(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.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Various concerns tackled in consultation with POs

By Venus L. Garcia

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, July 28 (PIA) -- The Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) of the Surigao del Norte Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC) led by Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) - Surigao del Norte, together with the government line agencies and private sector conducted a consultation of the different people’s organizations.

Through the consultation held in barangay Sico-Sico, Gigaquit in this province, the people’s organizations were able to bring out the issues, concerns, and challenges on their chosen project. They raise some suggestions in which the government agencies are willing to help and provide allocation of financial resources.

According to TESDA-Surigao del Norte supervising TESD specialist Elena Cacho, the PRLEC members have agreed to identify the programs and projects to be implemented especially in the far-flung areas with particular problems on poverty, employment, and insurgency.

Meanwhile, Carmen Peruda, president of the Lawa-Lahi Women’s Association, is thankful for the swine raising project of the government as this according to her would give each of the member the opportunity to improve their quality of life.

PRLEC aims to develop self-reliant, resilient, and sustainable communities through harmonized and culturally responsive development programs. (VLG/SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Government’s support rekindles hope in farming

By Aurelius P. Arais

BUTUAN CITY, July 28 -- In spite of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the flame of the passion of Caraga Farmers to plant keep on flickering.

This is how the farmers in the town of Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte feels after receiving farm equipment from the Department of Agriculture (DA) Caraga recently.

DA-Caraga distributed various post-harvest equipment in support to cassava and corn farmers in Butuan City and Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte delivered right at their doorsteps.

The equipment distributed were four units of cassava chipper; four units of cassava granulator; and one unit each of vacuum pack sealer, cassava grater, cassava pulverizer, cassava digger, and a corn mill amounting to 2 Million Pesos.

Recipient of the said equipment were two farmers associations in Butuan City and six in Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte.

One of the recipients is the Lingayao Kahayagan Cassava Farmers Association who received cassava chipper, granulator, pulverizer, and a digger.

“I am looking forward that comes harvest, cassava digger can help us to make harvesting easier, and we may engage in processing using the equipment we have from DA,” said Roberto Calapre, president of the association.

Lingayao Kahayagan Cassava Farmers Association currently planted around 20 hectares of cassava and set to harvest comes yearend.

“Though it is our first time to plant cassava, I am optimistic that something good will happen with the support from DA,” Calapre said.

DA-Caraga through the Agribusiness and Marketing Division (AMAD) and the LGU of Las Nieves has been assisting the association to market their products at a good price.

For the current year, Caraga Region has been targeting a production area of 2,766 hectares with a production of 24,322 metric ton (MT) for cassava.

“DA is focusing its support to the farmers to stand amidst the pandemic we’ve experience nowadays,” Regional Executive Director Abel James Monteagudo said.

DA Caraga has been supporting Caraga farmers with production inputs, pre and post-harvest facility as well as technical support to help the farmers become prosperous and resilient. (DA Caraga/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Butuan demo farm to showcase hybrid rice technology 


BUTUAN CITY, July 28 -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) continuously provide all options for the Filipino rice farmers to select technologies that will improve their productivity. One of these is the adoption of the high-end technology for the rice industry – the use of hybrid.

In 2017, hybrid rice utilization is at 9.78%.  For the following years, it posted an increase of 12.04% in 2018 and 17.11% in 2019 based on the DA-National Rice Program rice performance report.

The historical data of hybrid utilization in the country calls for a more strategic approach to convince more farmers to adopt the practices and technology of hybrid rice. Given that the wide-scale adoption of such technology could help attain the rice sufficiency goal.

With Caraga Region hosting the 11th National Rice Technology Forum (NRTF) on October this year, DA Caraga Regional Executive Director Abel James I. Monteagudo leads the ceremonial planting to officially kick-off the preparations for the said forum held at Barangay Lemon, Butuan City on July 21. This is in collaboration with the Rice Productivity Advocacy Incorporated  or otherwise known as the Rice Board and the Local Government Unit of Butuan.

For the 2020 wet cropping season, 61 participating Farmer-Cooperators from the Barangays of Ampayon, Basag, and Lemon in Butuan City are taking part in establishing a 100-hectare area rice technology demonstration.

"The techno demo area is a learning site for the farmers to see the advantages of hybrid rice.

With this, Caraga rice farmers will have the opportunity to personally see the result and choose which among the best practices and technologies introduced are applicable to their farm conditions," said Dir. Monteagudo.


Currently, the farmer-cooperators are on their pre-planting activities. They are provided with seeds, input requirements, crop protection as well as technical assistance following the package of technology recommended for a particular hybrid rice variety by the seed companies and rice institutions.

The farmer-cooperators will also take the responsibility of the labor cost and expenses for the maintenance and the growth of hybrid rice until its harvesting.

Private seed companies such as SL Agritech Corporation, Seedworks, Bioseed, Ramgo, Bayer, Pioneer, Syngenta, Advanta, and LongPing are the partners of the farmer-cooperators in the development of the demonstration farms.

Alongside the private seed companies,  DA-Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) – Agusan and Phil-Sino Center for Agricultural Technology (PhilScat) also participated in the technology demonstration.

Since water is very important in hybrid production, DA together with the National Irrigation Administration – Caraga is working closely to ensure water availability in the production sites.

As the country is facing the new normal, Director Monteagudo encouraged the key players by reiterating Secretary William Dar's three principles in surpassing the global crisis.

"The participation of the rice industry stakeholders is crucial to the success of the 11th NRTF. Together we will survive, reboot, and grow," Monteagudo said. (DA Caraga/PIA Caraga)

AgSur town realigns local peace and order plan for 2020-2022

By Emmylou P. Burias

BUTUAN CITY, July 28 -- The local government unit of Rosario town in Agusan del Sur province conducted a workshop for the Local Peace and Order and Public Safety (LPOPS) Plan Updating on July 21-22 through the Municipal Peace and Order Council (MPOC), headed by municipal mayor Jupiter C. Abulog, in partnership with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) – Rosario.

The LPOPS Plan of the municipality for 2020-2022 was formulated in 2019 but during an assessment conducted by the MPOC on July 13, 2020, the LPOPS accomplishment for the first semester of 2020 was only at 19 percent. This was primarily because its implementation was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The MPOC decided to conduct an updating to reprogram the remaining 2020 LPOPS fund and make some adjustments on the programs, projects, services, and activities (PPSAs) for the years 2021 and 2022 of the plan.

Mayor Abulog emphasized the need to realign the unspent budget to fund the most urgent and relevant peace and order and public safety PPSAs.

The LPOPS is a three-year, term-based plan which shall be incorporated in the Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) of the local government unit. Per Commission on Audit (COA), Department of Budget and Management (DBM),  DILG, Governance Commission for Government-owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs), and Department of National Defense (DND) Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2015-01, the Peace and Order Program of the LPOPS Plan shall be the basis in computing the ceiling or allowable  amount of the Confidential Fund allocation. (DILG Caraga/DMNR/PIA-Caraga)

DOH mipahigayon og pagbansay bansay og crash course on donning, doffin ug specimen collection

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Hulyo 28  -- Ang buhatan sa Department of Health (DOH) pinaagi sa Provincial Health Office mipahigayon og usa ka pagbansay-bansay o crash course training sa donning, doffing ug specimen collection kalabot na sa coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) nga gipahigayon bag-ohay pa lamang.

Tumong ug katuyoan sa maong pagbansay-bansay nga mahatagan og igong katakos ug kahibalo ang tanang indibidwal nga anaa sa frontline sa krisis sa COVID-19 aron paglikay nga matapnan sa virus pinaagi sa pagsunod sa mga protocol ug saktong bulahaton aron mahatag nila ang saktong serbisyo sa katahan sa luwas nga pamaagi.

Tumong ug tinguha usab niini nga mahatagan og saktong kahibalo ang tanang mga medical personnel sama sa doctors, nurses, ug medical technologists sa tukmang paggamit sa flocked swabbing-nasal and oral swab test ug andam nga makadumala ug swab test sa panahon nga adunay mga posibleng kaso o suspect case sa probinsya.

Gitudloan usab ang mga health care workers sa saktong proseso ug pamaagi sa specimen collection, packaging, transport, ug laboratory diagnosis sa emerging infectious viral diseases.

Dugang pa niini, gipasabot usab kung unsa kamahinungdanon ang saktong paggamit sa kumpletong Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) og madungagan ang ilang kahanas ug kaalam sa mas praktikal nga sistema.

Ang maong kalihukan gipasiugdahan kini sa mga personahe sa Department of Health (DOH) Center for Health Development-Caraga nga sila RESSU/HEM Cluster Head Dr. Dioharra L. Appari, RESSU/HEM Staff CHD-Caraga Arwin D. Tan, John Paul C. Luna, ug Ian Chester Tibe sa pakig-alayon sa lokal nga pangagamhanan sa probinsya sa Dinagat Islands pinaagi sa Provincial Health Office (PHO) nga gipangunahan ni Dr. Jillian Francise A. Lee ug Provincial Department of Health (PDOHO) OIC DMO-V Lucita O. Tagudin ug gitambongan kini sa mga doctors, nurses, ug technologists gikan sa nagkalain-laing lungsod sa probinsya. (Dinagat-PIO/PIA-Dinagat Islands)

HR Action Center tukoron sa lungsod sa Basilisa

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Hulyo 28 (PIA) -- Usa ka Human Rights Action Center ang pagatukoron sa lungsod sa Tubajon, Dinagat Islands sa pagpanguna sa Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Caraga.

Agig pasiunang lakang usa ka panagpulong ang gipahigayon nga gipasiugdahan ni Provincial Legal Officer Jan Perry Eugenio uban ang mga personahe sa Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Caraga na sila Information Officer II Joyce Ann P. Adlawan ug Information Officer III Mi-an Joy E. Taglucop, ug mga personahe sa Provincial Legal Office (PLO) nga gipahigayon didto sa Provincial Governor’s Conference Hall, lungsod sa San Jose.

Atol sa maong panagpulong, gituki sa representante sa CHR nga aduna silay himuon na Human Rights Action Center (HRAC) partikular na sa lungsod sa Tubajon nga maoy napili sa CHR-Caraga nga butangan sa maong Human Rights Action Center.

Kung mahinumduman, bag ohay palamang nagkahinabi na sila Gobernador Kaka Bag-ao ug ang CHR aron malakip sa pagplano ang tawhanong katungod sa mga programa sa probinsya, gikan sa paglungtad sa gender-responsive budget hangtod sa paghimo ug HRACs sa mga local government unit.

Sumala pa ni Gob. Kaka adeser siya nisulod sa pulitika, usa na siya ka advocate nga human rights lawyer, community organizer ug nakigbisog alang sa pagprotekata sa tawhanong katungod ug para kaniya, mahinungdanon nga masiguro nga kabahin sa pagpadagan sa gobyerno ang tawhanong katungod tungod kay may kalabutan kini sa nagkalain-laing isyu nga giatubang sa mga katawhan sama sa right to food, shelter, education, ug livelihood.

Lakip sa plano ug adyenda sa administrasyon ni Gob. Kaka ang tawhanong katungod alang sa probinsya. (Dinagat Islands-PIO/PIA-Dinagat Islands)


Mga proyektong pangkaunlaran vs. insurgency sa Surigao Norte, inilatag

By Venus L. Garcia

LUNGSOD NG SURIGAO, Surigao del Norte, Hulyo 28 (PIA) -- Isang konsultasyon sa iba’t ibang people’s organization ang isinagawa sa pamamagitan ng Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster ng Surigao del Norte Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC) sa pangunguna ng Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) - Surigao del Norte kasama ang iba pang government line agencies at pribadong sektor.

Ang nasabing konsultasyon ay idinaos sa barangay Sico-Sico, Gigaquit na dinaluhan ng  mga opisyales at mga miyembro ng labing anim na aktibong people’s organizations ng barangay Lahi, Sico-Sico at barangay Camam-onan o LASICAM.

Dito ay tinalakay ang issues at concerns gayundin ang mga suhestiyon ng bawat people’s organization sa kanilang mga napiling mga proyekto na siya namang popondohan at tutulungan ng iba’t ibang ahensya ng pamahalaan.

Ayon kay TESDA-Surigao del Norte supervising TESD specialist Elena Cacho, isa sa mga napagkasunduan ng mga miyembro ng PRLEC ay ang pagtukoy sa mga proyekto at programa sa mga lugar na malalayo at may matinding problema ng kahirapan, kawalan ng trabaho, at insurhensiya.

Samantala nagpasalamat naman si Carmen Peruda, presidente ng Lawa-Lahi Women’s Association sa ibinigay na swine raising project na malaking tulong para mabigyan ng pagkakataon na umunlad at guminhawa ang pamumuhay ng kanilang mga miyembro.

Isinusulong ng PRLEC ang pagkakaroon ng resilient and sustainable communities sa tulong ng mga akmang programa upang tuluyang makamit ang kaunlaran at kapayapaan. (Susil D. Ragas/VLG/PIA-Surigao del Norte)