(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Thursday, 19 September 2019) At 3AM today, the center of TD "NIMFA" was estimated at 785 km East Northeast of Basco, Batanes (22.2N, 129.3E) with maximum sustained winds of 55 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 70 km/h. It is moving Northeast slowly. Mindanao will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to Localized Thunderstorms. Moderate to strong winds from South to Southwest with moderate to rough seas.PAGASA/jpf

Wednesday, February 27, 2019


22nd CAA-Regional Sports Competition commences in Surigao City

By Ariem V. Cinco

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Feb. 27 - Following the eucharistic mass and grand opening parade, the 22nd Caraga Athletic Association - Regional Sports Competition (CAA-RSC) has officially commenced on Sunday and was declared open by Department of Education (DepEd) Caraga Regional Director Francis Cesar Bringas.

This year's event centers on achieving excellence in sports with the fervent hope of selecting the best athletes, coaches, and trainees who can best represent DepEd Caraga in the Palarong Pambansa 2019, which will be held in Davao City in April.

Surigao del Norte Gov. Sol Matugas, Surigao City Mayor Ernesto Matugas and  Representative of 1st Legislative District Francisco Jose F. Matugas II had all expressed their welcome greetings to all the participants and emphasized the importance of sports in developing responsible citizenry whose social awareness transcends to ensuring that communities are united.

Mayor Matugas said that what matters most is the experience the participants would acquire and friendship that the participants would build.

Gov. Matugas underscored the need to build bridges to address divisiveness and that sports play a vital role in making our communities drug-free.

"To make Caraga region one of the most progressive regions in the country, let us be one with the leadership of President Rodrigo Duterte in making sure that our communities are free from illegal drugs,” said Gov. Matugas.

Meanwhile, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar underscored the aspiration to be the best.

"You are trained to be the best. You are not here just to compete but to win. The discipline of sports event must educate the heart - internal education, which is the center of passion. Aim to achieve excellence in life!" said Andanar.

In her keynote address, DepEd Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction Lorna Dig-Dino said the characters that the delegates must possess include obedience, discipline, grit and determination, happiness, and continuous learning.

Dig-Dino emphasized that it is important for the participants to adhere to the rules of the game.

She also highlighted the importance of discipline in order to advance to the Palarong Pambansa, while grit and determination would allow the participants to become better at what they do.

According to Dig-Dino, happiness is likewise imperative in everything that people do in order to achieve success.

"We cannot pursue anything in life by not being happy with the things that we do. There is no point in doing something we are not happy about,” said Dig-Dino.

She concluded her speech on a positive note telling the participants to strive to be lifelong learners.

"Learn your craft and sports. With all these principles, you'll succeed both in sports and in life,” Dig-Dino said.

The 2019 CAA-RSC aims to provide a venue for the athletes to further inculcate the values of sportsmanship, teamwork, nationalism and patriotism.

The grand opening of the biggest sports competition in the region was attended by DepEd officials, key officers of different government agencies, and local government officials from all the provinces in Caraga region.

The dramatic hoisting of banners, the eccentric way of lighting the friendship torch, and the entertaining dance number of the Bureau of Fire (BFP)-Caraga mascots with the special participation of the boy and girl scouts of the Philippines added a mood of excitement during the occasion.

The opening program ended with a very high positive energy when students from Surigao City and Surigao del Norte conquered the grandstand with their jovial field dance demonstration.

The night skies were also filled with bright fireworks that painted beautiful sceneries surrounding up above the sports complex.

Approximately 10,000 participants from the 12 Schools Divisions will be competing in 27 sports events.

The event will run for one week starting February 24, 2019 until March 1, 2019 and a regular update of the official medal tally can be viewed at www.caraga.deped.gov.ph. (DepEd-Caraga/VLG/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

TESDA-Caraga launches ‘empleyado kabuhayan program'

By Venus L. Garcia

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Feb. 27 (PIA) –The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) - Caraga and the provincial government of Surigao del Norte collaborated for the launch of the ‘empleyado kabuhayan program’ that aims to coach the capitol employees through skills demonstration and development training.

“For a mere employee, finding an extra source of income remains apparent despite receiving their salary to address not only the basic needs but to enjoy living a comfortable life, thus, the program is the first being implemented in the Caraga region to help the employees,” said TESDA Caraga regional director Florencio Sunico, Jr.

Sunico added that TESDA is tasked to provide technical support in terms of curriculum and trainers who will train the employees.

“We are offering basic skills training like driving, housekeeping, bread and pastry production, barista for the employees of the provincial government using the Provincial Community Training Center. So, this is one of its kind in the province,” said Sunico.

Meanwhile, Surigao del Norte Gov. Sol Matugas thanked the TESDA for granting the province more or less P1.5 million for the skills training.

“That is a value added to employment. With the meager amount of salary that they are receiving, workers should have other sources of income to sustain the needs of their family,” said Matugas.

The launching was also attended by Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar.

“President Rodrigo Duterte himself reminded the cabinet especially the TESDA chief to focus on additional capacity-building. Individual skills should be honed since businesses are proliferating,” Andanar said.

Meanwhile, Sunico encouraged those who would like to avail of the TESDA programs and scholarships to approach the incharge of their  ‘Malasakit Help Desk’ which is created in line with their agency’s ‘TESDA, abot lahat!’ slogan that aims to transform and improve lives for the better. (VLG/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Kaso ng dengue sa Caraga region, bumaba na

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Peb. 27 (PIA) - Habang patuloy pa rin ang kampanya ng pamahalaan laban sa sakit na dengue, bumaba na rin ang bilang ng kaso nito sa rehiyon ng Caraga.

Ayon kay Department of Health – Center for Health Development Caraga (DOH-CHD) regional director Dr. Jose Llacuna, Jr., malaking tulong ang pagkakaisa ng bawat sektor lalo na ng mga lokal na pamahalaan sa rehiyon kung saan sinsero ang kanilang pagsasagawa ng mga preventive measures upang matugunan ang pagtaas ng kaso ng dengue.

Dagdag ng opisyal, ang lungsod ng Butuan bilang isa sa mga hotspot areas ng dengue, ay bumaba na ang bilang. Base sa kanilang Morbidity Week 7 ay may tatlo hanggang apat na kaso na lamang ng dengue ang naitala.

Matatandaan na noong nakaraang buwan ng Enero ay umabot sa mahigit 1,000 dengue cases ang naitala sa rehiyon.

Pinasalamatan ni Dr. Llacuna ang mga local government units sa patuloy na pagganap ng kanilang tungkulin at sa pagpapaigting pa ng kampanya kontra dengue sa pamamagitan ng environmental sanitation, misting at fumigating measures.

Bagamat may pagbaba na sa kaso ng dengue sa rehiyon, pinaaalalahanan pa rin ni Dr. Llacuna ang lahat na panatilihing malinis ang kapaligiran at ipagpatuloy ang mga magandang gawaing nasimulan na sa mga barangay.

Tinututukan na din ng DOH-CHD Caraga ang mga kaso ng Measles sa rehiyon. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

‘Empleyado Kabuhayan Program’ inilunsad ng TESDA-Caraga

By Venus L. Garcia

LUNGSOD NG SURIGAO, Surigao del Norte, Pebrero 27 (PIA) - Sa pakikipagtulungan ng Technical Education and Skills Development Authority  (TESDA)-Caraga at ng lokal na pamahalaan ng Surigao del Norte inilunsad ang "empleyado kabuhayan program" na layon na maturuan ang mga kawani ng kapitolyo sa pamamagitan ng skills demonstration at development training.

“Hindi maipagkakaila na sa kabila ng sapat na kita ng isang regular na manggagawa, Kinakailangan pa rin ng iba pang mapagkakakitaan upang matugunan hindi lamang ang kanilang mga pangunahing pangangailangan kundi para matamasa ang inaasam na komportableng pamumuhay,” sabi ni TESDA-Caraga regional director Florencio Sunico, Jr.

Ayon kay Sunico, ang nasabing programa ay kauna-unahan sa rehiyon ng Caraga.

“Inaalok namin sa TESDA ang basic skills training gaya ng driving, housekeeping, bread at pastry production, at barista para sa mga kawani ng provincial government ng Surigao del Norte at isasagawa natin ang mga ito sa Provincial Community Training Center. Kaya ito ay kakaiba dito sa probinsya,” ayon pa sa kanya.

Aniya, tungkulin ng TESDA na magbigay ng technical support ukol sa curriculum at trainers na siyang magsasanay sa mga empleyado.

Nagpapasalamat naman si Surigao del Norte Gov. Sol Matugas sa TESDA dahil sa ipinagkaloob ng ahensiya sa kanilang probinsiya ng humigit kumulang P1.5 milyong piso para sa skills training.

“Dapat may kabuhayan ang empleyado, maliit lang ang kanilang sahod ngunit kung may ibang pinagmumulan ng kita gaya ng pagnenegosyo, may dagdag pangkabuhayan,” sabi ni Matugas.

Dinaluhan din ni Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar ang okasyon.

“Pinapaaalahan mismo ni Presidente Duterte ang kabinite laung-lalo na ang TESDA na kailangan ang dagdag na capacity-building. Dumadami ang negosyo so kailangan ang mga manggagawa at kailanagng mahasa ang kanilang skills,” sabi ni Andanar.

Samantala, hinihikayat din ni Sunico ang sinumang gustong mag-avail ng kanilang mga programa at scholarship na huwag mag-atubiling lumapit sa kanilang ‘Malasakit Help Desk’ na siyang tugon sa kanilang slogan na  ‘TESDA, abot lahat!’ (VLG/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

PCOO chief nanawagan para sa ‘clean and honest election’

By PCOO

LUNGSOD NG SURIGAO, Surigao del Norte, Pebrero 27 - Nananawagan si Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar sa mga miyembro ng Alpha Kappa Rho International Fraternity and Sorority (AKRHO) na ipagpatuloy ang kanilang adbokasiya na “clean and honest election.”

Ginawa niya ang panawagan sa kanyang pakikipagpulong sa mga opisyal at miyembro ng AKRHO Caraga Region Supreme Council nitong Pebrero 24, 2019 sa Surigao City.

Ang AKRHO ay isang fraternity group na itinatag sa Pilipinas noong 1973 at binubuo ng mga kalalakihan at kababaihan mula sa iba’t ibang unibersidad. Layunin nito na isulong sa bawat kasapi ang kahalagahan ng katapatan, pagkakaisa at dangal.

Sa ngayon ay nakatala ito bilang isang International Humanitarian Service Fraternity na humihikayat sa mga kasapi nito na makilahok sa mga makataong proyekto at serbisyo para sa lahat ng mamamayan. Miyembro ng nasabing fraternity ang kalihim ng PCOO.

“So, iyan, puwede nating ituloy ang ating adbokasiya noong 2016 for clean and honest election. Walang dayaan. Malapit na ang election, local and senatorial, sa May 13, at mas lalo nating mapapalakas ‘yung ating organisasyon kung meron tayong mga ganitong klaseng adbokasiya. Tinutulungan natin ang ating inang bayan,” pahayag ni Andanar.

Ang mga miyembro ng AKRHO ay nagbantay sa mga presinto noong 2016 elections.

Nasa Surigao City si Andanar bilang panauhing pandangal sa pagbubukas ng  22nd Caraga Athletic Association - Regional Sports Competition (CAA-RSC). Nag-courtesy call din siya kay Surigao del Norte Gov. Sol Matugas. (PCOO/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Kampanya sa Press Freedom, pinalawig pa ng PCOO sa lungsod ng Butuan

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Pebrero 27 (PIA) - Sa pinalawig na kampanya ng Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) sa Freedom of Information at Press Freedom, ibat-ibang sektor sa lungsod ng Butuan ang nakilahok at nabigyang-linaw sa mga isyung may kinalaman dito.

Ayon kay PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar, parte sa kampanya ng Press Freedom ang pakikipagtulungan at koordinasyon sa mga miyembro ng media sa pagbabahagi ng mahahalagang impormasyon sa publiko partikular na ang mga proyekto at serbisyo ng mga nasa ahensiya ng pamahalaan para sa publiko.

"Mahalaga ang media dahil nakatutulong ito para sa katulad nating nasa gobyerno na mapalaganap ang ating mga programa't serbisyo sa publiko," paliwanag ni Andanar.

Binigyang linaw naman ni Assistant Secretary Atty. Kris Ablan na hindi dapat malito ang publiko sa Data Privacy Act at Freedom of Information.

“Hindi po nag-aaway o kontra ang dalawa. Nagkakaroon lamang ng problema kasi ang isip po ng karamihan sa gobyerno na ang Data Privacy ay sumasaklaw sa lahat ng impormasyon. Ang saklaw lamang ng Data Privacy ay mga personal na impormasyon tulad ng residential address, telephone number, health records, birth records,” sabi ni Atty. Ablan.

Samantala, tinalakay din ni Atty. Ace Agamata, ang mandato ng Presidential Task Force on Media Security. Layon nito na mapalaganap ang proteksyon ng mga media practitioners habang ginagampanan ang kanilang tungkulin. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Siargao hosts ‘More Love for Women Farmers’ conference

By AGREA

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Feb. 27 – ‘More Love for Women Farmers’ conference brought a powerhouse of multi-awarded women farmer entrepreneurs to Siargao on Saturday, 23 February 2019, held at the Del Carmen Convention Center, Del Carmen, Siargao, Surigao del Norte.

AGREA, together with the Office of the 1st District Representative of Surigao del Norte, the province of Surigao del Norte, and the local government of Del Carmen, brought this local iteration of the Leaders and Entrepreneurs in Agriculture Forum (LEAF).

LEAF is a community of champions across all sectors uniting as advocates for better agriculture.

The More Love for Women Farmers, a conference free for all, aimed to inspire Siargaonons to reinvigorate local agriculture with a special emphasis on empowering the island’s women.

It was attended by farmer leaders, women farmers, agricultural officers, teachers, students, and other individuals from surrounding areas in Surigao del Norte.

Speakers during the event were women farmer entrepreneurs Edita Dacuycuy also known as ‘Dragonfruit Queen’; Daisy Duran, the ‘Seedling Queen,’ and Cherrie Atilano, a multi-awarded ‘Agriculture Change Maker.’

"Siargao will be the first women-led agriculture island in the Philippines. This is part of AGREA’s vision of building island economies in the Philippines that are zero hunger, zero waste and zero insufficiency,” said Atilano.

AGREA is an innovative inclusive business based in the Island Province of Marinduque, Philippines. AGREA aims to create a living model of a replicable one-island economy with a social mission of cultivation of human beings through livelihood that is indigenous to the land.

More information about the AGREA and LEAF can be viewed at www.agreaph.com, or they can be contacted via info@agrea.ph. (AGREA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)