(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

Friday, August 16, 2019


102 IP youths join YLS in Agusan del Norte 

By 1Lt Roel T. Maglalang

BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte, Aug. 16 – One hundred two youths from Higaonon tribe were enlightened after undergoing a three-day stay-in Barangay Youth Leadership Summit (YLS) from August 9-11, 2019 at Lawan-lawan National High School, Barangay Lawan-lawan in Las Nieves town, this province. 

During the activity, the youths were informed about the different programs of the government. 

With the theme “Kabatan-onan Hiusahon aron Kaugmaon ug Kahapsay Maangkon” (Unite the Youth for Brighter Future, it included series of lectures from different stakeholders, small group discussions, Disaster Preparedness Orientation, Cultural Presentation, and Team-building activities.

Agusan del Norte second district representative Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba, the guest speaker during the opening ceremony, reminded the youth not to believe on the deceitful scheme of the CPP-NPA Terrorists.

“Don’t be deceived by the bad elements especially the CPP-NPAs who bring conflict and hinder government projects that benefit the people,” Matba said.

“Their recruitment on the youth especially from the Indigenous Peoples’ community, resulted in many lives wasted, many youths died during encounters against the government troops. I encourage everyone to be vigilant and do not believe in the propaganda of the CPP-NPA. Take care of your lives so that in the future, you, the youth, will be the ones who will replace us to be the leader of our nation,” Matba stated.

Moreover, Mayor Avelina S. Rosales of the Municipality of Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte urged the participants not to be easily deceived or brainwashed by the terrorist group.
 
"We want the residents of Barangay Lawan-lawan to live in peace and prosperity,” she said.

Meanwhile, Lt. Colonel Francisco L. Molina Jr, Commanding Officer, 23IB stressed that the youths have the potential to become leaders in the future.

“Start learning for the betterment of Barangay Lawan-lawan and for you to have better lives,” Molina said. (CMO, 23IB PA/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Another AgNor village declares NPA persona non grata

DEL PILAR, Cabadbaran City, Aug 16 - Another barangay has declared the New People’s Army (NPA) and its affiliated organizations as persona non grata in Brgy. San Antonio, Remedios Trinidad Romualdez (RTR), Agusan del Norte on August 8, 2019.

The barangay council and the residents of San Antonio, RTR in the province of Agusan del Norte pledged allegiance to the government as they unitedly signed Resolution no. 41 series of 2019 declaring the members of the Communist Party of the Philippines, New People’s Army, National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) and its affiliated organizations as unwelcome in their community.

Brgy. San Antonio residents have been harassed by the NPA for many years.

It was in their barangay where the NPA had committed several atrocities against different government personnel and even against innocent civilians, it was learned.

These activities and acts by the NPA intensified the desire of the locals to condemn the NPA in their area through the covenant signing of Persona Non-Grata.

Meanwhile, Helario S. Sajolan, Barangay Captain of San Antonio urged his constituents to work together to attain peace in the community.

“Magtinabangay ta para atong makab-ot ang tinood nga kahusay ug kalinaw sa atong barangay kay dili kini masulbad kung dili kita magkahiusa. Dili nata musupurta pa sa NPA nga naghatag kadaot, kahadlok ug kalisod sa atong kumunidad. Tabangan nato atong kasundaluhan ug kapulisan para mawala naning NPAs ug atong luwason ang kaugmaon sa atong katawhan diri sa atong barangay (We must work together for us to attain absolute peace and order in our barangay. We cannot attain this if we are not united. Let us help the Army and the PNP to eradicate the NPA and save the future of the people here in our barangay)," he said.

Maj. Roger Gersava, Executive Officer of 29IB echoed President Duterte’s mandate in his statement, “The Executive Order No. 70 calls for a 'Whole of Nations Approach' to end the Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) in the country. This decree requires the collective effort of all the government instrumentalities to work for the common good of the people and the community.”

“We are calling for everyone’s help and cooperation to put a stop to these long years of insurgency. Many lives have been sacrificed already. Let us not allow the NPA to take another life. Let us support the government,” Gersava ended. (29IB Philippine Army/PIA Agusan del Norte)

AFFORD-ARBs program launched in AgSur

By Rechel D. Besonia

LA PAZ, Agusan del Sur, Aug. 16 - Over a thousand farmers were hopeful as they gathered for a day-long roll out of Accessible Funds for Delivery to ARBs (AFFORD-ARBs), a P5-billion direct financial assistance by the Land Bank of the Philippines in coordination with the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Philippine Crop Insurance Company (PCIC) and the Local Government Unit on August 13, 2019 at La Paz Municipal Gymnasium, this province.

This initiative complies with Presidential Directive No. 2018-0176 dated April 24, 2018 to reach out to farmers and provide them with financial assistance for their agricultural needs as well as timely provide credit assistance to small farmers for crop production and acquisition of small farm implements at an interest rate of six percent per annum.

“We will help you in any way we can and provide you with the right assistance so that we will grow together. All we have to do is help each other to realize our goal for a better future,” said Arnel Caalim, manager of the Land Bank of the Philippines.

AFFORD-ARBs caters to individual farmers rather than through an association or cooperative. Eligible borrowers are individual holders of the Certificate of Land Ownership Awards (CLOA), must engage in rice, corn and high valued crops, an actual tiller or directly supervising of at least 0.5 but not to exceed 3.0 hectares.

“Our office will provide the list of landowners to LBP as their basis for the authenticity of a CLOA holder and we will handle loan orientation for borrowers and financial literacy seminars,” CARPO Fe Mosquera said.

“Through this program, the farmers will have the chance to increase their productivity and income, and we are aiming this to happen to our farmer-beneficiaries in 14 municipalities across the province,” added Mosquera.

Account Officer of the Land Bank of the Philippines Dindo Dinopol urged the farmers to avail of the program.

He also conducted an interview/ verification of documents for farmer-loan applicants right after an orientation.

Meanwhile, the PCIC also conducted an orientation about their program and services on the same day and urged the farmers to insure their crops and livestock to guarantee a money back in case of calamities. (DAR-Agusan del Sur/ PIA-Agusan del Sur)