(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Monday, 21 September, 2020) At 3:00 AM today, the center of Tropical Depression "MARCE" was estimated based on all available data at 1,300 km East Northeast of Extreme Northern Luzon (24.3 °N, 133.9 °E) with maximum sustained winds of 55 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 70 km/h. It is almost stationary. Meanwhile, a Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 75 km Northeast of Borongan City, Eastern Samar (12.0 °N, 126.0 °E). Caraga Region will experience Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to Localized Thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms.Light winds coming from Southwest will prevail and the coastal waters will be Slight with wave height from 0.6 to 1.2 meters.

Thursday, February 20, 2020


PCOO chief calls for hog raisers’ cooperation against ASF

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 20 (PIA) -- Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Sec. Martin Andanar calls for the cooperation of hog raisers in Mindanao to curb the spread the African swine fever (ASF) in the island.

With the ASF spreading over Davao provinces and the declaration of an outbreak in Davao Occidental, entry points for hog shipping in Mindanao have implemented stricter inspection, especially in areas near the said affected provinces.

In Caraga, the Department of Agriculture (DA) Caraga has activated the Emerging and Re-Emerging Infectious Animal Disease Task Force to create interventions and preventive measures for the issue regionwide.

In addition, the provincial government of Agusan del Norte has established a task force to counter the spread of ASF and has implemented additional quarantine measures by establishing quarantine stations in the municipalities of RTR and Carmen.

The local government in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur has also prohibited backyard hog raisers from practicing swill feeding, or feeding hogs with a mixture of leftover food.

Andanar also emphasized that independent hog raisers make up a significant portion of the hog industry in the country but are usually left unmonitored. Their commitment to abide by the necessary protocol and procedures will greatly contribute to the eradication of ASF in the country. (DMNR/VLG/PIA-Caraga)

AgNor SK officials to benefit from new ordinance

By Jennifer P. Gaitano


BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 20 (PIA) - The Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials in the province of Agusan del Norte are grateful with the new ordinance to be implemented by the local government unit, which allows them to benefit from the financial assistance intended for their medical needs.

According to Kefee Blue Leonar, the SK Federation President of Agusan del Norte, the P10,000 budget as financial assistance to SK officials is really of great help, as they could use it for medication or hospital expense.

“Based on Republic Act 10742 which is the SK Reform Act of 2015, it does not mention that the SK members, secretaries and treasurers are to receive honorarium, so considering that the work or function of the SK is really not that easy, this would be one of the solutions to also recognize their effort,” bared Leonar.

With this new benefit, Governor Dale Corvera urged the SK officials to continue in improving their performance and come up with regular and useful activities for the local populace particularly the youths in the barangays and impart their knowledge on how they would be able to maintain peace and order in the community.  

“Do not focus your mind in infrastructure development or projects, leave that aspect to your punong barangays, to your mayors, to your governors. Instead, focus on your own development because that is the purpose why we have this SK. And as the governor, I will support you in all your activities,” Corvera underscored.

The said financial assistance is just one of the benefits being provided by the provincial government. Leonar is optimistic that there would be more plans and opportunities for the youth sector in the coming months.

"We will have an orientation regarding the functions and responsibilities of the SK because I know the youths really have a great role to play in attaining our goals for Agusan,” said Leonar. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Butuan City youths learn ways to curb proliferation of fake news

By Jennifer P. Gaitano
 
BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 20 (PIA) - Being equipped with the right information is vital to the development of the people in the communities. This was given emphasis during the Youth for Truth Caravan participated by students and youth leaders here.

According to Elimelech Mendoza V, the youths should be able to learn better ways to curb the spread of fake news, especially that they are exposed to various information they get to see in the social media and are prone to be deceived by the wrong information.

“The Youth for Truth caravan helped us understand better the importance of disseminating timely, accurate and relevant information to the public, and with the use of the social media, we could help curb the spread of fake news,” underscored Mendoza.

RM David Martinote was also grateful to have participated in the said caravan, having learned the danger of spreading fake news when shared unconsciously using different platforms.

“We are very fortunate to have heard all the information and for somehow training us on how we could help put a stop on the spread of fake news in social media,” Martinote said.

Butuan City SK Federation President Cynth Zephanee Nietes reminded her peers to be more responsible and meticulous in getting the information they see on social media.

Nietes further bared that the city government of Butuan has revived and strengthened the local youth development plan as a step towards producing a well-informed and responsible youth in the city.

She further urged all youths to first read and verify the content of an information they see online before sharing it on the different platforms.

The said caravan is one of the government programs through the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) that aims to equip the youth as a partner in countering the spread of fake news.

Meanwhile, PCOO Director Vinci Beltran expressed his optimism that the caravan would really help the participating youth in the campaign against fake news. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Pagbigay ng financial assistance sa mga SK officials ng AgNor, nilagdahan na

By Nora C. Lanuza

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Pebrero 20 (PIA) -- Ikinalugod ng mga Sangguniang Kabataan o SK officials ng Agusan del Norte ang paglagda ng isang ordinansa na layong mabigyan sila ng tulong pinansyal sa panahon na sila ay magkasakit.

Ayon kay Kefee Blue Leonar, ang SK federation president ng Agusan del Norte, malaking tulong ang P10,000.00 na tulong sa mga kabataan sa panahon na sila ay magkasakit at ma-ospital. Ito ay isang motivation upang mas maengganyo pa ang mga ito na magtrabaho para sa kapakanan ng probinsya.

Maliban sa binigay ng benipisyo, hinikayat din ni Gobernador Dale Corvera ang mga SK officials na magkaroon ng regular na mga aktibidad ang mga ito upang mas magkaroon pa ng panahon na maibahagi ang kanilang mga kaalaman para sa kaayosan ng probinsya.

Ang pagpirma ng Provincial Ordinance No. 544-2020 sa pamamagitan ni Gob. Corvera ay dinaluhan at sinaksihan ng mga SK officials mula sa iba’t ibang munisipyo at lungsod ng probinsya.

Ang financial assistance ay isa lang sa mga benipisyong bigay ng probinsya sa kasalukuyan, positibo din si Leonar na mas marami pang magagandang planong nakalaan para sa kabataan sa susunod na buwan. (NCLM/PIA Agusan del Norte)