(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Friday, 13 December, 2019) Northeast Monsoon affecting Luzon. Easterlies affecting eastern sections of Visayas & Mindanao. Caraga Region will have cloudy skies w/ scattered rainshowers & thunderstorms caused by easterlies. Rest of Mindanao will have partly cloudy- cloudy skies w/ isolated rainshowers due to Localized Thunderstorm. Light-moderate winds from E-NE w/ slight-moderate seas. PAGASA Mindanao/cta

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Army troopers seize illegally-cut lumber in SurSur

By Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Jan. 22 (PIA) -- Combat maneuvering troops of the Army’s 36th Infantry (Valor) Battalion (36th IB) seized some 3,071 board feet of illegally cut sawn-lumber in two separate anti-illegal logging operations in Surigao del Sur recently, said Lt. Jonald Romorosa, Civil Military Operation (CMO) officer of the 36th IB.

He said the two operations were conducted in Barangay Sibahay, Lanuza town and Barangay Maitom, Tandag City in just one day.

The team confiscated 1,471 board feet sawn lumber with an estimated market value of P92,620.00, and banka keels in Lanuza, and a volume of 1,600 board feet with an estimated market value of P30,000.00 in Tandag City.

The 36th IB CMO officer disclosed that from January 2018 up to January 11, 2019, the 36th IB troopers had already conducted several anti-illegal logging operations in close coordination with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).

The said operations resulted in the confiscation of 61,754.54 board feet of illegal logs/sawn lumber with an estimated market value worth of P1,547,096.80.

Meanwhile, Lt. Colonel Xerxes Trinidad, 36th IB commanding officer, said they have always extended their full support to other government agencies in line with its mandate to protect the natural environment in its area of operation.

“We are serious in the campaign against anti-illegal logging operations and we are committed to support other law enforcement agencies. Let this be a stern warning to all illegal loggers in the province. Stop your illegal activities or suffer the consequences provided by law,” Lt. Colonel Trinidad said. (PIA Surigao del Sur)

Byahe ng mga barko sa Caraga, balik na sa normal

By Venus L. Garcia

LUNGSOD NG SURIGAO, Surigao del Norte, Enero 22 (PIA) -- Nakabalik na sa normal ang biyahe ng lahat ng sasakyang pandagat sa mga pantalan ng Caraga region matapos ang pananalasa ng tropical depression “Amang" sa rehiyon nitong weekend.

Ayon sa ulat ng Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) ng Agusan del Norte, umaga pa ng Lunes ay nagbigay na ng go signal ng Philippine Coast Guard para makabiyahe ang mga barko sa nasipit port matapos na-lift ang typhoon signal warning sa probinsya.

Samantala,  hapon naman ng payagan rin ng  Coast Guard na makabiyahe ang mga sasakyang pandagat sa mga pantalan ng Surigao City at probinsya ng Dinagat Islands.

Base sa pinakahuling datus na nakalap sa Philippine Ports Authority, mayroong 84 na stranded na pasahero sa pantalan ng Nasipit, Agusan del Norte.

Sa Lipata  Ferry Terminal, ang stranded na pasahero ay umabot naman sa 148 rolling cargoes ang naantala.

Umabot naman sa 59 na indibidwal naman sa Surigao City Base Port ang stranded at may 22 rolling cargoes.

Inaasahang balik normal na rin ang klase sa lahat ng antas ng pampubliko at pribadong eskwelahan sa buong rehiyon ngayong Martes.

Base sa tala ng RDRRMC ng Caraga may 579 na pamilya o 2,859 na indibdwal ang nagsilikas sa probinsya ng Agusan del Norte, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur at pati na rin lungsod ng Butuan.

Wala pa namang naiulat na casualty sa pananalasa ng bagyong amang dito sa rehiyon. (VLG/FEA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Mga Butuanons nagkaisa sa paggunita ng ika-120 pormal, opisyal na pagwagayway ng watawat ng Pilipinas sa Mindanao

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Enero 22 (PIA) -- Bagaman may pag-ulan, hindi ito naging hadlang sa mga Butuanon na maagang nagpunta sa Guingona Park para makiisa sa pagunita ng ika-120 anibersaryo ng pormal at opisyal na pagtaas at pagwagayway ng watawat ng Pilipinas sa Mindanao.

Matapos ang pagsagawa ng ‘entrance of flag’ na pinangunahan ng Butuan City Police Office, ang pagtunog ng sirena ang naging hudyat ng pagsisimula ng Flag Raising Ceremony kasama ang mga lokal na opisyal, empleyado ng ibat-ibang ahensya ng pamahalaan, pribadong sektor at mag-aaral, at sabay-sabay na kinanta ang pambansang awit.

Isinadula rin ng Balangay Repertory of Kulture Revival Events Core ang kasaysayan ng mahalagang okasyon na ito.

Ayon kay Gregorio Hontiveros, presidente ng Butuan City Heritage Society, may mga dokumento na nagpapatunay na dito sa lungsod nga nangyari ang makasaysyang selebrasyon.

Ayon naman kay Butuan City vice mayor Jose Aquino II, ang pagunita ng nasabing selebrasyon ay isang pag-alala rin sa mga bayani ng bansa na siyang dahilan ng tinatamasang kalayaan at demokrasya ng mga Pilipino.

Binigyang-diin din ni Rev. Fr. Joesilo Amalla, parish priest ng San Vicente Ferrer Parish na hindi lang ang first mass ang kini-claim ng Butuan City kundi pati na ang iba pang historical events.

Para naman sa Grade 8 student na si Nicole Veen Winette Bonglay ng Timber City Academy sa lungsod ng Butuan, mahalaga sa mga kabataan na malaman ang makasaysayan at simbolikong pagunita ng nasabing selebrasyon at maibahagi ito sa iba. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

AgNor agrarian farmers receive hauling trucks

By Gil E. Miranda

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 22 -- Two Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Organizations (ARBOs) in Agusan del Norte have expressed its appreciation to the Department
of Agrarian Reform (DAR) for the successful turnover of two units of hauling trucks under the Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services Program (ARCCESS) held recently here.

During the ceremony, DAR Caraga handed over six units of hauling trucks worth P21.2 million to six different ARBOs all over Caraga region, two of which are from Agusan del Norte to include Palmavera Small Coconut Farmer Beneficiaries Coop (PASCOFBEC) of Las Nieves and Baleguian Organic Farmers Irrigators Association (BOFIA) of Jabonga.

The ceremony was led by Undersecretary lawyer Emily Padilla and Usec. lawyer Karlo S. Bello of DAR Central Office and assisted by Caraga Regional Director Leomides Villareal.

In her message, Usec. Padilla stressed how the hauling trucks could help the farmers.

“Ang hauling truck ay tulong upang maiahon ang magsasaka sa kahirapan upang magkakaroon ng rural industrialization and social justice,” she said. (The hauling truck helps the farmers out of poverty through its rural industrialization and social justice).

In the same occasion, the DAR Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer Andre B. Atega also pointed out that the hauling truck mainly geared towards farmers’ growth and rural development

In response, BOFIA Chair Winefredo Maldo expressed his gratitude and said that this has been a long-awaited project because the equipment will lower transport cost and raise farmers’ productivity and income.

This also goes true to PASCOFBEC Chairman Rodrigo C. Patente who said their business enterprise successfully involved of scaling-up copra trading.

Present also during the turn over ceremonies were Asst. Regional Director Naylinda Narisma, Asst. Reg. Dir. For operations Cenon Original and representatives of the local government units where the recipient ARBOs are located.

The ARCCESS project aims to strengthen the ARB organizations by building them as hubs of support services in the community which are expected to contribute. (DAR Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)