(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).

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

95% of police hotlines, personal numbers of PNP officers regionwide are working

By Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY, April 28 (PIA) - Ninety-five percent of the almost three hundred police hotlines and personal numbers of the police officers (from the Regional Director down) are working, said a senior police official here on Friday.

Police Regional Office13 chief spokesperson PSupt. Martin M. Gamba said that he had tasked his personnel at the PRO 13 PIO since Wednesday to check on the PNP hotlines and personal numbers of the Police Regional Office 13 Headquarters, Provincial Police Offices, City Police Offices and police stations and the municipal police stations all over the region.

”It was found out that 95 percent so far of the police hotlines and personal number of the officials from our regional director down to the lower units and those of the support units all over the region are working. It is accessible for calling or texting to any person who are in emergency or in need of police assistance.  We need however to re-check the five percent and to ascertain why they seemed not to be working at the moment,” Gamba said.

He said the move was initiated by the Regional Tactical Operations Center (RTOC) which tasked the public information office to do the checking.

He said that it is to ensure that the police hotlines and personal numbers of the offices and officers concerned from the command group headed by the regional director, the directorial staff, the personal staff/support office, the national support units, the city, provincial and municipal police stations are working 100 percent in line with their program dubbed as “Text Information to the Police for a Speedy and Timely Emergency Response (T.I.P.S.T.E.R.),” Gamba said. (PNA/PIA-Caraga)

Butuan, AgNor youngsters finish skills training

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, April 28 (PIA) – More constituents from the province of Agusan del Norte have finished the skills training provided by Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

This, after series of graduation exercises and toolkits distributions were conducted recently in different municipalities of the province.

A total of 667 trainees from the Butuan City Manpower Training Center (BCMTC) have received training certificate from the Agusan del Norte Provincial Office of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

During the recent graduation ceremony held at the city hall lobby here, TESDA-Agusan del Norte OIC-Provincial Dir. Emma R. de Villa has conferred upon the 15 graduates in the Heavy Equipment Operation (HEO)-Wheel Loader.

Another 15 trainees were conferred graduates in the HEO-Hydraulic Excavator, 16 for Massage Therapy NC II, 54 in the Basic Plumbing, 94 in the Basic Electrical Installation and Maintenance, 8 in the Basic Auto-Electrical and 45 in the Food Processing.

Under the Community-Based Training Program, a total of 56 trainees have graduated in the Siomai and Camote Making, 22 in the Burger Patties Making, 108 in the Body Massage, Soap Making – 31, Table Skirting – 52, Footwear Making – 21, Candle-making – 27, Floor wax making – 31, Nail Care Services – 48, and Chicharon Making – 24.

In her speech, Dir. De Villa pointed out that being a TESDA graduate means a lot. “This simply means that the skills you have acquired are world-class and can compete with other skilled workers around the globe,” De Villa said.

Meanwhile, trainees from the Northern Mindanao School of Fisheries (NMSF) and the Agusan del Norte Provincial Training Center were able to receive toolkits from TESDA Officials under the Special Training for Employment Program (STEP).

According to Dir. De Villa, the program was implemented thru the leadership of 2nd District Cong. Erlpe John M. Amante who has allocated some Php 3.5 million in 2014 to see to it that young people of Agusan del Norte will be equipped with necessary skills to be productive citizens in the community.

Dir. De Villa added the good Congressman has again allocated some Php 1-million for the program to be implemented this year.

Under this program, 97 trainees have graduated under the Install Wiring and Lighting Devices leading to Electrical Installation and Maintenance NC II; 70 graduated in the Shielded Metal Arc Welding NC I; and 33 in the Gas Engine Tune-up leading to Automotive Servicing NC II. All graduates under this program have received toolkits from TESDA.

In a related development, 42 trainees in the Las Nieves Training Center in Brgy. Mat-i, Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte have finished SMAW NC I and each received portable welding machine from Dir. De Villa.

In this municipality, the TWSP was implemented through the Congressional Office of Atty. Lawrence Lemuel H. Fortun of the 1st District of Agusan del Norte covering Butuan City and Las Nieves. (TESDA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

DA taps media to bolster farm mechanization campaign

By Daisy C. Cabigayan

BUTUAN CITY, April 28 (PIA) - The Department of Agriculture (DA) RFO XII together with the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development Mechanization (PhilMech) met the local media here to boost the campaign on Farm Mechanization held at Goat2Geder Hotel and Restaurant, this city.

Dr. Rodolfo P. Estigoy, Science Research Specialist and Chief of Applied Communication Division of PhilMech, said that Farm Mechanization is a new way of helping the farmers in producing higher yield with the help of newly invented technologies. “Mechanization can increase yield, lower the labor cost, reduce losses, and if it reduce losses therefore it increase rice availability and affordability,” Estigoy said.

To fully brief the media, Dr. Estigoy presented videos about “Agrinovations.”

“These new innovations are system’s approach invented by PhilMech and made especially for the farmers to make farm activities easier,” he added.

“Agrinovations” are important tools that improve farm production especially from the time of planting their crops, during harvest and post-harvest period.

Machineries in “Agrinovations” include: Mini-Combine Harvester; Rice Transplanter; Compact Corn mill; Cassava Digger; Ten-row Onion Planter; Brown rice Huller and; Belt-Dryer for Granulated Cassava.

In support to farm mechanization, DA turned-over 53 units of floating tillers to the various farmers’ associations in the different municipalities regionwide. Additional 37 hand tractors with implements were also distributed to other farmer associations who were next in line beneficiaries. The said intervention is aimed to boost and sustain the rice production in Caraga Region.

DA-RFO 13 acting director III Nicandro M. Navia Jr. thanked the media for being active partners of the department in disseminating information.

To promote and encourage farmers to adopt the use of mechanized farm equipments, a week-long Farm Mechanization Caravan followed after the media briefing. (DA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

DTI notes price decrease of milk products

By Rodrigo R. Matabaran

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Apr. 28 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) here noted a decrease in the prices of milk products as per recent monitoring conducted from April 14-15, 2015.

DTI Price Monitoring Officer Lourdes A. Chua said that Alaska Powdered Milk 150ml had reduced from PhP45.15 to PhP44.15, Birch Tree Full Cream Milk 150gm from PhP58.10 to PhP57.10 and Bear Brand 150gm from PhP51.00 to PhP50.00. 

The price reduction is equivalent to about 1.72 percent to 1.96 percent over the prices monitored the second week of March.

Also, two major retail establishments namely, Absolute Traders, Inc. and TT & Company pulled out from their shelves a number of CDO canned meat products that had exceeded the suggested retail prices (SRP). (SDR/DTI-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

DSWD 4Ps in SurSur produces 37 valedictorians

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Apr. 28 (PIA) - Around 37 students in Surigao del Sur benefiting under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) graduated valedictorians.

In a report presented by Meiraflor Cabigon, provincial link officer of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Provincial Operation Office based in this city, that out of 90 valedictorians regionwide, 37 of them are from the province of Surigao del Sur.

Cabigon said that the province of Dinagat islands has 19 student-beneficiaries followed by Agusan del Norte with 16 students, Agusan del Sur with 12 students and six students from Surigao del Norte.

For students with honors, out of 931 in Caraga, still the province of Surigao del Sur led among the other provinces regionwide with 289 students. It was followed by the province of Agusan del Sur with 248 students, Agusan del Norte with 187 students, province of Dinagat islands with 113 students and Surigao del Norte with 94 students.

For students with awards, Caraga has recorded a total of 78 students where 41 students are from Agusan del Norte; 16 from Agusan del Sur; 14 from Surigao del Sur; five from Surigao del Norte and two from Dinagat Islands.

Cabigon also revealed that the province of Agusan del Sur has the most number of 4Ps household beneficiaries in the region. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

DAR’s Credit Program helps AgNor farmers finance rice production

By Gil E. Miranda

BUTUAN CITY, April 28 (PIA) - The Department of Agrarian Reform in Agusan del Norte through the Agrarian Production Credit Program (DAR-APCP) in partnership with the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) provided with a total of P3.1 million for rice production covering an area of 99 hectares to 61 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) in Agusan del Norte in 2014. This was disclosed by OIC-Chief of Program Beneficiaries Development Division (PBDD) Raul Hermoso during the discussion of the 2014 accomplishment.

The said recipients composed of two groups are New Generation Organic Farmers Producers Cooperative (NGOFPC) and Taguibo IPM Irrigators Association, Inc. in Los Angeles, Taguibo, Sumilihon and Sto. Nino Agrarian Reform Community (LATASS ARC).

Rita Gerbolingo, farmer-beneficiary who tilled the 2.75 hectares of land said, “mapasalamaton gayod ako kay barato ang interest diin moresulta kini sa dako nga kita sa pagpanguma (I am thankful because aside from low interest, my income in farming has expanded)."

“Thanks to credit assistance of DAR, some of the farmers' needs are now met,” Gerbolingo added.

LBP Lending Department Manager Engr. Jimmy P. Arco said that APCP intended only for ARBs indorsed by DAR whose loan amount availed by each ARB depends on the total hectare of awarded land under land distribution program of DAR.

The Agrarian Production Credit Program (APCP) is the convergence initiative of DAR, Department of Agriculture (DA) and Land Bank of the Philippines to pool resources and expertise to help ARBs in credit, with insurance package in partnership with the Philippines Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) leading to boost farmers economic advancement. (DAR-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

Cebuano News: Gobyerno misaad sa pagpanalipod sa katungod sa mga trabahante

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Abril 28 (PIA) - Ang gobyerno magpadayon sa pagpanalipod sa mga katungod sa mga trabahante, subay sa gilagda sa Batakang Balaod, sumala pa sa opisyal sa Makanyang kagahapon, adlaw nga Lunes.

Sa pamulong ni Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda sa usa ka press briefing siya mitumbok nga ang kalambuan sa Bureau of Labor Standards maoy kabahin sa mga pagpanigkamot sa gobyerno nga mopalambo sa kahimtang sa mga mamumuo sa nasud.

Si Secretary Lacierda miingon nga sumala sa Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), ang gidaghanon sa mga welga sa kada tuig gilimitahan lamang nga dili mokbat sa 10 kon ubos pa niini.

Siya usab miingon sa 159 ka notisya sa welga nga gipasaka sa miaging tuig, duha lamang ang giduso niini.

Sumala pa ni Lacierda, mao kini ang resulta sa pagpanigkamot sa DOLE sa pagpatuman sa Single Entry Approach, diin ang “labor cases” mosubay sa prosesong 30-day conciliation-mediation period.

"Kami gusto nga mahimong mag-uban sa pag-uswag ug sa ingon nga kami gusto nga ang mga negosyo molambo aron nga makapangempleyado kini og mga trabahante, kami usab nahibalo ug naghunahuna sa ilang mga panginahanglan aron sa pagsiguro nga ang kahimtang sa atong mga mamumuo, sa atong mga empleyado usab mapalambo ug mapanalipdan. Magpadayon kita sa pagbuhat niana. Among tumong niini: Kami buot nga molantaw sa mga mamumuo og mga tigdumala isip kabahin sa pagpalambo, dili ingon nga mga kaaway, (We would like to be partners in progress and as much as we'd like the businesses to thrive so that we can employ more workers, we are also very consciously aware and mindful of their need to make sure that the plight of our laborers, our employees are also amply enhanced and protected. So we continue to do that. Our position is that: We would like to see labor and management as partners in progress, not as adversaries)," si Lacierda miingon.

Sa dihang gipangutana sa pagkomentaryo kabahin sa taho nga ang Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) mohunong sa paghupot og mga dayalogo uban ang gobyerno, si Lacierda nagkanayon nga "kita magpadayon sa paghimo sa bisan unsa nga sektor nga andam maminaw kanato (we will continue to engage any sector that is willing to listen to us)."

"Kami kanunay nga nakigpulong ngadto sa TUCP. Adunay pipila ka mga isyu nga gihisgutan uban sa Secretary sa Labor ug kita padayon nga mohisgot niaana. Tingali, ang uban niana dili mao sa ilang bug-os nga katagbawan, apan kita sa pagkatinuod mitubag sa ubay-ubay’ng isyu, kon dili man, sa mga isyu nga ilang gipatigbabaw, ug kami magpadayon sa pagbuhat sa ingon (We have always spoken to TUCP. There are certain issues that have been discussed with the Secretary of Labor and we continue to discuss those things. Perhaps, some of them may not be to their entire satisfaction but we have certainly addressed a number, if not most, of the issues that they have raised; and we will continue to do so), " siya miingon.

"Kita sa kanunay makig-istorya sa mga tawo nga gusto nga mohisgot sa mga butang uban kanato. Apan kon sila dili, kini mao ang atong obligasyon sa pagpadayon sa pagpakigbisog alang niini ug sa pagpanalipod sa mga katungod sa atong mga mamumuo. Kana ang obligasyon nga gimando sa konstitusyon. Nakakantar kana sa Konstitusyon. Kini mao ang atong trabaho isip mga sakop sa nasyonal nga panggamhanan nga mohatag og proteksyon sa atong mga trabahante (We always talk to people who would like to discuss matters with us. But if they chose not to, it is our obligation to continue to fight for it and protect the rights of our workers. That is a constitutionally mandated obligation. It is in the Constitution. It is our job as members of the national government to provide protection for our workers),” dugang pa sa opisyal sa Palasyo.

Samtang ang mga nasud-aw sa umaabot nga selebrasyon sa “Labor Day” sa Mayo 1, si Lacierda milaum sa mas maayo nga pakigrelasyon sa mga nagkadaiyang sektor, diin siya miingon nga gikinahanglan ang pagtinabangay alang sa kaayohan sa nasud. (NGBT/PND/PIA-Surigao del Sur)