(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.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

COMP members in Caraga realign P97-M SDMP fund for COVID-19 response

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, June 23 -- Caraga-based mining firms spent P97.3 million for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) assistance in response to the government’s call for collective action to fight the pandemic.

Pursuant to the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, member companies of the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP) mobilized their assets to secure food items, medical supplies, equipment, and other essential supplies for the benefit of the communities affected by the community quarantine imposed to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

Taganito Mining Corporation and Taganito HPAL Nickel allotted P58.7 million and served over 157,000 families and 6,000 households in Claver, Surigao del Norte. They provided relief goods, medicines, personal protective equipment (PPE), medical equipment, disinfectants, medical facilities and services.

The Platinum Group Metals Corporation, for its part, provided relief goods, medical supplies, and financial assistance, as well as conducted disinfection measures, all of which amounted to P11.28 million for the 21 municipalities in Surigao del Norte.

Also, the Marcventures Mining and Development Corporation used P7.11 million from its Social Development and Management Program (SDMP) fund to support the host, neighboring, and non-impact barangays in Carrascal, Cantilan and Madrid in Surigao del Sur. The company distributed relief goods, food packs, vitamins, financial assistance, and seeds to encourage backyard gardening in the communities.

More than 9,000 families in Tagana-an, Surigao del Norte have also benefitted from Hinatuan Mining Corporation’s SDMP fund. The mining firm spent P5.56 million in relief assistance by providing relief goods and medical supplies.

The Municipality of Cagdianao and seven other municipalities in Dinagat Islands received much-needed assistance through Cagdianao Mining Corporation (CMC). CMC allotted P4.16 million to provide relief goods, food packs, transportation assistance, disinfectants and medical equipment for the communities.

Carrascal Nickel Corporation utilized Php3.93 million in support to 13 host and neighboring barangays in Carrascal. Families and frontliners received relief goods, food packs, medical equipment and PPE. Likewise, CTP Construction and Mining Development Corporation spent P1.33 million on relief goods, financial assistance, PPE, vitamins, disinfectants, medical equipment to assist the community in the area.

With its realigned SDMP fund amounting to P3.6 million, TVIRD Group of Companies has shored up critical PPE, N95 face masks, face shields and surgical and examination gloves to support the COVID-19 frontliners, including LGUs, medical workers, police and civilian volunteers as well as the checkpoint personnel.

It also sourced majority of its fresh vegetable requirements from farmers and other goods from local establishments to provide relief to more than 10,000 families. The group’s joint relief efforts have reached some 46 barangays consisting of its primary and secondary communities.

Meanwhile, Pacific Nickel Philippines, Inc. allotted P1.80 million for 15 barangays in Surigao City and Dinagat Islands.

The SDMP is a five-year budgeted plan for development programs in mining communities, which the Mines and Geosciences Bureau has allowed to be realigned during this pandemic. (Chamber of Mines of the Philippines/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Cops seized over P6-M hot logs in Caraga

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, June 23 -- A total of 150,242.88 board feet of lumber and logs valued at P6,006,624.78 were confiscated by the Philippine National Police – Caraga (PNP-Caraga) on its intensified campaign against illegal logging from January 1, 2020 to present across the region. 

This is the result after the conduct of 206 anti-illegal logging operations wherein 158 persons were also arrested for the said period.

An estimated volume of 250 board feet of Lauan lumber valued at P6,250 and one black Euro motorcycle were confiscated during the recent checkpoint operation conducted by joint PNP personnel of Tandag City Police Station, Surigao Del Sur Police Provincial Office and 2nd Surigao del Sur Provincial Mobile Force Company in a provincial road of Purok Pluto, Barangay Telaje, Tandag City, Surigao del Sur. Suspect was identified as Neil Cubero Estrada, 31 years old and a resident of Purok Cabugan, Barangay Bag-ong Lungsod, Tandag City, Surigao del Sur.

Meanwhile, police operatives from Dapa Municipal Police Station also confiscated Lauan lumbers with a total volume of 120 board feet worth P4,000 in Barangay 2, Poblacion, Dapa, Surigao del Norte and arrested Joseph Plaza Tolibas, 31, and Anthony Convicto Porpayas, 23, both residents of Pangi, Osmeña, Dapa, Surigao del Norte.

PBGen. Joselito T. Esquivel Jr, regional director of PNP-Caraga, stated that aside from war against drugs and other criminal activities, Caraga police are also focused on combating all forms of violations such as illegal logging as part of PNP’s “LOI Sangyaman” that ensures the protection and preservation of the environment and natural resources. (PNP-13/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

8 individuals arrested for illegal fishing in Surigao Norte

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, June 23 -- The persistent anti-illegal fishing operations of Caraga police resulted in the arrest of eight violators and confiscation of illegal fishing paraphernalia in the seawaters of Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Islands on June 20, 2020.

The police personnel of Sta. Monica Municipal Police Station conducted a seaborne patrol in the vicinity of Brgy. Tangbo that resulted in the arrest of Ronnie Ortojan, Manuel Dumagtoy, Jeffrey Socuano and Wencil Camingue who were all caught in the act of using fishing gear locally known as “boso.” Confiscated from them were pump boat and illegal fishing paraphernalia.

Meanwhile, Libjo Municipal Police Station immediately responded to a report about an ongoing illegal fishing activity in the seawaters of Brgy. Plaridel, Libjo, Dinagat Islands. Suspects were also caught in the act using ”boso.” Arrested persons were identified as Marlo D. Traya, Carlito A. Pasulion, Arthuro S. Pamalaran, and Joseph V. Ebano.

Confiscated also from their possession were pump boat, compressor tank, two pairs of improvised flippers locally known as “kapay/yapak,” two pieces of spear gun (pana), and a long rubber tube more or less 45 meters.

Police Brigadier General Joselito T. Esquivel, Jr, regional director of Philippine National Police - Caraga (PNP-Caraga) urged the fishers to adhere to the provisions of the Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998 and all local ordinances protecting the marine life.

“These anti-illegal fishing operations are part of our implementation of PNP Master Plan “Sangyaman” that aims to help protect and preserve our environment, cultural properties, and natural resources,” said BGen. Esquivel. (PNP-13/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Over 800 terrorist group leaders, members neutralized by PNP-13

BUTUAN CITY, June 23 -- Police Brigadier General Joselito T. Esquivel, Jr, regional director of the Philippine National Police – Caraga (PNP-Caraga) reported that since his assumption to office as the head of the agency on September 2019 until June 20, an overwhelming 869 leaders and members of Communist Terrorists Group (CTG) have been successfully neutralized by PNP Caraga in line with PNP's fight against insurgency in the region.

Of the 869, 67 were arrested, 12 died during police operation, five were captured and 786 were surrenderers who are categorized as active members, Militia ng Bayan (MB) and Underground Mass Organization (UGMO) members.

The massive surrender of CTG leaders and their members are attributed to the combined focused military operations, intelligence efforts, civil-military operation, reintegration efforts and peace and development programs of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), PNP, and local government units (LGUs).

PNP Caraga is expecting more surrenderers in the coming days as former rebels and supporters expressed discontent under the Communist Party of the Philippines - New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) movement.

Statements coming from the former rebels revealed that they were deceived with the false promises of their leaders and the pattern of deception being done by the NPA terrorists.

Surrenderers are from the following NPA underground affiliates: Sandatahang Yunit Pampropaganda; Sangay ng Partido sa Lokalidad; Yunit Milisyang Bayan; Pambansang Katipunan ng Magbubukid sa Pilipinas, Grupong Tig-Ugnayan sa Baryo, Grupong Tig-organisa ng Bayan, Komiteng Tig-organisa ng Bayan and other Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) or CNN organization.

“Government's Executive Order No. 70 or the whole-of-nation approach in ending local communist armed conflict in the country has been significantly contributory to the surrender of terrorist group members and supporters. Sooner we will attain inclusive peace and development for the country and our people,” said BGen. Esquivel.

PNP Caraga is currently conducting routine interviews to the surrenderers for processing of their eligibility in order to avail of the government’s assistance for former rebels under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)