(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Friday, 25 September, 2020) At 3:00 AM today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 615 km East of Baler, Aurora (15.4 °N, 127.3 °E). Southwest Monsoon affecting Southern Luzon and Visayas. Caraga Region will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Localized Thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Moderate winds coming from Southwest will prevail and the coastal waters will be moderate with wave height from 1.2 to 2.5 meters.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020


DOH reminds workers to observe preventive measures vs COVID-19

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, June 17 (PIA) -- As employees from the public and private sectors adapt the new normal amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Department of Health (DOH) Caraga also reminded them to always observe and practice the health protocols and preventive measures while doing their respective jobs in the workplaces.

Dr. Beverly Lorraine Ho of DOH emphasized during the recently held 6th COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall Meeting hosted by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) headed by Secretary Martin Andanar that workers should see to it that they are protected and prevented from being carrier of said virus.

“As people practice the health protocols and preventive measures in this new normal at their respective workplaces and other venues, they should also see to it that they do the same precaution when they go home so their family members would also be protected,” said Ho.

Dr. Ho stressed that with the new normal, workers should maintain proper hygiene, wearing of face masks/face shields and enforce social distancing. Workplaces should also regular be disinfect with readily available sanitizers and other handwashing materials.

“Returning employees and workers physically reporting to their place of employment shall be screened and assessed for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. These signs and symptoms include sore throat, body pains, headache, fever, or flu-like symptoms (cough, cold and fatigue),” cited Ho.

Meanwhile, she also reiterated that to prevent one from experiencing anxiety attack, regular meditation and breathing exercises for a minute daily are helpful especially for workers who are exposed in the field.

As to the safety of students during the opening of classes, Dr. Ho said that for now they are working closely with the Department of Education (DepEd) to make sure that standards are in place. She said they are preparing to ensure that the protocols/guidelines for the safety of the students will be properly enforced. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Unity, cooperation help combat COVID-19, insurgency in Caraga - Gov. Corvera

By Nora C. Lanuza

BUTUAN CITY, June 17 (PIA) -- In this trying times, where health crisis brought about by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is affecting the Caraganons, Governor Dale B. Corvera of the province of Agusan del Norte is positive that unity and cooperation are important factors to overcome the health and insurgency problems in the region.

During the virtual meeting of the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) held on Tuesday presided by Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexis Nograles, chairperson of the Caraga RTF-ELCAC, Governor Corvera has expressed his appreciation to other local chief executives and officers for their presence.

"It is just a proof of the utmost commitment and support to a united effort to end local communists armed conflict in the region," said Gov. Corvera, who is also the chairperson of the Regional Development Council and One Caraga Shield Task Force COVID-19.

“Despite the limitations and challenges we are facing due to the current health crisis, we are able to adopt alternative platforms to meet, because apart from the COVID-19, we have other equally pressing concerns – that is peace and security situation of our region,” he added.

Governor Corvera also lauded the local chief executives (LCEs) of the region for being committed and productive amidst the challenges to ensure that their tasks as LCEs are still effectively carried out for the welfare of their constituents.

“Despite the serious socio-economic impacts brought about by the health crisis, still, the LCEs continue to strive for Caraga region’s goals. The collaboration between the government, private sector and the civil society is indeed invaluable,” he said.

Corvera also encouraged everyone present to remain steadfast in their commitment, not timid in their actions, and be bold in aspirations because every Caraganon deserves a life free from violence and any form of insecurity.

“I believe that amidst this pandemic, we should not put on hold our efforts towards ending local armed conflict in the region, as this lingering issue adds unnecessary burden to our already health-threatened constituents,” Gov. Corvera said.

He is also hoping that in the next two years, the environment and community for the Caraganons will not only safe from the virus, but at the same time also safe from the violence of insurgents.  

During the meeting, Corvera informed the group that in the recent 101st Caraga RDC Full Council meeting held on March 11, 2020, the council has endorsed an estimated proposed budget allocation of P35.75 Billion for FY 2021, which is intended for priority programs, projects, and activities in geographically isolated, disadvantaged, and conflict-affected areas in the region.

The said meeting was participated by the different local chief executives and head of offices and representatives from the government and private offices of the region. (NCLM/PIA Agusan del Norte)