(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.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

DA Caraga’s 'Kadiwa on Wheels' hits two birds with one stone

By Vanessa P. Sanchez


BUTUAN CITY, May 6 -- Showcasing public service at its best, the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Caraga’s Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita on Wheels Program benefits both the consuming public and the farmers, fishers, and other Agri product suppliers.

Through the Kadiwa mobile market, the consumers are given an opportunity to buy fresh fruits and vegetables, fish and other fishery products, fresh and frozen meat and poultry products, as well as some dry goods, right at the premises of their barangay.

On the other hand, farmers, fishers, and other goods suppliers are ensured of a market for their products and continue to earn an income despite the implementation of the community quarantine in the city which limited the mobility of the people and businesses.


The Kadiwa on Wheels started rolling out earlier this month to chosen barangays in the city that do not have easy access to the markets.

The DA in coordination with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Department Of Trade and Industry, and the City Government of Butuan, facilitates the conduct of the activity. Farmers Associations, cooperatives, individual farmers, distributors, or retailers of fresh and frozen and meat products, as well as the small and medium enterprise, has been participating in the Kadiwa.

As of April 30, Kadiwa on Wheels has rolled out eight times already serving 13 barangays in Butuan City and has generated an accumulated sales of 694,406.14.

Larry Abuzo, Chairperson of Brgy. Agusan Pequeño, one of the communities visited by the Kadiwa on Wheels they really appreciate this program of the government. “Residents of our Barangay don’t need to go to the market or grocery store anymore since their needs were already brought here,” he said.


On the other hand, Nida De Castro Chen, a resident of Brgy. Pangabugan said that she is delighted with her Kadiwa on Wheels experience. “I was able to buy some fish at a low price.

This is a very good program because now we don’t have to go far to buy our basic needs, so there is less risk of being exposed to COVID19,” Chen said. 

In addition to the Kadiwa on Wheels, the DA-Caraga’s Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) also conducts the Kadiwa Direct Selling at the DA Regional Office every 15th and 30th day of the month.

The Kadiwa on Wheels is one of the initiatives of the Department to help control the spread of the Coronavirus disease. (DA13-RAFIS/PIA Caraga)


Five rebels quit NPA amid COVID-19 crisis

BUTUAN CITY, May 6 -- Five active members of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) have left the armed struggle and turned themselves in to local police authorities.

The former rebels are a.k.a Dwin, 40 years old, financer and supporter of Militia ng Bayan (MB) Sandatahang Yunit Propaganda (SYP) Kingdom 4A North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC); a.k.a. Dodot, 38 years old, member of Sangay sa Partido Lokalidad, Guerilla Front (GF)4A; a.k.a. Loling, 40 years old, member of GF4A, were all residents of Nasipit town, Agusan del Norte; a.k.a Lucas, 48 years old, resident of Carmen, Agusan del Norte, member of Militia ng Bayan SYP Kingdom 4A, NCMRC; and a.k.a Jerry, 46 years old, resident of Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, political instructor of Militia ng Bayan, weakened GF20, Southern Mindanao Regional Committee operating in Surigao del Sur.

In a report submitted to the Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 headquarters, the five individuals surrendered to PLt. Col. Dexter B. Ollaging, Regional Mobile Force Battalion (RMFB) 13 commander, at 11:45am in May 4, bringing along with them two rifle grenades and two calibers .38 revolvers.

The rebels cited the lack of food supply as the motivator for their surrender. This, in turn, compelled them to resort to extortion and even taking away relief goods from civilians to feed themselves.

PRO13 regional director PBGen. Joselito Esquivel, Jr. stated that both the police and military forces in the region are securing the delivery of relief goods to communities in order to prevent further incidents involving rebels harassing communities.

“In Caraga, the PNP and AFP have tightened security measures for safe and secured distribution of relief goods and the community helps us by providing reliable information,” the region’s top cop stated.

He also ensured that as all possible assistance shall be given for them to avail the government's Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP). Meanwhile, the rebel returnees are placed under the custody of RMFB13. (PRO13/DMR/PIACaraga)

Magallanes andam na sa pagdawat sa mga OFW nga na-stranded sa Manila

By Angel Lyn F. Gaviola

MUNISIPYO SA MAGALLANES, Agusan del Norte, Mayo 6 -- Andam na ang lungsod sa Magallanes sa pag-abot sa  mga stranded nga Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) nga abagan sa Interagency Task Force on COVID-19 sa kaulohan ubos sa Balik Probinsya Program niini, sumala pa ni Emmanuel Lavador, ang executive assistant ni Mayor Cesar C. Cumba, Jr.

Dugang ni Lavador nga ang pasilidades alang sa mouli nga stranded nga mga OFWs sama sa isolation facilities ang usa sa gigastuhan sa munisipyo sa P1 million nga ayuda sa probinysa nga dugang pundo sa ilang mga kalihukan kontra COVID-19.

Ang kasamtangang evacuation center ang gi-improve ug magsilbi nga isolation facility sa mga balik-bayan sa laing 14 ka adlaw nga kwarantina sa dili pa sila hingpit makauli sa ilang tagsa-tagsa ka pamilya, sumpay ni Lavador.

Kabahin usab sa gastuhan sa munisipyo sa maong pundo mao ang pagpadangat og hinabang sa mga mangingisda nga wala nakadawat og bisan unsang ayuda gikan sa goberno, sama sa Social Amelioration Program ug ayuda gikan sa Department of Agriculture, ug sa mga pensionado nga tag P2,000 ra ang madawat matag bulan.

"Naa mi gi-purchase nga 2,000 sacks of rice kaning mga fisherfolks nga wala na-consider sa DA sa ilang ayuda ug sa SAP sila ang priority. Tag isa ka sako ni ilaha, then naa sab half sack para adtong mga pensioners nato nga naay lang 2,000 ang nadawat nga pension," sumala ni Lavador.

Naggahin usab ang munisipyo og kantidad alang sa mga medisina gikan sa maong pundo, padayon ni Lavador.

Samtang taas gihapon ang paglaum ni Lavador nga magpabiling COVID19-free ang ilang lungsod tungod sa hugtanong pagpatuman sa mga guidelines sa community quarantine. Iyang gibutyag nga citation tickets ang ilang ginaisyu sa mga malapason sa balaod aron magmatngon ug dili na moutro. (Agusan Up, LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)


Mga magsasaka sa Caraga region nakatanggap ng financial assistance mula sa DA

By Nora C. Lanuza

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Mayo 6 (PIA) -- Umabot sa 19,278 na magsasaka ng palay sa rehiyon ng Caraga ang nakatanggap ng tulong pinansyal mula sa Department of Agriculture (DA) na umabot sa P96.4 million.

Bawat kwalipikadong magsasaka ay tumanggap ng tig P5,000 mula sa Rice Farmers Financial Assistance o RFFA program ng DA.

Ayon kay DA Caraga regional director Abel James Monteagudo, ang RFFA ay isang tulong sa mga magsasaka na apektado sa pagbaba ng presyo ng palay.

At kahit may COVID-19 pandemic, patuloy parin ang pagbigay ng DA sa tulong pinansyal para magamit na pantustos sa kanilang mga pangangailangan.


Kaya’t malaki ang pasalamat ni Jospeh Libres ng barangay Humilog ng bayan ng RTR, Agusan del Norte dahil may maipambibili na sila ng kanilang pagkain.

May 4,637 na magsasaka na ang nakinabang sa lalawigan ng Agusan del Norte; 5,468 sa Agusan del Sur; may 5,018 dinn sa Surigao del Sur (5,018); at 4,155 na rin sa Surigao del Norte.

Malaki  ang pasalamat ng DA sa mga local government units na tumulong upang mapadali ang pamamahagi ng naturang ayuda.

Maliban sa tulong pinansyal, nagbigay din ang DA ng survival and recovery loan assistance na maaari nilang bayaran hanggang  sampung taon ng walang interes.

Mayroon ding agricultural competitiveness enahncement fund na may maliit na interes lamang upang matulongan ang kanilang mga pangangailan.

Sa ngayon, patuloy ang pamamahagi ng ahensya at target nito na maibahagi ang tulong pinansyal sa 38,000 magsasaka sa buong rehiyon. (NCLM/PIA Caraga)