(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, May 15, 2018


Measles immunization program benefits over 300K kids in Caraga

By Nora C. Lanuza Molde

BUTUAN CITY, May 15 (PIA) -- The Department of Health (DOH) Caraga region, together with the city government of Butuan, through the City Health Office here, launched on Friday the Ligtas Tigdas Plus: Measles Rubella Supplemental Immunization Activity (MR SIA) at Barangay Baan Km. 3 covered court here.

According to DOH Caraga regional director Dr. Jose R. Llacuna, Jr., a total of 300,133 children, aged six to nine months old are the targets of this year’s MR SIA in Caraga region starting May 9 to June 8, 2018. The MR SIA is aimed to halt the transmission of measles among the young population, especially unvaccinated children.

“We cannot underscore quite enough the value of protection over cure. As parents or guardians of eligible children, we call upon those who have the power to protect their children from measles to have their kids vaccinated against this disease,” Dr. Llacuna said. A door-to-door measles immunization will be conducted in the region, he added.
Llacuna also urged parents/guardians of eligible children to have their kids vaccinated against measles disease.

Of the total 300,133 children, 32,177 are from Agusan del Norte; 71,278 from Agusan del Sur; 36,483 from Surigao del Norte; 50,810 from Surigao del Sur; 12,312 from Bayugan City; 10,883 from Bislig City; 38,615 from Butuan City; 8,436 from Cabadbaran City; 16,990 from Surigao City; 6,489 from Tandag City; and 15,660 from the Province of Dinagat Islands.

Dr. Llacuna said their agency has always been advocating for the protection of children from various vaccine-preventable diseases, and measles being one of them.

“We have seen the resurgence of several suspected and confirmed measles cases in Mindanao and in the region. That is why we are once more intensifying our campaign for measles immunization. It is very saddening to hear on the news about children dying and families grieving for the deaths in other places we could have prevented though immunization,” said Dr. Llacuna.

He added that as of May 5, 2018, they have 82 reported suspect measles cases coming from the region with 18 laboratory confirmed cases by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine. No death attributed to measles was reported, Dr. Llacuna said.

“Have your children vaccinated – have your children protected,” added Dr. Llacuna. (NCLM/DOH/PIA-Caraga)

SurSur pupils receive school bags with school supplies from GMA Foundation

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, May 15 (PIA) -- The GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc. (GMAKFI) has distributed 3,500 school bags with assorted school supplies as part of its project dubbed as “Unang Hakbang Sa Kinabukasan” (UHSK) to the Kindergarten and Grade 1 pupils in selected communities in the municipalities of Bayabas, Cortes, Madrid, Lanuza, and Cantilan, all of this province last May 8-12, 2018.

Based on the report, the beneficiaries, who received a school bag containing set of school supplies composed of five notebooks, two writing pads, two pencils, a sharpener, eraser, and a set of crayon, were all from the far-flung and underprivileged areas of the five towns of this province.

In a press statement released from the 36th Infantry Battalion as facilitator of the event, the project kicked off in the Municipality of Bayabas last May 8, 2018 and culminated in Cantilan town last May 12, 2018.

On May 11, 2018, the “Unang Hakbang Sa Kinabukasan” project went to Lanuza town to do the same activity. In partnership with the local government headed by Mayor Salvacion Azarcon, the activity highlighted with a Medical and Surgical Mission in Sitio Ibuan, Brgy Mampi, one of the indigenous peoples communities composed of Manobo and Mamanwa in the area.

Other services offered were giving of slippers by the Rotary Club of Central Tandag, free haircut services rendered by the 36IB, porridge feeding by APO Tandag City Alumni Association and free services of pedicure, manicure, and massage from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Surigao del Sur Provincial Office.

Manobo tribe member named Benny Bulando, who is a father of 10 children, of Sitio Ibuan has expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the GMA Kapuso Foundation together with the Philippine Army thru the 36IB for giving them an opportunity to avail of this kind of support for the education of their children.

Bulando uttered that it served as their inspiration and hope because they felt the presence of the government and stakeholders from Manila (as he cited the GMA Kapuso Foundation) despite of the undesirable road condition going to the said village by riding a “Habal-habal”, a single motorcycle.

Meanwhile, 36IB commanding officer Lt. Col. Xerxes Trinidad has expressed his respect and appreciation to the school supervisors and school heads for their warm welcome and accommodation during the distribution.

“The military believes that in order to address the insurgency problem, educating the youth is of great importance to help the communities uplift its environmental condition to attain peace and development in their areas," said LTC Trinidad.

"The activity is all about instilling hope through the convergence of efforts in order to make a difference and change people’s lives,” Col. Trinidad added. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)

4Ps OTC payout scheduled within 2nd Quarter CY 2018

By Joana Rica Millama

BUTUAN CITY, May 15  -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga, through its partner conduits, is set to release within May 16 to June 30, 2018 the Period 6 cash grants of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries whose mode of payment is over-the-counter (OTC).

The grants under Period 6 (January 2018) will be released along with the P2,400 cash grant under the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT).

DSWD Caraga OIC-Regional Director Mita Chuchi Gupana-Lim explained that the month-long delay of the release for OTC transactions was caused by the synchronized payout for the 4Ps grant and UCT.

“This includes the incompletion of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) and processing of release of funds from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and the Bureau of Treasury (BTr) for the UCT,” Lim said.

“We are not the only region affected by these system problems. Other regions are also waiting for the resolution of some technical problems encountered at the national level,” she added.

The UCT is a social mitigating measure to protect the disadvantaged, poor, and vulnerable sectors who will not benefit from the lower income taxes but will be adversely affected by the rising prices due to the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law.

As stipulated in the TRAIN Act, the government will provide monthly cash grant of P200 in 2018 and P300 in 2019 and 2020 for the 10 million poor households/individuals, 4.4 million of which are 4Ps beneficiaries.

In Caraga, about 180,000 households are recorded to be active 4Ps beneficiaries. (DSWD-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)