(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, 21 October, 2020) At 3:00 AM today, the center of Tropical Storm "PEPITO" {SAUDEL} was estimated based on all available data at 30 km West of Baguio City (16.4°N, 120.3°E) with maximum sustained winds of 75 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 115 km/h. It is moving West Northwestward at 30 km/h. Mindanao will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Localized Thunderstorm. Moderate to strong winds from Northwest to Southwest and the coastal waters will be moderate to rough (2.5 to 4.0 m).

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

POPCOM 13 chief reveals priorities for Agusan del Norte

By Rajill Aizzah Alyn P. Plaza

BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte, Feb. 11 --  The Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) Caraga disclosed the Philippine Population Management (PPMP) Agenda and Thrusts for 2020-2022 during the Agusan del Norte Provincial Development Council-Development Administration Committee Conference, February 6.
Director Alexander A. Makinano of POPCOM Caraga cited the targets and priority local government units (LGUs) for Agusan del Norte in 2020-2022, this also includes Cabadabaran City.

This 2020, Cabadbaran City and the municipalities of Buenavista, Kitcharao, Magallanes and Santiago are the priority areas in the intensified local implementation of PPMP key strategies, the remaining municipalities shall be in 2021 -2022.

In his presentation, RD Makinano highlighted the importance of fertility and population growth as factors in social and economic development using the Resources for the Awareness of Population Impacts on Development (RAPID) study for the province.

On one hand, the good director emphasized that the efforts and strategies of the agency and its program partners gearing towards the attainment of sustainable development are in accordance with the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RPRH) Law and anchored in the PPMP thrusts. Full implementation of the RPRH Law is one of the 10-point socioeconomic agenda of the Duterte Administration.

POPCOM maximizes RAPID to project the social and economic consequences of high fertility and rapid population growth for such sectors as labor, education, health, urbanization, and agriculture in a particular area.

On their part, Agusan del Norte Vice-Governor and Dev-Ad Committee Chair Ramon AG. Bungabong alongside Tomas O. Tener, Jr., Dev-Ad Sectoral Coordinator, settled to endorse the priorities of POPCOM-Caraga to the PDC full council meeting.

POPCOM, together with program partners including LGUs, are continuously working hand in hand to provide explicit consideration of the well-being of every Filipino in any development initiatives and to ensure that each one is provided with a better quality of life in a sustainable manner.  (POPCOM Caraga/PIA Agusan del Norte)

DSWD-Caraga ensures timely, appropriate assistance to clients in crisis situation

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 11 - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office Caraga was able to hit its target in providing assistance to individuals under distress or in crisis situation for 2019.

DSWD, through the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS), a frontline service under the Crisis Intervention Unit (CIU) of the Protective Services Division (PSD), was able to hit its target of clients served.

For calendar year 2019, CIU has served a total of 54,555 clients. This shows that there is an increase of 125% from the 2018 accomplishment with 24,268 clients served. A total of Php 251,881,594.30 was granted to the clients for the year.

CIU is the lead unit in implementing Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) and Assistance to Families and Communities in Need (AFCN). AICS and AFCN are considered the social safety net mechanism of the government to assist families who are confronted with crisis situations and financial deficiencies.

Through the AICS and AFCN, clients who are in a crisis situation are able to access funds for medical, burial, transportation, and education assistance. Clients applying for the said service are assessed by DSWD social workers, who review their case and determine the assistance appropriate for their needs.

CIU has been rated Very Satisfactory by its clients through the Satisfaction Survey provided by the field office.

The AICS and AFCN contribute to the attainment of one of the five Organizational Outcomes of DSWD, which is: Rights of the poor and the vulnerable sectors promoted and protected.

DSWD Caraga hopes to continue its excellent service in 2020, especially the programs and services under the Protective Services Division, especially that these programs and services are very critical in the survival of poor, marginalized, and disadvantaged individuals, families, and communities. (DSWD-13/PIA-Caraga)

Surigao tribes confer honorary Datu title to special forces chief

By Lt. Krisjuper Andreo Punsalan

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Feb. 11 -- The Lianga Municipal Tribal Council based in Lianga, Surigao del Sur conferred upon Brigadier General Lincoln Francisco Tagle, Regiment Commander of the Special Forces Regiment (Airborne), Philippine Army the honorary title of “Datu Sugoyan” (Protector of the mountains) on February 4 at the 9th Special Forces “Hounds” Company Headquarters in St. Christine, Lianga as a gesture of respect and appreciation to the 3rd Special Forces “Arrowhead” Battalion’s (3SFBn) peace and development initiatives in the conflict-affected area of Sitio Simuwao (KM9) in Diatagon, Lianga, this province.

With the Executive Order no. 70 (EO 70) of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte which institutionalized the Whole-of-Nation Approach to End Local Communist Armed Conflict, the Special Forces have been at the forefront to peacefully end conflict in Andap Valley Complex and address the root causes of insurgency by delivering basic and social services in the conflict-affected communities in partnership with the provincial government of Surigao del Sur, the local government unit of Lianga, and the Poverty Reduction, Livelihood & Employment Cluster led by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.

Significant developments in the area included the electrification of the sitio, the rehabilitation of the farm-to-market road, empowerment of the tribal community through livelihood and leadership training to the newly formed and government registered and recognized tribal women’s organization called. Km9 Simuwao Kabudangan Association (KSKA) which recently launched its “Bigasan ng Bayan” program, the conduct of medical, dental and civic action programs and the series of peace dialogues which promoted reconciliation between the government and the tribal community.


The tribal council and the community have expressed their sincerest gratitude and confidence towards the Special Forces for their commitment to peacefully resolve and eventually end the conflict by being a catalyst for positive change.

“We are extremely proud to have the Special Forces as our partner that is why we are adopting them as part of our Manobo Tribe. We are brothers who fight for a common goal, to end the local communist conflict and achieve lasting peace and development in the IP communities of Andap Valley Complex,” said Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative Hawudon Jumar S. Bucales.

“It is indeed an honor and privilege to be conferred as an honorary tribal leader of the Manobo Tribe. Rest assured that the Special Forces will continually perform its very best to uplift the esteem and the dignity not only of the Manobo Tribes but of all Indigenous Peoples in all regions of the country where the SF troopers are deployed,” BGen. Tagle said. 

Currently, the Special Forces Regiment (Airborne) Battalions of the Philippine Army are deployed in the critical areas of Mindanao particularly in Agusan and Surigao del Sur, Bukidnon, Sulu, Basilan, Palawan, and Cotabato province. (3SFBn/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

DSWD-Caraga top management capacitated on ICS

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 11 -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office Caraga conducted the Incident Command System (ICS) Executive Course for its heads of offices held recently at Grand Palace Hotel, this city.

The said course was aimed to impart knowledge, skills and develop a positive attitude in the application of the general concepts and principles of ICS from a manager’s/supervisor’s standpoint.

It can be recalled that on the 27th of May 2010, the Philippine government enacted Republic Act (RA) 10121, otherwise known as the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Law.

It is a proactive approach to manage the disaster consequences and reduce disaster risks by institutionalizing several mechanisms. Among these is the Incident Command System (ICS).

The ICS is a standard, on-scene, all-hazard incident management concept introduced by the US Forest Service that can be used by all DRRM Councils, emergency management and response agencies. It is a disaster response tool that coordinates the actions of all response groups.


ICS has been proven effective in managing potential and actual disaster consequences. It has significantly enhanced the mechanisms for resource management, reporting and documentation, promotion of responder safety, and optimum achievement of response objectives as evident in past major disaster response operations to include management of planned high-density population gatherings.

The Disaster Response Management Division (DRMD) of DSWD collaborated with the Office of Civil Defense on the conduct of the said one-day training. This was specifically designed for office executives to understand and fully acknowledge the need to prepare an ICS even during planned events.

The identified participants for the training are the Regional Management Development Committee (RMDC) members of DSWD FO Caraga, composed of the Regional Director, Assistant Regional Director for Operations, Assistant Regional Director for Administration, Division Heads, Section/Unit Heads and other executive officers. (DSWD-13/PIA-Caraga)

AGUSAN UP dakong tabang nga mabalik ang banana chips processing

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Pebrero 11 -- Dala ang paglaum nga mapabalik ang operasyon sa ilang banana chips processing, madasigon nga gisugat niadtong Pebrero 6 sa mga sakop sa Lower Panaytayon Farmers Association, Inc. ang mga personahe sa AGUSAN UP! Coordinating Unit nga nag-ocular inspection sa ilang gikometer nga 30 ektaryas nga tamnan og saging ubos sa Plant! Plant! Plant! Project niini.

Duha ka tuig na nga naundang ang ilang proyekto tungod sa pipila ka kakulian, apil na niini ang suplay sa saging cardaba nga ibahug sa ilang planta, sumala pa ni Anselmo Berago, chairman sa asosasyon.

Ang pagkomiter sa grupo pagtanum og saging aron ibahug sa ilang planta haum kaayo sa direksyon sa ekonomikanhong kalihukan nga buot ipatunhay sa AGUSAN UP!, ang kampanya sa kalambuan sa Agusan del Norte ubos sa administrasyon ni Gob. Dale B. Corvera. Dungan sa Plant! Plant! Plant! ipabuylo usab sa AGUSAN UP! ang Process! Process! Process! aron modaku daku ang mamugnang bahandi sa probinsya, mas daghan ang makatrabaho ug ubay-ubay ang mahaw-as gikan sa kawad-on.

Dugang ni Berago, nga mipakita sa wala mag-operate nila nga planta, nga nagkinahanglan sila og 1,000 ka kilo nga saging cardaba matag adlaw ug dakung tabang ang 30 ektaryas nga ilang matamnan unya aron magmalahutayon ang ilang operisyon.

Gawas sa motanum ug magmentinar sa plantasyon sa saging unya, 10 ka tawo ang mahimong trabahante sa pagproseso. (Angel Lyn F. Gaviola, AGUSAN UP/LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Dul-an 7,000 ektaryas nga yuta sa mga lumad gikometer nga tamnan ubos sa Agusan Up

By Angel F. Gaviola/Jenny Fabian

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Pebrero 11 -- Mokabat sa 6,711 ektaryas ang gikometer sa mga lumad sa konsultasyon nga gihimo bag-uhay pa lamang nga tamnan ubos sa Plant! Plant! Plant! Project sa AGUSAN UP!, ang kampanya sa kalambuan sa Agusan del Norte ubos sa administraston ni Gov. Dale B. Corvera.

Apil ang 7,787 ektaryas nga gikometer sa mga mag-uuma sa konsultasyon niadtong Disyembre, mosuma na karon sa 14,548 ektaryas ang gitakdang tamnan sa unang tuig sa kampanya diin 125,000 ektaryas ang gipunting hangtud 2027 sa siyam ka nag-unang commodities aron mahimong panukaran sa processing activities nga tutokan usab sa probinsya.

Sa kinatibuk-an, ang labing lapad nga gi-enroll sa mga lumad ug mag-uuma mao ang tamnan og cacao nga naay 4,868.5 ektaryas. Gisundan kini sa mosunod nga crops: abaca, 3,492 ektaryas; saging, 2,254; lubi, 2,109; kahoy, 738; kape, 610; bulanghoy, 386; mangga, 58, ug; rubber, 33.

Gipasabot ni Gob. Dale B. Corvera nga agrikultura ang nag-unang panginabuhian sa probinsya sa Agusan del Norte, butang nga mao ang angay palambuon sa mga Agusanon dungan ang pagproseso.

Dugang sa gobernandor nga diha sa pagpananum kinahanglang hunahunaon sa mga agusanon nga ang tuyo dili lang pangunsumo kon dili ang mamahimong ibahog sa gipunting nga tukoron unya nga mga industriya.

Base sa pagduki-duki anaa sa 173,000 ektaryas nga luna sa probinsya ang potensyal nga tamnanan og mga commercial crops ug kahoy. Sa maong datos anaa lamang sa 48,000 ektaryas ang kasamtangang dunay tanom samtang ang nahibiling 125,000 ektaryas bakante o haw-ang og tanum.

Ang AGUSAN UP! mao ang walo ka punto nga development agenda sa Agusan del Norte nga gilangkuban sa upat ka flagship programs: 1. Agus 3Ps o Plant and Process for Prosperity (alang sa ekonomikanhong kalambuan), 2. Amumang Agusanon (alang sa sosyal nga kalambuan), 3. Lunhaw’ng Agusan (alang sa pagpasiuli sa kabaskug sa kinaiyahan), ug 4. Hiniusang Lihuk Agusan (alang sa mga serbisyo pagpalambu sa sistema ug proseso sa pagdumala).

Pinaagi niini nga mga programa gipunting nga makab-ot sa probinsya ang panglantaw niini nga mahimong agri-forest processing center ug economic zone sa Caraga pag-abot sa tuig 2027, makunhoran ang gidaghanon sa mga pobreng pamilya, mapaangat ang kalidad ug maabot sa katilingbanong serbisyo, mapahimsog ang kinaiyahan ug matagamtam sa mga Agusanon ang haruhay nga kahimtang sa pagpuyo. (AGUSAN UP/LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)