(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.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020


TESDA Agusan Norte chief reminds personnel on the workplace

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, June 30 -- Acting Provincial Director Liza B. Budtan of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-Agusan del Norte Provincial Office reminded all personnel to strictly adhere the workplace guidance for the new normal.

Speaking before the personnel of the provincial office during the Provincial Quality Management Committee (PQMC) meeting held recently here, Dir. Budtan emphasized the need of the personnel to religiously follow the guidelines issued by TESDA Sec. Isidro S. Lapeña so that health of the personnel as well as the clients will not be places to risk, especially that the City of Butuan was placed back to Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine after the number of COVD-19 cases increased in the previous days.

“Though the said guidelines were already discussed with the personnel upon receiving the TESDA Circular 055, series of 2020 re: TESDA Workplace Guidelines for the New Normal,” it is but necessary that personnel should be always reminded of the do’s and don’ts in dealing with clients especially these times,” Dir. Budtan stressed.

Dir. Budtan further said, the TESDA Circular is composed of eight guidelines that will surely be taken into consideration as the personnel is dealing with different types of clients daily.

The official underscored the importance of wearing face masks. She added the provincial office has already implemented a “No Face Mask, No Entry” policy immediately after the city was placed in community quarantine in March. “We made sure that all personnel as well as our clients have followed this policy.

Just recently, Dir. Budtan said all clients who wish to transact with the provincial office must be subjected to no-contact thermal scanning. She pointed out that as per TESDA Guidelines, person/s whose temperature reading is 37.5 degrees and above and those suffering from fever, flu, cough, and colds shall not be allowed to enter. All operating units in the RCPOTI are required to purchase thermal scanners.

“Actually, those who will enter the provincial office have undergone two times no-contact thermal scanning since the provincial LGU is also conducting thermal scanning to those who enter the provincial capitol premises where the TESDA-Agusan del Norte Provincial Office is located at the back of the capitol building,” she said.

As of June 29, 2020, the Department of Health (DOH) Center for Health Development (CHD) Caraga posted in their Facebook page a total of 138 COVID-19 confirmed cases in Caraga Region with Butuan City as the second highest in the region next to Surigao del Norte with 34 and 35, respectively. (TESDA-Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)

DOH Caraga announces 22 new COVID-19 cases

BUTUAN CITY, June 30 – The Department of Health (DOH) Caraga announced on Monday, 152 RT-PCR (Real-Time Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction) results received from Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) sub-national laboratories. 

Of the said RT-PCR results received, 120 tested negative while 32 turned positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) virus.

The negative RT-PCR results are from a) Three follow-up tests of previously confirmed cases, b) Four suspect cases, c) Eight probable cases, and d) results coming from high-risk individuals who either have turned positive in the Rapid Antibody-based Test or with relevant travel and exposure to COVID-19.

As revealed, 32 samples are RT-PCR confirmed positive for COVID-19: a) Ten follow-up tests of previously confirmed cases and b) Twenty-two (22) new cases.

Of the 22 cases, 81.82% (18) are Locally Stranded Individuals, 9.09% (2) Returning Overseas Filipinos, 9.1% (2) one is a health worker while the other has a history of travel to an area with local transmission. As to sex distribution, 54.55% (12) are females while 45.45% (10) are males. For age group, 50% belong to ages 20-30 years old. Cases are distributed in the following areas: Butuan City (1), Cabadbaran City (2), municipalities in Agusan del Norte- Buenavista (1), Carmen (2), Jabonga (1), and Nasipit (2), municipalities in Agusan del Sur- Esperanza (1), Loreto (1), Prosperidad (2), and Sibagat (1), municipalities in Surigao del Norte- Alegria (1), Del Carmen (1), Mainit (1), Tubod (1), Bislig City (1), and municipalities of Surigao del Sur- Carmen (2), Lingig (1).

“Based on the data at hand, we documented a steadily increase of cases with the highest number on the 25th morbidity week since January. As of this time, 70.29% (97) of our confirmed cases are coming from the LSIs, 13.04% (18) are ROFs, and 16.67% (23) are health workers and individuals who traveled to areas with local transmission,” DOH Caraga Regional Director Jose R. Llacuna, Jr. said.

Majority of the cases (20) are asymptomatic (90.91%) while two or 9.09% have mild symptoms. All cases are admitted and isolated at designated quarantine facilities region wide for monitoring and management.

“We are decisive with our containment strategies together with the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Disease (RIATF-EID) and the Regional Task Force COVID-19 One Caraga Shield bodies," Dr. Llacuna said.

"Areas with two or more recently confirmed cases should strictly follow quarantine and isolation protocols. For areas with at least one or one case, should still adhere to the health standards and physical distancing practices. We need to do this because these approaches can reduce further spread of the virus. Likewise, we also need to protect the vulnerable groups like our elderlies, children and those with pre-existing medical condition; and sustain capacity of critical and isolation beds, as well as protect our frontliners and health care workers,” the health chief added.

As of this time, Caraga region now has a total of 138 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases. (DOH Caraga/PIA Caraga)


Probinsya sa Dinagat Islands mihatag og level 3 water system sa Basilisa


By Susil D. Ragas

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Hunyo 30 (PIA) -- Ang probinsya sa Dinagat Islands mitunol bag-ohay pa lamang sa level 3 water system didto sa Barangay Coring, lungsod sa Basilisa, ning probinsya.

Ang maong level 3 water system nga kantidad kapin kon kulang P4.4 milyon gipaningkamotan sa lokal nga pangagamhanan sa probinsya ubos sa liderato ni Gobernador Kaka Bag-ao agig tubag usab sa dugay ng problema sa tubig sa mga lumolupyo sa maong baryo.

Si Gob. Bag-ao pinaagi sa iyang gahum isip gobernador mipagawas og Executive Order No. 1 series of 2019 nga magbuhat og usa ka Water Resources Management Council sa probinsya isip primerong lakang aro matuman ang maong water system.

Sa iyang bahin, si Punong Barangay Ernesto P. Dialde uban sa iyang mga konsehal ug mga residente sa naasoy nga barangay madasigon nga nagpasalamat nga natuman na gyud an dugay na nilang gidamgo ug gipangandoy nga makabton sa maong water system ug iya usab gihatag ang pasalig kang Gob. Kaka nga ila kining ampingan ug amomahon.

Sigon pa niya dako og katabang si Gob. Kaka sa ilang barangay isip katimbayayong sa mga proyekto sa pagpalambo ug tungod sa karon nga panahon dili na sila maabot sa layong dapit alang sa pagpangabo og tubig ilabi na sa ilimnon.

Dugang pa Punong Barangay Dialde nga kaniadto nakatagamtam sila ug ½ kilometer nga dalan gikan sa ilang barangay padulong sa reservoir nga kab-anan sa tubig og sa kadugay sa panahon gikan pa sa iyang pagkabata hangtod karon nga niabot sa iyang pangidaron karon pa niya natagamtaman ug nakita nga wala na maglisod ang ilang barangay sa pagpangabo, mahitungod kay ang tubig anaa na sa tugkaran sa tagsa-tagsa nila ka panimalay.

Ang turn over ceremony gitambungan nila Gobernador Kaka Bag-ao uban sila DPWH Resident Engineer Jonecie G. Glico, Board Members Anna Lyn C. Dilade ug Noli B. Abis.

Sigon pa kang Kapitan Dialde dako ug katabang si Gob. Kaka sa ilang barangay isip katimbayayong sa mga proyekto sa pagpalambo ug tungod sa karon nga panahon dili na sila maabot sa layong dapit alang sa pagpangabo ug tubig ilabi na sa ilimnon. Kaniadto nakatagamtam sila ug ½ kilometer nga dalan gikan sa ilang barangay padulong sa reservoir nga kab-anan sa tubig ug sa kadugay sa panahon gikan pa sa iyang pagkabata hangtod karon nga niabot sa iyang pangidaron karon pa niya natagamtaman ug nakita nga wala na maglisod ang ilang barangay sa pagpangabo, mahitungod kay ang tubig anaa na sa tugkaran sa tagsa-tagsa nila ka panimalay.

Sa laing bahin, atol sa gihimong turnover ceremony niadtong Hunyo 25, 2020, ang lokal nga pangagamhanan pinaagi sa buhatan sa Provincial Community Affairs Office (PCAO) sa panguna ni Jay Benitez nagtunol usab og tseke ngadto sa Barangay Poblacion ug Barangay Coring nga nagkantidad og 50,000 kada barangay isip financial assistance sa pagpalit sa fiber glass board with ring sa Barangay Poblacion ug roofing and tiling sa Bacwasa Office sa Barangay Coring lungsod sa Basilisa. (Susil D. Ragas/Dinagat Islands-PIO/PIA-Dinagat Islands)