(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Saturday, 28 November, 2020) Tail-end of a Frontal System affecting the eastern section of Northern Luzon. Northeast Monsoon affecting the rest of Northern Luzon. Easterlies affecting Mindanao and the rest of the country. Caraga Region will experience Cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to Easterlies. Possible flash floods or landslides during moderate to at times heavy rains. Light to Moderate winds coming from East to Northeast will prevail and the coastal waters will be Slight to Moderate with wave height from 0.6 to 2.5 meters.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Over 500 Agusanons benefit from outreach program 

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 19 (PIA) - Through the concerted efforts of the local government unit of Buenavista, Agusan del Norte and 23rd Infantry Battalion (23iB), Philippine Army, more than 500 residents have availed of the basic services including relief packs composed of canned goods, hygiene kits, and vitamin supplements, among others for the children and pregnant women in Barangay Olave.

Jerry Daal Escobilla, punong barangay of Olave in Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, was delighted to have received the aid from the provincial government. He said it has helped them in sustaining their needs.

“We are very thankful for this program which is really a big help to all of us residents in Barangay Olave. We really appreciate the effort of the concerned government agencies for reaching out to us during this time of the pandemic,” said Escobilla.

According to 23rd IB Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Julius Cesar Paulo, their mission is to end insurgency and maintain peace and order in the area.

“Our government is ready to provide people the needed services and to improve the peace and order situation in Barangay Olave. We are continuously working hand-in-hand with the locals in the community as we want to secure and protect them from the harmful terrorist group,” remarked Paulo.

This also formed part of the anniversary celebration of the Agusan Up -- the eight-point development agenda of Governor Dale Corvera in Agusan del Norte.

Governor Corvera hoped that the National Task Force to End Local Communists Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCACF) budget will be approved as he will also issue a provincial resolution for this to be included in the General Appropriations Act for 2021, so the different barangays could utilize the allocated budget under the Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP) amounting to P20-million each.

“Lack of the government’s basic services provided to the barangays is one of the root causes of insurgency. This is why the provincial government intensifies implementation of relevant programs down to the grassroots,” Corvera cited. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

More than 2,500 displaced OFWs benefit from DOLE-OWWA-AKAP in Caraga

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 19 -- The government continuously assists the Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their families amidst the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic through financial assistance and facilitation of their return to their respective provinces in the country.

As of November 6, 2020, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Regional Welfare Office Caraga have so far released a total of P25,260,000 cash assistance to 2,526 approved and qualified beneficiaries of the DOLE-OWWA-AKAP (Abot Kamay ang Pagtulong) for OFWs in Caraga region.

The DOLE-OWWA-AKAP for OFWs is a one-time cash assistance worth P10, 000 intended to aid the displaced land-based and sea-based OFWs (regular/undocumented), Balik-Manggagawa (BM) and qualified undocumented OFWs who temporarily or permanently lost overseas employment upon the declaration of COVID-19 outbreak in the Philippines on February 1, 2020.

Documents required to avail of the financial assistance consists of accomplished online application at www.dole-akap.owwa.gov.ph; copy of passport or travel document; copy of flight ticket or boarding pass evidencing return to the Philippines or arrival stamp/sticker attached in the passport; proof of overseas employment (i.e. valid verified overseas employment contract; OEC and visa/re-entry visa, etc.); proof of loss of employment on account of COVID-19 (notice/certificate of termination of employment by employer, self-undertaking, etc.); and for qualified undocumented worker – proof that she/he and the employer have undertaken the necessary documentation to regularize her stay in the host countries such as copies of employment contract, payslip, work visa, or other proof of employment.

Since its implementation on April 13, 2020, the OWWA Regional Welfare Office - Caraga has received a total of 4,344 online applications. Of this number, 2,526 displaced OFWs had been approved and received their cash assistance through money remittance center, which made it more convenient to the beneficiaries as they were no longer required to go to the office for queuing.

The OWWA RWO Caraga evaluators will continue to assess and process the remaining pending and on queue online applications. Applicants are not required to personally visit the OWWA Caraga office to know the status of their application. They just have to regularly check their emails or messenger app for the status of their application.

In cases wherein they have not received any updates, applicants may call their assigned evaluators or call the OWWA Caraga office hotline numbers - 09173150590 (Globe); 09399259895 (Smart). (OWWA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

Caraga’s economic performance grows continually at 5.0% in 2019

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 19 -- Caraga’s economy grew continually at 5.0 percent in 2019 but at a slower pace with reference to the growth rate of 5.2 percent in 2018.

Among the three major industry items, only Services sector continued to expand with 11.0 percent while Industry sector slowed down at 0.4 percent and Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing (AFF) declined with a growth rate of -3.6 percent.

The top three sub-industries with the highest growth rates in 2019 are financial and insurance activities with 23.0 percent; other services with 14.2 percent; and public administration and defense; compulsory activities with 13.4 percent.

All three fall under the services sector. Services sector contributed the largest percent share with 51.4 percent and the Industry sector remained the second contributor to the economic performance of the region with 35.8 percent while AFF posted 12.8 percent share.

Of the 6.0 percent economic growth in the country, the region’s contribution to growth posted a 0.1 percentage points while accounting for 1.6 percent of the total Gross Domestic Product (GDP). (PSA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga