(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, June 28, 2018


Army, ACE launch mobile computer literacy program in Surigao Norte town

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, June 28 (PIA) - The 402nd Brigade, Philippine Army, together with the Association of Caraga Executives (ACE) and local government of Gigaquit thru Mayor Elvira Egay launched on Tuesday, June 26, the Mobile Computer Literacy Program (MCLP) for the 42 Indigenous Peoples (IPs) in Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte. 

The Mamanwa tribe in the said municipality offered a ritual as the launching starts at the covered court of Barangay Mahanub, Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte. Local residents in the area, employees of the local government unit and other guests witnessed the event. 

Mayor Egay, in her message, thanked the 402nd Brigade, Phil. Army, together with ACE for choosing Gigaquit town as the beneficiary of the Mobile Computer Literacy Program. She explained that the IP beneficiaries will be trained on the use of computer with the assistance of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) trainers.

“We do not only teach them how to read and write, we also want them to learn how to use the computer, and give them the opportunity to excel using the modern technology,” said Mayor Egay.

The lady mayor also said the local government unit has allocated a Php 100,000.00 fund intended for the IPs training. She strongly supports the initiative of the 402nd Brigade and partners, in its effort to build sustainable peace and development in its area of responsibility. 

Lieutenant Colonel Xerxes Trinidad, commander of 36th Infantry Battalion, said the Mobile Computer Literacy Program will empower the participants and will mold them as peace and development advocates. He added that the beneficiaries composed of IPs and out of school youths will enjoy the one-month training inside the 40-footer van equipped with 21 high-tech computers and other necessary gadgets.

“The Philippie Army in Caraga region will continue to provide basic computer literacy program to the IPs and other marginalized sectors in the area, as we see them as partners in nation-building, and we see to it that their potentials are recognized to full extent,” said LTC Trinidad.

Also, Atty. Francisco Pobe, regional election director of Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Caraga and ACE president, said their organization has provided backpacks, slippers, notebooks, pens and towels to the 42 beneficiaries of the MCLP. “ACE also gave Php25,000.00 cash assistance for the meals expenses of the beneficiaries for their one-month training,” he added.

Meanwhile, 402nd Brigade commander Brigadier General Franco Nemesio Gacal, emphasized that more IPs and out of school youths in the region will be benefitting from the said program. He also encouraged other partner stakeholders to take part and help promote the welfare of the IPs. (PIA-Caraga)

Army urges lumads to report 'migrants' in CADT community

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, June 28 (PIA) – The Philippine Army reminded anew the lumads to stay alert and to report to authorities any presence of individuals with suspicious motives in their area that may arouse conflict within their communities.

This was again emphasized after six non-indigenous people (IP) persons identified as employees of the Tribal Filipino Program of Surigao del Sur (TRIFPSS) had entered the Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) community in Barangay Libas Sud, San Miguel, Surigao del Sur.

Indigenous peoples mandatory representative (IPMR) Datu Rico Maca said, in an interview over the local radio, that those persons who entered illegally in the premises of the IP communities aimed to conduct a dialogue in order to convince the lumads to patronize the TRIFPSS school which is not accredit by the Department of Education (DepEd). 

Accordingly, they did not go through the process that would allow them to conduct their activities in the area. The protocol forbids their visitation as no permit or clearance from the Municipal Tribal Office was issued to them.

Lieutenant Colonel Xerxes Trinidad, 36IB commanding officer, supported the statement of Datu Maca by reiterating that “there is a municipal ordinance in San Miguel regulating the entry of migrants or non-government organizations (NGOs)."

Trinidad further said the municipal ordinance was enacted to prevent the entry of unidentified personalities especially those with ill motives towards the inhabitants, particularly the CADT areas, which became prey to the manipulative and deceptive tactics of communist New People’s Army (NPA) terrorists. 

Report said, the troops of 36IB acted upon the request of the barangay officials in line with the commitment and support under the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFPs’) Community Support Program for the peace and order initiatives of the barangay.

It was also learned that said personalities had also visited Sitio Sangay and Sitio Hayon, all in barangay Libas Sud on January 19 and 20, respectively.

Maca also confirmed that these communities already had its newly installed and operationalized DepEd - Elementary School of Living Tradition (ESLT) for IPs.  (VLG/PIA-Surigao del Sur)