(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, 28 October, 2020) At 3:00 AM today, the eye of Typhoon MOLAVE (formerly QUINTA) was located based on all available data at 500 km Northwest of Kalayaan Islands, Palawan (14.0°N, 110.7°E) (outside of Philippine Area of Responsibility) with maximum sustained winds of 155 km/h near the center and gustiness up to 190 km/h. It is moving West Northwestward at 20 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 Northeast to Southeast will prevail and the coastal waters will be Slight to Moderate with wave height from 0.6 to 2.5 meters.

Friday, September 25, 2020

MinDA to put up demo farm for sorghum plant in LASBUENASCAR

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 25 (PIA) -- Farmers from the province of Agusan del Norte have received two sacks of Sorghum seedlings from the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) led by Secretary Manny Piñol.

Sorghum is an alternative for corn and is a grass specie cultivated for its grain, which is used for food for humans, animal feed, and ethanol production.

The municipalities of Las Nieves, Buenavista, Nasipit and Carmen (LASBUENASCAR), all in the province of Agusan del Norte were chosen to be Sorghum production sites.

“The average yield of this is about 8.4 metric tons per hectare. One good thing about Sorghum is that when it’s cut, it would still grow again twice or thrice,” bared Sec. Piñol.

Secretary Piñol assured the farmers that they would not worry much on where to market the Sorghum because MinDA will help them and there is already a market prepared for this.

“It’s very clear that there is a market ready for this. These are huge markets not only those in the countryside, where products are sold at a very affordable price,” Piñol added.

According to Alvin Aclan, provincial agriculturist, production of Sorghum fits the needs of the farmers, as their land is wide with good soil quality.

“We will assess the performance of this sorghum production in your area. I believe there is no need for fertilizers as your have a good soil quality. This is also the reason why we chose you as the first beneficiaries because we see potential in LASBUENASCAR,” Aclan underscored. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Government’s basic services reach locals of Bayugan City

TALACOGON, Agusan del Sur, Sept. 25 --  "The people of Bayugan City deserve better, the delivery of basic services and social development to them is our priority."

This was the statement of Mayor Kirk D. Asis of Bayugan City and the chair of City Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (CTF-ELCAC) during the recently held mission planning for the implementation of Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP) in Barangay Hamogaway, Bayugan City.

The delivery of basic government services in the said barangay which is a conflict-affected area (ConAAs) was discussed during the mission planning as a response to the needs of the local community.

The RCSP is an inclusive government program to realize the objectives of Executive Order No. 70 “whole-of-nation approach” which was formulated to strengthen the Community Support Program (CSP) of the military and aims to address the issues identified in the said barangay by the previously deployed CSP teams of the 26th Infantry (Ever Onward) Battalion.

"We need to sit down together first and work with oneness. I am grateful for the entire members of this committee for your support to the City Government initiatives and programs. I, as the chair of the CTF-ELCAC, guarantee to do my hundred percent willingness and commitment to work with you towards the over-all accomplishment of our mission," underscored Asis, as he expressed his gratitude to the entire committee of CTF-ELCAC.

Lt. Col. Reynald Romel A. Goce, commanding officer of 26IB, emphasized that all the sectors with the government must participate actively in addressing the issues of the community. "Together, we need to resolve the identified issues of the local community. This is only possible if the local government agencies (LGA), local government unit (LGU), civil society and other stakeholders will work jointly toward achieving a common goal," he said.

"We must ensure the active coordination among us in delivering the basic government services to the community. In that way, we will surely bring hope, peace and development to the home of the people," Goce added. (26IB/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Mga kabataang babae sa Caraga region lumahok sa PMA Entrance Exam

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Setyembre 25 (PIA) -- Pumila sina Leonila Alivay at Jenilyn Calit para sa Philippine Militaru Academy (PMA) Entrance Exam ngayong taon sa pag-asang makapasok sa PMA.

Matagal na nila itong pinaghandaan pero kabado pa rin sila sa magiging resulta ng exam

“Medyo kabado kasi marami ang mag-eexam at maliit lang yung tsansa na makuha, pero umaasa pa rin ako na hindi ganoon kahirap at bigyan kami ng chance ng Panginoon na makapasa,” ani ni Alivay.

“Umaasa talaga ako na madali kaming matapos sa examination. Umaasa rin ako na kaming lahat dito ay maka-exam. Kampante naman ako na mapapasa ko ito,” banggit naman ni Calit.

Ayon kay Major Jullester Canada, tumaas ang bilang ng mga kababaihang aplikante ngayon kumpara noong nakaraang taon.

“Mga benefits para maging kadete ay mayroon silang noble privilege na makapag-serbisyo sa bansa, libreng college education, buwanang sweldo at allowances, maayos na trabaho matapos ang graduation, at progressive career bilang officer sa Army, Navy o Air Force,” sabi ni Canada.

Isinasagawa sa Lope Asis Gymnasium sa Bayugan City ang PMA Entrance Exam para sa mga aplikante mula sa Caraga region na may kabuuang 556 registered examinees. Nasa 175 sa kanila ay taga Butuan City.

Tumatanggap din sila ng walk-in applicants na may kompletong dokumento.

Hinati sa apat na batch ang mga kukuha ng exam dahil mas mahigpit ang pinatutupad na health protocol ng Philippine Army kasama ang LGU-Bayugan sa lahat ng aplikante na isinailalim muna sa rapid test.

Hanggang sa Sabado (Setyembre 26) na lang ang apat na araw na PMA Entrance Exam para sa mga aplikante mula dito sa rehiyon. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

IP community in AgSur town benefit from government’s Serbisyo Caravan

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 25 (PIA) - Different government agencies and the local government unit have reached out to the locals in a remote barangay in the municipality of San Luis, Agusan del Sur thru the conduct of Serbisyo Caravan.

Robin Rocero, one of the beneficiaries, was glad to have received a copy of his marriage contract and birth certificates of his children from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

“Not until these services were brought to our community, many would still encounter and experience difficulty in securing marriage contract and birth certificate, and many children would still be uncircumcised,” said Rocero.

“I’m thankful that barangay Mahayahay was among the chosen areas to have been visited by the local government unit,” added Sergio Manlumabe, punong barangay of Mahayahay.

A senior citizen and an IP leader who was known in the area as Leonardo “Datu Mandesisyon” Rementiza was also thankful for the interventions and services provided to them by the various government agencies.

“I’m happy for this initiative of the government that reached our place and provided us the services for the development of Mahayahay,” bared Rementiza.

Every household of said barangay also received hygiene kits and pack of milled rice.

According to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Serbisyo Caravan forms part of the implementation plan of the Executive Order No. 70 in addressing the issues and concerns of the communities and to end local communists armed conflict. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

DTI livelihood seeding program launching pushes through amid venue problem

NASIPIT, Agusan del Norte, Sept. 25 – “Dili available ang gym(the gym isn’t available)." These words would have stopped the launch of the Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay-Livelihood Seeding Program (LSP-NSB) in Barangay Camag ong here, but because of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Caraga’s “Serbisyong higit pa sa inaasahan,” the activity was pushed through outdoors — under a tree.

As the Camagong barangay gymnasium was turned into a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) facility, Negosyo Center Nasipit Business Counselors looked for an alternative venue to provide existent and potential entrepreneurs with the services of the LSP-NSB.

“Naa man ang mga tao. Sila ang importante, bahalag walay atop ang venue, basta naa ang mga tao nga among serbisyohan, mupadayon gyud mi, bisag sa ilalom pa na sa kahoy (The beneficiaries here matter the most. So even if the venue is roofless, as long as the people we are serving are here, we would push through with the activity even if it is held under a tree),” said Senior Business Counselor Ruben Paul Timogan.

During said launching, Timogan added, programs and services of DTI that can be possibly availed by the participants were discussed.

These include an orientation on the NSB-LSB, the Shared Service Facility (SSF) that may help the furniture-makers in the area, and the Small Business Corporation’s COVID-19 Assistance to Restart Enterprises (CARES) Program, a financing program intended for micro and small enterprises affected by the pandemic.

“Situations like this showcase the dedication of our staff in carrying out the mandate of DTI especially in a time where everyone is greatly affected by the circumstances brought about by the pandemic,” said DTI Caraga OIC Regional Director Gay Tidalgo.

Tidalgo added that true public service does not stop when faced a challenge.

“Indeed, with the beneficiaries on mind, the personnel of DTI will always find a way to serve, even more than what is expected of them,” Tidalgo said.

LSP-NSB was crafted to create awareness of the agency’s programs and services, to reach out to existing and potential MSMEs, and to assess and provide needed interventions to spur economic activities, employment opportunities and wealth creation in the barangays.

Despite the unusual circumstance, the participants showed interest on the programs laid down to them. NC Nasipit BCs vouched to assist both the existing and would-be-MSMEs in the area. (DTI Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

Serbisyo caravan, inihatid sa mga IPs sa San Luis, Agusan del Sur

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Setyembre 25 (PIA) -- Inihatid ng lokal na pamahalaan ng Agusan del Sur ang Serbisyo Caravan sa mga residente ng liblib na barangay ng San Luis sa nasabing probinsya.

Natuwa ang benepisaryong si Robin Rocero dahil nakakuha na ito ng kopya ng kanilang marriage contract ng kanyang asawa at birth certificates ng kanyang mga anak.

"Kung hindi siguro ito umabot dito, marami pa sigurong hindi nakasal, hindi nakakuha ng marriage contract, wala ding birth certificate at marami pa din siguro ang hindi narehistro. At marami ring mga bata na hindi pa natuli," ani ni Rocero, residente sa Barangay Mahayahay.

“Malaki ang aking pasalamat at napabilang ang barangay Mahayahay na binisita ng taga LGU," sabi naman ni Sergio Manlumabe, punong barangay.

Lubos din ang tuwa ng isang senior citizen na si Leonardo Rementiza o mas kilalang Datu Mandesisyon dahil sa tulong na ipinaabot sa kanilang sektor. “Masaya ako sa inisyatibong ito ng gobyerno na dumating sa lugar namin para sa ikauunlad ng mahayahay," banggit niya.

Nabiyayaan din ng libreng bigas at hygiene kits ang bawat pamilya.

Ang Serbisyo Caravan ayon sa Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) ay ang implementasyon ng Executive Order No. 70 ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte para tugunan ang mga problema sa komunidad at wakasan ang local communists armed conflict. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)