(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

Monday, August 5, 2019


Butuan dad calls on Agusanons to help keep Agusan River clean

By Jennifer P. Gaitano


BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 5 (PIA) -- The Butuanons and Agusanons, together with the officials of the local government unit and workers from government agencies gathered early morning on Sunday, July 28 for this year’s celebration of the Abayan Festival at the Agusan River, this city.

The fluvial procession was the main highlight of the festival, as a way of giving value to the mighty Agusan river and its patroness Santa Ana.

In his message, Butuan City Mayor Ronnie Vicente Lagnada called on all Butuanons and Agusanons to continue to give value and preserve the scenic spots, natural heritage and cleanliness of the Agusan River as it gives life to the tourism industry of the city.

He further urged everyone to sustain proper waste segregation and prevent throwing of plastic wastes in the river.

Apart from the fluvial parade, people also witnessed the ‘baroto’ race participated by young adults and women sector who have great interest in sailing sport.

Reah Umpad, a 40-year old participant of the “baroto” race from a women's organization, bared that they wanted people from outside Butuan to see how clean and enticing the Agusan River is. She also stressed that all are united with the local government towards promoting the tourism development in Butuan.

“I hope the public not only from this city, but also from other provinces could see how clean the Agusan River is, and would have better appreciation of its scenic beauty,” said Umpad.

Michael Jepson Oriba, a grade 12 student and member of the dragon boat team also shared their team’s vision and advocacy towards protecting the environment and the Agusan River. He said, the youth’s participation in promoting the tourism of Butuan is of great help to the government. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

SurSur holds DRR-CCA Summit for IPMR 

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Aug. 5 (PIA) – The provincial government of Surigao del Sur thru the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) spearheaded the Disaster Risk Reduction-Climate Change Adaptation (DRR-CCA) Summit for Indigenous People’s Mandatory Representatives (IPMRs) held on July 30 at the Villa Maria Luisa Hotel this city.

According to National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) Surigao del Sur chief Engr. Charlyn Binghoy, some 110 IPMRs were officially installed in Surigao del Sur composed of one Provincial IPMR, 14 Municipal IPMRs, one City IPMR, and 94 Barangay IPMRs province-wide.

As part of the provincial government's support to the IP communities, a livelihood assistance worth P500,000.00 was earlier announced by Governor Alexander Pimentel to be given to the lumad community of Sitio Ibuan, Barangay Mampi in Lanuza town.
Surigao del Sur was the first province in Caraga to hold such activity with the IPMRs in the region, PDRRMO chief Abel De Guzman noted.

During the activity, Alan Ray Ribo from PAGASA Hinatuan shared to the participants the Public Storm Warning Signal Updates.

The participants were able to ask some clarificatory questions to the speaker based on the experiences they have from the past calamities.

Amado Posas from the Office of the Civil Defense-Caraga shared the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management System, while Engr. Joselito Ramos, a speaker from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), shared the overview of the “Operation Listo.”

The Performance Review/Duties and Responsiblities of the IPMR were also discussed and elaborated by Ordonia Rocero from the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP).

Some IP health issues and concerns were also brought up during the activity with the presence of the Provincial Health Office (PHO) chief, Dr. Eric Montescalros.

The said activity formed part of the National Disaster Resilience Month celebration in partnership with the NCIP Provincial Office, and Provincial IPMR. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)


DIELCO mipahigayon sa ika-23rd annual general membership assembly

By Susil D. Ragas

MUNISIPYO SA SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Agosto 5 (PIA) - Ang Dinagat Island Electric Cooperative, Inc. (DIELCO) nagpahigayon sa ika-23rd Annual General Membership Assembly (AGMA) niadtong Hulyo 27, 2019 gipahigayon didto sa Dielco Multi-Purpose Building, San Jose, Dinagat Islands.

Ang maong kalihukan gipahigayon inubanan sa temang, "Sustaining the Strategic Partnership of NEA-ECs-MCOs towards Rural Development and Nation Building."

Tumong niini ang paghatag ug kahibalo sa mga konsumanti sa tanang impormasyon, updates, reports, financial status condition ug nagpasabot sa mga resolusyon nga angay masayran sa tanan ilabi na sa mga miyembro niini.

Matud pa sa mensahe ni Gobernador Arlene "Kaka" Bag-ao, nga ang iyang pangagamhanan nag-awhag sa tanan sa pag-partisipar og suportahan ang DIELCO sa mga ipa-implementar nga programa niini, labi na sa proyekto ug plano para makatabang ug magmalampuson ang mga tinguha sa kooperatiba.

Sumala pa ni Bag-ao gikinahanglan ang suporta sa full partnership sa national and local government aron mapadayon ang pagkab-ot sa kalambuan para sa tibook Dinagat Islands.

Ang maong kalihukan gitambungan sa mga opisyal sa lokal na pangagamhanan nga gipangulohan ni Gob. Bag-ao, Board Members (BM) Noli Abis, BM Analyn C. Dialde, Municipal Mayor sa San Jose Yngwie B. Ecleo sa presensya ni Ludwig Ecleo ug mga sektor ug ahensya nga ka-kaalayon sa DIELCO, mga miyembro konsumanti, staff, mga opisyalis sa kooperatiba nga gipangulohan ni General Manager Sergio C. Dagooc kauban ang mga bisita gikan sa Philreca Partylist Representative Presley C. De Jesus, Department of Energy Undersecretary Benito L. Ranque. (Dinagat Islands-PIO/PIA-Dinagat Islands)