(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Monday, 26 October, 2020) At 4:00 AM today, the eye of Typhoon "QUINTA" was located based on all available data at in the vicinity of Socorro, Oriental Mindoro (13.1 °N, 121.3 °E ) with maximum sustained winds of 125 km/h near the center and gustiness up to 180 km/h. It is moving Westward at 25 km/h. The center of Typhoon "QUINTA" is forecast to traverse Mindoro Island and emerge over the West Philippine Sea this morning. It will then turn more west-northwestward while maintaining speed towards the western limit of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR). "QUINTA" is forecast to exit the PAR tomorrow morning Intensity: "QUINTA" is forecast to remain at typhoon category throughout its passage over Mindoro Island. After emerging over the West Philippine Sea, this typhoon is forecast to re-intensify. "QUINTA" may reach its peak intensity within 24 to 48 hours. Caraga Region will experience Cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to Trough of TY Quinta / Tail End of a Frontal System. Possible flash floods or landslides during light to moderate to at times heavy rains. Moderate to Strong winds coming from West to Southwest will prevail and the coastal waters will be Moderate to rough with wave height from 1.2 to 3.1 meters.Mariners of small seacrafts are advised to take precautionary measures when venturing out to sea. Inexperienced mariners should avoid navigating in these conditions.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Coping hunger with DAR’s ARBold Move Project: The Arturo Libajan Story

By Rechel D. Besonia

There are people who love the land and who work hard to make their land the best it can be. They worked hard if only to feed millions of people and ensure food security. They are called Farmers.

Being a farmer is like being a priest. They take a vow of poverty and make a pact with the Lord that no adversities will come and the income will remain stable for the family to survive.

Just like any other farmer, Arturo Libajan, wished the same, after all, he has no other means to feed his family but farming.

Growing up in a small farm of Barangay Azpetia, in the capital town of Agusan del Sur, he used to plant banana in a two hectares farm lot. “Ang pagpanguma sa unang panahon lahi ra jud sa karon. Lisod kaayo sauna, grabe nga trabaho apan gamay nga kita (Farming in those days, as I suspect it is now, was an austere life. Lots of hard work with very little compensation),” he said.

He did not pursue college; thus, he was ascertained of venturing into farming. He met Aquilino Morata who then owned vast farmland but was incapable of taking good care of it. Without any written agreement and monetary obligation, they agreed that Tatay Arturo can till and manage a certain area on the farm.

Over the years, he had made the banana farm productive and was able to provide the needs of his family, not losing a single hope despite not having any piece of land on his own.

But being an active and vibrant man, he loved life and was a hard worker. He always thought that every hard work comes with a great reward in the end.

Indeed, it is. It was not so long when the farm lot was covered by the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program and Tatay Arturo become the landowner himself in the year 2019.


“Dako akong kalipay sa dihang nadawat nako ang akong titulo. Dili gyud ko makatoo nga sa katuguwangon nako makapanag-iya pako sa akong yuta ug aduna akong ikabilin sa akong mga apo (I am very grateful when I received my title. I can’t believe that in my age I was able to became a landowner myself. Thanks to DAR for I have now something to give to my grandchildren),” he said.

The whole family has felt an improved and more comfortable life since then.

But things have changed in the time of a global pandemic. What used to be abundant became a nightmare for Tatay Arturo. The banana farm income has come to a complete turnout.

He cannot deliver the newly harvested bananas to the buyers due to lockdown. Travel restrictions and impeded movement have contributed to the huge loss of his income. Thus, he ended up looking for assistance from the government.

The night before the distribution of the food packs, Tatay Arturo said he was insomniac. “Dili jud ko makatulog kay anaa sa akoa akong mga apo ug naglibog ko asa ko magkuha pagkaon nga dli man ko makagawas kay Senior Citizen, bisag moadto sa uma bawal man (I hardly get myself to sleep because I am thinking where to get food for my family especially for my grandchildren who are with me. I cannot even go to the farm because I am already a Senior Citizen),” he said.

Tatay Arturo has received relief aid from LGU but has already run out. He was looking forward to the next relief but it seems it will not be distributed anytime soon.

“Dako akong kalipay sa dihang si Kap niadto sa balay ug nagpahibalo nga paadtoon ko sa Barangay Hall kay usa ako sa makadawat sa ayuda gikan sa DAR. Dako gyud akong pasalamat kay pag uli nako sa balay nagbitbit nako ug bugas para among makaon (I am so happy when the Barangay Captain told me to go to the Barangay Hall because I am one of the lucky beneficiaries who will receive the aid from DAR. I am happy even more when I got home with me with the food packs for us to eat),” he added.

The distribution of food and non-food packs is the agency's response to RA 11469 Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, the “PaSSOver: ARBold Move for the Deliverance of our farmers from COVID 19 pandemic” which intends to provide immediate and essential support to the farmer-beneficiaries, mitigate the impact brought about by the ongoing community quarantine and address the demands affecting the agricultural sector upon the start of the "new normal".

The ARBold Move Project has four (4) main components: (1) Support to ARBOs as Front liners in the Food Supply Chain; (2) Farm Productivity Assistance to ARBs; (3) Livelihood Support for Women in Crisis Situation and (4) Package of Supplemental Food and Non-Food Items.

A total of 992 qualified Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries all over the province has received the supplemental food and non-food packs led personally by PARPO II Jamil P. Amatonding Jr. and other members of the Management Committee.

PARPO Amatonding said that although the packs cannot be compared to those relief goods given by the LGUs and other agencies, however, it is enough to withstand hunger for the next three (3) days or more.

He further emphasized that DAR, through the directive of Secretary John R. Castriciones has always valued the importance of the farmers as the front liners in terms of food security to ensure that there is a constant supply of food in the table in a time of a global crisis.

“DAR  has always found the means to help the ARBs who are greatly affected by the global pandemic,” he said. (DAR-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


POPCOM,partners issue anew protocols before marriage

BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte, June 11 -- The Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) and its partner agencies in the Pre-Marriage Orientation and Counseling (PMOC) Program eye uninterrupted provision of information and services to fully equip the Filipino couples with appropriate knowledge and skills for successful and harmonious married life amidst trials, particularly during COVID-19 pandemic.

This was learned in the virtual conference of the Regional Population Executive Board (RPEB ) on May 28 as hosted by POPCOM-Caraga, and echoed in the virtual media briefing with the Philippine Information Agency on June 1.

Alexander A. Makinano, POPCOM-Caraga Regional Director, highlighted the importance of assisting the Filipino couples to become more responsible in their decisions and choices especially in matters involving the health and safety of their family especially during the national health emergency.

PMOC has been designed by POPCOM with the Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Interior and Local Government, and Philippine Statistics Authority as a crucial first step prior to getting married, according to RD Makinano. He continued that the program has been implemented to  guide the couples that the decision to get married must be well thought out, and must be made only after careful consideration, thorough understanding, and ample preparation.

In the ordinary times, all marriage license applicants are required to attend the Pre-Marriage Orientation to be conducted by a team of facilitators at least four hours. However, applicant couples at least one member of which is 18-25 years old, must also attend the Pre-Marriage Counseling to be conducted by an accredited pre-marriage counselor.

Following the Joint Advisory 2020-01 issued by the said national government agencies, the existing protocols as well as sessions content and methodologies shall be provided to a maximum of four (4) couples while  strictly observing physical distancing of at least three feet or 1 meter apart. In the entire duration of the session, strict use of face mask or other protective equipment must be also followed.

With the help of the audio-video presentation (AVP), the facilitators should refrain physical interaction between and among the couples.

The PMOC Team of the city and municipal LGUs are required to conduct the PMO session at a minimum of two hours while the PMC session at a minimum of one and half hours and with both sessions conducted within the same calendar day complying all other public health standards, such as temperature check and other health examination, personal protection and hygiene, cleanliness of facilities, and safety use of equipment.

The team is given an option to conduct non-interactive session where couples are participating outside of the PMOC session hall and in their respective homes. The standard 15 couples for the PMO and 6 couples for the PMC can be accommodated under this mode.

As provided for under the interim guidelines, the PMOC Certificates are considered valid for a period of one year from its issuance. In the event that the issued marriage license to a would-be couple expires without being utilized due to the difficulty  brought by the public health emergency prompting the couple to re-apply for the same, the previously issued PMOC certificates may still be used by the would-be couple without the need to attend to attend the PMOC sessions.

The assistance to the LGUs in the conduct of PMOC services are among the functions of the concerned NGAs in these trying times. (POPCOM Caraga/PIA Caraga)

DAR’s ARBold Move project rolls out in Agusan Norte province

By Gil E. Miranda

BUTUAN CITY, June 11 -- In response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) of Agusan del Norte rolled out its contingency plan tagged as “The PASSOver: ARBold Move for Deliverance of ARBs from the COVID-19 Pandemic" (ARBold Move) to lessen the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) hardship in this time of devastating crisis.

DAR Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer for Agusan del Norte, Andre B. Atega, CESO V, said the project is the agency’s response in accordance with the provision of  Republic Act 11469 of the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.

Atega noted that the agency’s contingency plan aimed to support its Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) who considered as front liners in food security.

DAR’s officer-in-charge Chief Agrarian Reform Program Officer of the Program Beneficiaries Development Division (PBDD), Ellen J. Torralba, said the province allotted P3,297,398.00 million to cover four main components.

The four main components includes Support to ARBOs as frontlines in the Food Supply Chain during pandemic, Farm Productivity Assistance to ARBs the includes seedlings and farm inputs, Livelihood Support for Women during the pandemic and Package of Supplemental Food and personal hygiene products, Torralba said.

The DAR’s provincial and municipal task force of this province conducted series of distribution of relief good on May 29, June 3 and 4, 2020.

A total of 2,307 ARBs received relief goods worth 500 pesos each and distributed to the beneficiaries from different areas in the province.

It contained four kilos of rice, three canned goods, four noodles and other household needs such as two bath soaps, 20 pieces of vitamin C, and three face masks.

During the distribution, agrarian-farmers expressed gratitude to DAR’s respond in order to mitigate the farmers who already feel more painfully during the time of recession.

On the other hand, Torralba emphasized that the second and third components are farm productivity and livelihood support slated for distribution in second week of June to different agrarian reform communities in the province.

Data from project proposal stipulated that some 683 agrarian reform beneficiaries are to be provided farm productivity assistance worth 2,165 pesos each to ensure that their agricultural production and livelihood will continue during this public health crisis,” Torralba added.

Torralba added that another 15 more ARB women were chosen to receive livelihood support worth P15 thousand per women in crisis for their hog raising activity. (DAR Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Selebrasyon sa 53rd Araw ng Agusan del Norte sugdan karong Hunyo 12

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Hunyo 11 -- Sugdan karong Biyernes, Hunyo 12 ang unom ka adlaw nga selebrasyon sa ika 53 nga kasumaran sa pagka himugso sa Agusan del Norte isip probinsya ug matapos sunod Miyerkules, Hunyo 17.

Ablihan ang unang adlaw sa selebrasyon pinaagi sa usa ka misa nga pagabuhaton sa may alas 6 ang takna sa buntag sa Sto. Niño Shrine sa Barangay Libertad sa dakbayan sa Butuan ug sundan sa flag raising ceremony sa kapitolyo nga masaksihan sa katawhang Agusanon online pinaagi sa Youtube ug Facebook.

Sa maong buntag, himoon ang paglunsad sa Women’s Challenge Tiktok, ang indigay pinaagi sa video nga abli lamang sa mga nanay ug mga lola sa probinsya. Ang Tiktok usa ka teknolohiya sa internet nga naggikan sa Beijing, China diin gigamit sa pagmugna og mubo nga sayaw, lip-sync, comedy ug talent nga videos nga nabantog na sa daghan nasod sa kalibotan ug sa Pilipinas ning panahon sa community quarantine tungod sa COVID-19 pandemic. Gisugdan na matod pa karong simanaha ang pagdawat sa Tiktok video entries gikan sa mga musalmot. Sa maong adlaw, himoon usab ang paglunsad sa Poster Slogan Contest ug Pinaka Contest, kini indigay sa mga pinakadako nga gulay o unsa mang lagotmon gikan dinhi sa probinsya. Ang mga mudaog sa nasangpit nga mga indigay buhaton sa Hunyo 17, adlawng Miyerkules, ang kulminasyon nga adlaw sa maong selebrasyon.

Sa Hunyo 15, Lunes, pagabuhaton ang Arbor Day, adlaw sa pagtanom og seedlings sa kahoy nga himoon sa Barangay Sanghan sa Cabadbaran City duol sa bag-ong gambalay sa Kapitolyo.

Pagka Martes, Hunyo 16, pagabuhaton ang swine dispersal o ang pag-apod-apod og baktin ug plantlets sa prutas nga saging sa Los Angeles Demo Farm syudad sa Butuan ug ang paglunsad usab sa Indigay Gulayan sa Kabatan-onan nga salmotan sa onse ka mga partisepante nga miyembro sa Sangguniang Kabataan sa syudad sa Cabadbaran ug 10 ka munisipyo ning probinsya. Matod pa, ang maong indigay mudagan og tulo ka bulan gikan Hunyo 16 hangtod Septyembre 15 ning tuiga, ayha pa ang proklamasyon sa mananaog.

Pagka Miyerkules, Hunyo 17, ilunsad ang Agus E-Market. Kini matod pa, bag-ong pamaagi sa pagbaligya og nagkadaiyang lagotmon ug lokal nga produkto sa onse ka LGU sa probinsya pinaagi sa social media (Facebook).

Pagka alas Dos sa maong adlaw, himoon ang Governor’s Report ni Gobernador Dale B. Corvera atol sa ika-6 nga Special Session sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan sa SP Session Hall nga masaksihan live sa social media, (Youtube ug Facebook), sukwahi sa naandang State of the Province Address (SOPA) sa mga naglabay nga mga gobernador ning probinsya nga ginatambongan sa tanang opisyales sa gobyerno. Kini tungod aron malikay sa sakit nga COVID-19 nga padayon pa gihapong ginabuntog sa  mga kaigsuonan sa tibook kalibotan ug dili matapos hangtod dili madiskobrehan ang tambal (vaccine) alang niini.

Unod sa Governor’s Report ni Gob. Corvera ang mga nakab-ot sa Agusan del Norte sugod niadtong Hulyo 1 hangtod Hunyo 30 ning tuiga 2020; ang plano sa administrayon sa umaabot nga mga tuig; ug ang kasamtangan paningkamot sa mga opisyales sa probinsya batok COVID-19.

Kahinumduman nga pinaagi sa R.A. 4979 kaniadtong Hunyo 17, 1967, gitunga ang probinsya sa Agusan ngadto sa duha ka probinsya nga Agusan del Norte ug Agusan del Sur. (JVDemain, LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Brigada Eskwela, Oplan Balik Eskwela inilunsad sa SurSur

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

Dinaluhan ni Tandag City Mayor Roxanne Pimentel ang pormal na pagbubukas ng Brigada Eskwela at Oplan Balik Eskwela ng  Tandag City Division na pinamumunuan ni DIvision Supt. Imelda Sabornido.
LUNGSOD NG TANDAG, Surigao del Sur, Hunyo 11 (PIA) -- Sa gitna ng pakikipaglaban sa krisis dulot ng coronavirus disease 2019 o COVID 19, matagumpay na inilunsad ng Department of Education (DepEd) Surigao del Sur Division na pinamumunuan ni Superintendent Josita Carmen at Tandag City Division na pinamumunoan ni Superintendent Imelda Sabornido ang pagsisimula kamakailan ng Joint Brigada Eskwela at Oplan Balik Eskwela sa probinsya ng Surigao del Sur sa magkahiwalay na okasyon.

Binansagan na “Bayanihan sa Paaralan,” ang ginawang programa ng DepEd-Surigao del Sur Division ay nasaksihan online sa pamamagitan ng live streaming via DepEd Tayo-Surigao Division Facebook account.

Samantala ang Tandag City Division naman ay idinaos sa Tandag Central Elementary School Covered Court sa Tandag. Bilang pagsunod sa itinakdang minimum standard ng Department of Health, ang ibang internal at external stakeholder-partners ay nakilahok sa pamamagitan ng virtual na partisipasyon via internet kung saan ipinaabot ang kanilang mensahe ng pagsuporta sa mga programa nang DepEd.

Personal na dumalo si Tandag City Mayor Roxanne Pimentel sa Tandag City Division, at sinabi nya na 100% na sumusuporta ang lokal na pamahalaan ng Tandag basta’t para sa edukasyon ng mga kabataan. Kaparte ng kanyang suporta ang hiniling na halos umabot sa P900 thousand para sa reproduction ng modules na aprobado na ng lokal na pamahalan, ayon pa sa opisyal.

Sa mensahe ni DepEd Caraga Regional Director Francis Cesar Bringas na pinaabot sa parehong okasyon, binigyan diin nito ang hamon ng pagtutulungan at pagkakaisa ang kailangan para sa masiguro ang kabutihan ng bawat kabataang mag-aaral. “We should help each other now, to safeguard the future of our children. Huwag na wag tayong sumuko, gamitin natin ang lakas at tibay ng ating pagkakaisa,” sabi pa niya.

Batay sa report ni Asst. Division Superintendent Jasmin Lacuna, umabot na sa 18,355 ang mga nagpa-enrol sa Surigao del Sur Division noong Hunyo 3; 10,893 – sa publikong elementarya; 389 – sa pampublikong sekondarya; 535 – sa pribadong elementarya; 389 – sa pribadong sekondarya; at 300 - naman ang Alternative Learning School (ALS).

Sa Tandag City Division naman, umabot sa kabuuwang 2,901 ang na-enrol sa pampublikong paaralan noong Hunyo 5; 2,152 ang elementarya; 384 ang Junior High School; at 365 ang Senior High School. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)