(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Monday, 12 November 2018) At 3:00 AM today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 405 km East of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur (8.0⁰N, 130.0⁰E). Tail-end of Cold Front affecting Southern Luzon. Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to Trough of Low Pressure Area. Eastern section of Mindanao will have moderate to strong winds coming from the Northeast to Northwest and the coastal waters will be moderate to rough over these areas. Elsewhere, light to moderate winds coming from the Northeast and the coastal waters will be slight to moderate. (PAGASA)

Wednesday, September 5, 2018


Caraga RDC to conduct 'Federalism in Focus' forum

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 5 (PIA) – To address the need to increase awareness of the regional stakeholders on the proposed constitutional change and its implications in the region, on peace in Mindanao and the country’s pursuit to sustainable development, the Caraga Regional Development Council (RDC) has organized a forum dubbed “Federalism in Focus” on September 17, 2018 in one of the local convention centers here.

According to RDC chair and Surigao del Norte Governor Sol Matugas, the forum aims to provide an avenue to disseminate information and engage the regional stakeholders on constructive dialogue on Federalism.

“We have invited former Chief Justice Reynato Puno, head of the Consultative Committee on Charter Change and Dr. Rosario Manasan of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies as our guest speakers,” bared Gov. Matugas.

The lady governor added that the proposed constitutional change, particularly the shift from a unitary to federal form of government, has far reaching implications, which merits discussions to ensure that the Filipino people are well-informed on the proposed changes, as well as its impacts.

Right after the said forum, the 95th RDC Meeting will also follow. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Agusan Norte ARB orgs join Sandugo Trade Expo

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 5 -- Seven agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations (ARBOs) joined the recent 2018 Sandugo Trade Expo in Bohol.

They were able to sell all their products and got to meet potential new buyers.

The groups from Culit Multipurpose Coop (CMPC) with their organic beverage, Simbalan Rubber Farmers Ass. Inc. (SRFI) with their Buenas Coffee, Duque Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Coop (DARBC) with their 4-in-1 turmeric, Sto. Niño MPC (SNMPC) with their naturally grown colored rice, Crops Production Services & Marketing Association, Inc. (CROPMAS) with squash strips and canton, Rural Improvement Club of Tagbuyacan (RIC Tagbuyacan) with squash and ube powder, and Libas Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative (LFMPC) with virgin coconut oil participated in the Expo..

The Agusan del Norte ARBOs were able to link with institutional buyers such as the Island City Mall, owned by Alturas Group of Companies, which became interested with all their products.

Other interests came from Pilayre General Merchandise of Cebu for SNMPC’s naturally grown colored rice,  Beey Di Igorot Fitzgerald & Criselda’s Sweet Food Express of Bohol for DARBC’s 4-in-1 Turmeric powder, and SRFI’s robusta ground coffee.

Yadee Native Delicacies of Tacloban City and Dairy Box Ice Cream producer of Bohol became interested with RIC Tagbuyacan's squash, ube, and corn powder.

The five-day Sandugo Trade Expo was held at The Block, Island City Mall, Tagbilaran City, Bohol.

The event has been known to be a reliable sourcing destination in the Visayas as it features a wide selection of quality and innovative locally-made artisanal products that incorporates indigenous materials and designs, plus processed food products carefully selected from various provinces and neighboring regions.

The Department of Trade and Industry Agusan del Norte (DTI AdN) Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) support services unit has been assisting the ARBOs' participation to this expo for the past several years.

DTI AdN CARP Trade and Industry Development Specialist Valentina Orbeta travelled with the ARBO representatives and facilitated their selling and negotiation activities. (DTI-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

DILG-Caraga conducts consultative meeting with local resource institutes

By Ednon John E. Aparicio

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 5 - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Caraga conducted here on August 28, 2018 a consultative meeting with selected local resource institutes (LRI) in Caraga for the crafting of Capacity Development (CapDev) Intervention for the local government units (LGUs) in the region.

The CapDev Intervention being developed is the response of DILG Caraga to the pressing competency gaps and needs that majority of the LGUs in the region are facing in the planning and implementation of local development projects.

“One of the reasons behind the problems encountered by LGUs in the implementation of local development projects is the lack of technical knowledge of some LGU personnel. This pitfall stems from the fact that most LGUs have poor planning skills that need to be addressed immediately as possible,” said Engr. Jojo A. Serenado of the DILG Caraga Regional Project and Development Unit (RPDMU).

For her part, Dr. Elvira V. Chua of PNU Mindanao said, “we are very willing to be part in the module development of this CapDev that is responsive to the needs of the LGUs. Not just the development but also its delivery and implementation.”

Based on the consultative meeting, the training implementation of Enhancing Local Government Unit Capacity on Planning and Implementation of Local Development Projects will commence on the last week of September 2018.

It will be implemented by two local research institutes project managers who will implement the capacity development program in two clusters of LGUs.

Cluster 1 composed of the municipalities in the provinces of Dinagat Islands and Surigao del Norte will be handled by the Siargao Islands Institute of Technology (SIIT), while Cluster 2 composed of the municipalities of the provinces of Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur will be handled by the Saint Paul University Surigao (SPUS). (Community Development Officer, DILG-Caraga/VLG/PIA-Caraga)

Search is on for 2018 Model OFW Family in Caraga Region

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 5 - The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) – Regional Welfare Office in Caraga has formally opened the search for this year’s Model OFW Family of the Year Award for Caraga Region.

Regional director Maria Ireen Cambaling of OWWA Caraga said the Model OFW Family of the Year Award – Parangal sa Matatag na Pamilyang OFW or MOFYA, is an annual search of giving due recognition to the outstanding accomplishments of the Overseas Filipino Workers and their families and upholding their best practices in handling family challenges.

“Two outstanding OFW families from Caraga region will be chosen, one from the Land-Based sector and one from the Sea-Based sector, and will represent OWWA Caraga in this year’s National MOFYA search,” she said.

Cambaling also clarified that previous regional MOFYA nominees can be nominated for the second time only after two years; must not be related up to the third degree of consanguinity and affinity to officials and employees of OWWA, Department of Labor and Employment and its attached agencies, and social partners of MOFYA; and must not be a holder of an elective/appointive position in national/local office at the time of nomination.

It was also learned that OFW Family Circles (OFCs), Registered Non-government Organizations (NGOs), People’s Organizations (POs), Religious Organizations and Community-based socio-civic organizations/associations may nominate their Model OFW Family who met the basic qualification requirements, as follows: the OFW is the head of the nuclear family, could be the father or mother, including widow/widower; he/she may be presently employed overseas or former OFW;  he/she is/was an OWWA member; he/she has at least four (4) years of work experience as an OFW; that he/she has returned to the country for good no longer than 10 years at the time of nomination; and with no derogatory record.

Accordingly, nominations from overseas may be accepted provided the family of the nominee is in the Philippines and the OFW family is known as a solid and stable family in the community, financially stable and actively involved in community projects.

The criteria for selection includes the  wholesomeness of OFW Family with 50% points, success in Education or Profession of OFW and/or Family member/s  with 20% points, success in Managing Family Finances  with 10% points, and civic/Community Involvement of OFW and Family  with 20% points.

The deadline for submission of nomination will be on September 15, 2018.

For more information, the OWWA-Caraga office is situated at Nimfa Tiu Bldg. II, J.P. Rosales Avenue, Butuan City or contact their office at (085) 815-1894/09399259895 (smart)/09173150590 (globe). (AJMH/OWWA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)