(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Friday, 07 August, 2020) At 3:00 AM today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 325 km Northeast of Virac, Catanduanes or 520 km East of Infanta, Quezon (15.6 °N, 126.4 °E). Southwest Monsoon affecting Southern Luzon and Visayas. Caraga Region will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers thunderstorms due to trough of low pressure area. Possible flash floods or landslides due to moderate with at times heavy rainshowers. Slight to Moderate winds coming from Southwest will prevail and the coastal waters will be Slight to Moderate with wave height from 0.6 to 2.1 meters.

Friday, February 7, 2020


Butuan City forms ASF task force

By Nora C. Lanuza


BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 7 (PIA) - Following the announcement of the entry of African Swine Fever (ASF) case in Mindanao particularly in Davao Occidental on January 31, the Butuan City ASF Task Force convened for an emergency meeting on Tuesday at the City Mayor’s Conference Room to discuss contingency plan for the prevention of the local swine population.

It can be recalled that the city has created an ASF task force through Executive Order No. 009, series of 2019 in October last year signed by mayor Ronnie Vicente Lagnada. The said task force is composed of four teams to focus on surveillance and monitoring; quarantine; information, education, and communication (IEC) campaign; and disease updates and policy review.


During the meeting presided by city administrator Reynante Desiata, action plans of each of the teams were presented to properly address and prevent the local swine from being infected by the ASF disease.

Desiata cited the important role of the ASF Task Force as it will help to properly monitor and address the impending threat of the ASF to the local swine population of the city. He said the local government through the City Veterinarian Office will coordinate with nearby local government units for contingency measures.

Also, City Veterinarian, Dr. Mancio Danilo Alegado and team will conduct monitoring and even help law enforcers especially those who were assigned in the checkpoints before entering the city proper identify or even check entry of swine, swine meat and other possible carriers of the ASF.


Part of the immediate actions of the task force to be taken by the surveillance and monitoring team are the inventory of backyard and commercial farms; conduct of surveillance and monitoring of piggeries of both backyard and commercial; conduct early detection of infection in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture 13; monitor animal health programs in all backyard and commercial farms; monitor meat and meat by-products sold in the market and food establishments; conduct of antemortem and post-mortem inspection in the slaughterhouse; and to conduct a continuous and stricter monitoring of all national Meat Inspection Service accredited Cold Storage Warehouse of the city.

The Quarantine Team also prepares to set-up checkpoints in all the strategic areas on both entry and exit points of the city; to hire personnel to man the quarantine areas/checkpoints; and implement a strict quarantine in all airports and seaports.


During the emergency meeting, the IEC campaign team also identified immediate actions to employ this month, like the conduct of the IEC campaign in all barangays targeting the semi-commercial and commercial swine raisers and barangay officials and its backyard swine raisers; distribute ASF campaign materials; and conduct of ASF-related IEC campaigns among local radio stations and different social media platforms.

The disease updates and policy review team also suggested the regulation of swill feeding especially in urban hotels and restaurants; enforcement of the quarantine measures; creation of quick response team; strict implementation of the zoning of 1-7-10 protocol during occurrence in the locality in managing, containing and controlling the suspected disease.

Because of the important role and functions of the task force, the group also agreed to possibly conduct a monthly meeting to appraise each member on the status of the ASF. (NCLM/PIA Caraga)

POPCOM eyes monitoring of migrants, inhabitants

By Angelita B. Antonio

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 7 -- Regional Director Alexander Makinano of the Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM)-Caraga made public the rolling out of the Registry of Barangay Inhabitants and Migrants (RBIM) in 2020 to the participating barangay captains of the Liga ng mga Barangay Meeting - Butuan City Chapter on January 29, 2020.

Starting 2020, POPCOM-Caraga, through the City Population Office, will start orienting and implementing the RBIM in different barangays of Butuan City, registering all inhabitants and migrants in all barangays into a database. This database will be used for monitoring of residents mainly at the barangay and city level. RBIM will be useful in designing and developing plans, policies, and programs tailored to the needs of the populace.

As emphasized by Director Makinano, RBIM is among the initiatives under the Philippine Population Management Program (PPMP). Making sense of the population dynamics, which is the target of RBIM, is an important step to the country’s growth and development, touching on social, economic, and infrastructure development.   

As a component of the Philippine Population Management Program and the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law of 2012, the implementation of RBIM is deemed “necessary and relevant.” Echoed by President Rodrigo Duterte in his last four State of the Nation Addresses (SONA) directing all concerned agencies on the full compliance and implementation of the RPRH Law, which is also a main component of the current administration’s 10-Point Socioeconomic Agenda.

Gemma Tabada, Liga President, called all barangay captains to adapt the initiative not only in compliance with the provisions of the Local Government Code of 1991, but more importantly as among the prerequisites under the Seal of Good Local Governance.

Butuan City Population Office (CPO), led by Dr. Josephine C. Chua, commits to prioritizing RBIM’s implementation in all 86 barangays in the city. By providing the right information and tools, POPCOM-Caraga and Butuan CPO urge all barangay captains to comply accordingly. (POPCOM Caraga/PIA Caraga)

Duha ka NGO, PO akreditado na sa probinsya

By Jessica O. Mellejor

DAKBAYAN SA BAYAN, Pebrero 7 -- Pinaagi sa Sanggunian Resolution Nos. 241-2019 ug 242-2019 nga gipangamahanan ni Provincial Board Member Francisco Y. Chan, Jr., gi-akredit sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan sa Agusan del Norte ang duha ka aplikante isip usa ka non-governmental organizations (NGOs) ug People’s Organization (PO) sa Agusan del Norte.

Ang duha ka na akredit mao ang Father Saturnino Urios University Foundation Incorporated sa Butuan City, isip NGO ug San Roque Punta Fisherfolks and Livelihood Association Incorporated (SANROFFLAI) Nasipit, isip PO.

Basi sa maong akreditasyon adunay tumong nga mamahimong aktibo nga partner ang mga NGOs, POs ug kooperatiba para sa implementasyon sa socio-economic, agricultural ug environmental laws sa probinsya.

Ubos sa Seksyon 34 sa Local Government Code of 1991, nagmando kini nga i-promote ang pag-establisar sa mga POs, NGOs ug mga pribadong sektor aron kini mamahimong mga aktibo nga partner sa Local Government Unit, dinhi ning lalawigan sa Agusan del Norte.

Kini gi-aprobahan niadtong ika 24th regular session, sa pagpangamahan ni Provincial Board Member Francisco Y. Chan, Jr. (LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Implementasyon sa balaod alang katabang sa Carmen pagasugdan na

By Jessica O. Mellejor

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Pebrero 7 -- Ang Sangguniang Panlalawigan sa Agusan del Norte gi-aprubahan bag-ohay pa lamang ang Municipal Ordinance No. 20-2019 nga nag implementar sa balaod alang sa mga katabang sa lungsod sa Carmen.

Ubos sa maong ordinansa, sa pagpangamahan ni Vice Mayor Ramon Calo, ang balaod alang katabang sa Carmen i-implementar aron maghatag og garantiya nga proteksyonan niini ang pisikal, spiritwal ug inteliktwal nga katungod sa mga katabang.

Ang maong Municipal Ordinance nga nagsuporta sa RA 10361, o ang “Domestic Workers Act” subay usab sa Seksyon 447 sa Local Government Code of 1991 nga nagplastar sa mga katungod sa kasambahay.

Ang Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) magamit sa tanan nga partido sa usa ka kontrata sa trabaho alang sa mga serbisyo sa mga sumusunod nga kasambahay, bisan sa usa ka live-in o live-out nga kasambahay, sama apil apan dili limitado sa mosunod:

A) General House helper;
b) Yaya;
c) Cook;
d) Gardener;
e) Laundry person;
f) Bisan kinsa nga tawo nga kanunay nagbuhat sa buluhaton sa panimalay sa usa ka sukaranan nga trabaho.
Ang mga mosunod dili sakup:
a) Service providers;
b) family drivers;
c) children under foster family arrangement; og
d) Any other person who performs work occasionally or sporadically and not on an occupational basis.

Nakita sa mga magbabalaod ang kamahinungdanon sa maong lakang tungod kay giila niini ang mga domestic worker ingon nga bahin sa katilingban nga dili dapat abusohan ug harason apan hatagan kahigayonan nga makadawat og parihas nga pagtratar pinaagi sa mga amo niini.

Kini gi-aprobahan sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan sa ika 27th Regular Session pinaagi sa Sanggunian Resolution No. 033-2020 sa pagpangamahan ni Provincial Board Member James T. Reserva, tsirman sa Committee on Laws, Ethics and Good Government. (LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)