(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Tuesday, 02 June, 2020) Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) affecting Mindanao. Meanwhile, Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 770 km East of Casiguran, Aurora (15.2°N, 129.3°E). Zamboanga Peninsula, BARMM and SOCCSKSARGEN will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers or thunderstorms due to ITCZ. The rest of Mindanao will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers or thunderstorms due to ITCZ. Light to moderate winds from the Southeast to Variable with slight to moderate seas.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

“Kadiwa on Wheels” rolls out in Butuan’s remote barangays

BUTUAN CITY, April 16 -- The Department of Agriculture - Caraga has served three barangays on its first “Kadiwa on Wheels.” The program aims to bring the market to residents observing the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) imposed in the city and the entire region.

Farmers’ associations in cooperation with individual entrepreneurs and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) have displayed commodities such as fresh vegetables, fruits, dressed chicken, pork cuts, fish, and other food supplies.

Residents from Barangay Pagatpatan, Agusan Pequeño, and Bading are given the opportunity to buy their food needs right at the area where they live.

“We’re glad for this action from the government. Residents here don’t need to buy at the market or grocery stores, because our needs are already brought here,” said Chairperson Larry Abuzo of Barangay Agusan Pequeño.


The Department’s initiative is in support to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country.

“We’re bringing the market here in the barangays so we can help limit the going in and out of the people just to buy food,” said Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division Chief Lynn Pareñas.

Pareñas said that the strict implementation of protocols, such as social distancing and wearing of face masks, among buyers at the barangay hall covered court are being followed.

Suppliers of the “Kadiwa on Wheels” are farmer-members of Sumilihon-Taguibo Farmers’ Association (SUTAFA), Lemon Integrated Farmers’ Association, JVV Farms, Andrew’s Dressed Chicken, and Surigao City Fish Buyers Association.

The consolidated gross sales of the suppliers reached a total of PHP 79,440 for the three barangays. “This is also a good way to help our farmer-entrepreneurs have their products sold and still earn despite the pandemic,” said Pareñas. (DA Caraga/PIA Caraga)


Surigao Sur town buys palay from local farmers amidst COVID-19 pandemic

By Aurelius P. Arais

Photos: Carrascal Municipal Agriculture Office
TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Apr. 16 -- Heeding the call of the Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary William Dar, the local government unit of Carrascal, Surigao del Sur is now in the height of buying-out palay from its farmer constituents.

This was learned from Japhet Sugian, a municipal agriculturist of the said town in an interview over DA Caraga's weekly radio program Bahandi Sa Kaumahan.

Sugian said that Mayor Vicente H. Pimentel III approved an ordinance to ensure a sufficient supply of rice in their locality amidst the threat of the CoViD-19 pandemic.

“We have an approved P2M based on the approved ordinance and an additional P1.5M from the Economic Development Fund bringing the total budget to P3.5M purposely to purchase palay from our local farmers,” Sugian explained.

Sugian said that they are going to buy fresh palay at the farm gate price of P18.00 per kilo, while those farmers who already milled their harvest will be purchased pegged at P2,000.00 per bag of 50 kilograms.

 “I have fielded my staff to visit the interested farmers themselves and record the actual harvest and the farmer will get the payment at our municipal office to avoid bringing cash in the field for security purposes,” he said.

LGU will provide free hauling services to ensure hassle-free transactions.

Carrascal LGU projected a total of 180,000 kilograms or an estimate of 3,200 bags of rice will be purchased from the local farmers.

Earlier, Sugian explained that the LGU had signed a memorandum of agreement with the five rice mills and two mechanical dryers to process their purchased palay.

“The ultimate purpose of our initiative is to help our farmers and at the same time to ensure that the LGU can have a ready supply of rice for our second round of providing foods for our constituents affected by the quarantine due to COVID-19,” Sugian disclosed.

As of last planting season, Carrascal has more than 400 hectares planted with rice.

Aside from buying palay, the LGU is also finalizing the scheme to buy-out other agricultural crops such as vegetables and root crops for a localized market to be established in strategic barangays.

Secretary Dar appealed to the local government units to buy products from their local farmers for their relief operations amidst the CoViD-19 pandemic. (DA Caraga/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


41 PUMs nahuman sa 14-day quarantine sa TNHS

By Allen Joe Lumanta

TRENTO, Agusan del Sur, Abril 16 -- Midawat sa ilang tagsa-tagsa ka medical clearance ang 41 ka mga Quarantine Graduates nga mipuyo sa Municipal Isolation Facility ning lungsod sa Trento atul sa gipahigayong hamubo nga programa sa Trento National High School Covered Court kagahapong adlawa, Abril 15, 2020.

Ang maong mga “graduates” miabot sa Caraga-Davao Borders niadtong Marso 31, 2020 ug aktong naabtan sa Regional Lockdown nga gipatuman sa Caraga Regional Inter-Agency Task Force (CRIATF) for CoViD-19.

Sa ilang pagsulod sa Agusan del Sur ug Caraga Region, otomatikong giihap sila isip mga Persons Under Monitoring (PUM) o suspected case (sa bag-o nga pinulungan sa Department of Health) ug giatiman sa Rural Health Unit personnel sa lungsod sa Trento ug sa Provincial Health Office sugod niadtong Marso 31 hangtud Abril 14, 2020.

Sa hamubong programa, gipasabot ni Governor Santiago Cane, Jr. sa mga “graduates” ang kabuluhan sa gibuhat kanila nga Mandatory 14-Day Quarantine pinasubay sa guidelines nga gipakanaug sa CRIATF.


Tungod sa maong lakang nga gipatuman sa CRIATF nahimo kining “contributing factor” sa pagpabilin sa Caraga nga CoViD-free region, ug kini gipasidunggan ni National Task Force CoViD-19 chief implementer Carlito Galvez, Jr.

Gikasayran nga gibutyag ni Galvez atul sa interview sa Dobol B News TV nga ang Baguio City, Davao ug Caraga mga ehemplo sa maayong pagpatuman sa mga precautionary measures batuk sa gikahadlokang coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) tungod sa hiniusang pwersa niini ug pagtinabangay sa mga kapulisan, militar, ug mga civil service organizations.

Sa laing bahin, mihangyo usab si Mayor William Calvez sa mga “graduates” nga magpabiling alerto sa palibot tungod kay wala pa nahuman ang hulga sa COVID pandemic, ug gikinahanglan nga sila isip mga graduates sa 14-day quarantine magsilbing mga giya usab sa ilang matag komunidad, pamilya, ug mga kahigalaan.

Lakip sa mga “graduates” ang mga PUM nga gikan sa nagkalain-laing munisipyo – Bayugan City (4); Veruela (4); Sta. Josefa (2); San Francisco (2); Talacogon (2); Prosperidad (1); Rosario (3); ug Trento (23). (MIO-Trento, AgSur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Legislative awareness week sa Cabadbaran ipatuman

By Shiene V. Deligero

DAKBAYAN SA CABADBARAN, Agusan del Norte, Abril 16 -- Atol sa gihimong ika-35th regular sesyon sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan aprobado na ang City Ordinance No. 043-2019 gikan sa Sangguniang Panglungsod sa Cabadbaran ning lalawigan alang sa pagpahigayon matag ikaduhang semana sa Nobyembre kada tuig isip Legislative Awareness Week kun LAW ug paghatag pundo niini.

Katuyoan sa maong ordinansa nga gipangamahanan ni Sangguniang Panlungsod Member Leo Dale A. Corvera nga mapalambo ang legal literacy sa mga kabatanonan pinaagi sa paghimo og legal nga lehislasyon pinaagi sa pag conduct og simposiums, workshops ug academic competitions.

Ang kalihokan sa maong semana naglangkob sa mga mosunod:

1. Informative drive on approved Local Legislation

2. Seminar Workshop on Local Legislative on Policy-Making Process

3. Academic contest ug

4. Legislative State of the City Address

Sa gihimong pagtuon sa Committee on Rules nga gipangunahan ni Board Member Elizabeth Marie R. Calo, nakita nga ang maong lakang makatabang sa katawhan hilabi na sa kabatan-onan tungod kini nahisubay sa Chapter 1, Section 4 Education Act of 1982 nga nag-unod sa pagtudlo ug paghatag og dugang kaalam kabahin sa ilang mga katungod ug katungdanan as Filipino citizens . Mao usab sa Capter II, Section 5(2) nga nagtumong sa pagpauswag ug pagpanalipod sa kaayohan ug interes sa mga kabatan-onan pinaagi sa pagpasabot sa ilang mga katungod ug obligasyon.

Ang kalihukan pangunahan sa usa ka task force nga pangulohan sa City Vice Mayor isip chairperson, komitiba sa edukasyon ug kultura isip Vice Chair, City Division Superintendent, DepEd Cabadbaran ug tanan konsehal isip mga myembro.

Kini pagapondohan sa kantidad nga P500,000 alang sa epektibong implementasyon niini.
Ang nasangpit nga ordinansa gi-aprobahan sa SP pinaagi sa Sanggunian Resolution No.10-2019 sa pagpanguna ni Bokal Calo. (LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)