(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, August 7, 2019


DOH Caraga investigates death of 9yo kid

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 7 (PIA) – With the aim to shed light on the death of a nine-year old pupil in Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte after taking the deworming drug, the Department of Health (DOH) Caraga coordinated with the proper authority to ensure that the incident is well investigated and all parties concerned are addressed.

On July 23, DOH received a report that a female pupil experienced drowsiness and vomiting after taking the deworming drug that allegedly cause her death.

According to Dr. Gerna Manatad, Assistant Regional Director of DOH Caraga, while the investigation is ongoing and while waiting for the results, the conduct of the deworming activities in the province of Surigao del Norte was suspended temporarily.

“Our agency has visited the family of the deceased child to express sympathy and assures the family that the DOH will exhaust all efforts to understand the possible cause of her death,” said Manatad.

Meanwhile, Department of Education Caraga Regional Director Francis Cesar Bringas said while he understands the sentiments of the parents on deworming activities, but he is also asking the parents to set aside first their conclusions on the matter and wait for the result of the investigation.

As of July 31, 2019, a total of 81,963 individuals of 1,172,153 eligible population or equivalent to seven percent have taken the deworming drugs in Caraga region, 1,600 of them came from Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte.

Manatad clarified that deworming activities in other Caraga provinces will still continue except in Surigao del Norte. (NCLM/PIA Caraga)

Caraga RTF-ELCAC members convene, formulate action plans for EO 70 implementation

By Jennifer P. Gaitano


BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 7 (PIA) - Member-agencies comprising the 12 clusters under the Caraga Regional Task Force – Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) convened in this city and formulated their respective action plans in line with the implementation of Executive Order No. 70.

According to Regional Director Lilibeth Famacion of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Caraga and head secretariat of the Regional Peace and Order Council, there is a need for government agencies to converge and streamline their efforts and initiatives making it planned and organized as they address the problem on insurgency in the region.
Erica Gina Cariño of the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) reiterated the roles and responsibilities of the member agencies and the needed services to be provided to the communities in the conflict-affected areas.

Regional Director Manuel Orduña of NICA Regions 10 and Caraga also highlighted various programs and campaigns of the Duterte administration that uplifted the lives of the Filipino people, particularly those former rebels who were given the chance to start a new life in the mainstream society and live peacefully with their family.

Meanwhile, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Caraga Assistant Regional Director Roy Kantuna expressed his optimism that the formulated action plans of the 12 clusters will help intensify the campaign of the government against insurgency and would directly address the issues and concerns of the affected areas.

The 12 clusters under the RTF-ELCAC are: 1) local government empowerment 2) legal cooperation cluster; 3) basic services; 4) peace and law enforcement; 5) local peace engagement; 6) sectoral unification capacity building and empowerment; 7) livelihood and poverty alleviation; 8)strategic communication; 9) infrastructure and resource management; 10) situational awareness and knowledge management; 11) E-CLIP and amnesty; and 12) international engagement. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

350 PWDs join 41st NDPR Week celebration in SurSur

By Nida Grace P. Barcena


TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Aug. 7 (PIA) -- Some 350 persons with disabilities (PWDs) have joined the 41st National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week celebration spearheaded by the provincial government of Surigao del Sur through the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) held recently in this city.

According to PSWDO-PWD and Senior Citizen focal person Shiela Arizobal, the participants were from the cities of Tandag and Bislig and towns of Carrascal, Cantilan, Madrid, Carmen, Lanuza, Cortes, San Miguel, Tago, Bayabas, Cagwait, Marihatag, San Agustin, Lianga, Barobo, Tagbina, Hinatuan, and Lingig.

This year's theme is “Lokal na Pamahalaan: Kabalikat sa Pagtupad ng Karapatan ng mga Taong May Kapansanan.”

Governor Alexander Pimentel, in his message, said more funds will be allocated for the PWDs and Senior Citizens next year.

During the event, the national winners of the 7th Philippine Sports Commission (PSC)-Philippine Sports Association for Differently Abled (PHILSPADA) National Para Games on May 27-31, 2019 held in Bulacan were also recognized.

Awarded as gold medalist were Narvic Florentino for Swimming and Herlie Josoy for the Track and Field. While Romelo Tigpos got the Silver Medal on Badminton, and the team for Sitting Volleyball namely, Pablo Manding, Riveh Comparativo, Epitacio Baghari, Rene Dumanhog, Brilney Santos, and Eduardo Lozada adjudged as third.

They received a cash incentive worth P2,000.00 from Governor Pimentel and a plaque of recognition during the activity.

Meanwhile, Arizobal said two wheelchairs were also given to LGU Tagbina during the event.

Other activities conducted during the celebration included free medical check-up, job fair with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and Demonstration of Native Delicacies Baking with the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA). (PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Kahalagahan ng transparensiya sa gobyerno, binigyang-diin sa ‘Dagyaw’

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Agosto 7 (PIA) -- Muling binigyang-diin ang kahalagahan ng transparensiya sa gobyerno para sa pagtugon sa katiwalian at pagkamit ng tunay na pag-unlad ng bawat mamamayan.

Iyan ang naging highlight sa isinagawang Dagyaw – Open Government and Participatory Governance, Regional Townhall Meeting sa lungsod ng Butuan kung saan tinalakay ang  mga isyu na kinahaharap ng iba't ibang sektor sa Caraga region.

Ayon kay Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III ng Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), ang Dagyaw ang sumisimbolo ng bayanihan o pagsasama-sama ng lahat ng sektor tungo sa pagresolba ng mga hamong kinakaharap ng rehiyon sa pamamagitan ng pagbuo ng mga programang direktang tutugon sa pangangailangan ng bawat komunidad.

Binigyang-diin naman ni Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles ang pagiging transparent ng administrasyong Duterte at ang mga magagandang resulta ng participatory governance.
Isa na dito ang agarang pagtugon ng gobyerno sa mga reklamo o hinaing na narereport sa Hotline 8888.

Naging number 1 in Asia din umano ang Pilipinas pagdating sa open budget survey. Ito’y alinsunod na rin sa pinapatupad ng gobyerno na Freedom of Information (FOI).

Bilang host city ng Dagyaw ngayong buwan ng Agosto, pinasalamatan ni Butuan City Mayor Ronnie Vicente Lagnada, ang ibat-ibang national government agencies na naglaan ng panahon para makaharap ang ibat-ibang sektor sa Caraga at mapag-usapan ang mga hakbang na magdudulot ng mas maayos, daynamiko at progresibong rehiyon. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)