(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, July 26, 2016

Female cops turn-over bed sheets, hygiene materials, school supplies to elementary pupils

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 26 (PIA) – The Philippine National Police (PNP) Ladies Club here had recently turned-over some bed sheets, hygiene materials, and school supplies to Butuan City Public Safety Company (BCPSC) headed by PSupt. Excelso Lazaga and distributed to the pupils of Santa Cruz Elementary School in Barangay Manila de Bugabus, this city.

Led by PInsp. Mary Analiah Dungo, the PNP Ladies Club has initiated the distribution of said materials to the students as they support the “Adopt Pupils” Program.

“It is also in preparation for our upcoming Community Intervention and Information Operation Activity. We are optimistic that with this little effort, we can help the pupils in the area,” expressed Dungo.

Dungo further bared that there are some 251 pupil-beneficiaries from the said school who also deserve to have such materials considering that they are situated in the far-flung areas of the city.  (JPG/MGBO/PIA-Caraga)

Army commander recognizes reserve force as most dependable partner in pursuing peace, development

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 25 (PIA) – "The Philippine reserve force is the most dependable partner of the government in pursuing peace and development in the region, and in the country as a whole."

This was the statement of Lieutenant General Leonardo Guerrero, Eastmincom commanding general of the Philippine Army read on his behalf by deputy commander BGen. Ronnie Evangelista during the closing ceremony of the 37th National Reservist Week celebration held on Sunday at the Libertad Sports Complex, this city.

Guerrero further underlined that the reserve force should be recognized as they continue to take the challenges and help in protecting the lives and welfare of the people.

Meantime, Lt. Col. Georgito Posesano, PAF (RES), in his welcome message, emphasized the relevance of the reserve force in government activities. “You have an active partner of the government in all its endeavors and you contribute a lot to nation-building as professional individuals,” he cited.

Also, BGen. Evangelista reiterated that the real challenge of being a reservist is to be developed, trained, and organized. He further recognized the efforts of the reservists to become trained and equipped to respond to the call of their duties for humanitarian service and rescue, and encouraged them to continue to assist in advancing peace and development.

Meanwhile, the said activity was also highlighted with the Pass-in-Review of the reserve force.

A reservist is a person who is a member of a military reserve force. They are otherwise civilians, and in peacetime have careers outside the military. Reservists usually go for training on an annual basis to refresh their skills. This person is usually a former active-duty member of the armed forces, and they remain a reservist either voluntarily, or by obligation. (JPG/VLG, PIA-Caraga)

AgSur guv gives 'grace period' to prov’l employees on illegal drug test

By David M. Suyao

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, July 26 (PIA) – Agusan del Sur Governor Adolph Edward Plaza gave a “grace period” to all the provincial government employees for the conduct of illegal drug test but also emphasized that he will not hesitate to remove anybody from service found to be positive using the illegal drugs in spite of the “grace period” given to them.

“The immediate conduct of drug test to our employees in the provincial government without warning them to stop or advising them to submit themselves voluntarily means hostility. If they will be found guilty of using the illegal drugs, of course they will be penalized or to the extent of removing them from service. In this case, we are no longer helping our colleagues in the government service but instead, we are adding problems and burden to them and their families. But if found guilty after the grace period, I think it is already fair that we act on them,” Gov. Plaza said.

During the conduct of orientation on substance use recovery and enlightenment (SURE) program, Gov. Plaza advices participants to shamelessly and voluntarily submit themselves to psychiatric examination if they feel themselves under depression and anxiety because these body disturbances are one of the main causes that a person would shift and become dependent to drugs.

“Do not be ashamed to open yourselves for a psychiatric examination. People who understand you will even appreciate you for saving yourself and your family from the evil of drugs and other vices. There is nothing better than to be a normal and productive citizen,” Gov. Plaza said.

According to Gov. Plaza, people who suffer depression and anxiety should seek the help groups called alcoholic anonymity or the narcotics anonymity for services, unity and recovery where the provincial government will soon establish upon the establishment of the Outreach Drop-In Program.

“We have already organized a team of experts that conducts screening to all who submitted themselves as drug users and pushers province-wide. At the same time, the team also conducts intensified information campaign province-wide on the ill effects of illegal drugs and the ways to avoid them. Temporarily, the team is occupying an office at the back of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office ready to address drug related issues,” Gov. Plaza said.

Presently, the provincial government is fast tracking the establishment of the Outreach Drop-In Center at the Provincial Government Center that will cater seriously affected victims of illegal drugs. For mildly affected, they will be treated in their own municipalities. (AgSur PIO/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Agusan NHS offers free sign language training

By Ederlina R. Jampac

BUTUAN CITY, July 26 (PIA) - The Agusan National High School (ANHS) is now offering a free training on basic sign language.

With the theme “Spread the Love through the Hands,” the training aims to learn communicating with the deaf and the mute in order to foster understanding, love, and respect to these differently-abled individuals.

ANHS invites teachers, deaf and mute students, and interested individuals to join the Basic Sign Language training every Saturday, from 1:30 p.m.  to 5:00 p.m., starting July 23 to August 27, 2016 at the ANHS SPED Resource Room.

This training is offered for free by the teachers of the Special Education program (SPED) of ANHS. (DepEd Butuan City Division/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

Surigao Norte guv leads blessing of dental health bus

By John Glenn A. Platil

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, July 26 (PIA) - Surigao Norte Governor Sol Matugas leads the blessing of the dental health bus donated by the Department of Health (DOH) to the Provincial Health Office (PHO) after the regular Monday morning sharing of the provincial government held recently at the Provincial Convention Center, this city.

The said dental health bus is a modern facility complete with dental equipment and state-of-the-art gears and apparatus. It was learned that another dental health bus is set to operationalize in Siargao.

According to Dr. Francisco Lasala, his team is committed to do the best things that they can offer in line with the ‘Marajaw Panlawas’ advocacy of Gov. Matugas.

He added that the services tendered are very much affordable, including check-up and prior consultations, as well as the necessary medicines and other dental operations. (PGO-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

PNP condemns abduction of 3 cops, 1 civilian employee in Surigao Norte town

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, July 26 (PIA) – The Philippine National Police (PNP) Regional Office 13 denounced and deeply condemned the atrocity conducted by the lawless armed group with the recent abduction of three PNP members and one Non-Uniformed Personnel (NUP) on Sunday, July 24, 2016 in Barangay Cagtinae, Malimono town.

The four abducted victims identified as SPO3 Santiago B. Lamanilao, presently assigned at the Surigao City Police Station; PO3 Jayroll H. Bagayas, PO2 Caleb C. Sinaca and NUP Rodrigo T. Angob, all assigned at Malimono Municipal Police Station were abducted by more or less 10 lawless armed group wearing military uniform believed to be members of the New People's Army (NPA).

According to the witnesses, the victims were seen tied in both hands while being brought to the mountainous area.

The PNP-Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) Caraga in coordination with the Armed Forces of the Philippine (AFP) are conducting hot pursuit and checkpoint operations and exerting its relentless effort to track down and locate the abductors and bring them to justice.

Further, the Crisis Management Committee of Malimono headed by Mayor Teodoro F. Sinaca was activated to effectively handle the present crisis situation in the area.

All line units of the PNP-Regional Office 13 were placed on full alert status and directed to be extra vigilant and implement Target Hardening Security Measures to pre-empt NPA’s hostile plans and other threat groups-related violent activities;

The public is assured that the PNP in collaboration with the AFP will remain relentless in maintaining the peace and order in the region. The PNP is also calling the NPA members to lay down their arms, abandon the armed struggle and return to the comfort of their families and assist the police in the enforcement agencies in bringing peace in the region.

The PNP and government troops solicit the active support of the public to help in locating the whereabouts of the suspects for their immediate arrest by giving relevant information to the authorities through the social media (twitter or Facebook Page-Philippine National Police or through the following: Dial 117 or text 2920 Regional Tactical Operation Center (RTOC) hotline number- Globe: 0906-320-0220- Smart: 0998-970-1176 or Surigao del Norte PPO TOC: 09985580966. (PNP-Regional Office 13, PPO-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Tagalog News: 37th National Reservist Week matagumpay na idinaraos sa lungsod ng Butuan

Ni Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, July 26 (PIA) - Daan-daang laang kawal o mga tinaguriang reservists ang muling nagtitipon-tipon kasabay sa pagdiriwang ng 37th National Reservist Week na idinaraos kamakailan lang dito sa lungsod.

Sa temang, “Laang kawal na naghahanda at nagsasanay tungo sa mapayapa, masagana at maunlad na bayan,” ang nasabing selebrasyon ay naaayon sa mahalagang kontribusyon ng bawat reservist bilang protektor ng sambayanan sa pamamagitan ng pagpapalaganap ng panloob na seguridad at katatagan ng bansa, partisipasyun sa panahon ng emerhensya, at pagsasagawa ng aktibidades tungo sa pangkalahatang kaunlaran.

Ayon pa kay Col. Maning Tawantawan, group commander ng 15th Regional Community Defense Group o RCDG, na sa kabila ng pagharap sa mga hamon nito muli niyang hinihikayat ang mga reservist na makilahok lalung-lalo na sa pagsagawa ng mga humanitarian at rescue services.

Ayon sa kanya ang RCDG ay lalo pang pinapalakas sa pamamagitan ng pag-oorganisa ng joint task force ng Navy, Philippine Army at Air Force. Tinatayang umabot na ng 559 na malalakas at masigasig na reservists meron sa probinsiya ng Agusan del Norte.

Inimbitahan din ni Col. Tawantawan ang sinumang kwalipikado na sumali sa pwersa ng reservist kung saan sasailalim sa paghahanda sa pamamagitan ng lectures at pagsasanay hinggil nito.

“Kabilang sa benepisyo ng bawat miyembro ang probisyon ng uniporme, libreng panghimpapawid na transportasyon sakay ng C130, at iba pang ayudang pinansyal sa mga regular at aktibong miyembrong gumaganap ng kani-kanilang tungkulin sa serbisyo,” dagdag pa ni Tawantawan.

Ang nasabing okasyon ay dinaluhan din ni BGen. Ronnie Evangelista, deputy commander ng Eastern Mindanao Command. Ayon kay Evangelista, ang presensya ng mga reservist sa selebrasyon ay testamento umano ng kanilang makabuluhang pakikibaka bilang frontrunners ng socio-economic development at maasahang kaakibat sa pagtupad ng Armed Forces of the Philippines mission, na may integridad, lakas at dangal.

Ginanap naman ang isang pass-in-review bilang isa sa mga highlights sa closing ceremony ng nasabing selebrasyon. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)