(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Monday, 19 November 2018) At 3:00 AM today, the center of Tropical Depression SAMUEL was estimated based on all available data at 665 km East Southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur (06.9⁰N, 132.2⁰E) with maximum sustained winds of 55 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 65 km/h. It is moving West Southwest at 15 km/h. Northeast Monsoon affecting Northern and Central Luzon. CARAGA and Davao Region will experience cloudy skies with scattered to widespread rainshowers and thunderstorms due to Tropical Depression “Samuel”. Rest of Mindanao will have cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to Tropical Depression “Samuel”. Moderate to Strong winds coming from the Northeast to Northwest and the coastal waters will be moderate to rough.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Rice price up in SurSur

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Feb. 9  – The price of commercial rice went up as much as P3.00 per kilo as of latest market monitoring, according to the National Food Authority (NFA) in Surigao del Sur. 

Alvin Balatero, NFA Provincial Operations Officer, explained that the movement in prices might be caused by the price of inputs or factors of production, thus the cost of producing the goods increased.

He said that while farm gate price here only ranges from P19 to 20 per kilo, however, the transport from the province to somewhere else outside and then back again after milling would cost traders a lot due to oil price hike.   

The prevailing price of regular-milled rice (RMR) was only noted at P37.00 a kilo but it went up to P40.00 already based on the Weekly Cereal Price Monitoring dated February 8, 2018.  The NFA here placed its “price range” from as low as P32.00 to as high as P44.00 per kilo this week.  Also, the price of the same variety was just P40.00 per kilo at the most.

The well-milled rice (WMR) had P2.00 per kilo in price increase from P43.00 to P45.00, as logged on the same price chart, the same increase in price of premium rice from P48.00 to P50.00 per kilo. 

Meanwhile, Balatero expressed sigh of relief when told that the planned rice importation already got a nod based on the latest news reports, admitting that their warehouse stock balance would be good only for four days. 

It was learned that the NFA here just had a total of 14,880 bags in all three warehouses – or 9,307 bags in Tandag City; 2,891 bags in Mangagoy, Bislig City; and 2,682 bags in Cantilan town. In fact, the provincial operations officer said that they had been on a limited mode of distribution, particularly in Bislig City since the start of this month. This was on a “five-bag-per-retailer-per-week.”

Asked about his opinion whether rice prices would settle down should NFA flood the market with rice at P37.00 per kilo, but he replied in the negative.

On February 8, NFA Provincial Manager May Sara Atomar was in Bislig City to meet with some licensed grains retailers, according to Balatero. (GTataro Jr., Radyo Pilipinas-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


PSA prepares for the conduct of crop production survey
 
BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 9 – The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) will conduct a Crops Production Survey (CrPS) to generate basic production statistics for crops other than palay and corn at the national, regional and provincial levels. Fruits, Vegetables and Non-food and Industrial Commercial Crops (NFICC) are three commodity groups for other crops sub-sector. It covers more than 200 crops of which 19 are considered major crops. It also releases data on volume of production, area planted/harvested and number of bearing trees/hills/vines.

CrPS is undertaken nationwide in a quarterly basis. It is conducted during the last ten days of the second month of the current quarter, which is simultaneously collected with Farm Price Survey.

The survey uses Sampling Design in which farms are classified into small and large farms according to area planted to a specific crop. For large farms, a maximum of five (5) plantations are covered based on the cut-off area. While for small farms, the top five (5) producing municipalities based on the volume of production are chosen through Key Informant (KI) Approach.

All the data and information collected by the hired Statistical Researchers from sample farmer-producers shall be kept strictly confidential and shall not be used for purposes of taxation, investigation or regulation as provided under Article 55 of Republic Act (RA) no. 10625, otherwise known as the "Philippine Statistical Act of 2013." (PSA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


SurSur tourism office seeks Valentine’s treat for poor kids

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Feb. 9 – At least, for once, this Valentine’s month, kids stripped of “life’s niceties,” may experience how it is to feel special!

The Provincial Tourism Office in the city, backed by the Provincial Tourism Council and Surigao del Sur Governor Vicente “BB” Pimentel, Jr., has organized a charity event that will be held at the Capitol grounds on February 13 to 15, 2018. 

Maryvil Cruz, provincial tourism chief, announced on February 5 that their office had already started signing up with any interested party who would be willing to join in what was dubbed as “Adopt a Child on Hearts’ Day.”

During the three-day affair for a cause, the Governor’s Band would play their best to entertain the sponsoring public with their lovely tone and innate musicality every night.

No less than 50 undernourished and less-privileged children were said to have been picked out from notably slum areas here with the aid of both the Nutrition and Social Welfare and Development Offices at the provincial level under Ermelinda Ascares and May Navidad Salinas, respectively. 


"With parent’s consent, a ready contract good only for “one day” for each kid would be signed by and between the so-called “foster parent” and their office as “trustee” for the said purpose," Cruz said. (GTataro, Jr., Radyo Pilipinas-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)