(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.

Thursday, May 3,2018


Services sector contributes largest share to Caraga’s economy

By Nora C. Lanuza Molde

BUTUAN CITY, May 3 (PIA) - Recent results of the Philippine Statistics Authority’s (PSA) survey revealed that Caraga’s economy grew by 4.3 percent in 2017 higher than the 2.0 percent growth recorded in 2016.

PSA Caraga regional director Dr. Rosalinda Apura revealed that the services sector has contributed the largest share of the region’s economic growth in 2017.

“Services remained to account for the largest share in the region’s economy with 49.7 percent,” said Dr. Apura. Services continued to expand in 2017 with 7.2 percent growth and Other Services also contributed the most to growth as it grew by 10.9 percent, she added.

Dr. Apura also said that next to Services is Industry with 34.3 percent and Agriculture, Hunting, Forestry and Fishing with 16.0 percent.

The Agriculture, Hunting, Forestry and Fishing and Industry both recovered from their respective declines in 2016 while Services continued to expand in 2017.

Based on PSA’s record, other subsectors also expanded during the period: Financial Intermediation, by 8.1 percent; Public Administration and Defense; Compulsory Social Security, by 7.0 percent; Trade and Repair of Motor Vehicles, Motorcycles, Personal and Household Goods, 5.8 percent; Real Estate, Renting and Business Activities, by 5.7 percent; and Transportation, Storage and Communication, 5.5 percent.

Also, PSA recorded that Industry rebounded with a 1.8 percent growth in 2017 from a decline of 3.8 percent in 2016. The growth was contributed by the expansion in Construction by 14.3 percent and Manufacturing by 5.0 percent. Mining and Quarrying and Electricity, Gas and Water Supply both pulled down the growth of Industry with a contraction of 4.3 percent and 6.1 percent, respectively.

Meanwhile, Agriculture, Hunting, Forestry and Fishing grew by 0.9 percent in 2017 from a dip of 1.6 percent in 2016. Both Agriculture and Forestry, and Fishing posted growth of 1.0 percent and 0.3 percent, respectively.

According to Dr. Apura, of the 4.3 percent growth of Caraga in 2017, Services contributed 3.5 percentage points. Industry and Agriculture, Hunting, Forestry and Fishing contributed 0.6 percentage point and 0.2 percentage point, respectively. (NCLM/PSA/PIA-Caraga)


BFAR-Caraga holds two-day dialogue on coastal management, protection

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, May 3 - In time for the Ocean Month celebration this May, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Caraga region is holding a two-day consultative dialogue for the “Operations and Management of Coastal Community Alliance for Sustainable Ecosystem (CCAUSE)” in Tandag City on May 3 – 4, 2018. 

According to Dr. Juan Albaladejo, BFAR regional director, the activity has something to do with the implementation of a five-year International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) –funded development project dubbed as Fisheries, Coastal Resources and Livelihood (FishCORAL).

The project was said to be intended for the “two (2) bays of Caraga Region:  Butuan Bay, Lianga-Hinatuan-Bislig Bays,” as cited in a letter dated April 18, 2018 to Mr. Pedro Trinidad, Provincial Consultant on Barangay Affairs, this province.

The barangay affairs consultant, known for his background on Lanuza Bay Development Alliance (LBDA) being one of its pioneers and organizers, was invited as resource speaker on the said occasion.

“Your expertise and experiences in the creation and implementation of the bay wide management of the Lanuza Bay Development Alliance (LBDA) operation can provide valuable insights to the participants in harmonizing the CCAUSE operations and management,” RD Albaladejo said of Trinidad.

The CCAUSE “as the bay management council was organized in September 2017,” he stressed.

Nine towns and one city were identified to comprise the alliance of ten coastal local government units (LGUs) in Surigao del Sur under the CCAUSE—Tago, Bayabas, Cagwait, Marihatag, San Agustin, Lianga, Barobo, Hinatuan, Lingig and Bislig City.

Being in its nascent stage, the alliance had since been facing “a lot of challenges and issues,” Albaladejo admitted, citing “operation, management and program implementations.” (Radyo Pilipinas-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Caraga Catholic schools vow to teach population, development
 
BUTUAN CITY, May 2 (PIA) - Member-schools of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) in Caraga Region committed to integrate in their curriculum the Population and Development Module in any possible approaches. 

As reflected into their plan during the recent training conducted by the Commission on Population (POPCOM)-Caraga, teachers and some administrators also planned to orient the parents on Responsible Parenthood – Family Planning and convene the School Administrators, Guidance Counselors and Social Studies teacher, for an echo on the use of the module.

Participants also indicated into their plan the implementation of the Adolescent Health and Development initiatives of POPCOM-Caraga such as U4U Teen Trail, Parent-Child Encounter, Seminar on Responsible Sexuality and many more. 

Some of the schools that joined the three-day training were: Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU), Father Saturnino Urios College of Sibagat and Trento, De La Salle John Bosco College, Saint Vincent De Paul Diocesan College, Agusan National High School, Father Urios Institute of Technology of Ampayon, Holy Child Academy of Marihatag Inc,  St Paul University, Butuan City School of Arts and Trades, St James High School, and Candelaria Institute of Technology.

The PopDev Education Module has two sets covering three educational levels – elementary, high school and college. 

The module is intended to help the educators in planning classes that cover two broad issues: 1) population and development, and 2) human sexuality and responsible parenthood.  It is aimed at giving teachers access to a coherent and well-thought out guide and appropriate reference materials on the two topics which are also age appropriate and values laden.

Belinda Ato-Candelario of FSUU, was among the module writers who was present during the said training, and she expressed her profound appreciation to POPCOM in popularizing the said modules.

It can be recalled that the modules were developed in 2009 at the University of San Carlos, Cebu City, together with some other writers from various catholic schools.

The PopDev Education teaching module for Catholic schools was a product of a series of symposia on population and development by group of experts including priests and module writers from member-schools of CEAP. (POPCOM-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano news: Processing sa Tamban gilantaw sa Butuan Bay
 
BUTUAN CITY, Mayo 2 (PIA) - Usa sa mga damgo sa kagamhanan sa lalawigan pinangulohan ni gobernador Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba nga unta matukod ang usa ka processing center sa tamban daplin sa Butuan Bay diin nanagpuyo ang mga mangingisda sa Agusan del Norte.

Kini gipadayag ni Provincial Agriculturist Alvin Aclan atol sa Programang AgNor Bulletin sa Radyo, sa sibya sa Bombo Radyo kaniadtong Abril 4. Si Aclan gidapit sa maong programa sa radyo nga gidala nila ni Aimee B. Sienes, SP Secretary Gerry Laurito ug Vice Gov. “Rambu” Bungabong.

Matod ni Aclan nga tamban ang maong nag-unang produkto sa Butuan Bay.

“Naay mga panahon nga daghang tamban ang makuha sa mga mangingisda sa Butuan Bay apan kasagaraan niini tungod sa kadaghan, madaot lang o madubok tungod kay walay Processing Center nga mopreserba sa mga tamban aron himoon kining tinapa o sardinas," ingon ni Aclan.

Halos tibook Agusan del Norte nagliyok sa Butuan Bay, Siyudad sa Cabadbaran ug unom ka lungsod Carmen, Nasipit, Buenavista, Magallanes, tubay ug Jabonga nag-ubay sa maong dakong dagat.

“Ang Butuan Bay maoy bugtong nag-unang tinubdan sa panginabuhian sa mga mangingisda sa Agusan del Norte, pamulong sa provincial agriculturista. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)