(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Saturday, 08 August, 2020) At 3:00 AM today, the center of Tropical Depression "Enteng" was estimated based on all available data at 510 km East of Baler, Aurora (16.1 °N, 126.3 °E) with maximum sustained winds of 45km/hr near center and gustiness of up to 55 km/h. It is moving North at 10km/h. Southwest Monsoon affecting Central and Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Caraga Region will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to Southwest Monsoon / Localized thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms.Moderate to strong winds coming from Southwest to South will prevail and the coastal waters will be Moderate to Rough with wave height from 1.2 to 2.8 meters.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Health workers ng Agusan del Norte Provincial Hospital, tumanggap ng donasyon mula sa PCOO

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Hunyo 9 (PIA) -- Dahil sa patuloy na banta sa coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) sa bansa, isa sa mga tinututukan ng gobyerno ang proteksyon ng health workers at frontliners na walang tigil sa pagbigay serbisyo sa mga mamamayan.

At bilang tulong ng Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) sa pangunguna ni Secretary Martin Andanar, nagbigay ito ng donasyon na face masks sa health workers ng Agusan del Norte Provincial Hospital sa lungsod ng Butuan.

Mismong si Dr. Odelio Ferrer, ang provincial health officer (PHO) at hepe ng nasabing ospital ang tumanggap sa 3,500 piraso ng surgical masks, 100 N95 masks at 50 face shields.

Lubos ang pasasalamat ni Dr. Ferrer sa PCOO dahil sa tulong na ipinaabot nito sa nasabing pasilidad na malaking tulong din sa mga health workers na nagtatrabaho dito.

“Malaking tulong po ito para sa ating mga health workers. Nag-procure po tayo ng mga personal protective equipment and face masks para sa ating mga empleyado kaso kulang pa po talaga ang supply nito kaya nagpapasalamat po kami sa mga donasyong tulad nito mula sa gobyerno at sa mga pribadong sektor,” ani ni Dr. Ferrer.


Dagdag pa ni Dr. Ferrer, tinitiyak ng kanilang ospital ang proteksyon ng  health workers rito upang patuloy na makapag-serbisyo lalu na at marami ding pasyenteng naka-confine sa nasabing ospital.

Samantala, tumanggap din ng surgical masks ang attached agencies ng PCOO tulad ng Radyo Pilipinas (RP) sa Butuan City at Tandag City, maging ang Philippine News Agency (PNA), at Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga.

Sa kasalukuyan, may 11 kumpirmadong kaso na ng COVID-19 ang naitala sa rehiyon. Mahigpit ding pinaalalahanan ang publiko na sumunod sa mga health protocols at preventive measures ng gobyerno upang masugpo ang pagkalat ng nasabing virus. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

DSWD heightens preparations for SAP 2

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

BUTUAN CITY, June 9 (PIA) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is gearing up its preparations for the second tranche of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) and is set to provide cash assistance to more than 18 million marginalized Filipino households, including those who qualified but were left out on the first tranche.

During today’s Laging Handa Network Briefing hosted by Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar, with Agusan del Sur Provincial Governor Santiago B. Cane, Jr., as guest, DSWD Usec. Rene Glen Paje disclosed that the Joint Memorandum (JMC) No. 2, Series of 2020 is now being furnished. Indicated therein is the joint implementing guidelines for the second tranche of social ameliorations programs of various agencies.

He also stated that the second tranche has now been outlined and DSWD will be tasked to distribute the funds instead of the local government units (LGUs). The department is now focusing on conducting the validation of beneficiaries.

“The task will not be easy. As much as we wish to expedite the process, we want to make sure that those who will be receiving the assistance are qualified. We also do not want our employees to be involved in any anomaly which is why we want to be meticulous and careful with the implementation,” he added.

Usec. Paje also clarified that the implementation of the program’s first tranche was “smooth” in general despite the many issues that arose, majority of which were due to the isolated cases that LGU and barangay officials were involved in.

“The implementation was bound to encounter challenges since this is the first time that the government had to provide such amount of aid to a great number of its citizens in a certain period of time, not to mention the limitations brought about by health and safety protocols, which the labor force is required to abide,” the undersecretary said.

Meanwhile, as it is one of the agencies that make up the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa (BP2) Council, DSWD is also coordinating with concerned authorities for overseeing the welfare of the BP2 Program beneficiaries.

Usec. Paje reiterated that the department is aiming for an even more efficient implementation of the second tranche now that they have had “experiences” in the first tranche.

Per the agency’s data, a total of P99.8 billion was distributed among 17.6 million beneficiaries on the first tranche. The LGUs were able to provide assistance amounting to P80.6 billion to 13.31 million low income non-Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries. (DMNR/PIACaraga)


AgSur SK sets up online 'palengke' during COVID-19 pandemic

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, June 9 (PIA) -- Due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)  crisis, the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) in the municipality of Trento in the province of Agusan del Sur has established the “Online Palengke” since the implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine up to this time of Modified General Community Quarantine.

According to Niño John Hontiveros, SK Federation president of said municipality, this virtual market was aimed to help the local residents to have a more convenient and less exposure outside their houses when buying their basic needs.

“We wanted to come up with strategies on how we would be able to help the COVID-19 affected sectors in our town particularly in the barangays, hence, we came up with this idea on ordering online from the different stores operating in the area. We coordinated with the different stores and they helped us in fulfilling this strategy,” bared Hontiveros.

Hontiveros added that they also opted to help the tricycle drivers whose livelihood was also affected. “We were able to connect with the identified tricycle drivers and help them earn by delivering the purchased items from the stores to the respective houses of the households,” he said.


Apart from this effort, Hontiveros emphasized that the SK Federation closely coordinated with the different government agencies, so they could also extend help/assistance on its operations such as during the distribution of relief packs to the barangays.

“With this new normal, we continue to create innovations to cope with the ongoing crisis. The youths should take part and responsibility in creating a well-informed and empowered communities,” underscored Hontiveros. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

AgSur guv shares government’s efforts amid COVID-19 pandemic

By Jennifer P. Gaitano


BUTUAN CITY, June 9 (PIA) -- As he guested the Laging Handa Network Briefing on Tuesday hosted by Secretary Martin Andanar of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), Agusan del Sur Governor Santiago Cane, Jr., shared how the provincial government manages the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis and its strict implementation of health protocols and preventive measures against the spread of the deadly virus.

Since the activation of the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) and Incident Management Team (IMT) on a 24/7 operation, Gov. Cane bared that the provincial government has also conducted immediate and proper coordination with other local government units (LGUs) and agencies in combating the COVID-19 pandemic within the province.

"The provincial government sees to it that there is constant coordination for proper implementation of guidelines at the checkpoints and quarantine areas, as well as close monitoring and management of boundary checkpoints," he added.

On the relief/financial support to the local residents affected by the COVID-19 crisis, the good governor cited that for the 1st tranche of distribution of the Food and Non-Food Assistance, the provincial government was able to release a total of P6,888,000.00 while in the 2nd tranche of distribution was made through Financial Assistance (in cheques) to 14 city/municipal LGUs as augmentation for relief assistance in response to COVID-19 amounting to P51.7 Million. The provincial government was also able to assist the 72 Mindanao State University students (1st tranche) stranded in Lanao del Sur and provided P2,400 each.

When asked about the interventions on the arrival of the Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROFs) and Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs) in the province, Cane revealed that they continue to strictly implement protocols. Upon arrival, such individuals will be placed in a holding area to be subjected to a rapid test.

“If positive, a swab test will be conducted. Samples will then be sent to respective testing laboratories. As for those who tested negative in the rapid test, the provincial government will be coordinating with their respective municipal or city governments to facilitate their arrival,” he said.


The official also emphasized that the provincial government has engaged into different information dissemination strategies to intensify people's awareness on the government's effort to keep them safe from the spread of COVID-19 by conducting TV and radio interviews; disseminating COVID-19 advisory from the PHO; setting up of IEC materials in the barangays and strategic checkpoints through tarpaulins; and daily release of COVID-19 advisory card through social media.

Cane also thanked the two congressional representatives of the province - Cong. Adolph Edward Plaza and Cong. Afelito Bascug for always extending assistance to the province's need, especially in the provision of the personal protective equipment for the frontliners and health workers operating 24/7 to secure the local residents against the spread of COVID-19.

As his parting words during the said Network Briefing, Gov. Cane expressed his appreciation and gratitude to the frontliners and other volunteers who delivered their services in full force just to ensure the safety and protection of every Agusanon against COVID-19. “We recognize the great deal of effort and dedication of 1,423 individuals who partly comprised the ground players in the combat of the deadly virus,” he said. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

SK Federation sa Trento, AgSur nag-organisa ng 'Online Palengke'

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Hunyo 9 (PIA) - Sa harap ng krisis na dulot ng coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) sa bansa, aktibong nag-organisa ang mga miyembro ng Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation sa bayan ng Trento, Agusan del Sur ng isang “Online Palengke” mula noong nagdeklara ng Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) hanggang sa kasalukuyang ipinapatupad na Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ).

Ayon kay Niño John Hontiveros, ang SK Federation president ng nasabing bayan, layon ng “Online Palengke” na matulungan ang mga residente na mas maging madali ang kanilang pamimili ng mga pangunahing bilihin na hindi na kailangang lumabas ng bahay at magpunta sa mga tindahan at merkado.

“Nag-isip kami kung papaano kami makakatulong sa ating mga kababayan na apektado ng COVID-19 pandemic. At dahil nga noong simula palang ng ECQ ay limitado na ang kilos ng mga tao sa pampublikong lugar at kinakailangang sundin ang home quarantine, naorganisa itong Online Palengke. Puspusan ang aming naging koordinasyon sa mga malalaking tindahan sa lugar at positibo naman ang kanilang naging tugon sa aming plano,” ani ni Hontiveros.

Dagdag ni Hontiveros, nais din nilang tulungan ang mga apektadong tricycle drivers. Nakakapaghanapbuhay na ang mga ito dahil sila ang naghahatid ng mga nabiling produkto ng mga konsumante mula sa tindahan.

Maliban rito, sinabi rin ni Hontiveros na patuloy ang kanilang koordinasyon sa mga ahensiya ng gobyerno upang makapagbigay serbisyo din sa mga nangangailangang sektor tuwing may operasyon tulad na lamang ng relief goods distribution sa mga barangay.

“Sa new normal po natin ngayon, nais po nating magsagawa ng mga inisyatibo na direktang makakatulong sa mga residente at maagapan po ang hirap na kanilang nararanasan. Naniniwala po ako na ang bawat kabataan ay dapat na maging parte at aktibo sa mga gawaing magpapaunlad sa komunidad,” pahayag ni Hontiveros. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Cabadbaran gisuspende ang koleksyon sa merkado ug terminal

DAKBAYAN SA CABADBARAN, Hunyo 9 -- Ang lokal nga panggamhanan sa Cabadbaran, ning lalawigan, naghatag og duha ka bulan nga temporaryo nga pagsuspinde sa tanan koleksyon sa Public Market ug Terminal Revenue Collection human giaprobahan sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan sa Agusan del Norte ang Special City Ordinance No. 007-2020 nga nagmando niini.

Ang pagsuspende nagsugod sa unang adlaw sa Abril hangtod sa katapusang adlaw sa Mayo tuig 2020. Kini ang tubag sa gipatuman nga community quarantine diin gisuspinde ang tanan mga publiko nga transportasyon, ug ang gidaghanon sa mga tawo nga moadto sa merkado nikunhod, nga miresulta sa mga pag-undang, kung dili naminusan ang kita sa mga pampublikong transport operators ug stall owners.

Sigon sa maong ordinansa nga ang kinatibuk-ang kantidad sa gisuspinde nga bayad kinahanglan nga ma-settle sa mga stall tenants sulod sa unom ka bulan sugod sa petsa nga magpagula ang Department of Health (DOH) nga ang Pilipinas COVID-19 free na.

Dugang pa, ipalawig usab sa syudad sa Cabadbaran ang deadline sa pagbayad sa Real Property Tax alang sa unang quarter ug Payment of Business Tax alang sa ikaduhang quarter pinaagi sa Special City Ordinance No. 006-2020.

Ang pagbayad sa tanan Real Property Tax ipalawig gikan Marso 31 hangtod Mayo 15 samtang ang Business Tax ipalawig gikan Abril 20 hangtod Mayo 29 alang karun tuiga, nga walay silot ug charges.

Nakita sa komitiba sa Ways and Means, diin tsirman si Bokal Francisco Y. Chan, Jr., nga ang maong lakang magpagaan sa palas-anon sa mga tawo sa pagbayad sa maong fees, ilabi na sa panahon sa pandemya.

Ang maong lakang nahisubay usab sa Republic Act No. 11469, “Bayanihan to Heal As One Act.”

Giaprobahan ang maong mga lakang sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan pinaagi sa Sanggunian Resolution No. 234 ug 235-2020 sa pagpaningkamot ni Bokal Chan, Jr. (LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusn del Norte)