(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, June 4, 2019


NPA frees 3 captives in SurSur

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, June 4 (PIA) – Three civilians who were kidnapped by the Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) last May 30 were released Monday morning. 

Barangay Captain of Brgy. Mampi Danilo Duaso relayed the information to the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

The victims, Wendil Delicuna, Jeffrey Delicuna and Angelo Duazo, were released at the vicinity of Sitio Banahao, Brgy. Maitom, Tandag City.

Lt. Jonald Romorosa, spokesperson of 36th Infantry Battalion (36IB), said the relentless combat and pursuit operation of the 36IB to rescue the kidnapped victims forced the CNTs to release Delicuna, Delicuna and Duazo.

However, the CNTs still held captive Ryard Badiang who is now being used as a human shield against pursuing government troops.

Earlier, the military reported that there were seven civilians abducted by the CNTs at the Tandag City River while drifting the cut logs. Later on same day, four of the seven captives were released.

Romorosa clarified that prior to the abduction of seven civilians on May 30, a certain Jeffrey Delicuna was first captured by the CNTs around 7:30 AM on the same day.

Romorosa added that the victims are all residents of Sitio Ibuan, Mampi, Lanuza, the first community in the province that declared the CNTs and their organizations as persona non-grata on March 2019.

Meanwhile, 36IB commanding officer Lt. Colonel Xerxes Trinidad said “the CNTs are clearly trying to recover Sitio Ibuan by threatening the community thru kidnapping.”

"They have poisoned the minds of the innocent civilians for them to stop their support to the government particularly in the operationalization of CAA patrol base in their community. Moreover, our units in the area are continuously conducting pursuit operations to rescue the remaining civilian who is still being held and used as human shield by the CNTs,” he added. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)

80 AgNor youth join leadership summit 

By 1Lt Roel T. Maglalang

BUTUAN CITY, June 4 -- A total of 80 youths from Barangay Lower Olave in Buenavista, Agusan del Norte participated in the three-day Youth Leadership Summit 2019 on May 31 to June 2, 2019 held at Lower Olave Elementary School, Buenavista spearheaded by the Barangay Council of Lower Olave in partnership with the municipality of Buenavista, provincial government of Agusan del Norte and the 23rd Infantry (MASIGASIG) Battalion.

The summit, with the theme “Kabatan-onan Hiusahon aron Kaugmaon ug Kahapsay Maangkon" (Unite the Youth for Brighter Future) was aimed to develop the youth to become responsible citizens and advocates of the government’s peace and development initiatives.

The activity included a series of lectures coming from different stakeholders, small group discussions, taebo exercise, campfire, Cultural Night and Team-building activities.

 “The YLS has a big impact in areas having numerous New Peoples Army (NPA) mass supporters and it is also an activity that contributes much in the development of Brgy Olave,” said Felix Balansag, Municipal Administrator of Buenavista, representing Municipal Mayor Norbert B. Pagaspas. 

"You can create goodwill and unity amongst yourselves, YLS focuses on your holistic development," Balansag told the youth participants.

Balansag also thanked the Philippine Army for crafting the framework for the youth and for leaving a legacy to their minds.

"Hence, the LGU of Buenavista will always support every youth activity in our area,” Balansag said.

Meanwhile, Keefee Blue Leonar, SK Provincial Federated President representing governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba said that “Just like you, I was once a leader during my school days. As a leader, it allows me to hone my leadership skills."

"As a youth, this activity is not the end, rather, it is the beginning of greater responsibility. May you share and apply what you have learned in this activity to other youths,” Leonar added.

Meanwhile, Ltc Francisco L Molina Jr, Commanding Officer, 23IB said that the activity helped to develop the youth to become responsible citizens who will help the country achieve peace and development.

“If the youth will be raised, developed and molded properly, then the peace and development that we longed for will be achieved,” Molina said.

“The kind of leaders we will have depends on the kind of upbringing we show to them today. If we will nurture them properly today, we are assured that they will soon become good citizens of our country,” Molina added. (CMO Officer, 23IB PA/PIA Agusan del Norte)

AgNor town gets drug-free status

By Arvin Reyes Silvosa

JABONGA, Agusan del Norte, June 4 -- The Municipality of Jabonga in the province of Agusan del Norte was declared as “Drug-Free Municipality” by the Barangay Drug Clearing Program - Regional Oversight Committee (BDCP-ROC) in a ceremony held Monday, here.

Thirteen barangays of the municipality of Jabonga were declared Drug-Free on April 29, 2019 by virtue of ROC Resolution No. 04-24 Series of 2019.

The two Barangays of San Jose and San Pablo were validated as drug-cleared, in 2016 and 2018, respectively. The addition of the 13 barangays brought the total of 15 barangays now officially declared “drug-free," making the municipality in a drug-free status.

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Caraga Region awarded the Certificates of Drug-Cleared Barangays to the Punong Barangays as the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC) Chairpersons.

Consequently, the Certificate of Drug-Free Municipality was also conferred to Mayor Jasmin F. Monton as the Chairperson of the Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Council (MADAC).

Jabonga is the third town declared as drug-free municipality in the Province of Agusan del Norte.

Mayor Monton expressed gratitude to the BADACs and the MADAC for their commitment towards intensifying the campaign against illegal drugs as well as ensuring that compliance with the law prevails.

She emphasized that all stakeholders should always put premium on observing and adhering to due process and the rule of law in order to ensure that the future of the youth and the community as a whole is safe and secured and free from all forms of abuse and danger.

Presenting the certificates in lieu of PDEA Caraga Regional Director Aileen T. Lovitos was Assistant Regional Director Irvin John R. Coderis together with IA I Majorie M. Veso, PDEA Agusan del Norte Provincial Officer and staff.

The ceremony was facilitated by Arvin Reyes Silvosa of the DILG Jabonga Municipal Office.

The ceremonial declaration was subsequently endorsed to the Sangguniang Bayan of Jabonga during its regular session through a resolution adopting the drug-free status of the municipality.

According to ARD Coderis, the municipality, consisting of the 15 barangays, was found to be compliant with the parameters set forth in declaring a drug-free community and are monitored every three months.

Said parameters include having existing anti-drug campaign programs; community-based drug rehabilitation program; and education awareness program.

He emphasized that all sectors of the society must work hand-in-hand to maintain this drug-free status through constant and vigilant monitoring and reporting as well as legwork in intensifying its campaign against illegal drugs, or else the LGUs may lose their drug-free status and may be subject to an anti-illegal drug operation to apprehend personalities indicated in the watch list. (DILG-Jabonga, Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)

PNP Caraga gets 13 motorcycles

BUTUAN CITY, June 4 -- Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 received additional mobility asset during the ceremonial turn-over and blessing, after the traditional Monday Flag Raising Ceremony here.

Police Brigadier General Ernesto V. Flores, Deputy Regional Director for Administration, spearheaded the blessing and turn-over of 13 units of brand new 125cc Honda XRM motorcycle to be distributed to Provincial Mobile Force Companies of the region.

Regional Mobile Force Battalion 13, Agusan del Norte Police Provincial Office (PPO), Agusan del Sur PPO, Surigao del Sur PPO, Surigao del Norte PPO, and Dinagat Islands PPO will receive two units each of Honda XRM, while Butuan City Police Office will receive one unit.

The arrival of the mobility asset from the National Headquarters is part of the PNP’s Capability Enhancement Program.

“Our mobile forces have now additional mobility asset to be used during the conduct of activities, performance of law enforcement functions and other policing works. We will reciprocate this blessing through more improved police services,” PBGen. Flores said.
He urged the police personnel to ensure the proper maintenance and cleanliness of the motorcycles. (PNP Caraga/PIA Caraga)

DSWD-Caraga, partner agencies strengthen OFW services 

By Mike Ariel Plaza

BUTUAN CITY, June 4 -- With the primordial objective to clarify and strengthen the programs and services concerning the migrant workers, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Caraga has gathered recently more than 50 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and representatives from different national government agencies into the Regional Consultation Forum on Overseas Filipinos and Families here.

Assistant Regional Director for Operations Nerisa T. Murih said that the activity was initiated to give importance to the OFWs’ concerns and issues as these “modern heroes need heroes, too.”

“Today, the Philippines is the major source of labor migrants. However, most overseas Filipino workers are returning because of the rampant physical, sexual, mental and financial abuses caused by their employers or even because of illegal recruitments,” Murih said.

Murih added that because of these alarming cases, the government and non-government agencies exert efforts and continue to develop laws, policies, and guidelines to address the needs of the migrants and OFWs.

“Each agency has its own mandates to deliver and programs and services to provide the overseas workers. This consultation forum is a way of presenting these programs and shed light on OFW’s issues and concerns especially those which remain unresolved today,” she said.

Director Priscilla Razon, former social welfare attache to Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Director Perlita Panganiban, technical support division chief of the International Social Services Office, discussed the importance of the social welfare attaches to the different countries to make sure that Filipino workers are heard and assisted.

Razon said that most of the problems of the OFWs are inflicted by their employer and it is with these situations that they should seek help to the different government agencies.
“These problems are always difficult to handle but they (OFWs) should always be reminded that these agencies and the DSWD are always willing to help them get out of these situations,” Razon said.

The deployment of social welfare attaches is pursuant to Executive Order 287 Series of 2004, “directing the deployment/posting of social welfare attaches in selected diplomatic posts with large concentration of overseas Filipino workers” and by Republic Act 10022 or an Act Amending Republic Act No. 8042, otherwise known as the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995 which provides the mandate to improve the country’s standard of protection and promotion of the welfare of overseas Filipinos and their Families.
The social welfare attaches help migrant Filipinos and other overseas Filipino nationals who are in crisis situation and in need of special protection especially for irregular and distressed OFWs, such as victims of sexual and physical abuse, maltreatment, mistreatment, trafficking, marital conflicts and non-marital relationships and children who were abandoned and needing special protection.

The participants also presented their personal, family, employer, and agency concerns which were then addressed by representatives from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Health (DOH), Bureau of Immigration, Overseas Workers Welfare Association (OWWA), Technical Education and Skills Development and Authority (TESDA), and Philippine Overseas Employment Association (POEA).

Most of the addressed issues centered on educational and livelihood assistance that many former OFWs need after deciding to come back home.

One of the participants has expressed her gratefulness to the different agencies after she has been assisted during the physical abuse she had to go through.

“Daku dyud akong pasalamat sa POLO (Philippine Overseas Labor Office) sa Kuwait kay sila ang nahimo nakong dangpanan sa akong kalisod didto (I am thankful with the assistance POLO has extended me following my negative experiences there),” she said.
POLO acts as the operating arm of DOLE for the administration and enforcement of its policies and programs applicable to the OFWs.

In the performance of its services, the POLOs work in partnership with relevant Philippine government agencies host government including the DSWD, Filipino communities, and NGOs that monitor and assist our overseas workforce. 

The consultation forum ended with the distribution of sacks of rice and grocery items to the participants. (DSWD-13/PIA-Caraga)

OWWA Caraga to hold 24th Migrant Workers Day in Cabadbaran City

BUTUAN CITY, June 4 – The Migrant Workers Day celebration in Caraga region is all set on June 8, 2019 at the Cabadbaran City Gymnasium, Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte.

The event will be spearheaded by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Caraga.

Approximately 600 individuals are expected to attend the said event composed of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) - active and inactive and their families, social partners and other invited guests.

The program aims to provide our OFWs relevant activities promoting the importance of spending quality time and togetherness amongst OFWs and their families.

This is the government’s response to the great contribution of our OFWs in keeping the economy vibrant through their sacrifices and endurance in working overseas.

In line with this, OWWA Regional Welfare Office Caraga will undertake various activities such as the OFW Singing Idol dedicated only to member-OFWs with active and inactive OWWA membership status, parlor games, raffle prizes, and other fun-filled activities that will bring forth excitement, dynamism, and merriment among the participants.

Furthermore, partner government line agencies like Department of Labor and Employment, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Trade and Industry, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Employees Compensation Commission, Maritime Industry Authority, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, Home Mutual Development Fund and Social Security System will provide substantial information on its various program and services that will be of help to the participants.

The celebration is pursuant to Republic Act 8042 otherwise known as Magna Carta for OFWs which was enacted on June 7, 1995, and recently amended by virtue of R.A. 10022 declaring every 7th day of June as the Migrant Workers’ Day. (OWWA/PIA-Caraga)