(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, 28 October, 2020) At 3:00 AM today, the eye of Typhoon MOLAVE (formerly QUINTA) was located based on all available data at 500 km Northwest of Kalayaan Islands, Palawan (14.0°N, 110.7°E) (outside of Philippine Area of Responsibility) with maximum sustained winds of 155 km/h near the center and gustiness up to 190 km/h. It is moving West Northwestward at 20 km/h. Caraga Region will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to Localized Thunderstorm. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Light to Moderate winds coming from Northeast to Southeast will prevail and the coastal waters will be Slight to Moderate with wave height from 0.6 to 2.5 meters.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

PCOO chief recognizes AgSur guv as action-oriented official

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 6 (PIA) -- During his Network Briefing on Tuesday with Governor Santiago Cane, Jr., Secretary Martin Andanar of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) recognized the latter for being an action-oriented official in the province of Agusan del Sur.

“Governor Cane, I’m very impressed that you are an action-oriented official. I’ve seen on your social media page where there was a constituent who asked you on a particular concern and you immediately respond. And even prior to this, you have also received a complaint from a senior citizen and you also responded,” said Andanar.

When asked by Secretary Andanar about his relationship with the local constituents, Governor Cane bared that he, being in public service, is always about people -- providing them what they need.

“Public service is about serving the people. We have to perform the functions and responsibilities as an official, as we took an oath that we have to serve them any time of the day -- no holidays, rainy days or sunny days. All the days, we have to serve our people the best that we could,” he underlined.

Cane also highlighted that using the social media platform is one of the fastest ways of communicating with the people. “Should people need to raise relevant issues and concerns in our province, I give time to respond for them to know the necessary actions undertaken by the provincial government and to keep them well-informed at all times,” added Cane.

Sec. Andanar acknowledged all the efforts of the provincial government not only in addressing the ongoing crisis on COVID-19, but also in continuously providing relevant programs and services to its people in Agusan del Sur. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

AgSur provides aid to agri sector amid COVID-19 pandemic

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 6 (PIA) -- Amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the provincial government of Agusan del Sur continues to provide assistance and other interventions to address the need of the different sectors particularly the agriculture.

According to Agusan del Sur Governor Santiago Cane, Jr., so far as to the food production is concerned, the provincial government has implemented the distribution of seedlings, along with the donations from PhilRice, and some 30,000 chickens to the different municipalities. “This program is ongoing. As soon as supply will come, we will immediately dispose or disperse them to the different people identified as the poorest of the poor,” he said.

“We also distributed packs of seeds for those deserving people. We’re also able to distribute banana plantlets for the farmers and even tilapia fingerlings. Agriculture farm machineries worth P72-million were also distributed to the different farm irrigators associations, as well as farmers associations in the province of Agusan del Sur,” cited Cane.

Cane also revealed that farmers are disheartened by the price of palay which has gone down while the price of milled rice has remained high. “So, we thought that it’s about time that the Department of Agriculture through the National Food Authority will have to do something so that farmers could survive despite that we have produce more than enough for the provincial needs. As a matter of fact, during the last planting season, we have an excess of production of about 5,000 bags of milled rice which caused our rice millers to worry on the overproduction,” he recalled.

This situation, according to the governor, is also applicable and existing in other parts of the country.

Knowing this concern, Governor Cane called on the different concerned agencies to continue to work closely with the local government units and give due attention to the needs of the affected sectors particularly in agriculture.

“The provincial government will never stop providing the necessary and appropriate programs to the different sectors that could help uplift their lives especially during this crisis,” said Cane. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

AgSur officials distribute free face masks, face shields to locals in public places

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 6 (PIA) -- As part of the preventive measures to prevent the increasing number of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) positive cases in Caraga region particularly in Agusan del Sur, the provincial government and its local officials are working together in the implementation of different initiatives to keep people safe from the infection.

During the Network Briefing hosted by Secretary Martin Andanar of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), Agusan del Sur Governor Santiago Cane, Jr., recalled that when the Department of Health (DOH) informed the provincial government of the local transmission happening in the province particularly in the municipality of San Francisco, the local government units then made several preventive measures to contain the virus.

“We approved the Municipal Inter-Agency Task Force’s request that the municipality of San Francisco be put under the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine. So, I held a special meeting for that purpose. And for the granular lockdown, we also approved it and Mayor Solomon Rufila immediately implemented it,” said Cane.

The governor further revealed that the provincial government has turned-over the 10,000 face masks to the municipality of San Francisco, which will be distributed for free to the locals who usually go to the public market, terminal, and commercial establishments.

“We are also preparing face shield which we will give for free to the locals not only in San Francisco, but including other municipalities. Congressman Adolph Edward Plaza told me that he already ordered some 25,000 face shields to complement the face masks that we have provided the municipality of San Francisco and other LGUs,” Cane added.

Gov. Cane emphasized that the LGUs make sure that crowded places like the public market are closely monitored, and people buying their basic necessities wear their face masks and face shields. “We want people to know especially those who could not afford to buy, that the LGUs provide free face mask and face shields for them, so they would be protected from the spread of COVID-19,” he said.

“Congressman Plaza and I, together with Congressman Alfelito Bascug, agreed that we have to get the money from our own pockets just to facilitate the procurement of these because if we will get from the government’s fund to pay for these, it would really take time,” underscored Cane. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)  

AgSur guv prioritizes establishment of isolation facilities vs COVID-19

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 6 (PIA) -- “With the help of the Department of Public Works and Highways, the provincial government of Agusan del Sur could soon utilize the 50-bed capacity isolation center for asymptomatic patients as it is expected to be completed this month of October.”

This was revealed by Agusan del Sur Governor Santiago Cane, Jr., during the Network Briefing hosted by Secretary Martin Andanar of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCCO).

“We were also able to establish holding areas in our entrances of the province, where we could get the personal details of those coming in the province, so that in case they will be found out to have infected with the virus, we could easily track them down. And our other facilities here include the one at the 401st Brigade. We also contracted some hotels, one in Bayugan City, one in San Francisco, and Prosperidad to be used as isolation centers for asymptomatic COVID-19 victims,” bared Gov. Cane.

The governor also emphasized that the provincial government is thankful with the assistance of the DPWH for the construction of the needed isolation facilities in the province.

“We are already preparing for the manpower requirements of our facility to operate fully and we are putting into readiness our maintenance and other operating expenses to run the facility,” he said.

Concerning the real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) Molecular Laboratory in the province, Gov. Cane said per contractors’ assessment, the building is now at 80 percent complete. “We are expecting that by the end of this month, the building will also be completed and we are also preparing for the facilities needed such as the RT-PCR machines and other equipment,” he added.

With these developments, Governor Cane called on the Agusanons to continue to follow health protocols and limit their movement particularly in going to public places/ commercial establishments so as to limit their exposure to the virus. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)  

Caraga RTF forgoes launching of projects, activities amid health crisis

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 6 (PIA) -- While the whole nation continues to battle with containing the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Caraga Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) was able to forgo its various projects, plans, and activities to address the pressing issues on the local insurgency situation in Caraga.

The task force, through the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), launched 302 million pesos’ worth of projects, which include roads, water systems, evacuation centers, flood control, public market, canal, and abaca development, in 91 priority barangays across the region funded under various local projects.

With the closure of the Tribal Filipino Program of Surigao del Sur (TRIFPPS) and Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development (ALCADEV), lumad schools that were allegedly used by the Communist New People’s Army (NPA) terrorists (CNTs) as training grounds for child rebels, two Department of Education (DepEd)-accredited schools were established in select areas in the province of Surigao del Sur.

The Locnodon Elementary School of Living Tradition, located at Sitio Lucnodon, Mahaba village in Marihatag town, and the Simowao Elementary School of Living Tradition, located at Sitio Simowao in Brgy. Diatagon in Lianga town, were successfully inaugurated on September 16, 2020. The said schools will serve displaced students in the area.

As of September 28, 2020, the IP school in Sitio Lucnodon now has a total of 20 enrollees while that in Sitio Simowao has 70 enrollees.

The task force is now eyeing the establishment of more indigenous people (IP) schools in replacement of the nine schools established in different areas wherein the TRIFPPS and ALCADEV are operating.

Despite the health crisis, the number of rebel surrenders has grown substantially, now totaling to 175 as of September 30, 2020. Various forms of assistance were provided by the task force through the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP).

Per DILG Caraga’s data, a total of P12,514,000 was awarded for the livelihood, immediate, and reintegration assistance and P4,451,800 for the firearms remuneration to the former rebels (FRs).

As part of intensified actions towards building sustainable peace and order in the entire country, Executive Director of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) and National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) Secretary Allen Capuyan personally visited select IP communities in Caraga to address the concerns of the communities, which the member agencies were able to facilitate successfully.

Among the primary concerns raised were hastening the application process of the communities’ Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT), complaints lodged against appointed IP Mandatory Representatives (IPMRs), and securing peace and order within the community.

In addition to the national task force’s efforts to address their concerns, community members were advised to raise their concerns to the Office of the President (OP) through the Presidential Complaint Center (PCC) and the Bantay Korupsyon Program of the DILG. Members of IP communities can now report to the national authorities on any incident involving government officials’ misuse, abuse, and non-use of authority for private gain by dialing 8888, the Citizen’s Complaint Hotline.

While travel and movement restrictions remain a concern for the task force, this will not hamper their delivery of needed services to citizens and communities that are greatly affected by insurgency, especially those in the far-flung areas.

Through the continuous support of the national government, the process of identifying more barangays to include in the list of target villages that will benefit from the PPAs is on-going. Member agencies also continue to convene to identify appropriate PPAs to be implemented in the said barangays. (DMNR/PIA-Caraga)

Farmers, fisherfolk urged to enlist in enterprise registry system

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 6 -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) is encouraging all farmers and fisherfolk to register in the Farmers and Fisherfolk Enterprise Development Information System (FFEDIS), another avenue to help further boost their productivity and enterprise.

FFEDIS, which is under the Sagip Saka Act, is a web-based information system or database of registered farmers and fisherfolk enterprise. It aims to further assist the farmers and fisherfolk.

The database, which is now operational, contains a list of possible and implemented programs and projects, a registry of agricultural and fisheries enterprises, and a list of private companies that are engaged in agri-fishery enterprises.

DA is calling all farmers and fisherfolk enterprise to register at the FFEDIS. (DA-RFO XIII, RAFIS/VLG/PIA-Caraga)