(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Monday, 13 July, 2020) At 3:00 AM today, the center of Tropical Depression "CARINA" was estimated based on all available data at 315 km East of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan (17.4 °N, 124.8 °E) with maximum sustained winds of 45 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 55 km/h. It is moving Westward at 20 km/h. Caraga Region will experience Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers mostly in the afternoon or evening due to Localized thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Light to Moderate winds coming from the South to Southwest will prevail and the coastal waters will be Slight to Moderate with wave height up to 2.1 meters.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020


LGU Butuan continues to impose prevention protocols amid preparation for new normal 

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales


BUTUAN CITY, May 26 (PIA) -- With the majority of Caraga region now under General Community Quarantine (GCQ), Butuan City Mayor Ronnie Vicente Lagnada stated that the city is preparing for the advent of the “new normal” but Caraganons, especially Butuanons, are still made to strictly follow protocol. 

The mayor disclosed during today’s Laging Handa Network Briefing with Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar that the easement of protocols under GCQ, the Color Coding Scheme is still in effect in the city.

“This is to ensure crowd control. Even our public utility vehicles follow the same protocol so that there is a limit to the passengers that can be ferried,” Mayor Lagnada said.

At present, five barangays are still under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) while 18 are under Modified ECQ (MECQ).

The city government is also gearing up its awareness campaign on adapting to the new normal. Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) materials are being disseminated to the public. However, the mayor cautions on the arrival of a second wave of the pandemic, which is why pre-emptive measures are still being strictly imposed.

“We are doing our best to prepare. There might be a second wave. Apart from imposing interventions to prevent the spread of the disease, we are also conducting more targeted testing,” he added.  

In addition to conducting rapid testing, a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) is also being established in the city. This is in line with the efforts to hasten the control of the spread of the disease. By enabling efficient detection, contact tracing can be done immediately.

Mayor Lagnada has previously reiterated that the establishment and accreditation of the said laboratory is near completion.

The city government has also made sure that select establishments continue operations especially those that offer basic services such as access to food, basic commodities, and health care. Upon the implementation of GCQ in the latter part of May, other establishments approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-IED) have also resumed their operations. (DMNR/PIACaraga)

PCR lab test almost complete: Mayor Lagnada

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

BUTUAN CITY, May 26 (PIA) -- In today’s Laging Handa Network Briefing with Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar, Butuan City Mayor Ronnie Vicente Lagnada reiterated that the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Laboratory in the city is almost complete.

“As of now, our preparation for completion of the laboratory is already in its final stage. We are currently completing the infrastructure after having ordered the facilities,” the mayor said.

The city government is now complying with the requisites for Stages 1 and 2 of the accreditation. Medical workers such as medical technicians are now being trained to handle the laboratory.

The establishment of the laboratory is in line with the efforts to hasten the identification process and control of the disease transmission. 

At present, samples of suspect cases in Caraga that turned out positive in the Antibody Test are still being sent to the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in Davao City and laboratories in Metro Manila and Cebu for the confirmatory test.

The city government of Butuan is in close coordination with the Department of Health (DOH) Caraga and national health authorities throughout the accreditation process.

The national government has also provided augmentation to boost the efforts of local authorities in the region. Earlier this month, National Task Force against COVID-19 Chief Implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr. and medical experts in the country handed over 2,000 personal protective equipment (PPEs) and 15,000 rapid testing kits to be distributed in local government units (LGUs). (DMNR/PIA-Caraga)

PNP-13 records zero sexual abuse complaint vs cops at checkpoints

BUTUAN CITY, May 25 -- Police Brigadier General Joselito T. Esquivel, Jr, regional director of Philippine National Police Caraga (PNP Caraga), released in a statement Monday, May 25, that PNP Caraga has received zero complaint against police frontliners manning the established community quarantine control points (CQCP) in the region, following the alleged sexual abuse against women has been committed by police personnel in other region amid the quarantine period.

Record from Regional Women and Children Protection Desk (RWCPD) reveals that since the start of quarantine period in Caraga on March 17, 2020, their office has not received any complaint against Caraga cops manning the control points for committing any form of sexual abuses.

The Philippine National Police, as one of the members of Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease, are among those personnel manning the CQCP along with the personnel from the Department of Health, Armed Forces of the Philippines, and Bureau of Fire Protectionwhich was established in line with government’s fight against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Meanwhile, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa, chief of Philippine National Police, issued a statement earlier encouraging victims of alleged sexual abuses to file complaints against erring police officers who committed sexual abuses against women and emphasized that the PNP organization will never tolerate any form of physical or sexual abuse against women especially now that we are facing a global health crisis.

“If you have any complaints against our policemen committing sexual abuses in quarantine control points in the region, you may immediately report to Women and Children Protection Desk at your local police station," BGen. Esquivel said.

"Rest assured that your reports and complaints will be given appropriate action and corresponding penalty will be given to Police Officers who will be proven to have committed such malicious acts,” he added. (PNP-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

Butuan’s SK Federation initiates activities amid COVID-19 crisis

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 26 (PIA) - The Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation officials have been initiating and creating useful programs, projects and activities for the local residents of this city as they cope with the daily community quarantine life in the onset of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

During the Laging Handa Network Briefing with Secretary Martin Andanar of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, Butuan City’s SK Federation president Cynth Zephanee Nietes, bared that they are now maximizing the power of social media to not only let the youth participate in abiding the protocols but also encourage them to take part in the eradication of the disease.

They launched contests and quizzes wherein winners will be given prizes. Some contests also involved providing additional assistance to the adopted families of the participants.

The Federation was also able to launch a contest wherein the youth will be challenged to do backyard gardening. She took the time to encourage the youth, especially those with a heart for volunteerism, to help the local governments in implementing their initiatives.

“We are working closely with the different concerned government agencies and stakeholders as we do various activities for the youths and locals that they still become productive amid the COVID-19 crisis. We always remind the youths to practice at all times the health protocols and preventive measures imposed by the government, as well as social distancing as a way to prevent the spread of the virus in their respective communities,” said Nietes.

She also called on the youths nationwide to be active volunteers in their respective areas and contribute to nation-building amid the COVID-19 crisis. She stressed that the youths should take part along with the government in providing help to the locals who are greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, in any way possible.

“Be a true volunteer by helping the community. To all the youths in the Philippines, we are all nation-builders and we build our nation through volunteerism,” Nietes bared.

Andanar also expressed appreciation to the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation members for being an inspiration to other youths and for helping the government in its effort to address the pressing issues and concerns of the locals in this crisis situation on COVID-19. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)