(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.

Friday, September 11, 2020

AgNor border frontliners receive appreciation from PPOC

By Nora C. Lanuza

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 11 (PIA)-- Frontliners assigned at the two border checkpoints of the province of Agusan del Norte were given recognition by the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) recently.

According to Governor Dale B. Corvera, PPOC chairperson, they were given recognition because of their contribution in securing the borders and also for them to be more inspired in doing their jobs.

“They are not only giving their time and efforts, but they also sacrifice to secure the province from the threat of COVID19,” said Governor Corvera.

Police Captain Jennifer Ometer, chief of police of the Carmen Municipal Police Station located at the border of the province, was thankful to the provincial government for recognizing their efforts. “I did not expect this recognition, because we are only doing our duties and responsibilities in securing the Agusanons not only from the threat of COVID-19 but as well as from the bad elements of the society,” she said.

Ometer called on her fellow frontliners to continue to work despite the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, "because the community is depending on us for protection."

Roberto Calubag, disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) officer of Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte, also expressed his gratitude to the provincial government for the recognition and appreciation accorded to them. The municipality of Kitcharao is an entry point to the province from the province of Surigao del Norte.

The recognition was also attended by the Second District Representative Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba, other officials and members of the council.

It can be recalled that the Provincial DRRM Council has also recognized the more than 800 frontliners in the province for their bravery in fighting the COVID-19. This was in time with the celebration of the National Disaster Resilient Month where they were able to receive gift packs, food packs and thank you notes from the youth of the province. (NCLM, PIA Agusan del Norte)

99 workers who lost jobs due to COVID-19 receive cash aid

By Brix A. Merlin

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Sept. 11 (PIA) – A total of 99 construction workers who were adversely affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) received recently cash assistance amounting to P8,000.00 each from CTB Construction and Development Corporation.

The CTB management was constrained to terminate the services of the more than 90 construction workers in compliance to the safety protocols strictly implemented by the province of Surigao del Norte brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The provision of the said assistance emanated from an agreement made between the parties at the DOLE Provincial Office of Surigao del Norte, when a group of at least 30 workers sought DOLE’s assistance after having been allegedly terminated from work in the projects undertaken by the contractor.

The DOLE provincial office through the SEna (Single Entry Approach), threshed out immediatey the concern of the workers.

A total of P792,000 cash assistance was released to the 99 worker-beneficiaries at the DOLE provincial office in three batches. 

The workers expressed gratitude to their employer and to the DOLE for the assistance they received that will help them defray their daily family needs in this trying time.

Aside from the cash assistance, the employer had likewise given an assurance to the workers for a special preference in the hiring of workers for its future projects in the event the restrictions would be lifted.

SEnA is a DOLE administrative approach for a speedy, inexpensive and accessible settlement procedure for all issues/complaints arising from employer and employee relationship. (DOLE-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)