(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, October 16, 2018


PNP leads outreach program for peace in Tandag

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Oct 16 (PIA) -- The Police Regional Office (PRO)-13, in partnership with the Army's 36th Infantry Batallion (36IB), Provincial Government of Surigao del Sur, and City Government of Tandag, spearheaded a convergence Community Outreach Program for Peace to the indigenous people's (IP) community of Barangay Maitom here on October 11, 2018.

Around 300 IP families benefited from the basic services offered during the one-day event, such as: medical and dental consultation and tooth extraction; distribution of medicines; bloodletting; distribution of GMA Kapuso foundation backpacks with complete set of school supplies to IP pupils; gift packs with goodies; distribution of reading eyeglasses; free haircut, porridge feeding, distribution of used clothing; and distribution of slippers and dental kits to elementary pupils.

In his message, PRO-13 Regional Director PCSupt Gilbert Cruz stressed that the said activity is a joint convergence aimed at bringing the government closer to the people.

Meanwhile, Lt. Col. Xerxes Trinidad, 36IB commanding officer, emphasized that the Program for Peace was initiated purposely for the benefit of the IP brothers and sisters who are vulnerable from exploitation and manipulation by the CPP-NPA Terrorist (CNT).

“Our intent is to give hope and make them feel that the government and other stakeholders are looking after them and committed to pursue peace and development efforts in their community,” Lt. Col. Trinidad said.

“The PNP has been always been a partner of the Philippine Army in the fight against insurgency. With this program, we have manifested a convergence of efforts that could address the problem which brought a span of a lifetime of suffering and injustices," said Police Provincial Office Director PSSupt. Francisco Dungo Jr.

“It’s high time that we stand side by side and unite our efforts to implement programs and sustain the delivery of basic services to the people,” Dungo added.

During the event, the beneficiaries were also entertained with the mascots of President Rodrigo Duterte and former Special Assistant to the President Bong Go, and the live band with the talented performers from the PNP and 36IB.

Barangay Maitom, according to the military, is being identified as one of the rebel-infested areas in Surigao del Sur.

The activity is also in collaboration with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority; Land Transportation Office; Philippine Red Cross - Surigao del Sur Chapter; Alpha Phi Omega (APO) Alumni Association; Tandag Linungao Eagles Club; Free and Accepted Mason, APO Fraternity and Sorority; Philippine Information Agency and media partners such as Tandag Network Television-6 (TNTV-6), and Sure FM Station. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Caraga region is rich in tuna

By Aurelius P. Arais

Commercial fishing of tuna and processing is one of the potential investment opportunities in Caraga Region.

Visa Tan-Dimerin, the new Regional Director of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Caraga, said that the region is rich in high-value fish such as tuna.

“We have an abundance of tuna in Caraga Region but the bulk of our catch goes to other places in Mindanao where post-harvest and processing centers are located such as in General Santos City,” the director said.

Dimerin said that Surigao del Sur is one of the sources of fresh tuna for the tuna processing industry in General Santos.

“Caraga is blessed with various tuna species such as skipjack or commonly called Tulingan, Yellowfin, Bluefin, Albacore and other,” Dimerin said.

Currently, there are small-scale processors of tuna in the region for bottled tuna products and semi-processed.

“We are promoting our region to investors to consider Caraga Region particularly in the fish processing industry so our local catch would be processed here since we have an abundance of fish,” she said.

The director revealed that Caraga Region posted an 88 percent sufficiency level of fish, however, that part of Caraga’s catch has been accounted in another region.

“Based on statistics parameters, accounting for fish is based on landing or where it is being unloaded. So in the case of fresh catch from Caraga Region being unloaded outside the region, the data will be credited to the said area,” Dimerin explained.

Dimerin disclosed that 90 percent of tuna catch in Surigao del Sur particularly from Bislig area are bound for General Santos tuna processing.

Yellowfin, in particular, has been exported to other countries such as Japan and China, hence, the cold storage facility is necessary to maintain its quality and such big facility are located in other regions.

To boost the fishing industry in the region, BFAR has been conducting training for the fisher folks, provision of fishing paraphernalia and facility for fish processing, and stringent implementation of fishery laws.

BFAR is an attached agency of the Department of Agriculture. (DA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

Mamanwa folks upgrade skills in handicraft making

By Mardel Allen G. Delanto

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Oct. 16 (PIA) - Some 16 members of the Mamanwa tribe in Brgy. Cantugas, Mainit, this province were trained on handicraft making through the One Town One Product Next Generation (OTOP Next GEN) program of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) conducted on October 1-5, 2018.

The indigenous people (IPs) were trained to produce mats, bags, baskets, and other handcrafted products using indigenous materials which are growing prominently in the area.

The materials include palm strips, nito, malawlaw and golden sika (sayabay).

Gina Bagasbas, a member of the pool of regional designers of the DTI Caraga, served as the consultant who supervised the week-long activity.

To help the Mamanwas  meet their assignment, starter kits and tools were given for their processing activities.

OTOP Next GEN is DTI’s program to capacitate of the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) through product development initiatives, training, referral, and other capacity building activities with the goal of leveling up the products in the areas of design, quality, volume, among others.

The outputs of this activity will be market-matched in the local and regional market and will also be showcased in the Sikat Pinoy National Arts and Crafts Fair October Edition SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City. (DTI-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)