(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.

Monday, September 28, 2020

Female youth in Caraga region join PMA entrance exam

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 28 (PIA) -- Leonila Alivay and Jenilyn Calit were among the female young applicants who joined this year’s Philippine Military Academy (PMA) entrance examination with the hope that they would be accepted in the PMA.

They have long been preparing for this event. However, they still worry about the possible result of the exam.

“I’m quite worried because many are taking the exam so there's is a slim chance of making it to the PMA, however, I’m still hopeful we will pass the exam,” said Alivay.

“I’m hoping that all of us here could really take the exam. I’m confident I’ll pass this exam,” added Calit.

Major Jullester Canada, OIC-PMA Proctors, revealed that there is an increase on the number of female applicants this year compared to last year.

“A cadet will enjoy the noble privilege of serving the country, free college education, monthly salary and allowances, guaranteed job after graduation, and a progressive career as an officer in the Army, Navy or Air Force,” Canada bared.

For Caraga with a total of 556 registered examinees, the PMA entrance exam was conducted at the Lope Asis Gymnasium in Bayugan City. Around 175 of these were from Butuan City.

The Philippine Army also accepted walk-in applicants provided they have the complete documents with them.

Strict health protocols were implemented by the Philippine Army, together with the LGU-Bayugan, hence, applicants were accommodated by batch for the four-day schedule from Sept. 23 to Sept. 26. And all applicants were required to undergo a rapid test. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

LGU Cagdianao partners with mining sector for FMR project

By Susil D. Ragas

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Sept. 28 (PIA) -- The local government unit of Cagdianao town and Cagdianao Mining Corporation (CMC) recently led the groundbreaking ceremony of another Farm to Market Road (FMR) project in Barangay Nueva Estrella to Barangay Del Pilar in the municipality of Cagdianao, this province.

The CMC, which is strongly committed to improve the well-being and economic conditions of its host and neighboring communities, partnered with the local government unit in the realization of the said FMR that aims to spur development in the barangays by making it easier for residents to travel and sell their goods to market centers.

In his message during the groundbreaking ceremony, Cagdianao Municipal Administrator Marc Adelson Longos said the town is blessed for having the Cagdianao Mining as one of its development partners, noting that the company has been regularly extending aid and initiating high-impact projects even outside of its jurisdiction.

He said the Nueva Estrella and Del Pilar road will enable access not only for farmers to sell their products but also speeds up health services for residents, especially during emergency cases.

On her part, Governor Arlene "Kaka" Bag-ao expressed her gratitude for CMC's assistance to improve the province's road networks, which she says will open new opportunities for residents.

CMC has started the opening and widening of the 4-kilometer road for Nueva Estrella to Del Pilar with at least 10 heavy equipment including backhoe, bulldozer, dumptrucks, boom truck, rock breaker and compactor for the construction of its road with the support of NAC-CMC contractors, Nickelbase Inc., Redstone Construction and Development Corp. and SDMC Fitz.

The said project is funded from CMC's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative. (LGU-Cagdianao/CMC/PIA-Dinagat Islands)

MGB 13 gears towards sustainable mining program

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Sept. 28 (PIA) -- The Mines and Geosciences Bureau -13 (MGB-13) recently launched the Mindanao Rollout of Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) Program. 

TSM initiative leaders representing member-companies with Mindanao-based projects participated in the said rollout which was organized by the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines and the TSM Community of Interest Panel of Advisory in cooperation with the Canadian Embassy Trade Mission via Zoom platform.

MGB-13 Regional Director Engr. Glenn Marcelo C. Noble said the adoption of TSM in the country is indeed a milestone for the Philippine minerals industry as this will be the journey towards accountability, transparency and credibility which are the core strengths of the TSM program.

He added that the implementation of the TSM Program would greatly improve the image of the minerals industry and ensure that mining will be conducted in the most socially, economically and environmentally responsible manner.

According to Dir. Noble, the concept of sustainable mining is not new to the Philippine minerals industry and recounted that sustainable mining has been thoroughly discussed and incorporated in the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 7942 or the Philippine Mining Act of 1995 during its revision in 1996. 

Dir. Noble said that item A of Section 3 Guiding Principles of DENR Administrative Order No. 96-40 or 2010-21 which is the latest version states that mineral resource exploration, development, utilization and conservation shall be governed by the principle of sustainable mining which provides that the use of mineral wealth shall be pro-environment and pro-people in sustaining wealth creation and improved quality of life and that same statement can be seen at the bottom portion of the MGB letterhead.

He also expressed hope that the learning of the participants will not end in the webinar but rather spark the beginning of having TSM as the guiding principle in our operations.

“I call upon the minerals industry players in the Caraga Region, the whole of Mindanao and the entire Philippines to take the challenge of Towards Sustainable Mining.  You have to engage the communities, protect the health and safety of your employees and communities, minimize the impact of your operations on the environment and the biodiversity, respect the indigenous peoples including their customs and traditions, comply with all the laws and regulations… These are just a few of what we in the minerals industry should be doing.  Let us, therefore, take this opportunity to learn from the experience of Canada,” Dir. Noble added.

Launched in 2004 by the Mining Association of Canada, the TSM program has set the global standard for best practices in sustainable mining.  The program has been adopted as a Canadian industry standard for responsible business conduct promoted by the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service and the Government of Canada.

The Philippines takes pride in being the first Asian country to adopt TSM on December 19, 2017.  In the same vein, the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines is the fourth national mining association outside of Canada to adopt TSM.  (MGB-13/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Agusan Norte opens halfway house for FRs, MBs

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 28  – The P10-million halfway house in the province of Agusan del Norte which is located within the compound of the 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade, Philippine Army at Brgy. Bancasi, this city has been recently inaugurated.

According to Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-Agusan del Norte Provincial Director Rey M. Cueva, the halfway house for the Former Rebels (FRs) and Milisya ng Bayan (MBs) is a project of the 2nd Congressional District of Agusan del Norte as well as the provincial government through the leadership of Congresswoman Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba and Gov. Dale B. Corvera, respectively.

“With the establishment of this infrastructure, TESDA supports the provincial government of Agusan del Norte by providing skills trainings as well as livelihood trainings to FRs and MBs,” Cueva added.

In a related development, Dir. Cueva said that the establishment of the P5-million Livelihood Training Center has already been started that is located beside the half-way house that will serve as a training venue. The project’s fund source is from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Cueva added.

Further, Dir. Cueva assured that TESDA-Agusan del Norte Provincial Office will facilitate the training center’s program registration as well as to provide scholarship slots.

During the activity, Cong. Amante-Matba, Gov. Corvera, and 402nd Brigade Commanding Officer BGen Maurito Licudine, and provincial heads of the different government agencies are among those who attended the inauguration ceremony.

These projects support the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP), one of the flagship programs of the national government that seeks to address social healing and national unity towards the higher objective of having just and lasting peace. It aims to provide social equity to former members of the CPP-NPA-NDF and the Militia ng Bayan to reintegrate them into mainstream society. (TESDA Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Pamaagi pagbayad og buhis ning panahon sa pandemya gipasayon

By Nora L. Molde

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Setyembre 28 -- Gipasayon karon sa probinsya ang pamaagi sa pagbayad og buhis sa mga residente sa Agusan del Norte aron mahimo gihapon kini nga dili kayo mahasul ang taxpayers bisan talewala sa pandemya, sumala pa ni Wilelmo C. Furia, ang provincial treasurer.

Imbes nga moadto pa ang taxpayers sa kapitolyo sa Butuan, naa nay mga field collectors nga moadto sa mga kalungsuran ug didto na mangolekta, dugang sa tresurero.

Pasabot ni Furia nga padayon gihapon ang pagpangolekta og buhis bisan sa pandemia ug aron mahimo kini naay mga field collectors sa probinsya nga mag-stand by ug magbutang og signages sa highway mismo aron ang taxpayers sama sa delivery truck o van didto na mismo magbayad.

Dugang pasabot sa tresurero nga alang sa taxpayers sa sand and gravel naay usab collectors nga gi-assign sa Cabadbaran City tungod kay kasagararan sa mga magbubuhis niini gikan sa Barangay Katugasan, ang nahimutangan sa quarry, sa maong syudad.

Ang buhis nakatakdang bayran inig abli sa tuig. Gihimo ang pagpangolekta sa mga buhis nga angay bayran sa taxpayers sa probinsya sugod niadtong Enero ug nagpadayon kini hangtud karon. (Shena Mae Pabia ug nerrisa M. Cabalan, Agusan Up, LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)