(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Tuesday, 27 October, 2020) At 3:00 AM today, the eye of Typhoon QUINTA {MOLAVE} was located based on all available data at 580 km West of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro (13.4°N, 115.8°E) with maximum sustained winds of 140 km/h near the center and gustiness up to 170 km/h. It is moving West at 25 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 Southwest to Southeast will prevail and the coastal waters will be Slight to Moderate with wave height from 0.6 to 2.1 meters.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

SKs in AgSur town promote 'Maki-Brigada' program

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 7 (PIA) -- As part of the humanitarian activities of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials dubbed “Maki-Brigada” in the municipality of Sibagat, Agusan del Sur, they reached out to select public schools in the area and provided assistance to the teachers and students.

Anna Mae Dadap, SK municipal federated president of Sibagat bared that in time with the opening of classes in this new normal, they were able to provide bond papers to be used by the teachers in printing their modules for their respective pupils/students.

“Despite the limited budget, we tried our best to gather resources so we could buy bond papers and give it to the different public schools. Along with it, we also provided face masks,” said Dadap.

Dadap further revealed that in coordination with various youth organizations in the municipality, they were able to conduct relief distribution to the barangays. “In this activity, the members of the Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer/Intersex (LGBTQI plus) have also joined with us and extend help to those in need,” she recalled.

The SK-Sibagat has also conducted fruit trees planting activity, which will benefit the youth sector during harvest time.

Meanwhile, she added that to address the continuing problem of teenage pregnancy, they also conducted a symposium following strict social distancing while wearing their face mask and face shield.

“Apart from that, we also help the government in curbing the problem of insurgency. We, the SKs, have a great concern for the welfare of the youths and we want to prevent them from becoming victims and exploitation of the NPAs,” said Dadap. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

DA Caraga promotes 'buy local, eat local'

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 7 -- The national government, through the Department of Agriculture, together with its concerned attached agencies and bureaus had extended its all-out support to farmers and fishers nationwide, from planting to harvesting and marketing.

Provision of farm inputs such as seeds and fertilizers, pre and post-harvest facilities, technical assistance, equitable and affordable financial support, and marketing assistance was given for free to help the valued farmers to become prosperous and resilient partners in development.

DA Caraga continues to support the farmers and encourages everyone to patronize and promote the consumption of locally grown rice to help raise the plight of the farmers.

Aside from helping the local farmers and their families, buying local rice will also help the farming community and the economy.

Per monitoring conducted by the Grains Monitoring Team (GMT), as of September 2020, most of the rice being sold in the market is locally produced and less of imported rice. (DA-RFO XIII, RAFIS)

Caraganon designers qualify for OTOP manlilikha designers course

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 7 -- Five emerging designers from Caraga region have qualified to the One Town One Product (OTOP) Manlilikha Designers Course organized through the OTOP Next Gen Modernong Obra, Desinyong Atin (MODA) Project of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

OTOP Manlilikha aims to establish future design narratives through the perspectives of young emerging talents in the country.

The program creates an opportunity for the participants to assemble a substantial portfolio to promote their entry to a career in Product Design and Development.

Gina Bagasbas and Goy Candelario of Agusan del Norte, Stephen Azarcon and Christine Lisama of Surigao del Sur, and Rhea Xina Ariona of Agusan del Sur will undergo a nine-module online lecture and workshop from September 29 to November 9, 2020.

These topics include design awareness and appreciation, product design and development, upcycling design, fashion accessories and fashion compliments design, packaging and labeling, design material development and exploration, basic furniture design, and visual merchandising.

The program will conclude with a product showcase from 120 participants in the entire country.

“We are glad that we have this opportunity to assist emerging local designers in the region in coming up with their own portfolios and eventually establish their own design studios,” DTI Caraga OIC Regional Director Gay A. Tidalgo.

Tidalgo added that the program will make the participants a part of the pool of designers that the Department will be working within its product development sessions.

“The OTOP Manlilikha is a platform that helps us, young designers, to be the best version of ourselves. It allowed us to explore discovered the rich cultural heritage of our country,” said Stephen Azarcon. (DTI-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

Tired high-ranking CNT member in AgNor abandons movement

By 1Lt. Roel T. Maglalang

BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte, Oct. 7 -- After years of serving the group which he thought would give him and his family a better life, a high-ranking member of the Communist New People’s Army Terrorist (CNT) finally made up his mind and called off his association with the communist movement and returned to the folds of the law.

Alias Dansoy/Kevin, 40, the Political Instructor (PI) of Sentro de Grabidad (SDG) CAOCAO, Guerilla Front (GF) 4A of the North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC) of the CNT surrendered to the troopers of 23rd Infantry “Masigasig” Battalion (23IB) recently at the battalion’s headquarters in Jamboree Site, Purok 6, Barangay Alubihid, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte. He also handed over to the Army during his surrender three high-powered firearms and assorted ammunition. Alias Dansoy/Kevin is a resident of Km. 14, Sitio Hinandayan, Barangay Camagong, Nasipit, Agusan del Norte.

Lt. Col. Julius Cesar C. Paulo, the commander of 23rd IB personally welcomed Alias Dansoy/Kevin and received the high-powered firearms and ammunition he surrendered, to include one M16 Rifle with an attached grenade launcher, 40mm M203, one M4 Rifle and one Carbine Rifle which is all serviceable.

During the interview, Alias Dansoy/Kevin said he was recruited and joined the CNT movement because of their propaganda and promises. He was made to believe by the CNT leaders that abundant life will be given to him and his family. After five long years with the movement, he realized that the promises made to him were false and deceptive. During his stay in the CNT movement, he also made some realizations, the biggest of which is the fact that the armed revolution the communist movement espouses is not designed to liberate the people, especially the poor, but to terrorize and press them more to hunger and poverty. He also measured, after years of fighting the government, that the CNT movement will not win as hatred and detestation of the people, especially those who fell in their terroristic activities, are now growing.

Dansoy/Kevin also testified that infighting among the CNT leaders and within the members also start to divide the movement. With the pandemic that made the government impose quarantine protocols coupled with the surrender of mass supporters, hardships also struck the movement due to the scarcity of food and other basic needs.

Lt. Col. Paulo assured the former Political Instructor of GF-4A that the government will provide help to his family through the Enhanced-Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).

“The surrender of this high-ranking CNT member is a manifestation that their weakened group is slowly attenuating. Aside from that, they can no longer move from place to place because our troops are visible anywhere. We have deployed our joint Community Support Program Teams of the army and Community Action Teams of the PNP in vulnerable areas and we are also relentlessly conducting our focused military operations to clear the areas that were commonly known as CNT lairs. Clearly, these CNTs have nowhere to hide now, and they will surely suffer from great hunger due to less access to food supplies. As you can see, Alias Dansoy also starved even though he was ranked higher than his comrades, and his family whom he left behind also suffered because the CNT does not regularly provide food to them,” Paulo said.

He also reiterated his call to the remaining CNT members to lay down their arms and go back to their family and to the government.

“Real victory will only be felt once you leave the armed group. They will never help nor value you. Our government is waiting for your return and is always willing to help you to change your lives in order for you and your family to have a brighter future,” Paulo said. (CMO Officer, 23IB, 4ID, PA/PIA Agusan del Norte)

2 CNT leaders surrender to Army in Agusan Norte

By 1Lt. Roel T. Maglalang

BUENAVISTA Agusan del Norte, Oct. 7 --  Two dismayed members of the Communist New People’s Army Terrorist (CNT) group who previously held the positions of team leaders of the movement voluntarily surrendered recently to the troopers of 23rd Infantry (Masigasig) Battalion (23IB), Philippine Army in separate occasions at the battalion’s headquarters in Jamboree Site, Purok 6, Barangay Alubihid, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte.

The two disgruntled CNT leaders were identified as alias FREDIE/ERWEN and JAY-R/BADOY/BEBS. Alias FREDIE/ERWEN, 39, a team leader of Squad Dos, Sentro de Grabidad (SDG) CAOCAO, Guerrilla Front (GF) 4A of the North Central Mindanao Committee (NCMRC) and a resident of Purok Lumbia, Barangay Poblacion, Carmen, Agusan del Norte while alias JAY-R/BADOY/BEBS, 24, is also the team leader of Squad Dos, SDG CAOCAO, GF-4A, NCMRC who is a resident of Purok 8, Barangay Lower Olave, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte.

Alias FREDIE/ERWEN turned over to the 23rd IB one MK-2 fragmentation hand grenade.

Alias FREDIE/ERWEN narrated the difficult experiences he had while inside the movement that pushed him to abandon the terrorist group.

Lt. Col. Julius Cesar C. Paulo, the Acting Commander of 23IB, said the battalion is always open to welcome and help every member of the CNT group who wishes to live normally and peacefully.

“More CNT members are now coming back to the folds of the government because they never understood the kind of life they had inside the said movement,” Paulo said.

He also expressed gladness to the decision made by the two CNT team leaders, saying that the armed movement will never help them but instead, pull them down to miserable lives.

“With a strong belief, they joined the armed group believing that they will be given better lives but in contrast, they were only being enslaved by their leaders and they are forced to follow orders without having any repay to their prostration,” Paulo said.

 He added that inside the 51 years of CNT existence, the Filipino people have not seen a single member of the group who testified that they now live a luxurious and comfortable life after joining the communist movement. (CMO Officer, 23IB, 4ID, PA/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Halfway house para sa mga former rebels sa probinsya ng Agusan del Norte, pinasiyanaan 

By Nora C. Lanuza

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Oktubre 7 (PIA) -- Upang mas mapadali ang pagbalik sa kanilang normal na pamumuhay ang mga former rebels sa probinsya ng Agusan del Norte, binigyang importansya ng probinsya ang konstruksyon ng halfway house ng probinsya bilang temporaryong tahanan ng mga former rebels sa pangangasiwa ng Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO).

Ang halfway house ay may 16 na silid at pwedeng makapag-accommodate ng hanggang 50 former rebels kung saan sila ay magkakaroon din ng debriefing at treatment.

Ang nasabing pasilidad ay binigyang prayoridad ng probinsya sa pangunguna ni Gobernador Dale B. Corvera at Second District Representative Maria Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba sa pamamagitan ng pag-allocate ng pondo upang maipatayo ito.

Siniguro din ni Gob. Corvera na tututukan ng probinsya ang  maayos na operasyon ng halfway house sa tulong na din ng iba’t ibang ahensya ng gobyerno upang maging mas madali sa mga former rebels ang pag-re-integrate sa kani-kanilang mga pamayanan.

Dagdag din ni Silver Joy Tejano, ang PSWDO chief na malaki ang maitutulong ng halfway house  sa mga former rebels dahil sa loob ng dalawa hanggang anim na buwan dito sila magkakaroon ng psychological debriefing, treatment at pati na rin ang kahandaan nila at pagkakaroon ng mga kaalaman bago ang kanilang reintegration.

Umabot sa P10 milyon ang konstruksyon ng nasabing haflway house na matatagpuan sa loob ng 402nd brigade headquarters. Ayon din kay BGen. Maurito Licudine, ang 402nd brigade commander, inaasahan nilang tataas ang bilang ng mga magsusurender na mga NPA terrorist dahil sa maayos na implementastyon ng E-CLIP  sa probinsya. (NCLM/PIA Agusan del Norte)

ANGELL awards sa Agusan del Norte nakatulong upang mas mapabuti ang serbisyo ng mga LGUs

By Nora C. Lanuza

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Oktubre 7 (PIA) -- Kahit paman sa banta na dulot ng coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), patuloy pa rin ang pagbibigay ng gantimpala o award ang probinsya ng Agusan del Norte sa mga local government units (LGUs), paaralan, opisina, barangays  at maging mga empleyado na hindi tumitigil sa pagbibigay ng tamang serbisyo at gabay para sa mga Agusanons sa pamamagitan ng Accelerating New Dimensions on Good Governance and Excellence in Local Leadership o ANGELL awards.

Sa kanyang mensahe, naniniwala si Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) provincial director Ellen Vee P. Chua na isa ito sa mga naging inspirasyon upang ang mga LGUs ay patuloy sa paggawa ng maayos na serbisyo. Ayon kay Chua, mas napabuti ang kanilang performance dahil na din sa mga cash incentives na kanilang natanggap.

Layunin ng ANGELL awards na maging inspirasyon ng ibang LGUs ang pagkakaroon ng isang award at makilala sila bilang isang LGU na may kalidad na serbisyo.

Nais din ni second district representative Maria Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba na maging ehemplo ang mga LGU sa mabuting gawain at tapat na serbisyo. Dapat ma-replicate ang mga best practices ng LGUs hanggang sa barangays, dahil naniniwala ako na sila ang back bone ng good governance, ayon kay Matba.

Ang ANGELL awards ayon kay Gobernador Dale B. Corvera ay isang programa hindi lang naging isang inspirasyon sa mga liders kundi isang interest upang patuloy ang pagbigay ng maayos at tototong serbisyo para sa kanilang nasasakupan kahit paman may COVID19 pandemic..

Naging inspirasyon naman kay Mayor Jovette Calo ng municipality ng Carmen ang mga awards na kanilang natanggap at dahil dito mas pagbutihin pa nila ang kanilang trabaho at serbisyo.

Ang mga programang kinilala ng probinsya ay ang mga sumusunod:

· Most Disaster Resillient LGUs

Municipal Category:

1st Place: Municipality of Las Nieves

2nd Place: Municipality of RTR

3rd Place: City of Cabadbaran

Elementary School Category:

1st Place: Santiago Elementary School

2nd Place: Ambacon Elementary School

Secondary School Category:

1st Place: Cabadbaran NHS

2nd Place: Agong-ong NHS

3rd Place: Del Pilar NHS

·  Most Functional Nutrition Council

Hall of Famer: Municipality of Nasipit

1st Place: Municipality of Tubay

2nd Place: Municipality of Las Nieves

3rd Place: Municipality of Kitcharao

· Barangay Nutrition Scholars

1st place:  Ms. Divina J. Cadiog – Brgy. Poblacion 2, Tubay

2nd Place:  Ms. Nancy A. Dublois – Brgy. Agong-ong, Buenavista

3rd Place: Ms. Melissa E. Sanico – Brgy. Crossing, Kitcharao

· Most PWD Friendly LGU

1st Place: Cabadbaran City

2nd Place: Municipality of Las Nieves

3rd Place: Municipallity of Carmen

·  Most Child- Friendly 

Municipal Category:

1st Place: City of Cabadbaran

2nd Place: Municipality of Jabonga

3rd Place: Municipality of Buenavista

Rural barangay Category:

1st Place: Barangay Libas, Jabonga

2nd Place: Barangay Rizal, Buenavista

3rd Place: Barangay San Isidro, Las Nieves

Urban Category:

1st Place: Barangay Poblacion, Nasipit

2nd Place: Barangay Poblacion 2, Tubay

3rd Place: Barangay Poblacion, Carmen

·  Best Performing Anti-Drug Abused Council (ADACs)

Municipal Category:

1st Place: Municipality of Tubay

2nd Place:  Municipality of Cabadbaran

3rd Place: Municipality of Las Nieves

Barangay Category:

1st Place:  Barangay San Antonio, RTR

2nd Place: Barangay Poblacion, carmen

3rd Place: Barangay San Pablo, Jabonga

·  Best Performing MASSO

1st Place: Ms. Norma Sarigumba – Magallanes

2nd Place:Ms. Gina Lauro – Carmen

3rd Place: Ms. Erma Abao – Las Nieves

·  Best Performing Barangay

Rural Category:

1st Place: Barangay La Paz, Santiago

2nd Place: Barangay Soriano, Cabadbaran City

3rd Place: Barangay San Isidro, Las Nieves

Urban Category:

2nd Place: Barangay Poblacion 3, Cabadabaran

3rd Place: Barangay Poblacion, Las Nieves

· Best Ecological Waste Management Implementer Elementary

School Category:

1st Place: Bangonay Central Elem. School, Jabonga

2nd Place: Nasipit CES

3rd Place: Casiklan Central Elem. School, Las Nieves

High school Category:

1st Place: Kitcharao NHS

2nd Place: Magallanes NHS

·  Best Herbal Garden

1st Place: Barangay La Paz, Santiago

2nd Place: Barangay 9, Cabadbaran

3rd Place: Barangay Sto. Niño, Jabonga

·  Outstanding Lupong Tagapamayapa

Component City Category:

Barangay Mabini, Cabadbaran City

1st-3rd Class Municipality:

Barangay Macalang, Buenavista

4th – 6th Class Municipality:

Barangay Poblacion, Kitcharao

·  Local Legislative Award

1st-3rd Class Category:

-Nasipit

-Kitcharao

4th-6th class Category:

-Santiago

Ang ANGELL awards ay nasa ika-anim na taon na ngayong nagbibigay ng awards at recognition sa mga LGUs. (NCLM/PIA Agusan del Norte)