(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.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020


DOH Caraga announces new COVID-19 positive cases

BUTUAN CITY, July 22 – The Department of Health (DOH) Caraga announced on Tuesday, 121 RT-PCR (Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction) results received from Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC), and Northern Mindanao TB Reference Center (NMTBR) sub-national laboratories.

Of the said RT-PCR results received, 91 tested negative while 30 turned positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) virus.

The negative RT-PCR results are from the suspect cases, probable cases and high-risk individuals who either have turned positive in the Rapid Antibody-based Test or with relevant travel and exposure to COVID-19 areas. These are cases from different quarantine facilities and hospitals in the region.

As mentioned above, 30 samples are new RT-PCR confirmed positive results for COVID-19.

Of the 30 new cases, 60% (18) are Locally Stranded Individuals, 26.67% (8) are Returning Overseas Filipinos, 10% (3) are residents of an area declared with local transmission and 3.33% (1) with a history of travel to Cagayan de Oro. As to sex distribution, 56.67% are males while 43.33% are females. For age group, 36.67% belong to ages 20-30 years old. Cases are distributed in the following areas: Butuan City (11), Carmen, Agusan del Norte (4), Bayugan City (1), municipalities of Agusan del Sur- Bunawan (1) and San Francisco (1); Surigao City (2), municipalities of Surigao del Norte - Alegria (1), Bacuag (3), Pilar (1), Placer (1), Sison (1) and San Isidro (1); Bislig City (1), Lingig, Surigao del Sur (1).

“We strongly remind the public to practice the minimum health standards. Let us BIDA Solusyon to COVID-19: B-bawal walang mask, I-isanitize ang kamay, D-distansya ng isang metro and A-alamin ang totoong impormasyon,” DOH Caraga Regional Director Jose R. Llacuna, Jr. said.

Twenty-four of the new cases are asymptomatic while six cases have exhibited signs and symptoms. Moreover, all cases are placed, admitted and isolated at designated quarantine and treatment facilities region-wide for monitoring and management.

“At the same time, we have already resumed our Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio campaign. Let us protect our children especially those aged 0-59 months or below 5 years old from this dreadful and debilitating immunizable disease. The campaign will end on August 2, 2020, with the hope that we will achieve the 95% national target. As of July 20, 2020, the partial vaccination coverage of the region is 27.14%. We can only get the target if we work together.

Health workers will observe the proper health protocols to ensure safety of the vaccination team and the community by wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) like face masks and face shields, gloves and regularly wash or sanitize their hands as they conduct the house to house strategy. Remember, there was already a polio outbreak before the COVID-19 pandemic,” the health chief concluded.

To date, Caraga region now has a total of 245 COVID-19 confirmed positive cases. (DOH Caraga/PIA Caraga)

DA Caraga turns over 50 cattle to Agusan del Norte provincial stack farm

By Kent Warren Fuguso

BUTUAN CITY, July 22 -- To create a breeding source of livestock animals in the province of Agusan del Norte, the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Caraga through its Livestock Program turns over 50 heads of cattle to the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) held at the Capitol Grounds, recently.

DA Caraga Regional Executive Director Abel James I. Monteagudo led the turnover ceremony and graced by Board Member Committee Chair on Agriculture Virgilio EscasiƱas Jr., Jabonga Municipal Mayor Napoleon Montero, Provincial Agriculturist Alvin Aclan, and Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Belen Aruelo.

“We, in the Department of Agriculture – Caraga is here to perform our mandate which is to help and elevate the agriculture sector in the region. Especially in this pandemic, the need to produce more including livestock and poultry is vital in ensuring food sufficiency. Our efforts have doubled today to address the needs of our LGU’s and provinces with regard to livestock,” Monteagudo said.

The limited stocks of livestock and its by-products pushed the province of Agusan del Norte through the Agusan Up and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Agriculture Committee to request support from DA-Caraga on the emerging issues in the province's livestock sector.

“As the Committee Chair on Agriculture, I can really see that we are lacking in livestock products. I spoke with our Provincial Agriculturist; we really need a large supply because this will contribute to the economy of our province. Through this, we can produce dairy products, meat, and help the dispersal for our farmer’s livelihood,” said Escasinas Jr.


The initial 50 cattle released by DA-Caraga, according to Escasinas, will be a stepping stone for the province of Agusan del Norte for their proposal of creating the Regional Stock Farm in the province, which will benefit multiple livelihoods in the livestock sector especially the farmers.

“Through the proposed regional stock farm, it will really help our farmers that were greatly affected by many adversities, especially now. If we provide livestock sources, this can help them,” he added.

Twenty of these cattle will be managed by the PVO through their provincial stock farm, 15 to the chosen multiplier farm in Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte, and the other 15 to another multiplier farm in Jabonga, Agusan del Norte. The cattle given are heifers or female cattle that have not had any offspring. With an age range of 18-24 months, weighing 180 kilograms (kg.) each.

Provincial Agriculturist Alvin Aclan also stressed that the 50 cattle are the initial distribution of DA-Caraga to the Province of Agusan del Norte specifically to the recipients from LGUs of Jabonga and Las Nieves since they already have the facility and full plans and programs on running the production. (DA-13 RAFIS/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Night market, taboan sa Cabadbaran gi-suspende

By Jessica O. Mellejor

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Hulyo 22 -- Gisuspende sa dakbayan sa Cabadbaran, sa lalawigan sa Agusan del Norte ang pagpahigayon og night market /fair kada Byernes ug flea market /tabo kada Biyernes ug Sabado aron malikayan ug masumpo ang pagkuyanap sa coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) subay sa Special City Ordinance Nos. 2020-001, 002.

Basi sa maong mga ordinansa nga gipasponsoran ni Sangguniang Panlungsod Member Judith P. Cueno, tumong niini usab nga masiguro ang kaayohan ug kaluwasan sa mga lungsuranon pinaagi sa temporaryo nga paghunong sa giingon nga night market ug tabo.

Nauyonan kini sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan tungod kay ang maong ordinansa nahisubay sa Proklamasyon Numero 922 ni Presidente Rodrigo R. Duterte, kabahin sa State of Public Health Emergency ug Executive Orders nga gi-isyo ni Provincial Governor Dale B. Corvera, patuman sa mga lakang aron masumpo ang pagkaylap ug mapugngan ang COVID-19.

Subay usab kini sa RA 11469, o ang Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, “Act Declaring the Existence of a National Emergency Arising from the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).”

Ang maong lakang gipalabang ug naaparubahan pinaagi sa Sanggunian Resolution No. 295,296-2020, sa pagpaningkamot ni Provincial Board Member James T. Reserva, tsirman sa Committee on Laws, Ethics and Good Government. (LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)