(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, May 7, 2020


LGU-Surigao Norte to assist stranded Surigaonons

By Venus L. Garcia

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, May 7 (PIA) -- For the stranded students, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and seafarers who hold up hope of returning home to the areas in Surigao del Norte province, Gov. Francisco “Lalo” Matugas assured during the Laging Handa Network Briefing today that the province is making ready of its facilities for the arriving locals.

Matugas said the provincial government is on the works in providing necessary interventions. He advised the stranded persons to contact their respective municipal mayors and relay their concerns for verification, arrangement, and provision of the needed financial support.

The local government of Surigao del Norte opts to approach the matter systematically, identifying and verifying these individuals so as to ensure that the interventions will be served to the rightful recipients.

“The LGU is willing to extend support and accommodate their safe return. It is very timely also because as we shifted to the general community quarantine (GCQ), the Department of Transportation (DOTr) has proposed the Hatid-Estudyante program. We know that the parents of these students are much worried already about their situation, so just please coordinate with the LGU and contact the DOTr Emergency Operations Center through the hotline numbers provided posted on their official Facebook page,” said Matugas.

While the delay has caused apprehension, Matugas assured the public that they are continuously working on the matter. He said that protocols are in place wherein arriving residents will be required to undergo a rapid test and be housed in a prepared facility before going back to their respective homes. (VLG/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

 Agusan Norte youths unite vs COVID19

By Nora C. Lanuza

BUTUAN CITY, May 7 (PIA) -- With the aim to prevent the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) from spreading, youths of the province of Agusan del Norte have united their efforts to fight the said pandemic.

Keefe Blue R. Leonar, the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation President of the province of Agusan del Norte said during the Laging Handa Network Briefing hosted by Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar that they have supported the efforts of the provincial government not just in the fight against the virus but also in other activities that could make them responsible citizens in the future.

Leonar said SK members and officials in the different municipalities have assisted the local government units in the distribution of relief packs to qualified families and households.

According to Leonar, they have also distributed a total of 5,500 pieces of face masks to the 10 municipalities and in Cabadbaran City through the concerned local SK officials and members and helped in the distribution of food packs to frontliners manning the checkpoints.

He said that all the local government units in the Agusan del Norte have received 500 pieces of face masks intended for their frontlines, barangay health workers, barangay tanods and other individuals involved in the fight against the disease.  They also distributed IEC materials to different areas, added Leonar.

He also acknowledged the efforts of the SK members and officials of the province, saying that in this time of crisis, they were cooperative and supportive in the initiatives of the federation. He was also thankful to the provincial and municipal officials led by Governor Dale B. Corvera for their guidance and assistance in performing their tasks.

"We cannot perform our duties and responsibilities as SK members without the guidance of our officials. We cannot be as responsible as we are now, without them," Leonar said. He also called on his fellow youths to be a responsible and be productive even this time of crisis.

Also, in order to make the youth more productive during the quarantine period, Leonar said that the SK Federation of the province of Agusan del Norte in partnership with the Agusan Up Coordinating Center also helped in the distribution of seeds to the different the municipalities of the province. The municipal SK Federations have also established the "Gulayan ng Kabataan" in their respective areas.
On May 1, Governor Dale B. Corvera through Executive Order No. 23 now placed the province of Agusan del Norte under general community quarantine with no confirmed COVID-19 case. (NCLM/PIA Agusan del Norte)

DSWD chief asks LGUs to help protect SAP implementers in barangays

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 7 (PIA) -- Amid the threat posed by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country, the government never ceases to provide assistance to the affected families from the national down to the regional and barangay levels.

However, the field workers from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga who conducted the cash distribution for the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) in the barangays have encountered challenges and received threats from the locals particularly those who were not included in the list of target beneficiaries.

During the Laging Handa Network Briefing on Thursday, May 7 hosted by Secretary Martin Andanar of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), Secretary Rolando Bautista of DSWD said that the central office was aware of the situation and has coordinated with the law enforcement agencies for their safety and security in the field.

Citing the recent incident involving a social welfare development officer in Siargao Island who was almost killed by a senior citizen who insisted to be part of the list of SAP beneficiaries, Sec. Bautista clarified that the legal action has been taken against the suspect/perpetrator.

He further asked the local government units in Caraga to also help protect the DSWD/MSWD personnel who courageously travel even the farthest barangays just to conduct the payouts to the beneficiaries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  

“Let us help the local social welfare development officer and the rest of the DSWD personnel and support them as they continue to perform their duties and responsibilities in the barangays. We contacted the Philippine National Police and the Department of the Interior and Local Government to provide security for our frontliners,” bared Bautista.

Meanwhile, Sec. Bautista revelaed that P81.7-billion fund was already downloaded to some 1,518 local government units nationwide, which means that 99.57 percent of the budget were already distributed to the LGUs. “There is already a total of P75.2-billion distributed to 13.6 billion beneficiaries under the Social Amelioration Program,” he said.

It was also learned that per latest report of DSWD-Caraga, of the 73 LGUs, there are 73 LGUs or 100% that have already conducted payout with a total number of 304,223 beneficiaries served amounting to 1,521,115,000.00 or a total of 99.71 percent. As for Pantawid Pamilya, there were 6,030 households paid through the DSWD Special Disbursing Officers in 70 cities/municipalities.

Further, there were seven LGUs that have already submitted their liquidation report to the field office. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

AgSur youths respond to crisis situation on COVID-19

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

AGUSAN DEL SUR, May 7 (PIA) -- “The youths play a very important role especially in helping others in this crisis situation on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). As we take care of ourselves, let’s not forget also taking care of others.”

This was the statement of Doreen Pamile Miro-Daigdigan, Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation President of Agusan del Sur, as she joined the Laging Handa Network Briefing hosted by Secretary Martin Andanar of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) on Thursday, May 7.

Daigdigan cited the SK Federation in the province has conducted donation drive through their Facebook account, wherein they encouraged people to donate goods and other items that would help locals from their daily needs.

“We solicit donations from the private sector and other individuals to provide medical and food supply for the people who are greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic,” she said.

She added that information drive on COVID-19 is ongoing in the different barangays so that people will remain well-informed about the disease and how the government address the pressing issues and concerns, as they obey the “stay-at-home” policy to avert the spread of the disease.

“We maximized the dissemination of the information from the Department of Health by translating it to local dialect (Cebuano) for people to have better understanding on COVID-19,” said Daigdigan.

Meanwhile, to address the needs of the senior citizens or elderly persons, Daigdigan highlighted that the SK chairpersons in the barangays have distributed medical and hygiene kits. “We have volunteers who also helped in us repacking these relief goods to the locals,” she said.

She also highlighted the important role of the youths in taking care of their families so that they would remain safe and protected against the spread of the disease, instead of going outside their house for personal enjoyment and recreation.

The lady SK Federation president further expressed her thanks and appreciation to all the frontliners in the province who continue to provide the needed services to the people affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, and acknowledged all the working officials not only in Agusan del Sur but also in Caraga region in general for continuously implementing the policies and measures so people can survive the crisis situation. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Surigao Norte beefs up agri sector amid pandemic

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

BUTUAN CITY, May 7 (PIA) – To maintain the unhampered production of food supply for the locals, Surigao del Norte continues to boost local agriculture through  food production programs initiated by the local officials.

In an interview with Surigao del Norte Provincial Governor Francisco Matugas during today’s Laging Handa Network Briefing with Presidential Description: https://files.pia.gov.ph/source/2020/05/07/20200507-125920.jpgCommunications Operations Office (PCOO) Sec. Martin Andanar, the governor bared that they created projects to boost the province’s agriculture amid the pandemic.

One of these is the “Hardin sa Pagbabago,” which promotes backyard gardening, urging locals to grow their own food as the health crisis continues. The provincial government has initiated the distribution of seedlings. Idle lots will be used for the said purpose.

Governor Matugas credits the program to the chief of police of General Luna in Siargao Island PCapt. Wise Vicente Panuelos, who initially launched the program in the General Luna town.

The provincial government is now aiming to have the program implemented across Surigao del Norte.

“I see that the program is very successful hence our goal to have this implemented in the entire province,” the governor added.

The provincial government has also allotted P10million to purchase rice produced by local farmers. Governor Matugas added that they have released P2million to purchase harvested rice in case the demand fluctuates.

The governor also expressed that they are looking forward to establish a local farm tourism.

In addition, local fishing operations are now thriving after a momentary suspension due to the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Caraga region. Siargao Island is now supplying fish and fish products to Surigao City, the province’s mainland. Livestock distribution is also being implemented.

Department of Agriculture (DA) Sec. William Dar lauded the governor for their efforts to amp up their local agriculture. The department is in full support of their initiatives and stated that the DA regional office in Caraga will provide necessary assistance to both their backyard gardening program and livestock distribution, with DA Caraga Regional Executive Assistant Abel Monteagudo facilitating the said initiative.

Apart from the cash assistance provided by the agency to over 1,000 farmers in Surigao del Norte, DA will provide certified seeds and fertilizers through their National Rice Program, which aims to sustain technology-based rice production. Training will also be provided for the farmers.

They are also focused on helping local and commercial farmers to support their livelihood. After the “Kadiwa on Wheels,” the department launched the eKadiwa, a digital marketing application to enable the selling of agricultural products online.

Sec. Dar has expressed the willingness of the department to help the initiatives in the agriculture sector by local governments to secure the continuous production of food supply. The pandemic has definitely compelled the government further to push for the implementation of the “Plant, Plant, Plant” project.

To ensure effective implementation, they will establish an integrity circle to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the programs.

“The agriculture sector is one of the pillars of our economy. We are doing whatever we can to maintain the movement of our agriculture, from creating food production programs to enhancing transparency and good governance. We wish for our camaraderie to continue to attain success in implementing our projects,” the secretary added. (DMR/PIACaraga)

Mga Caraganons abala sa pagtatanim ng gulay habang ipinapatupad ang community quarantine 

By Nora C. Lanuza

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Mayo 7 (PIA) -- Naniniwala ang mga Caraganons na malaki ang tulong ng pagtatanim ng gulay sa bakuran para magkaroon ng sapat na pagkain ngayong patuloy ang banta ng coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Habang nasa bahay, sari-saring  gulay ang kanilang pinagkakaabalahan na itanim, gaya ng talong, kamatis, ampalaya, okra at marami pang iba.

Tulad na lamang ni Danny Garces, na naapektuhan ang trabaho bilang seaman dahil sa COVID-19 pandemic. Si Garces ay nakatakda sanang bumalik noong buwan ng Marso pero hindi ito naging hadlang upang siya ay kumita ang naging abala sa pagtatanim.

Ginawa niyang makabuluhan ang kaniyang pamamalagi sa kanilang lugar kasama ang pamilya sa pamamagitan ng pagtatanim ng mga gulay. Ayon sa kanya kahit paman makabalik siya sa pagsampa sa barko, inirerekomenda niyang ipagpatuloy ang kanilang nasimulan dahil maliban sa nakakapagbigay ng araw-araw ng pagkain, makakatulong din ito upang magkaroon ng dagdag na kita.

Para naman kay Romer Amante, isang empleyado ng gobyerno, ginawa niyang produktibo ang kanyang oras pagkatapos ng kanyang trabaho lalo na sa araw ng sabado at pati na rin linggo.  Ayon sa kanya, bilang isang empleyado, napakahalaga ng pagtatanim ng gulay.

Maliban kasi sa makakakain ng presko at masustansya gulay, makakatipid ka pa dahil hindi na kailangan pang bumili nito.

Samantala, abala din ang Department of Agriculture Caraga sa pamimigay ng seedlings sa mga gustong magtanim. At upang mas makaengganyo magtanim, nagsagawa na rin ng kompetisyon ang nasabing ahensya at sa mga gustong sumali, magpapadala lang ng larawan ng kanilang taniman at pipiliin ng ahensya kung sino ang mananalo at bibigyan ng kaukulang premyo ang mga ito.

Dahil sa programang 'plant, plant, plant program' ng DA bilang interbensyon, maraming pinoy ang naging positibo na magkakaroon ng sapat ng pagkain kahit paman nasa COVID19 crisis ang lahat.

Maliban sa DA, namigay din ang probinsya ng Agusan del Norte sa pamamagitan ng Provincial Agriculture Office at Agusan Up Coordinating Center, ang Butuan City Agriculture Office at ng iba pang probinsya ng mga pananim na gulay. (NCLM/PIA Caraga)

Agusan del Norte nagpahiluna na sa COVID-19 recovery plan

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Mayo 7 -- Kasamtangang nagpahiluna na ang Agusan del Norte, ubos sa kadumalahan ni Gov. Dale B. Corvera, sa “COVID-19 Recovery Plan” niini.

Sa tigum sa mga hepe sa opisina nga gipangunahan ni Provincial Administrator Gerry Joey Laurito, gisugdan na pag-assess ang kahimtang  sa probinsya, preparasyon sa pagmontar sa tulo ka hugna nga plano sa gitawag nga 'Response, Mitigation and Transition to New Normal.'

Sa maong tigum gitan-aw sa mga nagpadagan sa mga opisina sa probinsya ang nahimong impact nga dala sa Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), ilabina sa mga nahimong problema niini.

Gitan-aw usab nila ang nahimong problema sa matag sector sama sa agrikultura, edukasyon, employment, social, health, social protection ug economic nga maoy himoan og aksyon sa maong plano.

Padayon pa og himo ang matag opisina sa ilang tagsa-tagsa ka assessment ug inisyal nga plano karon ug hiusahon kini sa sunod nga tigum. (K. Decamota, Agusan up, LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)