(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.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

AgNor town provides livelihood, assistance to address COVID-19 effects

By Nora C. Lanuza

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 12 (PIA) -- Even before the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the local government unit (LGU) of Nasipit in the province of Agusan del Norte has already assisting its constituents. Nasipit Mayor Enrico Corvera said on Friday during the Laging Handa program hosted by Communications Secretary Martin Andanar that various livelihood assistance programs were provided to farmers, and fisherfolk in the area.

One of which is the Mariculture Park of the town which is already providing employment and livelihood, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, its operation was affected because of the imposed travel restrictions that resulted to the shortage of markets that challenges the LGU so much.

According to Corvera, the Mariculture Park is one of the sources of livelihood in the area, that is why he was asking the help of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to establish or even find other market for their harvest, the bangus (milkfish). The Mariculture Park of the municipality has a total of 38 fish cages and each cage has a capacity of up to 24 tons, he said.

Also, coconut farmers were given support through the shared service facility of the government.  Farmers are allowed to use the equipment to enhance and improve their farm harvest during the pandemic.

To address food security, the LGU also distributed seedlings to the different barangays for their ‘Gulayan sa Barangay’ program and for the residents to earn a living because their harvest will be sold to the local market.

Meanwhile, since one of the entry ports of Caraga is located in Nasipit town, Mayor Corvera said that measures were also established to protect their residents. With the help of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), all incoming passengers – the locally stranded individuals (LSIs) and returning OFWS (ROFs) were properly managed and given due assistance following health protocols set by the health department. Those individuals arrived in the port and going home outside Caraga region were also assisted especially when the LGU-concerned cannot fetched them on time.

The PPA in coordination with the LGU has provided them temporary shelter as holding facility and as a quarantine facility as well. (NCLM/PIA Agusan del Norte)

AgNor town SK launches agri program, activities for youth amid quarantine

By Doreen Marielle Rosales

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 12 (PIA) -- As part of the youth’s participation on the government’s efforts to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation of Nasipit town in Agusan del Norte launched programs and a series of activities amid quarantine restrictions.

The “Indigay Gulayan sa Kabatan-onan” was launched in coordination with the provincial government of Agusan del Norte, under its “Plant, Plant, Plant” program. The program sought to boost food production and security in the municipality, especially with the decrease in food supply from suppliers outside Nasipit town due to community quarantine protocol, as reiterated by SK Federation President of Nasipit John Rey Ruiz on Friday’s episode of the Laging Handa Network Briefing with Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar.

The youth council also made sure to provide the youth avenues to hone their skills even as they spend less time outdoors. During the celebration of the Linggo ng Kabataan celebrated recently on August, a series of contests on face shield making and poster- and slogan-making contests were launched virtually.

While active youth engagement is a primary objective of the youth council, the youth’s health and safety remains a priority during these times. The youth council president called for the youth’s cooperation in strictly abiding health protocols.

“Follow protocols set by our authorities. If there is no need to go out, stay at home. This goes to all youth, especially those who are aged 21 and below. Staying at home is the best way for us to avoid contracting this deadly disease,” he furthered. (DMNR/PIA-Caraga)