(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Friday, 22 January, 2021) At 3:00 AM today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 220 km East of Kalayaan Islands (10.8°N, 116.1°E). Tail-end of Frontal System (Shear line) affecting the eastern sections of Northern and Central Luzon. Caraga Region will experience Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to localized thunderstroms. Possible flash floods or landslides due to severe thunderstorms. Light to Moderate winds coming from East to Southeast will prevail and the coastal waters will be Slight to Moderate / (0.6 to 2.1 meters).

Thursday, December 17, 2020

RRP fertilizer assistance starts in Caraga region

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Dec. 17 -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) - Caraga through the Rice Resiliency Project (RRP) under the Rice Program started its fertilizer assistance component in the region.

The assistance was provided through reimbursement scheme to the farmers which started on December 7 until the end of the month.

The distribution of the notice of claim, which serves as the reference number for the farmer-beneficiaries have already started in the province of Surigao del Norte for 184 farmers amounting to P356,715.16.

This was followed by a distribution in the province of Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur on December 15 for 1,942 farmers amounting to P5,393,055.50 and 5,237 farmers for P14,666,779.00, respectively.

Moreover, the distribution in the province of Surigao del Sur is set to happen in the third week of December.

Farmer beneficiaries may personally appear at the government financial institution’s (GFI) authorized payout outlets and present the unique transaction reference number and unexpired valid ID, to claim the refund. (DA-Caraga/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Comms team ng DILG-13, nagsasanay para mapabuti pa ang serbisyo

By Venus L. Garcia

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Disyembre 17 (PIA) -- Sumailalim sa two-day skills enhancement ang mga communication at information technology (IT) personnel sa regional at field offices ng Department of the Interior and Local Government o DILG Caraga upang mas lalo pang mapahusay ang kakayahan para maipaabot ang importanteng impormasyon tungkol sa mga programa at proyekto ng pamahalaan gamit ang angkop na pamamaraan sa gitna ng coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Bahagi ito sa pagtugon ng nasabing ahensya sa hamon ng pagbabago o “paradigm shift” sa pagpapatupad ng mga programa at at iba pang inisyatibo ngayong new normal.


At dahil nga may pagbabawal pa ang pagtitipon-tipon para magsagawa ng information education and communication (IEC) campaign, tinuruan at sinanay sila sa graphic designing at lay-outing para makapagproduce rin ng epektibong infographics maliban sa karaniwang pagsusulat ng mga press release.

"There is a need to respond to the call of the times. Thus, the planning and communication teams have to play a bigger, more active role in DILG plans, programs and activities (PPAs) implementation,” sabi ni Donald Seronay, assistant regional director ng DILG-Caraga.

Tinalakay ng resource person galing sa Philippine Information Agency - Caraga kung paano bumuo ng contents para sa social media materials.

“This is also our proactive response by capacitating them with the strategies and techniques for right messaging and delivery of information to the local government units,” ani Seronay.

Ayon kay Seronay, makakatulong din anya ito sa pagbuo ng campaign materials ng Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) at collaterals ng Mandanas Ruling.

Ang mga virtual participants na nasa kani-kanilang probinsiya ay sumabay din sa practical hands-on exercise gamit ang tools ng photo at design software.

"This training will surely equip them with the skills and knowledge that will be most advantageous in popularizing the programs of the DILG,” sabi ni Seronay.

Naging sentro rin ng pagtalakay ang management of webinars, teleconferences at social media management.

Ang mga output naman sa paggawa ng infographics ay iprenisenta ng bawat online participant para sa critiquing.

“I am very thankful that I’m able to learn a lot of techniques. It has given me the idea on how to improve the messaging of the office. Malaking tulong talaga ito sa amin lalo na ngayong may pandemya kasi we need to maximize the use of social media para maipaabot ang mensahe ng DILG sa LGUs at publiko. Masaya ako na napasali sa training na ito,” sabi ni Ednon John Aparicio, LGOO III ng DILG-Agusan del Sur. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


Indigent SCs, PWDs receive holiday treats from Tandag City gov't

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Dec. 17 (PIA) -- The city government of Tandag led by Mayor Roxanne Pimentel continued this year the gift-giving activity dubbed as “Pamaskong Handog” amidst the pandemic brought by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

As of December 15, 2020, a total of 400 food packs, and grocery items were given to indigent senior citizens (SCs) and persons with disabilities (PWDs) in the barangays of Maitom, San Jose, San Isidro, Maticdum, Quezon, Bioto, and Dagocdoc.

A total of 11 wheelchairs, 13 canes, five walkers, and one crutch (long stick) were given to qualified beneficiaries.

The “Pamaskong Handog” is an annual event initiated by Mayor Pimentel, where she visits the less fortunate and vulnerable constituents in the 21 barangays to extend gifts, as Christmas time is fast approaching.

In the past years, caroling was usually done before the gift-giving, however due to the pandemic, and the issuance of the recent Executive Order No. 121 prohibiting caroling, the usual activity was skipped.

Meanwhile, Mayor Pimentel has surprised the contact tracers with a “Pamaskong Handaog” in Barangay Mabua on December 14. They were given a t-shirt, 500-peso worth of coupons, and Php 200 cash. 

She thanked them for diligently doing their part in the fight against COVID-19 in the city. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Zapanta Valley IP chieftain vows to support gov’t-initiated projects

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, December 17 -- Datu Lando Anlagan of the Mamanwa tribe recently vowed to support government-initiated projects.

This development came after Secretary Isidro S. Lapeña of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) visited Sitio Zapanta Valley, Brgy. Bangayan, Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte to grace the ground-breaking ceremony of the Zapanta Valley Enterprise Center and a site visit to Zapanta Valley Agri-Tourism Enterprise Village.

Speaking before the attendees composed of members of the Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC)-Agusan del Norte, Barangay Bangayan officials, and IP communities, Datu Anlagan stressed that with the government’s initiatives of bringing the services to their community, there’s no reason why they will not give their all-out support.

“Ako nanghinaut nga dili gayud pasagdan sa gobyerno kaming mga miyembro sa tribu kay kami nakig-uban na man gayud sa atong panggamhanan… ug tungod kay nakita man pud namo ang sinsero nga serbisyo sa atong mga ahensya nga anaa dinhi karon, kami usab sa among tribo nakighiusa alang sa kalinaw ug kalambuan sa pamuyo dinhi sa Sitio Zapanta Valley (I hope that the government will not forsake the tribe members like us because we are already one with the government… And since we also see that government agencies are sincere with their services, we from the different tribes are one in attaining peace and development here in Sitio Zapanta Valley)," Andagan said.

Datu Andagan likewise said that because of what they have experienced for the past years living in a war zone, “we now want peace not war because we believe that development can only be achieved if there is peace in the area,” he added.

Andagan is one of the three datus living in Sitio Zapanta Valley who earlier received the Tribal Hall which was turned-over by the Kapit-bisig Laban sa Kahirapan (KALAHI) and the Provincial Government of Agusan del Norte.

The PRLEC-initiated projects have been made possible thru the support of the Provincial Governor Dale B. Corvera, Agusan del Norte 2nd District Rep. Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba, and Kitcharao Mayor Aristotle E. Montante. (TESDA Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)

DAR distributes P3.5 worth of farm equipment, farm inputs to AgNor orgs

By Gil E. Miranda

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 17 -- In response to the plight of the farmers from the effects of climate change, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) of Agusan del Norte provided farm machineries and livelihood support to 13 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs), under the Climate Resilient Farm Productivity Support Project (CRFPSP).

According to DAR Agusan Norte Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer (PARPO) II Andre B. Atega, the CRFPSP is one of the flagship programs of the department dealing with the problem of food shortage caused by climate change.

PARPO II Atega said that the DAR-CRFPSP provided the farmers with needed support services comprising farm machineries and livelihood support in the form of farm inputs aimed to address poverty challenges brought by climate change.

He explained that this year, the DAR allocated P3.5-Million for CRFPSP project comprising farm machineries and farm inputs, worth Php2,473,500 and 1,038,300, respectively.

The farmers living in as front lines of crises ranging from extreme weather conditions brought by climate change to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

DAR Agusan del Norte PARPO I Rodrigo B. Bitangcor underscored that the intervention is a grant for those farmers living in vulnerable areas where farmers endured the effects of the weather brought from climate change.

“The agency successfully delivered the farm equipment and farm inputs to the ARBOs despite the reported delays due to office lockdown brought about by the coronavirus pandemic,” Bitangcor said.

Ellen Torralba, officer-in-charge Chief Agrarian Reform Program Officer of the Program Beneficiaries Development Division of DAR-Agusan del Norte, said despite the pandemic the department remains committed to help improve the farmers’ organizations.

Torralba said the majority of ARBOs are involved in rice and vegetable production. She emphasized the role of the ARBOs to take care of the project as these will enhance their efficiency and productivity.

According to CRFPSP provincial coordinators Raul N. Hermoso, in an interview, that this intervention significantly improved the living condition of the agrarian reform beneficiaries and their organizations.

“The unpredicted weather was also a hindering factor, which affect farmers’ farming activities, but with the much-needed equipment the farmers become resilient,” Hermoso added.

In an interview with Welito T. Mante, Chair of the Basag Irrigator’s Association (Basag-IA), he was grateful to the department for its endeavor to extend various farm equipment and farm inputs. This was also the collective voice of the farmers’ group-leaders who benefitted from the project.

“It is an answered prayer. Pasalamat gyud mi sa DAR, sa ilang package of intervention, dako ni’g tabang sa panginabuhian sa among grupo (We are very much grateful for DAR’s package of intervention, it could be a great help to increase income to our group)," said Mante. (DAR Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)

COVID-19 quarantine at treatment facility ng Agusan Norte magbubukas na ngayong Disyembre

By Nora C. Lanuza

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Disyembre 17 (PIA) -- Patuloy ang pagtutok ng probinsya ng Agusan del Norte sa kaso ng coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Ayon kay Gobernador Dale B. Corvera kahit may mga positive cases na patuloy na naitala, pero mataas naman ang recoveries at mababa ang occupancy rate sa mga hospital.

Tugon ni Gob. Corvera, upang mas matugonan pa ang mga pangangailan ng mga Agusanon, inihanda na ang lahat ng mga requirements upang makapagsimula na sa kasalukuyang buwan ang operasyon ng 50-bed COVID-19 quarantine at treatment monitoring facility ng probinsya na itinurn-over ng Department of Public Works and Highways na matatagpuan sa lungsod ng Carmen. Plano din ng probinsya na gawin itong extension ng kasalukuyang Nasipit District Hospital COVID facility.

Ayon din kay provincial health officer, Dr. Odelio Y. Ferrer ang nasabing pasilidad ay accredited ng Department of Health at Philhealth at inaasahang makakatulong sa mga COVID-19 patients na may mild cases. Ito ay pangangasiwaan ng Provinical Health Office at ng Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office ng probinsya.

Nananawagan din si Gob. Corvera sa mga Caraganon lalo na sa mga Agusanon na iwasan muna ang pagdalo ng mga kasiyahan sa panahon ng pasko upang maiwasan ang pagkalat ng COVID-19. Dagdag pa ni Gob. Corvera na manatiling malinis, malusog at sundin ang BIDAsolusyon upang maiwasan ang pagkalat ng COVID-19 lalo na’t mataas ang local transmission sa rehiyon. (NCLM/PIA Agusan del Norte)