(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).

Wednesday, February 12, 2020


Hog raisers warned vs. ASF

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 12 (PIA) -- The provincial government of Agusan del Norte has created a task force to address the African Swine Fever (ASF) epidemic, which constitutes a threat to hog raisers and pork industries.

According to Dr. Belen Aruelo, provincial veterinary officer, there are some 50,000 swine population recorded in the province.

“There is really a need for immediate reporting considering the threat of this African Swine Fever. Continuous monitoring should also be undertaken,” cited Aruelo.

With the overall risk of the African Swine Fever in the country, the official urges the hog raisers to report to proper authorities or call using the provincial veterinarian's office hotline number should they observe any unusual condition of their hogs, so appropriate action or measures will be undertaken.

Apart from the establishment of the said task force, Governor Dale Corvera has also issued an executive order for the inclusion of additional quarantine areas.

“We have established quarantine stations in the towns of RTR and Carmen as live pigs are said to be sourced out from these areas going to Central Visayas. And we have been doing measures to prevent the ASF,” underscored Corvera.

The order also directed a temporary prohibition of entry of hogs and meat products coming from the affected areas of ASF.

Meanwhile, the Department of Agriculture (DA) Caraga has also activated the Emerging and Re-Emerging Infectious Animal Disease Task Force to help address this concern.
The local government units in the region are also keen on implementing the quarantine procedures. (JPG/NCL/PIA-Caraga)

39-km Buenavista-Lawan Lawan road in Agusan Norte, more than halfway complete 

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 12 -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has now accomplished 64 percent of the 39-kilometer Buenavista - Lawan Lawan - Boundary Bukidnon Road project in Agusan del Norte.

The P3 billion project which aims to promote eco-tourism, agriculture, and domestic trade in Caraga involves opening and paving of road from Buenavista – Bunaguit Road to the boundary between Region 13 and Region 10.

The road project, with the provision of slope protection facilities and road safety devices, also includes the construction of two permanent bridges with a total length of 150 linear meters.

“The Buenavista - Lawan Lawan - Boundary Bukidnon road will serve as a direct link between Buenavista in Agusan del Norte to Impasug-ong in Bukidnon, reducing travel time by three to four hours,” said DPWH Caraga Regional Director Pol M. Delos Santos.

Delos Santos said that at present, the nearest route leading to Impasug-Ong, Bukidnon is via Butuan City – Cagayan de Oro – Iligan Road and Bukidnon – Davao road with a travel time of five to six hours. (DPWH Caraga/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Kahandaan laban sa ASF binigyang kahalagahan ng Agusan del Norte 

By Nora C. Lanuza

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Pebrero 12 (PIA) -- Bilang tugon ng probinsya ng Agusan del Norte sa problemang maaring idulot ng African swine fever (ASF) sa mga lokal na hog raisers, bumuo ito ng task force upang matutukan ang nasabing ASF.

May mahigit limampung libo ng swine population ang probinsya basi sa tala ng Provincial Veterinary Office ayon kay Dr. Belen Aruelo, provincial veterinary officer.

Hinikayat ni Aruelo ang mga lokal na hog raisers at mga may alagang baboy na magreport kaagad sa kanilang opisina o tumawag sa hotline number 0908 861 6024 kung sakaling may mapapansin silang hindi normal sa alagang baboy upang mabigyan ito ng kaukulang solusyon at aksyon.

Dahil sa maaring malaking problemang idudulot ng ASF kung sakaling makapasok man ito sa probinsya, ipinag-utos na rin ni governor Dale Corvera sa pamamagitan ng pag-issue ng executive order ang agarang pagbuo ng task force at ang pagkakaroon ng dagdag na mga quarantine areas sa lugar.

Kabilang din sa inilabas na executive order ay ang temporaryong hindi pagpapapasok ng mga alagang baboy, karne ng baboy, at mga produktong gawa ng baboy mula sa mga lugar na apektado ng ASF.

Nanawagan din governor Corvera na patuloy ang pagkakaroon ng proper hygiene at ang pagiging maingat.

Bilang pagtogon din sa problema ng ASF, inaktivate na ng Department of Agriculture Caraga ang emerging and re-emerging infectious animal disease o EREIAD task force upang tugonan ang problemang ito, bumuo na rin ng task force ang iba’t ibang local government units ng rehiyon at nagtutulongan na rin upang mas mapatupad ang quarantine ng mga papasok sa kani-kanilang mga lugar.  (NCLM/PIA Agusan del Norte)