(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

Friday, June 21, 2019

Bayugan City hosts 2nd quarter NSED

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, June 21 (PIA) - It was well planned and organized.

These were most of the comments received by the local government unit, Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) and other groups who worked hard and applied their skills for the successful conduct of the 2nd quarter Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) held on June 20 with Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur as the ceremonial site.        
The drill was aimed at testing the efficiency and usefulness of the preparedness, response and recovery plans, systems and policies developed in various localities. It also aims to showcase the interoperability of plans among concerned agencies including the LGUs, civil society organizations (CSOs) and even the communities in ensuring the safety and security of everyone in order to attain a zero casualty during any calamity like earthquake.

There were five engagement areas in the drill which included the Sacred Heart Parish Church, Bayugan City Hall, Bayugan National Comprehensive High School, Taglatawan Bridge, and Atis Street, where an electric post fell out of place.

Aside from students, teachers, employees of LGU-Bayugan and residents from nearby barangays, persons with disability, senior citizens, pregnant and lactating mothers were also seen participating and executing the duck, cover and hold when the loud siren sounded that signalled the start of the drill.

“I’ve learned a lot by staying alert and performing well in the Duck, Cover and Hold. By doing that during earthquake, I know I could be saved. It really help if one practices that kind of drill,” said Jayvel Lig-onan, a grade 8 student of Bayugan National Comprehensive School.

RDRRMC chair and Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Caraga regional director Liza Mazo emphasized the significance of intensifying the preparedness measures among locals for them to be proactive and more vigilant. She also highlighted the close coordination among barangay rescuers that greatly contributed to the smooth flow of the entire drill scenarios.

“So far, the LGU rescuers and other response teams worked well in the drill and we appreciate the mayor himself as he was so active and sincere in doing his function as the incident commander. We hope that the locals would continue to be resilient at all times,” said Mazo.

Meanwhile, City Mayor Kim Lope Asis expressed his warm thanks to all the teams involved and recognized all the sectors' contribution in the success of the NSED.

Several officials from the national line agencies also attended and witnessed the drill. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

100 kabataang IPs tumanggap ng gamit pang-eskwela mula sa PNP-13

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Hunyo 21 (PIA) - May 100 kabataang Indigenous Peoples (IPs) mula sa Mamanwa tribe ng Sitio Kugtong, Barangay Poblacion, Bacuag, Surigao del Norte ang tumanggap ng mga gamit pang-eskwela mula sa Philippine National Police (PNP) Caraga, at sa tulong ng isang private donor.

Sa isinagawang gift-giving activity ng PNP Caraga, pinangunahan ni Police Brigadier General Gilberto DC Cruz ang pamimigay ng school bag, notebooks, papel, at iba pang gamit pang eskwela sa lahat ng benepisyaryo.

Tinanggap naman ito ng mga kabataang lumad na may ngiti sa kanilang mukha.

Ayon kay PBGen. Cruz, mahalaga ang kontribusyon ng IPs sa pagpapanatili ng kaayusan at kapayapaan sa komunidad kaya nararapat lang din aniya na sila'y pagtuunan ng pansin ng pamahalaan at iabot sa kanila ang kanilang mga pangangailangan.

Dagdag pa ng opisyal, madalas ang mga IPs ay nabibiktima ng karahasan ng mga New People’s Army (NPA).

Isa lang aniya ito sa marami pang aktibidad na gagawin ng kanilang ahensiya para sa sektor ng IP. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)