(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Thursday, 14 November, 2019) Today, the center of Tropical Storm "RAMON" was estimated at 365 km East of Legazpi City,Albay (13.4N,127.1E), with maximum sustained winds of 65 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 80 km/h. It is moving West Northwest at 10 km/h. Mindanao will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to Localized Thunderstorms. Light to moderate winds from Northwest to Southwest with slight to moderate seas. PAGASA/jpf

Friday, October 11, 2019


Caraga intensifies human-induced displacement preparedness

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 11 (PIA) -- The members of the response cluster and Caraga Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council convened in this city to polish the comprehensive plan as the basis for concrete response action and implementation of policy relating to human-induced displacement.

The three-day workshop aims to review and update the regional document where the interoperability of the established response systems such as the cluster approach, emergency operations center and incident command center will be integrated in the updated contingency plan.

Office of Civil Defense Caraga regional director Liza Mazo puts a strong emphasis on the importance of following the response protocols in addressing crisis not only caused by natural calamities but including armed conflict.


“The formulation of this contingency plan started in 2016 and we need to revisit and update it as this will be our guide in responding well to an emergency and its potential humanitarian impact. This will be useful especially now that we are intensifying our efforts related to the implementation of Executive Order (EO) 70 of President Duterte,” said Mazo.

Arthur Casiño, resource person, also tackled the conflict sensitivity approach and ‘Do No Harm’ (DNH) principle.

He said the main call for the DNH is to encourage the responding individuals or organizations to make sure that their actions will not cause any problem.

According to him, there are practical tools that focus on how organizations interact with conflict and how they can work effectively in conflict contexts while helping to mitigate their negative impacts on conflict, and support local capacities for peace.

“To do that we have to exercise conflict sensitivity. It is good to note that state actors in Caraga region are doing this and that I see a growing practice of the DNH principle,” Casiño said.

Captain Aldim Viernes, civil-military operations (CMO) officer of the 401st Brigade, Philippine Army who joined the planning workshop, said the plan will be helpful in providing effective, efficient, timely and well-coordinated response mechanisms in the event of the occurrence of armed conflict in the region.

Mazo said the contingency plan and the formulation of strategies are vital in doing appropriate actions and in developing community resilience. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)

DOTR, LTFRB step-up preparation for PUVMP implementation in Caraga

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 11 (PIA) - The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) are stepping up its preparation for the implementation of the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP) in Caraga region.

Several units of the electronic and solar modernized PUVs have been delivered recently in Butuan City and will start operating at the designated routes including in other provinces of Caraga this month of October.

During the PUV Caravan held in Butuan, which was participated by the transport cooperatives in the region, the operators and drivers interacted with the manufacturers from various companies and have clarified their concerns on how to operate the modernized PUVs.

The representatives from LandBank and Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) were also present to discuss further with the transport sector the mechanism on the availment of the financial assistance.

Jose Evagelous Lawenko, chairperson of Diamond Transport Service Cooperative (DATSCO) stressed that thru the help of the LTFRB, their loan application in the bank was fast-tracked. He also explained the advantages they could get from PUVMP.

“The modernization would really give convenience to the commuters. These PUVs are equipped with CCTV and could also enjoy the free wi-fi and charging station for their cellphones,” said Lawenko.

Drivers in Butuan have also expressed their take on the PUVMP. “This should not be implemented too soon as drivers like us would no longer have a job. If this would really push through, we also asked the government to provide alternative jobs for the affected drivers to support their respective family,” said Nicasio Sabellano, pedicab driver.

“Modernization is good. However, what I do not like is that all are required to be a member of a cooperative to be qualified to avail the program. It gives us agony,” said Celedonio Goyocan, a driver.

According to OIC-regional director Maria Kristina Cassion of LTFRB-Caraga, the PUVMP is the largest non-infrastructure flagship program of the Duterte administration. She said, it is high time that commuters could experience a comfortable, convenient and safer travel. And transport cooperatives have been very supportive of this effort.

The official assured that by year 2020, no old PUVs will be allowed to operate.
“Starting July 1, 2020, no old public utility vehicles will be allowed to operate. We all know how serious we are in the implementation of the program. Even before, we already have apprehended several violators,” Cassion underscored. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Another AgSur town declares CPP-NPA persona non-grata

By 1Lt. Percival Carido

TALACOGON, Agusan del Sur, Oct. 11 – The municipality of Esperanza, Agusan del Sur has denounced the communist NPA terrorist and its allied organizations and subsequently declared them as persona non-grata on Monday, October 7, 2019.

The declaration took effect when the local legislative council headed by Vice Mayor Eric Rey G. Siohan passed and unanimously signed Resolution No. 273 series of 2019 during the conduct of their 9th Regular Session of 20th Sangguniang Bayan (SB) held at the SB Session Hall of the said municipality.

The said resolution states that the Communist Party of the Philippines – New people’s Army (CPP-NPA) and its leaning organizations have long been identified with the main ideology of replacing the democratic system of the government into communism.

The locals expressed that the presence and activities of the communist terrorists have been a problem of the entire nation and considered a threat to national security as they instill fear to people in the communities, recruit new members and sow terror to investors as well as killing members of Indigenous Peoples (IPs), barangay officials and civilians who contradict their propaganda.

In a statement, the Municipal Mayor Leonida P. Manpatilan said, “This is our contribution and our way of doing our part in the intensified campaign of the national government to end the five decades of communist armed conflict in the entire nation.”
“Rest assured that our municipality will continue to project good governance by way of addressing the issues and problems of the community in connection to the implementation of Executive Order No. 70,” she added.

Likewise, Lt. Col. Romeo Jimenea, commanding officer of 26th Infantry Battalion, said that the resolution is in line with the DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2018-211 or the Prohibition of Support to Left-Wing Rebel Groups, and Executive Order No. 70, which creates the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict.

“I commend the legislative bodies and the whole municipality of Esperanza for initiating and signing resolution No. 273 and declaring the CPP-NPA as persona non-grata,” Jimenea added.

The official further said that Esperanza is now prepared to attain long lasting peace and development and is eager to participate in the socio-cultural and economic programs of the government. This will give its people a chance to have better and peaceful lives. (CMO officer, 26IB/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Mga senior citizens sa Butuan, humihiling ng libreng gamot mula sa gobyerno, donors 

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Oktubre 11 (PIA) - Bagamat kompleto sa pang-araw araw na pangangailangan  ang mga senior citizens sa Por Cristo - isang pribadong bahay-tuluyan para sa mga abandoned elderly, nanawagan ang mga ito ng libreng gamot para sa kanilang mga karamdaman.

Dahil sa kanilang edad, mas kinakailangan daw nila ngayon ang pag-aaruga at pagmamahal, lalo na at karamihan sa kanila ay wala ng pamilya o pinabayaan na.

Sa pagbisita ng mga miyembro ng Regional Inter-Agency Committee On Senior Citizens (RIAC-SC) Caraga sa Por Cristo, nabigyan ng kasiyahan ang mga lolo at lola.

Ang mga ito ay nakatanggap ng libreng personal hygiene kits at food packs. Nagsagawa rin ng blood sugar testing ang Department of Health (DOH).

Isa si lola Remedios Ambal, 69 na taong gulang na mula pa Gingoog City ang natulungan ng naturang aktibidad.

Masaya siya at may bumibisita sa kanila mula sa ibat-ibang organisasyon upang magbigay ng donasyon at mga pagkain. Hiling din niya na mabigyan din sila ng gobyerno ng mga libreng gamot para sa mga sakit tulad ng hypertension, diabetes at iba pa.

Emosyunal namang ikinuwento ni lola Remedios ang kanyang pangungulila sa kanyang pamilya na hindi siya kayang bisitahin dahil sa kahirapan.

“Masaya kami at bumisita kayo rito sa min. May mga panahong wala bumibisita sa amin, kaya nalulungkot din kami ditto,” sabi ni lola Remedios.

Libreng gamot din ang hiling ni lolo Alfredo Luna para rin sa kanyang arthritis. Kaunti lang ang gamot na naibibigay ng Por Cristo sa kanila dahil na rin sa kakulangan sa budget, kaya nais niyang magkaroon ng pangmatagalang suporta ng gamot para sa mga kasama niyang senior citizens sa Por Cristo.

Ayon kay Susan Maestrado, home supervisor ng Por Cristo, bagamat dumarami na ang kanilang mga pasyente, sinisikap pa rin nilang maalagaan ng mabuti ang mga abandoned elderly at maibigay ang kanilang pang-araw araw na pangangailangan.

Umaasa din siyang patuloy na magbibigay suporta ang lokal na pamahalaan, maging ang ibang sektor na gustong tumulong.

“Nagpapasalamat kami sa local na pamahalaan ng Butuan at Agusan del Norte dahil sa buong suportang ibinibigay nila ditto sa Por Cristo. Sana ay magpatuloy pa ang kaniolang pagbigay tulong lalu na’t lumalaki din ang populasyon ng mga senior citizens sa center,” sabi ni Maestrado.

Samantala, binigyang-diin naman ni Ana Semacio, focal person for senior citizens ng dswd caraga ang patuloy na pagbigay importansya ng mga anak sa kanilang mga magulang.

“Sa mga anak, dapat alagaan natin ang ating mga magulang hanggang sa pagtanda nila, bilang sukli rin natin sa kanilang pag-aalaga noong bata pa tayo hanggang sa ating paglaki,” pahayag ni Semacio. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Selebrasyon sa Elderly Week gipahigayon

By Susil D. Ragas

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Oktubre 11 (PIA) -- Ang buhatan sa Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) nagpahigayon sa pagsaulog sa Elderly Filipino Week niadtong Oktubre 7, 2019 didto sa San Jose Municipal Gym, ning probinsya.

Ang maong selebrasyon nagdala sa tema nga, “Healthy and Productive Aging Starts with Me.”

Atol sa maong programa gipakita sa mga senior citizen ang ilang kadasig ug kaabtik sa pagpartisipar sa kalingawan nga gipasundayag para kanila, sama sa sayawitan, kuratsa, padula, ug uban pang mga kalingawan nga ilang giapilan bisan pa sa ilang pangidaron.

Mahinumduman nga ang mga senior citizens usa sa mga gitagaan ug prayoridad ni Gobernador Kaka Bag-ao nga matagaan ug ayuda ilabi na sa ilang social pension.

Gitambungan ang maong kalihukan sa mga opisyal sa lungsod sa San Jose nga gipangunahan ni Vice Mayor Felix Q. Portullano, Sangguniang Bayan Members, Barangay Captain ug mga Senior Citizen sa 12 barangay nga sakop sa San Jose sama sa: Jacquez, Poblacion, Sta. Cruz, Luna, Wilson, Mahayahay, Aurelio, Cuarinta, Don Ruben, Justiniana Edera, Matingbe ug San Juan. (Dinagat-PIO/PIA-Dinagat Islands)

Mokabat 766 mag-uuma sa Dinagat Islands nakadawat sa CLOA

By Susil D. Ragas

SAN JOSE, Dinaat Islands, Oktubre 11 (PIA) -- Sa katuyuan nga mahatagan ug pagmatuod ang yutang gitamnan sa mga mangunguma sa probinsya sa Dinagat Islands, mokabat sa 766 ka mag-uuma ang nakadawat sa Certificate of Land Ownership Award (CLOA) gikan sa Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) niadtong Oktubre 9, 2019 didto sa Provincial Guest Center, San Jose, ning probinsya.

Personal nga gitunol ni DAR Central Office Asec. Milabel Cristobal ang maong CLOA ngadto sa mga mag-uuma kauban si DAR Caraga Regional Director Leomides Villareal, DAR Region XI Regional Director Joseph Orilla, Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer (PARO) Victor Canda sa Surigao Del Sur, kanhing Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer (PARO) sa Dinagat Islands Jamil Amatonding, ug ang representante ni Governor Kaka Bag-ao nga si Atty. Jan Perry Eugenio, Vice Governor Nilo Demerey, ug mga Provincial Board Members.

Sa iyang mensahe si Atty. Jan Perry Eugenio namahayag nga ang pagbaton og CLOA nagpasabot nga aduna nay pruweba o kamatuoran ang mga mag-uuma nga ang yutang gitamnan ug giamoma ilaha na ug mao kini ang pinakalig-on nga pruweba sa pagpanag-iya sa yuta.

Matud pa ni Atty. Eugenio, ang pagpanag-iya sa yuta unang lakang lamang pero ang mas-importante nga lakang mao ang pagtikad ug pagpalambo sa yuta para makab-ot ang atong panginahanglan sa agrikultura sa atong probinsya.”

Gihangyo ni Atty. Eugenio ang DAR, Department of Agriculture, National Irrigation Authority ug uban pang ahensya sa gobyerno nga kanunay maghatag ug support services, credit facilities ug tanang suporta alang sa mga mag-uuma ilabi na sa binhi, abono, irigasyon ug uban pa.

Gihangyo usab ni Atty. Eugenio ang mga mag-uuma nga dapat amumahon ang yuta ug dili pasagdan, ug labaw sa tanan, dili dapat ibaligya o ipaarkila ang maong yuta kay pwede kini ang maong hinungdan para madiskwalipika ang usa ka benipisaryo. (Dinagat Islands-PIO/PIA-Dinagat Islands)


LGU-Lianga, Army donate TV set in IP community

By 1Lt. Krisjuper Andreo Punsalan

BAYUGAN CITY, Agusan del Sur, Oct. 11 – The Local Government Unit (LGU) of Lianga, Surigao del Sur, in partnership with the 9th Special Forces (Hounds) Company of the 3rd Special Forces (Arrowhead) Battalion and the Diatagon Indigenous People’s (IP) community leaders have donated and installed a television (TV) set with satellite TV subscription to make the conflict-affected community of Sitio Simowao (Kilometer 9) in Diatagon, Lianga, become aware of the current events and the government’s programs through the national and local news. The TV is located at the social hall of the sitio to cater all of its residents.

The Army and the LGU believed that in this way, it could widen their perspectives towards facing the challenges affecting their community. They also believed that this will liberate the community from misinformation and with this, they can fully exercise their right to self-determination because they will be given the liberty to decide and comment based on the wide array of information they can obtain through watching current events and relevant programs.

Lieutenant Colonel Joey Baybayan, commander of 3rd Special Forces Battalion said conflict is often caused by feeding any person with wrong information. “This wrong information can lead to misunderstanding. This happens when Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) poison the minds of the innocent people in the hinterlands. So, in our own little ways, we address this cause of conflict hoping that it will make people believe that the best way to address issues is to peacefully resolve it through the synergy of the government and the community,” he said.

“This initiative maybe as simple as it is but it can already provide the community a psychological barrier or shield against the CNTs deceptive propaganda that tears the country apart,” added Baybayan.

This is the first time in the sitio that a television set becomes readily available for the locals. (CMO officer, 3SFBn/PIA-Agusan del Sur)