(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Friday, 27 November, 2020) At 3:00 AM today, a Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated in the vicinity of Bubulong Munti, Bulacan(15.1°N, 121.0°E). Northeast Monsoon affecting Luzon. Caraga Region will experience Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Easterlies. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Light to Moderate winds coming from East to Northeast will prevail and the coastal waters will be Slight to Moderate with wave height from 06 to 2.5 meters.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

AgNor allocates additional P11-M for construction of quarantine facilities

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 25 (PIA) -- The provincial government of Agusan del Norte has allocated one million pesos for its 10 municipalities and one city as additional fund for the construction of their respective quarantine facilities as part of their measures in the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The said province has already established three quarantine facilities situated in the municipalities of Nasipit and Jabonga, and in Barangay Bancasi of Butuan City.

“We are ready with our quarantine facility. So, all of the municipalities and one city are all set in terms of quarantine facilities,” bared Governor Dale Corvera.

The provincial government has also partnered with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for the construction of the quarantine facility in every district of Caraga region.

While the region is now under a Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ), health protocols are still strictly observed and implemented particularly at the regional boundaries.

The authorities meticulously check the requirements from those individuals crossing the provincial and regional borders in Caraga.

“We see to it that all those who enter the region have the necessary requirements and we assist them should they lack any of the required documents to lessen also their burden,” said PLt. Joseph Arnaiz, team leader of the regional boundary control point.

Apart from the police officers, a medical team has also been established to man the regional boundary control points and are authorized to check the legitimacy of the medical certificates and health declaration presented by travelers prior to their allowed entry in the region.

Per data from the Department of Health (DOH) Caraga, there are 63 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Agusan del Norte and six of which are active cases. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Pitong tourist spots sa bayan ng Trento, Agusan del Sur nadiskubre ngayong may pandemya

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Agosto 25 (PIA) - Habang nagsasagawa ng relief operations and lokal na pamahalaan ng Trento, Agusan del Sur sa mga barangay nito, nadiskubre rin nila ang pitong tourist spots sa lugar.

Ang mga ito ay ang Pangi Falls sa Barangay Pangyan, Tiwis-Tiwis cascades sa San Isidro, Tigbautohan Twin Falls sa Tudela, at sa Barangay Manat naman matatagpuan ang Osok Falls, Kumawas Falls, Dumagooc Cool Spring at ang Agok-Agok Cave.

Nadiskubre ito sa kasagsagan ng pandemic kung saan nang-iikot ang mga opisyal ng pamahalaan para alamin ang kalagayan ng mga residente sa bawat lugar at mamahagi ng mga relief goods.

Ayon sa Municipal Information Office at ng Municipal Heritage Council, nadiskubre ang mga ito makalipas ang mahigit 50 taon.

Kaya ngayon ay dahan-dahan ng naaayos ang mga kalsada sa lugar para mas madaling mapuntahan ang mga mala-paraisong lokasyon na tiyak kagigiliwan ng mga turista.

Pagkatapos ng itinakdang Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) meeting ng lokal na pamahalaan kasama ang Indigenous Cultural Communities at IPs na saklaw ng mga nabanggit na barangay sa bayan ng Trento ay agad na sisimulan ang mga unang hakbang sa pagpapaunlad ng mga destinasyon ayon sa batayan at priority listing.

Ikinatuwa naman ito ng mga Agusanons dahil sa may bago na namang mapapasyalan sa probinsya, bagamat kailangan pa ring sumonod sa minimum health standards upang maiwasan ang pagkalat ng coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Para sa lokal na pamahalaan, kung may mga hindi man magandang naidulot ang pandemic sa turismo dahil sa limitadong transportasyon, nagbukas naman ito ng mga panibagong oportunidad para madagdagan ang mga lugar na ibisitahin sa lalawigan dahil tiwala sila na hindi tatagal ay babalik na rin ang sigla ng lokal na turismo. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

PPA Dinagat gets disinfectants, medical supplies 

By Susil D. Ragas

MUNICIPALITY OF SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Aug. 25 (PIA) -- The Philippine Ports Authority - Terminal Management Office (PPA-TMO) of Dinagat received much-needed assistance in the fight against the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID 19) from Libjo Mining Corporation (LMC).

LMC recently donated containers of disinfectants, face shields and face masks.

More than 200 medical masks, 15 face shields and two (2) 5-liter containers of chlorine bleach for foot baths were provided by the LMC for the benefit of port users in the Port of San Jose and other government ports in the province of Dinagat Islands.

As part of the company’s Social Development and Management Program (SDMP), LMC representative Engr. Henry Bete personally turned over the donated items to TMO Dinagat Terminal Manager Jerk Comparativo in simple ceremonies held at the Port of San Jose, this province. (PMO-PPA Surigao/PIA-Dinagat Islands)

People’s Day Caravan gipahigayon sa Loreto, Dinagat Islands

By Susil D. Ragas

PROBINSYA SA DINAGAT ISLANDS, Agosto 25 (PIA) -- Malampuson nga gipahigayon ang People's Day Caravan nga gipasiugdahan sa probinsya niadtong Agosto 12, 2020, didto sa Loreto Municipal Gym, Barangay San Juan, Loreto, ning probinsya.

Gisugdan ang gihimong kalihukan sa pag-turnover ug mga personal protective equipment (PPE), laboratory equipment, ug medical supplies ngadto sa Loreto District Hospital (LDH) ug Loreto Rural Health Unit (RHU).

Ang nasangpit nga mga PPEs madasigon gidawat ni Dr. Mary Christine Roque ang Municipal Health Officer og Vianney Begino inubanan sa ilang mga personahe.

Tumong niini nga mapadayon ang kahimsog sa panglawas sa matag lumulupyo, mahilikay sa malnutrisyon, ug dili na kinahanglan pa nga motabok sa syudad sa Surigao City ang mga katawhan alang sa ilang pagpatambal.

Sa iyang mensahe subling gipasabot ni Gobernador Kaka Bag-ao ang mga residente nga importante nga makabalo ang tanang katawhan sa lungsod sa Loreto nga pwede sila mangayo ug tambal labi na sa ilang mga maintenance aron dili kini masayang ug dili maabtan ug ka expire.

Iya usab gibutyag ang plano sa pagpalambo ug pagpanindot sa Loreto District Hospital nga mamahimo na kining level 3 ug confident siya nga maabot ana nga level kay nakita niya ang pagtinabangay sa tanan alang sa kalambuan sa hospital ug dako usab ang iyang kalipay nga dako na ang kabag-ohan sa maong hospital.

Si Gob. Kaka nagpasalamat sa mga mangingisda nga niapil sa isda project ug sa mga mag-uuma nga maoy nag-suplay sa pagkaon ingon man ang mga mangingisda, nga kung wala sila, walay mananom ug walay mangisda..

Sa laing bahin, gihatagan ug insentibo nga bugas ang mga mananagat nga aktibong nagpartisipar sa Isda Project ug ng apud-apod usab og mga binhi sa gulay ug abono ngadto sa mga mag-uuma.

Gihatagan usab sila og mga facemask nga tinahi sa mga kababayen-an nga gihatagan og pondo sa pangagamhanan sa probinsya aron maprotektahan ang ilang kaugalingon sa sakit nga coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Dugang pa, nakadawat ug Emergency Livelihood Assistant for Women (ELAW) ang duha ka grupo sa mga kababayen-an isip dugang kapital sa pagpanahi og facemask. (Dinagat Islands-PIO/PIA-Dinagat Islands)

DA distributes 79M worth of agri-machinery in Caraga Region

By Kent Warren Fugoso

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 25 -- With the aim to raise the rice farmers’ profitability and competitiveness through the use of mechanization technologies in the region, the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (DA-PhilMec) through the Rice Competitive Enhancement Fund (RCEF) Mechanization Component turned over P79.7 Million worth of agricultural machineries to selected rice-based farmers’ association in the region, held recently at the Taguibo, this city.

The first batch of recipients of the program from the province of Agusan del Norte included Kahugpungan sa mga Mag-uuma Alang sa Lamdag nga Kaugmaon (KAMALAKA) Irrigator’s Association from Barangay Sanghan, Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte; Tagbongabong Farmers Association from Tagbongabong, RTR, Agusan del Norte; Sto. Nino Muti-Purpose Cooperative from Sto. Nino, Butuan City; and Taguibo IPM Irrigators Association from Barangay Taguibo, Butuan City.

KAMALAKA Irrigator’s Association received one four-wheeled tractor, one riding-type trans planter, and one combine harvester. Ruenston Delalamon, President of KAMALAKA Irrigator’s Association, said that the machinery and equipment will be of great benefit for their association in terms of labor and profit.

“Before, our association just visualized having these machineries that could lessen the burden that we are facing every land preparation and harvesting season. We even hire laborers from other places for an additional manpower during both seasons. We are very glad that through this, our vision for our farms will not be in vain anymore,” Delalamon said.

Furthermore, Tagbongabong Farmers Association also received seven floating tillers, one four-wheeled tractor, and one combine harvester. Jimmy Loreno, Chairman of the association, expressed his gratitude to the DA for being chosen as the beneficiary for the grant.

“The months of waiting for the turnover since the signing of the memorandum of agreement was worth it since as the only cooperative to be granted by this machineries, this will surely help me and the rest of the farmers of my association. We were also delighted that the brand of the machine being granted to us is one of the best high-quality machines for farming. We are very eager to be the ‘first’ to experience from our municipality,” Loreno said.

Moreover, Taguibo IPM Irrigators Association led by Romy Lasco received one four-wheeled tractor and one combine harvester. The Sto. Nino Multi-Purpose Cooperative led by Marilyn O. Aranas also received one precision seeder. The province of Agusan del Norte served as the pilot beneficiary from the region, this will be followed by a turnover ceremony in different schedules for the provinces of Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur.

Agusan del Norte Governor Dale B. Corvera graced the ceremony expressing his interest and support towards the development of the agriculture sector in the region.

“What we can do about it is to invest more in agriculture, we invest in our farmers. That is the reason why we created a program called “Agusan Up” which focuses on the development of the agriculture sector in our region. I’m glad that the mindset of our farmers changed through the years. Previously, they go into farming to have some food in the table but now, we go into farming to develop our economy, to create a business,” Gov. Corvera said.

Governor Corvera also stressed the importance of agricultural education in the region to further progress the agri-based region. “I hope that our future generations here in Caraga will eye for a progressive agriculture sector by studying agriculture-related education. Especially to the farmers who have experienced technological advancements, they should encourage their children to continue what they have started,” he added. (DA 13 RAFIS/PIA Agusan del Norte)