(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

Friday, June 7, 2019


AgNor to commemorate PH independence, 52nd founding anniv

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, June 7 (PIA) -– The provincial government of Agusan del Norte will commemorate the 121st Philippine Independence Day in time with its 52nd founding anniversary celebration on June 11 to 18, 2019 at the provincial capitol grounds, here.
The commemoration of the Philippine Independence on June 12 will commence with a flag raising ceremony to be led by the Bureau of Fire Protection Agusan del Norte with the presence of the provincial officials and employees and the hoisting of municipal banners by the municipal mayors with their respective Bae Candidates.

A wreath laying, releasing of doves, and an interpretative dance by the students of Buenavista Special Education will form part of the event.

Governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba will also give her inspirational message during the commemoration.

During the weeklong founding anniversary celebration, various activities have been lined up with the participation of the different municipalities to include: (June 11) Opening of the Agro-fair at the provincial capitol children’s park, holding of the Jobs Fair 2019 at the provincial training center; Agri-Lympics and other games to be held at the provincial capitol grounds; and the Sadow Night, which will be participated by the employees; (June 12) Awarding of Centenarians; Presentation of Bae Agusan del Norte 2019; Sadow Drum and Lyre Competition; Bae Agusan del Norte 2019 Talent Competition; (June 13) Arbor Day celebration at Kinabjangan, Nasipit; (June 14) Employees Day; (June 15) Barangay Night to be participated by the different barangays of the province; (June 17) Awarding of Employees, Paligsahan sa Kasaysayan at Kultura and BAE Agusan del Norte 2019 Coronation Night; and (June 18) Peoples Day.

Meanwhile, Governor Matba will also be reporting her administration’s accomplishments on her State of the Province Address (SOPA) during the 11th Special Session of Sangguniang Panlalawigan, on June 15 at 2:00 p.m. at the provincial capitol covered court.

Now on its fifth year, Sadow Festival Tribal will feature dance presentation and Interschool Tribal Dance competition, which will be held during the opening on June 11.

Sadow festival seeks to highlight the cultural tradition of the different indigenous tribes in the province to include the Manobo, Mamanwa, and Higaonon. (NCLM, PIA Agusan del Norte)

Mindanao LGUs hail Geo-SAFER Program

By Jennifer P. Gaitano


BUTUAN CITY, June 7 (PIA) -- The Geo-Informatics for the Systematic Assessment of Flood Effects and Risks Toward a Resilient (Geo-SAFER) Mindanao program has gained support from local government units (LGUs) of different regions in Mindanao, in its contribution to the creation of a highly detailed flood hazard map as a useful tool for the local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (DRRMCs) during typhoon events, which are expected to bring heavy rains and cause floods, especially in areas near the river banks.

Eric Rosillo, PDRRM Officer of Davao del Norte stressed the need for local residents in barangays to be well informed on flood hazard maps to have a better appreciation on their uses. He cited that the map was created thru the use of light detection and ranging (LiDAR) and interferometric synthetic aperture radar (IFSAR) technologies.

“I think this program is very important for the local government units like my province because Davao del Norte is perennial in flooding, so we need an updated map like this," said Rosillo.

"We can use that during our pre-disaster risk assessment in times of possible flooding, and for policy guidelines if there’s a need to relocate these communities or if there’s a need to evacuate these communities,” he added.

Local DRRM Officer Jover Manliguez of Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte is also thankful for this initiative by Geo-SAFER Mindanao and encouraged the locals in the barangays to intensify their disaster preparedness measures to maintain a zero casualty during any calamity or disaster event like typhoons, fires, and earthquakes.

“We will also share this down to the barangays so they will be aware and would be more alert especially in times of disaster,” Manliguez said.

Meanwhile, RDRRMC chairperson and Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Caraga Regional Director Liza Mazo urged the LGUs thru the LDRRMCs to be well trained on this technology, so they are more equipped and capable in their function to make critical decisions when facing disaster events.

The Geo-SAFER Agusan Project is a component of the Geo-SAFER Mindanao Program with Caraga State University (CSU) as the implementing higher education institution that will guide the LGUs in the implementation of the project. It aims to conduct geo-informatics based approaches for the systematic assessment of flooding in the different watersheds of Caraga region. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Union groups push for employment security, decent work

BUTUAN CITY, June 7 (PIA) -- Union members from the different national unions under the National Trade Union Center (NTUC) are pushing for decent work, including living wages, and job security for employees.

In the recent workshop on Employment Security and Constructive Industrial Relations held in Quezon City, NTUC union members called on the national government to step up its drive to stop employers from their “exploitive employment arrangements” and urged the regularization of contractuals. A similar workshop was held in Subic, Zambales.

“Regularization of contractuals would invigorate the Philippine trade union movement, as they qualify for union membership,” said a statement from NTUC.

“Contractuals would get wages and terms and conditions of work mandated under national laws and regulations,” it added.

In his statement, NTUC President Atty. Rodolfo Capoquian said the activity is a good opportunity for their members for considering and planning further work in this highly-globalized future.

“We continue the call to end contractualization in the private and public sector and to speed up decisions on pending cases of regularization,” Capoquian said.

Also during the activity, participants were able to gain valuable lessons and insights on Japanese industrial relations from Toshikazu Saito of the Japan International Labour Foundation (JILAF), a non-governmental organization and non-profit organization set up by the Japanese Trade Union Confederation (RENGO) in May 1989, to promote international cooperation in the field of labor, as well as on the Future of Work from the ILO resource person.

Saito also shared information on productivity principles and characteristics of labor relations in Japan. (FEAbkilan/PIA-Caraga)

Geo-SAFER Mindanao Program, umani ng suporta mula sa mga LGUs ng ibat-ibang rehiyon

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Hunyo 7 (PIA) - Umani ng suporta ang Geo-Informatics for the Systematic Assessment of Flood Effects and Risks Towards a Resilient (SAFER) Mindanao Program mula sa mga lokal na pamahalaan ng ibat-ibang rehiyon sa Mindanao, dahil sa malaking naiambag nito sa paghahanda sa mga komunidad mula sa mga bagyo na maaaring magdulot ng pagbaha lalo na sa mga naninirahan malapit sa ilog.

Para kay Eric Rosillo, ang Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management (PDRRM) officer ng Davao del Norte, mahalaga na maipabot sa mga residente ang flood hazard map na nabuo ng Geo-SAFER Mindanao sa tulong ng Department of Science and Technology (DOST) at iba pang kinauukulang ahensiya.

Malaki rin ang pasasalamat ni LDRRMO Jover Manliguez ng Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte sa inisyatibong ito at hinimok ang mga residente na mas palakasin pa ang kanilang disaster preparedness measures upang makamit ang zero casualty sa panahon ng kalamidad tulad ng pagbagyo.

“Sa ngayon, hinahasa naman yung LGU-Las Nieves kung paano i-enterpret yung mga rain forecast. Sa amin naman sa LDRRM office, balak namin na ipaalam doon sa mga barangays thru the community-based disaster risk reduction and management approach ng LGU para alam din ng barangay kung paano yung pagprepare lalo na sa pagsapit ng tag-ulan,” sabi ni Manliguez.

Umaasa rin si RDRRMC chair at Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Caraga Regional Director Liza Mazo, na patuloy na mahasa ang lgus sa pagamit ng teknolohiyang ito.

“Sana tuloy-tuloy lang yung awareness ng mga tao, mga technical staff para mas lumawak pa ang kanilang kaalaman dito. Hinihiling ko rin na in the regional level, magkaroon tayo ng coordinated na information gamit ang platform na ito,” sabi ni Mazo.

Ang Geo-SAFER Agusan Project na pinangungunahan ng Caraga State University (CSU) ang component ng Geo-SAFER Mindanao, at siyang gagabay sa mga LGUs ng rehiyon sa implementasyon nito. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

'Bag Palit Plastic' sa mga paaralan, inilunsad ng PNP Caraga


By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Hunyo 7 (PIA) - Bilang tugon sa patuloy na hamon sa pagsugpo sa iresponsableng pagtatapon ng basura lalu na sa karagatan na siyang sanhi ng pagkamatay ng mga lamang dagat, inilunsad ng Philippine National Police (PNP) Caraga sa mga paaralan ang “Bag Palit Plastic” Campaign.

Layon nitong sanayin ang mga mag-aaral sa tamang pag-segregate ng basura at pag-rerecycle.

Ang Babag Elementary School sa Barangay Babag, Butuan City ang  isa sa mga paaralan na nakabenipisyo sa ipinamahaging bags at school supplies kapalit ng  plastic cans at bottles na gagawin ding plastic arm chairs ng PNP sa tulong ng pribadong sektor.

Ang mga ibinahaging bags ay mula sa binaklas na tarpaulins nitong nagdaang eleksyon. Mismong ang mga tauhan ng PNP ang tumahi ng mga bags.

Ipagpapatuloy nila ito lalo na at may mga tumutulong din mula sa ibang rehiyon na nagbibigay din ng mga binaklas na tarpaulins.

“Ipagpapatuloy pa natin ang pamimigay ng bags lalu na’t may nagbibigay pa ng tarpaulins hindi lang dito sa Caraga, pati na yung nasa ibang rehiyon na tumutulong din sa atin,” sabi ni PBGen. Dela Cruz.

Nagsagawa rin ang PNP ng information drive sa masamang naidudulot ng mga basura at iba pang polusyon sa kalikasan at sa kalugusan ng tao.

Sa ilalim ng “Adopt a School” Program, ang Babag Elementary School ang napiling skwelahan ng PNP Caraga.

Pangako rin ng opisyal na mamimigay din sila ng libreng tsinelas para sa mga magulang at uniporme naman para sa kanilang mga anak na studyante. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)