(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Tuesday, 27 October, 2020) At 3:00 AM today, the eye of Typhoon QUINTA {MOLAVE} was located based on all available data at 580 km West of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro (13.4°N, 115.8°E) with maximum sustained winds of 140 km/h near the center and gustiness up to 170 km/h. It is moving West at 25 km/h. Caraga Region will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to Localized Thunderstorm. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Light to Moderate winds coming from Southwest to Southeast will prevail and the coastal waters will be Slight to Moderate with wave height from 0.6 to 2.1 meters.

Monday, July 20, 2020

AgSur farmers thankful after receiving aid from DA’s RRP

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 20 (PIA) -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) Caraga, in partnership with the local government units in the province of Agusan del Sur has started the delivery and distribution of the subsidized inbred certified seeds in the region.

This intervention is part of the agency's “Ahon Lahat, Pagkaing Sapat Kontra COVID-19,” or the Plant, Plant, Plant Program under the Rice Resiliency Project (RRP).

Of the total P8.5-billion national funds for the RRP, P207 million was allocated for Caraga region.

Around 60,000 local rice farmers in the region will benefit from this intervention provided by the government. Three sub-projects under RRP are also implemented which include the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund, the Expanded Inbred Rice Production, and the Expanded Hybrid Rice Production.

Zenaida Quimno from Barangay Poblacion in the municipality of Rosario, Agusan del Sur was one of the farmer-beneficiaries who actively make use of the inbred certified seeds and fertilizers from DA.

“DA has greatly helped us make our work easier and we are able to produce more and earn more,” cited Quimno.

The said project targets to increase local rice production through the use of high-quality seeds and sufficient fertilization based on recommendations. Aside from the free rice seeds, farmers are also given two bags of fertilizers. To avail of free inputs, farmers must be listed in the Registry System For Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA).

The government continues to provide such assistance to the farmer sector to help them cope with their daily needs especially during this time of the pandemic. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

AgSur youth leaders share face masks, relief packs to villagers 

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 20 (PIA) -- While the local government unit of Esperanza, Agusan del Sur provides the needed services, programs and assistance to the affected local residents during this time of the pandemic, the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Municipal Federation also conducts activities to support the government in helping fellow Agusanons.

"The SK Federation here in Esperanza, Agusan del Sur promotes the importance of backyard gardening and even farming. This would not only help them provide their daily consumption but also helping others who have less to consume during this pandemic," says John Carlo Perez, SK municipal federation president of Esperanza, Agusan del Sur.

Apart from that, the SK Federation also realigns their funds in order to provide relief assistance to the locals of the 47 barangays especially those in the far-flung areas.

Perez cites that they opt to reach out to the youths and teach them how to use the computer and other gadgets which are useful in communication.

"We want to push through our plan to conduct activities that would intensify computer literacy among the youths and young adults because up until now, there are still those who do not know how to use the computer and other technologies," shares Perez.


Perez also calls on the youths to actively contribute to the development of the region even during this time of pandemic. "Let us all unite, instead of adding to the problems faced by our government. Follow the laws, protocols and help prevent the spread of the virus. We need each other for us to survive these trying times," he says. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Cops slam another ruthless killing of NPA in Surigao City

By PMaj. Renel E. Serrano

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, July 20 -- Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 strongly condemned the acts of the New People’s Army (NPA) terrorists who murdered another two innocent civilians in Sitio Tabasngan, Mat-i, this city, on July 11, 2020.

Brigadier General Joselito Esquivel, Jr., regional director of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Caraga, identified the victims as Jandi Limbona, 23 years old, a farmer, and Noel Estampa, 49 years old, a barangay Tanod.  They are both residents of the said place. 

Investigation revealed that the victims, along with their five companions, were at the mountainous area to cut lumber when the fully armed NPA members appeared and shot them at around 10:00 a.m.

The victims sustained gunshot wounds in the different parts of their bodies which claimed their lives while their companions managed to fled straight away after they were ordered by the assailants to leave. 

"We will be working with our force multipliers and the intelligence community to help us track down these godless individuals. The full force of the law shall give justice to the victims and their family," BGen. Esquivel said.

The government's security forces launched a joint operation to capture those responsible for the killing. (PIO, PRO13/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Tourist guide in Siargao Island nabbed for peddling cocaine



SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, July 20 -- The Caraga cops arrested a tourist guide and seized P10,000 worth of cocaine following a buy-bust operation in Siargao Island on July 14, 2020. 



Police Brigadier General Joselito Esquivel Jr., regional director of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Caraga, identified the drug suspect as Karl Remlie Lozada Subayno also known as “Remlie,” 32 years old, a tourist guide, and a resident of Barangay 3 Poblacion, General Luna, Surigao del Norte.

The buy-bust operation was conducted around 12:03 a.m. in Brgy. 3 Poblacion after the personnel of General Luna Municipal Police Station received a report that a certain tourist guide is involved in drug peddling in the area.

Investigation disclosed that Remlie is a newly identified illegal drug personality and considered as a street-level individual (SLI).

The operating personnel confiscated one sachet of suspected cocaine weighing one gram with a market value of P10,000; one genuine one thousand peso bill as marked money and ten boodle money; one Huawei black cellphone; one lighter; and a cash amounting to P4,845 in different denominations.

A case for violation of Section 5 and Article II of the R.A. 9165 also known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 was being prepared for filing in court against the arrested drug suspect.

BGen. Esquivel urged the active support and cooperation of other law enforcement agencies, local government units, and the members of the community in the PNP’s fight against criminality and illegal activities even during at this time of the pandemic due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). (PMaj. Renel E. Serrano, PIO, PRO13/PA-Surigao del Norte)

Caraga cops arrested drug personalities in buy-bust ops


BUTUAN CITY, July 20 -- Butuan City police operatives arrested two illegal drugs personalities during a series of police operation on July 12, 2020.

Hamza Cayan, 20 years old, was under arrest through a buy-bust operation in Purok 3, Barangay Baan, Butuan City around 11:45 in the morning. Drug Enforcement Unit of Butuan City Police Stations 1 and 2, together with Butuan City Intelligence Branch and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Caraga, confiscated two pieces of heat-sealed sachet containing shabu weighing 0.5 grams with Dangerous Drugs Board value of P5,900.

Also, at around 8:39 in the evening on the same day, the Drug Enforcement Unit operatives of Butuan City Police Office, Butuan City Police Station 3, Butuan City Mobile Force Company with PDEA Caraga arrested Joemari Cupay Lara, 22 years old, in Purok 2, Barangay Libertad, Butuan City through a buy-bust operation. Confiscated from Lara’s possession and control are four pieces of heat-sealed sachets of shabu weighing four grams with Dangerous Drug Board value of P27,200.

Brigadier General Joselito Esquivel, Jr., regional director of Philippine National Police (PNP) Caraga, said that arrested persons were charged for violation of R.A. 9165  or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act and now detained at the police custodial facilities in Butuan City.

BGen Esquivel, Jr. stressed that PNP Caraga’s campaign against illegal drugs will be relentlessly pursued in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to eradicate all forms of illegal drugs. (PMaj. Renel E. Serrano, PIO, PRO13/PIA Caraga)

DILG allows back-riding on motorcycles, conditions set

By Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa

BUTUAN CITY, July 20 -- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) issued on July 15, 2020, the advisory entitled “Back-Riding on Motorcycles” informing local government units (LGUs) that back-riding on motorcycles shall be allowed anew but subject to certain conditions.

As specified to be strictly followed, the motorcycle back-riding shall be allowed for couples living in the same household. Valid identification (ID) card shall be presented as proof that said persons are living together or are married to one another or have any relation to one another, such as common law marriage, boyfriend and girlfriend.

The LGUs are also tasked to monitor in order to ensure its proper implementation such as putting a safety barrier/shield with a design duly approved by the National Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for COVID-19 and must be placed between the driver and the passenger.

The persons riding on motorcycles shall observe the minimum public health standards set forth by the Department of Health (DOH), such as the wearing of face masks.

The riders shall also observe all road safety measures during their ride to include the donning of appropriate motorcycle safety headwear or crash helmets.

Coordination of the LGUs and the local Philippine National Police (PNP) offices is encouraged. This is in consonance to PNP memorandum dated July 9, 2020 entitled “Motorcycle Pillion Riding or Back-Riding” which was issued pursuant to the pronouncement of Secretary of the Interior and Local Government (SILG) Eduardo M. Año and the supporting statement of Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque on July 9, 2020. It includes the prototype submitted by governor Arthur Yap of Bohol province. (LGOO VI, DILG-13/VLG/PIA-Caraga)

DA at mga lokal na pamahalaan sa AgSur, nagbigay ayuda sa mga magsasaka sa ilalim ng RRP

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Hulyo 20 (PIA) -- Nagbigay ang Department of Agriculture (DA) Caraga kasama ang ibat-ibang lokal na pamahalaan sa probinsya ng Agusan del Sur ng subsidized inbred certified seeds sa mga magsasaka sa ng rehiyon.

Kabilang ito sa hakbang ng gobyerno sa pagpapatupad ng "Ahon Lahat, Pagkaing Sapat Kontra COVID-19" o ang Plant, Plant, Plant Program sa ilalim ng Rice Resiliency Project (RRP) ng DA.

May kabuuang P8.5-billion na national funds ang inilaan sa RRP at P207-million nito ang alokasyon sa rehiyon ng Caraga.

Makikinabang dito ang nasa 60,000 local rice farmers sa tatlong sub-projects ng RRP kabilang na ang Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund, Expanded Inbred Rice Production, at Expanded Hybrid Rice Production.

Isa si Zenaida Quimno na taga Poblacion sa bayan ng Rosario, Agusan del Sur sa mga magsasakang natulungan ng nasabing programa.

“Patuloy kaming nagpapasalamat sa DA dahil sa tulong na pinapaabot nila sa aming mga farmers. Malaking pakinabang namin sa mga programa ng DA,” ani ni Quimno.

“Malaking tulong din sa aming ani ang binibigay na libreng punla ng DA para sa aming mga pananim,” pahayag din ni Gerardo Arasa na isang magsasaka.

Layon ng DA Caraga na madagdagan pa ang produksyon ng bigas gamit ang high-quality seeds at akmang fertilizers na libreng ibibigay sa sektor. Kailangan lamang nilang magrehistro sa Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA) upang patuloy na makakuha ng organikong pampataba.

Ang lahat ng ito ay patuloy na ibinabahagi ng gobyerno sa mga magsasaka lalu na ngayong may COVID-19 crisis. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)