(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Saturday, 17 April 2021) At 3:00 AM today, the center of the eye of Typhoon "BISING" (SURIGAE) was located based on all available data at 715 km East of Surigao City, Surigao del Norte (10.1°N, 132.0°E) with maximum sustained winds of 175 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 215 km/h. It is moving West Northwestward at 20 km/h. Caraga Region will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorm due to TY Bising. Possible flash floods or landslides during moderate to heavy rains. Moderate to strong winds from Northeast to Northwest will prevail over the region with moderate to rough seas / (2.5 to 4.0 meters).

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

DA distributes assistance to farmers affected by TD Vicky

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 30 -- In response to the call of the Office of the President and the Office of Senator Bong Go to assess areas affected by Tropical Depression (TD) Vicky, the Department of Agriculture (DA) converged with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to provide assistance after the onslaught of TD Vicky, affecting several livelihoods in the region including the agriculture sector.

DA Assistant Secretary for Agribusiness Kristine Y. Evangelista together with DA Caraga Regional Executive Director Abel James I. Monteagudo and DA Caraga Regional Technical Director for Operations Rebecca R. Atega attended on Monday the distribution in Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur and Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte.

The local government unit (LGU) of Prosperidad received 285 bags of Certified Rice Seeds and 3,000 pouches of 7-in-1 vegetable seeds in support for the rehabilitation of the livelihood of affected farmer-beneficiaries.

Moreover, the DA grant one million pesos through the Enhanced Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita program to the LGUs severely affected by the typhoon.

“This grant will serve as an investment to create more agricultural businesses, I hope that you’ll make use of this grant to grow your business fast,” Asec. Evangelista said.

“Agriculture does not end with just planting, we have to create a business, invest in our agricultural products so that we can gain profit even more,” she added.

RED Monteagudo also reiterated that the DA will continue to serve its mandate, especially in times of disaster where the agriculture sector is prone to severe impacts.

The Inter-agency will continue to roll out assistance on the following days to the severely affected LGUs, mostly in Agusan del Sur area. (DA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

In the midst of the pandemic, OWWA Caraga assists 9,309 OFWs back in the region

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 30 – Few days before the year 2020 closes, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – Regional Welfare Office (OWWA RWO) Caraga has recorded a total of 9,309 returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) including their dependents that have been assisted by its ongoing repatriation assistance beginning April 29, 2020.

Of this number, 2,040 were residents of Butuan City, 1,838 from Agusan del Norte, 1,615 from Agusan del Sur, 1,590 from Surigao del Norte, 1,854 from Surigao del Sur, 181 from Dinagat Islands, and 191 from Misamis Oriental (Region X). The said OFWs also adhered to all the established health protocols before they are allowed to board the plane and vessel that includes, Bureau of Quarantine Certificate yielding negative Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test results to mitigate the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Upon arrival at any port of entry near the Caraga region, free meals, food packs, transport assistance, and temporary shelter were provided to those OFWs who had to wait for their transport service to be arranged by their local government units concerned for onward travel to their home provinces, subject to the minimum required public health standards.

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered mass repatriation of OFWs to the Philippines. While many of the repatriated OFWs lost their jobs, they also included those contracts had ended, distressed workers who were staying in shelters, and those returning home for a vacation. OFWs who came home temporarily were also caught up by the various quarantine requirements, and in addition, they were stranded in the Philippines pending the availability of flights back to their countries of employment.

To meet the various needs of the arrivals of the returning OFWs, OWWA RWO Caraga has coordinated with the Philippine National Police, Philippine Coast Guard, Department of Health, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Office of Civil Defense, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), other members of the Regional Task Force for COVID-19 One Caraga Shield and most importantly the provincial and local government units here in Caraga region. (OWWA Caraga/PIA-Caraga)