(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Tuesday, 20 August 2019) At 3AM today a Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated at 975km East of Catarman, Northern Samar (13.3N, 133.6E). Dinagat Islands, Surigao Norte, and Surigao Sur will have cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to Trough of LPA. The rest of Mindanao will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to Localized Thunderstorms. Light to moderate winds from Southwest to West with slight to moderate seas.PAGASA/jpf

Tuesday, May 28, 2019


DOH Caraga: Follow effective mosquito control at home to prevent dengue

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 28 (PIA) – The Department of Health (DOH) Caraga has called on the public to take precautionary measures and destroy possible mosquito breeding sites at home, which causes the increase of Dengue cases in the region.

In time with the upcoming National Dengue Awareness Month in June, the department reminded the public to practice the 4-S campaign against dengue. 

The Enhanced 4-S campaign stands for Search and destroy mosquito-breeding sites, Secure self-protection measures like wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts and correct use of mosquito repellent, Seek early consultation for any of the signs and symptoms of dengue, and Support fogging/misting only in hotspot areas where increase in cases is registered for two consecutive weeks to prevent outbreak.

The department also reiterated that one best way is to remove any space or container that can hold unnecessary stagnant water, which may become breeding sites of mosquitoes.

The DOH Caraga led by regional director Dr. Jose Llacuna Jr. has constantly been advocating for a clean environment away from diseases through various campaign, programs, and services from the regional down to the barangay level. 

As per Dengue Bulletin of DOH Caraga in Morbidity Week 21, it was learned that there were 5,676 Dengue cases reported to the Regional Epidemiology Surveillance and Statistics Unit from January 1 to May 25, 2019. Cases were 386.4 percent higher compared to cases of the same period last year.

Majority of the cases were male with 3,026. Some 5,417 or 95 percent of cases were classified as suspect or those persons with acute febrile illness of two to seven days duration plus two of the following: headache, body malaise, myalgia, arthralgia, retro-orbital pain, anorexia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, flushed skin, rash (petechial, Herman’s sign).

There were also some 2,356 or 41.5 percent of cases that were classified as Dengue with warning signs. These are people with acute febrile illness of two to seven days duration plus any one of the following: abdominal pain or tenderness, persistent vomiting, clinical signs of fluid accumulation, mucosal bleeding, lethargy, restlessness, liver enlargement, and/or laboratory increase in Hct and/or decreasing platelet.

From January 1 to May 25, 2019, Dengue cases in Caraga region are as follows: Agusan del Norte (526); Agusan del Sur (1,247); Bayugan City (228); Bislig City (135); Butuan City (1,161); Cabadbaran City (202); Dinagat Islands (190); Surigao City (449); Surigao del Norte (444); Surigao del Sur (927); and Tandag City (167), totaling to 5,676 cases. This is higher compared to 1,167 total of dengue cases of the same period last year.

Sixteen deaths were also reported: Agusan del Norte (3); Agusan del Sur (6); Butuan City (4); Surigao del Norte (1); Surigao del Sur (1); and Tandag City (1).

With this, the DOH Caraga urged the public to participate in barangay/community efforts to prevent dengue in their area as community effort is needed to eradicate dengue by simultaneously destroying mosquito breeding places and by adapting the 4S strategy. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

PDEA Caraga joins Brigada Eskwela


By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 28 (PIA) - In time with the conduct of Brigada Eskwela in Ambago Central Elementary School of this city, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Caraga inculcates to the minds of the school children and the youth the significance of upholding unity among sectors and active participation of the youth in the communities.
To set a good example in government service, the personnel of PDEA Caraga made their debut in Brigada Eskwela, pursuant to the directive of Undersecretary Aaron Aquino, director-general, to intensify its community service efforts especially for caraganons.

Apart from the cleaning materials they donated, government's lead anti - narcotics agency also distributed information, education and communication (IEC) materials to increase awareness on the harmful effects of illegal drugs.


“Our regular programs for the youth will continue, as well as the conduct of lectures in the different schools to orient students of the harmful effects of illegal drugs to them,” Lovitos said.

The Libertad Central Elementary School, Gabriel Elementary School, and Pedro Duncano Elementary School are among the public schools in the city that benefitted from the presence and assistance extended by the PDEA.

The official added that PDEA’s existing programs for the youth will continue to keep the school children and the youth away from the perils posed by people involved in the illegal drug trade.  She also plead to the locals in the barangays to cooperate and help the agency in its fight against illegal drug activities.

“Rest assured that we will continue our task in clearing the community or the barangays in Caraga on illegal drugs. Together with the Philippine National Police and other law enforcement agencies, we will build a safer community, free from illegal drugs,” said Lovitos.

Meanwhile, Helenna Palen, principal of Ambago Central Elementary School, expressed her warm thanks to PDEA and all other government agencies that took time to lend a hand to the school and its students. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Youth calls on public to properly segregate solid wastes

By Jennifer P. Gaitano


BUTUAN CITY, May 28 (PIA) -- Several trash such as plastic bottles, disposable glasses and cellophanes were found along the seashore during the conduct of coastal clean-up and mangrove tree planting which is the main highlight of this year’s Ocean Month celebration.

During the event, a baby dolphin was found dead near the seashore of Barangay Manapa, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte.

This was believed to be coming from the business establishments in the area as well as from the tourists.

Together with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga and other government agencies, the youths expressed their sentiments and asked the public to be more responsible and follow proper solid waste segregation, as this have brought destruction to marine life.

According to Alejandra Boiser, CENRO of Nasipit, Agusan del Norte, the said creature might have been affected by the harmful effects brought about by the garbage thrown in the seas. Hence, she urged the public to practice proper segregation of garbage and avoid throwing it elsewhere.

“Let’s follow proper solid waste segregation to save our environment and the marine life. This will not only benefit us but also the next generation,” emphasized Boiser.

Kariza Mae Semblante, Municipal Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) President and SK Chairperson of Barangay Manapa also emphasized that this is not the first time where they joined the government agencies in this activity.

She said, the government’s efforts in rehabilitating the ocean like what was done in Manila bay and Boracay had greatly helped in protecting the marine life.

“We appreciate the efforts of the government in ensuring safety and protection of the marine life. We hope to sustain this by proper segregation of our solid wastes,” said Semblante.

Meanwhile, Forester Rosendo Asunto, PENRO of Agusan del Norte also said that Caraganons especially those who are operating business establishments should instill discipline in keeping a clear area through an effective solid waste management. Several were already penalized due to violations of environmental laws. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

UP-Diliman turns-over one environment-friendly technology for mine extraction to DOST-Caraga

By Jennifer P. Gaitano


BUTUAN CITY, May 28 (PIA) - With the aim to help the small scale miners in Caraga region, particularly those in Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte province, the University of the Philippines (UP) – Diliman has officially turned-over an environment-friendly technology for mine extraction to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Caraga.

According to UP-Diliman professor Dr. Herman Mendoza, the said technology is capable of extracting 80 to 90 percent of gold, higher than the regular 40 to 60 percent, without the use of cyanide and mercury.

The project is called Community-Led Integrated Non-cyanide, No Mercury Gold Extraction Method or CLINN-GEM.

It has been 10 years since this concept has been formulated and established.

DOST Caraga regional director Dominga Mallonga bared that their agency will take charge of the project’s operation.

The DOST would also facilitate a training for the small-scale miners for them to learn how to effectively use the technology to improve their income and way of living.

There are groups identified to be beneficiaries of said project, and director Mallonga hopes that they would cooperate and work closely with the department, as this would bring bigger opportunities for the miners.

The CLINN-GEM Project is worth P35-million, and Caraga is one of the four regions in the country that will benefit from this facility, which can be found in Barangay del Pilar, Cabadbaran City in Agusan del Norte. (NCLM/JPG/PIA-Caraga)

TESDA-Caraga orients partners, stakeholders on EO 70

By Robert E. Roperos


BUTUAN CITY, May 28 -- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-Caraga today orients partners and stakeholders on Executive Order 70 in one of the local convention centers here.

In his speech, TESDA-Caraga Regional Director Florencio F. Sunico, Jr. pointed out the importance of convergence, saying that in every cause, for it to succeed, there must be a convergence effort by and among concerned groups and individuals.

Sunico further said that since TESDA is the lead agency of the Livelihood, Poverty Reduction and Employment Cluster, there is a need to orient the cluster members.

The TESDA chief of the region also underscored that the activity is also the agency’s response as member of the national task force to end local communist armed conflict and therefore attaining peace and development in the country thru community-driven Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET).

Under the cluster are: Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP), Department of Tourism (DOT), Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), National Irrigation Administration (NIA), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), National Food Authority (NFA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and the Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (Phil-FIDA).

Executive Order 70 series of 2018 institutionalizes the whole-of-nation approach in addressing the root causes of insurgencies, internal disturbances and tensions, and other armed conflicts and threats by prioritizing and harmonizing the delivery of basic services and social development packages by the government, facilitating societal inclusivity, and ensuring active participation of all sectors of the society in the pursuit of the country’s peace agenda.

The said EO is in sync with the Joint Communique signed by ASEAN Member States during the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers meeting in Manila last August 5 2017, which reaffirms the importance and effectiveness of the Whole-of-Nation approach (as opposed to a purely military option) in combating terrorism and violent extremism).

Moreover, the EO provides that in order to achieve inclusive and sustainable peace, government policy should recognize that insurgencies, internal conflicts, disturbances and tensions, and other armed conflicts and threats are not only military and security concerns, but are symptomatic of broader social, economic and historical problems, such as poverty, historical injustice, social inequality, and lack of inclusivity. (TESDA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

Teknolohiya sa pag extract ng ginto sa Agusan del Norte itinurnover ng UP-Diliman sa DOST Caraga


By Nora L. Molde

CABADBARAN CITY, Agusan del Norte, Mayo 28 (PIA) -- Sa layuning matulongan ang small scale miners ng Caraga region lalo na ang mga taga Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte pormal ng itinurn over ng University of the Philippines  Diliman ang isang teknolohiya sa pag-extract ng ginto sa pamamahala ng Department of Science and Technology Caraga region.

Ang teknolohiyang ito ayon kay Dr. Herman Mendoz,a isang professor ng UP Diliman, ay maaaring makapag extract ng hanggang 80 to 90 porsyento na ginto, mas mataas kaysa kasalukuyang 60 porsyento lamang, nang walang gamit na cyanide at mercury.

Ang proyekto ay tinatawag na CLINN-GEM o Community-led Integrated Non-cyanide, No-mercury Gold Extraction Method. Ito ay binuo sa loob ng 10 taon simula sa pag-conceptualization nito.

Ayon kay DOST Caraga regional director Dominga Mallonga, ang teknolohiya ay pangangasiwaan ng kanilang ahensya.

Tuturuan anya ang  small scale miners kung paano ito gamitin upang mas mapalago pa ang kanilang kita at pamumuhay. May mga grupo na naidentify na makinabang at hiling ni director Mallonga na sana ay makipagtulungan sila at magkaisa dahil ito ay napakahalagang teknolohiya para sa mga minero.

Ang teknolohiya ay tinatayang nagkakahalaga ng P35 milyon at isa ang Caraga region sa apat narehiyon sa buong Pilipinas na merong pasilidad na ganito  na matatagpuan sa barangay Del Pilar, Cabadbaran City sa probinsya ng Agusan del Norte. (NCLM/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Mga kabataan nanawagan sa publiko na maging responsable sa pag-segregate ng basura

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Mayo 28 (PIA) -- Kasama ng Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga at iba pang ahensiya ng pamahalaan, nanawagan sa publiko ang mga kabataan na maging responsable at sundin ang tamang pag-segregate ng basura na nagdudulot ng pagkasira ng kalikassan lalu na sa karagatan.
 
Ito’y kasabay sa isinagawang coastal clean-up at mangrove tree planting bilang aktibidad sa selebrasyon ng Ocean Month sa Barangay Manapa, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, kung saan ilan-ilan ding basura ang nakuha sa baybayin tulad ng plastic bottles, disposable glasses at cellophane na maaaring nagmula sa basura ng mga residente na napapadpad sa dagat at maging sa mga turistang dumadayo sa lugar.

Habang isinasagawa ang coastal clean-up, isang “baby dolphin” na wala ng buhay ang  nakita  sa baybayin.

Ayon kay Alejandra Boiser, CENRO ng Nasipit, Agusan del Norte, posibleng naapektuhan ito sa hindi magandang naidudulot ng basura sa karagatan. Kaya pakiusap  niya sa publiko na magsimula sa sariling tahanan sa tamang pag-segregate ng basura at huwag itapon ang mga ito kung saan-saan.

“Dapat na matuto tayong sumunod sa tama at maayos na pag-segregate ng ating mga basura, hindi lamang para sa ating kapakanan, kundi pati na sa mga susunod pang henerasyon,” sabi ni Boiser.
Ibinahagi rin ni Kariza Mae Semblante, Municipal Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation President at SK Chairperson ng Barangay Manapa, na hindi ito ang unang beses na sumali sila sa ganitong aktibidad sa barangay.

Ayon sa kanya, malaking tulong ang isinasagawa ng gobyerno sa rehabilitasyon ng mga karagatan tulad na lamang ng Manila Bay at Boracay dahil mas naprotektahan ang marine life nito.

“Malaking tulong ang ginagawang pag-rehabilitate ng gobyerno sa mga karagatan at sa pagpapanatiling malinis ang kapaligiran dahil isa itong yaman sa atin na dapat din nating pangalagaan,” sabi ni Semblante.

Ayon din kay Forester Rosendo Asunto, PENRO ng Agusan del Norte, disiplina ang kailangang pairalin ng mga Caraganons lalu na yung nasa ibat-ibang business establishments upang mapanatiling malinis ang kapaligiran at ang karagatan.

Dagdag ng opisyal, hindi matatapos ang problema sa basura kung patuloy na magiging pabaya ang mga tao. May ilan-ilang establishtamento na rin ang na-isyuhan ng ilang violations hinggil dito. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)