(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Thursday, 19 September 2019) At 3AM today, the center of TD "NIMFA" was estimated at 785 km East Northeast of Basco, Batanes (22.2N, 129.3E) with maximum sustained winds of 55 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 70 km/h. It is moving Northeast slowly. Mindanao will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to Localized Thunderstorms. Moderate to strong winds from South to Southwest with moderate to rough seas.PAGASA/jpf

Thursday, August 22, 2019


AgNor IOs unite, plan for effective strategies to support EO No. 70


By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 22 (PIA) -- As the nation implements Executive Order No. 70 or the whole-of-nation approach to stop the insurgency in the country, the newly-designated information officers of the provincial government of Agusan del Norte converged as they plan for effective strategies to intensify the campaign against terrorism and fake news.

According to Raymond Maglanoc, information officer of the Community Affairs Office of the provincial government, it is important that people especially those in the far-flung areas are well-informed so they are not easily deceived by the terrorist groups Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army – National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).

He stressed that the government would have to intensify its programs and ensure that these reach even the remote areas. Through constant dissemination of timely, accurate and relevant information and reports to the locals in all barangays, it would help deepen the connection between the government and the constituents.

He further called on all the information officers to be responsible and do their functions seriously and heartily to truly achieve their mission for the people in the communities.

Engr. Charyll Rosario, division chief of Project Development Office also emphasized on the importance of undertaking constant training on journalistic writing thru the help of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga.

“The training is very advantageous and essential to us. It is very important because somehow on my personal capacity, it gives me the knowledge to articulate the technical aspect into a layman’s perspective. It also equips us to be more effective and efficient in community relationship,” said Rosario.

Ronald Filipinas, planning officer of the Provincial Agriculture Office also elaborated the significant role of the government information officers.

Meanwhile, the Provincial Public Information Office ensures that IOs would be more engaging and would have more activities that will address the problem on insurgency. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

33 NPA members, supporters yield

CABADBARAN CITY, Agusan del Norte, August 22 -- A total of 33 New People’s Army (NPA) members and supporters surrendered to the Community Support Team (CST) of Bravo Company under the 29th Infantry “Matatag” Battalion led by Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Isagani O. Criste on August 10, 2019 in Brgy. Doña Telesfora, Tubay, Agusan del Norte.

The said surrenderees were composed of six members of the Militia ng Bayan (MB), five members of the NPA allied organization Unyon sa Mag-uuma sa Agusan del Norte (UMAN) and 22 NPA courier and supporters. All have been revealed as having assisted the terrorist group in financial, material and moral ways.

The unearthing or discovery of these organizations allied with the NPA is a result of the combined efforts of the Matatag CST and personnel from the PNP, in coordination with the local government unit (LGU) of Brgy. Doña Telesfora in the municipality of Tubay, Agusan del Norte.

The council and citizens of the said barangay showed their support and loyalty to the government by signing Resolution No. 0149 Series of 2019 declaring the members of the NPA terrorists and its affiliated organizations as persona non-grata, and subsequently burning the NPA flag as a sign of their unity in condemning and withdrawing support from the terrorists.

Rafael A. Mondejar III, Barangay Captain of Doña Telesfora urged his constituents to help their barangay to attain a peaceful and abundant life.

“Tabangan nato atong barangay ug atong kaugalingon nga magmalinawon ug magmalambuon ang atong pagpuyo. Kaning atong kalihukan karon dili lamang kini diri sa atong barangay kung dili sa entero barangay ug lungsod sa entero Pilipinas pinaagi sa mando sa atong Presidente. Ang atong kooperasyon ngadto sa gobyerno kinihanglan dili lamang karon hangtod sa dili mawala na ang NPA nga dugay ng nagpalisod ug naghatag kagubot sa atong pagpuyo (Let us help our barangay and ourselves to have a peaceful and abundant life. This action which we conducted is not just for our area, but should also be done by all the other barangays in each city of the whole Philippines as mandated by the President. This cooperation with the government must not end here but rather must go on until the NPA is gone, who has caused us to greatly suffer in misery for a long time),” he said.

Meanwhile, Major Roger N. Gersava, Executive officer of 29IB emphasized the importance of the Executive Order No. 70.

“The whole of nation approach is not new. We have been applying it even in our previous endeavors but only with minimum effort for compliance purposes. But now might be the best time for us to intensify our efforts to work together to fully end this longtime insurgency.” (29IB, Philippine Army/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Various sectors express support to Rehabinasyon program 

By Jennifer P. Gaitano


BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 22 (PIA) - Various sectors here have expressed their support to the unified campaign of the government against illegal drugs dubbed as "Rehabinasyon".

Among these sectors include the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation, senior citizens, barangay officials, media, and employees of government agencies.

“Through this forum on Rehabinasyon, people get to have a better understanding on the campaign of the government against illegal drugs and allow different sectors to be clarified on different issues and concerns,” said Noel Najarro, correspondent of Philippine News Agency.

Jose Antonio Sean Bayotas, Public Services Officer II of Butuan City Admin Office also expressed that the local government has been keen on the implementation of the law against illegal drugs and has been working on other programs that would also address the problem on the illegal drug trade.

Concerned government agencies also shared their initiatives and programs in the continued campaign of the Duterte administration against the illegal drug menace, as well as their accomplishments from the successful operations in Caraga region.

According to Asec. Ramon Cualoping III of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), the Rehabinasyon program aims to help those who have been victims of illegal drugs and give them the opportunity to start a new life.

The official also clarified that victims or those who were reported to be involved in the illegal drug trade are not being killed, instead, they are given the opportunity to be rehabilitated and be guided in the right path.

“The PCOO, together with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and other concerned agencies work hard in attaining the main purpose of Rehabinasyon. Rehabinasyon means rehabilitate and nation. Hence, the government helps in rehabilitating those people who became victims of illegal drugs,” said Cualoping.

Unity and collaborative efforts among sectors are also emphasized so that more barangays in Butuan City would be declared as drug-cleared.

Meanwhile, other local government units of the different provinces of the region are conscientiously working in ensuring the functionality of Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (BADACs). (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Dengue prevention drive gipahigayon sa lungsod sa San Jose

By Susil D. Ragas

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Agosto 22 (PIA) – Ang lokal nga pangagamhanan sa lungsod sa San Jose probinsya sa Dinagat Islands mipahigayon sa usa ka adlaw nga hiniusang dengue prevention drive niadtong Agosto 16, 2019.

Gipasiugdahan ang nasangpit nga kalihukan subay na sa pag-awhag sa Department of Health (DOH) nga batonan kanunay ang kalimpyo ug sa pagsunod sa 4 o’clock habit aron malikayan ang virus nga dala sa lamok.

Ang maong kalihukan gisugdan sa usa ka hiniusang pagpanglimpyo sa mga dapit nga diin posibleng puy-an ug itlogan sa mga lamok nga nagdala sa virus nga dengue.

Gitutukan sa maong kalihukan ang barangay Aurelio sakop sa maong lungsod diin adunay natala nga nagpositbo sa sakit nga dengue.

Gimugna ang maong kalihukan sa pagpangulo ni Mayor Yngwie Hero B. Ecleo kauban ang Municipal Health Officer nga si Dr. Everbelle A. Hidalgo, Rural Sanitation Inspector Irene Rose E. Siarez, DOH Representative Mirarose L. Maribao, barangay health workers, purok and barangay officials, barangay tanod, 4P’s members ug mga residente. (Dinagat Islands-Prov’l Information Office/PIA-Dinagat Islands)

Programang ‘Rehabinasyon’ ng pamahalaan, umani ng suporta mula sa ibat-ibang sector

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Agosto 22 (PIA) -- Nagpahayag ng suporta ang iba't-ibang sektor dito sa lungsod sa mga programa ng pamahalaan kontra ilegal na droga partikular na rito ang Rehabinasyon.

Kabilang sa mga sektor na ito ay ang ang Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation, senior citizens, barangay officials, media at mga kawani ng gobyerno.

“Nagsusumikap ang local na pamahalaan ng Butuan upang patuloy na matugunan ang problema sa illegal na droga at para rin sa mga barangay na maging drug-cleared,” pahayag ni Jose Antonio Sean Bayotas, Public Services Officer II ng Butuan City Admin Office.

“Nakatutulong ang ganitong forum sa Rehabinasyon upang mas mapag-usapang mabuti ang mga problema ng rehiyon sa iligal na droga at malinawan ang publiko sa mga ginagawang hakbang ng pamahalaan ukol ditto,” sabi ni Noel Najarro, correspondent ng Philippine News Agency.

Ibinahagi rin ng mga kinauukulang ahensiya ang mga inisyatibo at programa sa patuloy na kampanya nito at kanilang mga napagtagumpayang operasyon laban ilegal na droga sa rehiyon ng Caraga.

Ayon kay Asec. Ramon Cualoping III ng Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), ang Rehabinasyon ay layon rin na matulungan ang mga nabiktima ng ilegal na droga na makapagbagong buhay. 

Paglilinaw ng opisyal hindi pinapatay ang mga nahuhuling gumagamit o sangkot sa illegal drug trade, kundi binibigyan sila ng pagkakataon na mabigyan ng rehabilitasyon at hindi maligaw ang landas.

“Ang PCOO, kasama ang Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency at iba pang ahensiya ng pamahalaan ay nagtutulungan para matugunan ang problema sa illegal na droga sa bansa. Tinutulungan ng pamahalaan ang mga nabibiktima ng illegal na droga at sila’y binibigyan ng opurtunidad na makapagbagong buhay,” sabi ni Cualoping.

Binigyang-diin din ang pagkakaisa at pagtutulungan ng bawat sektor upang marami pang barangay sa Butuan City ang maging drug-cleared.

Samantala, nagsusumikap naman ang mga local na pamahalaan sa ibang probinsya ng Caraga na maging drug-cleared na rin ang lahat ng barangay, at hindi na ito ang nagiging sanhi ng kriminalidad. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)