(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Friday, 22 March 2019) Mindanao will have partly cloudy-cloudy skies w/ isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Localized Thunderstorms. Eastern section of Mindanao will have moderate winds from the Northeast w/ moderate-occasionally rough seas. Elsewhere, light-moderate winds from NE-E w/ slight-moderate seas. PAGASA Mindanao/jaf

Thursday, December 27, 2018


Former rebels get Christmas gifts in SurSur

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Dec. 27 (PIA) -- A total of 40 former rebels (FRs) received early Christmas gifts from the 36th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army in an activity dubbed as “Pamaskong Handog para sa mga former rebels” held at the battalion headquarters in Barangay Dayoan, Tago, Surigao del Sur.

Captain Francisco Garello Jr, Civil-Military Operations Officer, said the activity is in collaboration with the Linungao Tandag City Eagle’s Club, and Tago Pacific Eagles Club.

Garello added the gift pack contains assorted goodies for the Noche Buena of former rebels currently undergoing the process of reintegrating to the mainstream society.

The beneficiaries are enrolled under the Task Force Balik Loob Enhanced-Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).

“Thru this program, each enrollee has an individual integration plan that would assess and evaluate the essential needs and concern that will serve as the instrument to ensure a peaceful and productive life ahead,” said Capt. Garello.

In a statement, Lt. Col. Xerxes A. Trinidad, Commanding Officer of the 36th IB, said, “the gift packs are minimal compared to what you all essentially need but what matters here is the heartfelt giving and commitment to support the FRs."

"You have seen the futility of the armed struggle and now cherishing the fruit of your decision to surrender and go back to the folds of the law,” he said.

“I urge all of you to be productive and never look back on the path of violence and continue to choose life in peace with your families," he added. (NGPB/36IB/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

PCW holds Cine Juana film screening, VAW forum in Surigao City

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Dec. 27 (PIA) – The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) in partnership with the provincial government of Surigao del Norte spearheaded a film screening and forum on gender-based violence against women and girls dubbed as “Cine Juana Film screening and Forum on VAW” held recently at the Surigao City Gymnasium.

The event featureed the independent film “Bagahe," which is a story of an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who happens to be a rape victim.

Part of the activity is a forum involving national and local government service providers that tackled the legal remedy and other recourse a VAW survivor may undertake.

“Bagahe” line producer Jed Medrano and production designer Alfred Santos are likewise served as resource speakers during the forum.

PCW Corporate Affairs and Information Resource Management Division Chief Honey M. Castro said that using film as a springboard for discussion, the “Cine Juana Film screening, and Forum on VAW" shall provide a venue for the participants to understand VAW and the difficult experiences of VAW victim-survivors.

More than 300 participants from the academe, government agencies, non-government organizations civil society organizations, and other stakeholders joined the said event.

The activity was part of this year’s observance of the 18-Day Campaign To End VAW that anchored on the theme, “VAW-free community starts with me.”

The 18-Day Campaign to End VAW, annually observed from November 25 to December 12, aims to raise awareness among stakeholders that VAW is a public issue of national concern. (SDR/PCW/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

PSA to conduct occupational wages survey, ISLE machine processing in Caraga

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 27 -- The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) will conduct the 2018 Occupational Wages Survey (OWS) and 2017/2018 Integrated Survey on Labor and Employment (ISLE) Machine Processing that will cover around 141 establishments in the region.

A total of 16,506 sample establishments employing at least 20 workers have already been visited across industries nationwide.

The OWS and ISLE are regular establishment-based surveys simultaneously conducted every two years by the PSA.

Tthe 2018 OWS aims to generate statistics on wage rates and allowances of full-time workers in selected occupations.

The 2017/2018 ISLE, on the other hand, intends to generate an integrated data sets on employment, conditions of work and industrial relations practices in establishments.

The conduct of the 2018 Occupational Wages Survey (OWS) and 2017/2018 Integrated Survey on Labor and Employment (ISLE) Data Processing System is the first time wherein data entry will be decentralized.

The Provincial Offices will use the newly developed CSPro Data Entry Programs to encode and validate the data from the accomplished OWS and ISLE questionnaires.

The second level training on machine processing will be conducted on December 27-28, 2018 in Butuan City.

The training aims to orient the participants in the data encoding, data validation, encoding of updates, and generation of completeness and consistency checks.

In line with this, all information collected from sample establishment shall be kept strictly confidential and shall not be used for purposes of taxation, investigation or regulation as provided under Article 55 of Republic Act 10625. (PSA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

Dinagat Islands holds 1st provincial rural based org summit

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Dec. 27 -- The provincial government of Dinagat Islands thru the Provincial Agriculture Office recently conducted the 1st Dinagat Islands Provincial Rural Based Organization (RBO’s) Summit at the Provincial Guest Center, Capitol Compound, here.

With the theme, “No Farmers. No Food. No Future," around 100 members from the different fisherfolk associations, rural improvement clubs, and Magsasakang Siyentipiko from the municipalities of Loreto, Tubajon, Libjo, Cagdianao, Basilisa, Dinagat, and San Jose participated in the said summit.

Agricultural Training Institute Caraga Center Director Samuel Calonzo explained the RBOs' role in the sustainable development of agriculture and fisheries in the province.

He said the island has a big potential and opportunity in farming. He also inspired the participants on how to attract tourists through the resources within a farm.

He then imparted some of his knowledge on making alternatives to earn during the non-cropping season.

Meanwhile, Provincial Agriculturist Oswaldo T. Borja emphasized that the increase in the agricultural output and income of the farmers and fisherfolks throughout the province have greatly contributed to the economic progress of the province. (PIO-Dinagat Islands/PIA-Dinagat Islands)

Outstanding LGUs on population program cited

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 27 -- The Commission on Population (POPCOM)-Caraga honored the local government units (LGUs) on their outstanding contributions in achieving the primary thrusts of the country’s population program during the Awards and Fellowship Night held recently here.

Dinagat Islands bagged the 1st place for this year’s achievers for the Best Population Management Program Implementer Award (provincial category); followed by Surigao del Norte as 2nd Place; and Agusan del Sur, 3rd Place. However, for city category, only Butuan emerged as awardee having the score of more than 50 percent as per criteria set by POPCOM Caraga.

Said structures were among those who really topped in the implementation and promotion of the population program to their respective areas after a thorough assessment and validation done by POPCOM Caraga.

The criteria for evaluation are: Core Function – 10%; Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning – 40%; Adolescent Health and Development – 25%; Population and Development Integration – 20%; and Submission on Entry – 5%.

As the winning LGUs, Butuan City received one unit motorcycle while the province of Dinagat Islands received one unit Starex van from POPCOM-Caraga.

“It is very important to recognize the vital contributions and tireless effort of the population program workers in the implementation of the population program at the local level. Publicly recognizing the institutions which embodied the POPCOM’s core values is the key to their serving as great examples and inspiring others,” said POPCOM Caraga regional director Alexander A. Makinano.

Makinano also hoped that these performing local implementers should never cease in giving their best to help every individual to have a better quality of life by providing them necessary reproductive health information and services they need.

As continuously advocated by POPCOM, the PPMP seeks to position itself as a key strategy for human and economic development to support inclusive growth through well-managed and well-planned Filipino families.

It specifically aims to contribute to the creation of an enabling environment for couples and individuals to manage their fertility goals effectively in the context of responsible parenthood, and to promote maternal and child health, thereby enabling them to achieve their well-being and development. (VLG/POPCOM-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

Tagalog News: 140 tauhan ng BFP-Caraga, pinarangalan sa 45th Fire Service Recognition Day

By Venus L. Garcia

Ilan sa mga bombero sa rehiyon ng Caraga na pinarangalan sa ginanap na 45th Fire Service Recognition Day noong ika-17 ng Disyembre, 2018 dito sa lungsod ng Butuan. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)
LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Disyembre  27 (PIA) - Bilang pagkilala sa ipinakitang katapangan at kagitingan, pinarangalan ang isang daan at apatnapu’t walong tauhan ng Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) - Caraga at pribadong indibidwal o fire brigade volunteers sa ginanap na 45th Fire Service Recognition Day dito sa lungsod ng Butuan.

Isa na rito si FO1 Barry James Aurea ng Butuan City Central Fire Station - Special Rescue Unit.  Aniya hindi lang sa sunog natatapos ang serbisyo ng isang bombero. Kaakibat din nito ang responsibilidad na tugunan  ang mga aksidente sa lansangan at rescue operations sa oras ng kalamidad o sakuna tulad ng lindol, baha o landslide.

Dagdag pa ni Aurea walang pinipiling oras ang kanilang operasyon dahil prayoridad nilang maisalba hindi lang ang buhay ng tao kundi pati na rin ang mga ari-arian.

Samantala, kasabay ring ginanap ang graduation ceremony ng 110 fire trainees na sumailalim sa puspusang pagsasanay sa pagresponde sa sunog at pagbibigay ng pangunahing lunas sa mga biktima.

Bilang mga bagong bombero inaasahan ni SSupt Romel Tradio, regional director ng BFP-Caraga, ang kanilang  tapat na paglilingkod.

Bukod sa mga dagdag na mga tauhan ng BFP-Caraga, nanumpa naman sa kanilang tungkulin ang mga newly promoted non-commissioned officers, patunay lamang ng kanilang kasipagan at maayos na pagganap sa tungkulin.

At nitong holiday season, pinapaalalahanan naman ni SSupt Tradio ang publiko na umiwas sa pautok at maging maingat sa paggamit ng mga Christmas lights na walang standards seal para ligtas sa kapahamakan at sunog sa pagsalubong ng pasko at bagong taon. (JCM/VLG/PIA-Caraga)

Cebuano News: HEALS Plus forum gilusad sa Siargao

Ni Mary Jul Escalante

DAKBAYAN SA SURIGAO, Surigao del Norte, Disyembre 27 (PIA) -- Malampuson nga gipahigayon ang HEALS Plus forum niadtong Disyembre 8, 2018 didto sa lungsod sa Dapa sa isla sa Siargao.

Ang maong kalihukan gipangulohan ni Gobernador Sol F. Matugas uban nila Congressman Bingo Matugas, DILG Caraga Regional Director Lilibeth Famacion, DILG Surigao del Norte Provincial Director John Reyl Mosquito, kanhi kongresista Atty. Francisco Matugas, mga opisyales sa munisipyo ug nagkalain laing barangay sa maong lungsod ug ang Team Capitol.

Sa iyang mensahe, gipasabot ni Dir. Famacion ang tumong ug tuyo sa maong panagtigom ug iyang gipresentar ang mga plano, programa ug proyekto sa gobernador alang sa kalambuan, kalinaw sa kuminidad ug ang pakigtambayayong sa probinsya sa ilang ahensya.

Mapasalamaton usab si Dir. Famacion ngadto sa gobernador tungod sa dakong suporta ngadto kanila ug isip chairman sa Regional Development Council sa Caraga kay daghan ang mga programa ug proyekto sa probinsya ang natuman ug nahatagan ug pagtagad.

Atol sa maong kalihukan gipresentar sa Team Capitol ang mga plano, programa ug proyekto sa probinsya ubos sa HEALS plus agenda sa gobernador sa umaabot nga tuig 2019 ug gipahigayon usab ang dialogo sa mga kapitanes diin gihatagan sila ug panahon sa pagpadayag sa ilang mga mulo ug problema sa tagsatagsa ka barangay.

Ang maong kalihukan gitak-opan sa pagtunol ni gobernador Matugas sa mga yawe sa monitoring van ngadto sa mga mayores sa lungsod sa Pilar ug Sta. Monica ug ambulance usab sa mga mayor sa Pilar, Sta. Monica, San Isidro ug San Benito. (PGO-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)