(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Friday, 07 August, 2020) At 3:00 AM today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 325 km Northeast of Virac, Catanduanes or 520 km East of Infanta, Quezon (15.6 °N, 126.4 °E). Southwest Monsoon affecting Southern Luzon and Visayas. Caraga Region will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers thunderstorms due to trough of low pressure area. Possible flash floods or landslides due to moderate with at times heavy rainshowers. Slight 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.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020


DOLE Caraga releases CAMP fund assistance to beneficiaries

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, March 31 -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) - Caraga Regional Office has recently announced the release of the first two batches of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP) fund assistance amounting to P5,607,340.00 benefiting 1,117 workers in the private sector. 

According to DOLE-Caraga Regional Director Chona Mantilla, the first batch of release was made on March 26, 2020, amounting to P2,063,220.00 which covered 411 workers in Agusan del Norte province.

“The regional office has also released P1,516,040.00 to 302 workers from Surigao del Norte; P1,450,780.00 to 289 workers from Surigao del Sur; and P577,300.00 to 115 workers in Agusan del Sur,” added Mantilla.

Director Mantilla further bared that the regional office is waiting for additional cash from the Central Office to fund the next batches of applicants.

For more information, everyone is encouraged to check the DOLE Caraga’s website: http://caraga.dole.gov.ph/ or Facebook Page:
https://web.facebook.com/dolecaraga13/. (DOLE-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

Caraga, naglatag ng contingency plan vs. COVID-19

By Venus L. Garcia

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Marso 31 (PIA) -- Sa harap ng patuloy na pagtaas ng kaso ng coronavirus disease o COVID-19 sa bansa, puspusan ang health emergency response action laban sa naturang virus ng Department of Health – Center for Health and Development (DOH-CHD) Caraga.

Sa isinagawang 1st Quarter Full Council Meeting ng Caraga Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC), tinalakay ang contingency plan bilang paghahanda sa worst-case scenario lalo na at nakapasok na ang COVID-19 sa Mindanao. 

Kabilang rito ang  pinalakas na pagbabantay at pagtukoy sa resources at response activities kung sakaling lumala ang sitwasyon.

“Itong COVID-19 ay bagong uri ng virus kaya kailangan natin itong paghanda pa lalo.

Kailangan nating maniguro sa ating kaligtasan at seguridad. Kaya hangga’t maaari ay sundin natin ang mga guidelines na ipinapatupad ng pamahalaan upang masugpo ang COVID-19,” sabi ni DOH-CHD Caraga regional director Jose Llacuna, Jr.

Bagama’t wala pang naitalang nagpositibo na patients under investigation o PUIs, mas hinigpitan pa ng mga lokal na pamahalan ang pagpapatupad ng localized community quarantine.

Nagsimula na rin ang ilang barangay sa pag-repack at house-to-house distribution ng food packs .

“Ang aming barangay ay naghahanda na rin ng mga family food packs na naglalaman ng bigas, canned goods at instant noodles. Ibabahagi natin ito sa mga pamilyang mas nangangailangan ng tulong,” sabi ni Wilo Montero, punong barangay ng Brgy. Bayanihan, Butuan City.

Sa Surigao del Norte, nakatanggap din ang frontliners ng Caraga Regional Hospital ng health at sanitary supply gaya ng alcohol, anti-bacterial soap at disinfectant maliban sa bigas at iba pang food items.

Samantala, nanawagan naman ang mga nurse na nakadeploy sa barangay health centers na sana ay matugunan ang kanilang kakulangan ng supply ng face mask, gloves at disinfectant.

“Paubos na talaga ang stock namin ng face masks at gloves. Nangangailangan din kami ng face shield. Hiling sana namin ang support ng ating pamahalaan para maprotektahan din ang aming mga sarili habang isinasagawa ang aming mga tungkulin bilang frontliners,” sabi ni Louise Francia R. Centeno, registered nurse ng DOH-CHD Caraga na nagsisilbi sa Barangay Health Center sa ilalim ng national deployment project o NDP.

Sa ngayon ay nanatili pa ring negatibo sa COVID-19 ang Caraga. Ngunit may nananatiling 16 patients under investigation (PUIs) kung saan ang isa nito ay namatay na may pre-existing medical condition na chronic kidney disease. Meron ding 7,550 persons under monitoring (PUMs) kung 5,778 sa kanila ay cleared at tapos na sa isolation period sa ngayon. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


Tandag mayor asks public to stay at home due to COVID-19


By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Mar 31 (PIA) -- City Mayor Roxanne Pimentel on Saturday inspected the two entry/exit points in the city to observe if proper protocol is implemented by the frontliners during the first day of implementation of the modified community quarantine (MCQ), as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Mayor Pimentel observed that the pedestrians passing through the checkpoint obeyed the policy implemented by the authorities.

While she was at the public market, the lady mayor also asked her constituents she met along the way for their quarantine pass or identification card for the workers.

It can be recalled that on March 25, 2020, Mayor Pimentel signed an Executive Order No. 09-A S. 2020, an order for a temporary closure of entertainment and amusement establishments offering non-essential services to the public due to the threat of COVID-19 effective March 28.

Only establishments which offer essential services are allowed to operate or exempted as stated on the EO, such as: water refilling stations; public markets (wet markets); agri-vet stores; savings and credit cooperatives; food establishments such as restaurants, cafes, bars, bakery, and the like (provided that, they shall discontinue their dine-in services, and shall only allow take-out services), store/food deliveries services; & funeral parlors and private cemeteries, provided that, they shall strictly impose a "family members only" wake and burial, and social distancing thereat.

Other establishments or offices allowed to operate during the duration of the MCQ are: groceries; supermarkets; mall in-house department stores; pharmacies and drugstores; medical laboratories; banks and ATMs; hardware; money-transfer services and bayad centers; courier services; printing presses; auto repair services; gas stations and LPG; laundry shops; cellphone repair shops; pet shops; convenient stores; wholesale and sari-sari stores; energy and internet services; private business offices; government offices; offices/clinics of doctors, dentists, optometrists, lawyers, public accountants, architects, engineers, and other related professional services.

Residents of Tandag City working in private establishments and government offices are allowed to work during the duration of MCQ provided that they shall present either one company ID, or certificate of employment issued by the employer upon inquiry of the enforcers and shall only be used when going to and from work.

The ID or certification cannot be used when buying groceries, medicines or any basic necessities. In such, only the quarantine passes will be accepted and honored that were distributed to only one authorized person per household/family residents of the city.

No face mask, no entry policy is strictly implemented. During this period, all individuals, residents or non-residents are directed to wear face masks when going out in public. The non-residents shall be issued visitor’s pass upon entry at the border checkpoints, and transactions are limited to money transactions; medical transactions; and buying raw and fresh wet market products which only allowed at Luha Public Market in Barangay Mabua. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)