(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

Monday, August 19, 2019


Butuan students reminded on anti-discrimination ordinance


By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 19 (PIA) -- With the implementation of the Anti-Discrimination Ordinance here, the students of various schools were reminded on the provisions of said ordinance during a symposium conducted by the Ladlad Caraga, Incorporated, a non-government organization that promotes the rights and welfare of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) community.

According to Isagani Bacasmas, Jr., chairperson and chief executive officer of Ladlad Caraga, the youth or the students are vulnerable and have been prone to discrimination and bullying especially inside the school.

He said there were times where these students are not prioritized in several opportunities as they are being discriminated by other people.

“We are conducting this symposium because we want to educate the students in all schools about the anti-discrimination ordinance, as we observed that there have been students who were bullied and discriminated by their peers,” said Bacasmas.

He emphasized that this is of great help in order to prevent anyone from committing violation of human rights, and discrimination against the LGBTQI sector.

Jun Mechael Sacurom, grade 12 student, said he supported the ordinance since he believed that everyone should be respected regardless of their preference or sexual orientation.

Also, Lianna Alissandra Caponpon, grade 12 student, underscored that this kind of symposium helped the students became more aware of the said ordinance and would always be reminded not to discriminate anyone.

It can be recalled that SP Ordinance Number 4998-2016 was approved on June 30, 2016, which prohibits anyone to discriminate a person on the bases of age, disability, ethnicity, gender and expression, gender identity, health status, physical appearance, political affiliation, religion, sexual orientation, social and marital status. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Ex-NPA leader surrenders in Agusan Norte

CABADBARAN CITY, Agusan del Norte, Aug. 19 --  The former team leader of the New People’s Army (NPA) voluntarily surrendered to the Community Support Team (CST) of the 29th Infantry “Matatag” Battalion (29IB) in Barangay Del Pilar, this city on August 5, 2019.

Alias Cyrus, 25 years old and a member of Sandahang Yunit Pangproganda (SYP) 21B, Guerilla Front Committee (GFC) 21C, North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC), surrendered and brought along his issued AK47 rifle and subversive documents of high intelligence value.

He is the son of alias Giveheart who surrendered to 29IB on January 11, 2019.

In his statement, alias Giveheart thanked the Lord and the army for their efforts to reach out to the NPA members.
“Nagpasalamat ko ug dako sa Ginoo ilabi na sa 29IB sa walay hunong nga pagtabang nila sa mga myembro sa NPA nga gusto na mubalik sa sabakan sa balood. Atong una naglisod ko ug kombinsi sa akong anak tungod kay gahi kaayo siya pasabton ug dili siya gusto musurender kay patyon radaw siya sa sundalo. Ako siyang gipasabot nga dili kana tinood tungod kay ako mismo nakasaksi kung unsa ka buotan ang mga kasundaluhan karon ilabi na ang 29IB. Ako syang giingnan nga ayaw paminawa ang gisulti sa mga NPA kay ila lamang kanang propaganda aron punggan ug hadlukon ka nga musurender (I am thankful to the Lord and the troops of 29IB for their never-ending efforts to reach out to the members of the NPA who want to return to the folds of the law. At first, it was so hard for me to convince my son because he is so hard-headed and would not listen. He thought that the military will kill him if he surrenders. I made him understand that his expectation had no basis, for I have proven how good the military is, especially the 29IB. I also told him not to listen to the NPA because it's part of their propaganda to threaten him and stop him from surrendering)," he said.

Alias Cyrus said, “Nakamata nako karon sa tinood nga katuyuan sa NPA ug akong nasabtan nga wala silay maayong nabuhat sa katawhan kung dili puro pagpatay sa inosenteng tao, pagpanunug ug mga kabtangan ug pagguba sa kaugmaon sa mga kabatan-onon. Mao ng nangita ko ug pamaagi nga makaikyas sa ilaha.Naningkamot ko nga makaikyas sa kalihukan kay gikapoy nako ug pakigbisog sa walay hinungdan nga idilohiya tumong nga idilohiya. Nagpasalamat ko sa 29IB sa higayon nga gihatag nila sa ako para musurender ug para akong makauban ang akong pamilya ug usab. (I have been awakened now to the real intent of the NPA, and realized that they bring nothing beneficial to the people- they kill the innocent, burn properties, and destroy the lives of the young people. And so, I tried to make a way to escape from them, because I'm already tired fighting for an ideology that doesn't make any sense. I'm grateful to the 29IB for giving me a chance to surrender and be with my family once again.)"

Lt. Col. Isagani O. Criste, Commanding Officer of 29IB said, Alias Cyrus made the right decision. "I admire him for the courage he had shown to turn his back to the NPA to live a new life with his family. It wasn't easy for him, but he has shown that it is possible if one has the desire to change," he said.

"To those others who are still in the snares of the NPA, surrender now while you still have the chance. The government is here to support you, with its arms of help extended to all of you who will have the desire to surrender," Criste said. (29IB, Philippine Army/PIA Agusan del Norte)

AgNor IOs bumuo ng stratehiya bilang suporta sa EO 70

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Agosto 19 (PIA) - Alinsunod sa implementasyon ng Executive Order No. 70 o whole-of-nation approach sa pagsugpo ng insurgency sa bansa, nagkaisa ang mga bagong itinalagang information officers ng provincial government ng Agusan del Norte na bumuo ng mga stratehiya kung papaano mapapaigting ang kampanya laban sa terorismo, maging sa paglaban sa fake news.

Ayon kay Raymond Maglanoc ng Community Affairs Office ng Agusan del Norte, mahalaga na mabigyan ng sapat na impormasyon ang mga mamamayan partikular na sa mga nasa liblib na lugar upang hindi malinlang ng grupong Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army – National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).

Sa pamamagitan din ng kanilang patuloy na pagbigay impormasyon at reports sa barangay level, mas magiging maigting pa ang komunikasyon ng gobyerno sa mga mamamayan.

“Kinakailangan naming mas mapabuti pa ang mga programa ng probinsya lalo na sa health, social welfare at sa mga anti-poverty intervention natin para at least makuha natin yung heart and soul ng ating mga mamamayan,” sabi ni Maglanoc.

Panawagan din niya sa lahat ng information officers na maging reponsable at isapuso ang kanilang tungkulin upang makamit ang hangarin nito para sa ibat-ibang komunidad.

“BIlang mga kawani ng gobyerno at information officers, obligasyon natin sa mga tao na ipaalam sa kanila kung ano yung ginagawa ng gobyerno para sa kanila.kasi doon tayo minsan nagkakaroon ng problema, sa dami ng ginagawa ng gobyerno para sa mga mamamayan, hindi na na-iinform yung mas nakararaming tao. Kaya siguro yun yung kinakailangan namin na i-fill up yung gap sa misinformation at saka doon sa lack of information na nangyayari ngayon sa mga probinsya,” dagdag ni Maglanoc.

Binigyang-diin naman ni Engr. Charyll Rosario, division chief ng Project Development Office ang kahalagahan ng pagsasanay sa journalistic writing ng information officers sa tulong ng Philippine Information Agency.

“Mas nagiging epektibo kami sa aming komunikasyon at pakikisalamuha sa mga komunidad ng probinsya,” sabi ni Rosario.

Ipinahayag din ni Ronald Filipinas, planning officer ng Provincial Agriculture Office na malaki ang ginagampanang papel ng mga government information officers.

“Bilang information officers, responsibilidad namin na maiparating sa taong bayan ang kung ano ang mga nangyayari lalu na sa mga programa namin na aming ibinibigay na serbisyo doon sa mamamayang Pilipino,” pahayag ni Filipinas.

Pagtitiyak naman ng Provincial Public Information Office ng nasabing probinsya na marami pang hakbang na tatahakin ang mga kawani nito upang matugunan ang problema sa insurgency. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Mga pelikulang likha ng mag-aaral sa Caraga, nagpamulat sa mga kabataan sa kaguluhang dala ng CPP-NPA-NDF

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Agosto 19 (PIA) - Ibinida ng mga mag-aaral mula sa ibat-ibang paaralan ng Caraga region ang kanilang mga nagawang pelikula na binuo sa layuning maipakita sa lahat ng kabataan at mamamayan ang panlilinlang at kaguluhang dulot ng rebeldeng grupong Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army – National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).

Sa isinagawang 1st Philippine National Police (PNP) Caraga Film Fest sa Butuan City at Surigao del Sur, dagsa ang mga manonood mula sa ibat-ibang sektor at sumuporta sa mga kalahok.

Nasaksihan ng mga manonood ang sampung napiling entries sa nasabing Film Fest at kinilala ang galing ng mga mag-aaral na siyang bumuo ng konseptong nagpapahiwatig na kailangang maging alerto ang mga kabataan na huwag magamit ng mga makakaliwang grupo.

Ang mga pelikulang ito ay ang: "Kulintas", at "Bala" - dalawang pelikula na gawa ng Agusan National High School sa Butuan City; "Karapatan sa Kapahamakan" ng Tubay National High School sa Agusan del Norte; "Gamu-Gamo", At "Gomad" ng Northwestern Agusan Colleges Sa Nasipit, Agusan del Norte; "Eli, Eli Lama Sabachthani" ng Nasipit Vocational School, Agusan del Norte; "Uniporming Kupas" ng Northern Mindanao Colleges Inc. sa Cabadbaran City; “Ang Ugma" ng Mother of Mercy Academy sa Barobo, Surigao del Sur; "Blood" ng Saint Theresa College sa Tandag City, Surigao del Sur; at "Magkabilang Panig" ng Saint Michael College sa Cantilan,  Surigao del Sur at Maalman Community Christian Center.

Kaugnay nito, pinuri ni Police Brigadier General Gilberto DC Cruz, ang lahat ng mga mag-aaral na aktibong nakilahok sa kauna-unahang Film Fest ng PNP Caraga at sa pagpapakita ng kanilang galing.

Ito ay bilang suporta rin sa implementasyon ng Executive Order No. 70 o ang whole-of-nation approach sa pagsugpo ng insurgency sa bansa. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)