(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, September 2, 2019


DOH Caraga enjoins Caraganons to help end TB

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 2 (PIA) -- With the aim to stop the spread of Tuberculosis or TB, the Department of Health (DOH) Caraga region enjoins Caraganons to help in finding the missing cases of TB to prevent its spread.

Arlene Serrano, TB program coordinator of DOH Caraga said that even knowing the fact that TB medicines are effective and TB is curable, still an estimated 60 Filipinos die of TB every day have been recorded. With this, Serrano emphasized the importance of seeking consultations and have themselves screened if they have a cough that lasts for more than two weeks and to religiously finish the six-month treatment for TB if found positive for it.

In 2018, Serrano said that a total of 252 deaths related to TB were recorded. To avoid deaths, Serrano said that it takes the participation and to voluntarily submit one’s self to screening and treatment.

At present, there are 88 DOTS or Directly Observed Treatment – Short Course facilities and 124 laboratories in Caraga region where TB patients may seek diagnosis and treatment, Serrano added.

Also, Romelyn Torralba, the health information officer of DOH Caraga said that awareness campaign for TB is ongoing in the region, it focuses on its transmission, signs, symptoms, diagnostic procedures, treatment and prevention measures.

“Cooperation and working together in finding the missing cases of TB in the region will help end TB,” Torralba said. (NCLM/PIA Caraga)

World Surgical Foundation to conduct surgical outreach program in Surigao Norte

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Sept. 2 (PIA) – A three-day surgical outreach program will be conducted on Sept. 4-5, 2019  at the Provincial Hospital in Bad-as, Placer town and on September 6, 2019 at Dapa District Hospital, Siargao Island.

The three-day outreach program is to be spearheaded by the World Surgical Foundation Philippines (WSFP) in collaboration with Megawide Foundation/Sunlife Foundation, Presidential Communications Operations Office, Philippine Information Agency - Caraga and the local government unit.

The said outreach program at the Provincial Hospital will target around 200-250 patients with major and minor surgery cases and 120 minor surgery cases at Dapa District Hospital.
According to WSFP President Dr. Marcus Lester Suntay, they will bring around 40 to 45 surgeons and medical specialists and they will be providing all the needed medicines, surgical supplies, anesthetics for all patients before and after the procedures.

He also said they will bring all the needed equipment to augment the existing hospital machines.

Dr. Suntay added that the medical and surgical teams are members of Philippine College of Surgeons, Philippine Society of Anesthesiologists and Operating Room Nurses of the Philippines.

The list of cases of major and minor surgery for Pediatric and Adult are: inguinal hernia/hydrocele, umbilical hernia, undescended testis, imperforate anus, Hirschsprung’s disease, tumors, abscess formation, fistula in ano, thyroid surgery, breast masses and cancer, gallstones, hemorrhoids, cleft lip and palate, parotid and ENT, and minor cysts and lipoma. (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

NPA terrorist killed, 1 captured with war materials in AgSur town

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 2 -- A New People’s Army (NPA) terrorist was killed and another one was captured while several war materials were recovered in a series of encounters between troops of 23rd Infantry Battalion and Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) terrorists on August 29, 2019, in Barangay Segunda, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur.

A platoon of 23IB encountered more or less five communist NPA terrorists (CNTs) believed to be members of weakened Guerilla Front 88 of the North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC) in the mountainous area of said barangay after civilian residents reported the presence of fully armed men conducting teach-in and indoctrination.

According to Lt. Col. Francisco Molina Jr., 23IB commanding officer, “the CNTs did not expect that the residents in the area will disclose their whereabouts. After a five minute firefight, the troops found the body of the dead NPA and subsequently captured another one after troops surrounded the area.” He added that the troops recovered one .22 caliber rifle; one anti-personnel mine; and 20 meters electrical wire at the encounter site.

“Around 5:10 in the afternoon of same day, a pursuit operation was conducted in Brgy. Segunda, which resulted to a 25-minute firefight between troops of 23IB and more or less ten CNTs believed to be members of the same group encountered by said unit earlier that day. Reports revealed that there was no casualty on the side of the government while it was undetermined from the terrorist’s side. Moreover, one  AK-47 rifle, one caliber 22 rifle and several war materials such as 18 magazines for AK-47 rifle; 2,000 rounds of Ctg 7.62mm ammunition for AK-47 rifle; 500 rounds Ctg. 5.56mm ammunition for M16 rifle; three bandoleers; 19 ponchos, two cellphones with SIM cards; one medicine kit; one kilo ammonium nitrate; and various subversive documents with high intelligence value were recovered after troops cleared and searched the area,” Molina said.

In his statement, Col. Maurito Licudine, commander of 402nd Infantry Brigade said, “We have been monitoring the movement of said group in the area. We laud the courage of the residents of Brgy. Segunda that despite the threat, they still provided information on the presence of the CNTs. We shall not stop going offer the CNTs because they only bring hardship and misery to the people. They destroy families and hamper peace and development.”

Licudine reiterates his call to the remaining CNTs to surrender and live peacefully with their families. "There are many ways in solving our differences and armed revolution is certainly not one of them. With the support of the civilians on our side, we shall relentlessly pursue you. You either surrender or be killed,” Licudine added.

The cadaver of the dead NPA was appropriately turned over to the local government unit of Esperanza while the captured NPA was remanded to the Municipal Police Station of Esperanza for proper disposition. Upon confirmation of their identities, respective families will be notified.

Since July of this quarter, the 402nd Brigade intensified the campaign against the CNTs resulted to the surrender of 455 CNTs and members of underground movement organizations (UGMOs) and 18 encounters which resulted to the recovery of eight firearms and killing of several CNTs to include two recovered dead NPA in the encounter site. (402nd Brigade, PA/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

WCO kicks-off in Caraga

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 2 – The World Café of Opportunities (WCO) simultaneously opened on Aug. 25, 2019 in different provinces of Caraga Region.

For the province of Agusan del Norte and this city, the activity was conducted at the Covered Court of the Provincial Capitol here.

Speaking before the crowd, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-Caraga Regional Director Ashary A. Banto underscored the importance of Technical Vocational (Tech-Voc) in nation-building.

“We are doing our best so that TESDA will become a major player in our educational system despite the fact that TESDA is the youngest among the tri-focalized education agency of the country,” he said.

Dir. Banto likewise said that the conduct of the activity is an avenue to push the agency’s mandate towards the paradigm shift of the country “because skills training should not be disregarded and should not be underestimated,” Dir. Banto said.

The TESDA chief of Caraga also pointed out that our ASEAN neighboring countries have institutionalized Tech-Voc to produce skilled workers.

Republic Act No. 10970 provides that the 25th day of August in every year is hereby declared as National Tech-Voc Day wherein TESDA being one of the Lead Agencies shall prepare and implement an annual program of activities and advocacy campaign.

To make the activity more inclusive, TESDA Memorandum No, 14, series of 2018 was issued to conduct a two-day National TVET Enrollment Day, Jobs Fair and other matters every August 25. (TESDA Caraga/PIA Caraga)

Tourism chief in Caraga supports WCO 2019

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 2 -- Department of Tourism (DOT)-Caraga Regional Director Maria Anna T. Nuguid expressed an all-out support during the conduct of the 2019 World Café of Opportunities (WCO) in celebration of the National Tech-Voc Day 2019 held recently here.

Nuguid said the DOT is excited to help and support as part of the WCO being the partner of TESDA in developing the human resources in the tourism industry.
“We want you to feel the DOT’s presence in promoting the essential tourism efforts of the country,” Nuguid said.

The official likewise lauded the officials, personnel and stakeholders of TESDA-Caraga for the successful conduct of the activity.

The WCO program operationalizes the four delivery platforms of the Job Linkaging and Networking (JOLINS) namely: Blue Desk Platform, Information Education Communication Platform (IECP), Networking and Linkaging Platform (NLP), and Guidance and Training for Employment (GTEP).

For Agusan del Norte and Butuan City, the WCO prioritizes sectors in the Construction and Tourism. The activity was conducted at the Agusan del Norte Provincial Covered Court, this city.

One of the objectives of the WCO is to facilitate the provision of employment and training including upgrading to the TVET graduates/alumni.

It also increases awareness of the employment and scholarships of the training programs of the private and government line agencies available for the job seekers. (TESDA Caraga/PIA Caraga)


Dinagat Islands guv signs order for intervention on dengue epidemic

By Susil D. Ragas

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Sept. 2 (PIA) -- Dinagat Islands governor Arlene "Kaka" Bag-ao just recently signed Executive Order No. 08-001, an order establishing interventions and directing the participation of all local government units and agencies, offices of the provincial government and the general public to address the dengue epidemic in the province of Dinagat Islands.

Bag-ao issued the said executive order in relation to the recent declaration of Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III of the National Dengue Epidemic due to the alarming and continuous increase in dengue cases throughout the country, and to protect the welfare and ensure the safety of the public.

Under the said executive order, all seven municipal government units of the province are directed to conduct “Deng-get Out” activities or programs to complement the existing initiatives of the national and provincial governments, including the formulation of a dengue epidemic action plan; mobilization of Rural Health Units (RHUs) for the conduct of free dengue testing; massive information dissemination on the declaration of a National Dengue Epidemic and its implications to its constituents; and release of daily media advisories on dengue prevention and reports on the status of dengue cases under the concerned municipality, disseminated through TV, radio, and online media.

The executive order also enjoined the general public to participate in the campaign against dengue through the practice of regular check-up or visit their nearest rural health unit (RHU) in their area; to clean-up the surroundings; and to take extra care by applying mosquito repellent as an added measure to prevent mosquito bites. (Dinagat Islands-PIO/PIA-Dinagat Islands)

Probinsya mipahigayon og panagtigum sa sektor sa pangisda

By Susil D. Ragas

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Setyembre 2 (PIA) - Nagmalampusong gipahigayon ang panagtigum sa buhatan sa Provincial Agriculturist ang Provincial Agriculture and Fisheries Council and Fisheries Stakeholders niadtong Agosto 27, 2019 didto sa Provincial Governor’s Office, ning lungsod.

Ang pagnagtigum gipangulohan ni Gobernador Arlene Bag-ao tungod sa iyang tumong og tinguha nga mahatahagan og importansya ang partisipasyon sa nagkadaiyang sektor ilalom sa iyang pagdumala.

Atol sa maong panagtigum nagkahiusa ang matag ahensya nga mamugna ang Integrated Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Management Council (IFARMC) aron undangon na ang dugay na nga problema sa illegal nga pagpangisda.

Pinaagi sa IFARMC matabangan ang tanang mangingida nga mapaundang ang kinsa mang makalapas sa balaod nga giumol sa matag lungsod ug mapadali na usab ang pagdakop niini tungod sa mas gipakusgan nga Bantay Dinagat Islands Task Force (BDITF).

Sa laing bahin, adunay gihimong ordinansa si District 2 Board Member Noli Abis alang sa paghatag ug angay nga silot ngadto sa mga mangingisdang nagbuhat og di angay nga pamaagi sa pagpangisda. Kini magsilbing giya sa paghimo usab og ordinansa sa matag lungsod sa parehong tinguha.

Kung mahinumduman, kaniadtong Agosto 24, 2019, nakigkita ang Gobernador Bag-ao sa mga lungsuranon, ahensya sa pagpatuman sa balaod, mga opisyal sa lokal nga gobyerno, ug mga opisina sa probinsya alang sa pasiunang hisgutan ang mga lakang batok sa iligal nga pagpangisda nga naka apekto sa kinatibuk-ang panginabuhi sa mga mangingisda. (Dinagat Islands-Provincial Information Office/PIA-Dinagat Islands)