(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, 30 November 2022) Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) affecting Mindanao. Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due ITCZ/Shearline. Possible flash floods or landslides due to moderate to at times heavy rains. Light to moderate winds coming from East to Northeast will prevail with slight to moderate seas / (0.6 to 2.5 meters).

Friday, April 13, 2018

Security measures up for game fishing tourney in Siargao

BUTUAN CITY, April 13 - The Police Regional Office (PRO)-13 revealed that security measures in the island of Siargao have been intensified for the 11th Siargao International Game Fishing tournament scheduled on April 12 to 16, 2018 in Pilar town.

“We are expecting thousands of local and foreign tourists, and stakeholders to witness and participate in the competition. Thus, PRO-13 in coordination with the Task Force Siargao headed by Governor Sol F. Matugas, Local Government Units, Surigao del Norte Provincial Tourism, 30th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army, Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Navy, and other force multipliers joined together for synchronized public safety and security operations,” PRO-13 Regional Director PCSupt. Noli A. Romana disclosed.

A total of 32 personnel from the Regional Mobile Force Battalion including two personnel from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit with equipment and bomb suit, two handlers with K9 dogs, 50 handheld radios, base radios and mobile repeater, two Information Technology Management Service personnel with CCTV cameras and recorders and 10 Special Action Force (SAF) were deployed to reinforce the local police in ensuring the security not only for competitors but for tourists, as well.

PCSupt. Romana said that he is confident that Caraga police will do its best to make sure that the public will feel secured during their stay in the island.  (PRO13/PIA-Caraga)

PopCom, LGUs engage in “Family Talk”
BUTUAN CITY, April 13 - Population workers of Agusan Provinces and Cities of Butuan, Bislig and Cabadbaran  who successfully completed the first batch of the recent “Training of Trainers on Parent-Teen Trail”, vowed to popularize the new strategy in their respective locality  in its effort to curb early sex and other reproductive concerns among young people.

This was concretized in the re-entry plan submitted wherein various roll-outs are set starting  April this year,  expecting to reach out more than a  hundred of parents with their teens, as a strategy to bridge the gap within the family, thus, strengthen the bonds.

Under their plan, population workers  are eyeing  on to strengthen the bond between parents and teens through each  parallel sessions for four hours,  which shall be highlighted with the sharing of love letters during the encounter of parents and adolescent children.

Through the activity, population workers will educate the parents to communicate with their adolescent children in a non-confrontational manner about matters pertaining to adolescent health and development.

In one of the roll-out activities, one of the mothers shared, with teary eye, that she is indeed very grateful to the organizers in coming up with the parent-teen trail, as it has helped bridge the communication gap between her and her teen daughter. Furthermore, she shared that the inputs made her realized the importance of communication and listening ears to sustain harmonious family relationship.

In his speech, Commission on Population (PopCom) Caraga Director Alexander Makinano stressed that communication among parents and teens are indispensable to avoid a non-threatening discussion among family members; thus two-way communication is strengthened where children have the opportunity to express their thoughts and feelings.

Parent-Teen Trail or otherwise known as “Usapang Mag-anak” is a fun and relevant learning journey for parents and teens on the importance of communication about adolescent sexuality in achieving happy and healthy relationships at home.

It was also patterned after the successful U4U (You-for-You) Teen Trail campaign, supported by the United Nations Population Fund. (PopCom Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

Arms, ammunition delivery for NPA terrorists prevented

AGUSAN DEL SUR, April 13 - Following a report from a concerned resident of a suspicious group of men believed to be members of Guerilla Front 3 of Southern Mindanao Regional Committee in Sitio Paradise, Barangay Del Monte, Veruela, Agusan del Sur on April 10, 2018, elements of the 26th Infantry Battalion immediately proceeded to verify the information.

While approaching the area in the early morning on April 11, 2018, a burst of gunfire met the troops as the group of men hastily scampered towards the forested portion in the vicinity.

The Army troops pursued and discovered two carton boxes filled with 3,000 rounds of 5.56mm ammunition for M-16 rifle made by ARMSCOR, one cal. 30 carbine rifle, two KG9 submachine-guns, one ARMSCOR cal. 22 rifle with scope, one complete set of Improvised Explosive Device (IED), and two magazines for AK47 rifle with ammunitions, all left by the NPAs.

Recently, series of encounters between the troops of 26IB and Guerilla Front 3 of the terrorist NPAs took place in the same, which led to the demise of one of their top leaders and one female member.

“This indicates that the NPA group in the area is desperate and weakening. The more that they should realize the better option to surrender.  I applaud the efforts of the 26IB personnel in the denial of the delivery of these war materials to the NPAs. We will remain steadfast and we will make sure that those responsible on this attempt to support the terrorists will be made answerable to the provisions of the law,” averred Col. Andres Centino, commander of 401st Brigade.

The recovered items are now being processed for investigation of its source and the personalities who will be held responsible in its unauthorized dispensation. (26IB, PA/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Tagalog news: Paggamit ng alternative fuels sa Caraga Region, isinusulong

Ni Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Abril 13 (PIA) - Bilang tugon sa problema sa polusyon na nagdudulot ng malaking epekto sa kalusugan ng mga mamamayan, isinusulong ng Department of Energy (DOE) ang pagamit ng Alternative Fuels at Energy Technologies sa mga Caraganons.

Sa ginanap na Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) advocacy on Alternative Fuels and Energy Technologies ng DOE sa lungsod ng Butuan, binigyang-diin ng mga personahe ng nasabing departamento ang magandang maidudulot ng alternative fuels, maging ng electric vehicles.

Ayon kay deputy regional director Fryan Abkilan ng Philippine Information Agency – Caraga, ang DOE at at Philippine Information Agency (PIA) ay nagsasagawa ng ganitong aktibidad sa ibat-ibang rehiyon upang mas mapalaganap pa ang kaalaman ng mga pilipino at mas maintindihan ang alternative fuels bilang pinaka-cost effective renewable resources.

Ayon kay Abkilan, ang kasalukuyang administrasyon ay pinapalaganap ang naaayon at tamang pagamit ng mas malinis na alternative energy fuels at ng electronic vehicles.

Ibinahagi naman ni Engr. Federico Domingo, Jr., ang supervising science research specialist ng DOE central office, na ang pamamahagi ng e-trikes ay sa ilalim ng programang market transformation ng DOE. Bahagi ito ng P1.7 bilyon loan agreement sa Asian Development Bank kung saan 3,000 e-trikes ang ipapamahagi sa iba’t ibang bahagi ng bansa.

Maliban sa energy-efficient mode of transportation, ang green vehicles gaya ng e-trikes ay naglalayong mabawasan ang pagamit ng oil fuel na siyang nagdudulot ng panganib sa kalikasan.

Dagdag naman ni Karolline de Vera, ang science research specialist ng DOE, kinakailangan na umanong magshift into alternative fuels upang maiwasan o mabawasan umano ang epekto ng polusyon sa kalikasan, maging sa kalusugan ng tao. Mas mura din umano ang alternative fuels kaysa sa oil fuel.

Sa ilalim ng Alternative Fuels Program, bababa’ umano ang bilang ng mga konsumante ng imported oil sa bansa gaya ng paggamit ng karaniwang gasolina at diesel, kapag nabigyan sila ng ibang alternatibo na environment-friendly at mas mahusay na klase ng sasakyang pampubliko.

Nagpahayag din ng interest ang isa sa mga partisipante na nakilalang si Engr. Charito Rosinas, chief engineer ng isang international vessel, sa pagsisimula ng e-trike business sa lungsod ng Butuan, dahil umano ay makakatulong ito sa pagpapababa sa masamang epekto ng polusyon na galing sa masamang kemikal na binubuga ng mga sasakyan.

Samantala, ang DOE ay nananatiling bukas sa lahat ng lokal na pamahalaan bilang e-trike off takers sa kani-kanilang komunidad na magagamit din sa pagpapalago ng turismo. (JPG/VLG/PIA-Caraga)