(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Monday, 05 June 2023) Southwest Monsoon affecting the western section of Central and Southern Luzon. Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due Southwest Monsoon. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Light to Moderate winds coming Southwest to West will prevail with Slight to Moderate seas (1.0 to 2.1 meters).

Friday, December 20, 2019

Blue alert raised in Caraga due to 2 LPAs

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 20 (PIA) -- Caraganons are to expect a rainy Christmas in the region, as reiterated during the Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment (PDRA) conducted by the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC) Caraga on Friday at the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Caraga Regional Office, this city.

Two low pressure areas (LPAs) are currently monitored by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), one of which has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and is situated 605 km east-south east of Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur, as of 3:00 p.m. on Friday. Heavy rain is expected to fall in the region on Saturday, December 21. However, the chances of the said LPA turning into a tropical storm is slim, said PAGASA.

The second LPA, currently located 2,375 km east of Mindanao, is yet to enter PAR. According to Lance Galanida, Chief Meteorologist of the PAGASA Butuan, the likelihood of the said weather disturbance to actually pass through PAR is still in question hence the on-going monitoring by their agency.

In response to the current weather situation in the region, RDRRMC Caraga and OCD Caraga Regional Director Liza Mazo declared a blue alert status, of which she instructed responsible line agencies to cooperate in the close monitoring of the weather. PMaj. Marife Farol of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Caraga assured the present members that the police force in the region is as vigilant and ready to respond in case of calamities.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga has also prepared their office for relief operations. Around 8,988 family food packs that contain rice, corned beef, sardines, and coffee are now stored in their warehouses while 6,100 food packs were distributed to local government units: 3,000 the Surigao provinces, 2,500 in Dinagat Islands, and 600 in Agusan del Sur.

Medicines worth P317,382.27 have also been prepared by the Department of Health (DOH) Caraga and are ready for distribution.

Dir. Mazo then advised the public to cooperate and prepare, especially when preemptive evacuation is necessary. (PIA-Caraga)

45 Agusanon students pass Japanese language, culture program 

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 20 (PIA) -- A total of 45 students graduated from the Japanese Language and Culture program of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) held on December 16 here. The said program is one of the seven courses under the Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP), the enrollees of which are supported by the provincial government of Agusan del Norte.

Overseas job opportunities are expected to provide employment for the Agusanons hence the creation of the Basic Japanese Language and Culture, it was learned.

“I hope that you will use what you learned for the improvement of your individual lives,” said Gerry Joy S. Laurito, provincial administrator of Agusan del Norte who represented Gov. Dale Corvera during the graduation ceremony.

The TWSP is one of the initiatives under the AGUSAN UP!, an eight-point development program of the provincial government.

One of the major targets of the province's development agenda is the provision of 30,000 quality jobs before the year 2027. At present, over 3,000 are unemployed, 14,000 are underemployed, and an estimation of 13,000 are expected to join the labor force in the next eight years, said Laurito.

The provincial government allotted P2-million to provide financial aid to the scholars of the TWSP this year. Funding for the future batches of scholars will continue, Laurito further stated.

In addition to the Japanese Language and Culture program, six more courses are available under the TSWP, namely Computer System Servicing NCII, Visual Graphic Design NCII, Shielded Metal Arc Welding NCII, Events Management Services NCIII, and Driving NCII. (with reports from J-anne Mag-aso and Angel Lyn Gaviola, LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA Caraga)

DA Caraga turns over P9M slaughterhouse

By Fretcher Magatao

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 20 -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) in the region turns over the P9 million “AA” Slaughterhouse Building to the Municipality of Nasipit, Agusan del Norte last December 17.

The building project that can cater to up to 50 hogs per day is funded under the Department’s Bottom-Up Budgeting.

“With the new facility, consumers in Nasipit and the neighboring areas are assured of clean and safe meat,” said Mayor Enrico Corvera.

Corvera added that the municipality will make sure to maintain the facility and its equipment, sufficient water supply, and proper waste disposal management.

Dr. James Cabrera from the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) said that an abattoir that is given an "AA" grade by the NMIS is allowed to market its products anywhere in the Philippines.

Cabrera explained that the priority of NMIS is to strengthen meat inspection in all local government units in the country.

“We will constantly monitor this facility and make sure that the sanitary condition is well-maintained,” said Dr. Cabrera.

There are three categories of slaughterhouses under NMIS guidelines: Class Triple-A or top-grade abattoir that can supply both domestic and international markets; Class Double-A or the slaughterhouse that can supply all over the country, and Class A or the slaughterhouse that can only supply the local city or municipality.

“The slaughterhouse can boost the local meat industry as more investors will be enticed to use the facilities of the municipal slaughterhouse,” said BUB Focal Person Edelmira Luminarias.

With its bigger space, the slaughterhouse can now accept more animals for slaughtering and this would mean an increase in the local government’s income from the slaughterhouse operations. (DA Caraga/PIA Caraga)

Army, partners bring Christmas closer to conflict-affected communities

By Lt. Krisjuper Andreo Punsalan

MARIHATAG, Surigao del Sur, Dec. 20 --  “Despite any conflict, there is still a room for peace and love within everyone’s heart.”

This was the statement Lt. Colonel Joey Baybayan,  Commanding Officer of the 3rd Special Forces “Arrowhead” Battalion, after the successful gift-giving activities in Kilometer 9, Diatagon, Lianga and in Caras-an, Tago, Surigao del Sur and in Magsaysay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur from December 14-17.

Sitio Supon of Barangay Magsaysay, Sitio Simowao (Kilometer 9), Diatagon and Barangay Caras-an are homes for Indigenous Peoples (IPs), mostly Manobo tribes. Caras-an is approximately 50 kilometers away from the municipality proper of Tago. All barangays are traditional routes of Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs).
“No road is long and no mountain is high if we are sincere to bring sustainable and genuine peace in these conflict-affected areas,” Lt. Col. Baybayan said.

The collaborative efforts of the various agencies and private organizations exemplified the Whole-of-Nation Approach to End Local Communist Armed Conflict.

The 7th Special Forces “Spartan” Company; 8th Special Forces “Dragoons” Company; 9th Special Forces “Hounds” Company; 41st CMO Company; PNP personnel; local government units (LGUs) of Prosperidad, Tago and Lianga; Philippine National Red Cross Agusan and Surigao del Sur Chapters; ACDI Multi-Purpose Cooperative; Philippine Army Finance Center Producers Integrated Cooperative; Armed Forces and Police Mutual Benefit Association, Inc (AFPMBAI); Rotary Club San Francisco Chapter; DSWD Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth; Propelling our Inherited Nation Through our Youth (POINTY) Agusan and Surigao del Sur Chapters; and the Bureau of Customs produced and distributed the goods, mostly toys, school supplies and Noche Buena packages to around 1,000 beneficiaries.

“There is no substitute for your families, we call on the remaining NPAs to surrender and think about their families. To live life in peace with your families despite the hardships in life is better than living with corrupt NPA leaders and terrorists because they never value family as they continually recruit minors and take them away from their parents,” Lt. Col. Baybayan ended.

Meanwhile, NPA terrorists attacked the government forces, civilians, including children, in an ambush last December 13 in Borongan, Eastern Samar, leaving 3 killed and 14 seriously injured. This caused the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to condemn the NPA terrorists and outraged the LGU of Borongan. NPA terrorists involved are allegedly minors and were recruited from various schools through alleged NPA-linked militant front groups and party lists. (3SFBn/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

 Caraga region’s poverty incidence declines in 2018

By Paul Edward B. Castillo

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 20 -- The full year 2018 poverty incidence among population for Caraga Region displays an improvement of 9.0 percentage points from the 2015 figure of 39.5 percent.

The 30.5 poverty incidence among population for the full year of 2018 released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), roughly translates to 822,800 Caraganons living below the poverty threshold of the region estimated at P11,482, on average, for a family of five per month in 2018. This is 192,200 less poor Caraganons than what was recorded in 2015.

In addition, Caraga region also experienced improvement in terms of subsistence incidence among population or proportion of Caraganons, whose income is not enough to meet even the basic food needs, which registered at 10.2 percent in 2018.

This is an improvement of 7.1 percentage points from 17.3 percent in 2015. The region’s monthly food threshold for a family of five was estimated, on average, at P7,349.

However, despite the decline in figures, Caraga Region’s poverty incidence among population of 30.5 percent is still relatively high compared to the country’s poverty estimates of 16.6 percent in 2018. Among other regions, Caraga ranks as the 4th poorest region following Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) with 61.3 percent; Zamboanga Peninsula with 32.7 percent; and Eastern Visayas with 30.9 percent.

Among the regions in Mindanao, Caraga ranks third poorest following BARMM and Zamboanga Peninsula while SOCCSKSARGEN (South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos) ranks fourth poorest with 28.2 percent, followed by Northern Mindanao Region with 23.0 percent and Davao Region with 18.9 percent.

On a positive note, the 2018 poverty and subsistence incidence among population of 30.5 percent and 10.2 percent, respectively, exceeded the targets set in the Updated   Caraga Results Matrices, the accompanying document of the Midterm Updated Caraga Regional Development Plan 2020-2022, which targeted 34 percent for poverty incidence and 13.15 percent for subsistence incidence in 2018. Such positive results indicate that the region is on track in achieving the poverty targets set in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of reducing by half the proportion of population living in poverty and eradicating extreme poverty for all by 2030. (NEDA Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

Trabaho gilantaw alang sa migradwar nga 45 scholars pagkat-on sa Nihongo

By J-anne Mag-aso/Angel Lyn Gaviola

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Disyembre 20 -- Migradwar niadtong Disyembre 16 ang 45 ka suportado sa probinsya sa Agusan del Norte nga scholars sa Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) sa kurso nga Basic Japanese Language and Culture, usa sa pito ka mga kurso ubos sa Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) niini.

Ang TWSP usa sa mga mahimong dakung kabahin unya sa kampanya sa kalambuan ubos sa AGUSAN UP!, ang walo ka punto nga agenda sa Team Agusan del Norte ubos sa administrasyon ni Gob. Dale B. Corvera.

Usa sa mga gipunting nga resulta sa mga kalambuan nga ipahiluna ubos sa AGUSAN UP! mao ang pagmugna og 30,000 ka de-kalidad nga trabaho pag-abot sa 2027. Kapin sa 3,000 sa gipunting nga makatrabaho mao kadtong mga unemployed karon, ang dul-an sa 14,000 mga underemployed ug ang laing kapin sa 13,000, mga bag-ong mosulod sa labor force sa mosunod nga walo ka tuig.

Ang gilantaw nga makamugna unya sa trabaho mao ang mga ekonomikanhong kalihukan ubos sa magkalambigit nga mga proyekto Plant! Plant! Plant! diiin gipunting nga 125,000 ektaryas ang matamnan ug sa Process! Process! Process diin labing ubos 20 ka mga manufacturing projects nga mo-proseso sa mga abot sa uma ang ipahuluna.

Apil usab sa mga gilantaw nga momugna ug mga kapangitaan, ilabina karon nga yugto diin nagsugod pa lang ang AGUSAN UP!, mao ang mga trabaho sa gawas sa nasud, usa sa gipunting nga adtoan sa mga gradwado sa bag-ohay pa lang gihimo nga Basic Japanese Language and Culture.

“Hinaut unta nga gamiton ninyo ang inyong naantiguhan aron molambo ang tagsa-tagsa ka estado sa inyong kinabuhi”, sumala pa Gerry Joey S. Laurito, provincial administrator sa Agusan del Norte nga nag-represent kang Gob. Corvera sa graduation ceremony.

Ang probinsya naggahin og P2 milyones alang sa mga scholars sa probinsya sa TWSP ning tuiga. Padayon kining pondohan ubos sa administrasyon ni Gob. Corvera, sumala pa kang Laurito. Naay pito ka kurso ang TSWP. Ang uban mao ang Computer system Servicing NCII, Visual Graphic Design NCIII, Shielded Metal Arc Welding NCII, Events Management Services NCIII, Driving NCII. (Agusan Up, Agusan del Norte/PIA Caraga)