(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

Tuesday, June 25, 2019


DOH records increase of measles cases in Caraga 


By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, June 25 (PIA) - More than 1,200 cases of measles have been recorded in the Caraga region. This is based on the latest data released by the Department of Health (DOH) Caraga.

From January 1 to June 22, 2019, cases of measles have already reached to 506 percent higher than 199 percent of the same period last year.

According to DOH Caraga regional director Dr. Jose Llacuna Jr., the department continues to combat against said disease by providing vaccines and intensifying advocacy campaign particularly in areas which have the high number of measles.

Based on DOH’s record, Caraga was declared above alert level due to the increasing number of cases wherein for June 2019 alone, some 20 individuals have already died due to measles, 18 of which are from Agusan del Sur particularly in the municipality of San Luis with two fatality; municipality of Loreto with three fatality; and four in Talacogon.

Dr. Maria Wilda Silva of DOH central office also encouraged the government agencies and private companies to extend support and help fight the spread of measles.

Dr. Achyut Shrestha, medical officer of the World Health Organization (WHO), revealed that there are several reasons for one to acquire the disease. He said aside from lack of vaccine, malnutrition is also a contributory factor, where individuals easily get sick and infected.

The DOH-CHD also noticed that most of those affected by measles are the indigenous peoples.

Meanwhile, DOH Caraga is continuously monitoring the status of the measles-affected areas in the region. (NCLM/JPG/PIA-Caraga)

23rd Kaliguan Festival opens in SurSur town

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, June 25 (PIA) - The local government unit of Cagwait, Surigao del Sur has lined-up various activities for the Caraganons in celebration of this year’s 23rd Kaliguan Festival.

Among the activities for the festival include the Kaliguan Trade Fair; Local Governance Best Practices Showcase; Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) Properties and Services Exhibit; Serbisyo sa Kaliguan para sa Katawhan or Services for the People by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA); Perlas nan Kaliguan 2019; Department of Education (DepEd) Cultural Show; different Pinoy games; and others.

In time with the official opening of the said festival, visitors and tourists witnessed the parade of the 14 ladies who are candidates of the “Perlas ng Kaliguan” 2019 of the municipality.

In her message, Cagwait mayor Lilian Yu Lozada highlighted the rich culture and tourism in their municipality. She also invited everyone to unite and join with them in this annual celebration which is full of activities and game competitions that will run for several days.

“We wanted to showcase the scenic spots and the rich culture and tourism of Cagwait and we enjoin others to experience the hospitality of our place,” said Lozada.

Also, Jetro Nicolas Lozada, assistant chief operating officer for assets management of TIEZA, who served as the guest of honor and speaker, commended the local government unit of Cagwait for continuously promoting the tourism of the municipality and for bringing pride and honor to Kaliguan Festival.

According to Lozada, TIEZA would never hesitate to extend assistance to the LGU-Cagwait when it comes to tourism development initiatives.

Meanwhile, said official has personally handed the financial assistance from TIEZA to the local government unit in support to Kaliguan Festival. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Farmers disown NPA in Agusan Norte

By 1Lt Roel T Maglalang

BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte, June 25 -- More than 200 members of Union ng Mag-uuma sa Agusan del Norte (UMAN), a New Peoples Army (NPA) allied organization, disowned the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP-NPA) terrorist group and took their pledge of loyalty and allegiance to the government during a peace consultation dialogue on June 22, 2019 at the covered court of Brgy. Tungao, Butuan City.

The peace consultation dialogue was conducted thru a convergence effort of the Barangay Council of Barangays Tungao and San Mateo and the 23rd Infantry (Masigasig) Battalion to address the issues and concerns of the residents and the UMAN members. These include security of land tenure, livelihood and employment, youth recruitment and peace and order.

Moreover, after the open forum, the officers and members of UMAN, as well as the residents of the barangay, took their oath to dismantle UMAN as an organization, to stop supporting the CPP-NPA and will not succumb to any group who will organize them except the government.

UMAN is a farmers’ organization being used by the CPP-NPA to recruit farmers by promising them that the latter will receive the land that they are tilling. A monthly due is being collected by the group from the members.

According to Rheda (true name withheld for security reason), a member of UMAN, they joined the UMAN hoping that the organization would help them with their problems regarding the security of land tenure, livelihood and employment, and help them with their basic social needs. That, if they will join UMAN, the lands they are tilling will be given to them. They are also paying monthly dues to UMAN.

Another member, Elvira (true name withheld for security reason) said, "Karon nakabalo na mi kung unsay tinuod sa UMAN, muondang na mi pag-apil sa ilaha ug bungkagon nanamo sila karon. Muderetso nalang mi sa ahensya sa gobyerno kung aduna mi mga problema (Now that we are aware of the intention of UMAN, we will stop joining them and dismantle their group. Instead, we go straight to the government whenever we have issues)."

Moreover, the chairman of Barangay Tungao, Melchor Salboro expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the soldiers of the Philippine Army under 23rd Infantry Battalion (23IB) for protecting and saving the barangay from the threats of CPP-NPA. “Atong ampingan ang atong barangay para walay musolod na dautang grupo na. Dili na ta magpailad sa mga teroristang CPP-NPA (We have to take care of our community so that there will be no more unscrupulous group who will enter. We will not support the CPP-NPA anymore, Salboro added)."

Meanwhile, Lt. Col. Francisco Molina Jr., Commanding Officer, 23IB, is optimistic with the efforts of Barangay Officials of Barangays Tungao and San Mateo, the former officers and members of UMAN, and other residents of the two barangays that they will dismantle UMAN in their areas and will not anymore give-in to the CPP-NPA terrorist group. “Let us work together in restoring peace in your area. We must not allow any group to sow havoc in our community. Towards this end, development will surely come in,” Molina added. (CMO Officer, 23IB 4ID, PA/PIA Agusan del Norte)

PDRRMC to lead NDRM celebration in AgNor

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, June 25 (PIA) -- In line with the observance of the National Disaster Resilience Month (NDRM) on July 2019, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) of Agusan del Norte has lined up activities for the month-long celebration.

The PDRRMC will spearhead the kick-off ceremony on July 3, Wednesday, at the Capitol Covered Court, showcasing the conduct of the “DRRM Factor” and “Best in Chant and Rescue Uniform.”

According to Erma Suyo, PDRRMO chief, this year’s celebration will highlight the conduct of the “DRRM Hero,” an activity honoring all health care providers in the provincial and district hospitals as the unsung heroes and front liners of care during emergencies, and disasters.

Also, Merry Chris Cabonce of PDRRMO said that on July 5, a DRRM contests will be held to include the jingle competition which is open to all public secondary schools (Grades 7 to 12 students); poster making contest to be participated by all public elementary (Grades 4 to 6 pupils), and secondary (Grades 7 to 12 students); quiz bee open to all public secondary schools (Grades 7 to 12 students); and essay writing contest to interested public secondary schools (Grades 7 to 10 students only).

On July 9 to 12, the Provincial Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Committee will also hold a training-workshop on Forecasting and Weather Observation and Data Interpretation on Early Warning Signals to be held in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur where a Doppler radar is located.

A DRRM/Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) Documentary Video Clip Making to be participated in by the different public secondary schools of the province is also scheduled on July 19 for the pre-screening and the final judging will be on July 23 at the PDRRM office.

The DRR/CCA documentary video clip making contest must run for 7 to 11 minutes only preferably in Cebuano or Tagalog with subtitle in English. The entry should evolve within the best practices in DRR-CCA of the local community where the school is located.

Aside from the different contests, the 2nd Provincial DRR-CCA Convention will also be held on July 25-26 to be participated by the council members, students, and other stakeholders.

To culminate the month-long celebration, a NDRM Bae competition will be held at the Robinsons Place Butuan on July 30.
This year’s celebration has a theme “Kahandaan sa Sakuna’t Peligro Para Sa Tunay Na Pagbabago.” (NCLM/PIA Agusan del Norte)

DAR-Caraga calls on youths to deepen knowledge on the importance, benefits of agriculture

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, June 25 (PIA) - The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Caraga has called on the youths to deepen their knowledge on family farming and agriculture, as well as the significance of having a land where they could increase productivity of rice grains and ensure food security in the market, as this would greatly help in sustaining productive farming in the country.

This was emphasized by the agency during the 31st anniversary of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP), where it featured in a photo gallery of its programs and projects that reached different sectors in the communities, dubbed "Harvest and Blessing of Reformed Agrarian."

According to DAR-Caraga regional director Leomides Villareal, due to constant exposure of the youths to the new technology, they become less engage in doing the traditional things.

Villareal stressed that there is a need for the youths to learn more on the advantages and benefits that they could get from the agriculture sector, and the extent of farm productivity they could create for the country.

“We want to inculcate in the minds of the youths that they still have to involve themselves in the traditional things even if we are now in the so-called millennial. They should not be too dependent on what the new technology could do for them,” said Villareal.

The official added that they also invited several schools in Butuan City, as well as from other provinces of the region for a study tour to their photo gallery installed inside a mall, where success stories of their agrarian reform beneficiaries were featured.

“We hope to see next year that the young ones would be the ones holding and claiming for the CLOAs,” he said.

Villareal further elaborated that DAR, together with other government agencies, is continuously reaching out to the grassroots and deliver the needed programs and services to the sectors, in support also of the mandate of President Rodrigo Duterte.

It can be recalled that the CARP was put into law in June 1988 under the Social Justice Program of then President Corazon Aquino. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Ibat-ibang sektor lumahok sa isinagawang NSED sa Bayugan City

By Jennifer P. Gaitano


LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Hunyo 25 (PIA) - Planado at organisado ang isinagawang second quarter Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) sa Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur. 

Naging maayos din ang koordinasyon ng mga lumahok na ahensya at iba't ibang sektor sa naturang pagsasanay gaya na lamang ng mga dapat gawin sakaling yumanig ang isang lindol.

May limang engagement areas ang nasabing drill, kabilang na ang Sacred Heart Parish Church, Bayugan City Hall, Bayugan National Comprehensive High School, Taglatawan Bridge, at Atis Street kung saan may natumbang poste ng kuryente.

Kabilang sa mga lumahok ang mga estudyante, guro, empleyado ng LGU-Bayugan, at mga residente ng ilang barangay.

“Marami akong natutunan sa NSED tulad na lamang ng pag-duck, cover and hold upang maging ligtas pag may lindol at sa pagiging alerto,” sabi ni Jayvel Lig-onan, isang studyante ng Bayugan National Comprehensive High School.

Makikita rin ang ilang persons with disability, senior citizens, buntis at lactating mothers na aktibong nag-duck, cover and hold nang tumunog na ang alarma bilang hudyat na nagsimula na ang pagyanig.

Layon ng isinagawang drill na masubukan ang kahandaan, mekanismo at kapasidad ng responders, LGU, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) officers, at iba pang mahalagang sektor at ahensiya ng gobyerno para masiguro ang kaligtasan ng bawat isa at zero casualty sa anumang kalamidad gaya ng lindol.  

Ayon kay Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) chair at Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Caraga regional director Liza Mazo, mahalaga ang partisipasyon ng mga residente sa earthquake drill lalu na't may naitalang fault line sa lungsod.

Samantala, laking pasasalamat naman ni Mayor Kim Lope Asis sa lahat ng mga lokal rescue o response teams, drill participants, evaluators at iba pang pribadong grupo na tumulong upang maging maayos at matiwasay ang pagsagawa ng NSED.

Dinaluhan din ng mga matataas na opisyal mula sa ibat-ibang ahensiya ng pamahalaan ang naturang drill sa Bayugan City. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur) 

DOH Caraga patuloy na nilalabanan ang pagtaas ng kaso ng tigdas 

By Nora L. Molde


LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Hunyo 25 (PIA) -- Pumalo na sa mahigit 1,200 ang kaso ng tigdas sa rehiyon ng Caraga. Ito ay batay sa pinakahuling datos mula sa Department of Health (DOH) Caraga.

Mula Enero 1 hanggang Hunyo 22, umabot na sa 506 porsyento ang itinaas ng kaso ng tigdas mula sa 199 noong nakaraang taon.

Ayon kay DOH Caraga regional director Dr. Jose Llacuna, Jr. patuloy nilang nilalabanan ang pagtaas ng kaso ng measles  sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay ng bakuna at pagpapalawig pa ng advocacy campaign lalo na sa mga lugar kung saan mataas ang kaso nito.

Ayon pa sa DOH, nasa 20 na ang namatay dahil sa tigdas sa buong rehiyon dahilan para ilagay sa above alert level ang rehiyon. Labingwalo nito ay galing sa probinsya ng Agusan del Sur. Nitong buwan ng Hunyo, base sa tala ng DOH, ang bayan ng San Luis ay may dalawa ng patay, tatlo naman sa bayan nang Loreto, at apat naman sa bayan ng Talacogon.

Hinikayat din ni Dr. Maria Wilda Silva ng DOH central office ang bawat opisina ng gobyerno at mga pribadong kumpanya na suportahan at pagtulungang sugpuin ang paglaganap ng tigdas.

Maraming dahilan kung bakit magkatigdas, ayon kay Dr. Achyut Shrestha, isang medical officer ng World Health Organization. Anya maliban sa kawalan ng bakuna, malnutrition ang isa ring dahilan kung bakit nagkakasakit at nahahawaan ng tigdas.

Napansin din ng DOH Caraga na karamihan sa mga nagkatigdas ay mga katutubo. (NCLM/PIA Caraga)

DAR-Caraga nanawagan sa mga estudyante na mas palawakin ang kaalaman sa agrikultura

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Hunyo 25 (PIA) - Nanawagan ang Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Caraga sa lahat ng estudyante na mas palawakin pa ang kanilang kaalaman pagdating sa agrikultura partikular na sa family farming at ang kahalagahan ng pagkakaroon ng lupain.

Ayon sa DAR, malaki umano ang maitutulong nito sa pagpapalaganap at pagtitiyak ng produktibong pagsasaka sa bansa.

Inihayag ito ng ahensya sa pagdaraos ng kanilang ika-31 anibersaryo ng Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) na ibinida sa pamamagitan ng isang photo gallery na may temang “Ani at Biyaya ng Repormang Agraryo.”

Ayon kay DAR-Caraga regional director Leomides Villareal, dahil sa exposure ng mga kabataan sa mga makabagong teknolohiya ay unti-unting nawawala ang kanilang interes sa mga tradisyunal na gawain.

Sinabi ng opisyal na kailangang maibalik ang interes ng mga kabataan sa kagandahan at benepisyong makukuha nila sa sektor agrikultura, at sa maitutulong nito  sa kaunlaran ng bansa.

Dagdag pa ng opisyal, ilan-ilang eskwelahan din sa Butuan City, at kalapit na probinsya ng rehiyon ang kanilang inimbitahan para sa isang study tour sa kanilang photo gallery sa isang mall, kung saan makikita ang ibat-ibang programa’t proyekto ng DAR at mga benepisyaryo nito mula sa ibat-ibang sektor.

Binigyang-diin din ng opisyal na sa tulong na rin ng iba pang ahensiya ng pamahalaan, patuloy ang gobyerno sa pagbibigay-tugon sa mga pangangailangan ng mga magsasaka alinsunod na rin sa mandato ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte.

Matatandaan na ang CARP ay naisabatas noong June 1988 sa ilalim ng Social Justice Program ng dating Pangulong Corazon Aquino. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)