(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, March 27, 2018


Tired in the movement, former rebel returns to gov't fold

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Mar. 27 (PIA) - Known as “Anghel” or “Ian” to his comrades in the Communist Party of the Philippines - New People’s Army Terrorist (CNT) group, he left his group last April 2017 and went into hiding in order to save his life.

On March 25, 2018, he finally surrendered himself to the 36th Infantry Battalion Headquarters in Barangay Dayoan, Tago, Surigao del Sur around 10:00 o’clock in the evening.

The unjust policies, which he believed could help him alleviate his way of life and survive poverty as he entered the movement long before, were not true; instead he experienced additional burdens and hardships, a.k.a Anghel or Ian narrated.

Jed Tanog Quiñonez, his real name, revealed that “the promises made by the CPP-NPA to him that they will extend financial support to his family, provide free education, and help them resolve their land issues and concerns did not happen in reality, even just one of these promises. This slowly pushed him to realize, and heed himself to go back to the folds of the law.

With the help of Datu Jomar Sabas Bucales, a tribal leader of the municipality of Lianga this province and with the assistance of Major Jerson B. Igloria of the 4CMO Battalion, Anghel or Ian surrendered to Lt. Colonel Xerxes Trinidad, 36IB commanding officer, bringing along with him the following: three (3) firearms; one (1) M1 Garand Rifle (defaced), one (1) .38 Caliber Pistol (defaced), and one (1) improvised/homemade rifle.

The untiring combat operations implemented by the troops of the Philippine Army and the series of security awareness conducted with the help of the stakeholders in the province made the NPA rebels heed to surrender, according to an army official.

“The military’s relentless combat operations and security awareness campaign to all sectors of the society made the CNT members realize the futility of their armed struggle. We call once again to the remaining CPP-NPA terrorist, to follow suit and choose a peaceful path,” Lt. Col. Trinidad said in a press statement.

The government is very willing to accept those who wanted to go back to the folds of the law and give their share in achieving the long and lasting peace that will bring development in our community, Lt. Col. Trinidad concluded.

As of press time a.k.a. Anghel or Ian is now safe and will undergo the procedure as he returns to the government in order to avail of the government programs intended to former rebels.  (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


PRO 13 culminates Women’s Month celebration; awards 7 policewomen
  
BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 27 (PIA) - The Police Regional Office (PRO)-13 culminated the celebration of Women’s Month here with the recognition of outstanding female police officers held Monday morning.

The highlights of the event were the formation of an all-female officers’ battalion and the giving of awards and recognition to seven deserving policewomen.

The awardees included PSupt Rowena A. Martinez and Gladdez C. Maquidato who received the ‘Medalya ng Kagalingan’; SPO4 Tejane Q. Zarzoso and PO2 Rochelle A. Gordo who were honored with the ‘Medalya ng Papuri’; while SPO1 Michelle E. Alcaide, PO3 Angeline B. Dollisen, and PO1 Vanesa M. Lad were awarded the ‘Medalya ng Kasanayan’ for their exemplary performance.

Agusan del Norte Governor and Regional Peace and Order Council chairperson Maria Angela Rosedell M. Amante-Matba graced the occasion and also spearheaded the giving of awards together with Chief Supt. Noli A. Romana, Caraga Police Director.

Gov. Matba emphasized in her speech that women can also do anything that men can do.

The month-long celebration, with the theme “We Make Change Work for Women”, was packed with activities participated in by various government agencies and other stakeholders.

Further, the Caraga Police recognizes the role of women in peace building through gender and development activities. (PNP-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


NC Cabadbaran conducts "going green" seminar for local business sector

CABADBARAN CITY, Agusan del Norte, Mar. 27 (PIA) - Fifty business establishments of this city took part in a "Going Green Seminar Workshop" recently held here.

The activity was co-organized by the Department of Trade and Industry-Agusan del Norte/Butuan City (DTI-AdN/NC) through the Negosyo Center (NC) Cabadbaran and the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Cabadbaran City.

The going green campaign is part of DTI-AdN's continuing efforts to promote green economic development in the province.

DTI ADN Senior Trade and Industry Development Specialist (STIDS) and Promotion of Green Economic Development (ProGED) Account Officer Myra Luz Pasinio Arriola-Gavero and STIDS/NC-Cabadbaran Center Manager Gemma Tano Larong Clarin provided inputs on greening your businesses - why go green and climate smart and environment - friendly practices. They also facilitated the ensuing workshop.

On the part of the city, personnel from the City Environment Division Girlie Alfaro and Mariza Collado talked on the LGU's greening initiatives and solid waste management, respectively.

The one day activity was capped by the pinning of the participants' pledge of commitment written on green paper leaves. They did this by answering the question "what can you do for Mother Earth?"

The one-day activity was held at the Anino Roadside Eatery, this city. (DTI-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


PCOO chief to take “3-Pointer ng Bayan” in all 113 cities nationwide

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, March 27 - Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar has assured that the “3-Pointer ng Bayan” is going to see action in all 113 cities nationwide, saying that they have already started to get the ball rolling since its launch at Verdant Basketball court in Las Piñas City on Sunday.

He said that an “initial roll out” for the “competition” had also taken place even in Lala town, Lanao del Norte and in Iligan City as well.

The PCOO secretary swore to bring the 3-Pointer ng Bayan in Tandag City and in all cities of Caraga region after the Holy Week.

Upon learning that Surigao del Sur Governor Vicente “BB” Pimentel was set to hold the opening of the Governor’s Basketball Cup in early April this year, he said that he might as well coordinate their activity with the local government unit (LGU) here to have the same be part of the event in the province.

In keeping with the advocacy on war on illegal drugs, corruption, and criminality, Secretary Andanar stressed that 3-Pointer ng Bayan was organized by “Ready Set Go” movement by way of basketball for the youth.  He said that Go had been known to be a basketball fan and player himself and quite good at three-point play in court.

With this, the PCOO chief admitted that it was also their way of coaxing Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher “Bong” Go to run for senator in 2019 midterm elections.

The special assistant to the president had what it takes to be a senator, Andanar said of Go, being brilliant, dedicated and experienced.

The PCOO chief bared that SAP Go had an extensive knowledge in both executive and legislative matters, citing the work experience with President Rodrigo Duterte, who had held the post as mayor, vice-mayor and congressman in the past.

Asked how would SAP Go do the rounds to be visible in the eyes of countrymen in case he would accept the challenge to run for public office since he had to be always by the side of the president, Sec. Andanar was quick to say that it was not that necessary.  He indicated that being with the president all the time could already be considered a good exposure.

And since SAP Go seemed to be still parrying questions on the issue, the PCOO chief explained that it would also depend on the Magic 12 senate race surveys.

Secretary Andanar likewise said that President Duterte would certainly back SAP Bong Go to have a career of his own. (NGBT/Radyo Pilipinas-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)