(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 7, 2020


Former rebels in AgSur town receive aid from government

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 7 (PIA) -- Despite the ongoing threat posed by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the government remains steadfast in curbing the local communist armed conflict and in providing necessary and appropriate interventions to the affected residents particularly in the remote areas in the municipality of La Paz in Agusan del Sur.

In time with the conduct of the three-day Peace-Building Seminar with the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) in Barangay Kasapa II, the locals also initiated a peace rally and ceremonial signing of the resolution in the declaration of persona non-grata to the communist-terrorist CPP-NPA-NDF (Communist Party of the Philippines - New People’s Army - National Democratic Front).

Apart from these, some 59 former rebels also received cash assistance from the government worth 15,000 pesos each. Four people’s organizations were also given tissue culture lacatan plantlets with organic fertilizers, vegetables, and corn seeds from the provincial and municipal agriculture offices.

According to Agusan del Sur Governor Santiago Cane, Jr., the IPs have been very supportive and cooperative in the local peace talks and dialogue and actively join other sectors towards achieving peace and development in the region.

Many of the former rebels have also returned to the folds of the government and chose to live peacefully and start anew in mainstream society. They are now inclined in spending quality time and living with their family especially during this COVID-19 crisis.


“Peace and development are achieved only if people in the community are united and willing to do whatever it takes to keep everyone safe and secure. We thank our IPs for joining the government in its effort to curb the insurgency problem in the region,” bared Cane.

The official added that a barangay health station is soon to be constructed in the area so locals would have easier access to medical services considering that said barangay is situated far from the municipal proper.

Mayor Michael Lim also stressed that the local government supports the presence of the military in the area to ensure the safety and protection of the residents, as well as the necessary infra projects intended for them.

Meanwhile, the local government also targets to put up a secondary school and a multi-purpose building where community activities will be held. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Select Butuan villages remain under MECQ; RTF approves deferment of returning individuals

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

BUTUAN CITY, July 7 (PIA) -- With the continuous rise of cases in Caraga region, 33 barangays in the city remain under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ).

The Department of Health (DOH) Caraga has emphasized the need to continue implementing the said degree of community quarantine in order to “target 100 percent contact tracing and placement of all unnecessary quarantine and isolation measures to prevent further the spread of the disease in the region” in its letter addressed to the Inter Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) dated June 29.

The Caraga Regional Task Force for COVID-19 One Caraga Shield (RTF-COCS) then concurred the request during its 9th Teleconference Meeting on July 3.

The said city currently has the second-highest number of cases in the region, wherein 36 of the 161 total cases are tallied. In addition, the health department has confirmed the region’s first locally transmitted cases in the city.

Meanwhile, the task force has also approved the request of local authorities on the deferment of the locally stranded individuals (LSIs) and returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs) in the region.

The rise in cases spurred the subsequent increased demand for a real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing laboratory in the region, which is targeted to open on the second week of the month, as indicated in the same letter from the DOH Caraga.

As of July 6, Caraga region has 161 total confirmed cases. Twenty-six have now recovered and have been discharged, 19 have recovered and are now completing quarantine period, and 116 are still admitted and under strict facility quarantine. (DMNR/PIACaraga)

DOH Caraga reveals 15 new COVID19 cases

BUTUAN CITY, July 7 -- The Department of Health (DOH) Caraga on Monday reveals 200 RT-PCR results received from Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) sub-national laboratory.

Of the said RT-PCR results received, 166 tested negative while 34 turned positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) virus.

The negative RT-PCR results are from the a) Suspect case at Butuan Doctors Hospital, b) Five (5) Probable cases from Butuan Doctors Hospital and Agusan del Sur quarantine facility, c) 160 results coming from high-risk individuals who either have turned positive in the Rapid Antibody-based Test or with relevant travel and exposure to COVID-19.

As reported, 34 samples are RT-PCR confirmed positive for COVID-19: a) Nineteen (19) follow-up tests of previously confirmed cases and b) Fifteen (15) New Cases.

Of the 15 new cases, 53.33% (8) are Locally Stranded Individuals, 26.67% (4) are Returning Overseas Filipinos and 20% (3) are frontliners. As to sex distribution, 73.3% (11) are males whereas 26.67% (4) are females. For age group, 46.67% belong to ages 20-30 years old. Cases are distributed in the following areas: municipalities in Agusan del Norte- Buenavista (1), Las Nieves (1), Cabadbaran City (1), Bayugan City (1), municipalities in Surigao del Norte-Alegria (2), Gigaquit (3), Sison (1), Sta. Monica (1), Tagbina, Surigao del Sur (3), Bislig City (1).

All cases are asymptomatic and are admitted and isolated at designated quarantine facilities region-wide for monitoring and management.

“This month, we celebrate the National Disaster Resilience month with the theme, ‘Sama-samang Pagsulong Tungo sa Katatagan sa Gitna ng Bagong Normal’ highlights the role of every agency, LGU, community and individuals to be resilient in facing the COVID-19 crisis. Together we can fight this battle.” Regional Director Jose R. Llacuna, Jr. said.

As of this time, Caraga region now has a total of 176 cumulative confirmed positive COVID-19 cases. (DOH Caraga/PIA Caraga)

NGOs donate 39 portable hand-washing facilities to SurSur

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, July 7 (PIA) -- A total of 39 units of handwashing facilities were received by the provincial government of Surigao del Sur headed by Governor Alexander Pimentel from the two non-government organization (NGO) donors on Thursday.

The Moving Urban Poor Communities in Mindanao Towards Resilience  o MOVE UP Mindanao Project funded by the European Union Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid donated 24 handwashing facilities while 15 units of touch-free, pedal-operated hand washing stations with hygiene kits were also given by ProACT’s Relief Operations COVID-19 Emergency Response by Action Against Hunger/CODESPA.

The ceremonial turnover was conducted at the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) in Tandag City.

PDRRMO chief Abel de Guzman revealed that the 24 handwashing facilities from MOVE UP Project will be distributed to the identified beneficiaries with no handwashing facility. De Guzman said six units will be distributed to the Rural Health Units (RHUs) of Madrid, Cagwait, Bayabas and Lingig, PDRRMO and Provincial Engineering Office (PEO) compound, and Adela Serra Ty Memorial Medical Canter (ASTMMC); five units will be given to Tandag City; two for the local government unit (LGU) of Tago; two for LGU San Miguel; two for LGU Marihatag; two for LGU San Agustin; three for LGU Lianga; one for LGU Lingig, and one for the Department of Education (DepEd)- Surigao del Sur Division.

While the 15 touch-free, pedal-operated handwashing stations from Action Against Hunger/CODESPA will be distributed to the provincial borders in the municipalities of Carrascal, Barobo, Lingig, and Bislig City; LGUs of Carmen, Lanuza, Cortes, and Tagbina; Awasian Evacuation Center in Tandag City; Marihatag District Hospital; Cortes Community Hospital; Provincial Health Office (PHO); Provincial Capitol; and Tanggapan ng Sangguniang Panlalawigan (TSP).

The distribution of the handwashing facilities to the identified areas, according to PDRRMO chief De Guzman, was aimed to promote frequent handwashing among Surigaonons amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governor Pimentel, on the other hand, reminded everyone to observe the minimum health standards set by the Department of Health (DOH) at all times. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)