(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 24, 2018


TESDA chief to lead mass graduation, launching of construction-related skills training program for IPs, FRs in SurSur

By Greg Tataro, Jr. 

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, April 24 (PIA) - Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General (DG) Guiling Mamondiong is set to come to Surigao del Sur to lead the occasion of mass graduation and launching of construction-related skills training program for Indigenous Peoples (IPs) and Former Rebels (FRs) in San Miguel town on Thursday, April 26, 2018.

According to Rey Cueva, TESDA provincial director (PD), Secretary “Gene” Mamondiong would arrive in the province a day earlier, Wednesday, April 25.   He did not disclose the itinerary after arrival.

However, on Thursday, he bared that there would be various activities set.  At 8:00 a.m. -  groundbreaking ceremony of IP Training Court;  9:00 a.m. – Mass Graduation and Launching of Construction-related Skills Training Program for IPs and FRs; 11:00 a.m. – Free Services sponsored by Secretary Mamondiong; and 11:30 a.m. – Press Conference.

Earlier, Cueva underscored TESDA’s commitment to offer various skills training especially for both IPs and FRs in the entire province. (Radyo Pilipinas-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


PNP Caraga: ‘Sorry’ can’t bring back life of slain pastor
 
BUTUAN CITY, April 24 (PIA) - The leadership of the Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 has slammed the apology made by the New People's Army (NPA) terrorists over the murder of a pastor in the hinterland of Gigaquit town, Surigao del Norte.

Chief Supt Noli Romana, PRO13 director, said that the apology of Ka-Oto, spokesperson of NPA’s Guerilla Front 16, would never lessen the grief of Pastor Jepti Acedo’s family.

Acedo, 32 and his companions Virgil Flor Ortiz, 23; and Abner Malaque, 20, were riding on a motorcycle when riddled with bullets by the NPA terrorists using high-powered firearms in Brgy. Lahi on April 18, 2018.

“This brutal incident is a grave violation of human rights and must be condemned by the peace-loving communities in Caraga. They are killing civilians contrary to their claim they are protectors of the people,“ RD Romana added.

The region’s police chief called on the people to withstand against the NPA deceptions and report their presence immediately to the nearest police/army unit. (PRO-13/PIA-Caraga)


AgNor SP requests HLURB to establish regional office in Caraga

By Aimee B. Sienes

BUTUAN CITY, April 24 - The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Agusan del Norte recently requested the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) Central Office, through its Chief Executive Officer and Commissioner Lloyd Christopher A. Lao for the establishment of a regional office in Caraga region.

This is embodied in Sanggunian Resolution No. 093-2018, authored by Provincial Board Member Elizabeth Marie R. Calo, and approved by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan during its 78th regular session.

It was learned that the HLURB office in Butuan City was transferred and merged with HLURB Cagayan de Oro City on June 7, 2010 after 13 years of operation in Caraga region as a regional office.

In the year 2011, the Regional Development Council in Caraga region requested through a resolution the HLURB Manila to establish a satellite office in the city of Butuan and the HLURB Manila responded with the establishment of an HLURB desk that was manned by a skeletal force of only two staff in Butuan City to address the mounting complaints and requests from the developers and homeowners’ associations in the housing sector. These staff cannot answer all queries and request for applications and other concerns needing HLURB processing but forward them all to HLURB Cagayan de Oro once a week.

The Regional Development Council Plan 2017-2022 revealed that there are more than 100 thousand informal settler families in the region, wherein these informal settlers live in danger zones such as ‘esteros’, bridges, river ways, shorelines and other government projects that are not suitable for settlement and need immediate attention.

Provincial legislators saw the need to establish the HLURB Regional Office in Butuan City to bring government services closer to the clients and hasten the development of the housing and land sector programs in the region.

They believed that local government units (LGUs) need assistance from the HLURB in the identification and processing of lands for socialized housing resettlement areas for immediate and future needs of the underprivileged and homeless residents; thus, clamoring for close coordination with nearest HLURB office.

The local government of Agusan del Norte is one of the LGUs that need immediate attention, action and coordination from HLURB considering its housing programs for the poor constituents, hence, the importance of establishing the HLURB Regional Office in Caraga region. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


SurSur guv cancels all sand and gravel permit

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, April 24 (PIA) - Citing specific violations province-wide, Governor Vicente “BB” Pimentel, Jr. has ordered to put a stop to the operations of “all existing sand and gravel permits” in Surigao del Sur.

In an interview with Radyo Pilipinas, he confirmed the issuance of Executive Order No. 07 – 18 dated March 5, 2018.

With this, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) headed by Edgar Valentin had already started to carry out the instruction.  A total of 25 permittees would be affected, it was learned.

Pressed on how the province would address the demand for such construction aggregates given the situation of also having the local version of “Build, Build, Build,” Gov. Pimentel quickly advised to “deal directly with the provincial government.”

Among others, the violations include the observation “that many permittees have not been remitting to the provincial government the corresponding payment for the actual volume extracted by the quarry concessionaires thereby making it disadvantageous to the Provincial Government” and “over extracting making the area depleted and disastrous to surrounding environment.” (Radyo Pilipinas-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)