(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, 17 April 2019) Mindanao will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms caused by Easterlies. Moderate winds from East with moderate seas on the Eastern section of Mindanao. Elsewhere, light to moderate winds from East and the coastal waters will be slight to moderate. PAGASA/jpf

Monday, March 25, 2019


Stakeholders commit to improve Butuan creek


By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, March 25 (PIA) – In celebration of the World Water Day (WWD), employees from different government and private sectors and volunteers have participated this year’s celebration through a clean-up drive and beautification of the Ambangan Creek at Barangay Libertad, here facilitated by the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga region.

Prior to the clean-up activity, the EMB Caraga with DENR Caraga led the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signing of the Multi-Stakeholders Adoption of Ambangan Creek held at FSUU Morelos Campus gym.

In addition to the existing partnership of EMB Caraga with Equiparco under the Adopt-an-Estero/Water Body Program (AEWBP), five stakeholders , namely Phil. National Police- Regional Police Office, Father Saturnino Urios University, Libertad National High School, Brgy. Libertad and Brgy. Ambago, committed to improve the situation of Ambangan Creek.

According to Engr. Renato C. Tacubao, chief of the Environmental Monitoring Enforcement Division of EMB Caraga, 51 water bodies (73 kms.) all over the region are being adopted for the clean-up and improvement activity. The stakeholders are committed to maintain the cleanliness and improvement of the water bodies.

The five stakeholders will not only clean the creek but monitor the activities, maintain its cleanliness and improve the present situation, said Tacubao.

The WWD is an environmental event done every year to educate the public about the importance of water with this year’s national theme, “Hawak-Kamay, Tubig-Kaagapay” with a hashtag #SATUBIGWALANGIWANAN and #WORLDWATERDAYPH2019. It reminds the people to work hand in hand especially in promoting the sustainable management of the water resources. (NCLM/PIA Caraga)

58 FRs avail skills training in SurSur

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

SAN MIGUEL, Surigao del Sur, March 26 (PIA) – In time with the Women's Day celebration, 58 former rebels (FRs) from the municipality of San Miguel and Lanuza avail the skills training and livelihood program from the Technical Education and Skill Development Authority (TESDA) held recently in Barangay Tina, San Miguel.

The said FRs were also beneficiaries of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) last October 2018.

During the launching activity, TESDA Provincial Director Rey Cueva said the activity is the continuation of their reintegration program assistance, emphasizing the prioritization of the FRs to avail the livelihood program and skills training.

Meanwhile, Surigao del Sur Governor Manuel Alameda said that the provincial government has always been a partner of the Philippine Army in the fight against insurgency.

“With this program, we have manifested a convergence effort from the national down to the local government units. The government is serious in its efforts in ending the insurgency,” he said.

Lt. Colonel Xerxes Trinidad, Commanding Officer of the 36th Infantry Battalion, noted that the government gives an opportunity to uplift the lives of the FRs.

Meanwhile, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) have extended their commitment of support to the FRs. They have committed to support in terms of putting up a business and avail of the agencies' facilities and equipment. (Report from 36IB/PIA Surigao del Sur)

DepEd holds SHS ExSPO in Tandag


By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, March 25 (PIA) – The Department of Education, Surigao del Sur Division held its 1st Senior High School ExSPO - "Exhibit of Students’ Performance and Outputs" held at the Prospero B. Pichay Sr. Gymnasium Surigao del Sur State University-Main Campus on Friday, March 21, 2019 with the theme of "Surigao del Sur Senior High School at its best in paving way for college, employment and entrepreneurship opportunities."

All 88 DepEd Schools and 14 Non-DepEd Schools under the said division that offered two tracks in Senior High School – the Academic and the Technical Vocational Livelihood (TVL) participated in, according to Edna Trinidad, Education Program Supervisor (EPS)/Division Senior High School Coordinator.

In the Academic track, each learner has the solid plan to proceed to college depending on the strand: Accountancy, Business and Management (ABM) Strand; Humanities and Social Sciences Strand (HUMSS); Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Strand; and General Academic Strand.

While for TVL, Trinidad said this track is divided into four strands that would cater to those who want to work immediately after Senior High School: Home Economics Strand; Information and Communication Technology Strand; Agri-Fisheries Strand; and Industrial Arts Strand.

During the event, the performance and outputs of the Senior High School Students were also showcased in the exhibit.


Senior High Students of the Technical Vocational Livelihood (TVL) track under the Home Economics Strand showcase their talents.

“We are so very happy, so excited, and so overwhelmed of the performance of the Senior High School students,” said Schools Division Superintendent Marilou Dedumo, in her message.

The Senior High School candidates for graduation for academic year 2018-2019 is the second batch of the K-12 program after its implementation in 2016. (PIA- Surigao del Sur)

BFAR-Caraga urges fisherfolks to strengthen fishery council

By Salve M. Dinolan

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, March 25 - Concerned about the progress of the agriculture and fisheries in every community, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) – Caraga promotes the strengthening of Agriculture and Fisheries Council in various municipalities and provinces in the region.

Anna Melissa Talavera, officer-in-charge of Regional Fisheries Training and Fisherfolk Coordination Division (RFTFCD), encouraged the fisherfolk representatives and directors to take initiatives, pursue more accomplishments,  and to activate all Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council (FARMC) units.

This, she relayed, during the election of Caraga regional fisherfolk director (RFD) facilitated by BFAR-Caraga held March 11, 2019 at the Provincial Fisheries Office (PFO) in Surigao City, wherein Robustiano S. Patayon, Jr. of Loreto, province of Dinagat Islands accepted his responsibilities as the new RFD in Caraga.

Patayon, the current Municipal Agricultural and Fishery Council (MAFC) chairman in Loreto and a former security guard, expressed his gratitude for being chosen as the RFD. He likewise asked for the support and cooperation of his fellows in the formulation of plans and future activities that they have to undertake.

Also, Ruben Timogan from Nasipit, Agusan del Norte will represent Caraga region in the election for national fisherfolk director (NFD) for the year 2019, which will happen on March 21 in Tagaytay City.

Timogan is the Municipal Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council (MFARMC) chairman of Nasipit, a deputy fish warden and an entrepreneur.

Renito MindaƱa was also elected as the regional fisherfolk representative (RFR), while Perfecto Lisondra as RFR Alternate.
The RFR will represent in behalf of the fisherfolks in the region, and act as a spokesperson during consultations with government agencies and other meetings. (BFAR-Caraga/VLG/PIA-Surigao del Norte)