(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

Wednesday, July 24, 2019


Army, PNP intensify campaign vs CPP-NPA thru social media

By Jennifer P. Gaitano


BUTUAN CITY, July 24 (PIA) - With strong determination, the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Army have joined forces thru the enhancement training to intensify the campaign of the government against the Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) terrorists in Caraga region.

Thru the creation of Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials in social media, the two agencies wanted to keep the public abreast of and be armed with the right information and strategies in order to combat the CPP-NPA’s lies and propaganda against the government.

In the recently conducted Journalism Training by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga to the personnel of the 402nd Brigade, Philippine Army and PNP Caraga regional office 13 in Butuan City, they have shown their abilities and creativity in coming up with the best concept and content for the infographics and social media cards that they would share to the netizens.

For 1Lt. Wilfredo Quilang, commanding officer of Bravo Company, 30th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army, he has gained additional knowledge on how to better write a news story and feature news; and learned to produce effective infographics and social media messaging as their weapon online against terrorism.


“This would really help us in effectively reaching out to the public and communicate to them the truth and facts. We could not afford being fooled by the lies and propaganda of the CPP-NPA terrorists,” said Quilang.

Police Corporal Laarni Mabilog of Butuan City Police Office, expressed that with the said training, she became more confident and her morale is boosted along with her colleagues, as she discovered several techniques in the production of IEC materials, which their office could use in their different programs and advocacies. 

“We should only be disseminating accurate information to the public, as they have the right to know the truth, which was emphasized particularly in this training. I have gained additional knowledge on how I could effectively communicate to the grassroots, and developed my skills in the use of social media,” shared Mabilog.

Meanwhile, 402nd Brigade commander Col. Maurito Licudine, commended the efforts of all the participants and encourages them to use and apply their gained knowledge in their daily work, and become more effective communicators as they constantly coordinate in various communities. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Army partners with PIA Caraga for journalism training

By Maj. Francisco Garello

BUTUAN CITY, July 24 – The 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade, Philippine Army has partnered with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga for the conduct of the three-day journalism training to the personnel of the Philippine Army (PA) and Philippine National Police (PNP) held at the headquarters of 402nd Brigade in Barangay Bancasi, this city.

 A total of 21 Army personnel composed of four officers and 17 enlisted personnel coming from different line units under the 402nd Brigade, together with 10 PNP personnel from Butuan City Police Office, participated in the said training from July 17–19, 2019.

The training was aimed to equip the participants from the Army and PNP units on the basics of news writing and other necessary skills to become effective information officers and communicators.

In his opening message, Col. Cerilo Balaoro Jr, 402nd Deputy Brigade commander, underscored the significance of the training as the soldiers now need the writing skills for them to become more effective in communicating with various sectors of the society.

He emboldens all the participants to take advantage of the training and actively participate in order for them to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge.

 "With the advent of technology to influence perception, the TV, Radio, Print and Social Media have become the most potent medium in the information environment. Hence, we should take the initiative to dominate and become the forerunner on the information superiority especially in our efforts in countering insurgency,” Balaoro said.


Col. Maurito Licudine, 402nd Brigade commander, also said that it is essential that the Brigade continues to equip and enhance its soldiers’ skills not only in combat but in the aspect of news writing and the knowledge to convey the Army’s message effectively and appropriately to its intended audience.

“This will ensure that our soldiers can efficiently propagate and amplify the Army’s professionalism in performing their mandate to serve the people and secure the land in line with the Army’s Transformation Roadmap to become a world-class Army that is a source of national pride,” he said.

This is also an initiative and support to the implementation of Executive Order No. 70 or the whole-of-nation approach to end local armed conflict in the region. (CMO, 402nd Brigade/PIA-Caraga)

251 OSY undergo community-based training in SurSur town

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, July 24 (PIA) – A total of 251 Out of School Youths (OSYs) undergone the Community-Based Training (CBT) programs launched early this month in Madrid aimed to equip them with skills and basic knowledge that could help them land a job.

According to Lee Escobal of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), the CBT programs included driving, basic household wiring and small Engine (Motor Mechanic). 

Of the 251 beneficiaries, 200 OSYs were enrolled in driving, 26 in basic house wiring and 25 in small engine (Motor Mechanic).

The said activity will run until July 26, 2019, added Escobal.

Rey Espinoza, one of the beneficiaries, thanked TESDA for the additional knowledge he gained from the training. 

“Because of the additional knowledge I learned, I can now compete with other applicants in applying for a job in big companies and I thanked the government for the opportunity,” Espinoza said.

The said activity is an initiative of the Sangguniang Kabataan Provincial Federation President Charles Arreza in convergence with the TESDA Surigao del Sur headed by Provincial Director Rey Cueva, local government unit of Madrid, and 36th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Livestock outreach program brings free services to Surigao Sur

By Aurelius P. Arais

CANTILAN, Surigao del Sur, July 24 -- Farmers in Surigao del Sur regard their farm animals as a partner in farming.

Thus, to boost the livestock industry, the Department of Agriculture (DA) Caraga spearheaded an outreach program to cater to the needs of the farm animals.


DA through its Livestock Program, the Regional Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (DA-RADDL) and local government units pooled their resources in serving the farming communities in Cantilan, Surigao del Sur on July 15 to 19, 2019.

The team of experts composed of veterinarians and livestock technicians visited barangays in the said town to render their services such as deworming, disease monitoring and surveillance through blood sampling, pregnancy diagnoses, vitamin supplementation, artificial insemination (AI), consultation and more.

A total of 220 farmers with 380 farm animals had been served such as carabao, cattle, and goat.

Noli Duero, who availed of the services, said that such outreach is a noble activity since it is a big help for the development of the livestock sector.

“I brought my three carabaos to avail the free services. It is a big saving for me since availing those services from private practitioners cost me a lot,” he said.

“The presence of the veterinarians helped me a lot since they gave me a piece of advice on how to maintain the health and nutrition of my carabao,” Julieta Cafe, another recipient shared.

Jekem Sanchez, Regional AI Coordinator of DA Caraga Livestock Program, disclosed that such activity became a regular undertaking between DA and LGUs allowing their technicians to offer their expertise anywhere in the region.

Earlier this year, the said livestock outreach program had been conducted in Basilisa, Libjo, and Dinagat in the Province of Dinagat Islands (PDI) and soon at Mainit and Tubod in Surigao del Norte.

Joel Geraldo, another farmer-recipient, expressed his appreciation to the team members who extended their services and shared their expertise.

“Through this program, we feel that the government is working for us, thinking for the welfare of the farmers,” he said.

Municipal Agriculturist Ceasar Blanco of Cantilan said that they feel honored that DA Caraga chooses their municipality as the venue of the said outreach program. (DA Caraga)


Symbolic babies for 100M population turn 5

By Angelita B. Antonio

BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte, July 24 --  The babies who represent the impact of the increasing population size of the country will turn five on July 27 this year.

The regional office of the Commission on Population and Development (PopCom) continues to monitor the growth and development of the so-called 100Mth babies in Caraga Region as its indicator in the implementation of the country’s population policy and thrusts addressing the ballooning population size.

PopCom highlighted this year’s celebration with the theme “Sa Ika-limang taon ni baby, Pagtutulungan tungo sa Maunlad at Malusog na Kinabukasan.”

The birth of the symbolic 100Mth babies which was witnessed by PopCom, together with the Department of Health and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation reminded us that the country’s population already hit 100 million last July 27, 2014 at exactly 12:06 a.m.

The 7th symbolic babies namely Lyca Jane Geroy, Zhyraiah Orillaneda Tranquilan, Bella Christina Matugas Lincuna, Queen Genyvic Malate Juanillo, July Marie Aquino Dahug, James Mark Diano Montalban and Arhea Jabonillo Damasco were closely monitored by the Local Population Office as to their health status and development.

Based on the report as to their whereabouts, only Arhea Jabonillo Damasco together with her family had migrated to Region X.

During the event, the Department of Health through the Regional Nutrition Council will present the health and nutritional status of the symbolic babies based on the result of the status monitoring report hand-carried by the parents.

In recognition of the important role of the symbolic babies in the region, PopCom will hand in a birthday gift pack to the child during their 5th birthday. The gift packs contain various stuff based on the child’s developmental needs.

As part of the agency’s commitment to zero the unmet need for modern family planning, a brief orientation on Responsible Parenting and Family Planning to the parents of the symbolic babies will comprise the event.

Parents need to be reminded that with proper planning, timing and spacing of the next birth, the child will be provided with the basic needs which are empirical to her/his growth and development.  (PopCom Caraga/PIA Caraga)