(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Thursday, 24 September, 2020) At 3:00 AM today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 655 km East of Infanta, Quezon (15.3 °N, 127.7 °E). Southwest Monsoon affecting Palawan, Visayas and Mindanao. Caraga Region will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to Southwest Monsoon. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Light to moderate winds coming from Southwest to West will prevail and the coastal waters will be slight to moderate with wave height from 0.6 to 2.1 meters.

Thursday, June 18, 2020


22 former rebels in Agusan del Norte receive financial aid 

By Nora C. Lanuza

BUTUAN CITY, June 18 -- At least 22 former rebels (FRs), who surrendered in Agusan del Norte, received a total of P2.8 million cash assistance under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP) and firearm remuneration.

According to Provincial Director Ellen Vee Chua of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Agusan del Norte, each FR received P86,000 comprising government's livelihood, immediate and reintegration assistance that can be used to start a new and peaceful life with their families far from chaos and abuses.

In an interview with one of the former rebels, Alyas Karla, who was recruited when she was still 14 years old, said the terrorists took advantage of her innocence by giving her false hope that they will help her finish her studies. She expressed thanks to the government for the new life she has now.

Alias Boyka, one of the FRs, also cited that living a peaceful life with his family is the main reason why he left the Communist New People's Army Terrorist (CNT) group.

Meanwhile, 10 FRs received firearms remuneration during the activity. Director Chua said the cash incentives that they received depend on the type of firearms surrendered.

Among the firearms they have surrendered included two .45 caliber pistols, two M16 rifles and three carbine rifles. The firearms the former rebels also surrendered to the 29th Infantry Battalion included one M14 rifle, one .38 caliber pistol, one AK-47 rifle, one carbine rifle, and one shotgun.

Agusan del Norte Governor Dale B. Corvera, Agusan del Norte Representative Ma. Angelica Rosedell M.  Amante-Matba,  DILG Caraga Regional Director Lilibeth Famacion, BGen. Maurito Licudine, and PCol. Ramir Perlito Perlas led the distribution of the assistance and witnessed by the Provincial Peace and Order Council members held in Butuan City.

Also, during the meeting, Rep. Matba expressed her full support for the passage of the anti-terrorism bill.

“Let’s support the Anti-Terrorism Bill to completely end terrorism and wipe out the CNTs and its supporters," she said.

"Let us not forget the sacrifices that our military and police are doing for us,” she added. (NCLM/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Caraga RTF-ELCAC intensifies efforts vs insurgency amid pandemic

Cabinet Secretary Karlo A.B. Nograles is joined by NTF-ELCAC Vice-Chairperson and National Security Adviser Sec. Hermogenes C. Esperon Jr., NSC Deputy Director General Usec. Damian L. Carlos, and Caraga region’s local leaders.
BUTUAN CITY, June 18 (PIA) -- The Caraga Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) continues the fight against insurgency amid the limitations posed by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

During its 5th (Second Quarter 2020) Meeting last June 16 presided by Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS) for Caraga region, Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) Co-Chairperson, and the task force chairperson Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexis Nograles, member agencies reiterated their counterinsurgency initiatives during the health crisis.

On the issue concerning the closure of the remaining Tribal Filipino Program of Surigao del Sur (TRIFPSS) and Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development (ALCADEV) schools in the region, Department of Education (DepEd) Caraga regional director Francis Cesar Bringas bared that the department has already issued final notices of closure to the said schools, which are allegedly used as training grounds of the communist-terrorist groups (CTGs) in Caraga.

Director Bringas also apprised the body that the construction of makeshift classrooms for the affected Indigenous People (IP) students in Diatagon, Lianga, Surigao del Sur and in Mahaba, Marihatag, Surigao del Sur are already in progress, which were made possible through the funding from the concerned local government units (LGUs) and assistance from the Engineering Brigade of the Philippine Army.

The heads of the regional offices of the DILG, NEDA, PNP, DepEd, DOH, and the Commanding Officer of the 4th ID provide updates concerning developments in the region.
Regional Task Force for COVID-19 One Caraga Shield (RTF-COCS) Chairperson and Agusan del Norte Provincial Governor Dale B. Corvera also presented the accomplishments and milestones of the RTF-COCS, highlighting the region’s proactive efforts in developing harmonized policies and guidelines relative to the implementation of enhanced and general community quarantines (E/GCQ) by LGUs in the region such as setting-up of regional border controls to shield the region from its high-risk neighbors; establishing proposed local COVID-19 laboratory testing centers; on-time and full implementation of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) in the region; and formulating the Caraga Regional Recovery Program (RRP), among others.

The task force was also able to cover key issues and concerns such as the pending request to be recognized by the IATF-MEID and NTF COVID-19 as the regional policy-making and coordinating body concerning COVID-19 in Caraga Region; the pending accreditation of the proposed COVID-19 laboratory testing centers; and the request to include the region on in the second tranche of the SAP distribution.

In addition, DOH Caraga, Police Regional Office 13 (PRO 13), and the 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army (4ID, PA) provided updates on the health, peace and security, and insurgency situation in the region. 

Relative to the region’s fight against insurgency, the body also passed the Caraga RTF-ELCAC Resolution No. 12-A, S. 2020, entitled “Supporting the Passage of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.”

The Inter-Regional Task Force of Joint Regional Task Force (JRTF)-ELCAC 9, 10, 11, 12, Caraga, and Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) is scheduled to convene on June 25 via teleconference to discuss on the current security updates and efforts in Mindanao. (DMNR/Amethyst Joy A. Galos, NEDA Caraga/PIACaraga)

Tricycle drivers, farmers receive aid anew from AgSur town

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, June 18 (PIA) -- While the local government unit (LGU) ensures protection of the local residents against the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), it also provides relief assistance to the affected sectors in the municipality of Trento, Agusan del Sur.  

Despite lowering to a Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) as the quarantine classification for Caraga region including Trento, Agusan del Sur until the end of June, the transport sector’s livelihood is still affected due to the limited operation of the public utility vehicles (PUVs).

To address this concern, the local government unit of Trento has once again reached out to the affected sector and distributed rice subsidy to more than 900 tricycle drivers during the second wave distribution this month of June.

The distribution of rice assistance was based on the records from the Municipal Business Permit and Licensing Office and only those with updated permits were given the said assistance.

Meanwhile, apart from the tricycle driver beneficiaries, more than 600 farmers who are into poultry farming have also received five pullets or cockerels from the LGU.

Through the aid extended by the Municipal Agriculture Office of Trento, Agusan del Sur, the Provincial Veterinary Office led the distribution of “Basilan” and “Dekalb” type of pullets and cockerels to the farmers registered from different associations as Crisis Intervention Program to support them during this COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Dr. Konnielou Verdin, a P7-million fund was allocated for the Agusan del Sur Provincial Veterinary Office in the distribution of said aid to the 14 LGUs in the province to include Trento. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Mga tricycle drivers at magsasaka tumanggap ng ayudang bigas at sisiw

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Hunyo 18 (PIA) - Sa kabila ng banta ng coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) sa bansa, hindi pa rin tumitigil ang lokal na pamahalaan sa pagbigay ng ayuda sa mga apektadong sektor sa bayan ng Trento, Agusan del Sur.

Ibinaba man sa Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) ang quarantine classification ng naturang bayan, hirap pa rin sa pamamasada ang tricycle drivers.

Para matugunan ang ilan nilang pangangailangan, tumanggap ng tig-iisang sakong bigas ang 946 tricycle drivers sa ikalawang bugso ng rice subsidy ng lokal na pamahalaang ngayong buwan ng hunyo.

Ang ayudang bigas sa mga drivers ay batay sa tala ng Municipal Business Permit and Licensing Office at pawang may 2020 renewal ng Permit to Operate.

Samantala, maliban sa mga tricycle drivers, tumanggap din ng tiglilimang sisiw ang mahigit sa 600 benepisyaryong magsasaka na nag-aalaga ng manok sa kani-kanilang bakuran.

Sa tulong ng Municipal Agriculture Office ng Trento, Agusan del Sur ipinamahagi ng Provincial Veterinary Office ang mga sisiw ng “Basilan” At “Dekalb” sa mga magsasakang rehistrado sa kani-kanilang asosasyon bilang “Crisis Intervention Program” laban sa hirap na dulot ng kasalukuyang pandemya.

Ayon  kay Dr. Konnielou Verdin, nasa 7-million pesos ang itinalagang pondo ng Agusan del Sur Provincial Veterinary Office sa pamamahagi ng mga sisiw sa may 14 na local government units sa buong probinsya at kabilang rito ang bayan ng Trento. (JPG/AJL/PIA-Agusan del Sur)