(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 2, 2020

PUI mortality in Caraga tested negative for #COVID19

BUTUAN CITY, April 2 -- The confirmatory laboratory result for COVID-19 of the first Person Under Investigation (PUI) mortality in Caraga was released by the Southern Philippines Medical Center and was found to be negative of the virus.

The patient’s demise was primarily correlated to a pre-existing medical condition which was Chronic Kidney Disease although a travel history outside the region was noted.

“Again, we extend our sympathy to the bereaved family for their loss. However, we are also relieved of the latest test result,” said Dr. Jose R. Llacuna, Jr., Regional Director of Department of Health (DOH) Caraga.

As of April 1, 2020, there are two currently admitted PUIs in one of the DOH hospitals in the region. The regional office is still waiting for its pending lab results.

“I cannot overemphasize the determination of our local chief executives and all the stakeholders who took part in this journey against COVID-19. We still have a long way to go but I am faithful that we can surpass this because we are united. Buckle up Caraga, we will win this fight,” Dr. Llacuna stressed.

In relation to the various issuances by the local government units in the region, the Regional Task Force for COVID-19 released Resolution No. 7 Series of 2020 or the “One Caraga Shield”, where the resolution aims to harmonize the guidelines for the regional community quarantine in response to the viral threat. With this strengthened and unified approach, Caraganons are being guided to the coordinated policies. (DOH Caraga/PIA Caraga)

Pump and engine sets fuel rice farmers

BUTUAN CITY, April 2 -- Irrigators associations continue to produce food despite the many concerns brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eight pump and engine sets that were given from the Department of Agriculture (DA) Caraga have been used and benefited by the six irrigators associations since the items were turned over to them last March 5, 2020.

The six associations who have untiringly produce rice are the Mandacpan-San Vicente-Bit-os Good Farmers Irrigators Association, Kinamlutan Service Irrigators Association, Kinamlutan-Tabontabon-Kabacungan Irrigators Association, Bonbon Sunriser Irrigators Association, Malalang-Bancasi Irrigators Association, and Alubihid-Manapa Irrigators Association.


"Rest assured that more interventions are coming and sooner will be realized. We just need your support and your cooperation," said Regional Executive Director Abel James Monteagudo during the turn-over ceremony.

The intervention is in line with agricultural modernization wherein the Department has turned over a total of 350 million worth of farm equipment.

Around 280 farmer associations and cooperatives received their proposed farm equipment such as mechanical rice transplanters, four-wheel-drive tractors, rice combine harvesters, hand tractors, rice threshers, rice reapers, seed spreaders, and pump and engine sets. (DA Caraga/PIA Caraga)


Backyard gardening to secure every household’s food source

By Vanessa Sanchez

BUTUAN CITY, April 2 -- As the whole nation is battling a pandemic brought about by the coronavirus disease, ensuring food availability for every Filipino is among the top things that need to be secured.

With the said task at hand, the Department of Agriculture has been looking into ways to ensure that food production in the country continues.

In the region, one initiative taken by the Department of Agriculture – Caraga through the High Value Crops Program (HVCDP) is the distribution of vegetable seeds to walk-in clients who want to engage in vegetable gardening.

“Backyard gardening will help ensure that every household will have their own source of food in the coming days especially now that we are facing this COVID-19 threat,” Marco Antonio Morido, HVCDP Program Coordinator said.

In addition, growing your own food ensures it is safe and gardening can also be a form of exercise. Moreover, Morido said that now that the whole country is placed under quarantine, people are discouraged from going out so they really have time to plant and tend to a backyard garden and still be productive.

The HVCDP team has repacked their remaining available vegetable seeds so that more people can be given. They Department will also be procuring additional seeds to cater to more requests.

Morido also said that they are encouraging the Local Government Units (LGUs) who may still have available seeds to also do the same so that more people can plant and grow their own source of food.

This initiative is also in support to the DA’s Ahon Lahat, Pagkaing Sapat or ALPAS Covid-19 which is also called the Plant Plant Plant Program.

According to DA Secretary William Dar the government through the ALPAS Covid-19 commits to provide adequate, accessible and affordable food for every Filipino family. (DA Caraga/PIA Caraga)


POPCOM pushes for FP during community quarantine


By May Ann O. Escobal

BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte, April 2 -- The Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) Caraga reminds parents to stay responsible through the practice of modern family planning during community quarantine to prevent unplanned pregnancies. 

The commission is calling the population and health workers and volunteers to remain aggressively providing family planning services by reaching out to households for FP is now mainly a health intervention program for improving the health and welfare of mothers, children and the family.

With the help of the local government units, POPCOM assures couples and families the provision of basic family planning services in their respective communities despite community quarantine to prevent unplanned pregnancies.

In this continuing information campaign, the population agency urged couples to remain conscious about planning their families despite having only limited activities at home; maintain their overall health and well-being during these trying times.

POPCOM Caraga revealed that when couples are more likely to stay at home for longer periods due to the community quarantine being enforced by the different LGUs in the region and other areas in the country affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19, pregnancy spike may happen as couples are unable to visit the health centers and avail the regular reproductive health services including contraceptives such as pills, condoms, injectables, and the like.

A study revealed that three in 10 births in the Philippines is either unwanted or mistimed.

Regional Director Alexander A. Makinano emphasized that the increase of unplanned pregnancies during natural crisis has a major impact on demography. “In times like these where everyone is discouraged to go out in the streets may reduce couples access to family planning information and services and lead to unplanned pregnancy. Natural disasters, pandemics and other events that force people to stay indoors are followed by increased births”, he underscored.

Makinano further accented the interrelationship of population, health and environment; the increasing number of people make bigger demands for food and resources, exerting pressure on the environment. (POPCOM Caraga/PIA Agusan del Norte)

DTI Caraga mahigpit na ipinatutupad ang panukala ukol sa panic 

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Abril 2 (PIA) -- Tinututukan ngayon ng Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Caraga ang pagpatupad ng regulasyon na nagbabawal ang panic buying at hoarding.

Nakapaloob sa Memorandum Circular No. 20-07 ang mga alituntunin na naglilimita sa bilang ng mga pangunahing bilihin partikular na sa mga locally-produced instant noodles at canned sardines; liquid at powdered milk; instant coffee; mineral water; loaf bread; at mga disinfectant at hygiene products kagaya ng alcohol at hand sanitizer; disinfecting liquids; bath soap; toilet paper; at face masks.

Gayun paman, giit ni Atty. Kurt Montero ng naturang ahensya, walang dapat ikabahala ang mga Caraganons dahil aabot pa naman sa isang buwan ang mga supplies ng mga naturang bilihin.

Bukod dito, tinitiyak din ng ahensya na hindi maantala ang pagdedeliver ng supply ng mga pangunahing bilihin nang sa ganon ay maiwasan ang kakulangan.

Sang-ayon naman ang store supervisor na si Imelda Polintan sa pagpapatupad ng naturang kautusan upang masiguro na lahat ay mabibigyan ng pagkakataong bumili.

“Sa mga nangyayari ngayon, mas maigi na makipagtulungan at sundin ng mga pamilihan ang regulasyon ng otoridad ukol sa mga bilihin. Naniniwala po ako na malaki ang papel ng mga mangangakal sa krisis na hinaharap natin, lalo na sa mga nagnenegosyo ng pamilihan,” dagdag niya.

Mahigpit rin ipinatutupad ang liquor ban sa mga pamilihan.

Paalala ni Atty. Montero sa mga mamimili na maging responsableng at bilhin lamang ang kailangan nang maiwasan ang pagkasayang ng mga bilihin at panggastos.

“Lahat po tayo ay may pangangailangan at sa ganitong paraan ay nakakatulong po tayo sa ating kapwa,” aniya.

Sa ngayon, nasa proseso pa ng pagsasagawa ng clarificatory guidelines para sa naturang memorandum circular ang DTI upang mabigyang linaw pa ang mga regulasyon. (PIA-Caraga)