(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.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

DOLE SurSur still accepts CAMP applicants

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Nov. 17 (PIA) -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Provincial Office in Surigao del Sur is still accepting applicants for the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP) under the Bayanihan to Recover as One-Act. 

CAMP, accordingly, is a safety net program that provides one-time financial support to affected workers in the informal sector due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. This program aims to provide financial support to the affected workers in private establishments or those who are employed by any person acting directly or indirectly in the interest of an employer in relation to an employee.

All the un-served establishments/applicants under the CAMP 1 who have applied on or before April 15, 2020, and are still temporarily closed or laid-off workers, and never received any of the financial assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Foreign Affairs (DOF), Social Security System (SSS), and Department of Agriculture (DA) may apply online at http://reports.dole.gov.ph/.

The new applicants coming from micro, small, and medium establishments that have temporarily closed or laid-off workers may also apply for CAMP 2, and shall submit the payroll or any alternative documents stated in the DOLE Labor Advisory No.12-A, s.2020. 

DOLE Surigao del Sur Provincial Chief Genebelle Bal stated, that the individual application of a displaced and temporarily laid-off workers can also apply online and shall submit the following documents:

a) a clear photo (him/herself) holding a valid govt-issued ID;

b) a certificate issued by SSS that applicant is not a recipient of any financial assistance from SSS;

c) proof of the unemployment (Certificate of employment, Notice of Termination/Affidavit of Termination of Employment).

Bal also clarified that those government employees, beneficiaries of the Department of Finance's (DOF's) Small Business Wage Subsidy (SBWS) program, who availed the SSS Unemployment benefit, DSWD's 4Ps and SAP beneficiaries, and the farmers availed the DA Cash Assistance for Rice Farmers are excluded to avail the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP) from DOLE. 

Bal further said the owners of the establishments, the top management and workers with a monthly gross salary of P40,000.00 and above are excluded from the CAMP. 

For inquiries, they may contact DOLE-Surigao del Sur through hotline no. 0933-8588-324 or telephone no. (086)211-3378, or email to dolesursurcamp2@gamil.com or message at the DOLE Surigao del Sur Facebook Page Account. (NGPB/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

DA launches 'Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita' fair in Butuan

By Kent Warren Fuguso

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 17 -- With its program designed to help the livelihood of the local farmers and fisherfolk affected by the coronavirus diseases 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Caraga through the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) successfully launched the Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita in partnership with Robinsons Place (RP) Butuan held on November 13-15.

DA's KADIWA, in partnership with RP Butuan, was a three-day event that served as a marketing link between the local farmers, fisherfolk, and consumers in Butuan City and nearby provinces, in a much safer and better venue.

In his message, DA Caraga Regional Executive Director Abel James I. Monteagudo highlighted that buying local products and supporting the local farmers and fisherfolk is the first step of the Caraganon to upsurge the agriculture sector in the region and even the country.

"In this time of the pandemic, the maximum effort that we can contribute to our affected farmers and fishers is to support what they offer. Because through this, we can deliver what is mandated to us, to produce food for the country, and to uplift the lives of our farmers- our heroes in these times," he said.

Monteagudo also reiterated the attainment of the agriculture sector during this pandemic, “I am proud to say that our agriculture is registering a growth in these times, especially now that we should treat food as our medicine. This is an additional reason for us to patronize our locally grown, processed, and manufactured products,” he said.

AMAD Chief Lynn Pareñas also stressed the objectives of the 'Locally Sourced' Fair. “Through Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita 'Locally Sourced' Fair, we are extending services on the marketing and entrepreneurial capacities of our local farmers and fisherfolk. As part of the component of Plant, Plant, Plant Program (Agri 4Ps), food security is our topmost priority against the threat of the pandemic," she said.

The event commenced with a ribbon-cutting spearheaded by RED Monteagudo and the RP Butuan Mall Operations Manager Janika Mallonga. It was then followed by a presentation of the participating farmer suppliers namely: KM7 Farmer's Producer's Cooperative; BFAR, Ocampo's Farm Eggs, Triecy Vegetable Dealer, Toledo Aqua Products, Alj's Pure Herbal Products, Sumilihon Taguibo Farmer's Association Inc., Odbrijam Guyabano Juice, Sto. Nino Multi-Purpose Cooperative, and Jabez Farm. (DA13-RAFIS/PIA Caraga)

Agusan Norte officials, PRLEC members pledge support to agri-tourism enterprise village

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 17 -- Officials of the Province of Agusan del Norte and member-agencies of the Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) pledged to support the newly-launched San Antonio Agri-Tourism Enterprise Village.

During the launching program held recently in Tagnote Falls, Remedios T. Romualdez (RTR), Agusan del Norte, Congresswoman Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba committed to provide scholarship slots for Construction and Tourism sectors.

Governor Dale B. Corvera, on the other hand, committed to fund the construction of the training hall amounting to P100,000.00; restaurant operations worth P100,000.00; P50,000.00 for souvenir shop; and provide forest trees in line with the Agusan Up project of the provincial government.

Dir. Ashary A. Banto of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-Caraga likewise committed to provide scholarships for the Fishery and Agriculture Sector. Mr. Romel M. Natad, Administrator of the Northern Mindanao School of Fisheries (NMSF) and Ms. Abegail B. Eupeña, College Administrator II of PTC-Agusan del Norte are committed to provide scholarships and other livelihood programs, along with the Provincial Office.

Meanwhile, Mr. Joel Oclarit of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA)-Caraga committed 5,000 coconut seedlings for 50 hectares; 50 heads livestock chicken and feeds worth P100,000.00; and an incentive worth P100,000.00 for the participation to the coconut planting project.

Also, the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office through Ms. Silver Joy Tejano pledged on the inclusion of the beneficiaries to the agency’s Food for Work program, while Ms. Rose Murphy of the Provincial Tourism Office committed to spearhead the training on Tour Guiding.

The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) thru PENRO Rosendo Asunto, represented by Mr. Rodel Mendez has included Brgy. San Antonio in their National Greening Program (NGP).

Ms. Cristina Cassion of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB)-Caraga committed to provide a route from RTR highway to Barangay San Antonio which is estimated at 3 kilometers distance.

Dir. Brenda Corvera of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Agusan del Norte will conduct training on abaca weaving (tinagak), while Engr. Charlyn Binghoy of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) will conduct training on Culture Sensitivity.

Mr. Andre Atega, Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer of DAR-Agusan del Norte through Ms. Marlyn Negrido already released 25 heads swine to Women’s Group in the said barangay.

The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) likewise has committed to provide assorted seedlings and technical assistance to the beneficiaries.

For the part of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Mr. Rustico Ranoco committed to conduct training on Tilapia Production and Hydroponics, as well as the provision of tilapia fingerlings.

Furthermore, Mr. Keith Duran, Provincial Head of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-Agusan del Norte has already given P1 million cash for the establishment of Green Charcoal Project which is already transferred to Barangay San Antonio. It was learned that the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) already spearheaded the conduct of the technical training.

Further, DOLE-Caraga provided hilot massage starter toolkits composed of massage oil, face towel, steamer, body powder, and lotion.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) and Philippine Army are tasked to provide security to all member-agencies during the conduct of all PRLEC-related activities.

Finally, the Provincial Agriculturist Office through Mr. Alvin Aclan will also provide 50 heads Kaber, 2 pairs goat, 2 pairs swine, and 1,000 pcs. Tilapia fingerlings. The DA’s regional office through RD Abel James Monteagudo will also be providing assorted seedlings.

It can be recalled that the establishment of the Agri-Tourism Enterprise is one of the PRLEC priority projects that has been identified by Gov. Corvera to be included in the budget to be funded by the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) of Agusan del Norte. (TESDA Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)

SLP project giturn-over sa Nasipit

By Karen Decamotan

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Nobyembre 17 -- Gi turn-over ni Gobernador Dale B. Corvera uban ang mga personahe sa buhatan sa Department of Social Welfare and Development, ang mga proyekto ubos sa Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) ngadto sa walo ka asosasyon sa lungsod sa Nasipit, bag-ohay pa lamang didto sa Brgy. 7 gymnasium sa maong lungsod.

Mosumada 175 ka myembro sa walo ka asosasyon gikan sa Cubi-Cubi Negosyo Asenso, Hiniusang Kusog sa Aclan, Cassava Saging, Santa Ana Pangkabuhayan, BAE Cubi-Cubi TCT, Santa Ana Entrepreneurs, Women’s Agrivet, ug Barangay 5 SLP Association ang maka benipisyo niini nga mga proyekto.

Ang nasangpit nga mga proyekto mao ang Food processing, General Merchandise, Bangus Culture, Agrivet Supply, ug Tables, Chairs and Tent Rentals.

Tumong sa maong livelihood projects nga mahatagan og oportunidad nga mapa-uswag ang socio-economic ang sa vulnerable ug marginalize nga mga sektor sa maong lungsod.

“Ako maghinaot isip inyong gobernador, after 3 o 5 years makita nako nga niasenso na inyong grupo ug kamo usab nga mga myembro niini, ni asenso usab. Kay mao ni ang punto nga kab-oton nato,” matud pa ni Gob. Corvera.

Kaabag ang DSWD ug ang probinsya sa Agusan del Norte pinaagi sa Amomang Agusanon Project sa AGUSAN UP!, ang walo ka punto nga development agenda sa administrasyon. (Agusan Up, LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)

'Rice Tech Forum' sa Butuan, malaking tulong sa mga magsasaka

By Nora C. Lanuza

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Nobyembre 17 (PIA) -- Sa layuning mailipat ang teknolohiya, mapataas ang ani at mapababa ang gasto sa pagsasaka sa Caraga region, ginanap dito sa lungsod ang 11th National Rice Technology Forum kung saan 100 ektraya ng lupain ang ginawang demo farm na may 26 na variety ng hybrid at inbred rice upang may ma-obserbahan ang mga magsasaka at makakuha ng bagong pamamaraan sa pagsasaka.

Ayon kay Department of Agriculture (DA) Caraga regional director Abel James Monteagudo, ginawa ang hybrid demo farm sa lungsod ng Butuan upang malaman ang tamang paraan sa pagtanim at pananim upang tataas ang ani at kita ng mga magsasaka.

Si Joean Casison, magsasaka sa barangay Mandamo, Butuan City ang isa sa nakakuha ng magandang paraan ng pagsasaka. Ayon sa kanya napakahalaga ng ginawang forum dahil nalaman nila ang tamang variety at teknolohiya sa pagsasaka na nararapat sa kanilang lugar.

Hinikayat din ni Ebenezer Basco ng Rice Technology Productivity, Inc. na magtanim ng hybrid rice at gamitin ang bagong teknolohiya sa pagsasaka.

Naninniwala din si DA Secretary William Dar na makakatulong ang agrikultura sa bansa na makaangat kahit may coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, may pag-asa din ang ekonomiya dahil sa tamang paraan ng agrikultura, aangat ang ating bansa. (NCLM/PIA Caraga)