(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, 22 March 2023) Ridge of High Pressure Area (HPA) extending over Northern and Central Luzon. Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Easterlies / Localized Thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Light to moderate winds coming from East to Northeast will prevail with slight to moderate seas / (0.6 to 2.1 meters).

Thursday, July 11, 2019

PNP, Army enhance skills to effectively communicate to grassroots

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 11 (PIA) - Eighty-six personnel from the Philippine National Police (PNP) with the Philippine Army have jointly enhanced their writing skills thru the Basic Journalistic Writing lecture-workshop conducted by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga held recently at the Police Regional Office (PRO) 13.

Said activity was aimed to update the civil relations units of the two agencies on several techniques and strategies to effectively communicate to the locals in various communities of the AFP and PNP’s area of responsibility in regions 10 and Caraga, and a way to intensify their advocacy efforts against the Communist Party of the Philippines – News People’s Army – National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) and insurgency.

According to Major Regie Go, public affairs officer of 4th Infantry Division (4ID), Philippine Army, this skills enhancement is of great help for the army as they intensify the implementation of community support program with the PNP.

Go added that this too formed part of the implementation of the ‘whole of nation’ approach, which ensures continuous delivery of the basic services, needs, as well as in disseminating relevant accomplishments  on peace and development efforts of the law enforcement agencies to the public to make them well-informed citizens.

Capt. Ryan Layug, civil military operations officer of the 403rd Brigade in Bukidnon, region 10, also revealed that more civilians particularly those in conflict-affected areas are already expressing support to the AFP and help maintain peace and order.

Several communities have also declared the CPP-NPA-NDF as persona non-grata.

“Locals in various communities have warmly accepted the Army and the PNP’s CSP and their support and active participation is a big factor towards peace and development, and we hope to work with them in different community activities,” said Layug.

Meanwhile, Police Lt.Col. Christian Rafols II, chief public information officer of PRO13 emphasized the need for this skills enhancement to effectively counter the lies and propaganda circulated by the communist-terrorist groups or the CPP-NPA-NDF that had caused conflict and insurgency. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

43 SurSur PWDUs finish skills training 

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, July 11 (PIA) – A total of 43 Persons Who Use Drugs (PWUDs) in Surigao del Sur successfully graduated the five-day skills training program initiated by the Police Provincial Office (PPO) headed by Police Col. Francisco Dungo.

The implementation of the said program was in collaboration with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), the provincial government, and the local government units concerned.

According to TESDA Specialist Lee Escobal, the program, dubbed as project “PAGLAUM,” which stands for “Pagbag-o Alang sa Lamdag Ug Malambuon Nga Kaugmaon” (Change for a Brighter and Progressive Future), kicked-off last June 24, 2019.

Escobal said the PWUDs undergo the Small Engine Repair/Motor Mechanic training at the PPO based in Camp Vicente L. Pimentel Sr. in Telaje, Tandag City.

Escobal added, that TESDA headed by Provincial Director Rey Cueva provided the technical support during the duration of the implementation of the said program.

The PWUD beneficiaries were all Surigaonons with ages ranging from 18-54 years old.

The participants were also provided with the toolkits during the closing ceremony for them to start for their livelihood, Escobal concluded. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)

DA Caraga empowers barangay officials as partners in agri-development

By Rhea Abao, DA Caraga

BUTUAN CITY, July 11 -- To promote agricultural development in the region, the Department of Agriculture (DA) Caraga continues to build a partnership with the local government units to support farming endeavors.

The Department recognized that barangays served as the primary unit of government where basic services are being delivered to constituents.

As such, DA highlights the need to empower barangay officials of its programs, projects, and services and inform them how to avail of the agri- interventions.

A total of 306 punong barangays and barangay kagawads handling Committee on Agriculture participated in the recently conducted Information Awareness Caravan dubbed agri-barangayan - a dialogue with barangay officials from Butuan City and Agusan del Norte.

“DA’s desire is to empower the barangay officials with information for them to become active partners in agricultural development in their respective areas of responsibility,” said Regional Information Officer Emmylou T. Presilda.

During the forum, topics on how to avail of DA services and interventions were thoroughly discussed. Information on training and E-Learning from the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) was also shared while Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation gave inputs on Crop and Livestock Insurance. Philippine Coconut Authority also gave their share of topics to shed light on the programs for coconut farmers. 

From the information he acquired, Barangay Kagawad Mateo P. Diango is now interested to attend agri-related seminars.

“As a Kagawad handling Committee on Agriculture, it is important for me to be aware of the programs of the DA and its attached agencies so that I can guide the farmers in our barangay,” he said.

The Agri-Barangayan part of the campaign aims to bring the government closer to the people.

With the positive feedbacks gathered from the first leg, DA’s Agri-Barangayan will soon cover other provinces in the region. (PIA Agusan del Norte)

500 AgSur farmers to benefit from P5.5-M worth of FMEs

By Rechel D. Besonia

SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur, July 11 – Four Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Organizations (ARBO) were hopeful about their future after the P5.5-million worth of Farm Machineries and Equipment (FME) which was formally turned-over in a ceremony held recently at the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) provincial office in San Francisco, this province.

The provision of farm equipment is expected to serve more than 500 hundred farmers in municipalities of Loreto, Bunawan and Bayugan City.

“These farm implements will help farming easier for our beneficiaries that will eventually improve farm productivity and increase household income in a sustainable manner,” said PARPO II Leoncio Bautista, Jr.

Bautista said that the equipment includes three units of farm tractor which were given to Katipunan Agricultural Farmers Association in Bayugan City, Hagnaya Agro Fishery Association in Bunawan and Johnson Farmers Consumers Cooperative in Loreto as well as one unit of a combine harvester which was given to Saguma ARBs Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Bayugan City.

Chief Agrarian Reform Program Officer Fe Mosquera said that the farm machines were given as grant which will be operated by the organization as business assets where corresponding fees from the users will be collected and utilized for the operation and maintenance of the farm equipment.

“This scheme will be beneficial to both the farmer-user and the organization. The user can avail the machine at much lesser cost than usual while the organizations grow by engaging into agri-business enterprises,” she said.

Assistant regional director for operations Cenon Original, lauded the DAR Agusan Sur employees for the hard work and dedication.

“This is an evidence of a dedicated service of DAR employees to our clienteles for the past 31 years of CARP implementation," he said.

The turnover ceremony started with a mass and blessing of FMEs, followed by the cutting of ribbons and turning over of certificates and keys to the recipient ARBOs.

Bostalino Pastor, chairperson of the JOFACCO said that he is grateful for DAR that the cooperative became one of the recipients of one 4WD farm tractor.

“Dako kaayo akong gibati nga kalipay atol sa 31st anniversary sa ahensya sa DAR tungod niining panahona naangkon namo ang among gihandum nga ekipo sa dugay na nga panahon (My big thanks to DAR in celebration of their 31st anniversary because this time, we received the equipment that we have been dreaming for such a long time),” he said.

Present during the turn-over were ARDO Cenon Original, PARPO II Leoncio C. Bautista Jr, PARPO I Allan N. Mundala, CARPO Fe H. Mosquera and the chairpersons of the four recipient ARBOs together with their respective MARPOs.

The distribution of these FMEs is under the Climate Resilient Farm Productivity Support Project of DAR, which is implemented in Agrarian Reform Areas (ARCs) and non-ARCs having identified to be vulnerable to climate change to enhance and sustain agricultural productivity being the primary means of livelihood as adaptation towards resiliency amid the impacts of the changes in climate. (DAR-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Manobo tribe imparts rich culture, tradition thru embroidery, beadwork

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 11 (PIA) – The Manobo tribe here has imparted their knowledge and skills on embroidery and beadwork during the recently held two-day lecture-demonstration with Bae Suyam as the resource person.

Several years have passed since Emiluz Espana who is known as “Bae Suyam” and her family moved into the urban city of Butuan from the province of Agusan del Sur.

However, they remain united and are still practicing their tribe’s tradition particularly in doing embroidery and beadwork to produce colorful necklace and bracelets with colorful beads that symbolize their rich culture and heritage – and these are colors red, white, black and yellow.
It has been a fruitful and meaningful experience for those who have tried doing the actual embroidery and beadwork during the said activity. The management of the Butuan National Museum provided for free all the materials.

According to Jessa Mahinay, one of the participants, she finds it difficult at her first try of the beadwork, but later enjoys and becomes more familiar with how to do it right.

“At first I really find it difficult, but was able to cope with the techniques to make my work easier and enjoyable,” said Mahinay.

Ging Abella, who is a teacher from a public senior high school in the city also enjoyed the embroidery, and find it as a good source of extra income.

“This is fun. I wanted to learn this more so I could also have this as my extra income,” Abella said.

Having seen the participants’ efforts in showing their creativity as they try to accomplish the task to finish a product out from the materials provided, Bae Suyam advised all to be more patient, persevere and diligent in doing the craft, as this will give them good result and good product, which they could be proud of.

“I am optimistic that they could finish and create their own craft after this training-workshop. I understand it would be difficult for them at their first try, but rest assured that they could use this skill in their livelihood and extra income,” said Bae Suyam.

Meanwhile, Lilita Mission-Concon, supervising administrative officer of Butuan National Museum stressed that such activity helps a lot in promoting the welfare and culture of the IP community, and this kind of event will continue not only in this city but in the whole of Caraga region. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Caraganons nakiisa sa NDRM 2019, coastal clean-up isinagawa


Isang coastal clean-up ang isinagawa sa Brgy. Sto. Niño, Magallanes, Agusan del Norte bilang hudyat ng pagbubukas ng NDRM 2019 ngayong buwan ng Hulyo.

Sa opening program, masaya ring ibinida ng mga partisipante ang kanilang inihandang chant. 

Ayon kay OCD Caraga regional director Liza Mazo, napapanahon ang temang “Kahandaan sa Sakuna’t Peligro para sa Tunay na Pagbabago” dahil  ang kooperasyon ng bawat isa at pagkakaroon ng sapat na kakayahan at kaalaman sa kahandaan ay makakatulong para maiwasan ang pagkawala ng buhay at maramng ari arian.

Binigyang diin naman ni Department of Science and Technology Caraga regional director at RDRRMC vice chairperson Dominga Mallonga ang kahalagahan ng wastong impormasyon; at paggamit ng mga natutunan sa mga pagsasanay sa disaster preparedness, prevention at resilience.

Hinikayat naman ni Department of the Interior and Local Government Caraga assistant regional director Donald Seronay ang mga lokal na pamahalaan na palakasin pa lalo ang kani-kanilang DRRMC.

Ang batang si JM Bustillo, aktibong lumahok sa coastal clean-up.

Aniya, sa kabila ng kanyang murang edad nais niyang makatulong para matiyak na ligtas ang kanilng komunidad.

Mensahe naman ni National Economic Development Authority Caraga regional director lawyer Bonifacio Uy na kailangan ng bawat isa na maging responsable at makialam sa mga gawain at programang may kinalaman sa disaster risk reduction at climate change adaptation. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)