(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 23, 2018


Popcom holds AHD Caravan in Butuan

BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte, Oct. 23 -- Hundreds of participants attended the Adolescent Health and Development (AHD) caravan conducted recently by the Commission on Population (Popcom) - Caraga, in close partnership with the City Population Office of Butuan.

The event was held in one of the major private schools here.

The activities during the caravan, which were backed-up by the Timber City Academy Board of Trustees, include AHD Film Dissemination, U4U Teen Trail, New Sexually Healthy and Personally Effective (SHAPE) Module session, Parent-Teen Trail, and the Learning Package on Parent Education on AHD (LPPEAHD) session.

Prior to the simultaneous activities was the signing of AHD-Information and Service Delivery Network (ISDN) Memorandum of Agreement and Executive Order, followed by the soft launching of the school’s teen center where the various sports equipment and musical instruments stationed for students’ recreational activities.

These undertakings were witnessed by LGU officials, school board of trustee, teachers, ABC president, SK Federation President, heads and representatives from concerned regional line agencies, students and other guests.

Butuan City Councilor  lawyer Rema E. Burdeos, Committee Chairperson on Social Welfare, Family, Women and Children, emphasized the need and importance of the initiative  as it will discourage adolescents to engage in non-sexual and sexual risky behaviors as well as educate them to maximize their potentials for development.

Popcom Caraga Director Alexander A. Makinano also highlighted the important role of the parents and teachers on the lives of the young people in guiding them and become effective partners with adolescents in dealing with their sexual and reproductive health concerns.

On his part, Director Jose R. Llacuna, Jr. of the Department of Health-Caraga, vowed to support the initiative in line of his agency program of Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health as he asked the students to submit themselves voluntary HIV testing.

Earlier, the Sangguniang Panglungsod of Butuan passed SP Resolution No. 405-2018 authorizing Hon. City Mayor Ronnie Vicente C. Lagnada to enter into a MOA with POPCOM and other partner agencies on AHD-ISDN.

To further hone the skills, potentials and the total well-being of the adolescents in other areas, POPCOM Caraga had also given various sports equipment and musical instruments to different secondary schools in cities of Butuan, Tandag, Surigao and in the provinces of Agusan del Norte, Dinagat Islands and Surigao del Sur.

Pre-requisite of the giving of said equipment is the establishment of teen center whether in community or in school.

ISDN will also be mobilized for the operation of the teen center to ensure harmonized and well-collaborated planning, coordination, funding, implementation, and monitoring of AHD-related and outcome-based interventions across levels. (Popcom Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

350 new police recruits take oath in Caraga

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 23 - A total of 350 new police recruits of Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 took their oath here recently before the PRO13 director, Chief Supt Gilberto DC Cruz.

The new recruits, comprised of 251 male and 99 female, surpassed the thorough examination and screening for the 2018 Police Officer 1 (PO1) Regular Recruitment Program.

They will each receive a basic monthly salary of Php29,668 aside from other allowances.

“Remember that an oath of office is the mortar that binds us to the foundations of our government. Since you entered the realm of law enforcement, you have opted to follow a higher standard of integrity and conduct,” Cruz said.

The region’s police chief also reminded them to build their foundation on integrity and credibility, and never to engage in illegal activities.

As new cops, they will be brought to the Regional Training Center 13 in Surigao City to undergo the six months mandatory training.

During the ceremony, members of the Regional Screening Committee were accorded with plaques of appreciation for their efforts in efficiently supervising the selection process, while families, relatives, and friends witnessed the oath taking of the new police officers. (PRO-13/PIA-Caraga)