(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

Tuesday, July 9, 2019


Student-volunteers urge other youths to try sailing as sport

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 9 (PIA) -- The Balangay Marina Sailing and Yacht Club (BMSYC) was formally launched in this city. The club comprised the boat owners and student-volunteers who aim to revive the lost sailing culture in the city, and be inspired by the hard work of the seafarers as they perform their duties.

The club has targeted some 20 oz-goose boats, ten of these are readily available and can be used by the students, and even the tourists. And these boats can be found at Saint Joseph Institute of Technology (SJIT) Maritime Academy in Barangay Cubi-cubi, Nasipit, Agusan del Norte.

According to Captain Gilbert Maturan, founder of said club, they are working closely with the academe sector as they opt to have this integrated in the educational system in the country, and incorporate in the curriculum of the schools’ maritime program, to allow students have a better understanding and appreciation of the country’s rich maritime history, culture and heritage, as well as enhance their skills especially for those who wanted to join sailing competitions here and abroad.

Herobill Jardio and Queen Valerie Daclan are among those students who wanted to become seafarers. And with the boats provided by the club, they are optimistic that they too will become more skilled and able to perform the tasks well applying useful techniques.

“I am encouraging my peers to be appreciative of what seafarers do and also try it as a sport. It brings a different kind of happiness as you will discover the beauty of the ocean as you sail,” said Daclan.

“I am delighted that we have this in our school, so my skills would be enhanced as we will learn more about sailing and the opportunities it has to offer to us, aspiring seafarers,” added Jardio.

The city of Butuan has been known as the land of the Balangay boats – the first ever watercraft discovered in the country.

Meanwhile, the local government unit of Nasipit, Agusan del Norte and other nearby municipalities in the region have also expressed their support to the club.

Capt. Maturan hopes that the whole Caraganons would also explore and experience the wonders in sailing. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Geo-SAFER Mindanao to strengthen ties with partner stakeholders in Caraga for infra dev't

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 9 (PIA) - To better facilitate planning for any fitted infrastructure project in Caraga region, the Geo-Informatics for the Systematic Assessment of Flood Effects and Risks toward a Resilient (Geo-SAFER) Mindanao Program vowed to intensify their linkage to various stakeholders thru constant communication and consultations for infrastructure development.

Dr. Enrico Paringit, executive director of the Department of Science and Technology -Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) elaborated that the Geo-SAFER Agusan led by the Caraga State University (CSU) is geared towards achieving this endeavor.

“This initiative would be of great help and advantage to the Caraganon - stakeholders, especially the local government units for any plan of infra development, since they need not to go to other places outside the region for consultation services,” said Paringit.

The official added that there will be a roll-out of technologies or showcasing of technologies sometime in July 2019, of which most of these are created in Caraga and could be used by Caraganons.

The Geo-SAFER Mindanao will also conduct trainings for the local government units to equip them more on how to utilize the flood hazard maps using the new technology.

Meanwhile, Engr. Meriam Santillan, dean of College of Engineering and Information Technology of CSU in Butuan City said, they are very willing and ready to help the different sectors in its aim to transform the city and the region as a whole for sustainable development.

It can be recalled that the Geo-SAFER Mindanao has officially turned-over the detailed flood hazard maps to different LGUs in Caraga region. This would also serve as guide for the LGUs in their future infra developments. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)