(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Thursday, 09 July, 2020) Synopsis:Easterlies affecting Palawan, Visayas and Mindanao. Caraga Region will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers mostly in the afternoon or evening due to Easterlies/ Localized thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Light to moderate winds coming from the East to Southeast will prevail and the coastal waters will be slight to moderate with wave height of 0.5 to 1.5 meters.

Wednesday, February 4, 2020


Caraganons participate in advocacy walk for 2020 Women’s Month

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, March 4 (PIA) - Wearing their colorful shirts, the government employees, with the representatives from the private sector, academe, and women organizations brought along with them their information materials and convened early morning on Monday for the kick-off activity of this year’s Women’s Month celebration in Caraga region.

All have actively participated in the advocacy walk from the Capitol grounds going to the Guingona Park of Butuan City.

Said activity was aimed to level-up the awareness of every Caraganon on the rights of women and children and prevent them from being victims of any form of violence and abuse.

Men have also joined the event as an expression of their support to all women in the region and the world.

Carl Van Lucero, who joined and witnessed the camaraderie of women and men through the kick-off activities, recognized the valuable contribution of women in nation-building. He also emphasized that change should really work for women.

“We continue to support women and their rights, and their great contribution to the communities. I hope that we would also be able to help them and let change work for them,” cited Lucero.

Police Staff Sergeant Christine Taub also bared that the Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel in different communities are ready and taking measures to ensure the protection of the locals especially the women and children.

“The PNP personnel in the barangays are very willing to help especially women should there be any violation committed by perpetrators against them,” Taub said.

Meanwhile, Atty. Jerefe Tubigon-Bacang, regional director of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR)-Caraga and chairperson of the Regional Gender and Development Committee (RGADC), emphasized that said celebration is for everyone and not only for women.

“We celebrate Women’s Month because it is for everyone. We celebrate as women and men also celebrate with us for the progress and development of all women,” bared Bacang.

She further urged every family to apply shared responsibility such as doing household chores, instead of letting women at home do it themselves. She also elaborated that gender equality and mainstreaming should be observed and practiced everywhere. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

PhilHealth urges Caraganons to avail benefits under UHC law

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 4 (PIA) -- With the implementation of the Universal Health Care (UHC) Law in the country, the Philippine Health Insurance Company (PhilHealth) Caraga urged Caraganons to enroll in order to avail the benefits covered by the law.

In the recent media forum conducted by the agency in Watergate Boutique Hotel with the Philippine Sweepstakes Charity Office (PCSO) and the Department of Health (DOH) in Caraga, the benefits of the said law were discussed, such as the objective of the government to provide better financial assistance to Filipinos in accessing medical services.

According to Jane Santos of PhilHealth Caraga, around 1.2 million Caraganons, equivalent to almost 82 percent of the total population of Caraga, are set to be covered by the law's benefits. At present, over 9,500 members have already benefited from UHC law.

Kate Atenta, a Caraganon, is relieved that such a law has been created. It will greatly benefit people like her who are unable to provide finances to avail access to quality medical services.

“Such law will be of great assistance to people like me who are minimum wage earners. Such initiative is a testament of the government’s compassion for its people,” she added.

At present, PhilHealth Caraga is aiming to accommodate more members to avail the UHC law which is why for PhilHealth member Mariel Calo, who has also availed the Zero Balance Billing, information drive is crucial in the effective implementation of the law. For her, the mandate of the law holds great promises for the future of health care services in the country, especially for Filipinos who barely earn a decent income.

"The benefits of the program should be availed by every Filipino. Disseminating information should not only be through social media, but also through the TV and radio, and even through distributing flyers and placing posters in places with a huge crowd,” she suggested.

The Universal Health Care Law, or the Republic Act No. 11223, aims to improve the health care system in the country by extending financial assistance in medical care to all Filipinos, financially-able and otherwise. The said law took effect on February 20 on the previous year. (PIA-Caraga)

Religious leaders join interfaith dialogue to end local communist armed conflict

BAYUGAN CITY, Agusan del Sur, March 4 – The religious leaders were united in an interfaith dialogue and discussed the role of the religious sector in the Whole of Nation Approach to End Local Communist Armed Conflict’s Sectoral Unification and Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) Clusters held recently at the Kalinaw (Peace) Building, 3rd Special Forces “Arrowhead” Battalion in Barangay Noli, this city.

Lieutenant Col. Sahisa T. Adzramen (Chaplain Service), 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division post-Islamic Chaplain; 3rd Special Forces “Arrowhead” Battalion (3SFBn) Commanding Officer Lieutenant Col. Joey Baybayan INF (GSC) PA with religious leaders from the Catholic, Islam, United Church of Christ of the Philippines (UCCP), Seventh-day Adventist Church and Iglesia Independiente Filipina (IFI) attended the event.

First Lieutenant Krisjuper Andreo J. Punsalan, 3SFBn Civil-Military Operations Officer, oriented the participants in the Whole-Of-Nation Approach to End Local Communist Armed Conflict as a peaceful concept to end any armed conflict by focusing on peace and development interventions in conflict-affected areas to address root causes of conflict and in advocating the E-CLIP to induce peaceful surrenders.

Punsalan also encouraged the participation of the religious sector in Deradicalization program for former rebels through values formation, and strengthening of spiritual dimensions to denounce violence in resolving conflict, the promotion of Family and reconciliation, and the conduct of intensified information drives among youth ministries and their respective members to protect the religious and other faith-based organizations from communist and other terrorist groups’ infiltration which can destroy their credibility and corrupt their faith.


LTC Adzramen further emphasized that a true religious leader who believes in God leads his followers to the path of peace and the goodness of life.

“Ang tunay na alagad ng Panginoon ay hindi kumakanlong ng kasamaan at kaguluhan. Kung ang tao ay naging masama, tungkulin nating akayin sila pabalik sa kabutihan at ibalik sa tamang landas para hindi na ulit sila maligaw (The real follower of Christ are those who do not engage in wrong doings to cause conflicts. If an individual has become the person he/she shouldn’t be, it is then our responsibility to help them be at the right path and never let them do the same mistake again),” the chaplain said.

LTC Baybayan called on the participants to promote reconciliation to end conflict and prevent the unnecessary loss of lives. “We greatly hope that you could help us promote peace and reconciliation to induce more peaceful surrenders. The country has already suffered enough and as the President said, we cannot afford to pass this communist armed conflict to the next generations,“ he said.

Meanwhile, the Sectoral Unification, Capacity Building and Empowerment Cluster of Executive Order No. 70 shall engage, unify, capacitate, empower and mobilize all sectors (including the religious sector) of society to be free and resistant to Communist Terrorist Groups’ (CTG) mass base building operations and infiltration activities, to reinforce good governance, enduring peace and sustainable development. (KAP/3SFBn/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

AgNor bags international award on RABMis

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 4 -- The Province of Agusan del Norte coveted one of the highest awards on Rabies Management Information System (RABMis) during the 11th International Conference on Environmental and Rural Development held in Siem Reap, Cambodia held on February 28 - March 1, 2020.

Dr. Joseph P. Dargantes, Veterinarian IV of the Provincial Veterinary Office and the representative of the province, was awarded the Excellent Paper Award during the said international conference.

Dr. Dargantes presented his paper “Integration of Rabies Management Information System (RabMIS) through One-Health Approach into the Rabies Prevention and Control Program in the Province of Agusan del Norte, Philippines: An Evaluation.”

Attended by more than 100 researchers all over the world, the main objective of the conference was to discuss and develop sustainable and effective processes and strategies for sustainable rural development taking into account the agricultural and environmental aspects in developing countries.

The conference was organized by International Society of Environmental and Rural Development Royal University of Agriculture, Cambodia Institute of Environmental Rehabilitation and Conservation, Japan and co-organized by United Nations University, Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability collaborated with Tokyo University of Agriculture, Japan, Khon Kaen University, Thailand, Bohol Island State University, Philippines, Association of Environmental and Rural Development, Thailand.

The paper presented was the research study of Dr. Dargantes when he obtained and graduated his master’s degree at Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand last June 2019. The research was funded by GREASE (Gestion des Risques Emergents en Asie du Sud-Est) and the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD).

Rabies Management Information System (RabMIS) is a novel initiative by the Provincial Government of Agusan del Norte in its record-keeping of pertinent data of its rabies program. It was co-developed by Mr. Paul Cupay of Management Information System (MIS) of the province. (LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Selebrasyon sa Women’s Month, sinimulan sa Caraga

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Marso 4 (PIA) - Suot ang kanilang makukulay na t-shirts at dala ang kani-kanilang information materials, maagang nagtipon ang mga kawani ng gobyerno kasama ang private sector, women organizations at academe para sa kick-off activity ng Women's Month sa Caraga region.

Sa isinagawang Advocacy Walk mula kapitolyo hanggang sa Guingona Park sa lungsod ng Butuan, target nitong mapalawak pa ang kaalaman ng bawat residente ng Caraga ukol sa karapatan ng kababaihan at mawakasan ang anumang uri ng karahasan at pang-aabuso sa sektor.

Lubos naman ang suporta ng mga kalalakihan sa taunang selebrasyon. Isa si Carl Van Lucero sa mga bumati sa mga kababaihan at kinilala ang malaking kontribusyon nito sa pag-unlad ng bawat komunidad.

“Patuloy kaming sumusuporta sa mga kababaihan at sa pagsulong ng kanilang mga karapatan. Kinikilala din namin ang kanilang malaking kontribusyon sa kaunlaran ng bansa,” ani ni Lucero.

Pagtitiyak naman ni Police Staff Sergeant Christine Taub na nakaantabay at nakahanda ang kapulisan sa bawat komunidad para masigurong ligtas ang lahat lalu na ang kababaihan at bata.

“Handa ang ating kapulisan na rumesponde sa ating mga kababaihan sakaling may mga report ng paglabag sa kanilang mga karapatan at seguridad,” pahayag ni Taub.

Binigyang-diin naman ni Atty. Jerefe Tubigon-Bacang, regional director ng Commission on Human Rights (CHR)-Caraga at chairperson ng Regional Gender And Development Committee (RGADC) na ang nasabing taunang selebrasyon ay para sa lahat at hindi lang para sa mga kababaihan.

“Pinagdaraos natin ang Women’s Month dahil para ito sa lahat. Ang mga kalalakihan naman ay sumusuporta sa lahat ng kababaihan at nakikiisa sa kaunlaran ng sektor,” sabi ni Bacang.

Hinimok din niya ang bawat pamilya na magtulungan sa bawat gawain sa bahay at wag lang iasa sa mga babae. Maging ang pag-alaga sa kalikasan sa pamamagitan ng hindi pagamit ng single use plastic. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

CNTs, front groups continue to deprive SurSur IPs of education, social services in SurSur

By Lt. Krisjuper Andreo Punsalan

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Mar. 4 -- The residents of Sitio Simuwao (Kilometer 9), Diatagon, in Lianga town sought refuge in Sitio Neptune (Kilometer 6) near the military detachment as they reported intimidation and harassments by the Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) and Malahutayong Pakigbisog Alang sa mga Sumusunod (MAPASU) on February 28 to postpone the scheduled ocular inspection of the proposed Department of Education (DepEd) indigenous peoples (IP) government school site.

The DepEd IP schools will replace the inactive, non-DepEd accredited and alleged communist-influenced school of Tribal Filipino Program of Surigao del Sur (TRIFPSS).

“There are upcoming Serbisyo Caravans and other implementation of development programs like the establishment of DepEd accredited IP schools. As usual, the CNTs resorted to intimidation by threatening defenseless residents and even Lianga Local Government Unit officials to delay the implementation," said Lt. Colonel Joey Baybayan, 3rd Special Forces “Arrowhead” Battalion Commander.

It can be recalled that Surigao del Sur Governor Alexander Pimentel has offered MAPASU leaders to have its schools accredited by the DepEd during the dialogue at Sitio Simuwao last 2019 in the presence of Bayan Muna representatives and their allied religious groups. The governor pledged unequivocal support just to make these schools accredited as he shared his concern for the education of the students of these schools and fully agreed with the need for the government to uplift the quality of learning.

However, such plea fell on deaf ears as the MAPASU leaders insisted to operate on their own as they fear that having their schools accredited by the government would make the affected residents and the students realize their continued exploitation on them to become agents of violence, killing and nation-destruction.

“This is a crucial point. This kind of situation will define the character and leadership of our fellow local government officials and will test their commitment to End Local Communist Armed Conflict through delivering basic social services despite CNTs threats. We, in the military, will always be on our foot to perform our duty to assist them as we have the oath to protect the state, the country, and the people. We are always ready to answer the call of duty to support the implementation of EO 70 just to end this conflict in our area of responsibility,”  said Colonel Allan  Hambala, 401st Infantry Brigade Commander.

"The government wants to put up a DepEd-accredited school to provide quality education for IPs and deliver social services to address the root causes of insurgency.

Yet, MAPASU, the Communist NPA terrorists and their allied groups continuously prevent it by any violent means such as their recent attack on defenseless civilians. This situation only made the people and the nation more aware that it is they who deprive the IPs of quality education, not the government. Their actions contradict their placards’ battle cry during their scripted rallies which says, 'IP has the right for free and quality education,'” said LTC Baybayan.


The members of MAPASU consolidated in Sitio Han-ayan (Kilometer 16) while threatened KM 9 residents proceeded to Sitio Neptune, where a CAFGU detachment is established, along with their relatives to seek for safety and protection against the CNTs and MAPASU leaders’ continued harassment. (CMO-3SFBn/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Pagproseso sa tuba sa nipa ngadto sa suka ug laksoy iasdang sa mga mag-uuma sa Magallanes

MAGALLANES, Agusan del Norte, Marso 4 -- Iasdang sa mga mag-uuma sa Magallanes, Agusan del Norte ang laing paagi sa pagkutsitsa sa tanom nilang nipa nga maoy nag-unang tinubdan sa ilang panginabuhian ug buot kini nilang himoon ubos sa Process! Process! Process! Project sa AGUSAN UP!, ang kampanya sa kalambuan sa Agusan del Norte ubos sa administrayon ni Gob. Dale B. Corvera.

Bugtong ang pagpawod lamang og nipa aron himuong atop sa balay ang kasamtangang gimugna sa ilang abot nga nilapa sa 50 ektaryas nilang plantasyon sa nipa ug dili kini igo aron isustenir sa inadlaw-adlaw nga panginahanglanon sa pamilya sa mga sakop sa Bascaa Farmers Association sa Sitio Bascaa Brgy. Guiasan, Magallanes.

Sumala ni Zenaida Tupas, presidente sa maong oganisasyon nga nakuha nila ang ideya nga moproseso og mga produkto gikan sa mga abot sa nipa gikan sa konsepto sa Process! Process! Process! ug madasigon kini nilang gihisgutan sa pagbisita sa mga personahe sa AGUSAN UP! nga miadto sa ilang lugar alang sa ocular inspection sa 31 ektaryas nga ilang gikometer aron tamnan og falcata, cacao, mangga ug cassava ubos sa Plant! Plant! Plant! Project, laing proyekto sa AGUSAN UP!

Sa panaghisgut, gipadayag nila ang ilang interes nga mo-proseso og suka ug laksoy gikan sa tuba sa nipa aron mahimo silang mas produktibo ug moangat ang kita sa matag usa.

Dinhi gihangyo nila ang probinsya pinaagi sa AGUSAN UP! nga tabangan sila aron mahimong andam sa makuting proseso ug mga ekipos sa pagproseso sa nasangpit nga mga produkto, lakip na ang mga pagabansay nga gikinahanglan sa trabahante. (Agusan Up, LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Caraganons, hinimok na mag-enrol para sa UHC law

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Marso 4 (PIA) -- Kasabay ng puspusang pagpapapatupad ng Universal Health Care (UHC) Law sa bansa, hinimok ng Philippine Health Insurance Company (PhilHealth) Caraga ang mga Caraganon na mag enroll upang makinabang sa mga benepisyong handog nito.

Sa isinagawang media forum ng ahensya sa Watergate Boutique Hotel kasama ang kagawaran ng Philippine Sweepstakes Charity Office (PCSO) at nga Department of Health (DOH) sa Caraga, binigyang-diin ang mga serbisyo ng nasabing batas, lalo na sa pagbibigay ng tulong-pinansyal sa mga gastusin sa hospital.

Sa pag-uulat ni Jane Santos, kawani ng PhilHealth, nakahanda na ang 1.2 million na mga Caraganon o mahigit 82 porsyento ng populasyon sa rehiyon na makikinabang sa UHC. Sa taong 2019, nakapaglaan na ng tulong-pinansyal ang ahensya sa halos 9,500 nito na mga miyembro na handog ng batas.

Malaki ang pasasalamat ni Kate Atenta, isang Caraganon, sa tulong na maibibigay ng batas, lalo na sa mga Pilipinong tulad niya na may pamilya at hindi kaagad makakalaan ng pera pang gastos sa mga serbisyong medikal.

“Malaki ang maitutulong ng batas, lalo na sa mga tulad namin na mahihirap lamang. Patunay ito sa dedikasyon ng gobyerno na matulungan kami," aniya. 

Para naman sa miyembro ng PhilHealth na si Mariel Calo, isa sa mga nakinabang ng 'Zero Balance Billing,' mahalaga na maipaabot sa publiko ang impormasyon ukol sa UHC, lalo na’t mas maganda ang mga oportunidad na maibibigay nito sa mga mamamayang Pilipino.

“Iminumungkahi ko po na mas mabuti ay hindi lang sa social media nila ipaabot ang impormasyon ukol sa nasabing batas. Mas mainam na ipaabot din nila ito sa radio at sa TV, at magpaskil ng mga karatula at flyers sa mga matataong lugar," dagdag niya.

Isa din sa mga pangunahing layon ng ahensya na madagdagan pa ang makabenepisyo ng UHC, kung kaya’t nananawagan sila sa partisipasyon ng mga kawani ng media na ipaalam sa masa ang naturang batas.

Layon ng Universal Health Care Law, o Republic Act No. 11223, na maiangat ang health care system sa bansa sa pamamagitan ng pagpapaabot ng tulong pinansyal sa lahat ng Pilipino, may-kaya man o wala. Naipatupad ang nasabing batas noong Pebrero 20 ng nakaraang taon.  (PIA-Caraga)