(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Friday, 25 September, 2020) At 3:00 AM today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 615 km East of Baler, Aurora (15.4 °N, 127.3 °E). Southwest Monsoon affecting Southern Luzon and Visayas. Caraga Region will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Localized Thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Moderate winds coming from Southwest will prevail and the coastal waters will be moderate with wave height from 1.2 to 2.5 meters.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

175 benefit from livelihood training in SurSur town

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Aug. 27 (PIA) -- A total of 175 beneficiaries from Barangay Doña Carmen, Tagbina, Surigao del Sur benefited from the training and livelihood programs offered by the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) in partnership with the member agencies of the Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC), provincial government of Surigao del Sur, and the local government unit (LGU) of Tagbina.

TESDA Provincial Director Julius Sol Jamero said the beneficiaries will be trained in six different skills training with a budget of P1.8 million.

Each beneficiary will receive an scholarship package that includes free training, free assessment, training support fund of P160 per day, personal protective equipment (PPE) allowance amounting to P500, internet allowance amounting to P500 and a one-year accident insurance coverage from the Government Service Insurance System.

Dubbed as “Establishment of Barangay Doña Carmen Agriculture Hub and Village Enterprise" project, the recipients of the program were former rebels (FRs) and supporters, relatives of the FRs, Indigenous Peoples (IPs), Out of School Youth (OSY), and women. They will be trained in the following community-based programs: production of organic vegetables; organic chicken raising; organic hog raising; horticultural crop work support; organic small ruminants raising; and bread and pastry production.

During the launching, Department of Agriculture (DA) Assistant Regional Director Rebecca Atega has pledged to support the PRLEC project.

“On behalf of the DA, we commit to provide vegetable seeds; farm tools; organic fertilizers; 100 heads chicks; 25,000 cacao planting materials; 25,000 coffee planting materials; one packet piglets; and one packet goat,” said Dir. Atega.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Provincial chief Genebelle Bal has also committed to extend their services and livelihood programs for the residents of Barangay Doña Carmen.

Meanwhile, Lt. Col. Louie Dema-ala, Commanding Officer of the 67th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army, and Tagbina Municipal Police Station chief Police Major Ephraim Megreño have also expressed their full support to the program.

The activity ended with the signing of the pledge of commitment by the PRLEC members, LGU officials, and partner stakeholders. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Livelihood at technical assistance, ibinigay sa mga taga-Surigao Norte

By Venus L. Garcia

LUNGSOD NG SURIGAO, Surigao del Norte, Agosto 27 (PIA) -- Sinadyang puntahan ng mga myembro ng Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster sa pangunguna ng Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-Surigao del Norte ang mga nakatira sa Barangay Camam-onan.

Isa ito sa mga liblib na barangay ng Gigaquit. Inilunsad dito ang agri-preneurial community enterprise.

Ang mga residente na bumuo ng people’s organization ay tumanggap ng makina para sa paggawa ng coco-fiber. 

Tuturuan din sila ng meat processing, tilapia fingerlings dispersal, at transplanting ng seedlings na bahagi ng livelihood program.

Ang mga dating rebelde naman at mga myembro ng indigenous peoples (IP) ay sasailalim sa cooperative capability building.

Mayroon ding pagsasanay sa carpentry, masonry, at agricultural crop production.

“Buo ang suporta ng TESDA upang maging sustainable ang mga proyekto at programa na inilusad para sa ikauunlad ng buhay ng bawat miyembro ng mga nasabing peoples organization,” sabi ni TESDA Caraga regional director Ashary Banto.

Nagpatala naman ang mga kwalipikadong benepisyaryo ng repormang pang-agraryo.

Balik eskwela rin ang mga kabataan sa pamamagitan ng alternative learning system.

Sa kabila ng isyu sa kahirapan, kawalan ng trabaho at insurhensya, pag-asa at kaunlaran ang kinikinita ni Evelito Baradillo, presidente ng Camam-onan agrarian reform beneficiaries organization.

“Malaki ang aming pasasalamat dahil kami ay napili at nabigyan ng pansin ng pamahalaan lalo na’t malayo ang lugar naming,” pahayag ni Baradillo.

Nagpapasalamat din si Gigaquit mayor Chandru Bonite sa mga programa at proyektong hatid ng iba’t ibang ahensiya ng pamahalaan sa probinsiya dahil malaking tulong anya ito upang mapaunlad ang estado ng buhay ng residente lalo na ng mga liblib na barangay. (SDR/VLG/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

DTI's livelihood seeding program to reach more villages in Caraga

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Aug. 27 -- Seventy-eight (78) participants who are members of the Barangay Council and micro enterprise owners of Barangay Azpetia here joined on August 20, 2020 the launching of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) – Agusan del Sur’s livelihood seeding program – Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay (LSP-NSB).

“We are glad that DTI is here with this program Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay to help the business sector in our barangay, especially in this time of pandemic,” said Azpetia punong barangay Ricky Antallan.

Antallan added that bringing the service of the government to the countryside “is a testament that DTI is really committed to making business and enterprises accessible to people.”

DTI-Agusan del Sur’s LSP-NSB provincial coordinator Charmaine Jonine Nabio presented the programs and services of the agency, and conducted an orientation about entrepreneurship.

Meanwhile, Negosyo Center business counselors, Aibel Tolentino, Recs RJ Moreno and Rezel May Goloran conducted business cliniquing, and provided copies of information materials on starting up a business and consumer protection.

More LSP-NSB program launching sessions will be done next month covering the 38 target barangays around the province.

“LSP-NSB is designed to provide livelihood opportunities and support the existing micro-enterprises under the Bayahihan to heal as one act: Provide aide to the MSMEs in order to cope and bounce back from the negative effects of pandemic to the economy,” said DTI Caraga OIC regional director Gay Tidalgo.

Tidalgo added that the five provincial offices of Caraga have already started launching the said program since may and are continuously conducting activities under this program amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

“We are making sure that the program continues to serve its purpose especially that many micro and small entrepreneurs are greatly affected by this pandemic,” Tidalgo said adding that strict observance of health protocols like wearing of facemask, disinfection and proper physical distancing were ensured during the conduct of the activities.

LSP-NSB is a program of DTI that aims to develop awareness about the agency’s programs and services and expand reach to the business sector.

This is one of the government initiatives to bring the government programs and services closer to the people through partnership with the local government units; identify and provide opportunities to spur the economic activities, employment opportunities and create wealth in the countryside. (DTI-Caraga/DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

25 more CNTs surrender to Army in Agusan Norte

By 1Lt. Roel T. Maglalang

BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte, Aug. 27 --  The number of Communist New People’s Army Terrorist (CNT) members who surrender to the government continues to rise in the province of Agusan del Norte.

On Sunday, 25 more CNT members and mass supporters together with members of their allied organization surrendered to the 23rd Infantry Battalion (23IB) and pledged loyalty to the government in a  CNTs' mass surrender and withdrawal of support of mass supporter held in Barangay Aclan, Nasipit, Agusan del Norte. The 25 CNTs who surrendered were consist of 15 members of the Militia ng Bayan (MB),  10 mass supporters and three of which are members of the Unyon ng Mag-uuma sa Agusan  (UMA), an allied organization of the communist movement in the province.

As they withdrew their support to the communist movement, the former CNT members also vowed to support the different peace and development initiatives of the government that will be implemented in their communities.

The surrender of the 25 former rebels (FR) and members of UGMO was the result of the efforts of the Community Support Program (CSP) of the 23rd IB and the Community Action (ComAct) Team of the Philippine National Police (PNP) with the support of the local government unit (LGU) of Nasipit and the local officials of Barangay Aclan. The CSP and ComAct teams are continuously working to clear and dismantle the remaining members of the Guerrilla Front (GF) 4A and destroy the Sentro de Grabidad (SDG) CAOCAO and Sub-Regional Sentro de Gabidad (SRSDG) SAGAY of the North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC) of the CNT.

During the ceremony on Sunday, the 25 CNT members, supporters and allied organization members burned the flag of the CPP-NPA as they formally cut their ties to the said terrorist organization. They also condemned the continuing terroristic activities of the CNTs in communities and swore they would provide the military with information as a support to the over-all efforts to end the local communist armed conflict through the implementation of the Executive Order No. 70 of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Barangay Chairman Felipe Vicente of Aclan expressed gratitude to the 23IB and the Philippine National Police for the sacrifices they had made in convincing the former rebels to go back to their families and communities. He also recognized the courage of the former rebels especially on their decision of abandoning the CNT movement and pledged their loyalty to the government. 

"The burning of CPP-NPA-NDF flag and the taking of pledge of loyalty and allegiance to the government is a symbolic representation that you already cut-off your support from the CNTs.  Let us not just take it for granted. No other individual can help solve this crisis we are facing brought by the CNTs rather than ourselves. I am grateful for your commitment to supporting the government because through this, we can attain lasting peace. Let us prevent their presence from entering our sitios by coordinating with our government forces in order to solve the insurgency problem in our community. Let us stand for what we believe is right so that peace and unity will prevail to be benefited by all the local populace,” Felipe said.

Among those who surrendered was Alias Noni who regretted joining the CNTs. Noni said the leaders of the peasant organization, with links to the CNT, failed to give them the promises they made. “Kung nakahibalo lang mi sa una na mao ang tomong sa CPP-NPA ug sa UMA, wala mi unta nag-apil ani nga grupo. Nagpasalig sila nga tabangan me ug tagaan mig yuta. Kinsa bay dili ganahag yuta busa niapil mi nila. Pero, nabutang hinuon mi sa kasamok. Paningkamutan namo na mausab among kinabuhi pinaagi sa mga programa sa atong gobyerno,” Noni said.

Councilor Felipe Abigan, head of the Committee on Peace and Order of the Sangguniang Bayan (SB) of Nasipit town expressed gladness over the decision of the 25 former rebels and UGMO members to surrender to the government. “As the saying goes, ‘How happy to see the brethren to dwell together in unity.’ If we are united, there will also be peace and development in our community. Our government is always finding ways to provide programs, projects, and services for the Filipino people. We always look forward to unity in our country in order for us to reach the progress and development, but we cannot do it without your support,” Abisan said.

He added that one of the greatest problems the country is facing nowadays is on peace and order. The councilor emphasized that the absence of peace in communities hinders the development programs of the government. Investors, he added, will also shy away, as they will never risk pouring in their resources if the CNTs are present with extortion activities.

Meanwhile, Lt. Col. Julius Cesar C. Paulo, the acting commander of 23rd IB welcomed the 25 former rebels and UGMO members as he lauded their determination to change their lives for a better and brighter future.

“Your presence here signifies that you are no longer happy with the presence of the CNTs in your communities. In the last 52 years of waging their futile ideology, no developments and peace were facilitated by the CNTs in your communities but hardships, hunger, and poverty. That’s a fact. While ordinary members suffer, including their families, the CNT leaders are the ones who benefited from the useless revolution they are waging. Compare your lives with the CNT leaders and you can see a big difference. It only means that this revolution has turned into a milking cow of the CNT leaders, especially those at the national level,” Paulo said.

 He also expressed appreciation for the continued support of the LGU of Nasipit to the peace and development efforts of the 23rd IB and the PNP in the barangays. (CMO Officer, 23IB PA/PIA Agusan del Norte)