(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Tuesday, 16 July 2024) At 3:00 AM today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 310 km East Northeast of Davao City (8.3°N, 128.2°E). Southwest Monsoon affecting the western sections of Southern Luzon and Mindanao. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—˜π—”π—§π—›π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to LPA. Possible flash floods or landslides due to moderate to heavy rains. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—œπ—‘π—— 𝗔𝗑𝗗 π—–π—’π—”π—¦π—§π—”π—Ÿ π—ͺπ—”π—§π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Light to Moderate winds coming from Northeast to Northwest will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.5 meters).

Tuesday, December 01, 2020

22 uniformed personnel avail TESDA training in SurSur

BISLIG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Dec. 1 (PIA) -- Some 22 members of the 67th Infantry Battalion (67IB), Philippine Army received a certificate from  the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) as they completed the skills training on Electrical Installation & Maintenance (EIM) National Certificate (NC) II held at the 67IB Advanced Command Post this city on Monday, Nov. 30, 2020.

They all marked competent in their EIM NC II national assessment, it was learned.

Of the 22 graduates, 20 of them availed the Special Training for Employment Program (STEP) from the TESDA scholarship package, while the other two were trained free by LISTA, Incorporation. Under the STEP scholarship package, each beneficiary availed the free skills training, free assessment, PPE allowance worth P500, internet allowance worth P500, training support fund of P160/day, and one year accident insurance from GSIS.

TESDA Surigao Sur Provincial Director Julius Sol Jamero revealed that the implementation of the training for uniformed personnel is part of the TESDA and Department of National Defense (DND) Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed on May 15, 2020.

According to Director Jamero, TESDA would provide free skills training, assessment, and issue certifications to qualified uniformed personnel who have to undergo the skills training and Trainers Methodology Course. The implementation has already started in the province, and some uniformed personnel have already undergone the training in other courses, Jamero explained.

The trained uniformed personnel will assist the TESDA through conducting skills training programs for former rebels, Indigenous Peoples, and residents in far-flung communities of the province. (NGPB/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Bayan Muna solon’s daughter killed in SurSur Clash

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Dec. 1 -- The daughter of Bayan Muna Representative Eufemia Cullamat was killed on Saturday in an encounter between the military and the New People's Army (NPA) in Marihatag, Surigao del Sur, according to a report from the Army’s 3rd Special Forces Battalion (3SFBn) on Sunday.

1Lt. Krisjuper Andreo J. Punsalan, 3SFBn civil-military operation (CMO) officer, identified the solon’s daughter as Jevilyn Cullamat alias “Ka Reb,” who was a member of the armed unit of the Sandatahang Yunit Pampropaganda (SYP) Platoon of Guerilla Front 19, Northeastern Regional Committee (NEMRC) and served as a medic.

Recovered at the encounter site included three AK-47 rifles, one M14 rifle, and one M653 5.56 caliber rifle. Five backpacks containing war materiel and subversive documents were also seized.

Punsalan also said Cullamat's cadaver was immediately evacuated and her siblings and members of her family were immediately notified prior to this report. The military provided security and transportation assistance to the Cullamat family and coordinated with the nearest mortuary for the proper handling of the cadaver.

Also, Lt. Col. Joey B. Baybayan, 3SFBn Commanding Officer, urged the other remaining NPA terrorist members to surrender.

“Two months earlier, the NPAs conducted tactical offensives to instill fear among civilians. The series of attacks on civilian soft targets and destruction of civilian properties only indicate that they are desperate and on the losing end while the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) is gaining ground deep within the heart of conflict-affected IP communities in Andap Valley,” LTC Baybayan said.

“The CSP teams’ deployment, local government, and civilian collaboration to reach and bring public service in the conflict-affected areas greatly countered their recruitment and resource generation making them hungry, exhausted, and their morale low.  We encourage the remaining CNTs to surrender. Don't wait for the E-CLIP and the opportunity to peacefully surrender close its doors for you,” Baybaya added.                        

It can be recalled that on Nov. 4, government security forces also neutralized three NPA terrorists, and seized several high powered firearms at the Communist insurgents’ hideout in the hinterland area of Pangi in Tandag City, Surigao del Sur.

Cullamat was a student of NPA-linked schools Tribal Filipino Program of Surigao del Sur (TRIFPSS) and the Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development (ALCADEV) in the area.

Meanwhile, BGen. Allan D. Hambala, 401st Infantry Brigade Commander, extended his sincerest condolences to the family of Bayan Muna Representative Eufemia Campos Cullamat and called for all IPs to unite in condemning the NPAs’ exploitation of IPs and abandon the futile armed terrorist struggle.

“We send our sincerest condolences to the Cullamat family. We are saddened because we know that she and her family were just victims to the CNTs’ destructive and pointless ideology. While there are issues concerning the IPs, violent, armed, and terrorist struggle will never be the right solution to it,” BGen Hambala said.

“We also call on the nation to support the National Task Force in Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), to peacefully address the root causes of NPA terrorism and eventually end conflict here in Northeastern Mindanao,” Hambala concluded. (CMO-3SFBn/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

DA-Caraga helps families through livestock, poultry

By Aurelius P. Arais & Kent Warren Fuguso

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 1 -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) - Caraga is intensifying its support for the family to be resilient amid the pandemic through the Livestock-based Livelihood and Enterprise Development Program.

Around P1.4 M worth of livestock and poultry animals were distributed by DA-Caraga for the month of November, 2020 to various recipients in the region.

The distributed animal stocks comprised of 400 heads of free-range chicken for eight farmer associations of RTR, Agusan del Norte; 30 heads of cattle to San Franciso and Esperanza, Agusan del Sur for 22 farmer-recipients, 20 heads of goat for learning sites through the Agricultural Training Institute (DA-ATI); 50 heads of hogs to Small Hog Raisers Association of La Paz, Agusan del Sur, and 250 chicken for five farmer associations at Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur.

On November 25, 2020, DA-Caraga also distributed 610 heads of chicks to 61 families at Barangay Matho, Cortes, Surigao del Sur with one bag of feeds, and vitamins, and vegetable seeds for each recipient.

The turn-over ceremony was attended by Regional Technical Director (RTD) for Operations Rebecca Atega, RTD for Research and Integrated Laboratories Nicandro Navia, Jr., Provincial Administrator Pedro Trinidad and Mayor Josie Bonifacio of the said town together with other provincial, municipal, and barangay officials.

“During these trying times, the government is doing its best to help the family to earn through an enterprising livelihood such as animal raising,” Atega said.

Meanwhile, Mayor Josie Bonifacio of Cortez, Surigao del Sur expressed her grateful appreciation to DA-Caraga for extending its services to her constituents.

“Many need government support such as this, so I am appealing to the recipients to take care and developed it for additional income and food source of the family,” Bonifacio stressed.

On the other hand, Center Chief Sammy Calonzo of DA-ATI bared that the goat they received will serve as an additional intervention to the selected learning sites in the region.

“The chosen learning sites will serve as a multiplier farm for the given ruminants,” Calonzo bared.

Among the recipients is a tribal association of Sitio Cantagan, Barangay Lucac, San Francisco, Agusan del Sur.

“We have been longing for an animal like cattle to be raised, and it is now being fulfilled. This is a big help for our group, so we are so thankful to DA for extending the services of the government for us,” Edwin Almado, one of the board of director of Cantagan Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association, a tribal group composed mostly of the Manobo tribe.

The said intervention is an offshoot of the commitment of DA-Caraga through Regional Executive Director Abel James I. Monteagudo to help the families to cope-up with the challenges the country is facing today. (DA Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

PRO13 acquires new vehicles, manpack radios

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Dec. 1 -- The Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 has acquired anew several mobility assets and communication equipment in order to enhance operational and administrative capabilities in the fields, as it is committed to win against criminality, insurgency and illegal drugs.

PRO-13 regional director Brigadier General Romeo Caramat, Jr. and members of the Command Group personally witnessed the blessing and turnover ceremony of the nine units Toyota Patrol Jeep 4x2 single cab and 24 sets of Codan HF Manpack radios.

BGen. Caramat said the new mobility assets were distributed to Surigao City Police Station, Alegria Municipal Police Station, General Luna Municipal Police Station, Dapa Municipal Police Station, Gigaquit Municipal Police Station, Del Carmen Municipal Police Station, San Jose Municipal Police Station, Esperanza Municipal Police Station, and Bunawan Municipal Police Station to upgrade its capabilities.

The 24 sets of Codan HF Manpack radios were distributed to the maneuvering units of Caraga region distributed to Regional Mobile Force Battalion (RMFB) 13, 1301st Maneuvering Company, 1302nd Maneuvering Company, 1303rd Maneuvering Company, 1304th Maneuvering Company for police operations.

“These additional logistical resources shall help in boosting the morale of the troops in the frontline services in order for the Caraga police to serve and protect well the people as we aim to attain a safer place to live, work and do business in the region,” said BGen. Caramat. (PRO13/PIA-Surigao del Norte)