(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Monday, 26 October, 2020) At 4:00 AM today, the eye of Typhoon "QUINTA" was located based on all available data at in the vicinity of Socorro, Oriental Mindoro (13.1 °N, 121.3 °E ) with maximum sustained winds of 125 km/h near the center and gustiness up to 180 km/h. It is moving Westward at 25 km/h. The center of Typhoon "QUINTA" is forecast to traverse Mindoro Island and emerge over the West Philippine Sea this morning. It will then turn more west-northwestward while maintaining speed towards the western limit of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR). "QUINTA" is forecast to exit the PAR tomorrow morning Intensity: "QUINTA" is forecast to remain at typhoon category throughout its passage over Mindoro Island. After emerging over the West Philippine Sea, this typhoon is forecast to re-intensify. "QUINTA" may reach its peak intensity within 24 to 48 hours. Caraga Region will experience Cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to Trough of TY Quinta / Tail End of a Frontal System. Possible flash floods or landslides during light to moderate to at times heavy rains. Moderate to Strong winds coming from West to Southwest will prevail and the coastal waters will be Moderate to rough with wave height from 1.2 to 3.1 meters.Mariners of small seacrafts are advised to take precautionary measures when venturing out to sea. Inexperienced mariners should avoid navigating in these conditions.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Surigao tribes hail slain IP leader as hero

By 1Lt. Krisjuper Andreo Punsalan

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Oct. 13 -- Surigao tribal leaders and members and the local government unit of Lianga rendered Indigenous People Mandatory Representative (IPMR) Datu Jumar S. Bucales a hero’s burial parade on October 10 in Diatagon, Lianga, this province. 

About a thousand tribe members from Surigao and Eastern Mindanao, local government officials, IPMRs, friends, supporters, and relatives flocked in the long walk to carry his remain to his final resting place.

Bayan Muna representative Eufemia Campos Cullamat, her sister, CNT-linked Malahutayong Pakigbisog Alang sa Sumusunod (MAPASU), and Northeastern Mindanao NPA Terrorist spokesperson Sandara Sidlakan accused Bucales to have participated in the killing of the Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural Livelihood Development (ALCADEV) Executive Director Emerito Samarca but the accusation was eventually found baseless.

CPP Information Officer Marco Valbuena, in his statement, claimed that the Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) were responsible for the ambush-slay of Bucales and his companions on October 4 in Barangay Banahao, Lianga town.

Bucales served only for nine months as Lianga's first IPMR but was able to accomplish tangible peace and development programs for the tribe, which included the facilitation of the closure of NPA Terrorist linked TRIFPSS and ALCADEV schools, the establishment of DepEd-SLT, electrification of sitios, the rehabilitation of farm-to-market roads and various livelihood programs in the conflict-affected communities which are the gateways to the Andap Valley Range.                                                                                                                                                         

According to Lianga Mayor Novelita M. Sarmen, Bucales proposed several development plans in the hinterlands to boost the eco and agri-tourism in the municipality.

Bucales also appeared in various senate and congress hearings concerning NPA terrorist killings of IP leaders.

Bucales, being a former NPA leader and organizer, revealed how CNTs exploit lumads making him a hot target of the CNTs. In 2016-2018, he was ambushed thrice and was finally killed on October 4.                                                                  

In his documentary entitled “Last Dance ni Bucales," he said that he is no longer afraid of death because that is the cost of standing for truth and fighting against CNTs who continually oppress the IPs. He also said that since he surrendered in 2006, he accepted the fact that he can die anytime in the hands of CNTs because it is the law of the CPP to kill all those who abandoned the terrorist armed revolution.

The Surigao tribes, local government units, provincial government of Surigao del Sur, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), and Commission on Human Rights (CHR) condemned the brutal killings of Bucales and other IPs in Surigao.

“The attacks of the NPA are 'disproportionate and brutal,' and violate international humanitarian law,” said CHR Spokesperson Atty. Jacqueline de Guia said in a statement.

Surigao del Sur supported the cause of Bucales and the Surigao tribe leaders to declare CPP-NPA as persona-non-grata in the whole province. During Bucales’ burial, Surigao tribes expressed their indignation through a protest.

Surigao tribal leaders said that Datu Jumar Bucales may be gone but his name will be forever remembered as the one who truly loved and cared for the tribe. (3rd SFBn-CMO/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

COVID-19 molecular diagnostic lab, itinayo sa Surigao del Norte

By Venus L. Garcia

LUNGSOD NG SURIGAO, Surigao del Norte, Oktubre 13 (PIA) -- Isang molecular diagnostic laboratory ang kasalukuyang itinatayo ngayon sa lalawigan ng Surigao del Norte.

Umabot sa 18 milyong piso ang naiambag ng iba’t ibang mining firms sa lalawigan bilang suporta sa lokal na pamahalaan sa paglaban sa coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

“Pinakiusapan natin ang Philippine Red Cross na siyang mamamahala o tatao sa ating molecular laboratory. Sa ilalim ng usufruct agreement, may 2,000 square meters na lote ang ipapagamit ng Surigao State College na tatayuan ng molecular laboratory,” ani Simeon Vicente Castrence, Surigao del Norte assistant provincial administrator at spokesperson.

Ayon kay Castrence, nasa 2,000 swab specimen ang maaaring maiproseso dito sa loob ng isang araw kapag naging operational na ang laboratoryo.

“Ang mga swab specimen ay hindi na natin ipapadala sa Davao. Dito na mismo sa lungsod ng Surigao ipo-process at sa loob ng 24 hours malalaman na natin agad ang resulta,” sabi ni Castrence.

Kasalukuyang nagti-training na din anya ang mga med-tech na magseserbisyo sa nasabing testing lab.

Inaasahang magiging operational na ang laboratoryo ngayong buwan ng Nobyembre.

Dahil sa naitalang local transmission sa probinsiya, nananatiling nasa modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) ang munisipyo ng San Isidro, Dapa, Del Carmen, Pilar,  Socorro at lungsod ng Surigao. May ilan namang barangay ang inilagay sa enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

Extended din ang travel restrictions at pagsususpendi ng byahe ng mga passenger, private o hired sea vessels papunta at pabalik sa alinmang seaport ng probinsiya hanggang ika-20 ng Oktubre.

“Your local government is working for you and the provincial government is in action para sa kapakanan ng lahat ng Surigaonon. Stay safe!” ani Castrence. (VLG/PIA-Surigao del Norte)