(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.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Surigao Norte LGUs enhance agri production

By Venus L. Garcia

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Sept. 15 -- The local government units (LGUs) of the different municipalities in Surigao del Norte province are taking actions to capacitate the communities with the skills and techniques in farming in order to increase agricultural production in this time of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

More locals are now getting involved in multi-crop production such as rice, corn, root crops and vegetable resulting to the increase in the volume of harvest.

The provincial government of Surigao del Norte through the Pagkaon Surigaonon Palamboon Program extends its support to the LGUs and farmers through distribution of assorted vegetable seeds, organic fertilizers, fine mesh nets, plastic mulch and technical support, among others.

This is also in response to the Department of Agriculture's Ahon Lahat, Pagkain Sapat Kontra COVID-19 (ALPAS-COVID-19) or popularly known as “Plant, Plant, Plant” program which aims to address the concern on food security while improving the food adequacy level at the same time. (SDN-Provincial Agriculture Office/VLG/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Army uncovers abandoned CNT lair in AgNor; seizes high powered -firearms parts, supplies

By 1Lt. Roel T. Maglalang

BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte, Sept. 15 -- An abandoned hideout of the Communist New People’s Army Terrorists (CNTs) was recently uncovered by the troopers of 23rd Infantry “Masigasig” Battalion (23rd IB), Philippine Army in the forested area of Mt. Indocay, Sitio Bulak, Barangay Lower Olave, this town.

The discovery of the hideout and the retrieval of the different parts and supplies for high-powered firearms was successful due to the timely information provided by the local residents in the area. Upon receipt of said information, 23rd IB troopers were immediately dispatched in the area for security operations that led to the discovery of the CNT den.

The abandoned hideout measured 300 square meters that can accommodate around 30 persons. The civilians in the area said the CNTs abandoned the hideout about five months ago.

Recovered from the area includes one generator (PROMAX), one magazine for AK-47 rifle, two magazines for M-14 rifles, two magazines for caliber .45 pistol, 40 rounds of CTG 5.56mm balls, eight rounds for CTG caliber .30 balls, one bolt assembly for M15E2S rifle, one barrel for M15E2S rifle, one lower receiver for M15E2S rifle, one upper and lower handguard for M15E2S rifle, one butt for M15E2S rifle, one buffer tube for M15E2S rifle, one butt plate for M-14 rifle, and one upper receiver of caliber .45 pistol.

Lt. Col. Julius Cesar C. Paulo, the Acting Commander of 23rd IB, expressed gratitude to the local populace in the area who pinpointed the exact location of the abandoned enemy hideout.

“We are glad that the local residents are very cooperative to us in ending local communist armed conflict in Agusan del Norte,” Paulo said.

He emphasized that Sitio Bulak is formerly known as the guerrilla base of the CNTs until they realized that they were just manipulated by the said terror group.

“After years of suffering from the hands of the CNTs, the people finally disowned and cut their support to said group making it hard now for the CNTs to enter in the said village,” Paulo said.

He also thanked the local government unit (LGU) of Buenavista, the barangay officials and the other stakeholders for their continued support in the efforts to drive out the remaining CNTs in Agusan del Norte.

“With the support of the local government and other stakeholders, numerous plans and programs will soon be established in the area,” Paulo said.

Among the efforts he highlighted is the implementation of the People Empowerment in Agriculture for Community Enhancement or PEACE Project that will promote increased agricultural production through organic farming.

The project, he added, will benefit the former rebels (FRs) who are now with their families and communities, the Indigenous People (IPs) and other sectors in the different towns of Agusan del Norte.

“This program will also be implemented in Sitio Bulak and will be successful if supported by the residents,” Paulo said.

He urged the residents of Sitio Bulak to continue their support to the government and the Army and cooperate with the implementation of different peace and development interventions of the government.

“This is what we promised you before – that when you abandon the CNT movement, the government will pour all its resources to uplift your socio-economic life conditions and bring genuine peace and development right into your homes and community,” Paulo said. (CMO Officer, 23IB PA/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Border frontliners sa Agusan del Norte binigyan ng parangal

By Nora C. Lanuza

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Septyembre 15 (PIA) -- Bilang pagkilala sa mga kontribusyon ng mga frontliners na nakadestino sa mga borders ng probinsya ng Agusan del Norte, biningyang parangal ng Provincial Peace and Order Council o PPOC sa pangunguna ni Gobernador Dale B. Corvera sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay ng plaque of appreciation at cash incentives sa mga frontliners upang mas lalo pa silang maging pursigido na magtrabaho.

Nanininawala din si Gob. Corvera na hindi lamang oras ang kanilang ibinigay kundi sakripisyo upang mabigyan ng kaligtasan ang mga Agusanons sa banta hindi lamang ng coronavirus disease 2019 o COVID-19 pati na rin sa mga masasamang elemento.

“Binigyan namin sila ng pagkilala upang mas lalo pa nilang pagbutihin ang kanilang Trabaho at ma-inspired,” ayon kay Gob. Corvera.

Hindi rin inasahan ni Police Captain Jennifer Ometer, ang chief of police ng bayan ng Carmen, kung saan nakabase ang regional border checkpoint ang pagkilala sa kanilang kontribusyon.

“Hindi ko lubos akalain na sa taos-puso nating serbisyo ay bibigyan tayo ng recognition, dahil ditto mas lalo pa naming pagbutihin ang aming Serbisyo,” tugon ni PCapt. Ometer.

Kaya’t nanawagan si Capt. Ometer sa kapwa frontliners na ipakita at hindi mawalan ng pag-asa kahit sa hinaharap na pandemya dahil meron tayong komunidad na nangangailan ng ating serbisyo.

Nagpasalamat din ang municipal disaster risk reduction and management officer ng Kitcharao na si Roberto Calubag, Jr. kung saan nakabase din ang isa pang provincial border sa pagkilalang ito.

Matatandaang kamakailan lang mahigit 800 frontliners din ang binigyang pasasalamant ng provincial disaster risk reducgtion and management council bilang pagpugay sa kanilang kadakilaan. (NCLM/PIA Agusan del Norte)