Friday, January 20, 2017

Army rescues flood-affected residents in Caraga

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 20 (PIA) – As the tail end of a cold front brought floodings in several municipalities in Caraga region and caused displacement of local residents, the Fourth Infantry Division (4ID) of Philippine Army along with its infantry battalions in the provinces has taken the action and rescued the communities from risks and harm.

Major General Benjamin Madrigal Jr., commanding general of the 4ID, Philippine Army, has assured the general public that the army will protect the lives of the people and ensure their safety at all times, especially during calamity/emergency.

“The Philippine Army is committed to serve and protect the people of the land. In times of calamity/disaster, we will never hesitate to extend help and assistance to the communities. We take pro-active measures to safeguard the lives of the people and keep them safe,” stressed Madrigal.

MGen. Madrigal also underlined that despite heavy rains and floods, the different battalions in the provinces have actively responded to the flood-affected communities and saved lives of hundreds of individuals.

It can be recalled that on Thursday, the personnel of Charlie company 23rd Infantry Battalion led by commanding officer 2Lt Roel Maglalang, together with Esperanza, Agusan del Sur vice mayor Eric Rey Siohan, Municipal Local Government Operations Officer (MLGOO) Eugene Seraspe, Search and Rescue Agusan del Sur (SARAS) personnel Jefrey Austriro and municipal administrator Michelle Templado conducted disaster visitation at Barangay Hawilian and assisted the flood-affected families and ensured their safety.

On the same date, the group also led the conduct of evacuation of the flood-affected populace of barangay Batohon, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur as the floodwaters continue to rise and may risk the lives of the residents.

On Jan. 19, 2017, the same team also helped motorists in their transportation thru pump boats as the Agusan River overflowed at Batohon-Hawilian, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur road going to Las Nieves of Agusan del Norte, which was not then passable by light vehicles.

Also, in response to the alarming rise of water level in La Paz and Loreto, Agusan del Sur due to continuous rains, the 401st Brigade under the command of Col. Cristobal Zaragoza has deployed a team with response vehicle at the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC); emplaced an officer from 26IB to municipal DRRMCs; deployed a platoon in Loreto area for ready response operations; deployed another officer that leads section of 26 Infantry Brigade with vehicle in La Paz area for disaster response operation.

Meanwhile, the Civil Military Operations (CMO) Battallion deployed one team with officer and vehicle at RDRRMC for coordination and monitoring.

The 30IB commanding officer Lt. Col. Rico Amaro also attended the Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment (PDRA) meeting with other members of the PDRRMC/CDRRMC of Surigao City; conducted visitation and monitoring of the weather condition at PDRRMC Office in Surigao del Norte. One squad led by 1Lt Ken Enciso has assisted the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO), as well as the MDRRMO of Surigao del Norte in the repacking of relief goods.

With all these, the good commander also recognized the active collaboration of the different government agencies and concerned citizens to address the calamity that affects the communities in Caraga region. He also reiterated that the Philippine Army would continue to give its best as they do their duties and responsibilities for the Filipino people. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Heavy rain prompts Surigao Norte, Dinagat Islands to suspend classes

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Jan. 20 (PIA) – Heavy rain on Wednesday prompted the provinces of Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Islands to suspend classes in all levels until Thursday, Jan. 19.

The suspension of classes was declared by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council of Surigao City after an alert level 2 was raised by PAGASA Surigao for continuous rainfall and some low lying areas downtown are already flooded. Several domestic flights were also cancelled, it was learned.

As per information from Gilbert Gonzales of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) Surigao del Norte, there are no casualties and major damages have been reported so far in the province.

In Dinagat Islands, heavy rainfall also forced the suspension of classes on Thursday, Jan. 19 in the municipalities of Loreto, Basilisa, San Jose, Dinagat and Cagdianao.

According to Dinagat Islands PDRRMO officer Rosario "Inday" Roxas-Alon, the province only experienced intermittent heavy rainfall. "The suspension of classes is just a preemptive measure considering the terrain of the province which is prone to landslide," said Alon.

Alon said the suspension of classes is already lifted today.

Meanwhile, the Surigao del Norte PDRRMO, Dinagat Islands PDRRMO and Surigao City DRRMO are now conducting post-assessment/evaluation to the affected areas. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Corporate rice farming to address needed rice supply

By Rhea  C. Abao

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 20 (PIA) - The Department of Agriculture's (DA's) commitment to ensuring available and affordable food for all, and help the farmers attain a decent income is intensified through various interventions and programs implemented on the ground.

The creation of the Corporate Rice Farming Program (CRFP) aims to provide a mechanism to support the implementation of special programs such as the rice subsidy scheme of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) particularly the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps.)

In Caraga Region, DA has forged a partnership with the Farm Service Providers (FSP) in the region such as the Sto. Niño Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SNMPC) from Butuan City and Agusanon Para sa Bag-ong Pilipino Inc. (AGUS PINOY) Cooperative from San Francisco, Agusan del Sur to address the needed requirement of the program.

"In the region, SNMPC and AGUS PINOY committed to providing rice supply to selected 4Ps program areas in the second semester of 2017 for Butuan City and the Province of Agusan del Sur as pilot areas for CRFP," said Rebecca R. Atega, Chief of the DA Caraga - Field Operations Division.

SNMPC will serve 2,095 4Ps household beneficiaries in Butuan City while AGUS PINOY committed to served 15,219 beneficiaries for the Province of Agusan del Sur. Each household will receive 18 kgs of rice good for six months. With that, a total of 17,314 beneficiaries will be catered by CRFP.

"We did not hesitate to help the government's initiative to provide available and affordable food for all because this is also our time to pay back from the assistance we have also received from the government. It is our honor to be a partner for this good endeavor," explained Marilyn Aranas, Chairperson of SNMPC.

With this partnership, DA will provide each FSP the appropriate farm inputs, technologies, and services to increase their farm productivity and ensure an adequate supply of rice for the targeted number of beneficiaries. The Land Bank of the Philippines will also establish a lending window for the FSP as they participate in the program.

"CRFP could provide additional income to local farm service providers and farmers. This promotes local food autonomy. In the light of the lifting of quantitative restrictions on rice by June 30, 2017, this program is a timely intervention to provide marketing assistance to the rice farmers," said Director Leo P. Cañeda, a member of the Secretary's Technical Advisory Group (STAG).

With President Duterte's directive to the DSWD to provide rice subsidy to the 4Ps beneficiaries, the DA aims to contribute to its successful implementation by ensuring continuous rice supply through CRFP. (DA-Caraga Information Section/PIA-Caraga)


DTI commits to support DAR's farmer biz school project

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Jan. 20 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) committed to support the Department of Agrarian Reform in its implementation of the project dubbed “Capacity Building of Small Farmers in Entrepreneurial Development of Market Access” through the establishments of Farmer Business School (FBS) by providing technical assistance through trainings and coaching on value addition of their products for global competitiveness as well as entrepreneurial development schemes.

FBS aims to help the Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Organization (ARBO) build knowledge and skills to make their farms more profitable and help farmers learn how to make their farming enterprises and overall farm operations profitable and able to respond to market demands.

A signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the said commitment was done during the Farmer Business School On-site Launching recently at Barangay Union, Dapa in Siargao Island.

Implementing partners who signed the said MOA include Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) - Caraga, Provincial Government of Surigao del Norte and the Municipal Local Government of Dapa town.

Twenty five sessions of FBS will be implemented within four months at the PUSO NG DAPA Agrarian Reform Community particularly at Union Agri-Aqua Cooperative (UNAACO), one of the assisted ARBOs of DAR-SDN. (DAR-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Tagalog News: Ilang bayan at lungsod sa rehiyon ng Caraga lubog sa tubig-baha

Ni Venus L. Garcia

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Enero 20 (PIA) - Dahil sa malakas at patuloy na buhos ng ulan na dulot ng Tail-end of Cold Front dito sa rehiyon ng Caraga, umabot na sa 1,829 na pamilya o 8,211 indibidwal ang apektado at ito ay inaasahang tataas pa kung hindi huhupa ang pag ulan. Nasa 1,815 na pamilya o 7,909 na indibidwal naman ang lumikas sa mga evacuation centers upang pansamantalang manatili, ayun sa tala ng Caraga Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC).

Sinuspindi na rin ang mga klase sa lahat ng antas ng paaralan sa Agusan del Sur, Agusan del Norte at Butuan City.

Tatlumpu’t lima namang pamilya o isang daan at siyam na indibidwal ang nagsilikas sa bayan ng RTR, Agusan del Norte gawa ng pagtaas ng water level.

Sa isang subdibisyon sa lungsod ng Surigao at ilang pangunahing daan sa siyudad ng Butuan naman ay lubog na sa tubig-baha at hirap nang madaanan.

Aabot naman sa humigit kumulang 50 na mga barangay ang nakararanas ng mga pagbaha dulot ng pag-apaw ng Agusan river at tributaries nito. Naka red alert na rin ang lokal na pamahalaan dito.

Sa Agusan del Sur, matindi namang tinamaan ng baha ang mga bayan ng La Paz, Bunawan, Talacogon, Loreto, San Luis at Veruela kung saan half-submerged o halos hanggang bubong na ang tubig-baha sa ilang kabahayan.

Samantala, naitala rin ang isang nawawalang 22 years old na lalaki sa Agusan del Sur na naitangay umano sa malakas na agos ng tubig-baha.

Isang clearing operation naman sa nagyaring landslide ang isinagawa sa Lingig, Surigao del Sur.

Ayon kay Lolita Vinalay, chief meteorological officer ng Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Butuan, inaasahang bubuti na ang panahon ngayong weekend. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)