(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Thursday, 05 December, 2019) Today, the center of TS "TISOY" was estimated at 540 km West of Subic, Zambales (14.8N,115.3E) with maximum sustained winds of 65 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 80 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 Thunderstorm. Moderate to strong winds from Northeast to Southeast with moderate to rough seas. PAGASA/jpf

Wednesday, July 17, 2019


Surigao Sur LGU intensifies organic farming

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 17 (PIA) - With the aim to help the agriculture sector in the province of Surigao del Sur, the provincial government has been stepping up its campaign and initiatives to fully implement the organic or the natural way of farming in all the municipalities of said province.

According to Vice Governor Librado Navarro, chair of the Committee on Agriculture, the provincial government wants to help the local farmers thru organic farming, which has great advantages and benefits not only to people, but also to the environment, as it helps preserve the fertility of the land.

Navarro added that it also prevents consumers from ingesting food with harmful chemicals that are linked to negative health effects.

It can be recalled that Navarro, a former mayor of Bislig City, led the establishment of the City Organic Agri-Fishery Complex with 27 hectare-facility for organic agriculture education, training and research.

The said city has a prominent organic agriculture program and aims to become the "model city for organic agriculture in the Philippines by 2020." (JPG/VLG/NGBT/PIA-Caraga)

Pantawid beneficiaries promote Nutrition Month through communal gardening

By Joana Rica P. Millama

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, July 17 – In line with this year’s observance of Nutrition Month campaign, the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries of Barangay Mabuhay grew their own vegetable garden to promote a healthy lifestyle.

Susana Hipolito, parent leader, said that they put up the garden all by themselves with the knowledge they got during Family Development Sessions.

“Tungod sa FDS, nakakat-on kami nga importante gayud ang pag-atiman sa atong kalawasan. Ang among pagpananom nakatabang kanamo sa pisikal ug pinansyal nga bahin (Because of FDS, we learned the importance of taking care of our bodies. Our gardening has helped us physically and financially),” she said.

Their communal garden showcased variety of vegetables that they have planted. These are eggplants, okra (lady fingers), beans, cucumbers, peppers, and onions. Cacao plants and sugarcane are also available in their garden area.

Aside from earning by selling these vegetables, growing their own garden has helped them save since they will no longer buy in the market.

Last Monday, during the kick-off of the Nutrition Month Celebration headed by Dr. Jose Llacuna Jr., regional director of the Department of Health – Center for Health and Development Caraga, encouraged all the government agencies to support their undertakings in raising the awareness of Caraganons towards healthy living and nutrition concerns.

This year’s theme is, “Kumain nang Wasto at Maging Aktibo… Push Natin ‘to!” (Social Marketing Section/DSWD Field Office Caraga/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

TESDA set to launch '911-TESDA'

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, July 17 – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is set to launch 911 TESDA,  said Deputy Director-General for Policies and Planning Rosanna A. Urdaneta.

During Monday’s national assembly of the TESDA Gender and Development Focal Point System held in one of the local convention centers here, Urdaneta informed those in attendance that TESDA Central Office is scheduled to launch the project dubbed as “911-TESDA”.

According to Urdaneta, the concept of 911 TESDA is like of that concept with the Grab and Uber where TESDA services can be availed where anybody can hire the services of TESDA graduates online.

She stressed that this will be available the soonest possible and will be pilot-run in Metro Manila.

In earlier reports, TESDA Secretary Isidro S. Lapeña said the agency will also launch a free online app that would provide guides on home repair.  (TESDA Caraga/PIA Caraga)