(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.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018


DOH-run hospital in SurSur gets a booster pump for water supply

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, April 10 (PIA) - At last, the management of Adela Serra-Ty Memorial Medical Center (ASTMMC) has found a way to get a “24/7” water supply with enough pressure after 57 long years of trying to figure out how.

On April 6, 2018, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed by and between ASTMMC Chief of Hospital (COH) Dr. Janice Pagaran-Alcordo and Tandag City Water District (TCWD) General Manager (GM) Annie Ty for the turn-over of the P2M Booster Pump Station (sump tank) project.  The water facility was constructed by the TCWD in the compound of Bureau of Equipment (BOE) under the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Caraga Regional Office XIII located at the back right side portion of its district office in Tandag City.

A MOA for the use of the lot was likewise signed by and between the concerned officials of ASTMMC and the DPWH Regional Office a couple of weeks earlier, according to Dr. Alcordo.

The said booster pump project was initiated by Surigao del Sur 1st District Cong. Prospero “Butch” Pichay, Jr.

In a brief interview, the good solon pointed out that this project was not only his support for ASTMMC but more facilities and hospital equipment would be coming soon.  He added that he wanted the medical center here to eventually become an apex hospital.

Recently, Pichay’s proposal for ASTMMC to become a 500-bed from 200-bed capacity had been approved at the lower house.  The solon had been instrumental to the success of the said health facility for its modernization.

Meanwhile, GM Ty assured that ASTMMC would always have the support of her management. (Radyo Pilipinas-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


DAR Agusan del Norte turns over P2.5 M farm-equipment to farmer-groups

By Gil E. Miranda

BUTUAN CITY, April 10 - The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) of Agusan del Norte provincial office recently turned-over farm-machineries and equipment worth P2.5 million to the San Isidro Upland Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SIUFMULCO) and Manapa Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries and Community Cooperative (MARBCC) funded under the Climate Change Resilient Farm Productivity Support Project (CRFPSP).

Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Andre B. Atega, CESO V, in an interview said, these farm implements would improve the operations of the farmer-organizations. These farm implements increase farm productivity and sustains livelihood of the farmers considering the occurrence of climate change in the province.

SIUFMULCO received abaca baling press and 10 stripping machines roughly P2.2 million for their abaca fiber enterprise.

Meanwhile, the MARBCC received the farm-equipment amounting to more than P296 thousand consisting two turtle power tillers, hand tractor with diesel engine, thresher with diesel engine and accessories, trailer, water pump, and sprayer with accessories.

DAR CRFPSP Coordinator Engr. Raul Hermoso said that the farm-machineries and equipment will benefit more than a thousand abaca farmer-members comprising 21 participating ARBO-members lead by SIUFMULCO while MARBCC is composed of 143 ARB-members.

DAR Chief Josephine Yordan, Acting CARPO-ARBDSP, emphasized the value of maintenance to ensure positive gains in improving the said organizations.

SIUFMULCO Manager Leonora A. Mila and MARBCC Board of Director Ramon B. Naipa were both thankful for DAR's efforts in providing, not only common service facilities, but also, the trainings to make their organizations achieve economy of scale. (DAR-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)