stores and hypermarkets will be attending the event.

The mentioned affair will also provide an opportunity for local and international business to have a direct interaction and conduct networking for this market. (DJApit/PIA-Caraga)

NFA bares El NiΓ±o mitigating measures for SurSur

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, May 18 (PIA) – The National Food Authority (NFA) in Surigao del Sur bared recently the “El NiΓ±o mitigating measures” being implemented to lessen the impact of such severe climate disruption.

According to May Sara Atomar, NFA provincial manager, they are more focused on stepping up their palay procurement program, especially in San Miguel town, 31 kilometers south, this city.

The said town is also known as the rice granary of the province.

The NFA official however admitted that farmers in the locality are so used to selling their harvests to private traders.

On the other hand, during the past weeks, palay price has gone down to only P15.00 per kilo—a  situation NFA, which offers a much higher buying price of P17.00 per kilo, can come in and take advantage of.

Meanwhile, Atomar said that NFA here has ample stocks of rice, citing some 90,000 bags in their warehouses. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

TNHS launches Brigada Eskwela 2015

By Glen B. Pacot

BUTUAN CITY, May 18 (PIA) – The Taligaman National High School (TNHS) located at Barangay Taligaman here led on Monday the weeklong conduct of the Brigada Eskwela 2015 also known as the National Maintenance Week from May 18 to 23, 2015.

According to Dr. Marygold C. Silao, Principal - II of the TNHS, this year's school maintenance effort is inspired by the theme, “Tayo Para sa Kalikasan, Kaligtasan at Kahandaan ng Ating mga Paaralan.”

It engages all education stakeholders to contribute their time, effort and resources in ensuring that public school facilities are prepared in time for the forthcoming school opening.

Dr. Silao spearheaded the opening program at the school’s Multipurpose Hall where she emphasized the rationale of the weeklong activity.

After the opening program, everyone went to their assigned areas to work hand in hand to make the school disaster-prepared, ecologically conscious, clean and conducive to learning.

“The first day was well participated by parents, students, volunteers, supporters and concerned individuals and it is expected that more and more supporters will offer their skills, share their time and provide their in-kind support in the coming days,” said Dr. Silao.

Together with this enormous task were Homer P. Munda, General PTA President; Flosie B. Omes and Wilfreda J. Payosalan, Head Teachers; Glen B. Pacot, Faculty President; SSG Officers, parents, teachers, and students. (DepEd Butuan City Division, PIA-Agusan del Norte)

AFP, PNP vow to join Brigada Eskwela in SurSur

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, May 18 (PIA) – Both the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Surigao del Sur have assured to join the Department of Education (DepEd) here for the conduct of Brigada Eskwela.

Capt. Regie Go, civil military operations (CMO) officer of the 402nd Infantry Brigade under the 4th Infantry Division (4ID) of the Philippine Army (PA), said the endeavor is in compliance with the directive issued on April 27, 2015 by brigade commander Col. Isidro Purisima.

Earlier, a prior instruction has also been given to the brigade coming from the 4ID under Lt. Gen. Oscar Lactao.

Purisima, addressing the commanding officers (COs) of both the 36th Infantry Battalion (36IB) and 75th Infantry Battalion (75IB), told his men to coordinate with the DepEd at the provincial level, in this case with Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Marilou Dedumo, citing “Civil Affairs Activity.”

Meanwhile, acting PNP Provincial Director P/SSupt. Narciso Verdadero said a memorandum has also been issued last week reminding all lower units under him to take part in the Brigada Eskwela province-wide set on May 18-23, 2015.

The provincial chief cop pointed out that the annual conduct of Brigada Eskwela is aimed at gearing up for the upcoming opening of classes on June 1.

It was learned that Mario Deriquito, DepEd undersecretary for Partnerships and External Linkages, has issued a memorandum to all concerned DepEd regional chiefs dated May 4, 2015 regarding “this year’s National Schools Maintenance Week more known as Brigada Eskwela.” (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

53 SMED stakeholders participate in Negosyo Center Operation learning session

By Rodrigo R. Matabaran

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, May 18 (PIA) – A total of 53 Small and Medium Enterprise Development (SMED) counselors, members of the academe and a number of technical staff of banks and financing institutions, various national agencies and local government units from northern Mindanao provinces particularly in Region X and Caraga region attended the two-day session on Negosyo Centers operation held on May 13-14, 2015 at Hotel Tavern, this city.

The activity is purposely done to ensure an efficient and effective operation of the Negosyo Centers in their respective areas.  The activity also addresses some operational issues and concerns so that micro, small and medium size businesses in the communities will be adequately serve.

Depending on the type of operation and scope of service provided, Negosyo Centers are expected to provide business registration and/or facilitation services, implement business development programs and projects including support services for business conceptualization, development, management, financing facilitation, marketing, human resource capability building that will catalyze business start-up and operational sustainability.

Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV who is the principal author of Republic Act 10644 otherwise known as the “Go Negosyo Act” is the resource speaker during the two-day session and the guest of honor during the launching of the Surigao del Norte Negosyo Center established under the provincial administration of Governor Sol F. Matugas on May 15, 2015 at the Provincial Capitol Complex, this city.

More Negosyo Centers will be established in the coming months in other locations to serve increasing number of micro and small entrepreneurs in the countryside. (SDR/DTI-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Cebuano News: Gobyerno magpadayon sa pagpahibalo sa publiko bahin sa mga benepisyo sa Bangsamoro Basic Law

SURIGAO DEL SUR, May 18 (PIA) –Ang inisyatibo nga gibuhat sa gobyerno sa pagpahibalo kabahin sa Bangsamoro Basic Law  kon BBL magapadayon hangtud nga masabtan sa kinatibuk-ang publiko ang mga benepisyo sa pagbaton sa usa ka kasabutan sa kalinaw sa Muslim separatists sa Mindanao, sumala pa sa opisyal sa palasyo.

Sumala pa sa usa ka bag-ohay pa lamang nga gipagawas nga survey sa Social Weather Stations (SWS) kini mibutyag sa 23 porsyento sa mga Pilipino ang misuporta sa Bangsamoro Basic Law bisan tuod niadtong anaa sa kinauyokan nga mga dapit o sa Autonomous Region sa Muslim Mindanao adunay mga positibo nga pagdawat sa maong tanyag.

Nagkinhanglan kini og padayon nga pakiglambigit sa mga stakeholders, apan ang survey mao ang usa ka maayo nga timailhan alang sa gobyerno, si Deputy presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte miingon sa usa ka pakighinabi sa radyo niadtong Sabado.

Ang positibo nga pagdawat sa mga tawo sa ARMM sa BBL nagpasabot nga ilahang nakita ang diha-diha nga kaayohan sa Bangsamoro Basic Law ngadto sa ilahang komunidad, si Valte miingon.

"Samtang ang uban nga mga nasud, kini kinahanglan ... ang mga paningkamot sa pagpatin-aw sa BBL magapadayon, mga paningkamot aron sa pagkonsulta uban sa mga stakeholders magpadayon, sa panguna sa OPAPP (Office sa Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process), ang peace panel, ang peace advocates ug sa mga stakeholders nga miduyog sa pagsuporta sa BBL, (As to the rest of the country, it will have to be… the efforts to explain the BBL will continue, efforts to consult with stakeholders will continue, primarily led by the OPAPP (Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process), the peace panel, the peace advocates and the stakeholders that have come onboard to support the BBL)," dugang pa niya.

Sa usa ka interview sa Bombo Radyo dili pa lang dugay, si Presidente Aquino miingon nga ang pagpasa sa BBL sa gihapon anaa pa sa proseso ug ang duha ka mga lawak sa Kongreso nagpabilin nga nisaad alang sa pagpasa niini.

Apan si Aquino mitumbok nga siya og ang mga misuporta sa kalinaw makakaplag sa usa ka "watered-down” nga bersyon sa BBL nga dili madawat tungod kay kini mahimong katumbas sa pagkunhod sa mga benepisyo nga gihatag sa katawhan sa Bangsamoro.

Siya usab nagpadayag og paglaum nga ang mga sakop sa Kongreso Ad Hoc Committee kinsa mao karon ang naa sa proseso sa pagpalambo sa mga gisugyot nga BBL, ingon usab mao karon giisip nga usa ka makasaysayanon nga pagpasa aron kini mahimo nga hingpit nga balaod.

Ag pagrepaso sa maong bill mamahimomg makatabang sa pagduso sa Bangsamoro ngadto sa malungtaron nga kalinaw ug tinuod nga kalamboan sa Mindanao, ang Presidente miingon. (NGBT/PND/PIA-Surigao del Sur)