(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.

Monday, April 23, 2018


DSWD augments P300K medical assistance to Agusan del Norte PHO

By Aimee B. Sienes

BUTUAN CITY, April 23 (PIA) - The provincial government of Agusan del Norte, with the assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) – Field Office XIII, augmented its health services and medical assistance for patients in the Agusan del Norte Provincial Hospital.

Through the efforts of Provincial Governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba, the Agusan del Norte Provincial Hospital can now provide better medical assistance through a credit limit amounting to P300,000.00 for all indigent patients in the hospital.

For proper and immediate implementation of the program, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan authorized the governor to sign the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the DSWD Field Office XIII.

Under the said MOA, the program is in the form of a credit line where the Provincial Hospital can charge the billings and costs of services rendered to the indigent patient-beneficiaries to the account of DSWD where the maximum credit line of the said hospital shall be P300,000.00.

The program promotes fast and effective provision of the indigents’ immediate social services on their medical and surgical needs at the PHO being a partner-health service provider of the said agency.

This aims to strengthen the agency’s social services component by providing medical assistance to deserving indigent members of society.

The Committee on Social Welfare, Population Development and Health and Nutrition, chaired by Provincial Board Member Elizabeth Marie R. Calo, pushed for the approval of the said grant of authority and approved by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan through Sanggunian Resolution No. 094-2018. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


BFAR Caraga launches BASIL program, holds Tilapia Stakeholders Forum

BUTUAN CITY, April 23 (PIA) - Partners and frontliners from local government units (LGUs) composed of municipal agriculturists and agricultural technologists for fisheries, together with the fisherfolk beneficiaries in the region convened as the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Caraga (BFAR Caraga) officially launched here the “Balik Sigla sa Ilog at Lawa” (BASIL) Program and hosted the first Regional Tilapia Stakeholders Forum on April 18, 2018.

The activity was attended by Dr. Juan D. Albaladejo, BFAR Caraga regional director, together with the provincial fisheries officers from the five provinces in this region.

Meanwhile, Joyce M. Baclayo, project leader of the National Stock Assessment Program (NSAP) had her presentation on the status of Lake Mainit with emphasis on Pijanga (Glossogobius guiris) and the status of the commodity in Agusan Marsh.

Likewise, Dr. Adelaida L. Palma, national focal person for BASIL Program, provided an overview of said program.

“The BASIL program aims to rehabilitate/restore the physical conditions of minor lakes and reservoirs, enhance inland fisheries production, and repopulate indigenous species in support of biodiversity conservation, poverty alleviation and food sufficiency,” said Dr. Palma.

The activity on the "Tilapia Forum" was then conducted after the launching of BASIL program, with Laila Holoyohoy, regional focal person for Tilapia facilitating the consultation with the LGUs regarding the present status of the tilapia industry in Caraga.

Issues and problems concerning the tilapia industry sector were raised by the participants. These included the lack of good supply for breeder tilapia in Caraga region. They also asked the requirements for a liable hatchery for the breeder tilapia.

These issues were already included in the Bureau’s Commodity Action Plan for Tilapia, as presented by Ms. Holoyohoy. (BFAR-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


AgNor town, 23IB hold IP Youth Summit

By 1Lt Kevin B Gordolan

BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte, April 23 - The 23IB “Masigasig” troopers and the local government unit of Buenavista, Agusan del Norte recently conducted the 1st Buenavista Higaonon Indigenous Peoples (IP) Youth Leadership Summit (YLS) 2018 in Brgy. Agong-ong, here.

The YLS was participated in by 50 IP youth from the four barangays of Simbalan, Olave, Sangay and Guinabsan, all of Buenavista.

The conduct of the three-day summit was anchored on the theme “Gugma ug Panaghiusa sa Kabataan, Dalan sa Kalinaw ug Kalamboan.”

According to Battalion Commander Ltc Emil J. Cruz, the activity aimed to inculcate positive values, attitudes and behavior that will ultimately develop a character-based leadership among the IP Youth. It also fostered unity of different IP communities and youth groups leading to synergy and commitment to community development.

“It also enabled the youth to discover, affirm and further use their inherent leadership attributes that will later create a positive impact to the society," Ltc Cruz added. (QMS, PA Civil Military Operation, 23IB/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


SOA programs on Livestock and Cassava target 1,500 graduates in Caraga

By Jason Paul Dads E. Jampac

BUTUAN CITY, April 23 (PIA) - The power of the airwaves remains relevant and far-reaching today.

It is on this belief that the Agricultural Training Institute – Caraga Region (ATI-Caraga) launched the School-on-the-Air (SOA) programs on cassava and good animal husbandry practices (GAHP) in the three provinces of Caraga region on April 17-19, 2018.

These will run for 16 weeks and airing will start on May 2018. A total of 1,500 enrollees are expected to graduate from the program sometime in September of the same year.

The SOA on Cassava Production was launched in Butuan City last April 17, 2018. Targeted number of graduates is 500. Enrollees will include farmers, students and individuals who are interested in growing cassava and would come from the 10 towns of Agusan del Norte and the cities of Butuan and Cabadbaran.

Tentative airing schedule will be every Tuesday 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm starting May 29, 2018 via Hope radio.

Meanwhile, in Agusan del Sur, the SOA on GAHP/Livestock Production was launched on April 18, 2018 in Patin-ay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur. Number of graduates is targeted at 500.

Maiden broadcast is tentatively slated on May 4, 2018 at DXSF and slated every Friday thereafter from 5:00 am – 6:00 am.

Moreover, the launching of the SOA on GAHP/Livestock Production took place last April 19, 2018 at the Provincial Convention Center in Surigao City. Like in other provinces, 500 enrollees are also expected to graduate from the program.

All the 21 towns of Surigao del Norte including the lone city of Surigao are enjoined to participate.

It was agreed among the coordinators during the briefing and launching that it will be aired over DXSN every Wednesday from 5:00 am – 6:00 am starting on the last week of May 2018. However, Ginalyn V. Arbutante (Information Officer II of ATI-Caraga and SOA Regional Coordinator) clarified that there could still be changes in the SOA schedule depending on the outcome of negotiation with the radio stations.

Sangguniang Panlalawigan member Melva P. Garcia, during her welcome message, expressed her appreciation to ATI for utilizing broadcast media in educating farmers on new technologies toward the achievement of food security.

She encouraged everybody to listen to the radio because she believes that in spite of the onslaught of gadgets and internet-based technologies, radio is still a cheap and powerful tool in disseminating local news and valuable information to the people especially those in the rural areas.

Samuel L. Calonzo, OIC Center Director of ATI-Caraga, manifested his happiness for the conduct of SOA in Surigao del Norte because it has been a long time since the province had such program.

He vowed that the implementation of SOA would be closely monitored by ATI to ensure its successful conduct. (ATI-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)