(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Friday, 30 October, 2020) At 3:00am today , the center of Typhoon ROLLY (GONI) was estimated based on all available data at 1,195 km/h East of Central Luzon (16.4N, 133.3E)with maximum sustained wind of 140 km/h near the center and gustiness up to 170km/h. It is moving Westward at 20 km/h. Caraga Region will experience Cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to Trough of TY Rolly . Possible flash floods or landslides during moderate to at times heavy rains. Light to Moderate to strong winds coming from Northeast to Northwest will prevail and the coastal waters will be Moderate to rough with wave height from 1.2 to 2.8 meters.

Monday, October 5, 2020

Halfway house for ex-rebels officially opens in AgNor

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 5 (PIA) -- A halfway house for former rebels officially opened here in Agusan del Norte.

Located inside the 402nd Brigade’s headquarters in Butuan City, the fully-operational facility has 16 rooms and could accommodate up to 50 persons.

While inside the facility, former rebels will undergo debriefing and treatment. They will also be provided with skills and livelihood training before they can be reintegrated back into their respective communities.

Silver Joy Tejano, chief of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development (PSDW)-Agusan del Norte highlighted that surrenderees are given due attention and are well-taken cared of by the different government agencies to ensure that they get the appropriate programs and services for them.

“A former rebel will undergo a psychological debriefing after going through a war. That is why he needs to undergo treatment for him to express his fears and other concerns that bothered him while he was in the mountainous area,” shared Tejano.

The halfway house is one of the many projects that supports the government’s enhanced comprehensive local integration program or E-CLIP program.

This as the government remains committed to addressing insurgency in the country.

Governor Dale Corvera emphasized that the halfway house will bring new opportunities to the former rebels in a community where people are working together towards achieving peace and development for all.

“This is going to be a continuing project. We could only achieve peace if we all give what we have for us to create a community that is supportive to its people,” said Corvera. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

PSA enjoins support for October 2020 labor force survey

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 5 -- The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in Caraga will conduct the October 2020 Labor Force Survey (LFS) together with its rider surveys, the 2020 Survey on Overseas Filipinos (SOF), Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) and the Philippine Competition Act (PCA) Awareness Survey, with a regional sample of approximately 2,136 housing units, deemed sufficient to provide regional level estimates.

In Caraga, about 48 statistical researchers and field personnel will be involved employing an integrated Computer-Aided Data Collection System (CADaCS) for the surveys.

The LFS is a nationwide quarterly survey of households conducted by the PSA to gather data on the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of the population. Whereas the SOF aims to provide data on overseas Filipinos and their contribution to the economy. The PCC aims to be a world-class authority in promoting fair market competition to help achieve a vibrant and inclusive economy and advance consumer welfare.

In line with this, the PSA encourages everyone, especially the sample households, to support and cooperate in the conduct of the October 2020 LFS, 2020 SOF, PCC and PCA Awareness Survey. The data collection will start on October 8 to 31, 2020.

All information collected by the hired statistical researchers from the sample households shall be kept strictly confidential and shall not be used for purposes of taxation, investigation or regulation as provided under Article 55 of RA 10625. (PSA Caraga/PIA Caraga)

176 FRs pledge support to ELCAC in Agusan Norte

By 1Lt. Edmar C. Colagong

CABADBARAN CITY, Agusan del Norte, Oct. 5 -- Some 176 Underground Mass Organizations Members (UGMOs) from Mahayahay, Brgy. Sangay, Kitcharao and Brgy. Curva in Santiago, Agusan del Norte took an oath and withdrew their support from the Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) and its affiliated organizations on September 24 and 27, 2020.

The event is pursuant to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s Executive Order No. 70 to attain inclusive and sustainable peace and to institutionalize the whole-of-the-nation approach towards Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC). This government program gives the CNTs the chance to surrender to the folds of the government so that they can experience peace in mainstream life.

The said former rebels were assisted by the troops of the 29th Infantry Battalion (29IB), the Philippine National Police (PNP), and the local government council of Agusan del Norte.

The activity culminated in the burning of the CNTs' flag, which symbolized the withdrawal of the people’s support and denunciation of the said terrorist group.

Lt. Col. Isagani O. Criste, Commanding Officer of 29IB, urged the remaining CNTs to surrender and return to the folds of the law.

"To all NPAs, surrender and return to the folds of the government, live comfortably and let us end this war together. The 29th Infantry Battalion is steadfast in helping our government to attain the peace that we all desire. Even during this pandemic, we will continue to fulfill our core mission in protecting you- our fellow Filipino citizen and securing our land,” he said.  (CMO Officer, 29IB, 4ID/PIA Agusan del Norte)

SurSur town records first positive case of COVID-19

LANUZA, Surigao del Sur, Oct. 5 -- The municipality of Lanuza has just recorded the first confirmed case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Based on the report, Lanuza COVID-19 Case (LANCC)-01 is a 40- year old male, neither a locally stranded individual (LSI) nor a returning overseas Filipino (ROF), but has a travel history in Tandag City in the past 14 days.

Currently, the patient is asymptomatic and has been isolated after he tested IgM and IgG Positive in his Rapid Antibody Diagnostic Test last September 25, 2020. The patient underwent rapid testing on his own, and the medical team was informed later of his result. He then underwent swab test for confirmation. The team immediately conducted the initial contact tracing, and the close contacts have already quarantined. On October 3, 2020, the swab test turned out to be positive.

LANCC-01 is being closely monitored and will continue staying at the isolation facility of the municipality until the Municipal Health Office will declare him as a recovered patient based on the guidelines of DOH.

The Lanuza COVID-19 Municipal IATF is taking the conservative approach in handling its first case and has already started the contact tracing as soon as the patient tested positive in IgM and IgG to ensure that the further spread of COVID-19 will be prevented, considering the number of activities and involvement of LANCC-01.

The Lanuza Municipal IATF, in a statement, called on the public if they believe they may have been in contact with LANCC-01... "to kindly isolate yourself on strictly quarantine for 14 days since last exposure and inform our health workers so that they can assist you." (LGU-Lanuza/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

IP leader, companion killed in ambush in Surigao Sur

By 1Lt. Krisjuper Andreo J. Punsalan

LIANGA, Surigao del Sur, Oct. 5 – An indigenous peoples (IP) leader and his companion were killed on Sunday, Oct. 4, in an ambush by suspected communist NPA terrorists (CNTs) in Lianga, Surigao del Sur.

In a  report from the Police Provincial Office of Surigao del Sur, Indigenous People’s Mandatory Representative (IPMR) Hawudon Jumar Bucales, a staunch advocate of IP rights, and a vocal critic of Bayan Muna Representative Eufemia Campos Cullamat and Datu Alberto dela Peña were killed in an ambush at Sitio Mamprasanon, Barangay Banahao, Lianga, Surigao del Sur on Sunday afternoon by the CNTs while on their way home after an IP council meeting. CAFGU Active Auxiliary (CAA) Ronald Acevedo, CAA Artemio Moldes and Oliver Rosaldo were reportedly wounded, the police report added.

Datu Jumar Bucales, as an IP leader, has strongly condemned the CNTs and its front organization, Malahutayong Pakigbisog Alang sa Sumusunod (MAPASU) for exploiting the IPs which, according to him, destroyed the culture and traditions of the tribe.

He also confronted the communist-linked IP schools, Tribal Filipino Program of Surigao del Sur (TRIFPSS), and Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development (ALCADEV), which breed New People's Army (NPA) cadres, and terrorist fighters. He also revealed that these schools were the sources of logistical support from the international and local funding agencies and used as recruitment facilities.

Bucales’ leadership was instrumental in crafting the tribal resolutions to close CNT-linked TRIFPSS and ALCADEV, and in the establishment of Department of Education (DepEd) IP schools to provide quality education for their children. He also authored resolutions for the continuous development of the far-flung conflict-affected communities.

With his leadership, he anchored his efforts with the Whole-Of-Nation Approach to End Local Communist Armed Conflict in Lianga, which strongly opposed by Bayan Muna Representative Cullamat, who is also a native of Lianga and brother of Communist NPA Terrorist leader, Pablito Sinzo Campos alias Batik.

Bucales, on some occasions, dared Rep. Cullamat to help the IPs build DepEd accredited schools and to support the tribe by condemning the Communist NPA Terrorists and their atrocities but Cullamat took no action.

Lianga Tribal Chieftain Datu Constancio Duhac and the whole IP community condemned in strongest terms the killing of their IPMR and have vowed to continue his vision towards saving the whole IP community from being corrupted by the CNTs.

“We mourn for the death of our IPMR Hawudon Jumar Bucales, and we condemn these NPA terrorists to include the MAPASU. His death will not stop us from fighting for the rights of IPs. His death will not discourage us in fighting the NPAs, rather this will inspire and ignite us more to protect our tribe from them,” Duhac said.

“Once again, we challenge Congresswoman Cullamat to take action and condemn the NPA terrorists because what happened is unacceptable. If she cannot do that, this will strongly prove that she is not supporting the genuine cause of the IPs but the cause of the NPA terrorists and the Communist Party of the Philippines whose ambition is to overthrow the government and gain political power through a bloody revolution,“ San Miguel IPMR Rico Maca, said in his social media post.

Datu Bucales was also a former NPA leader who returned to the folds of the law upon discovering that he and his tribesmen were being exploited by the CNTs in their futile armed and political struggle by using IP issues to agitate and recruit IPs. From then on, Bucales vowed to help the government win the peace by countering the CNTs’ deceptive scheme and supporting the Whole-of-Nation Approach to End Local Communist Armed Conflict.

Meanwhile, the IP Tribal Council of Lianga is set to file human rights violations and criminal cases against the NPA terrorists and their masterminds for violation of the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020. Further, the IP leaders will continue to support the National Task Force on Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) to put an end to the CNTs’ atrocities and abuses in the IP communities. (3SFBn, PA/PNP/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Hybrid rice promises high yield

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 5 -- Rice farmers in Barangay Baan Km. 3, Butuan City have showcased the 30-hectare hybrid rice technology demonstration for this season under the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Caraga Rice Program in collaboration with the city government of Butuan.

Eight farmer-cooperators accepted the challenge to venture on hybrid rice. They received free bags of hybrid rice seeds and fertilizers. Aside from the farm inputs, technical assistance was also provided.   

Today, farmer leaders from Butuan City were invited to observe the various varieties of hybrid rice. The ready-to-harvest demo area was made possible through the six participating private seed companies namely Ramgo, Bayer Crop Science, SL-Agritech Corp., Corteva, LongPing, and SeedWorks.

In his message, DA-Caraga Regional Executive Director Abel James I. Monteagudo expressed his gratitude to the farmers of Butuan City who leap to adopt the high-end technology.

“Adopting hybrid seeds can help farmers become more competitive by allowing them to produce more. The DA continuously provides its all-out support to rice farmers from planting, harvesting, and marketing. The cooperation and dedication of each rice farmer are also needed to surpass the challenges of Philippine agriculture,” Director Monteagudo said.

OIC-City Agriculturist Pierre Anthony Joven is hopeful that the techno-demo area will not just be an avenue of gaining knowledge but rather farmer values will also be reformed.

“Farmers must keep in mind to follow the holistic approach in adopting the Palay Check System and the package of technology recommended through this improvement of yield, grain quality, and profit will be achieved,” Engr. Joven said.

Marivic Garcillano, farmer-cooperator, shared that she used inbred rice seeds before with an average yield of 4-5 metric tons per hectare. As she compared this harvest season based on the crop stand and grains she expected that she will harvest 7 metric tons or more per hectare.

According to the DA-Philippine Rice Research Institute planting hybrid rice is one way to improve competitiveness. This could increase yield and reduce production cost per kilogram of palay. Even if the price of hybrid is higher than certified inbred seeds, its unit cost is lower resulting in higher income for hybrid users. (DA Caraga/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Army, AgSur town empower farmers' association

By 1Lt. Percival Carido

ESPERANZA, Agusan del Sur, Oct. 5 -- The local government unit of Esperanza, together with the 41st Civil-Military Operations (CMO) Company, 4th CMO Battalion, and 26th Infantry (Ever Onward) Battalion of the 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division, Philippine Army empowered the members of the Esperanza United Farmers Association (EUFA) through an election of its officers held recently in Barangay Piglawigan Gymnasium, Esperanza, this province.

The said farmers association consists of 15 redirected organizations which have 390 members and were formerly members and supporters of the Nagkahiusang Mag-uuma sa Agusan del Sur (NAMASUR), a recently exposed Underground Mass Organization (UGMO) of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG).

After realizing the futility of their membership in NAMASUR, they disowned the said UGMO and decided to legalize their group by redirecting and reorganizing it through the assistance of the LGU-Esperanza, 41st CMO Company, and 26IB. "Dili na nato tugotan nga padayun kita limbongan sa mga rebeldeng grupo. Kaniadto gigamit kita sa ilang sayop nga ideolohiya ug dili kana masubli pa. Kitang tanan magtinabangay para sa kalamboan, kaayohan ug kahapsay alang sa katawhan sa atong lungsod (We will no longer allow ourselves to be fooled by this rebel group. They have manipulated us and made us believe in their wrong ideology. We should all work together towards achieving peace and development in our municipality)," bared Sancino G. Mandapiton, the newly-elected President of EUFA said.

Major Jerson B. Igloria, the officer-in-charge of 41st CMO Company stressed the role of the elected officers in their organization. "This is the right step in going to the right direction. To the newly-elected officers of EUFA, you must work together to reach the goals of your organization. As the leaders, you have to protect your group from the deceptive tactics of the CTG in using our farmers against the government," he said.

Municipal Mayor Leonida P. Manpatilan of Esperanza, encouraged the leaders of the said association to craft project proposals for the betterment of their organization. "The door of LGU-Esperanza is wide open for you. If you have project proposals, we are here to support and assist the farmers of Esperanza," she said.

Meanwhile, Erwin G. Dumaguing, Sangguniang Bayan (SB) Member of Esperanza and the chair for Peace and Order lauded the Philippine Army's efforts in fighting insurgency in their municipality. "Dako akong pasalamat sa Philippine Army labi na sa 26IB ug 41st CMO Company nga walay hunong nga paningkamot aron wagtangon ang walhong grupo. Ingon usa ka miyembro sa komunidad, magtinabangay kitang tanan aron sa pag undang ug pagwagtang sa insurgensiya sa atong pinalanggang nasod (I thanked the Philippine Army particularly the 26IB and the 41st CMO Company for their continued effort to end the ruthless acts of the left-leaning group. As a member of the community, we should all unite and end the insurgency in our beloved country)," he said.

Lt. Col. Reynald Romel A. Goce, commanding officer of 26IB, commended the newly-elected officers of EUFA. "These farmers were victims of deception and exploitation of the CTG and I commend your group for turning your back against the terrorists," he said.

"Our farmers are the reason why we eat today. We should protect them and their land from these terrorists. Let's start working together and defeat these left-leaning organizations towards lasting peace and development," added Goce. (CMO, 26IB/PIA-Agusan del Sur)