(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Thursday, 27 February, 2020) Mindanao will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to Localized Thunderstorms. Strong winds from the Northeast will prevail over the eastern sections of Mindanao and the coastal waters along these areas will be rough. Elsewhere, moderate to strong winds from the Northeast with moderate to rough seas. PAGASA/jpf

Monday, January 27, 2020


CabSec Nograles to Caraganons: We are here for your needs

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 27 (PIA) -- In the recent conduct of a Peace Caravan in Barangay Mt. Carmel, Bayugan, Agusan del Sur spearheaded by the members of the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) in Caraga, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexei B. Nograles, Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS) Caraga, assured those who participated in the activity that the government is working their best to address their varying needs and concerns.

During the short program, the Cabinet Secretary reiterated the significance of the activity which is to provide solutions to existing concerns in the community by means of rendering basic services and identifying other issues in order for the local government to provide relevant interventions efficiently.

The Peace Caravan, he said, is not the end of our service to the people but rather the beginning of the many services that the government is willing to provide.

Merla P. Ahad, barangay captain of Mt. Carmel, was given the chance to present the main issues faced by their community, putting emphasis on the need for a construction of a local access road from their area and even in neighboring communities to the highway.

“Through the provision of such infrastructure, not only will it provide convenience to the daily routine of our people but will also drastically improve their livelihood as it will firstly help lessen the costs for transportation of goods to the city proper,” she said.


In response, he promised to take action on the matter within the year or the following year. However, he reminded the residents of Mt. Carmel that the government follows a certain process and asked to extend their patience.

“The government will never deprive you of chances to maximize your growth. The Caraganons have been craving for sustainable progress for a long time and now is the perfect opportunity to give them what they truly deserve,” CabSec Nograles added.

He also underscored the activity’s correlation to the whole mandate of the Executive Order No. 70 or the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), which served as a bridge between the government and its people. Through the people’s continuous support and cooperation of the said directive of President Rodrigo Duterte, sustainable progress will be made possible.

The Peace Caravan conducted was able to render various basic services to over 1,500 residents in Mt. Carmel and in neighboring communities such as free health consultation accompanied by free medicines, dental services, grooming services such as haircut, and services specifically made for senior citizens and pregnant women. (PIA-Caraga)

Bayugan City officials boost locals’ trust, confidence

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 27 (PIA) -- In time with the conduct of Peace Caravan in Barangay Mt. Carmel, Bayugan City, various government agencies that are members of the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) Caraga have capacitated the local residents through the different programs and services and left them as well-informed citizens with high trust and confidence to the government.

Around 1,500 local residents in Mt. Carmel, including those in nearby barangays have greatly benefited from the Peace Caravan of the Task Force and Bayugan On-Wheels by the city government.

Living in a remote yet peaceful community, Angeline Bada, 23 years old from the Manobo tribe of Mt. Carmel, brought her kids in the Peace Caravan and maximized the availment of the free services from various government agencies. She said, every time they are informed on the government’s visit in their place for such activity, they always prepare for it and convene early in the venue.

“We believe that the government wants our lives to improve and lets us experience a peaceful life in our respective community. Our tribe has higher trust and confidence to the government, as they never cease to help us in any means and secure our safety from possible harm,” shared Bada.


Bayugan City Mayor Kirk Asis, emphasized that the government continues to address varying issues and concerns of the locals to uplift their living conditions.

“We are doing our best to serve the people of Bayugan which is why we made sure that the line agencies and even the members of the three branches of the government were present during the Serbisyo Caravan in order to address their varying concerns,” said Asis.

Provincial Governor Santiago Cane, Jr., also urged all the local chief executives to work more and do better as public servants. “We, the personnel working for the government of Agusan del Sur, will always stand by the principle that those who have less in life shall have more in public service,” he said.   


Meanwhile, being the cabinet officer for regional development and security (CORDS) Caraga, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexie Nograles, reiterated that with the intensified efforts of the government in reaching out to the people in all barangays, the terrorist New People’s Army will no longer have a place in the communities.

“This kind of effort we are extending serves as a reminder that contrary to the beliefs instilled by the CNTs on the government’s abandonment of its responsibilities to the Filipinos, the government does care for its people and that it is making sure that your welfare is being taken care of,” underscored Nograles. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

CabSec Nograles leads Peace Caravan in Bayugan


BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 27 -- In line with the campaign for an inclusive and sustainable peace in the region, the Caraga Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) held a Peace Caravan in Mt Carmel, Bayugan City on January 23.

The caravan, which was a prelude to the 4th Caraga RTF-ELCAC Meeting, was led by Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS) Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexei B. Nograles together with Surigao del Sur Governor and Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) Chairperson Alexander T. Pimentel, Agusan del Sur Governor Santiago B. Cane, Jr., Bayugan City Mayor Kirk A. Asis and other members of the task force.

The Peace Caravan is a government initiative that aims to bring public services closer to the people residing in geographically-isolated and conflict-affected areas. The Caravan is under the “access” phase of the Retooled Community Support Program, a convergence strategy in employing the whole of nation approach in ending insurgency in which government gaps and needed development interventions are identified in the priority barangays.

A similar caravan was previously conducted in Brgy. Maitom, Tandag City, Surigao del Sur prior to the 3rd RTF-ELCAC Mmeting held in the same city.

The activity also provided an opportunity for the residents to voice out their concerns. During the opening program, Punong Barangay Merla P. Ajan was able to raise the urgent need for a local access road in their barangay which will allow connectivity to the neighboring communities.

In response, CabSec Nograles asurred the barangay of the full support of President Duterte in their predicament.

“Rest assured that the President and the members of the Cabinet will deliver our promise to better your lives by addressing the issues presented. If not this year, then up until the end of President Duterte’s term.”

Residents in the barangay and nearby communities were able to avail basic services from various government agencies and the local government of Bayugan such as dental and medical examination, prenatal consultation, medicines, and grooming services. (DILG13/PIA-Caraga)

Agri-related training for IP CAFGUs launched in SurSur

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Jan. 27 (PIA) -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) Caraga in partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and Philippine Army will conduct an Agri-related training for the troops of the 401st Infantry Brigade and 402nd Infantry Brigade in Surigao del Sur.

The proposed program is in line with the “TESDA Abot Lahat” platform of TESDA, and the DA’s "Kabuhayan at Kaunlaran ng Kababayang Katutubo" (4Ks) funded by the DA’s Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD). Both programs are part of the government’s effort of empowering the Indigenous People (IP) to alleviate their lives from poverty.

According to TESDA Surigao del Sur Information Officer Lee Escobal, their office will facilitate the three-day agriculture-related TESDA training in Native Chicken and Vegetable Production this coming February.

The DA, on the other hand, will take their part under the 4Ks - the provision of assistance in the form of agriculture and fisheries-related livelihood opportunities.

The said training aims to capacitate the troops of the Philippine Army, specifically the Citizen Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) Active Auxiliary (CAA) members - the target beneficiaries of the program under the two brigades, Escobal said.

The beneficiaries, accordingly, will acquire and/or enhance agri-related skills and to put up related livelihood projects/enterprises, thus augmenting their sources of income, Escobal added. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)

DENR Dinagat partners with LGU in the management of Sambunotan watershed

By Herzon Gallego

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Jan. 27 -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resorces (DENR) through the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) and the Municipal Government of Loreto and Tubajon in the province of Dinagat Islands have agreed to jointly manage the 2,820.99 hectare-Sambunotan Watershed ending an old political feud and saved the mountain landmark from environmental deterioration.

"It was a wise decision for both local leaders to agree in partnership with each other with the DENR –PENRO in their midst in the management of the Sambunotan Watershed to save and protect its natural resources," said DENR 13 Regional Executive Director Atty. Felix S. Alicer.

RED Alicer and Dinagat Islands Governor Arlene Bag-ao have both stood witness while Municipal Mayor of Loreto Doandre Bill A. Ladaga and the municipal mayor of Tubajon Simplicia P. Pedrablanca and PENRO Agapito T. Patubo were signing the Memorandum of Understanding ( MOU) that highlighted the 7th Foundation Anniversary of PENRO Dinagat.

RED Alicer and Governor Bag-ao have, likewise, witnessed the ceremonial signing of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) by PENRO Patubo with the Mayor of Tubajon and the Barangay Chairperson of Mabini in that town Radito L. Bagacay over the establishment of the DENR-PENRO Dinagat Islands Satellite Office.

"We have a commitment to the people to reach and serve them according to the mandate given us by the DENR Secretary,” PENRO Patubo said.

He said Barangay Mabini is a strategic place for the satellite office so that the government can effectively service the people in the towns of Loreto, Tobajon and Libjo.
Sambunotan watershed is considered a critical watershed that provide potable waters in the six barangays of Mabini, Diaz, Roxas, San Roque, Sta. Cruz and Sta. Vicente in Tubajon.

Both Loreto and Tubajon towns benefit from the waters it provide for irrigation and drinking water purposes.

The DENR, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Agrarian Reform, and the Department of Agriculture have established a National Convergence Initiative for Sustainable Rural Development selecting the Sambunotan watershed as a pilot site. (DENR-13/PIA-Caraga)

POPCOM-Caraga accomplishments in 2019 assessed

By May Ann O. Escobal

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 27 -- The validating team of the Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) headed by the Deputy Executive Director Lolito R. Tacardon expressed satisfaction on the performance as contributions of POPCOM Caraga in carrying out the strategic thrusts of the Philippine Population Management Program (PPMP).

POPCOM Caraga once again overwhelmed with the positive upshots of the validation for its program accomplishments in 2019, as conducted on Thursday, January 23, by the team from POPCOM Central Office composed of eight select POPCOM senior officials, headed by DED Tacardon.

Tacardon and his team recognized the initiatives and intensive efforts of POPCOM Caraga headed by Director Alexander A. Makinano, along with its regional and local program partners that has tremendously strengthened the implementation of the PPMP, as well as the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RPRH) Law in the different communities in the region, after having validated the agency’s outputs of its Organization Performance Commitment and Review (OPCR) targets in 2019 for the four major program components of the PPMP, namely: Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning (RPFP), Adolescent Health and Development (AHD), Population and Development (POPDEV) Integration, and Special Population Group (SPG).

The team was tasked to validate all reported accomplishments of regional offices and divisions of POPCOM.

On their part, Dir. Makinano echoed gratitude to all its program partners from the local government units, regional line agencies, particularly the Regional Development Council (RDC) through the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and the Department of Health (DOH).

The media, academe, faith-based organizations and stakeholders from various sectors in the community worked as well with the agency in accomplishing all its targets, as pointed-out by Director Makinano.

In pursuit of better quality of life for every Filipino family, POPCOM Caraga aims to achieve more in 2020 and beyond by continuously intensifying its localized implementation of various interventions, as strategies in attaining the objectives of the PPMP, gearing towards a “Matatag, Maginhawa, at Planadong Pamilyang Pilipino.” (POPCOM-13/PIA-Caraga)