(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.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020


DILG, Phil. Army set directions for RTF-ELCAC in Caraga

BUTUAN CITY, July 14 -- The newly appointed commander of the 4th Infantry Division (4ID) Major General Andres C. Centino, together with 402nd Infantry Brigade commander Brigadier General Maurito L. Licudine, paid a visit to the Caraga Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) Operation Center in Butuan City on July 8, 2020 and specifically tackled the appropriate steps to be taken next in the efficient implementation of Executive Order No. 70 as it achieves its full-steam enforcement.

The two officials of the Philippine Army discussed ELCAC concerns with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Caraga regional director and RTF-ELCAC Technical Working Group (TWG) chairperson Lilibeth A. Famacion, DILG assistant regional director Donald A. Seronay, and LGCDD chief and OpCen co-chief Annabel F. Yangson.

MGen. Centino highlighted the need for the twelve Lines of Effort to be continually empowered in the discharge of their duties on the matter of ending local communist armed conflict to ensure that the whole-of-nation principle will be upheld in securing peace and development in Caraga region.

Citing the weakening force of the enemy, BGen. Licudine iterated that the Retooled Community Support Program should be enforced immediately in the cleared barangays to warrant the preservation of peace in these vulnerable areas.

As a response, Famacion committed the full support of the TWG in the undertakings of the task force and that it will strive to come up with ways on how the ELCAC interventions can be implemented most effectively.

Likewise, MGen. Centino affirmed the support of the Philippine Army to the activity initiated by DILG Caraga held on Friday, July 10, which was done to revisit the priority programs, projects and activities (PPAs) of RCSP-identified barangays in the region. (DILG-Caraga/VLG/PIA-Caraga)

PNP, Army to combine thrusts vs. insurgency

By Major Renel E. Serrano

BUTUAN CITY, July 14 -- With similar strong resolve of ending the local communist armed conflict, the top officials of Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division (4ID) and Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 met and discussed their thrusts against insurgency in Caraga region. 

During the recent visit of Major General Andres C. Centino, commander of 4ID, Philippine Army, at the PNP-Caraga headquarters, he presented the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFPs’) thrusts to regional director Brigadier General Joselito T. Esquivel, Jr., highlighting the need for support of the PNP in counter-insurgency campaign.

The program thrust of the AFP is a proactive response to improve the ongoing security operations and sustain pressure against the Communist New People’s Army Terrorists (CNTs) and other threat groups in the region.

Both have expressed their exchange of support by sharing plans and programs to better serve and protect the people against those who undermine the rule of law.

“The police force pledges full support to our AFP troops in whatever assistance we can extend either in operational or administrative procedures. We continue to strengthen our collaboration with our valiant soldiers to immobilize the guerrilla fronts operating in our area,” BGen. Esquivel said. 

Meanwhile, MGen. Centino urged the government’s security forces to step up efforts against the NPA members whose lawless activities hamper peace and prosperity in the region.
In Caraga, more rebels have laid down their arms and returned to the mainstream society upon realizing that they had been exploited and deceived by the NPA. (PIO-PRO13/PIA-Caraga)

Mga minahan sa Caraga, nakibahagi sa pangangalaga sa kalikasan

By Venus L. Garcia

LUNGSOD NG SURIGAO, Surigao del Norte, Hulyo 14 (PIA) --  Bilang bahagi ng culmination activity ng pagdiriwang ng Environment Month nitong taon, binigyang diin muli ang kahalagahan ng pangangalaga ng kalikasan sa isinagawang succulent dish gardening at environmental video competition sa pangunguna ng Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Field Office 13 (MGB-Caraga).

Ito ay sinalihan at sinuportahan ng iba’t ibang mining companies sa buong rehiyon ng Caraga kung saan ang panalong mga entry ay magsisilbing information, education and communication (IEC) at advocacy materials para sa hikayatin ang mamamayan na protektahan at ipreserba ang kalikasan,

Itinanghal na first place winner ang CTP Construction and Mining Corporation sa nasabing succulent dish gardening competition na sinundan ng Taganito Mining Corporation at nakuha naman ng Mindanao Mineral Processing Refinery Corporation (MMPRC) ang third place.


Samantala, para sa environmental video making competition, napanalunan ng Agata Mining Ventures, Inc. ang first place; MMPRC para sa second place at nakuha naman ng NAC-Hinatuan Mining Corporation ang third place.

Ayon kay MGB-Caraga regional director Engr. Glenn Marcelo Noble hinihikayat ng kanilang ahensya ang lahat ng mining frims na tumulong upang mapabuti ang estado ng buhay ng mga host at neighboring communities.

“Nais ng ating ahensya na magiging sentro at modelo ng responsible minerals industry ang rehiyon ng Caraga. Maliban sa naiambag ng mga mining institutions sa paglago ng ekonomiya, sinisiguro rin ng mga ito na matulungan ang mga apektadong komunidan ngayong panahon ng pandemya,” sabi ni Noble.

Sa katunayan ay umabot na sa mahigit kumulang P140 milyong halaga na ang tulong na kanilang naipaabot na tulong para sa mga frontliners, host communities at non-impact communities sa pamamagitan ng kanilang Social Development and Management Program (SDMP).

Sa tulong ng mining companies ay nakapagpatayo rin ng kauna-unahang molecular testing laboratory sa Caraga. 

“Naipamalas ng mga mining firm dito sa Caraga ang kanilang malasakit sa mamamayan. Kanilang isinusulong ang prinsipyo ng people empowerment at nagbibigay ng naayong tulong upang palakasin pa lalo ang loob ng mga apektadong pamilya dulot ng pandemya,” sabi ni Noble. (VLG/PIA-Surigao del Norte)