(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 6, 2020

Caraganons support NGP implementation amid COVID-19 pandemic

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 6 (PIA) -- While Caraganons maximize their time during the community quarantine by maintaining a communal garden in their respective barangays, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga also urged locals to help protect the region’s rich bounty of natural resources by planting more trees in support to the National Greening Program (NGP).

Based on the department’s record, more than 5.7 million seedlings were already planted in the NGP areas in Caraga last year. The province of Agusan del Sur has the highest number of seedlings planted among other provinces in the region.

According to Forester Samuel Danganan, assistant regional director for Technical Services of DENR-Caraga, over the years, the region remains to have high-performance rating in the implementation of the national greening program.

The official added that local communities continue to express their support for the said program, however, illegal logging still remains to be a problem in the region.

With this, the DENR was able to accomplish 98 percent from their operations against violators of forest protection laws.

Meanwhile, the newly installed regional executive director of DENR-Caraga called on all Caraganons to take part in the government’s campaign against illegal activities that are harmful to the environment and to actively participate in its initiatives for the conservation and protection of the region’s natural resources.


“Not any sector of society can do that alone, not the government or private sector alone. Everybody, every sector of society has to collaborate so that protect the nature and sustain it for the future generations,” said Dir. Hadja Didaw Piang-brahim of DENR-Caraga. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Online course on practicing COVID-19 preventive measures in the workplace now open to public

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, July 6 -- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) online course on “Practicing COVID-19 Preventive Measures in the Workplace” is now open to public.

As per Memorandum No. 245 dated June 29, 2020 issued by TESDA Sec. Isidro S. Lapeña, the e-learning course was initially intended for TESDA personnel as part of the agency’s precautionary measures in the workplace.

However, the online course is now open to public to increase the public’s awareness of the nature of the virus, its transmission, and more importantly the healthy and safe protocols which is vital in the prevention of the virus, especially in the workplace.

This can be accessed thru www.e-tesda.gov.ph. Once the website is already accessed, click the Login hyperlink to register. After clicking the “Login” hyperlink, you will be taken to the login page. On the “Is this your first time here?” column, click on the “New Account” hyperlink.

Fill out the form, fields marked with asterisk (*) are mandatory. You cannot proceed with the registration unless you provide the information. After filling out the form, click on the “Create my new account” button.

After creating your account, a message will be sent to your email address. The email contains a link to activate your account, simply click on the link and your account will be activated.

How to enroll in a course? Before you can enroll in a course, make sure that you had created an account in our TESDA Online Program (TOP) website. Login to the TOP website using your registered username and password. Once logged in, you will be taken to the TOP front page. The list of available courses is displayed on this page. Click on the link of the course that you want to enroll in. Next, click on the link of the module you wish to take. On the left side of the navigation pane, under the administration panel, click on the “Enrol me in this course” link. A message box will appear asking if you really want to enroll in the module. Click on the “Yes” button to proceed.

For queries, interested individual may contact Tel. No. (+632) 893-8297 or email at tesdaonlineprogram@tesda.gov.ph. They may also contact or visit the TESDA Office in their respective provinces.

After an almost two-hour orientation, a 40-minute summative test will be given wherein the passing rate is 80% and successful examinees will receive an electronic-generated Certificate of Completion digitally-signed by Sec. Lapeña.

This undertaking is in line with TESDA’s slogan: “TESDA Abot Lahat,” promoting inclusive growth of Filipino people from all walks of life through the services offered by the agency.  (TESDA Agusan del Norte with information from www.e-tesda.gov.ph/PIA Agusan del Norte)


CHR Caraga orients LGUs, RLAs on ‘Gender Ombud’

BUTUAN CITY, July 6 -- The Commission on Human Rights (CHR)-Caraga conducted an online learning session on "CHR as Gender Ombud" to local government units (LGUs) and regional line agencies (RLAs) on June 30, 2020.

With the end goal of increasing the attendees’ knowledge and appreciation of CHR as the Gender Ombud, CHR Caraga discussed the Magna Carta of Women; the roles and functions of the Gender Ombud; and the programs and services of the CHR to the attendees.

One of the highlights also is the orientation of the e-Report sa Gender Ombud, which is an online system where people can report incidents of gender-based violence (GBV) and other cases that occur during the global health crisis caused by the pandemic. This was launched by the Commission on April 27, 2020.

Attendees were provincial and city social welfare and development officers and provincial gender and development focal persons of Agusan del Norte, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, and Butuan City. Key staff from the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Philippine National Police, and Department of Health were also present. (CHR-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

Implementasyon ng NGP, pinaigting ng DENR sa harap ng COVID-19 crisis

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Hulyo 6 (PIA) -- Habang abala ang mga taga-Caraga sa communal gardening, mas pinaigting din ng Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga ang pagpapatupad ng National Greening Program (NGP) gayundin ang pagsusulong ng proteksyon sa mga pinagkukunang yaman ng rehiyon.

Base sa tala ng ahensiya, mahigit 5.7-million seedlings ang naitanim sa NGP areas noong nakaraang taon. Ang probinsya ng Agusan del Sur ang may pinakamalaking naiambag rito.

Ayon kay Forester Samuel Danganan, assistant regional director for Technical Services ng DENR-Caraga, patuloy na nakikilala ang rehiyon bilang may mataas na performance sa pagpapatupad ng NGP.

Dagdag pa ng opisyal, bagamat marami ang sumusuporta  sa nasabing programa sa mga komunidad, nananatiling problema pa rin ang illegal logging activities sa rehiyon.

Dahil dito, nasa 98 percent ang kanilang isinagawang apprehension o paghuli sa mga lumalabag sa forest protection laws.  

Samantala, nanawagan naman sa lahat ng Caraganons ang bagong itinalagang regional executive director ng DENR, na makibahagi sa kampanya ng gobyerno at makilahok sa mga ginagawang hakbang nito para mapanatiling maayos at protektado ang pinagkukunang yaman ng rehiyon.

“Hindi ito kaya ng iisang sektor o ng gobyerno lamang. Bawat isa sa atin ay may mahalagang tungkuling kailangang gampanan upang maprotektahan ang ating kalikasan hanggang sa susunod pang henerasyon,” ani ni regional executive director Hadja Didaw Piang-Brahim ng DENR-Caraga. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)