(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, 23 September, 2020) At 3:00 AM today, a Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 365 km East of Catarman, Northern SamarCity, (12.2 °N, 128.0 °E). Southwest Monsoon affecting Palawan, Visayas and Mindanao. 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 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, March 6, 2020


40 IP families return home in SurSur

By Lt. Krisjuper ANdreo Punsalan

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Mar. 6 -- “The tribe went home because the military assured their safety. If the Army will not be around, we will evacuate (again). We need the Army to protect us from the Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs),” said Datu Constancio Duhac, Municipal Tribal Chieftain of Lianga, Surigao del Sur during the return of 40 families from the tribe in Sitio Simuwao, (Kilometer 9), Diatagon, Lianga, Surigao del Sur on March 5.

After the CNTs harassed the civilians last February 21, the indigenous peoples (IPs) at Kilometer 9 have requested the permanent presence of the military and the establishment of a patrol base in the sitio to drive away CNTs and to establish the DepEd schools for their children.

It can be recalled that the CNTs harassed the civilians, as stated in the affidavit of the wounded civilians, with the intent to execute their playbook, “Taktikang Bakwit,” which is usually organized by the Malahutayong Pakigbisog Alang sa Mga Sumusunod (MAPASU) to blame the military, request their pullout and delay government’s peace and development projects in the area.

As a result, their planned Taktikang Bakwit backfired on the CNTs and MAPASU. Instead of gaining sympathy to request the pullout of the Community Support Teams, their plan resulted to the demand of the IP to further request military presence in the area to protect them from the CNTs.

“The IP community is now enlightened. Dati pag nagbabakwit, ang apela nila ay paalisin ang military para bumalik sila sa community. Ngayon, nakita na nila ang katotohanan na ang mga teroristang NPA ang naghahasik ng lagim sa komunidad at hindi ang sundalo. Kaya ang gusto nila ngayon ay huwag ng umalis ang mga sundalo para maprotektahan sila laban sa exploitation ng mga teroristang NPAs at mga masterminds gaya ng MAPASU,” said LTC Joey Baybayan, 3rd Special Forces “Arrowhead” Battalion commander.

The IPs were assisted by the local government unit of Lianga and Surigao del Sur provincial government by providing transportation and food supplies for the whole duration of their temporary evacuation and their eventual return to their homes while the Army provided security.

 “This is a concrete example of the Whole-Of-Nation approach to end local communist armed conflict because the military, which belongs to the Peace, Law Enforcement and Development Support (PLEDS) Cluster and the LGUs under the DILG belonging to the Basic Services Cluster of EO 70 worked together to provide the needed services and assistance by the conflict-affected community during this critical time,” said Col. Allan Hambala,” 401st Infantry Brigade Commander.
Meanwhile, the IP leaders of Lianga said that this is no longer a tension between the Army and the CNTs alone. It is now a fight of the IPs, the government, and the whole Filipino people against the CNTs and their masterminds.

 “We cannot be neutral in the fight against CNTs. Our tribe chose to fight against the CNTs because we want to put an end to their abuses, exploitation and atrocities against the IPs. Our lives are in danger and we need the military to protect our home. Kung sino man ang dapat paalisin sa komunidad, ang mga NPA at MAPASU, hindi ang gobyerno. Kung aalis ang military, papatayin nila kami dito, “ exclaimed Datu Jumar S. Bucales, IPMR of Lianga. (3SFBn CMO/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Army conducts info drive in different schools vs NPA recruitment

TALACOGON, Agusan Del Sur, March 6 -- The 26th Infantry Battalion has intensified its campaign against NPA recruitment in different secondary schools especially those from remote areas of the four municipalities of this province, which is under its area of responsibility. The unit conducts info drive and awareness to students who are the primary target of massive recruitment by the leftist group.

According to 1Lt. Percival Carido, the Civil-Military Operations Officer of 26IB, the said info drive is designed to counter the Communist Party of the Philippines - New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) youth exploitation particularly students, as well as to educate them and make them aware of the deceptive propaganda and false ideology of the Communist Terrorist Groups (CTGs).

“It is very alarming that we received reports and news from the local and national regarding youths who have been killed in an encounter between the NPA and military, only to find out that they are students from known universities who are members of different left leaning organizations. Since last year, we have been constant in the conduct of info drive in areas of Talacogon, San Luis, Esperanza and lately, at the La Paz National High School. We will continue to do it every school year to remind them,” Carido added.
Arceli L. Hapon, the School Principal of La Paz National High School, commended the efforts of the Philippine Army in securing the future of her students. “NPA recruitment in schools is a gross violation of children’s right under RA 7610. For that, we will continue to collaborate with the AFP and PNP in protecting our students from the communist ideology. We are very thankful to our counterpart in mentoring our students to become an essential member of the community especially in the pursuit of a long and lasting peace advocacy,” she said.


Likewise, Lt. Col. Romeo C. Jimenea, the commanding officer of 26IB also commended the consistent support of the faculty members in the schools for the said activity. “Teachers who are doing their best in providing education for their students deserve to be recognized. For this, we are hoping that they should not allow themselves to be used by the NPA for recruitment activities, agitation and propaganda against the government for it will affect the sacredness of the school’s main purpose, to educate children for the betterment of their future,” he said.
Jimenea also appealed to the Communist Terrorists to spare the children especially students, from their violent way of life and selfish political ambition. “Give our young generations a chance to grow up,  achieve their aspirations and be successful in life. Do not use them as your instrument in destroying our nation’s democracy,” added Jimenea. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Gov’t turns over water supply system in AgNor

By 1Lt. Miguel O. Borromeo

CABADBARAN CITY, Agusan del Norte, Mar. 6 -- The provincial government of Agusan del Norte with the support of other partner stakeholders conducted recently the turn-over and oath-taking ceremony on the construction/rehabilitation of the water supply system level II at So. Cadahondahonan, Brgy. Poblacion 2, Santiago and So. Ancili Brgy. Puting Bato, this city.

The said water system projects were funded under the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process- Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (OPAPP- PAMANA) Program. The said areas were those identified as Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) influenced or the Conflict-Affected Areas (ConAAs) where primary issues such as problems of water supply were being exploited by the CNTs to deceive and recruit the community.

Agusan del Norte Gov. Dale B. Corvera, and Agusan del Norte Rep. Maria Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba led the turn-over and the oath-taking ceremony. 

Gov. Corvera said he was glad that despite the opposition of the enemies against peace and development, "the government is still willing to provide us with wonderful projects such as this. As Filipinos, we should recognize that we only have one government whom we need to respect and give support to because it’s only the true government who could help us and not the NPAs.”

Meanwhile, Rep. Matba assured the public that the government is doing its best to help them. "But my only appeal is that we all be united in helping our government because as leaders we cannot do it alone. We need your continuous help and support also,” she said.

Lt. Col. Isagani O. Criste, Commanding officer of 29IB, also urged the community to support the causes of the military.

"But just as they are pleading as leaders of AgNor, we too are asking and pleading for your support. How? Simple. Stop supporting the NPAs. Stop feeding them. We assure you that they will not survive if you will not allow them to enter and take advantage of the resources in your areas,” he said. (CMO Officer, 29IB, Philippine Army/PIA Agusan del Norte)

PCW, RGADC nilagdaan ang partnership agreement sa taong 2020-2022

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Marso 6 (PIA) -- Sa layung mas mapagtibay pa ang koordinasyon at magandang relasyon ng Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) at ng Regional Gender and Development Committee (RGADC) ng Caraga region, nilagdaan ng dalawang partido ang isang Partnership Agreement na naglalaman ng mga aktibidad kasama ang ibat-ibang sektor para sa taong 2020 hanggang 2022.

Apat na pangunahing aktibidad ang target ng PCW kasama ang RGADC. Ito ay ang mga sumusunod: 1) 2nd Caraga GAD Focal Point System Assembly; 2) Leveling session para sa mga RGADC Caraga members, regional line agencies at state universities at colleges sa rehiyon; 3) Leveling session para sa RGADC Caraga members, local government units ng rehiyon; at 4) Regional orientation on Men Opposed to Violence Against Women (VAW) Everywhere (MOVE).

Ayon kay Nharleen Santos-Millar, chief ng PCW-Technical Services and Regional Coordination Division, patuloy na isinusulong ng komisyon ang women empowerment at gender equality and mainstreaming sa lahat ng rehiyon, at nang maiwasan ang mga insidente ng domestic violence sa kababaihan at mga bata, maging ang iba pang uri ng pang-aabuso sa mga ito.

Kaya naman suportado ng PCW ang ibat-ibang kampanya at aktibidad ng RGADC sa patuloy na pagpapalaganap ng layuning ito.

“Suportado ng PCW ang lahat ng aktibidad ng RGADC lalu’t patuloy din itong tumutugon sa mga isyu ng mga kababaihan sa rehiyon at nagsasagawa ng inisyatibo para sa kapakanan ng sektor,” ani ni Millar.

Sa nalalapit na selebrasyon ng Women’s Month sa Marso, magkakaroon ng Women’s Summit ng RGADC sa Butuan City, kung saan pag-uusapan dito ang climate change at epekto nito sa kababaihan at mga bata.

Hinimok din niya ang lahat ng Caraganons na sumuporta at lumahok sa selebrasyong ito.

“Nananawagan po kami sa lahat ng Caraganons na maging aktibo sa ating kampanya laban karahasan at pang-aabuso sa mga kababaihan at sa mga aktibidad ngayong Women’s Month,” sabi ni MIllar.

Samantala, nanawagan naman si CHR-Caraga regional director at RGADC chair Atty. Jerefe Tubigon-Bacang sa lahat ng LGUs na i-reactivate ang kanilang MOVE o ang men oppose to VAW everywhere campaign.

Isa aniya itong magandang hakbang upang aktibo rin ang partisipasyon ng mga kalalakihan ukol sa anti-VAW campaign ng gobyerno. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)