(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Monday, 05 June 2023) Southwest Monsoon affecting the western section of Central and Southern Luzon. 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 Southwest Monsoon. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Light to Moderate winds coming Southwest to West will prevail with Slight to Moderate seas (1.0 to 2.1 meters).

Friday, July 28, 2017

KBP AgNor-Butuan City partners with PIA Caraga in 2017 exam

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 28 (PIA) – Having trust and confidence to the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) as the communication arm of the government, the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) Agusan del Norte-Butuan City chapter has recently partnered with the agency as the group aims to get higher number of examinees for the upcoming KBP exam here on August 26, 2017.

Engr. Romeo Zerrudo, KBP Agusan del Norte-Butuan City chapter president bared that the exam will be held at the Philippine Electronics Communications Institute of Technology (PECIT).

“The event will have two parts. The orientation and overview of the exam by the KBP chapter officers will be held in the morning, while the accreditation exam will be in the afternoon,” said Zerrudo.

Zerrudo added that examiners are to be enlisted in advance on August 11, 2017, as the chapter has to determine ahead as to how many will be participating on the 26th. The cost of the accreditation is P1,000.00 per person.

“Upon passing the examination, station managers must also submit an Accomplished Performance Management Evaluation for their examinees which need to be accredited by a station manager of a KBP member station. The validity of the said KBP accreditation is two years upon issuance,” Zerrudo reminded.

For more information on the said exam, interested examinees may contact KBP thru chapter secretary Carmen Docdocil at telephone number (085) 341-1023 local 802. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Weeklong activities set for 2017 ‘Adlaw Hong Butuan’

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 28 (PIA) – In celebration of this year’s 67th ‘Adlaw Hong Butuan’ (charter day) celebration, the city government here has lined-up several activities for the weeklong event from July 29 to August 2, 2017.

City mayor Ronnie Vicente Lagnada said the 2017 ‘Adlaw Hong Butuan’ dubbed “Switching ButuanON”, will highlight different activities which Butuanons could participate with all the government workers.

“The 67th Adlaw Hong Butuan is on August 2, but we prepared various activities for all Butuanons to enjoy. On July 29, there will be a Run-for-A-Cause at the Libertad Sports Complex, while on Sunday, July 30, a thanksgiving mass will be celebrated at the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) grounds at 6:00 a.m., followed by the Abayan Festival," underscored Lagnada.

"Mega Jobs Fair will also be held at the Robinsons Place atrium on the same day,” added Lagnada.

He also said that on July 31 (Monday), Butuanons are invited to witness the ‘Art in the Hall’ activity at the city hall lobby and Employees’ Night at the Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) Morelos Campus.

Also, on August 1, Mayor Lagnada will officiate a mass wedding to be held at Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, Butuan City. The Agri-Lympics activity will also be held at the city hall grounds on the same day, wherein Indigenous Peoples’ organizations will perform their rituals as they grace the activity.

Meanwhile, on August 2, Butuanons will convene at the Zamora Cemetery for the wreath-laying activity at 7:00 a.m.

The following pocket events will also be conducted at different venues: Basuralympics at the 43 service barangays; Senior Citizens Zumba, Agri-lympics and street kids feeding at the city hall grounds; bloodletting and free health check-up at Butuan Medical Center.

“The Cultural Night will be held at the FSUU gymnasium. The city government will be imparting to the people the city’s transformational roadmap, milestones, and accomplishments of my administration for the past year. I enjoin the people to contribute in switching Butuan ON as we collectively strive to transform the city into a livable, competitive, sustainable and smart-eco city – a Lagsik Na Dakbayan,” Lagnada highlighted.

It was also learned that part of the evening’s program is a Cultural show that will showcase the rich heritage of Butuan City as a Kingdom Reborn. Other entertainment shows are also lined-up to make the event more festive. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

DOST Caraga gears up to stage S&T innovations

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, July 28 (PIA) – Get the latest of the amazingly interesting science and technology (S&T) innovations that emerge this year as the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Caraga holds the 2017 Regional Science and Technology Week (RSTW) on August 8-13, 2017 at the Robinsons Place Butuan.

The 2017 RSTW will be highlighted with the activities that include: Launching of the Caraga Food Innovation Center; Conduct of the 2017 Regional Invention Contest and Exhibit (RICE); and Launching of the Geo-SAFER Mindanao, a project on Geo-informatics for the Systematic Assessment of Flood Effects and Risk for a Resilient Mindanao.

Part also of the activities are the week-long exhibit and sale of products from the MSMEs which are beneficiaries of technical support and assistance from DOST, Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Butuan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and other project partners.

 “This six-day activity aims to become an avenue for the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), government agencies, regional development council (RDC), academe, local government units (LGUs), chamber of commerce and industry, civil society organizations and other stakeholders to converge for a better appreciation of science and technology and the innovations in the region,” said DOST Caraga regional director Dominga Mallonga.

 Mallonga further said that there will be a turnover of computers and information, education and campaign (IEC) materials to municipalities for the project Enhancing Community Resilience thru S&T Intervention and Documenting Behaviour Change (Project STORRM), and conduct of technology for a and S&T contests.

This year’s theme is ‘Science for the People.’ A motorcade along the city thoroughfares will signal the kick-off activity on August 8 at 9:30 a.m.

“We are pleased to invite the public to witness and experience the interactive exhibits, S&T research and services, and technology-aided entrepreneurship,” said Mallonga. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)

Army to public: cooperate with security forces

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, July 28 (PIA) – The army official in Surigao del Sur urged the people of Surigao del Sur to cooperate with the security forces by providing timely and accurate information about the presence of the New People’s Army (NPA) in their area to prevent any terroristic activities.

"The timely information about the presence of the NPA can prevent terroristic activities against business establishments and communities.  We cannot let the NPA terrorists roam around and continue to sow fear and conduct economic sabotage in the province," said 402nd Brigade Commander Col. Franco Nemesio Gacal, in a press statement.

It can be recalled that on July 18, 2017, the NPA chopped down the ready to harvest banana plants owned by DOLE Stanfilco and burned six contract vehicles (five Isuzu Elf and one Bonggo truck) in Barangay Anahao Daan, Tago town.

After a week, two separate harassment incidents happen, the CAA Patrol Base in Matho, Cortes town and Pandanon Patrol Base in Barangay Pandanon this city were fired by the NPA.

Based on the report received from the 36 Infantry Battalion, one unarmed in a civilian attire trooper was killed in action after the NPA harassed the Pandanon Patrol Base. Accordingly, the trooper was there to conduct community support activities as part of the national government’s development effort.

Col. Gacal and 36th Infantry Battalion commander Lt. Col. Randolph Rojas both condemned the incidents. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)

NEDA 13 launches RDP 2017-2022 in Dinagat

By Susil D. Ragas

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, July 31 (PIA) – The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Caraga recently unveiled the Regional Development Plan (RDP) 2017-2022  through its provincial launching held in the municipality of Dinagat, this province.

The RDP is anchored on the 10-point Socioeconomic Agenda of the Duterte administration, which is geared towards realizing AmBisyon Natin 2040 of a “Matatag, Maginhawa, at Panatag na Buhay," that at the short-term, the RDP will lay down the foundation for inclusive growth, a high trust society, and a globally competitive knowledge economy at the regional level by 2022.

During the launching, NEDA Caraga regional director Mylah Faye Aurora Cariño stressed that by 2022, Caraga aims to become the “Fishery, Agro-Forestry, Mineral, and Eco-tourism Center of the Country” by developing the region’s abundant resources in fishery, agriculture, forestry, mining, and eco-tourism.

She said that NEDA chose Dinagat Islands as its first venue for the RDP 2017-2022 provincial launching since it is the newly-created province among the five provinces in Caraga.

"We want to send a message that the whole Caraga will not succeed if there is one province left behind. We encourage Dinagatnons to support your local government units and work together to achieve the mission and vision of the province," said Cariño.

On behalf of the provincial government of Dinagat Islands, provincial administrator Gwendolyn Ecleo-Pols expressed her heartfelt thanks to NEDA for its successful launching. She also vowed to support all the undertakings of the national government

Ecleo-Pols said the launching of RDP in the island truly manifested the sincere commitment of the national government towards the development of Dinagat Islands. (NEDA-13/PIA-Dinagat Islands)

'Sontok Kontra Droga' set in Surigao Norte

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, July 28 (PIA) – The Abante Surigao Development Organization (ASDOI) with the support of 2nd district representative Robert Ace S. Barbers and former Governor Lyndon S. Barbers will conduct an amateur boxing clinic dubbed "Sontok Kontra Droga" on August 4-6, 2017 to be held at the Robert Lance Hall, Villa Virginia Resthouse, Sitio Kinabutan, Barangay Rizal, this city.

The conduct of the said activity primarily aims to provide the venue for the youth to enhance their skills in boxing and provide boxing enthusiasts in the province a chance to be trained as potential boxers that can soon compete to boxing tournament.

The registration of the three-day boxing clinic is free and is open to all boxers and coaches of the different associations in the province.

The said activity is part of the series of activities for the youth and anti-illegal drugs campaign of Congressman Robert Ace S. Barbers and facilitated by ASDOI.

For those who are interested in joining, they may contact ASDOI Youth and Sports in-Charge Madel L. Eder at cellphone number 0910-0432277, 0912-7040777 or 0948-8335896. (Office of the 2nd Congressional District/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Surigao Norte mentees undergo module 7, HR management seminar

By Cresol A. Mantong

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, July 28 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Surigao del Norte provincial office in partnership with Go Negosyo and Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE) conducted the Human Management Seminar held recently at Hotel Tavern, this city.

The activity is the 7th of the 10th modules dubbed as Managing and Leading Employees of MSMEs as Valuable Human Capital under the Kapatid Mentor ME (KMME) Program of DTI, it was learned.

The said activity was participated by 20 micro-entrepreneurs enrolled as mentees on KMME program in the province, business counselors of different Negosyo Centers in the province and DTI personnel.

Learning coach and local mentor Dr. Dennis Prince Y. Germano said that human resource management is the system of attracting, training, developing, compensating and inspiring employees as valuable assets of MSMEs.

Dr. Germano added that compensation is not always the amount, but including other benefits that will make their employees feel appreciated, valued and motivated. He reminded the micro-entrepreneurs to treat their employees well, if not, others will.

During the seminar, participants learned the principles of Human Resource Management, the basic functions, global dynamics of HRM to MSMEs as well as the legal framework of managing and leading employees. (DTI-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Butuan cops ready for Adlaw Hong Butuan 2017

BUTUAN CITY, July 31 - Security measures are in place to ensure peaceful and secured Adlaw Hong Butuan 2017 July 29 to August 2, 2017, Caraga Police director Chief Supt Rolando Felix said.

A total of 90 cops will be deployed to the Adlaw Hong Butuan celebration aside from the troops from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and force multipliers to support the security operations.

The Philippine National Police, AFP, Local Government Units, other government agencies, and private sectors will collaborate to make this event successful.

“Making this Adlaw Hong Butuan celebration peaceful and orderly is our contribution to boost the tourism in Butuan City and attract more investors from different parts of the country and the world,” Felix affirmed.

He also appealed to the citizens to immediately report to the police suspicious activities in the area and to approach the nearest police assistance desks for any peace and order concern. (PNP-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

NPA member surrenders in Agusan Sur; yields 4 firearms

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, July 31 – A member of the New People’s Army (NPA) voluntarily surrendered to the Army’s 401st Brigade in Barangay Awa, Prosperidad, this province at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 28, 2017, bringing with him four high-powered firearms.

Rey Betos Valiente aka Carding, 39 years old, a member of Squad 1, Pulang Bagani Command (PBC) - 4, Southern Mindanao Regional Committee of the NPA, turned himself in after sending surrender feelers through a relative. He turned-over an AR18, an M1 Carbine, and two US M1 Garand rifles to the 401st Brigade.

The negotiation of his surrender was made successful through the joint efforts of 23rd Infantry Battalion, Agusan del Norte Police Provincial Office and 401st Brigade.

Valiente’s decision to abandon the armed struggle was due to the hardship he experienced. “Dili na nako makaya ang kalisod sa bukid, nagsige lang mi dagan ug walay pagkaon aron makalikay sa walay undang nga operasyon sa kasundalohan (I can no longer withstand the hardship in the mountains. We are always kept on the run, out of food evading the relentless operations of the military),” he said.

“Dako akong pasalamat sa higayon nga gihatag sa kasundalohan aron makauban nako ang akong pamilya sa hapsay nga pamuyo ug malipayon ko nga gitrato ko nila isip usa ka igsuon (I am very thankful to the Army for giving me a chance to live with my family peacefully, and I’m happy they treated me as a brother),” added Valiente.

Col. Andres Centino, 401st Brigade Commander, has directed the facilitation of the release of benefits due to Valiente.

“We are now facilitating the immediate release of his benefits under the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP). It is best for him to live in peace with his family and be counted as a productive citizen so that he can also inspire remaining NPA members to abandon the revolutionary movement and avail of the integration program,” he underscored. (401st Brigade, Phil. Army/PIA-Agusan del Sur)