(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, September 18, 2019


Over 2,000 residents benefit from PNP’s Project Heart, 33% are IPs

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 18 (PIA) -- More than 2,000 residents in Barangay San Antonio, RTR of Agusan del Norte benefit from the outreach program conducted by the Philippine National Police (PNP) Caraga. Thirty-three percent of them are indigenous peoples (IPs).

Beneficiaries who availed the free medical check-up, tooth extraction, eye check-up, and circumcision were given free medicines. They also received school supplies, slippers, toys, food packs and enjoyed the free haircutting services.

Mayor Richard Daquipil expressed his gratitude to the PNP for choosing their barangay to be the recipient of the said outreach program. Barangay San Antonio is among the New People’s Army (NPA)-affected barangays of Caraga region.

It can be recalled that several incidents already took place in the area, which include the incident last year, where three soldiers from the government troop died after they were ambushed by the terrorist Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) – NPA in the said barangay.

According to former PNP Caraga Regional Director Police Brigadier General Gilberto DC Cruz, the Project Heart is a flagship program of Police Regional Office 13 that aims to help and assist underprivileged Caraganon particularly those in the remote areas of the region. It also intends to strengthen the bond between the PNP and the populace affected by insurgency.

Cruz added that this also forms part of the PNP’s initiatives in implementing Executive Order No. 70 or the whole-of-nation approach to end local communists armed conflict and attain lasting peace and development in the country.

Meanwhile, the official also bared that from January to August of this year, there has been a total of 12,000 Caraganons who benefitted from the Project Heart of the PNP. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Sumayajaw nan Canlanipa, Isla Siargao Performing Arts Ensemble winner in 2019 Bonok-Bonok  Festival

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Sept. 18 (PIA) -- The Sumayajaw Nan Canlanipa Central Elementary School and Isla SIARGAO Performing Arts Ensemble of Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte were declared winners in the Bonok-Bonok based (BB) category and Bonok-Bonok Festival of Festivals (BFF), respectively during the recently concluded 35th Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival held at the Provincial Sports Complex, this city.

In this year’s competition, the Sumayajaw Nan Canlanipa contingent brought with them P250,000 cash prize plus trophy and plaque of appreciation while Isla SIARGAO Performing Arts Ensemble contingent received P500,000 cash prize plus trophy and plaque of appreciation as their winning prize. The Barangay Anomar Tig-Sajaw Folkloric Ensemble (BB) was declared 1st runner-up with P200,000 cash prize plus trophy and Sindac-Anib Performing Arts Ensemble (BFF) with P350,000 cash prize plus trophy and the 2nd runner-up went to Surigao City National High School Special Program for the Arts (BB) with P150,000 cash prize plus trophy and Mat-I National High School of Barangay Mat-i, Surigao City (BFF) with P200,000 cash prize plus trophy.

The special awards for Rayna ng Bonok-Bonok went to Isla SIAGAO Performing Arts Ensemble, Best in Street Dancing went to Barangay Anomar of Surigao City (BB) and Isla Siargao Performing Arts Ensemble (BFF); Best in Costume went to Barangay Anomar of Surigao City (BB) and Isla SIARGAO Performing Arts Ensemble (BFF) and Best in Choreography went to Sumayajaw Nan Canlanipa of Barangay Canlanipa, Surigao City (BB) and Isla SIARGAO Performing Arts Ensemble (BFF).  (Susil D. Ragas/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

POPCOM, LGU-Surigao conduct reproductive health awareness to students

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Sept. 18 -- Hundreds of teens assembled in the recent Adolescent Health and Development (AHD) Caravan held at Surigao City National High School, as a strategic initiative of the Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) and the City Population Office to address teenage pregnancy and other reproductive health concerns of adolescents.

Dr. Arthur E. Jamera, the school principal said that the youth need to be well-informed and empowered to become sexually responsible, which is very essential to their growth and development. 

Aside from the students who actively participated in the various communication activities, parents also supported their adolescent children through their presence during the parent-teen talk. 

According to various studies, parents should be the primary source of accurate and sound information on adolescent health and development, however, the result of the Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Study revealed that 62.8 percent of Caraga youth mostly preferred the source of information about sex and reproduction from friends of the same sex.  


Experts stressed that educating the parents to communicate with their adolescents in a non-confrontational manner will break the communication gap that could hinder the harmonious relationship between the parents and their adolescent children.

Meanwhile, the local media partners were also present during the media briefing prior to the opening of the AHD Caravan, to ensure the wider promotion of the said activity in creating awareness on the importance of responsible sexual behavior among adolescents.

The AHD Caravan is a collaborative undertaking among the Surigao City Youth Center, the City Population Office of Surigao and the POPCOM-Caraga.

It can be recalled that hundreds of youth also reached out by POPCOM and Local Population Offices in the provinces of Surigao del Sur and Dinagat Islands during the conduct of the previous AHD Caravan.  (POPCOM-Caraga/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Army hosts TESDA training for FRs, IPs

By 1Lt Percival Carido

TALACOGON, Agusan del Sur, Sept. 18  -– The 26th Infantry (Ever Onward) Battalion, Philippine Army hosted the Special Skills Training Program (SSTP) offered by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), in partnership with Agusan del Sur School of Arts and Trade (ASSAT), which was formally opened during the Training Induction Program conducted on Monday, September 16 at the 26th IB Headquarters Talacogon, this province.

The SSTP is intended for indigenous peoples (IPs) and former rebels (FRs) with the aim of providing opportunities for learning and earning.

The courses offered include technical skills courses namely Assembly of Solar Nightlight and Post Lamp and Service Consumer Electronic Products and System.

These courses were administered with the intentions of elevating skills and contributing to the livelihood of FRs, and IPs. By the end of the program, students will receive allowance and toolkits. The program’s duration will run for three weeks.

“Nagpasalamat ko ug dako nga gihatagan me sa atong gobyerno ug ing ani nga hibalo, nga puhon magamit namu sa amung kinabuhi padulong sa tinuod nga kabag’uhan nga wala gihatag sa amua sa mga kumonista (I’m thankful that the government has provided us with this knowledge and skills that we could use in our future endeavors. This is the real change we opted to see and experience, which the communist group has never provided to us),” said Jeffrey Durango, one of the former rebels.

Catalina Tacubao, vocational school administrator II of ASSAT, was also grateful for the aid and support given by the 26th IB and hinted that stamina, endurance and dedication to learn are the key to succeed the course. “We are committed to assist the needs of our students especially former rebels as they also strive to become productive citizens,” she said.


Likewise, Lt. Col. Romeo Jimenea, the commanding officer of 26th IB expressed his full support to the program. “If the chance of creating a new and better path for others comes along, whoever has the greater leverage must act on it. Today, we extend the leverage for the former rebels, in the hope of a new start. We extend it for the empowerment of our indigenous people and to reinforce skills development for them,” he said.

This is also to strengthen the current Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) benefits for former rebels, said Jimenea.

"This concerted effort by the concerned agencies proves the sincerity of our government to put an end for the five decades of armed conflict. This will also belie the allegations of communist leaders that the said program is merely a propaganda,” Jimenea said. (CMO officer, 26IB/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Back to basics: A climate resiliency approach

By Aurelius P. Arais

Amidst the threat of climate change, there is no other way to withstand but to go back to basics.

This is how the livestock industry advocates perceived to sustain the sector.

Reverend Father Rolie Ritchie Gomez, Director of Missionaries of Sacred Heart (MSC)- Center for the Poor said that going back to traditional knowledge is the best way to be resilient in the current times.

“In times of calamity, who will survive, it is the native,” he stressed.

Gomez coined the current situation as climate emergency that needs an immediate response of every Filipino to take the stand to save the planet earth, and at the same time be resilient.

“As you can see, when a disease will sweep an area, commercial animals will be easily wiped out, but our native survives against all odds,” Gomez said.


The advocacy of the Roman Catholic priest is in line with the advocacy campaign of the Department of Agriculture through the Livestock Section and the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) dubbed as Back to Basics promoting native domesticated animals such as chicken, pig, goat, and ducks called Itik Pinas.

Dr. Rene Santiago, Center Director of the National Swine and Poultry Research and Development Center of the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) in Quezon province said that raising native farm animals has a great advantage over hybrid.

“Native animals has its natural ability to be climate-resilient. If its raining native chicken knows how to seek shelter but the hybrid line won’t, thus, they have a high risk of diseases. Native animals don’t demand expensive feeds, but command a higher price than the commercial ones,” he explained.

In the recent leg of the advocacy campaign in Surigao City, around 800 livestock industry players had participated and expressed eagerness to support the program.

“Raising native chicken and hogs is a great help for an additional family’s income, so I appreciate the program of DA promoting native animals,” said Jeanette Raro of Placer, Surigao del Norte and a returning Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) from New Zealand.


Edelmira Luminarias, DA Caraga livestock focal person, said native animals has been promoted by the government to help the farmers especially backyard raisers for an additional income.

“Those who are interested to raise native animals are encouraged to send to us through their Municipal Agriculture or Veterinary Office a letter of request to be included in the program, whether they need the animal itself or technical trainings,” she advised.

DA Caraga through its Research Station in Tagbina and Talacogon were raising native chicken and pigs for dispersal to farmers and established multiplier farms in coordination with local government units.

Promotion of native animals has been embodied under the Philippine Native Animal Development (PNAD) Program through formulating, promoting and implementing policies and programs for the development, conservation, production and marketing of native animals. (DA Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

Mga residente sa Agusan del Norte tumanggap ng tulong mula gobyerno

By Mariesh F. Celedeña

RTR, Agusan del Norte, Setyembre 18 (PIA) -- Laking pasasalamat ng 800 residente mula sa mga barangay ng Tagbongabong, San Antonio at Balang-balang sa bayan ng Remedios T. Romualdez o RTR sa Agusan del Norte sa natanggap na tulong mula sa gobyerno sa pamamagitan ng provincial peace and order council o PPOC Immersion na ginanap sa Barangay Tagbongabong.

Malaki ang pasasalamat ni Mayor Richard Daquipil na mismo sa bayan ng RER ginanap ang nasabing PPOC Immerson, ito ang unang pagkakataon na magkaroon ng ganitong aktibidades at ginawa pa sa kanilang barangay.


Ayon kay Mayor Daquipil, isa itong paraan upang ang mga residente dito ay maramdaman ang serbisyo ng gobyerno at malaman na handa ang gobyernong tugonan ang kanilang mga pangangailan at ito rin ay makakatulong upang huwag suportahan ang mga teroristang NPAs na umaaligid sa lugar.

Hinikayat din ni Mayor Daquipil ang mga residente dito na makipagtulongan sa gobyerno upang tuloyang masugpo ang insurhensiya sa lugar.

Sa ginanap sa PPOC Immersion, iba’t ibang ahensya ng gobyerno ang nagbigay ng mga serbisyo, kagaya ng medikal, dental, social, legal consultations at marami pang iba.

Nagpasalamat ni Krizia Mae Mangadlao, anim na buwang buntis ng Barangay Balang-balang sa natanggap na buntis kit. Ayon pa sa kanya, ang buntis kit ay malaking tulong sa kanyang panganganak.

Kabilang din si Rosalinda Mundia, isang senior citizen ang nakinabang sa libreng gamot at bunot ng ngipin, malaki rin ang kaniyang pasalamat dahil isa siya sa mga nabigyan na nasabing libreng serbisyo.

Ang barangay ng Tagbongabong, Mahaba, San Antonio at Balang-balang sa bayan ng RTR ay kabilang sa mga naiulat na rebel-infested barangays sa RTR. (Mariesh F. Celedeña/NCLM/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Mga opisyal ng barangay, may malaking papel sa pagresolba ng insurhensiya 

By Nora L. Molde


BUTUAN CITY, Setyembre 18 (PIA) -- Sa ginanap na Multi-stakeholders Summit kaugnay sa Executive Order (EO) No. 70 o whole-of-nation approach upang maresolba ang insurhensiya sa probinsya ng Agusan del Norte, binigyang diin ni 1st district representative Maria Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba ang malaking papel ng mga barangay officials upang tuluyang makamit ang katahimikan at pagkakaroon ng pag-unlad ng isang lugar.

Ayon kay Matba, ang mga barangay officials ang mamumuno at gagawa ng hakbang at mga paraan upang ang kaniyang mga nasasakupan ay susuporta sa gobyerno at hindi sa mga teroristang New People's Army (NPA).

Malaki naman ang paniniwala ni Ireneo Lauro, punong barangay ng Jaguimitan, sa bayan ng Nasipit, Agusan del Norte na makakatulong ang pagpapalaganap ng EO 70 upang maresolba ang insurhensiya sa ating bansa.

Inaanyayahan din ni Datu Ronald Manhumosay, indigenous peoples mandatory representative o IPMR sa bayan ng Las Nieves ang mga kapwa nya IPs na pagtulongang mahinto ang karahasan at suportahan ang EO 70 upang tuluyang makamit ang kapayapaan at umunlad ang kanilang lugar.

Hinikayat din ni Agusan del Norte governor Dale Corvera ang mga Agusanons na magkaisa. Anya, ito na ang tamang panahon na ang lahat ay magtulongan upang tuluyan ng maputol ang panlilinlang ng mga Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) - NPA sa mahigit limangpung taon na.

Ayon kay Corvera, magkakaroon lang ng katahimikan ang isang lugar kung ito ay maunlad.

Umaasa din si DILG Agusan del Norte provincial director Ellen Vee Chua na makikipagtulungan ang mga barangay officials dahil malaki ang kanilang papel upang malaman ang mga kailangang interventions ng gobyerno para sa kanilang nasasakupan. (NCLM/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Search for 'Parangal sa Matatag na Pamilyang OFW' in Caraga region is on

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 18 -- As the competition continues on its 14th year, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office – Caraga (OWWA RWO Caraga) announces the call for nominations for the 2019 Model OFW Family of the Year Awards (MOFYA) who will represent the Caraga region in the national competition.

The annual search aims to give due recognition to the outstanding achievements of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families in the attainment of professional and educational advancement; financial success and stability; active community involvement; and more importantly to promote the success stories of our OFW families’ resilience amidst the challenges of overseas employment.

Registered non-government organizations (NGOs), people’s organizations (POs), religious organizations or associations, community-based socio-civic organizations/associations and OFW family circles (OFCs) may nominate a family in Caraga region who have met the requirements.

The OFW is the head of the nuclear family, could be the father or mother, including widow/widower; he/she may be presently employed overseas or former OFW; he/she is/was an OWWA member; he/she has at least four years of work experience as an OFW; that he/she has returned to the country for good no longer than 10 years at the time of nomination; and no derogatory record.

Nominations from overseas may be accepted provided the family of the nominee is in the Philippines. The OFW family is known as a solid and stable family in the community; the OFW Family must be financially stable; and the OFW Family is actively involved in community projects.

MOFYA winners will be chosen based on these criteria: wholesomeness of the OFW family (50 percent), involvement of the OFW and family in civic/community affairs (20 percent), success of OFWs and/or family member/s’ education or profession (20 percent), and success in managing family finances (10 percent).

Two outstanding OFW families per region (one each for the Land-based and Sea-based Category) will be selected as Regional Winners, and only two winners per category will be determined as grand winners for the national level.

Deadline for submission of nominations is on September 27, 2019.

Those interested to submit nomination may contact OWWA RWO Caraga at telephone nos. (085) 815-1894 and (085) 225-5989 or 09399259895 (smart) and 09173150590 (Globe). (OWWA-13/PIA-Caraga)