(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.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Dagyaw 2020 set in Caraga

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 29 (PIA) - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) - Caraga, together with the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), and other partner non-government sectors, is all set for the conduct of the Dagyaw 2020: Open Government Virtual Town Hall Meetings in Caraga region.

For this year’s Dagyaw series, a more transparent and participatory governance approaches will be upheld amid the restrictions due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The conduct of Dagyaw 2020 will leverage on and utilize civic technology and online platform and is anchored in the objective of the National Task Force Against COVID-19 Sub-Task Group on Governance which is to ensure people-centered, clean, technology-enabled, and responsive governance in addressing COVID-19 and to restart social and economic activities.

For the first episode today, October 29, at 2:00 o’clock in the afternoon, the discussion will focus on the topic on building resilience and financial literacy. Experts in their field were invited to speak before the participants from the civil society organizations, local development councils, and other sectors. A COVID-19 situationer in the region will also be presented.

Also, on November 5, the second episode will be held which centers on the urban agriculture and livelihood subject matters.

The main goal of the Dagyaw 2020 is to build mutual trust between the government and the Filipino people by providing an open, neutral, and protected space for dialogue on key national and local issues and plans amidst the pandemic.

To recall, the first Dagyaw in the region was successfully conducted in Butuan City last year Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexei Nograles. The dialogue allowed the participants to raise various issues and concerns to the distinguished panel of government executives.

Moreover, the event aims to boost confidence among civil society organizations (CSOs) and citizens in government programs that address their felt needs. The outputs of these dialogues shall then serve as key references of government in public decision-making, and in shaping and updating government policies that can lead to better public sector performance and service delivery.

Participants may register at bit.ly/13dagyaw2020regep1. The event will be livestreamed via these official Facebook pages: DILG Caraga Region, Philippine Information Agency Caraga, PIA Agusan del Norte, PIA-Agusan del Sur, PIA-Surigao del Norte, PIA Surigao del Sur, PIA Dinagat Islands. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)

Tandag City coco farmers receive P400K cash incentives from PCA

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Oct. 29 (PIA) – Some 39 coconut farmers from the barangays of Buenavista, and Maitom, this city have received a total of P400,000.00 as their cash incentives from the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) through the Accelerated Coconut Planting and Replanting Program (ACPRP) amidst the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

A total of 15 members under the Coconut Farmers’ Organization (CFO) from Barangay Buenavista received a total of P136,000.00 while 24 members from the City Agriculture and Fisheries Council (CAFC) chaired by Ricardo Fernandez received a total amount of P264,000.00.

The said program was aimed to reduce the rural poverty in the coconut sector through increasing the coconut farmers’ production and their net income. Also, the program was designed to expand and/or rehabilitate the existing coconut areas by planting and replanting the coconut farms in the country, said PCA Surigao del Sur chief George Duterte Rasonabe.

It also addresses the high demand for coconut products and by-products in the country and even internationally, he added.

The farmer-participants of the project will receive an incentive worth P20.00 for every seed nut produced, and P20.00 for the farmworker who will raise the seedlings of at least one foot tall with fully developed leaves as labor assistance at the established nursery of every people’s organization. They will also receive P45.00 for every seedling they transplanted and stabilized on the ground, said Rasonabe.

It is both a participatory and incentive-based system approach guided by the PCA recommended Good Agricultural Practices (GAP). With a minimum of 0.5 hectares, a farmer can join the program given that he is a member of a PCA accredited organization or any other formal and informal organizations. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)