(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Friday, 18 October 2019) At 3AM today, the center of TS "PERLA" was estimated @790km East of Basco, Batanes (19.7,129.5) w/ maximum sustained winds of 65km/h near the center & gustiness of up to 80km/h. It is almost stationary. Northeasterly surface windflow prevailing Luzon. Zamboanga Peninsula will experience cloudy skies w/ scattered rainshowers & thunderstorms due to Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ). The rest of Mindanao will have partly cloudy-cloudy skies w/ isolated rainshowers due to Localized Thunderstorm. Lightt-moderate winds from SE-E w/ slight-moderate seas. PAGASA/imbb

Wednesday, January 23, 2019


Army brigade chief: CPP-NPA violates IHL, CARHRIHL

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Jan. 23 -- “The Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) committed a blatant violation of the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and IHL (CARHRIHL).”

This was the statement of Brigadier General Andres Centino, commander of the 401st Brigade, as he cited groundless demand of the said terrorist group in exchange of the two soldiers and 14 Cafgu Active Auxiliaries (CAAs) who were abducted in Sibagat, Agusan del Sur last December 19, 2018.

BGen. Centino said the statement of the North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC) which demands for a ceasefire before they will release the victims is proof enough that they are using the soldiers and CAAs as hostages in order to demand for the stoppage of military operations in the area.

“The 14 Cafgu Active Auxiliaries and two soldiers are used as human shields by this local terrorists up to this date,” said Centino.

Centino reiterated that based on the provisions of the CARHRIHL, “persons taking no active part in the hostilities, including members of armed forces who have laid down their arms and those placed 'hors de combat' by sickness, wounds, detention, or any other cause, shall in all circumstances be treated humanely, without any adverse distinction founded on race, color, religion or faith, sex, birth or wealth, or any other similar criteria.”

“It also stated that persons who do not participate anymore in hostilities shall not be used as hostages by any party. Likewise, CARHRIHL also protects the victims against 'violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment, and torture,” he added.

It can be recalled that on January 18, the CPP-NPAs terrorist released a statement to the media blaming the AFP for the non-release of the soldiers and CAAs.

“If they truly care, the CPP-NPA can release their hostages at any time without calling for any ceasefire. They do not need a ceremony, they just need to let their victims walk away, I’m sure the soldiers and CAAs know where to go when released,” said Centino.

It was learned that the family of the victims last December 2018 have filed a human rights complaint with the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Caraga Regional Office for the CPP-NPA’s violations of the victim’s rights particularly on the right to be visited by their loved ones or to have communications with them.

These rights are all guaranteed by the IHL and CARHRIHL where the CPP-NPA was a signatory to the agreement. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

DAR namahagi ng makinarya sa mga magsasaka sa Caraga

By Venus L. Garcia

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Enero 23 (PIA) - Matapos ang ilang taong pagtitiis sa kakulangan ng 'transport facility' ay masayang tinanggap ng mga Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Organizations o ARBOS sa rehiyon ng Caraga ang anim na hauling trucks mula sa Kagawaran ng Repormang Pansakahan o DAR na nagkakahalaga ng humigit kumulang P21.2 milyon.

Ang mismong blessing at turn-over ng 6-wheeler hauling trucks ay pinangunahan nina DAR-Support Services Office Undersecretary Emily Padilla, Field Operations Office Undersecretary Karlo Bello at DAR-Caraga Regional Director Leomides Villareal.

“Sa atin pong kababayan dito sa Caraga. Itong programa ng DAR ay parte ng misyon ng ahensya na tumulong sa ating magsasaka. Sa ngayon, maliwanag po ang tinatahak ng DAR na talagang isagawa ad tatlong mandato ng ahensya,” sabi ni Padilla.

Tinukoy ni Padilla ang mapadali ang pagreresolba ng lahat ng kaso na nakapending ngayon sa lahat ng tanggapan ng DAR sa buong Pilipinas, mapadali ang pamamahagi ng mga natitira pang lupa na umaabot sa 561,000 ektarya at ang support services na talagang kailangan na kailangan pagkatapos na maibigay ang mga lupa sa mga magsasaka.

“Lalo nating pinalawig itong programa ng DAR sapagkat sa likod ng programang ito ay ang ating Pangulo Duterte kung saan ipinapakita niya yung kanyang totoong malasakit at pagmamahal sa lahat ng Pilipinong magsasaka,” sabi ni Padilla.

Bukod sa traktora, harvester, transplanter at iba pang makinarya, may siyam napu’t pitong units ng hauling trucks ang ipapamahagi pa ng dar sa iba’t ibang ARB sa buong Pilipinas.

Dagdag pa ni Padilla, ang natitira pang P142 milyong piso na alokasyon para sa makinarya sa pagsasaka noong nakaraang taon ay idadagdag sa P300 milyong piso na pondo ngayon sa ilalim ng Climate Resilient Farm Productivity Project.  Kaya aabot sa P442 milyong piso na pondo ang naitalagang ida-download sa iba’t ibang rehiyon.

“Gusto ng ating Pangulo at kalihim na si Sec. John Castriciones na ipakita sa ating mga magsasaka na ang pagsasaka ay hindi mahirap kaya ang pakay natin ngayon ay full mechanization kasi noong araw ay backbreaking ang pagsasaka. Pero sa tulong ng mga makinaryang ito ay maipakita natin na hindi mahirap at mahikayat natin ang iba na bumalik sa pagsasaka,” sabi ni Padilla.

Laking tuwa at pasasalamat naman ang ipinaabot ni Wenefredo Maldo, chairperson ng Beleguian Organic Farmers Irrigators Association dahil malaking tulong umano ito sa pagbabawas ng  labor cost at mapapadali ang pagbiyahe ng mga produkto galing sa malalayong taniman.

“Nagpapaalamat ako kay Pangulong Duterte dahil alam ko ‘man of the masses’ siya. Pinapangako namin na aalagaan yung hauling trucks hanggang sa makabili na rin kami at madagdagan ang mga yan dahil mas mapapabuti na ang kita namin,” sabi ni Maldo.

Samantala, sinabi naman ni Villareal na patuloy ang kanilang ahensya na tulungan ang mga magsasaka sa pamamagitan ng kanilang programa upang mas lalo pang pagyamanin ang kani-kanilang lupain at mapalago ang produksyon.

Kabilang sa nakatanggap ng hauling trucks ay ang Palmavera Small Coconut Farmer Beneficiaries Cooperative o PASCOFBEC, Beleguian Organic Farmers Irrigators Association o BOFIA, Cebolin Multi-Purpose Cooperative o CEMPCO, La Fortuna Multi-Purpose Cooperative o LAMUPCO, Esperanza Farmers Credit Cooperative o ESFARCRECO, at San Isidro Multi-Purpose Cooperative o SIMPUCO.

Ang naipamigay na makinarya ay napabilang sa proyektong nasa ilalim ng  Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity Economic Support Services (ARCCESS). (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


DA turns over P9.6-M FMR in Butuan City

By Fretcher Magatao

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 23 - The Department of Agriculture (DA) turns over the Farm-to-Market Road (FMR) of Purok 7 to Purok 4 Pigdaulan Road Section worth P9.6-million to the city government of Butuan last January 17, 2019.

The concrete road from the Department's FMR Development Program covers 423 hectares of the service area and would benefit 445 farmers in the locality.

Per record from DA’s regional validation team, there are 327 hectares of rice, 50 hectares of coconut and 46 hectares of banana in the area.

“Our barangay is mostly an agricultural area. An intervention like this encourages the residents here especially the farmers to be more productive,” said Barangay Captain Dindo Hidalgo.

Hidalgo said the farm areas of Pigdaulan before was less utilized and some areas were just filled with grass.

“Residents have started to utilize their areas, they’re now planting different high-value crops since most of our roads are already concreted and it’s now easy to bring our products to the market,” Hidalgo added.

Field Operations Chief Rebecca Atega stressed that the Department has been finding ways on how to support the production of farmers and farmers’ associations.

“We’re glad that Brgy. Pigdaulan together with the city government of Butuan really worked out for the realization of this project. The Department can finance projects from those LGUs who submit proposals,” Atega said.

Butuan City is among the highly urbanized cities who desire that all of its road sections will be concreted.

“It’s the LGU’s desire that in the near future, all of our farm roads will be concreted,” said Congressman Lawrence Fortun.

Republic Act 8435 or the Agriculture and Fisheries Act of 1997 mandates the DA to be on top of FMR projects.

It leads the construction, restoration, and rehabilitation of infrastructures like irrigation systems, post-harvest facilities, and FMR in partnership with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and local government units (LGUs). (DA Caraga/PIA Caraga)

Carmen town bans liquor during calamities

By Justine V. Lumonsod

CARMEN, Agusan del Norte, Jan. 23 - The local government of Carmen, Agusan del Norte will now strictly ban the buying and selling of intoxicating liquors during emergencies and disasters to ensure public safety and security within the municipality.

It will be implemented under Municipal Ordinance No. 14-2018, authored by Sangguniang Bayan Member Wilfredo T. Taglucop.

Local officials believe that alcohol intoxication limits the physical capacity of the individual thereby putting them more at risk to potential danger, especially in times of emergencies where their alertness is required.

Under the said ordinance, there will be imposed a sanction on the person who violates the local ordinance with Php500.00 fine for the first offense, Php1,000.00 for the second offense and the third and succeeding offense a fine of Php1,500.00.

The said municipal ordinance was approved through Sanggunian Resolution No. 410-2018, authored by Provincial Board Member Aquino W. Gambe. (LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)

PNP Caraga may panawagan sa mga kandidato para sa 2019 Midterm Elections

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Enero 23 (PIA) - Kasabay sa isinagawang command conference at pag-reactivate ng Regional Joint Security Control Center (RJSCC) kamakailan dito sa lungsod, nanawagan si Philippine National Police (PNP) Caraga Regional Director Police Chief Superintendent Gilberto DC Cruz, sa lahat ng kandidato para sa 2019 Midterm Elections na huwag tatangkilin ang Permit to Campaign at Permit to Win ng teroristang grupong New Peoples Army (NPA).

Dagdag pa ni RD Cruz na sinumang kandidato na hinaharass ng teroristang grupo sa permit to campaign at permit to win scheme ay dapat na makipag-ugnayan sa PNP o sa Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Ayon naman kay Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Caraga Regional Director Atty. Francisco Pobe, maliban sa security personnel ng mga kandidato, naka-alerto naman ang pulisya at militar sa kanilang area of responsibility para maseguro ang kaligtasan hindi lamang ng mga kandidato kundi maging ang publiko.

Samantala, handang-handa na rin ang PNP, kasama ang AFP, COMELEC, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) at iba pang ahensya ng pamahalaan para sa gaganaping eleksyon sa buwan ng Mayo ngayong taon.

Sa ngayon ay pinaghahandaan din nila ang anumang glitches o aberya na posibleng mangyari hinggil sa nalalapit na eleksyon.

Ayon pa ni PNP director Cruz, bagaman naging generally peaceful ang mga nagdaang eleksyon sa rehiyon, mas paiigtingin pa rin ang security measures ng mga kinauukulang ahensya para mapanatiling maayos, ligtas, at makabuluhan ang gaganaping eleksyon.

Patuloy din ang kanilang isinasagawang checkpoints sa mga designated areas, maging ang implementasyon ng Election Gun Ban. Magdadagdag din aniya ng checkpoints sa ibang lugar na sa tingin ng pnp ay posibleng may mangyaring election-related incidents.

pinaalalahanan naman ni Dir. Pobe ang publiko na maging responsableng botante ngayong eleksyon. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)