(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.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

TESDA, TVIs provide face masks, healthy drinks, disinfectants to frontliners in SurSur

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

BISLIG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Apr. 7 (PIA) -- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Surigao del Sur Provincial Office in partnership with the Technical Vocational Institutions (TVIs) in the province has provided face masks, healthy drinks, and disinfectants recently to the front line service providers in the province.

According to TESD Specialist Lee Escobal, the said activity is in response to the mandate of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of the Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-MEID) in preventing the spread of COVID 19 which calls for readily available support and technical assistance to the front line services and the local chief executives.

TESDA Provincial Director Rey Cueva led the distribution of the 228 face masks and 165 bottles of Calamansi juice, and disinfectants to the frontliners assigned at the entrance and exit points of the province.
                                                  
Escobal said the face masks came from Lorenz International Skills Training Academy, Inc. (LISTA), a Tailoring NC II accredited provider, owned by Maggie Gudella Z. Tse while the Calamansi Juice was from Callano Farm, a TESDA accredited farm school in Tagbina town.

Also, Karl Toledo, owner of the National Institute for Technical Excellence, Inc. (NITEX) - Carrascal Campus,  an accredited TVI in Carrascal, provided plastic bottles for juice and containers/bottle sprays for disinfectants.

The provision of the face masks, healthy drinks, and disinfectants to frontliners are also in support of the "Bayanihan to Heal As One Act". which calls for a partnership with the private sector and stakeholders in delivering the aforementioned measures quickly and efficiently, Escobal noted. (PIA-Bislig City)

Dagdag pasilidad inihanda sa Surigao del Sur para sa mga PUIs

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

Adela Serra Ty Memorial Medical Center in Tandag City (Photo credit: ASTMMC)
TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Abril 7 (PIA) -- Sa gitna ng patuloy ng pagtaas ng kaso sa coronavirus (COVID-19) sa buong bansa, inihanda na ng lokal na pamahalaan ng probinsya sa Surigao del Sur ang dagdag pasilidad para sa mga patients under investigation (PUIs).

Sinabi ni Provincial Health office chief Dr. Eric Montesclaros, ang mga ito ay referral facility na ilalaan sa mga CoViD-19 mild PUIs lamang, kung saan puspusan na ang isinagawang pagsasanay sa mga mangangasiwa na frontliners dito.

Napag alaman mula mismo kay Dr. Montesclaros, na dalawa hanggang tatlong hospital ang kanilang inihanda sa ngayon, bagamat di naman sinabi o tinukoy kung saan ang mga ito.

Kasabay nito, naglalaan din ang mga lokal na pamahalaan ng mga munisipyo sa buong probinsya ng isa o dalawang pang eskwelahan sa kanilang bayan na pwedeng gamitin, at kasalukuyan na rin ginagawa ng mga kainuukulan sa pakikipag ugnayan na rin sa Department of Education (DepEd) ang paghahanda bilang dagdag pasilidad na gagamitin ng mga PUIs, dagdag pa ni Dr. Montesclaros.


Ang ginawang hakbang umano ay aprobado ng Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force na pinamumunuan ni Surigao del Sur Governor Alexander Pimentel, kung sakaling dumating sa punto na patuloy na lumubo ang bilang ng mga PUM o kaya PUI sa buong probinsiya.


Nilinaw ni Dr Monteclaros na ang Adela Serra Ty Memorial Medical Center (ASTMMC) ng Tandag City pa rin ang maghahandle ng mga malubhang PUI at nagpositibo sa COVID-19, isa sa dalawang hospital sa buong rehiyon ng Caraga na accredited ng Department of Health. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Caraga region, isinailalim sa 'Enhanced Community Quarantine'

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Abril 7 -- Isinailalim na ng Caraga Regional Task Force on COVID-19 o One Caraga Shield ang buong rehiyon ng Caraga sa Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) simula Abril 6, matapos makumpirma ang unang kaso ng Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) sa rehiyon.

Ayon kay task force chairperson at Agusan del Norte provincial governor Dale Corvera, limitado na ang galaw ng iba’t-ibang sektor sa rehiyon, lalo na ang pagpapasok ng mga taong hindi residente sa Caraga.

Hangad ng task force na maiwasan ang malawakang transmisyon ng sakit sa buong rehiyon kung kaya’t patuloy silang nakipagtulungan sa Department of Health (DOH) at Philippine National Police (PNP) upang mabigyan ng angkop na aksyon ang mga isyung nakapalibot sa pagpapatupad ng ECQ.

“Nakikita ng mga kawani ng task force na ang pagpapatupad ng ECQ ang pinaka maiging solusyon upang makontrol ng sitwasyong dulot ng COVID-19,” sabi ni Gov. Corvera.

Kasabay nito ang pinahigpit na pagbabantay ng kapulisan sa rehiyon. Bukod sa pagbabawal ng pagpapapasok sa mga hindi residente ng mga lungsod sa Caraga, mag i-issue na din ng quarantine pass ang mga otoridad sa bawat samabahayan.

Sa lokal na pamahalaan ng Butuan, bibigyan ng isang quarantine pass ang kada pamilya sa lungsod.

Bukod dito, ipinagbabawal na din ang pasada ng mga pampublikong sasakyan.

Handa naman tumulong ang mga otoridad sa mga taong labis na maaapektohan ng papatupad ng quarantine, gaya ng mga indigent, mga matatanda, at mga indibidwal na nawalan ng trabaho.

Hinimok ng lokal na gobyerno ang mga residente ng Caraga na makinabang sa mga programa ng pamahalaan na magbibigay ng ayuda, tulad ng Social Amelioration Program ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP) at Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Displaced/Disadvantaged Workers – Barangay Ko, Buhay Ko (TUPAD – BKBK) ng Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

Giit ni PNP Caraga regional director PBGen. Joselito Esquivel, Jr., patuloy pa rin ang pagpapapasok ng mga delivery ng pangunahing bilihin na galing sa mga lungsod sa rehiyon. Gayon man, magiging mahigpit ang inspeksyon ng mga cargoes na galing sa mga lugar na hindi kabilang sa Caraga.

Paglilinaw din PBGen. Esquivel, Jr., sinusunod ng kapulisan sa rehiyon ang mga panukala ng Inter Agency Task Force on Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) ukol sa police power na alinsunod sa ECQ.

Tugon niya sa kapulisan na hindi pinahihintulutan ang pagsunod sa mga protokol na hindi batay sa naturang alituntunin.

Nagbanta naman ang kapulisan sa mga taong nagpapakalat ng maling impormasyon o 'fake news' sa publiko na mananagot sa batas at maaaring magresulta sa pagkakakulong ang mga sangkot neto. (PIA-Caraga)


Hybrid rice model farm increases yield of Butuan farmers

BUTUAN CITY, April 7 -- Rice farmers in Barangay Lemon, this city begin to reap the benefits of planting hybrid rice.

Last year, 40 rice farmers in the city accepted the challenge to be farmer-cooperators of the Department of Agriculture (DA)-Caraga's Hybrid Rice Model Farm Project.

The 76-hectare model farm is a collaborative project with the local government unit of Butuan City and nine private seed companies. It stages the nine hybrid rice seeds such as M20-public hybrid, M51-Pioneer 79, M50-TH82, M78-Longping 937, M81-SL-19H, M46-Bigante Plus, Boiseeds 453, Syngenta NK5017, Ramgo-Kimbee 58.

The use of hybrid rice is an approach to improve the yield to more than 6-8 metric tons per hectare given that appropriate farming technologies and good agricultural practices are applied.

"The department has been exploring all strategies to see to it that we sustain food security especially now in the challenging time in our history. The model farm will encourage more farmers to try and plant hybrid rice seeds in the region," DA-Caraga, OIC-Regional Technical Director for Operations Rebecca R. Atega said.

The farmer cooperators were provided with free hybrid rice seeds and fertilizers. Aside from planting the nine varieties of hybrid rice, different planting methods were demonstrated and rice mechanization was integrated.

"The department is establishing technology demonstration (techno-demo) farms to give farmers the options to choose from with regard to the most suitable hybrid rice variety to use," Atega said.

Sammy Barneso, 32, a rice farmer for five years shared his on-farm experience planting hybrid rice for the first time.

He planted M46-Bigante Plus (hybrid) in one hectare and Rc300 (inbred) in another hectare.

Based on the recommendation he applied six bags of fertilizers for the hybrid rice while three bags for the inbred variety.

"I am grateful for the result because there is a big difference in the yield between the hybrid and inbred seeds. The result showed that I can maximize my production through the help of the high yielding variety," Barneso testified.

His testing has shown significant yield advantage of hybrid rice over the inbred rice. He harvested 90 bags or equivalent to 5.31 metric tons by using Rc300 while 134 bags equivalent to 7.77 metric tons using M46-Bigante Plus.

Based on the estimated production cost farmers need at least 25,000 for inbred while 35,000 for hybrid rice.

"With higher yield, hybrid rice production also translates to higher gross returns. My gross income for inbred rice production is 90,000 while I earned 116,000 for the hybrid rice production. Which has a difference of 26,000, this is a big help for us," Barneso said.

Through his experience, Sammy Barneso is one of those who are now convinced to use again the technology for the next cropping season.

Meanwhile, DA-Caraga Rice Program is now undergoing the data analysis and impact assessment of the said model farm.

The region has 74,580 hectares planted with rice for the dry cropping season (Sept. 2019 – March 2020) wherein 2,189 hectares were planted with hybrid rice.

The Department is now on its clustering approach in promoting hybrid rice and the city of Butuan has been one of the department's partners in implementing the program.

"Hybrid rice can grow best when there is appropriate water and fertilizer coupled with appropriate technologies. As part of our strategy identifying areas for this matter is necessary. We are encouraging other farmers, especially those areas who are good for hybrid rice production to adopt the technology," said Marisa Garces, Rice Program Focal Person.

For the continuous adoption of the technology this year, rice farmers in the region's five provinces will receive 6,648 bags of hybrid seeds worth 33 million and 18,000 bags of fertilizers worth 22 million, Garces added. (DA Caraga/PIA Caraga)

DAR-assisted coops extend assistance in SurSur

By Myra Yu

TAGBINA, Surigao del Sur, Apr. 7 -- Two of the DAR assisted cooperatives in Surigao del Sur, namely, Progressive Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative (PARBMCO) and Ugoban Multi-purpose Cooperative (UMPC) have recently extended assistance to their members, as the coronovirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic continues to threaten the whole nation.
                              
PARBMCO distributed food packs to 281 members worth P600 of groceries while UMPC gave packs of rice, sugar, and salt to 332 members and non-members or 290 households. 

In an interview with UPMC Manager Maryjane Magamayo, she said that the officers of the cooperative decided through a resolution that instead of giving a donation, which is part of the cooperative's yearly community activity, "why not distribute food packs to the members and non-members?"

Meantime, Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Leoncio Bautista expressed his commendation to the cooperatives for their assistance. 

“The spirit of cooperation was greatly appreciated and could be an inspiration to others. Small things mean a lot to those in need and helpless,” Bautista said. 

UMPC is a group of farmers/agrarian reform beneficiaries engaged in consumer store business, microfinance (money lending), hog raising and rice production. It was organized in the year 1991 duly registered with the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA).

Meanwhile, PARBMCO is also engaging in a consumer store business located in Poblacion Tagbina, Surigao del Sur. Organized in the year 2006 and registered with CDA. These coop members were recipients of DAR Project ConVERGE and capability training to ensure the stability of the operation of the coop.  (DAR Info. Officer/PIA-Bislig City)


DOH Caraga, kinumpirma ang unang kaso ng COVID-19 sa rehiyon

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Abril 7 (PIA) -- Kinumpirma ng Department of Health (DOH) Caraga ang unang kaso ng Coronavirus Disease 2019 o COVID-19 sa rehiyon.

Ayon kay DOH Caraga Regional Director Dr. Jose Llacuna, Jr., ang pasyente ay isang 69-year old na Pilipinong lalaki na may pre-existing medical conditions na chronic obstructive lung disease, hypertension at diabetes.

Napag alaman din na galing sa National Capital Region ang pasyente at dumating sa Butuan City noong Marso 12, tatlong araw bago nagdeklara ng travel ban si Pres. Rodrigo Duterte sa Luzon.

Nakaranas ng sintomas ang pasyente habang minomonitor ito. Agad siyang ipinadala sa Caraga Regional Hospital noong Marso 29 at kasalukuyang stable ang kalagayan.

Nagsasagawa ngayon ang Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit ng DOH Caraga ng contact tracing sa mga taong nakasalamuha at nadestino malapit sa pasyente at ang kanyang flight details.

Panawagan ni Dr. Llacuna, Jr. sa publiko na sundin ang health protocol ng mga otoridad, lalo na ang pagpanatili sa bahay.

“Kailangan natin seryosohin ang naturang isyu. Ang pinakamaiging gawin ay ang pagpapanatili ng social distancing dahil hindi patuloy na mabubuhay ang naturang virus pag wala itong matitirahan,” sabi ni Dr. Llacuna.

Paalala din niya na na usisain ang mga lokal na balita patungkol sa COVID-19 at kumpirmahin ang mga impormasyon sa website ng ahensya o di kaya sa kanilang Facebook page, DOH – Center for Health and Development Caraga.

Samantala, nakatakda na din magbigay ng technical assistance sa lokal na pamahalaan ng lungsod ng Butuan para sa rapid testing na isasagawa sa mga patients under investigation (PUIs) na na admit sa mga ospital at PUI Centers ng lungsod.

Ang mga samples na makukuha ay ipapadala sa Southern Philippine Medical Center para sa pagsagawa ng confirmatory reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test upang madetect ang viral load ng mga ito.

Sa kasalukuyan, may 12 na PUIs sa Caraga region kung saan apat ang nasa ospital at walo ang sumasailalim sa strict home quarantine. (PIA-Caraga)