(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Saturday, 19 September, 2020) Easterlies affecting the eastern section of Luzon and Visayas. Caraga Region will experience Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to Easterlies/ Localized Thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms.Light to Moderate winds coming from Northeast to East will prevail and the coastal waters will be Slight to Moderate with wave height from 0.6 to 2.5 meters.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020


Crime incidents in Caraga down by 19.85%

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 24 -- Based on comparative crime volume 11 days before and after the implementation of localized community quarantine in different areas in Caraga, the number of crime incidents went down to 19.85 percent, according to Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division.

PRO13 Director Brigadier General Joselito T. Esquivel, Jr. disclosed that from 277 crime incidents from March 1 to 11, 2020, the figure decreased to 222 from March 12 to 22, 2020.

In the same period, the peace and order index also decreased from 67.41 percent to 50.88 percent while the public safety index also went down from 90.47 percent to 79.24 percent.

Peace and order index is comprised of index crimes (murder, homicide, physical injuries, robbery, theft, carnapping of motorcycles, carnapping of motorized vehicles and rape which are known as seven-focused crimes and the special complex crimes) and non-index crimes (violation of special laws and the Revised Penal Code including those frustrated and attempted stages of seven-focused crimes) whereas the public safety index covers the vehicular incidents and other quasi-offenses.

“The reduction of crime incidents is attributed to the strict implementation of localized community quarantine and the enhanced security measures of the police force regionwide. The security and safety of the people are at the top of our priority amidst the crisis brought about by coronavirus disease 2019,” RD Esquivel, Jr. said.

He also appealed to Caraganons to cooperate in the implementation of community quarantine and to report to the nearest police station any information on crimes occurring in their communities. (PRO13/PIA-Caraga)

PNP Caraga top cop ensures welfare of all police personnel

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 24 -- During the special meeting held here yesterday (March 23), Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 Director Brigadier General Joselito T. Esquivel, Jr. vowed to ensure the well-being of his troops especially those manning in the checkpoints.

PRO13 Regional Personnel and Records Management Division was eventually ordered to coordinate with the Regional Health Service (RHS) to monitor and submit daily health updates of every PNP personnel in the region.

“Citing that the war is against an invisible enemy, one way of knowing the enemy is for cops to be capacitated with essential information particularly on the symptoms of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) through the templates to be disseminated by the RHS to the lowest rank and file,” BGen. Esquivel, Jr. said.

On the other hand, PRO13 has accounted for a total of 197 police officers who were graduates of medical-related courses like registered nurses regionwide. In case the need arises, they will be placed as members of the Quick Response Team for possible additional deployment on the ground.

Being a member of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), the PNP has deployed more troops on the field to assist in the implementation of localized community quarantine.

“As the fight against COVID-19 continues, we want to keep our personnel safe and protected. Meanwhile, we enjoin our people to cooperate with the authorities when passing at the checkpoints or better stay at home to get rid of the dreadful disease,” BGen. Esquivel, Jr. added. (PRO13/PIA-Caraga)