(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, 13 November, 2019) Today, the center of TD "RAMON" was estimated at 515 km East of Borongan, Eastern Samar (12.2N,130.1E), with maximum sustained winds of 55 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 70 km/h. It is moving West Northwest at 15 km/h. Mindanao will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to Localized Thunderstorms. Light to moderate winds from Northwest to Southwest with slight to moderate seas. PAGASA/jpf

Monday, July 1, 2019


PSA Caraga spearheads 2019 labor force, annual poverty indicators surveys

By Nora L. Molde


BUTUAN CITY, July 1 (PIA) -- The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Regional Statistical Services Office XIII (Caraga) will conduct the July 2019 Labor Force Survey (LFS) together with the 2019 Annual Poverty Indicators Survey (APIS).

According to Dr. Rosalinda C. Apura,  PSA Caraga regional director, with a regional sample of approximately 2,120 housing units, it is sufficient to provide regional level estimates.

“About 70 Statistical Researchers and Field Personnel will be involved in the conduct of July 2019 LFS and APIS in the region," Apura said.

She further said that the 2019 APIA is the thirteenth in a series of poverty indicators survey conducted nationwide.

“The survey focused in the collection of data to generate non-income-based indicators correlated with poverty,” she added.

Also, Apura said that the indicators to be used during the survey will be used as inputs to the development of the Multi-dimensional Poverty Index (MPI) which can be used to assess and monitor the poverty situation in the country.

In line with this, Apura encourages everyone, especially the sample households, to support and cooperate in the conduct of the July 2019 LFS and 2019 APIS.

All information collected by the hired Statistical Researchers from the sample households shall be kept strictly confidential and shall not be used for purposes of taxation, investigation or regulation as provided under Article 55 of Republic Act 10625, Apura added. (NCLM/PSA Caraga/PIA Caraga)

Sorghum to answer feeds supply needs

By Vanessa P. Sanchez


BUTUAN CITY, July 1 -- As the country’s livestock industry increases, the demand for feed materials also increases.

And this is where sorghum comes in.

Sorghum is an African grass species that produces round grains which is ideal for livestock and poultry feeds.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) is boosting sorghum production in the country to supplement the Corn Production Program which has been the main source of animal feeds.
In the region, the DA  Caraga’s Del Monte Lowland Rainfed Research Station conducted a Field Day on Sorghum and Soybeans on June 21 at Del Monte, Talacogon, Agusan del Sur.

The hybrid sweet sorghum variety seeds used was part of the seeds distributed by DA Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol to the DA Regional Offices during the first Sorghum Field Day at North Cotabato. The seeds were planted on March 5 on a 2,500 sq. m. lot.  

Sorghum requires less water and can survive in dry weather. The grain of sorghum is a good source of energy and protein. It has an estimated average production of 10 metric tons (MT) per hectare per harvest with three harvests in one planting season because of its ratooning capability wherein a crop will grow from the previous crop.

According to DA Caraga Regional Technical Director Nestor Burgos, 50-60% of feed ingredient is either corn or sorghum.

“Although sorghum may be used for food, it is basically used for feeds especially for ruminants like goat, sheep, and cow. Its stalk also may be used for silage,” he said.   

He added that the more people will invest In the livestock industry, the more there will be demand for feeds also so other sources for feed material will come in handy.

DA Caraga’s Field Operations Division Chief Rebecca R. Atega said that the Department is targeting 35 hectares to be planted with sorghum this year while a total of 1,500 hectares is targeted for next year. She added that DA’s interventions for sorghum include seeds, fertilizer, and village-level feed mill.

“The village-level feed mill development program will provide rural livestock and poultry growers access to affordable feeds using materials they can locally grow,” Atega said.

On the other hand, the technology demonstration for Soybean showcased 20 varieties to demonstrate their features. These were planted on a 1,000 sq. m. lot on March 5.

The study is under the Soybean Research and Development Program which aims for the improvement of soybean for better nutrition and higher income through the development of soybean varieties with large seed size, high yields and enhanced functional properties.

Soybean is one of the most important commodities in the world and is one of the best sourceS of high-quality protein.

In 2016, Caraga had a total production of 287.20 MT with a total of 251 hectares with Surigao del Sur accounting for the bulk of production. (DA Caraga/PIA Caraga)

BFAR Caraga leads ‘Oplan Bira’ in Surigao del Norte


SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, July 1-- In its continued quest to curb illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUUF) activities in the region, the Fisheries Protection Law Enforcement Group of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Caraga recently executed the Oplan Bira in the municipality of Placer, Surigao del Norte, which resulted to the confiscation of illegal gears found in some abandoned fishing boats.

The team also inspected two fishing vessels with the presence of the barangay captain, who has jurisdiction over the area of incidence.

Meanwhile, Omni Olama, officer-in-charge of the Fisheries Management Regulatory and Enforcement Division, spearheaded an information drive on the Fisheries Administrative Order (FAO) 246-1, the banning of operation of Danish Seine and Modified Danish Seine in the Philippine waters, among the fishing vessel owners in the said municipality.

Likewise, BFAR Caraga regional director Visa Tan-Dimerin, in a meeting with mayor-elect Jovymarie Villazon of Placer, Surigao del Norte, stressed the Bureau's intensified implementation of the FAO 246-1.

The team further conducted a consultative meeting with the fisherfolk regarding the presence of modified Danish Seine or locally termed as “liba-liba” operators in their municipality.

On June 22, 2019, Dimerin had a dialogue with the local chief executive of the municipality of Del Carmen, Surigao del Norte, together with the BFAR provincial fishery officers and representatives from other law enforcement agencies. The commander-in-chief of the regional bureau also held a meeting with Surigao del Norte district representative Francisco Jose Matugas II.

The conduct of Oplan Bira was in coordination with the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Philippine National Police (PNP)-Maritime Group and the local police office. (BFAR-13/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Army lauds launching of task force in ending local communist armed conflict in Caraga

BUTUAN CITY, Juy 1 -- The 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division, Philippine Army lauded the launching of the Regional Task Force in Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) in Caraga Region and vows its full support during the Joint Caraga Regional Development Council (RDC)-Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) Full Councils Meeting on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, held this city.

The launching of RTF-ELCAC is in line with President Duterte’s proclamation of Executive Order No. 70 last December 28, 2019 institutionalizing the Whole-of-Nation Approach in attaining inclusive and sustainable peace, creating a national task force to end local communist armed conflict, and directing the adoption of a national peace framework providing an efficient mechanism as a government policy for the attainment of inclusive and sustainable peace.

The Joint RDC-RPOC Full Council Meeting was highlighted with the presence of Cabinet Secretary Alexie Karlo Nograles, Cabinet Officer for Regional Development & Security (CORDS), as the Presiding Officer together with the leaders of RPOC and RDC and Municipal/City Mayors of Caraga.

The National Task Force has adopted a mechanism designating Cabinet Secretaries as CORDS per region.

In Caraga region, Secretary Nograles was appointed and designated by President Duterte.

“I will be your bridge in Malacanang,” he said.

He stated that his function is to assist in articulating the region’s concern; assist in seeking efficient and orderly resolution of problems; preside over joint meetings of RDC and RPOC to harmonize peace and security and development efforts; and ensure that all projects, programs and activities are well implemented.

In his statement, Col. Maurito Licudine, Commander of 402nd Infantry Brigade said that he was elated that finally the RTF-ELCAC was created in Caraga as the operationalization of the Whole of Nation Approach in addressing the insurgency problem.

"The RTF-ELCAC mechanism will synergize the inter-agency convergence embodied in the creation of 12 Clusters addressing the various concerns that is fueling the insurgency problem. In our part, we ensure our continuous commitment towards any government counter – insurgency efforts and assume our full support to the RTFB-ELCAC," he said.
Col. Allan D Hambala, Commander of 401st Infantry Brigade, expressed his excitement on the creation of RTF-ELCAC of Caraga region as it will pave the way for a focused and harmonized agency interventions in addressing the insurgency problem. (402nd Brigade/PIA-Caraga)