(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.

Friday, November 9, 2018


P34-M FMR expands agri commodities

By Fretcher Magatao

ESPERANZA, Agusan del Sur, Nov. 9 - The Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) has recently turned-over the P34-million farm-to-market road (FMR) to Esperanza, Agusan del Sur.

The 2.9-kilometer Lumbia-Mabao FMR directly benefits 3,036 individuals or 885 farming households. This intervention from the government is built to support the Rubber industry in the province and the farmers planting high-value crops in the locality.

“All of us have worked so hard for the realization of this project. We will make sure that this road will be preserved up to 100 years so that many generations can benefit,” said Esperanza Mayor Leonida Manpatilan.

Manpatilan said that the LGU is working hard to develop not just the corn industry but also the high-value crops that many farmers are also planting. “This road creates a good reason and zeal to produce more,” said Manpatilan.

DA Caraga Regional Director Abel James Monteagudo shared that the government is working hard to support the farmers with not just road for easy transportation of agricultural produce, but also to equip the farmers and farmers’ associations with the necessary tools and equipment to increase production.

Sitios Lumbia and Mabao are the areas in Barangay Dakutan where some farmers also plant rubber trees other than just growing corn. “The seemingly isolated area before is now a place of production with many farmers planting corn, high-value crops and rubber trees,” said Barangay Captain Rolando Jaum.

The turn-over activity was participated by the DA-PRDP team in the region, Provincial Project Management Implementing Unit (PPMIU) of Agusan del Sur headed by Deanna Fudalan, LGU-Esperanza officials headed by Mayor Manpatilan, Barangay Dakutan officials and the farmers in the area.

DA-PRDP’s Infrastructure Component helps the producers, traders and the rural population through constructing FMRs, bridges, irrigation and potable water systems that are identified in the value chains of the products or commodities of the province or region. (DA-13/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

90 residents participate in DSWD-Caraga’s KAP survey

By Abegail R. Alvarez

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Nov. 9 - A total of 90 residents of Barangay Patin-ay of this municipality had recently participated in the Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice (KAP) Survey conducted by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Caraga through the Social Marketing Section (SMS).

KAP Survey is a form of communication research that enables social marketers to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the communication tactics employed by the Department directly from the stakeholders.

The survey, which was given to 45 4Ps beneficiaries and 45 non-4Ps beneficiaries, aimed to determine the awareness of the stakeholders on DSWD’s core programs (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps, Sustainable Livelihood Program, and Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services or Kalahi-CIDSS), and the basic services such as Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) and Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP), among others.

Seventy (equal number of 4Ps and non-4Ps respondents) answered a five-page questionnaire with the help of the SMS staff who served as data collectors.

The questionnaire focused on stakeholders’ knowledge on DSWD programs and services and described their attitude towards DSWD’s performance in delivering programs and services to the community.

The other 20 participants participated in the Focus Group Discussion (FGD) later in the afternoon where the SMS staff listened to a more in-depth discussion with the respondents.

Social Marketing Service-Communication Development and Research Divisions (SMS-CDRD) shall consolidate the accomplished survey forms and perform analysis on the data gathered.

The result of the survey and FGD will serve as basis for the SMS in enhancing its communication strategy ang in making it more effective and efficient to the community.

Responsible for undertaking advocacy, social marketing, and networking activities, the SMS conducts the KAP survey annually to ensure that messages embodied in the vision, mission, and goal of the Department are effectively communicated to the general public. (Social Marketing Section/DSWD Field Office Caraga/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

AgSur NC II holders receive SMAW project starter kits

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Nov. 9 - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Agusan del Sur Provincial Office has recently released P1-million worth of Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) Project Starter Kits including welding machine and accessories to 75 unemployed youth National Certificate (NC)-II holders.

The project was conceptualized through the collaboration of the DOLE, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the Provincial Public Employment Service Office of Agusan del Sur.

“Dako kaayo among pasalamat isip mga un-employed youth nga na hatagan og prebelihiyo nga makadawat ani nga project. Dako kaayo ning tabang para maka tukod kami og gamay nga negosyo nga welding shop. Isip graduate sa TESDA og Shielded Metal Arc Welding magamit jud namo among abilidad sa pag welding para maka income kami og maka tabang sa among mga pamilya. Isa pud ni nga rason nga dili na kami mo langyaw pa og laing nasod para manarbaho as welder kay naa naman me kaugalingon nga machine nga magamit para sa among etukod nga welding shop (As unemployed youth, we are very much grateful to be recipients of this project. This project will be very helpful for us to establish our own small business which is a welding shop. Now, we can make profit from what we have learned as a Shielded Metal Arc welding graduates of TESDA. We do not have to work abroad because we now have our own welding shop),” Valent E. Lopez, one of the beneficiaries said.

The turnover ceremony was attended by DOLE Caraga Regional Director Chona M. Mantilla, CESO III, DOLE Agusan del Sur Provincial Head Jocelyn L. Bastareche, DILEEP Focal Maximo C. Magallen, Jr., Sanguniang Panlalawigan Member Hon. Santiago B. Cane, Jr., TESDA Provincial Director Braulio P. Dela Peña, Jr. and Provincial Agusan del Sur PESO Manager Divina P. Lagumbay.

DOLE-Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) aims to help the informal sectors in the entire region to generate income through this program from the Department. (DOLE-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Mga magsasaka sa Caraga, tumanggap ng titulo ng lupa at mga kagamitan

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Nob. 9 (PIA) - Bakas ang tuwa ng mga farmers sa Caraga region nang kanilang natanggap ang Certificate of Land Ownership Award (CLOA) mula sa Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Caraga para sa kanilang sinasakahang lupa.

Maliban doon ay tumanggap din sila ng mga makinarya at equipment na ibinahagi sa kanila mula sa DAR Caraga sa ilalim ng Agrarian Reform Community Economic Support Services at Climate Resilient Farm Productivity Support Project, sa tulong na rin ni President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

Nasa 575 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBS) ang nakatanggap ng CLOA sa probinsya ng Surigao del Norte; 796 sa Agusan del Sur; 263 sa Surigao del Sur; 242 sa Dinagat Islands; at 221 sa Agusan del Norte. May kabuuang 2,310 na CLOA sa 2,097 na ARBs ang naibigay sa Caraga region.

Ibat-ibang kooperatiba sa rehiyon ang tumanggap ng tig-iisang unit ng 4WD tractor na makatutulong sa kanilang pagsasaka at nang mapalago pa ang kanilang livelihood sa pang-araw-araw.

Kabilang dito ang Jamafo Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative sa Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte; Oil Palm Growers Multi-Purpose Cooperative sa Butuan City; Magaud Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative sa Loreto at Gamao Multi-Purpose Cooperative ng Bayugan City, Agusan sel Sur; Cantapoy Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative sa Malimono at Ima Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association ng Sison, Surigao del Norte; Balilaycar Farmers Marketing Association ng Tago at Bayabas Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association ng Bayabas, Surigao del Sur.

Maliban sa forward tractor, ilan-ilang kooperatiba rin ang tumanggap ng tig-iisang unit ng combined harvester at mechanical rice transplanter. ANG Alipao Multi-Purpose Cooperative (Almuco) Sa Alegria, Surigao Del Norte; San Isidro Multi-Purpose Cooperative (Simpuco) Sa Gigaquit; Maging Ang Rural Improvement Club Producers Cooperative (Riproco) Sa Surigao City. KASALI RIN ANG Southern Agusan Seed Producers Cooperative (SASEPCO) sa Trento, Agusan del Sur.

Ayon kay DAR Secretary Atty. John Castriciones, nais ng Pangulong Duterte na maiangat ang pamumuhay ng mga farmers, at mabawasan umano ang mga magsasakang nabibiktima at naiinganyo ng mga teroristang npa na sumanib sa kanilang grupo dahil ginagawa nilang dahilan ang kawalan ng maayos na programa at serbisyo para sa magsasaka.

Laking pasasalamat naman ni Daniel Viscaya, isang farmer sa Trento, Agusan del Sur kay Pangulong Duterte sa pagbibigay halaga nito sa mga farmers.

Ibinahagi naman ni Edwin Tabano, chairman ng Southern Agusan Seed Producer Cooperative sa Trento, Agusan del Sur na malaking tulong ang naibigay sa kanilang makinarya sa pagsasaka at kauna-unahang ayuda umano ito na kanilang natanggap mula sa gobyerno. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)