(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Monday, 03 August, 2020) At 3:00 AM today, Severe Tropical Storm "DINDO" {HAGUPIT} was estimated based on all available data at 470 km North Northeast of Basco, Batanes (24.3°N, 123.8°E) with maximum sustained winds of 95 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 115 km/h. It is moving Northwestward at 15 km/h. Meanwhile, a Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 570 km East Southeast of Davao City, Davao del Sur (5.9°N, 130.8°E). Caraga and Davao Region will have cloudy skies with scattered rains and thunderstorms due to Trough of LPA. The rest of the Mindanao will have partly cloudy skies to at times cloudy with rainshowers due to Localized Thunderstorms. Light to moderate winds from northeast to northwest and the coastal waters will be slight to moderate.

Monday, July 13, 2020


Mining firms in Caraga campaign for environmental protection

By Venus L. Garcia

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, July 13 (PIA) -- As part of the culmination activity of the Environment Month celebration this year, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Field Office 13 (MGB-Caraga) conducted the succulent dish gardening and environmental video-making contests.

These were participated and supported by several mining companies in the Caraga region wherein the winning entries will be utilized as information, education and communication (IEC) and advocacy materials for environmental protection and preservation.

The CTP Construction and Mining Corporation won the first place for the succulent dish gardening competition followed by Taganito Mining Corporation in second place and Mindanao Mineral Processing Refinery Corporation for the third place.

Meanwhile, for the environmental video making contest, the Agata Mining Ventures, Inc. got the first place; MMPRC as the second-place winner and NAC-Hinatuan Mining Corporation garnered third place.

According to MGB-Caraga regional director Engr. Glenn Marcelo Noble, their agency is encouraging the mining firms to help in improving the lives of the host and neighboring communities.

“MGB targets Caraga region to become the center and model for responsible minerals industry. Apart from the contribution of the mining institutions in the economy, they have also helped the affected communities during this time of the pandemic,” said Noble.

The Caraga-based mining firms have spent around P140 million as assistance to the frontliners, host communities and non-impact communities through their Social Development and Management Program (SDMP).

The mining firms have also pooled their resources together for the establishment of the first molecular testing laboratory for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the region. 
“The mining firms here have manifested their concern to the community members. They promote the principle of people empowerment and give the necessary aid as a form of strengthening their hopes in overcoming the crisis brought about by the pandemic,” said Noble. (VLG/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

OCD-Caraga distributes PPE to frontliners

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, July 13 (PIA) -- With the rising number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) - Caraga accelerated the response action and in facilitating the distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE) to the frontliners.

The sets of PPE were turned over to local government units, hospitals, and government lines agencies such as Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) - Caraga as communication frontline agency.

“Right from the start of the operation in the region against COVID-19, OCD continuously provides PPE as well as fuel to concerned agencies. These PPE sets were turned over to the LGUs and especially to the national and local hospitals in the region that operates specifically against COVID-19,” said April Rose Ann Sanchez, information officer of the OCD-Caraga.

As the lead of the Caraga Regional Task Force for COVID-19 and as a member-agency of the Caraga Regional Task Group for Repatriation, OCD-Caraga also rendered their services at the one-stop-shop established at the port of entry of the region.

The OCD-Caraga has also provided fuel to the vehicles designated to fetch and transport the locally stranded individuals and returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs) to their respective provinces.

“We provide fuel to the private and LTRFRB buses that cater the transfer of these locally stranded individuals (LSIs) to and from Cagayan de Oro, Davao City and those coming to Butuan City,” said Sanchez.

Prior to the implementation of the moratorium of flights and mercy voyage which started on June 22 until July 4 of this year, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) - Caraga has already recorded more than 4,500 inbound LSIs while there are also over 4,200 outbound LSIs, and more than a thousand ROFs have arrived in the region.

Meanwhile, the returning seafarers expressed their appreciation for the assistance provided by the government and for their safe return in the region after being stranded in Luzon for many weeks due to the pandemic.

OCD-Caraga also gave a stern reminder to all Caraganons. “For Caraganons, we are still appealing to you the way the One Caraga Shield has appealed even before - to keep safe and be conscious and wary especially that Butuan City has declared a local transmission of COVID-19. So keep safe and be responsible enough to follow the guidelines imposed by the authorities,” said Sanchez. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)

Agusanon 4Ps benes come together to make a difference in community

BUTUAN CITY, July 13 - “Mas maayo nga mutabang ta, kaysa kita ang tabangan. Swerte na kaayo kami kay nahimo ming membro sa 4Ps ug naa kami madawatan, samtang ang uban wala (It is better that we help rather than us being extended the help. We are very fortunate enough to have been part of the 4Ps, and that we receive the grants, compared to those who are not).”

These were the words of the 41-year old parent leader and daycare worker, Rona Fuentes. She is one of the 16 parent leaders of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in Barangay Sampaguita, Veruela, Agusan del Sur.

When the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) took its toll in the country, several Local Government Units provided relief assistance to its constituents. The BLGU of Sampaguita did the same when they delivered half-sacks of rice to every household in their barangay.

Lacking manpower, some of the 4Ps parent leaders volunteered to deliver the goods to their community.

Though the “new normal” scenario was still slowly sinking into their system, just like wearing face masks and maintaining physical distance, they all were convinced that the need to be together and do something tangible and real was something they needed to do.

A similar situation happened in Barangay Doña Telesfora, Tubay, Agusan del Norte, wherein a group of Modified Conditional Cash Transfer (MCCT) beneficiaries also felt the bayanihan spirit which is innate to Filipinos especially during times of hardship and challenges.

“Naningkamot gyud mi na mag-solicit sa mga kaila, kaparentehan, ug batchmates namo nga pwede makaabag luyo aning COVID-19 nga krisis (We took the initiative to solicit from our colleagues/batchmates and relatives who were generous enough to help amid this global crisis),” Jerama Daug, one of the active MCCT-IP Parent Leader said.

Daug asked the other members to provide a list of families (non-Pantawid) of their respective purok or sitio who were not able to receive the Social Amelioration Program subsidy of the government. By aiding a little amount of love and compassion, they were able to distribute rice packs to 100 families in their barangay.

In the region, a total of 188,467 4Ps beneficiaries received the emergency subsidy under the SAP. This is a provision of the government through the Department of Social Welfare and Development to aid the most affected families because of COVID-19.

The pandemic awakened a very unique spirit of community that has been in the Filipino culture for centuries. Truly, finding resources is not a big issue when done by willing and compassionate individuals and groups, who are willing to extend their hands, regardless of their differences.

“Grabi ka mahinungdanon ang among panagkita. Bisan og nabag-uhan mi sa pag-social distancing, kay sauna magkumustahay ug magginaksanay gayud mi, pero nalipay gihapon kay nagkakitaay mi (It was a meaningful get together. Although maintaining the social distancing is awkward, because we always greet with a handshake or a warm hug, but we are still glad to see each other),” Fuentes added.

More than the cash grants that they are receiving, the volunteer work gave them an opportunity to develop their capacities as beneficiaries such as decision making and planning. For this, they always considered themselves fortunate. (Social Marketing Section/DSWD Field Office Caraga/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

PSA, DSWD Caraga to partner for National ID system project

BUTUAN CITY, July 13 -- The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)-Caraga region has tapped the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) implementation, by accessing the latter’s Listahanan database.

Hermilando N. Paque, Jr, PSA Registration Officer I and Marjon C. Dalagon, Administrative Assistant II recently visited the Field Office to discuss the Listahanan Data Sharing Guidelines which is currently managed by the National Household Targeting Section (NHTS) of the Department.

Aldie Mae A. Andoy, OIC of the Policy and Plans Division – Officer-In-Charge, and  Listahanan Regional Field Coordinator explained process and requirements in accessing the Listahanan database to the PSA representatives as compliance to Republic Act 10173 or the Data Privacy Act of 2012. This includes the forging of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between PSA and the Department, as well as series of inspection meetings to ensure that the 2nd party is capable of handling and protecting sensitive personal information contained in the Listahanan Database.

Listahanan is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are in the country. It contains demographic and socio-economic status of the identified poor households. It also provides complete information on poor households who will become beneficiaries of the different anti-poverty programs and services of the government.

The PSA requested the list of poor families/households as they plan to start the pre-registration of the PhilSys project on September this year. PSA is targeting to provide one hundred forty thousand (140,000) Caraganons with the National ID by the end of the year.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed into law the R.A. 11055, also known as the “Philippine Identification System Act”. The act mandates the issuance of a national ID that will serve as valid proof of identity for all Filipino citizens and resident aliens. The law tasks PSA as responsible for the overall planning and management of PhilSys. (Social Marketing Section, DSWD-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

Rapid test now required for all travellers to SurSur town

CARRASCAL, Surigao del Sur, July 13 -- As the number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the Caraga region increase and cases of local transmission are recorded, the municipality of Carrascal has issued Executive Order No. 24, series of 2020 requiring a negative result on either Rapid Antibody Test (RAT) or Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) to all non-Surigaonons entering the municipality.

Effective July 8, 2020, the Carrascal Primary Health Care Facility will start to accommodate rapid testing with a fee of P1,500 per test/person. Rapid testing is exclusive to all Carrascalanons, except for private employees in companies with Carrascal as their principal address.

The employees from private companies/offices located in Carrascal can avail of the rapid testing, provided that they can present an official travel order and a company ID.

Those Carascalanon patients undergoing dialysis and other regular treatments and subject for medical emergencies and referrals are exempted from rapid testing, provided they are issued a doctor's referral.

All individuals who wish to avail with other medical interventions such as regular or follow-up check-ups are required to undergo the rapid testing and comply with regular travel documents needed.

As contained in the EO, the rapid testing schedule is from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M., Monday to Friday. The said facility will strictly implement 10 tests only per day. The rapid test result is valid for seven days only.

All individuals who wish to avail are advised to secure first the medical certificate from the Municipal Health Office (MHO) and Travel Authority to be issued by the Carrascal Municipal Police Station (MPS) before proceeding for the rapid testing.

All applicants who wish to travel outside the province are reminded that the municipality of Carrascal would only issue travel documents for essential travels. (LGU-Carrascal/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Pagbibigay ng PPE ng OCD-Caraga sa frontliners, pinalawak pa

By Venus L. Garcia

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Hulyo 13 (PIA) -- Sa harap ng pagtaas ng kaso ng coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), pinalawak pa ng Office of Civil defense (OCD) - Caraga ang pamamahagi ng personal protective equipment o PPE sa mga frontliner.

Kabilang sa mga nabigyan ng PPE ay ang mga local government unit, ospital, at iba’t ibang ahensiya ng pamahalaan gaya ng Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) at Philippine Information Agency (PIA) - Caraga bilang communication frontline agency.

“Right from the start of the operation in the region against COVID-19, OCD continuously provides PPE as well as fuel to concerned agencies. Ang PPE ay binibigay natin sa mga LGUs especially to the national and local hospitals in the region na nag-ooperate specifically against COVID-19,” sabi ni April Rose Ann Sanchez, information officer ng OCD-Caraga.

Bilang lead agency ng Caraga Regional Task Force Against COVID-19 at bahagi ng Caraga Regional Task Group for Repatriation, patuloy din ang serbisyo ng OCD-Caraga at iba pang ahensiya ng lokal na pamahalaan sa one-stop-shop ng lahat ng port of entry sa rehiyon. 

Naglaan naman ang OCD-Caraga ng krudo para sa mga sasakyan na sumusundo sa locally stranded individuals at returning overseas Filipinos.

“We provide fuel to the private and LTRFRB buses that cater the transfer of these locally stranded individuals (LSIs) to and from Cagayan de Oro, Davao City and those coming o Butuan City,” sabi ni Sanchez.

Bago pa man naipatupad ang moratorium ng flights at mercy voyage ng mga LSIs sa Caraga simula noong June 22 hanggang July 4 ay may mahigit 4,500 na inbound LSIs habang mahigit 4,200 na outbound LSIs, at mahigit isang libo na returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs) na ang naitala ng Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) - Caraga.

Samantala, nagpasalamat ang seafarers na taga-Caraga sa tulong ng pamahalaan upang silay makauwi sa kani-kanilang probinsya matapos mastranded sa Luzon dahil sa pandemya. 

May paalala naman ang OCD-Caraga sa kanilang mga kababayan. “Kaya para sa mga Caraganons, we are still appealing to you the way the One Caraga Shield has appealed even before na sundin natin ang protocol at preventive measures upang makaiwas sa nasabing virus lalo na na mayroon ng local  transmission sa Butuan City. So keep safe and be responsible enough to follow the guidelines imposed by the authorities,” sabi ni Sanchez. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)