(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.

Monday, June 25, 2018


Nominations for Bayaning Pilipino Awards to be accepted until July 15

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, June 25 (PIA) -- The annual search for the Gawad Geny Lopez  Jr. Bayaning Pilipino is ongoing and nomination will be accepted until July 15, 2018 to continue to herald true heroes of today and pay tribute for their accomplishments in the field of public service.

“It’s has been more than a decade of conferring due recognition to our modern day unsung heroes. It’s primary ideal to enhance our Filipino values system and to recognize those who are helping the grassroots,” said Fr. Nilo Tanalega, project director.

For this year, three categories will be launched, namely, Individual (Bayaning Pilipino), Youth (Bayaning Kabataan) and Teacher (Bayaning Guro).

A Filipino citizen between the ages 15-32 years old at the time of the nomination period who is actively serving the community is qualified for the youth category. On the other hand, teachers who have at least 10 years experience of teaching in the elementary or secondary level either in public or private educational institutions are also accepted for nomination.

The project is a joint effort of the ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp. and the UGAT Foundation. It seeks to promote the Filipino values of humanitarianism, industry, determination and dedication to public service.

For queries, email them at bayaningpilipinoawards@yahoo.com or call the persons incharge at (63-2) 426 6496 (direct) and 426-6001 local 4873. Nominate your hero now. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)

Tandaganons celebrate 11th Charter Day

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, June 22 (PIA) –- The city of Tandag, the capital of Surigao del Sur, celebrated its 11th Charter Day where Tandaganons joined in the merriment and enjoyed some of the annual perks lined up including the highlighted drum and lyre corps competition dubbed as “Laguboh” held at the City Gymnasium early morning.

City Mayor Alexander Pimentel, in his message, said the city had its struggles before it became a city in June 2007 and even after its proclamation.

“In those instances, the local government had encountered problems from the opposition. It’s a hard-fought legal battle with the League of Cities of the Philippines that was managed to come out a victory,” he said.

Also, in time for the Charter Day celebration was the blessing and inauguration of the “Bahay Pag-asa” in Purok Villa, Barangay Rosario with Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional director Mita Chuchi Lim who attended the ceremonial unveiling and the cutting of ribbon.

A medical/dental check-up and a free haircut called “Kumusta Lo ug La” activity were also availed by the senior citizens.

In the afternoon, a “Sinugda’n” or “Sinugbahay sa Da’n”  (Street Grill) feast was joined in by the 21 barangays of the said city along the Vicente L. Pimentel Sr. Boulevard. Also, high-spirited locals competed in the “Baile” or “Cha-cha” dance contest.

Meanwhile, Davao City 1st district representative Karlo Alexei Nograles was the guest speaker during the Charter Day Program held the following day. A thanksgiving mass was held in honor of San Nicolas, the city’s patron saint and a foot parade known by the natives as “Karahikas".

Also part of the festivity was the “Hudyaka” featuring comedian Jason Gainza, singer-actress Emmanuelle Vera, Ronnie Liang and Rocksteddy Band.

The spectacular fireworks display that illuminated the night skies yielded fun and excitement among children and onlookers. 

Tandag City, as one of the oldest settlements in Caraga, is basically a coastal city, with 10 of its 21 barangays are coastal facing towards the Pacific Ocean. (VLG/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Agusan del Sur MSMEs visit Propak in Bangkok, Thailand

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, June 25 – A delegation of 19 persons representing 11 micro and small enterprises (MSMEs) in the processed food sector in Agusan del Sur joined the Philippine delegation to the Propak Asia 2018 – The 26th International Processing and Packaging Technology Event for Asia in BITEC, Bangkok, Thailand on June 13-16, 2018. 

These participating entrepreneurs shouldered their own plane fare and incidental expenses. The Agusan del Sur group was also joined by a representative of the Provincial Board of Investment and DTI staff.

The delegation explored the recent trends in Asia concerning food packaging and technology that can be adapted in their business operations in order to be competitive in the global market.  

There was also company visits arranged by the Philippine Trade Attach├ę assigned in Thailand.

Propak Asia is the Asia’s No. 1 international processing and packaging event for food, drink, pharmaceutical industries with over 2,000 exhibitors from 45 countries. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

LGU-Butuan starts review of business, licensing processes

BUTUAN CITY, June 25 --  In a bid to further streamline its business permitting and licensing system (BPLS) to provide ease to business applicants, enforce statutory requirements and generate the right taxes and fees for the city, the city government of Butuan has started to review its existing processes. 

On the day of the Ease of Doing Business (EODB) Summit held in Metro Manila, June 13, the different offices involved in the city’s BPLS gathered together at the city hall to walk through each of the citizen’s charter of the offices involved/connected in the issuance of mayor’s permit.

The aim was to reevaluate the flow, connection and critical points of interface among the different “feeder” processes.

It can be recalled that a new law was passed recently amending the Anti-red Tape Act and is now known as the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018.

This new law actually calls for LGUs and agencies to review their BPL systems and processes pending the issuance of an IRR. Coincidentally a few days after its signing last May 28, the city government of Butuan already started talks with concerned offices. 

Present during the recent review were the departments/offices in-charge of the following: mayor’s permit (Business Permit & Licensing Division) assessment and payment (City Treasurer’s Office), zoning clearance (City Planning & Development Office), building and occupancy Permit (City Architect’s Office), fire safety inspection (Bureau of Fire), sanitary permit (City health office), and environmental clearance (City Environment and Natural Resources Office).

Also in attendance were officers and personnel from the City Legal Office, City Trade, Industry and Investment Promotion Office (CTIIPO) and the departments of the interior and local government (DILG) as well as trade and industry (DTI).

DTI Agusan del Norte OIC Provincial Director Brenda B. Corvera presided over the meeting. She was joined by DTI personnel from both the city/provincial and the regional office.

Atty. Cisco Franz S. Maclang of the CLO, on the other hand led the levelling off of interpretation and understanding of the different provisions and legal basis for the processes. 

The group also discussed the duties, responsibilities and other implementation requirements for the Joint Inspection Team (JIT) of the city.

The discussions and agreements will be taken up with the mayor’s office for consideration and formulation of final directives. (DTI-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

DTI-AgSur introduces skills on wood carving, chips processing to IPs, MSMEs

AGUSAN DEL SUR, June 25 - Some 82 indigenous peoples, students and Micro-Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in this province appreciated and learned the process of woodcarving and chips processing. 

As part of the Trabaho Negosyo Kabuhayan (TNK): Kalayaan Job Fair 2018 held in Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur, also in time with the Naliyagan Festival, a technology demonstration on taro (karlang) and camote chips processing and Wood carving /wood doll making were organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Agusan del Sur.

Venchito Indias of Torah Tour and Travels and Glorigen Bomotano of GB's food products of Prosperidad facilitated the said demonstration. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

SurSur 2nd district solon urges all sectors in province to work together

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, June 25 (PIA)  – In order for the province of Surigao del Sur “to soar high, go into greater heights,” the 2nd District solon has urged all sectors here, the church is no exception, to “work together.” 

Cong. Johnny Pimentel shared this message during the 86th Regular Session of the 18th Sangguniang Panlalawigan at its Session Hall after Gov. Vicente “BB” Pimentel, Jr. had delivered his State of the Province Address (SOPA) in the afternoon of June 14, 2018.

Before local leaders and heads of national agencies who came to grace the occasion, including Bishop Raul Dael of the Diocese of Tandag, who was installed as head of the Roman Catholic Church in the province in the morning of the same day, the first termer solon pointed out that he had done his part “to augment the effort of the provincial government.”

Being “one of the dedicated legislators in the 17th Congress,” Cong. Pimentel said that “true to his words,” he “was able to deliver” his promises. 

“I wish to inform you that my dream for the 2nd District is to have a four-lane concrete road from Barobo all the way down to Lingig,” Pimentel told the audience.

“In short,” he said that “in a span of two years, I was able to bring almost P6B worth of infrastructure in the 2nd District.”

Pimentel noted that before his incumbency, the 2nd District could only get as much as P800M up to P900M budget allocation.  However, he said that during his first year he was able to increase it to P1.5B; this year to P2.8B or almost twice over. 

For school buildings alone, Cong. Pimentel bared to have been able to get P1.4B.

Citing the situation now as compared to the “critical times” before the turn of the millennium, the province was said to be in very bad shape in terms of infrastructure amid the height of insurgency and exacerbated by “political bickering.”

“We have 152 timber bridges” in a 300-kilometer stretch of “rough and rugged roads” from Carrascal to Lingig, Cong. Pimentel said as he took the attendees down “memory lane.”

However, with the “Pichays and Pimentels” at the helm, because of the pact made between and among political leaders to stop political bickering and to “start to work together,” the province had begun to slowly “climb up the ladder” until it finally came out of the ordeal in 2013 being in the list of 20 poorest provinces in the country, he continued to say.  

“But as I have said, this is now water under the bridge,” Cong. Pimentel bragged, saying that Surigao del Sur had already morphed into “one of the most developed and most progressive provinces in the entire country.”             

“True to the agreement, program and development started to come our way,” Pimentel went on saying.

“What is going for Surigao del Sur is the unity of political leaders,” he added. 

On top of bringing home the bacon, Cong. Pimentel cited his feats as a legislator. 

“In my two years as the congressman of 2nd District, I was able to file 137 bills.  And 15 of these have become laws and some of these laws are very important . . . if not of greater national importance.”

Pimentel mentioned about being one of the principal authors of extending the validity of (driver’s) license from three years to five years; extending the validity of passports from five years to 10 years; Free Irrigation Act, and so on including the salary hike of men in the uniformed service. (Radyo Pilipinas-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)