(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.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Surigao Sur town starts 'oplan sundo' 

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, May 15 -- Hinatuanons who have been stranded in Davao City for the past weeks arrived on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. They were the first batch of returning Hinatuan residents from Davao City.

They were fetched by the local government unit (LGU) vehicle with Hinatuan Municipal Mayor Shem Garay, personally meeting them at the designated pick-up point in coordination with the provincial government officials.

Following the protocol, they were dropped off at the municipality’s designated quarantine facility wherein they would be housed and isolated for the next 14 days.

Family members were not allowed to meet or visit them during the whole duration of the quarantine period as the local government unit of Hinatuan will provide their meals and other needs.

They were mostly students and employees affected by the coronavirus pandemic, it was learned.

Health personnel and Barangay Health Emergency Response Team (BHERT) will monitor their situation 24/7. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)

ARBs lead by example in time with COVID-19 crisis

By Rechel D. Besonia

Sometimes, unforeseen circumstances hit us for which we simply cannot prepare. The health crisis nowadays causes unspeakable pain to everyone especially for those unfortunate individuals earning daily.

When people are searching for meaning and a reason to hope, there is, however, some organizations that begin to heal by taking actions that demonstrate compassion towards each other.

The Filipinas Palm Oil Plantation Inc. (FPPI) Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative (ARB MPC), an organization assisted by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in the province has unleashed a compassionate response to some 681 members who were also ARBs by giving them their economic benefits amounting to P10.2-million.

Coop Manager Jocelyn Palen said that the distribution of the benefits is supposed to be held at the time of the General Assembly, which is yet to be conducted due to the prohibition of mass gatherings following the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) period.

“Kasagaran sa GA jud namo ipanghatag ang mga maayuhon sa mga membro pero tungod kay nakita namo ang kalisod karong panahuna, among nasabutan nga amoa na ipang apud apod aron makapalit ang mga membro sa ilang mga panginahanglan taliwala sa kapit-os sa panahon karon tungod sa COVID-19 (Usually, we will distribute the benefits during the General Assembly, but because we see the need of our members nowadays we have decided to give what is due for them now so that they can buy the needs of their family),” she said.

For the ARBs, the distribution of economic benefits earlier than expected is indeed an answered prayer for them especially now that they are stricken hard on how to deal with the daily needs of their respective families.

“Dako gyud ni nga tabang sa amoa karon nga panahon kay ang akong panginabuhian isip usa ka panday naundang man tungod sa COVID-19. (This is a big help for us since I have just recently lost my job as a construction worker due to COVID-19),” said Lolito Damasing, one of the ARBs.

Apart from the cash received by the ARBs, they were also given two liters of cooking oil and a polo shirt. For those ARBs residing outside Caraga, their share was sent through Palawan Express Padala or through their ATMs.

PARPO II Jamil P. Amatonding Jr., on his part, commended the coop for leading a good example and for showing gestures that are comforting to the affected ARBs. (DAR-Agusan Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

DAR-AgSur links farmers' goods as LGU's aid during COVID-19

By Rechel D. Besonia

ROSARIO, Agusan del Sur, May 15 – As the nation faced the challenge brought by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Agusan del Sur has initiated to help the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) to become economically sustainable by linking them to possible buyers for their produce.

This initiative is an answer to the call of President Duterte under the Bayanihan To Heal As One Act (RA 11469) while placing the nation in a state of national calamity.

The Farmers Alternative for Self-Reliance Multi-Purpose Cooperative FASRMCO), in partnership with the La Fortuna Multi-Purpose Cooperative (LAMUPOCO) has recently delivered a total of 2,000 sacks of milled rice to the local government unit of Rosario, Agusan del Sur, which will be used as an aid for the affected constituents of the Municipality while the province is placed under the Enhanced Community Quarantine.

FASRMCO Manager Ruben Isiderio himself is thankful for the assistance of DAR as the move has benefited more than 500 farmer-beneficiaries. "Thank you very much, DAR, for helping us in finding ways to dispose of our produce. This is a big help to our members who were also an Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries,” he said.

“Thank you as well to Mayor Jupiter Abulog for considering our ARBO to supply the rice demand of your Municipality, indeed this is a big help to the farmers like us in this time of crisis," Isiderio added.

PARPO Jamil P. Amatonding Jr., has always emphasized prioritizing the farmers and reach out to their needs especially that in this time of crisis, they are the ones who are the most affected. “We have partnered our ARBOs to the local government units and other entities to supply the demands of their respective Municipalities to ensure that the farmers will not be left behind while the rest are fighting against this dreadful virus,” he said.

DAR Provincial Investment and Marketing Assistance Officer (PIMAO) Corine G. Munion said that they are currently working on helping other ARBOs to partner with other Municipalities. “We are scheduled to deliver another batch of milled rice to Prosperidad in the coming days, thus we encourage other rice-producing ARBOs to participate," said Munion. (DAR-Agusan Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Pagtabang para sa katawhan padayon nga gilantaw kongresista sa Agusan Norte

By Jessica O. Mellejor

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Mayo 15 -- Dugang tabang na usab ang gipaabot ni Congresswoman Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba ngadto sa mga katawhan sa lungsod sa Jabonga, Agusan del Norte.

Padayag ni Sangguniang Bayan Member Julie Ganot nga nagpaabot na usab si Cong. Angel og tabang sa kantidad nga P500,000.00 para ipalit og panud an alang sa mga katawhan sama sa manok ug baboy labina sa panahon karon nga nag atubang sa krisis o kalisod.

Aron mahatagan ang tanang kabaranggayan sa maong lungsod midugang usab ang LGU sa pagpanguna ni Mayor Napoleon M. Montero og P500,000.00.

Ang tumong niini aron matabangan ang mga mag-uuma sa pagpalit sa ilang mga binuhi nga mga hayop ug aron usab makatabang ngadto sa mga katawhan nga naglisod.

Mapasalamton ang mga katawhan sa lungsod sa Jabonga sa pagpanguna ni Mayor Napoleon Montero uban sa mga opisyales tungod kay dako na kini nga tabang alang sa mga Jabonganon. (LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Dugang pribilehiyo alang solo parents sa Cabadbaran giaprobahan

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Mayo 15 -- Makatagamtam na karon sa 10 porsyento nga diskwento sa mga restawran ug food establishments ang tanang rehistradong solo parents sa syudad sa Cabadbaran, ning lalawigan human gi-aprobaran ug gideklarang balido sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan ang City Ordinance No. 015-2019 nga nag mando niini.

Ubos sa maong ordinansa nga gipangamahanan ni Sangguniang Panlungsod Member Oliver C. Bulang, ang mga restawran ug food establishment sa maong syudad kinahanglan maghatag 10% diskwento sa kinatibuk-ang bayrunon sa usa ka solo parent.

Matod pa sa maong ordinansa, ang nasangpit nga pribiliheyo magamit lamang matag katapusang domingo sa bulan ug kinahanglan ipresentar ang solo parent ID nga gi-isyo sa City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO).

Sigon sa maong ordinansa, kung kinsa nga tawo ang moabuso o molimod sa mga benepisyo nga gihatag pagamultahan og P1,000.00 - P3,000.00 ug / o silotan sa pagkapreso sa dili moubos sa unom ka bulan hangtod sa isa ka tuig.

Kung ang makasupak sa maong ordinansa mao ang entidad sa negosyo, korporasyon, tag-iya, proprietor o officials pagasilotan sa mosunod: Written Warning sa unang paglapas, multa nga P 2,000 sa ikaduhang paglapas, ug sa ikatulong paglapas multa nga P 5,000.00 ug pagkansela sa business permit, permit to operate, prangkisa ug uban pang susama nga pribiliheyo.

Ang ordinansa nahiuyon sa Provincial Ordinance No. 515-2019 o “An Ordinance Establishing Program for the Implementation of RA 8972, Otherwise Known as the 'Solo Parent Welfare Act of 2000' in the Province of Agusan del Norte and for Other Purposes.”

Base sa rekomendasyon sa SP Committee on Social Welfare and Development ang nasangpit nga ordinansa naaprobahan pinaagi sa Sanggunian Resolution No. 204-2020 sa pagpaningkamot ni Bokal Elizabeth Marie R. Calo Atol sa ika 40th nga sesyon regular niadtong Mayo 4. (LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)