(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Saturday, 03 June 2023) Southwest Monsoon affecting the country. ACTIVE TROPICAL CYCLONE AS OF 3:00 AM TODAY SEVERE TROPICAL STORM MAWAR {2302} (FORMERLY "BETTY") LOCATION: 945 KM NORTHEAST OF EXTREME NORTHERN LUZON (26.9°N, 128.3°E) MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS: 95 KM/H GUSTINESS: UP TO 145 KM/H MOVEMENT: NORTHEASTWARD AT 25 KM/H FOR. Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due Southwest Monsoon. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Moderate to Strong winds coming from South to Southwest will prevail with Moderate to Rough seas (1.2 to 2.8 meters).

Monday, May 11, 2020

Caraganons explore backyard gardening

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 11 (PIA) -- While staying at home due to the imposed community quarantine to avert the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Caraganons also make use of their time planting vegetables at their backyard garden.

They said, maintaining a backyard with a variety of vegetables help the people cope with the daily needs in terms of food supply for the family, as these vegetables are readily available at home.

Danny Garces, whose work as a seaman was temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 crisis, showed his backyard overflowing with a variety of vegetable plants.

He was able to maximize the community quarantine period with his family by planting vegetables. He said, even  the COVID-19 pandemic will be over and he will be back for work, he would still continue what he has started as he realized that planting ensures food to eat for his family and could also be a source of livelihood at the same time.

“Maintaining a backyard garden full of vegetables is really beneficial. It’s a sort of exercise and I get to enjoy it a lot. When it’s time to go back to work, my family would still take care of this and will plant more,” bared Garces.

For an employee like Romer Amante, planting vegetables and fruits is very important. It does not only produces fresh and nutritious food, but it also allows the family to save from their daily expenses.

“By planting vegetables, my family wouldn’t worry about what to eat for the day because we have a variety of vegetables around. We need not to go far and buy some,” Amante said.

Meanwhile, the Department of Agriculture (DA)-Caraga is also on track with the distribution of seedlings to those who wanted to do backyard gardening. And making it more appealing, the department has also initiated a competition in line with this campaign.

For those interested to join, they just have to take a photo of their garden lot and DA will be choosing the winner among the entries submitted. The winner will also receive a prize from the said agency.

With the Plant, Plant, Plant Program as DA’s intervention, more of the Filipino people are becoming optimistic that there would be enough food supply even in this crisis situation on COVID-19.

Apart from the DA, the provincial government of Agusan del Norte, together with the Provincial Agriculture Office, Agusan Up Coordinating Center, and Butuan City Agriculture Office also distributed vegetable seedlings to the locals. (JPG/NCLM/PIA-Caraga)

AgSur town provides relief goods to left-out families from SAP cash assistance

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 11 (PIA) -- With a number of local residents who did not qualify and were not included in the list of beneficiaries under the Social Amelioration Program (SAP), the local government unit of Rosario in Agusan del Sur has ensured distribution of family food packs in the barangays.

This is to address the need for food supply by the locals in the area.

Sta. Cruz was among the barangays of said municipality, wherein more than 1,000 families have received the relief goods from their respective barangay officials, including the tricycle and single motorcycle drivers.

The same was also provided to families of Barangay Wasian, wherein Mary Rose Matiga, a mother of three kids was thankful to the local government for giving them the relief assistance during this crisis situation due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

She also hoped that more people would also share and give donations to help those who are greatly affected by the crisis particularly in the remotest barangays.

“In this crisis situation, we are thankful that our family is still able to eat three times a day because we practice backyard gardening and through the food packs or relief goods provided to us by the local government,” said Matiga.

While the LGU’s distribution of relief goods to the different barangays is underway, Felicidad Abulog-Ocite, the punong barangay of Sta. Cruz and the Association of Barangay Council (ABC) president of Rosario, Agusan del Sur called on all Agusanons to unite with the government and follow the health protocols and other preventive measures against the spread of COVID-19.

“Let’s work together as we fight the spread of this disease. We could get through this, let’s just follow what the government tells us to do like the practice of health protocols and other preventive measures,” Ocite bared.

Meanwhile, Mayor Jupiter Abulog stressed that the government is continuously taking care of the needs and issues and concerns of the Agusanon families. He further assured all those who were not able to receive the SAP benefit or in any other cash assistance that they will receive the 25 kilos of rice and other relief goods.   

The municipal mayor also appealed to the locals who could still afford to buy their needs to help others, instead of arguing that they too should receive the relief goods. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Butuan City to establish testing lab, gears up health facilities for COVID-19

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

BUTUAN CITY, May 11 (PIA) – The city government of Butuan gears up interventions to curb the transmission of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Caraga region.

To assess the region-wide status of the pandemic, the city has provided test kits for the antibody test to the region’s provinces. City Mayor Ronnie Lagnada stated that despite the limited number of test kits, suspected cases continues to be detected across the region thus the need to equip each province tools for earlier detection.

The city is also pushing for the establishment of a reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing laboratory in the city in order to hasten the production of test results which is needed for contact tracing.

“Our primary goal is to contain the spread of the disease. By providing test kits to our regional counterparts, detection can be done effectively. A testing laboratory that is accessible in the region will greatly improve the overall response of health authorities in this pandemic,” the mayor added.

Caraga region continues to send samples to Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in Davao City for the said confirmatory test.

The Department of Health (DOH) Caraga has teamed up with the city government on the endeavour.

Butuan city government is also continuously working on improving and adding isolation facilities in the city. In addition to the isolation facilities in Butuan Medical Center (BMC) and in Brgy. Baan Km. 3, select buildings in Butuan Central Elementary School (BCES), a local public school, will also be converted to an isolation facility for suspected cases exhibiting mild or no visible symptoms.

Yesterday, the city was able to procure personal protective equipment (PPEs) and additional equipment for the medical facilities for COVID-19 in the city. In a post made the Butuan City Public Information Office, the City Procurement Office reports that 10,000 pieces of non-medical suits, 4,000 pieces of medical suits, 10,000 goggles, 75,000 N95 masks, 500,000 standard face masks, 75 non-invasive ventilators, and 5 invasive ventilators were acquired.

Meanwhile, Mayor Lagnada earnestly reminded Butuanons residing in barangays in the city that are under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) to continue to abide the precautionary measures amid easement of restrictions. Only go out when there is a need to purchase basic necessities.

“There are only certain regulations that differ between ECQ and GCQ. Nonetheless, you are all advised to continue precaution especially since the majority of the city remains under strict monitoring,” he said.

Earlier this month, the National Inter Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-MEID) has rejected the request of the city to extend the implementation of ECQ in the entire city. Nonetheless, the city has pushed through with the extension, placing 50 of its 86 barangays are still under ECQ while barangays situated in the outskirts have been placed under GCQ. 

The implementation of ECQ in the city is expected to end on May 15. (DMR/PIACaraga)

Mga residenteng hindi benepisyaryo sa SAP, nakatanggap ng relief goods mula sa kanilang barangay officials

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Mayo 11 (PIA) -- Dahil ilang residente sa bayan ng Rosario sa Agusan del Sur ang hindi napabilang sa listahan ng mga benepisyaryo sa Social Amelioration Program (SAP), pinalakas pa ng kanilang lokal na pamahalaan ang pamamahagi ng kanilang family food packs.

Ito ay para matagunan ang pangangailangan sa pagkain ng kanilang mga mamamayan.

Kabilang sa mga ito ang Barangay Sta. Cruz kung saan namahagi ng ayuda ang barangay officials sa may mahigit 1,000 pamilya, at maging sa mga tricycle at single motorcycle drivers.

Ganito rin ang isinagawa sa Barangay Wasian. Namigay rin ang lokal na pamahalaan ng kanilang ayuda para sa mga residente.

Bagamat nahihirapan sa kanilang kondisyon ngayon, malaki pa rin ang pasalamat ni Mary Rose Matiga sa ayudang kanilang natanggap mula sa gobyerno, at umaasa siyang marami pang gustong tumulong sa mga apektadong pamilya lalu na sa malalayong barangay.

“Talagang mahirap ang buhay ngayon sa dinaranas nating problema pero kahit papano nakakakain pa rin kami ng tatlong beses sa isang araw dahil nakapagtanim kami ng gulay at sa mga ayudang bigay ng gobyerno,” ani ni Matiga.

Panawagan naman ni Felicidad Abulog-Ocite, ang punong barangay ng Sta. Cruz at Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) president sa bayan ng Rosario, na magtulungan ang lahat at patuloy na manatili sa kanilang tahanan upang masugpo ang pagkalat ng coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), habang binibigay ng gobyerno ang inaasahang tulong sa mga mamamayan.

“Magkaisa po tayong lahat sa paglaban sa COVID-19. Malalampasan po natin ang pagsubok na ito, huwag lang po tayo mawalan ng pag-asa. Suportahan din po natin ang ating mga frontliners at gawin po natin ang mga kailangang gawin upang masugpo ang pagkalat ng virus,” sabi ni Ocite.

Samantala, ayon naman kay Mayor Jupiter Abulog, hindi pinapabayaan ng gobyerno ang mga mahihirap nating kababayan lalu na ang mga hindi nakatanggap ng SAP at iba pang cash assistance dahil patuloy naman ang pamamahagi ng 25 kilos na bigas at iba pang relief goods.

Hinimok din niya ang mga residente lalu na sa mga may kaya sa buhay na ipaubaya na lamang sa mga mahihirap ang relief goods. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

P100K kontribusyon para RPOC aprobado na

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, May 11 -- Pinaagi sa Sanggunian Resolution No. 180-2020, giaprobahan sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan sa Agusan del Norte ang P 100,000.00 financial contribution alang Regional Peace and Order Council kun RPOC 13 human gihatagan og otoridad si Gob. Dale B. Corvera alang sa pagpirma sa Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).

Ang paghatag otoridad giaprobahan pinaagi sa Sanggunian Resolution No. 180-2020 sa pagpaningkamot ni Bise Gobernador Ramon A G. Bungabong, tsirman sa Committee on Finance and Appropriation, atol sa ilang ika-37th sesyon regular niadtong Abril 13.

Ang nasangpit nga kontribusyon gamiton alang sa ilang galastosan sa operasyon niini alang tuig 2020.

Basi sa nauyonan sa ika-4th Quarter Meeting niini niadtong Disyembre 11, 2019, nga ang probinsyal ug city governments sa Caraga Region maghatag og pondo nga nagkantidad og P 100,000.00 matag usa sa RPOC pinaagi sa RPOC sekretaryat alang sa ilang operasyon.

Subay sa Executive Order No. 773-2009, ang RPOC ang naguna nga konseho gimandoan nga maghatag usa ka forum sa inter-disciplinary dialogue ug deliberasyon sa mga dagkong isyo nga makaapekto sa kalinaw ug kahapsay ug seguridad sa publiko sulod sa ilang natad sa hurisdiksyon. (LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)

P2-Milyon halaga ng marijuana, nasabat ng mga otoridad sa Caraga region

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Mayo 11 (PIA) - Habang abala ang mga otoridad sa pagpapanatili ng kaayusan at pagsigurong ligtas ang mamamayan sa anumang kapahamakan at sa krisis na kinakaharap natin ngayon sa coronavirus disease (COVID-19), hindi rin nito pinapalampas ang mga sumasamantala sa sitwasyon.

Matapos makatanggap ng impormasyon ukol sa plantasyon ng Marijuana sa Barangay Kasapa II sa bayan ng La Paz, Agusan del Sur, agad na rumesponde ang kapulisan kasama ang kawani ng Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

Ayon kay Brigadier General Joselito Esquivel, Jr., ang regional director ng Police Regional Office 13, natuntun ng mga tropa ang lokasyon ng 10,000 marijuana hills o plantasyon ng Marijuana na kilala bilang isa sa mga ilegal na droga at aabot aniya ang halaga nito sa dalawang milyong piso (P2,000,000.00).

Nakilala ang may-ari ng Marijuana plantation na isang magsasaka at residente sa nasabing barangay. Subalit nakatakas na umano ito sa lugar bago pa man dumating ang mga otoridad.
Agad namang binunot ang mga pananim na Marijuana at dinala sa PNP Provincial Crime Laboratory.

Ang suspek ay haharap sa kasong paglabag sa Republic Act 9165 o ang Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, partikular sa Section 16 o ang Cultivation or Culture of Plants Classified as Dangerous Drugs or as Sources Thereof.

Pinasalamatan naman ni PBGen. Esquivel ang mga lokal na residente sa agarang pagbigay impormasyon nito sa kanilang hanay. Hinimok din niya ang publiko na maging alerto at tumulong sa mga otoridad sa pagsugpo ng pinagbabawal na gamot na nakakasira sa buhay ng tao. (JPG, PIA-Agusan del Sur/PNP-13)