(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Friday, 01 July 2022) At 3:00 AM today, a Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 1,020 km East of Northern Luzon (17.2°N, 131.3°E). Southwest Monsoon affecting Southern Luzon and Western Visayas. ACTIVE TROPICAL CYCLONE OUTSIDE PAR AS OF 3:00 AM TODAY TROPICAL DEPRESSION (FORMERLY "CALOY") LOCATION: 565 KM WEST OF CENTRAL LUZON (15.4N, 114.7E) MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS: 55 KPH GUSTINESS: UP TO 70 KPH MOVEMENT: WEST SOUTHWEST AT 40 KPH. Caraga region will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Localized Thunderstorm. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Light to Moderate winds coming from Southwest to Southeast will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.1 meters).

Friday, February 14, 2020

AgNor town to implement Domestic Workers Act

By Jessica O. Mellejor

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 14 -- The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Agusan del Norte recently approved the Municipal Ordinance No. 20-2019 from the municipality of Carmen, “An Ordinance Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act (RA) No. 10361, otherwise known as the Domestic Workers Act or Batas Kasambahay in the Municipality of Carmen, Agusan del Norte.”

The said ordinance, authored by Vice Mayor Ramon M. Calo, aims to respect, promote and protect the fundamental principles and rights of the individuals, especially the domestic helpers at work, including but not limited to, abolition, elimination of all forms of forced labor, discrimination in employment and occupation, and trafficking of person, especially women and children.

The Municipal Ordinance was anchored on RA 10361 or the "Domestic Workers Act" and also in accordance with Section 447 of the Local Government Code of 1991 which promotes domestic rights.

The Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) shall apply to all parties to an Employment contract for the services of the following kasambahay, whether on a live-in or live-out arrangement, such as but not limited to: General House helper; Yaya; Cook; Gardener; Laundry person; and any person who regularly performs domestic work in one household on an occupational basis.However, the following are not covered: Service providers; Family drivers; Children under foster family arrangement; and any other person who performs work occasionally or sporadically and not on an occupational basis.

The committee finds the measure meritorious as it recognizes the domestic workers as part of the society that should not be abused and harassed but will be given the opportunity to receive equal treatment by their employers.The measure was approved by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan through the efforts of Provincial Board Member James T. Reserva, chairman of the Committee on Laws, Ethics and Good Government. through Sanggunian Resolution Number 033-2020. (LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)

AgNor accredits new NGO, PO

By Jessica O. Mellejo

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 14 -- The Sangguniang Panlalawigan recently accredited two organizations as non-governmental organization (NGO) and People’s Organization (PO) in Agusan del Norte.

Through Sanggunian Resolution Nos. 241-2019 and 242-2019, authored by Provincial Board Member Francisco Y Chan, Jr., the Sangguniang Panlalawigan accredited the Father Saturnino Urios University Foundation Incorporated in Butuan City, an NGO-based and served as a service provider among people’s organizations and it was organized aimed at assisting its partner-clienteles uplift their living conditions through social entrepreneurship and livelihood projects on agri-aqua-business ventures responsive to the needs of their beneficiaries.

The second is the San Roque Punta Fisherfolks and Livelihood Association Incorporated (SANROFFLAI) in Nasipit, as PO, aimed at assisting its members uplift their living condition through income-generating and livelihood projects on aqua-ventures responsive to the needs of their members as well as to actively participate in community resource enhancement projects for the protection and maintenance of biological diversity of aquatic resources.

The accreditation recognizes the NGO and PO to become active partners for the implementation of socio-economic, agricultural and environmental laws in the province.
Under Section 34 of the Local Government Code of 1991, it is mandated to promote the establishment of POs, NGOs and private sector so that they will become active partners in the local government unit here in Agusan del Norte. (LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)

31 kabataan sa Caraga, sumuko sa military

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Pebrero 14 (PIA) - Tatlumput-isang (31) kabataan mula sa ibat-ibang probinsya sa Caraga region ang sumuko sa militar para  magbalik-loob sa gobyerno, at ngayon ay handa ng mamuhay ng normal kasama ang kanilang pamilya.

Sa isinagawang Coordination and Processing of Children Involved in Armed Conflict (CIAC) ng militar kasama ang pambansang pulisya, inalam ng  kabataang-former rebels ang kanilang matatanggap na tulong mula sa pamahalaan sa ilalim ng Enhanced - Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CIP).

Sa mga sumukong rebelde, dalawa dito ay menor de edad at ang iba ay ilang taon nang nagsilbi sa New People's Army (NPA).

Ayon kay Jason Ryan Lam ng Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Caraga, handa ang gobyerno na tumulong sa mga dating rebelde.

“Sa ilalim ng E-CLIP, sininugarado ng pamahalaan na mabibigyan ng tama at naaayon na tulong, assistance at iba pang interbensyon ang ating mga former rebels. Lahat ay makikinabang sa mga programa’t serbisyo ng gobyerno, walang maiiwan,” ani ni Lam.
Ayon naman kay 402nd Brigade Commander, Brigadier General Maurito Licudine, patuloy ang kanilang koordinasyon at pakikipagtulungan sa mga magulang at kapamilya ng mga sumukong kabataan.

Hinimok din niya ang mga ito na maging responsable at iwasan ang masasamang gawain.
“Huwag ninyong sayangin ang oportunidad na binigay sa inyo. Simula ngayon, ayusin ninyo ang inyong buhay at handa naman ang ating gobyerno para kayo ay tulungan at gabayan,” sabi ni Licudine.

Pagrespeto sa mga magulang at nakakatanda naman ang paalala ni regional director Police Brigadier General Joselito Esquivel, Jr. ng Philippine National Police (PNP), sa mga ito.

“Palaging magbigay respeto sa mga magulang at nakakatanda dahil iyan ang gawain ng mabubuting kabataan sa lipunan. Tandaan din na iisa lang ang gobyerno natin kaya magkaisa at magtulungan tayong lahat para sa ikauunlad ng bansa,” banggit ni Esquivel.
Samantala, binigyang-diin naman ni Regional Director Manuel Orduña ng National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) ang malaking papel ng mga kabataan sa pagkamit ng pangmatagalang kapayapaan at kaunlaran sa bansa.

Ang pagsuko ng mga kabataan ay parte rin aniya sa ginagawang hakbang ng gobyerno na mabigyang lunas ang problema sa insurgency. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

SP AgNor commends Nasipitnon landing top 5 in Criminology Exam

By Jessica O. Mellejor

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 14 -- The Provincial Government of Agusan del Norte commended Mr. Bryl Pascua Ariola who landed in the top 5 ranking in the Board of Licensure Examination in Criminology held on November 29-December 1, 2019, in Cagayan de Oro City with a rating of 90.25%.

Ariola of Barangay Amontay, Nasipit, Agusan del Norte graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Criminology from Saint Michael College of Caraga (SMCC) in the said town.

The 2019 Board Licensure Examination for Criminologist top 5 is the eldest son of Mr. Valentine Ariola, Jr. and Mrs. Teresa Ariola, both residents of the said municipality.
Provincial Board Member Erwin L. Dano, who initiated the move, said that Bryl P. Ariola deserves credit for his accomplishments and for his own dedication and hard work bringing great academic distinction to the municipality of Nasipit and the Province of Agusan del Norte and brought honor and pride to the Agusanons.

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and the Board of Criminology (BOC) annually hold the Board Licensure Examination for Criminology (BLEC) during the months of November and December.

The resolution for commendation was approved on January 27, 2020 through Sanggunian Resolution No. 043-2020 authored by Provincial Board Member Dano, chairman of the Committee on Information and Communication. (LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)