(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.

Thrusday, March 19, 2020

Caraga LGUs unite vs. COVID-19

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 19 (PIA) -- With the ballooning number of Persons under Investigation (PUIs) and Persons under Monitoring (PUMs) in Caraga, local government units (LGUs) and provinces in the region are taking part in implementing preemptive measures to halt the transmission of the disease in the region and maintain a Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)-free Caraga.

At present, a total of 2,751 PUMs have now been tallied in the region, with 2,640 currently being monitored. Eight Caraganon PUIs are still being tested in the different Level 2 hospitals in the region.

In the province of Agusan del Norte, the city of Cabadbaran has declared a state of calamity, prompting Cabadbaranons to abide by the stricter protocols in the city. The municipality of Nasipit has prohibited sea vessels to dock in their seaport.

The city of Butuan is set to implement a community quarantine today, March 19. As such, entry of visitors in the city will entail stricter inspection.

After the suspension of classes in all levels and the issuance of an order instructing employees to work from home, residents in the city are all instructed to stay at home and only go out when necessary, such as purchasing food supplies. The city government is requiring those who are in public places to wear masks.

Apart from the tighter inspection conducted in the province of Agusan del Norte, the provincial government has now placed the whole province under quarantine. Prior to the said declaration, the city of Bayugan has conducted its city-wide quarantine.

The provincial government of Surigao del Norte has prohibited the entry of local and foreign tourists in the province. Only those who are residing, working in the province and those who have received clearance from the authorities and the governor will be allowed to enter.

The municipality of Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur has also issued a temporary ban from tourists planning on visiting the place while Tandag City is now under partial lockdown.

Department of Health (DOH) Caraga regional director Dr. Jose Llacuna, Jr. appealed to the public to be more cooperative with the government’s orders and follow protocol.

“Through your cooperation, we will be able to provide the appropriate interventions fit for your case thus guaranteeing the success of the implementation of the government to combat COVID-19. If we all choose to see this side of the quarantine process, we can free our country from this plight,” he added. (PIA-Caraga)

Forest products seized in AgNor

By 1Lt. Miguel O. Borromeo, Jr.

CABADBARAN CITY, Agusan del Norte, March 19 --  Despite the prevailing threats of insurgency and coronavirus disease (COVID-19) throughout the land, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) - Community ENRO Tubay together with the 29th Infantry (MATATAG) Battalion, 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Company (PMFC) of Agusan del Norte and the Regional Mobile Force Battalion (RMFB) of the Philippine National Police continued to conduct its Anti-Illegal Logging Operation this March 17, 2020, at Sitio Zapanta Valley, Brgy. Bangayan, Kicharao, Agusan del Norte.

Based on the positive information provided by concerned citizens and because of the proactive action of the government agencies; various undocumented forest products, and Band saw paraphernalia have been seized and six illegally established mini sawmills have been dismantled.

The said illegally cut forest products included 1,980 pieces of assorted dimensions of the Mixed Dipterocarp and Miscellaneous lumber species of Lauan, Antipolo, Hindang, Bay-ang, and Bagras, which have a total volume of 5,000 board feet and a total estimated market value of P150,000.00. Also seized were six units of band saw machines which have an estimated total market value of P90,000.00, six pairs of ply wheels amounting to a total of P360,000.00, six pieces grinders worth a total of P30,000.00 and five pieces Bandsaw blades amounting to a total of P10,000.00.

As of this writing, the team was still conducting a comprehensive investigation to identify the owners and other persons involved in the said illegal activity for filing of the appropriate case. These persons once identified will be subjected to administrative adjudication proceedings and once found guilty will be penalized under the Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines, Section 77 of Presidential Decree 705 that prohibits cutting, gathering, and/or collecting timber or other forest products without a license as well as under Republic Act 460 for operating sawmills without a permit.

Modesto U. Lagumbay Jr, Officer-In-Charge of CENRO, said that despite the prevailing issues on insurgency and COVID-19 which have been confronting their peace partners, the PNP and the Army, "I am deeply grateful that they are unwavering in their undivided support and unrelenting in their efforts to assist our agency in this fight against illegal logging activities. Rest assured that as your partner agency, we will also do our part to support your peace endeavors.”

Lt. Col Isagani O. Criste, Commanding Officer of 29IB, said that the effort is not just about the protection and preservation of the environment but also a part of the President’s campaign to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC). "How? Because these illegal logging activities have long been the means of the financial and logistical support systems of the Communist Terrorist Groups (CTGs). Yes, that is the truth behind these illegal logging activities," he said.

This truth was revealed by the former rebels who claim that these illegal loggers are helping CTGs to transport food supplies in the guerilla hinterlands. The former rebels also stated that CTGs collect money from these illegal chainsaw and sawmill operators in exchange for allowing them to operate in the hinterlands. Furthermore, the CTGs also charge these unlawful operators a certain amount of money for every board feet of forest products, or for whatever products they have obtained from the forest.

"As your Army, we will continue to carry on our work. We will continue to interrupt whatever illegal logging activities they are doing until we can make them realize the importance of preserving our natural environment and until they decide to stop providing support to the CTGs who have deceived people with their wicked plans. Please don't get blinded and deceived by their sweet and alluring lies,” Criste said. (CMO Officer, 29IB Philippine Army/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Uniformed service agencies form task force vs COVID-19 in Caraga

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 19 -- Armed service agencies in Caraga unite to create a task force against the spread of Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the region.

The Inter-Agency Task Force – Corona Virus (IATF-CV) Caraga Shield is comprised of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Caraga; 4th Infantry Division (4ID), Philippine Army; Philippine Coast Guard (PCG); and the Bureau of Fire and Protection (BFP).

During the coordination conference of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) Caraga on March 17 at Camp Col. Rafael C. Rodriguez, Butuan City, it was agreed that the said task force was to oversee the peace and order in the region and enforce laws and support to other agencies in order to curb the transmission of the COVID-19.

An open forum to finalize the interoperability mechanism and implementation of the mandate of IATF-CV Caraga was conducted, with each agency vowing to provide manpower and logistical resources.

PNP Caraga Police Brigadier General Jose Esquivel Jr, with Brigadier General Maurito Licudine, Commander of the 402nd Brigade representing 4ID, PA; Lt. Junior Grade Jesmar Dasas, PCG Station Commander; and FSSUPT Rommel Tradio, Regional Director of BFP Caraga conducted the signing of the Joint AFP-PNP-PCG-BFP Implementation Plan to formally activate the IATF-CV Caraga Shield. PNP Caraga was appointed as the lead agency of the said task force.

The Task Force CV Caraga Shield is composed of Task Group (TG) Land, TG Water, and TG Air. (402nd Brigade, PA/PIA-Caraga)


Pagpapatupad ng checkpoint, screening process vs. COVID-19, suportado ng mga Caraganon

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Marso 19 (PIA) -- Sa mas pinaigting na hakbang ng gobyerno upang labanan ang pagkalat ng coronavirus disease (COVID-19), mahigpit din na pinapatupad dito ang checkpoint ng mga otoridad sa mga entry at exit points ng Butuan City.

Mahaba man ang pila ng mga sasakyan ay naging maayos naman ang pagsagawa ng health protocol sa mga pasahero ng mga pribado at pampublikong sasakyan.

Ayon kay Police Captain Felomino Muñoz, Jr., deputy commander ng Butuan City Police - Station 4, kasama nila ang mga kawani ng Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Department of Health (DOH) at City Health Workers sa pag-assess sa bawat indibidwal na dumadaan sa screening process.

Gamit ang thermal scanner, wala namang naitalang may lagnat sa mga pasahero. Kinukuha rin ng DOH ang kanilang personal profile para masuri ang travel history ng mga ito.

“Kasama namin ang DOH sa pag-assess ng ating mga kababayan na pumapasok sa lungsod. Sinusuri natin ang kanilang history travel at patuloy ang ating ginagawang monitoring,” ani ni Muñoz.

Kasabay nito, patuloy din ang kanilang ginagawang standard operating procedure sa checkpoint laban criminalidad, pagsuot ng helmet sa mga motorista, pagcheck ng drivers license, seatbelt at iba pa.


Marami naman ang sumusuporta sa hakbang na ito ng mga otoridad, bagamat mayroong ding iilan na nagsasabing malaking aberya ito para sa mga biyahero.

“Mabuti na po ito kahit na medyo natatagalan tayo sa checkpoint, masiguro lang ang ating kaligtasan at mapigilan ang pagkalat ng COVID-19),” pahayag ni Concepcion Yu, residente sa Butuan City.

Pinuri naman ni Jeana Abucayan, na mula pa Bayugan City, ang ginagawang hakbang ng mga otoridad. “Kampante naman ako sa pinapatupad na precautionary measures ng ating gobyerno, kaso nga lang medyo abala din sa mga bumabiyahe,” banggit niya.

Samantala, base sa executive order no. 19, nagdeklara na si Mayor Ronnie Vicente Lagnada ng localized community quarantine sa lungsod ng Butuan epektibo ng hatinggabi ng Marso 19 hanggang April 18, 2020.

Mahigpit man ang dinadaanang proceso, positibo naman ang mga Caraganon na mapipigilan ang pagkalat ng virus sa tulong na rin ng gobyerno. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Pagpreserbar sa Century ug Heritage Trees sa Carmen gimando

By Jessica O. Mellejor

CARMEN, Agusan del Norte, Marso 19 -- Hugot nga ipatuman karon sa lungsod sa Carmen, Agusan del Norte ang Municipal Ordinance No. 27, sa tuig 2019 nga usa ka “Ordinance Mandating the preservation of Century and Heritage Trees in the Jurisdiction of the Municipality of Carmen.”

Kini human gideklarang balido sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan ang maong ordinansa ubos sa Sanggunian Resolution No. 111-2020 nga gipangamahanan ni Provincial Board Member James T. Reserva, tsirman sa Committee on Environment and Natural Resources.

Matod pa sa gipahayag sa kagamhanan sa maong lungsod nga kini nga kahoy isip “isa kagatusan ka tuig ug kabilin nga kahoy” ug ang tanang lungsoranon gimanduan sa pagpanalipod/pag-atiman isip kabahin kini sa atong kina-iyahang bahandi.

Gidili niini nga ang tanan gideklarang “Century and Heritage Trees” dili putlon o gub-on gawas kung kini alang sa medical, public emergency, public safety ug botanical reasons ug i-preserved ug i-maintain sa iyang natural state.

Dili usab hilabtan ang tanan nga mga tanum nga adunay mga hayop nga nagpuyo sa sulod o nagsalig sa giingon nga kahoy aron mabuhi, lakip ang mga mammal, langgam, reptilya o ferns.

Ang mga kahoy ug uban pang pananom sa munisipyo naghatag alang sa mga pasilidad pangkatawhan ug lain-laing mga benepisyo sa kinaiyahan ug ekonomiya lakip ang: pagpauswag sa kalidad sa hangin ug tubig, pagkunhod sa polusyon sa kasaba, pagbaha, pagpugong sa pagkubkob sa yuta, pagkunhod sa kusog nga gikinahanglan sa pagpabugnaw ug pagpainit sa pagpuyo ug ang mga kahoy nahimo’g simbolo sa kalihukan sa kalikopan sa tibuuk kalibutan, apil ang munisipalidad sa Carmen.

Nahisubay ang maong ordinansa sa Republic Act No. 10066, "An Act Providing for the Protection and Conservation of the National Cultural Heritage, Strengthening the national Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCAA) and its Affiliated Cultural Agencies, and for other Purposes.”

Subay usab kini sa Section 132 (Provincewide Observance of Arbor Day/Tree Planting as an Annual Event) sa Environment Code of the Province of Agusan del Norte.

Kini gi-aprobahan sa ika 33rd Regular Sesyon sa pagpaningkamot ni Provincial Board Member Reserva. (LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)