(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.

Friday, May 4, 2018


Caraga COMELEC chief expects high standard campaign behavior

By Greg Tataro, Jr. 

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, May 4 (PIA) - Caraga Regional Election Director (RED) Atty. Francisco Pobe has expressed hopes that candidates will adhere to high standards of behavior in the conduct of their campaign for the May 14, 2018 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE).

Based on COMELEC Resolution No. 10 – 26, the campaign period will begin on the 4th and will end on the 12th of May.

The COMELEC chief in Caraga reminded that with the advent of social media where “everybody has become vigilant,” candidates must show good manners.

For a certain period, each COMELEC office at the city and municipal levels had initiated their respective candidates’ forum and covenant signing for a free, orderly, honest, peaceful and credible elections right after the filing of certificates of candidacy (COC).

RED Pobe confirmed that candidates had been oriented and briefed during such time to observe pre-election acts.

On that note, the regional COMELEC chief said he was expecting a “matured and civilized way” of candidates “selling/marketing” themselves to the voting public. (Radyo Pilipinas-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


MGB 13-Dinagat Satellite Office joins Earth Day Coastal Clean-up
 
SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, May 4 (PIA) - In keeping with the 2018 Earth Day celebration, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office Xlll-Dinagat Satellite Office took part in a coastal clean-up on April 20, 2018 held at Barangay Santa Cruz in the Municipality of San Jose, this province.

This year’s celebration anchored on the theme, “End Plastic Pollution,” aimed to promote reusable materials and put an end to plastic pollution.

Plastic pollution poisons our water bodies and land masses, damages marine life and harms human health.

In response, Earth Day 2018 is dedicated to provide substantial information and inspiration needed to radically change human behavior towards the use of plastic in order to catalyze a considerable reduction in plastic pollution.

The celebration commenced at 6:00 A.M. during low tide in Barangay Santa Cruz as their assigned area and the collected waste gathered by various groups were endorsed to the designated point per area of assignment for proper waste disposal.

The said activity was spearheaded by the Provincial Government of Dinagat Islands through the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENRO-LGU) and MGB XIII Dinagat Satellite Office led by Engr. Brenice Ann M. Gendeve-Castillo, in partnership with local and national agencies as well as concerned civil society organizations.

In the Philippines, Earth Day was launched on April 22, 1990 to mark a global commitment to building a safe, just and sustainable planet. Then President Corazon C. Aquino issued Proclamation No. 553 on April 16, 1990 to raise the level of environmental awareness in support of Earth Day.

In April 2008, Presidential Proclamation No. 1481 was signed by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declaring April 22 of every year as the country’s Earth Day.

The said decree enjoins concerned agencies to conduct environmental activities in collaboration with private sectors for the month of April every year.

On the same note, Proclamation No. 1482 was issued on April 10, 2008 declaring the month of April as the Month of Planet Earth in the Philippines, also known as the Philippines’ Earth Month, with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources as the primary agency that shall spearhead its observance.

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated globally every April with various activities to promote and intensify environmental protection. (MGB-13-Dinagat Satellite Office/PIA-Dinagat Islands)