(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Monday, 14 October 2019) Zamboanga Peninsula and Northern Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ). The rest of Mindanao will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to Localized Thunderstorm. Light to moderate winds from Northeast to Northwest with slight to moderate seas. PAGASA/jpf

Wednesday, July 31, 2019


AgNor PWDs join Paralympics

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 31 (PIA) - Despite their condition, the persons with disabilities (PWDs) in Agusan del Norte actively participated in the multi-sports during the paralympics held here recently.

The PWDs played volleyball tournament (men and women); basketball; bowling; and dart games.

Gina Narvasa, 46 years old from Carmen, Agusan del Norte, was one of the participants who did not hesitate to join the volleyball tournament with other women PWDs.

She said, playing the game was quite difficult for her condition, yet with perseverance, she finished the game with cheerfulness and great fulfillment along with other contenders.

“This is my first time to join and I enjoyed it. I thought I could never play this kind of sport (volleyball) because of my condition, but I just did and I’m so happy,” said Narvasa.

Gabby Amodia, the PWD federated president of Buenavista, Agusan del Norte who also joined in the bowling tournament, was thankful that he was able to show his skills and ability in performing the game despite his physical condition.

Meanwhile, Silver Joy Tejano, Provincial Social Welfare and Development (PSWD) officer of Agusan del Norte thanked all the PWDs who supported and took time in joining the paralympics this year.

She expressed her hopes that more PWDs in Caraga region will get involve and be known in the different sports, and be able to make it in the Southeast Asian Games.

The paralympics formed part of the activities set for the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) celebration this month of July. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Surigao Norte Agrarian orgs undergo climate change, DRR seminar-workshops

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, July 31 (PIA) - Assisted agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations (ARBOs) of DAR Surigao del Norte (DAR-SDN) underwent recently a series of seminar-workshops on climate change awareness, and disaster risk reduction and management conducted by DAR-SDN’s Program Beneficiaries Development Division held in Brgy. Cabugao in the municipality of Bacuag, this province.

The seminar gave the participants additional knowledge on awareness-building and adaptation on climate change so organizations in the communities can better cope with the adverse impacts of climate change.

The three ARBOs that participated in the said seminar-workshop are the Cabugao First Farmers Agra Consumers Cooperative (CAFIFACOCO), Cabugo Multi-purpose Cooperative (CAMCO), and Pagao Farmers Association (PAFA).

PAFA President Sabina C. Honor hopes that what they have formulated in their climate change plan as an organization, they can apply it also in their own households and as concerned individuals of their barangay.

Meanwhile, CAFIFACOCO Chairperson Perla B. Raganas was thankful for the seminar because it opened their eyes that they need to plan ahead and be aware especially that their office and processing building is prone to flooding.

“We need to lay our measures to prevent the risk in dealing with natural calamities,” Raganas said.

At the end of each workshop, the ARBOs were able to formulate their one-year operational plan for Climate Change Awareness and Adaptation, and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, respectively. (Daryll M. Tumbaga, DAR-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Python troopers winner in Gawad KALASAG Award in Caraga

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, July 31 (PIA) -- The Disaster Emergency Assistance and Rescue (DEAR) of the 30th Infantry (Python) Battalion (30IB), Philippine Army was once again declared as the regional winner for the Government Emergency Response Management Services (GEMS) during the 2019 National Disaster Resilience Month (NDRM) culmination program on July 26, 2019 held at the LMX Convention Center, Bancasi, Butuan City.

The Gawad Kalasag (Kalamidad at Sakuna Labanan, Sariling Galing ang Kaligtasan) search for excellence in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) and Humanitarian Assistance is an annual activity conducted every NDRM spearheaded by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) to recognize its stakeholders.

It is one of the OCD’s mechanisms in obtaining sustained commitment and support by recognizing exceptional contributions of DRRM practitioners in strengthening the resilience and adaptive capacities of nations and communities to disaster risks.

The 30IB troopers won the award and hailed as grand slam champion for the year 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 for its best practices in implementing its DRRM programs aimed at protecting and shielding high-risk communities against hazards.

It can be recalled, that for the year 2018 during the Tropical Storm “Basyang” the DEAR platoon conducted Disaster Relief Operation and saved lives of 21,044 individuals in the area.

With all challenges posed by natural and man-made catastrophe to the population within its area of responsibility, the 30IB of the Army emphasized its Disaster Risk Reduction Operations on the organization of DEAR 30IB unit as the readily deployable rescue force during disaster and emergency situations.

Lt. Col. Jeffrey A Villarosa, commanding officer of 30IB, recognized the efforts and support of their counterparts from the local government units and local DRRMOs.


“This kind of recognition refills our energy and reinvigorates our spirit to serve our people. However, winner or no winner, may I once again reaffirm the Python trooper’s commitment and dedication to render our services to the wonderful and peace-loving people of Caraga, particularly the people in the area of operation of our unit,” Lt. Col. Villarosa said. (30IB/PIA-Surigao del Norte)