(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Tuesday, 24 November, 2020) Northeast Monsoon affecting Luzon and Visayas. Tail-End of Frontal System (Shearline) affecting the eastern sections of Mindanao. Caraga Region will experience Cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorm due to Tail-end of a Frontal System (Shearline). Possible flash floods or landslides due to light to moderate to at times heavy rains. Light to Moderate winds coming from Northeast to North will prevail and the coastal waters will be Slight to Moderate with wave height from 0.6 to 2.1 meters.

Monday, October 19, 2020

Schools in rural areas receive assistance from 'Bisaya Gyud' team

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 19 (PIA) -- As a form of augmentation to sustain the efforts of all those involved in the implementation of blended learning, the Bisaya Gyud team handed out reams of bond papers to at least 13 schools in Mindanao through its Bond Paper Gift project under the Operation Tabang.

These will be used particularly for the production of learning modules.

Teachers from elementary schools in Impasugong town in Bukidnon expressed their deepest thanks to the team. Kalampigan Elementary School in Sitio Kalampigan in Kalabugao village school head Geneviva Orquelias said that the additional supply of bond papers will be of great help, especially to the indigenous people (IP) learners in the area.

“We are truly thankful for the assistance we received under the Bond Paper Gift project. Not only will it be of great help to the teachers in this school but also the students, in particular the IPs, who rely on the printed modules just so they can continue learning and finish this school year amid this pandemic,” the educator said.

The project also provided an opportunity for teachers to voice other immediate concerns they are faced with in adapting to distance learning.

Maricel Gomez, a teacher in Impasugong Central Elementary School, cited the lack of printers as one of their biggest concerns. While the school was provided with printers, the volume of learning materials that needed to be produced is disproportionate to the supplies provided. Some teachers would either take turns in using the available printers while others would use their own just so they can keep up with the distribution of modules.

Despite this, the elementary teacher maintained optimism.

“It is part of our duties as teachers to be adaptive and work our way to overcome the challenges we face, which includes those that came and will come from the drastic changes that have been made just so this school year can open and students can continue learning,” Teacher Maricel said.

Bisaya Gyud is a weekly public service and entertainment program hosted by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar aired on select radio stations across the country and streamed live on its official Facebook page every Saturday.

The program was initially launched to provide assistance to underprivileged Bisaya and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). At the height of the pandemic, the program also devoted its episodes to addressing various issues of the Bisayas concerning the pandemic.

In addition to granting entrepreneurial packages to those interested in starting their own business, various projects have been launched by the team under its Operation Tabang.

The program also explores Bisaya music and artists, and features Bisaya success stories.

Program host Secretary Andanar urged listeners to voice their concerns.  They may contact the program through its cell phone hotlines 09673864761 and 09474860291. Netizens may also raise their concerns via the program's social media page. (DMNR/PIA-Caraga)

DILG leads gift-giving for child victims of violence

By Arvin R. Silvosa

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 19 -- Smiles were brought to the faces of children housed in shelter homes as the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC), led by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Agusan del Norte as secretariat, gave gifts to victims of violence as part of elevating the relevance of this year's commemoration of the National Crime Prevention Week (NCPW), which aims to show a unified approach of solidarity with the victim-survivors and the public stakeholders.

Seventeen (17) girls from the Bethany Home of the Missionary Sisters of Mary located at Brgy. Baan, Butuan City received various gifts on October 9, 2020, while 28 boys from the Home for Boys in Brgy. Antongalon received the same on October 12, 2020. Face-to-face interfacing with social distancing and health safety protocols were strictly observed.

The DILG and PNP-led congregation distributed gift packs containing food, clothing items, and hygiene kits to the children in need of special protection for their daily upkeep while staying in the shelters. The PPOC also helped in the livelihood programs of the shelters by availing their products, such as flowering plants and succulents.

“Guide and raise your children well enough to deal with the challenges of life so they won’t be tempted to get involved in any illegal activity. Parents should take care of their children by fulfilling their needs and by giving them due attention because they can only get it from home,” Provincial Director Ellen Vee P. Chua of DILG Agusan del Norte said in her message.

The series of activities also form part of the PPOC Immersion Activities spearheaded by the DILG Agusan del Norte as PPOC Secretariat through the PTF-ELCAC, as sourced from the Provincial Peace and Order Council fund. (DILG Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)