(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Tuesday, 29 September, 2020) Southwest Monsoon affecting the western section of Luzon, Frontal System affecting Northern Luzon. Caraga Region will experience Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to Southwest Monsoon/ Localized Thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms.Light to Moderate winds coming from Southwest and west will prevail and the coastal waters will be Slight to Moderate with wave height from 0.6 to 2.5 meters.

Friday, September 4, 2020

40 Butuan villages placed under MECQ

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 4 (PIA) -- Forty barangays in Butuan City were placed under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) effective August 25 to September 7, following the continuous rise in local transmission cases in the city.

Of the 265 cumulative confirmed cases in the city, 148 are locally transmitted. One hundred thirty-four of these remain active. 

Stated in the Executive Order No. 45 issued by the city government on Monday, September 2, 2020 the following barangays under heightened community quarantine: Agao; Agusan Pequeño; Ambago; Ampayon, Baan Km. 3; Baan Riverside  Km. 3; Baan Riverside; Bading; Bancasi; Bayanihan; Bonbon; Buhangin; Dagohoy; Diego Silang; Doongan; Dulag; Fort Poyohon; Golden Ribbon; Holy Redeemer; Humabon; Imadejas; J. P. Rizal; Lapu-Lapu; Leon-Kilat; Libertad; Limaha; Mahogany; Maon; Masao; New Society Village; Obrero; Ong Yiu; Pangabugan; Rajah Soliman; San Ignacio; San Vicente; Sikatuna; Silongan; Tandang Sora; Urduja; and Villa Kananga.

City Administrator Reynante Desiata stated that there have been reports of mass gatherings among these areas, particularly in the barangays located in the city's outskirts, hence the reimplementation of MECQ. 

“Why we are doing this is because we want to limit the movement of the people in these areas,” he said. This is also to aid contact tracing. 

Meanwhile, the Department of Health (DOH) Caraga has called for the cooperation of the public in the conduct of identifying contact persons. Persons and entities should report and/or respond to notifiable diseases or affected by the health event of public concern, as stated in Section 9 of the Republic Act11332 or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act.

“Early detection is good for early management. Isolation can help us in preventing the mass transmission of the disease,” DOH Caraga OIC-Assistant Regional Director Dr. Gerna Manatad emphasized.

Non-compliance will result to a penalty of not less than P20,000 but not more P50,000 pesos and/or imprisonment of not less than one month but not more than six months. (DMNR/PIACaraga)

SurSur farmer commits to continue noble job amidst COVID-19 pandemic

By Aurelius P. Arais

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 4-- The threat of COVID-19 pandemic did not hinder farmers to produce more.

Richard Virtudazo, a corn farmer of Tago, Surigao del Sur, stands firm and committed to continue his noble job despite the health crisis nowadays.

A chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Anahao Bag-o Farmer’s Association, Nong Richard as fondly called by friends, was one of the participants on the Training and Demonstration of 4-Wheel Drive Tractor held at DA-ILD Compound, Taguibo, Butuan City on September 1, 2020.

The said training is a pre-requisite for seven farmer’s associations in the region who were identified as recipients of a 4WD tractor, one unit each with implements amounting to P20 million under the CY 2020 Corn and Cassava Program.

He said that farming is their main source of livelihood and grateful that the government is reaching their arm to help them.

“In this time of crisis, we will not stop planting because this is our way of life, and I am thankful that DA is always there for us,” he said.

With 68 active members, Anahao Bag-o Farmer’s Association has a cumulative area of 200 hectares alternately planted with corn and rice.

“During the wet season, we are going to plant rice and on the dry season we will plant corn, that is why the tractor that we are going to receive from DA is a big help in tilling our land,” Virtudazo said.

Other recipients of the 4WD tractor are the San Patricio Farmer’s Association of La Paz, Azpetia Farmer’s Association of Prosperidad, and Mapulian Cassava Farmer’s Association of Esperanza, Agusan del Sur; Tabok Socorro Farmer’s Association of Socorro, Surigao del Norte; and Tubajon Cassava Growers and Producer’s Organization of Tubajon, Province of Dinagat Islands.

“I am appealing to the recipient to take care of the machinery given by the government so it would be maximized by the farmers at a longer period of time,” DA Caraga Regional Technical Director Nicandro Navia, Jr. emphasized.

A ceremonial turnover was held after the training and the unit will be delivered soon to the recipient upon compliance of the required documents.

Operating the farm tractor by himself, Regional Executive Director Abel James I. Monteagudo of DA-Caraga highlighted one of the eight paradigms of Secretary William D. Dar to level-up Philippine agriculture, the continued modernization through farm mechanization. (DA-Caraga/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

40 na mga barangay sa Butuan, muling isinailalim sa MECQ

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Setyembre 4 (PIA) -- Nasa 40 na barangay sa lungsod ang isinailalim muli sa modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) mula Agosto 25 hanggang Setyembre 7 kasunod ng patuloy na pagtaas ng kaso ng local transmission sa lungsod.

Sa 265 na kabuuang kumpirmadong kasong naitala, 148 dito ay locally transmitted. Nasa 134 dito ay nananatiling active cases.

Ang sumusunod ang mga barangay na isasailalim sa MECQ, base sa Executive Order No. 45 na inisyu ng city government noong Lunes, Setyembre 2, 2020: Agao; Agusan Pequeño; Ambago; Ampayon, Baan Km. 3; Baan Riverside Km. 3; Baan Riverside; Bading; Bancasi; Bayanihan; Bonbon; Buhangin; Dagohoy; Diego Silang; Doongan; Dulag; Fort Poyohon; Golden Ribbon; Holy Redeemer; Humabon; Imadejas; J. P. Rizal; Lapu-Lapu; Leon-Kilat; Libertad; Limaha; Mahogany; Maon; Masao; New Society Village; Obrero; Ong Yiu; Pangabugan; Rajah Soliman; San Ignacio; San Vicente; Sikatuna; Silongan; Tandang Sora; Urduja; and Villa Kanangga.

Ayon kay City Administator Reynante Desiata, may mga ulat umano ng mass gatherings sa mga naturang lugar, lalo na sa mga malalayong barangay kung kaya’t kinailangan magpatupad muli ng istriktong community quarantine.

“Ginawa po namin ito upang malimitihan ang galaw ng mga residente sa naturang lugar,” sabi ni Desiata.

Ito din ay upang mapadali ang pagsagawa ng contact tracing.

Samantala, nanawagan din ang Department of Health (DOH) Caraga sa kooperasyon ng publiko sa pagsasagawa ng contact tracing. Bukod sa mapapadali ang pagkilala ng mga contact persons, kabilang sa prohibited acts sa section 9 ng Republic Act11332 or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act, ang “non-cooperation of persons and entities that should report and/or respond to notifiable diseases of health events of public concern.”

“Ang maagang pagtutop sa sakit ay nakakatulong sa maagang pagpapangasiwa nito. Nakakatulong ang isolation upang mapigilan ang kanyang malawakang pagkalat,” pagbibigay-diin ni DOH Caraga OIC-Assistant Regional Director Dr. Gerna Manatad.

Ang sinumang lalabag sa naturang batas ay papatawan ng penalty na P20,000 hanggang P50,000 o maaaring makulong ng hanggang anim na buwan. (DMNR/PIA-Caraga)