(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, October 22, 2018


AgNor LGU approves financial assistance to rice farmers

By Aimee B. Sienes

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 22 -- The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Agusan del Norte recently approved the establishment of an assistance program to marginalized rice farmers in the province as embodied in Provincial Ordinance No. 494-2018.

Under the ordinance authored by Provincial Board Member Virgilio R. Escasinas, Jr., the provincial government shall provide financial assistance to farmers’ associations, which amount shall be based on the approved project proposal not exceeding Php3,000,000.00, which in turn, will be utilized for re-lending to the members in the form of farm inputs amounting to Php35,000.00 per hectare cost in one cropping period.

The value of farm inputs to be provided to the farmer-recipients is under the “Grant-Recovery-Roll Over Scheme,” where the association shall undertake the collection of payment after harvest and same will be deposited to the association’s bank account for the procurement of farm inputs for the next cropping season.

The farmer association may impose a service fee and other charges to defray the administrative cost in managing the fund.

The ordinance aims to grant financial assistance to the small rice farmers in the province in order to provide them the needed funds and inputs to ensure agricultural productivity.

The overall goal is to increase productivity and production of quality rice as well as improve the farmers’ income and quality of life.

The assistance covers the small or marginalized rice farmers enrolled under the Kapalayapaan Program and other small farmers in the province.

Kapalayapaan Program is a program for the farmer sector which means “There is peace in rice farming,” a convergence project with the 402nd Brigade, Philippine Army gearing for increase farm production, promoting organic farming and introduction of new farming techniques.

As an added eligibility, farmers enrolled under the Kapalayapaan Program shall be endorsed by the Philippine Army.

There is a need for a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed and entered into by and between the province of Agusan del Norte represented by Provincial Governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba and the farmers’ association represented by its president. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

Agusan Norte orders resting chairs inside establishments

By Jessica O. Mellejor

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 22 -- The provincial government of Agusan del Norte strictly required all business establishments in the province to provide resting chairs for their employees.

This was embodied under Provincial Ordinance No. 499-2018 authored by Provincial Board Member Salutario B. Cuasito.

Cuasito pushed for the approval of the ordinance considering the need for such move.

Accordingly, a number of medical researches and social studies conducted within the country and abroad disclose that individuals spending most of the day on their feet every working day are likely to be at greater risks of experiencing health problems such as but not limited to varicose veins, frequent contusions and swelling of the legs and feet, rheumatism, and other foot problems.

The affirmative vote of the lawmakers was also anchored under Section 7, Rule 1 of the Omnibus Rules Implementing the Labor Code (Book III) that states that each employer will provide his employees with a reasonable rest for one hour for regular meals.

Said ordinance was approved by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan during its 101st Regular Session through Cuasito, who chairs the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

Tagalog News: Ika-9 na Bantayog-Wika sa Filipinas, pinasinayaan sa Surigao

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Oktubre 22 (PIA) - Pinasinayaan noong Oktubre 3, 2018 sa Provincial Capitol Compound, lungsod ng Surigao, Surigao del Norte ang ika-9 na Bantayog-Wika sa Filipinas na kumikilala sa wikang Surigawnon ng lalawigang Surigao del Norte bilang pagpaparangal sa mga katutubong wika ng Filipinas.

Ang Bantayog-Wika, na likha ng tanyag na eskultor na si Luis “Junyee” E. Yee Jr., ay magkatuwang na inilantad sa madla nina Kgg. Sol F. Matugas, Gobernador ng lalawigang Surigao del Norte at pangunahing katuwang ng Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino (KWF) sa pagsasakatuparan ng proyekto; G. Arturo M. Cruje ng PGO-Culture and Arts Office; Dr. Eliza E. Bayang, Direktor ng Sentro ng Wika at Kultura; iba pang opisyal ng kapitolyo; at ni Pambansang Alagad ng Sining at Tagapangulo ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino, Virgilio S. Almario.

Yari ang hubog-kawayang bantayog sa stainless steel at may taas na sampung talampakan.

Nakaukit sa katawan nito ang baybaying bersiyon ng “Pag-ibig sa Tinubuang Bayan” ni Andres Bonifacio.

Lumiliwanag din ang teksto para sa mga nais bumisita sa kinatatayuan nito sa loob ng unibersidad.

Surigawnon ang wikang sinasalita ng mga katutubong surigawnon sa mga lalawigan ng Surigao del Norte at  Surigao del Sur; Isla ng Dinagat; at sa mga bayan ng Kitcharao at Jabonga sa lalawigan ng Agusan del Norte.

Inaasahan ang pagtatayo ng iba’t-ibang Bantayog-Wika sa Filipinas na mayroong humigit kumulang 130 katutubong wika at itinuturing na isang dakilang pamanang-bayan ng bansa.


Itinataguyod ito ng Tanggapan ni Senador Loren B. Legarda at ng komisyon sa Wikang Fillipino. (Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino/PIA-Surigao del Norte)