(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Monday, 19 April 2021) At 3:00 AM today, the center of the eye of Typhoon "BISING" {SURIGAE} was located based on all available data at 250 km East of Virac, Catanduanes (14.0°N, 126.5°E) with maximum sustained winds of 195 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 240 km/h. It is moving North Northwestward at 10 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. Light to moderate winds from Northwest to Southwest will prevail over the region with slight to moderate seas/ (0.6 to 2.5 meters).

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

93rd Malasakit Center opens in Lanao del Norte 

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 9 (PIA) -- Indigent and needy families in Kapatagan town and in nearby areas in the Lanao del Norte province can now have ease of access to medical and financial assistance offered by the government through the Malasakit Center established in the Kapatagan Provincial Hospital, which was officially opened on November 24, 2020.

With the need to create better health services in the country, the government enacted the Republic Act No. 11463 or the Malasakit Center Act of 2019, the pet bill of Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go. The center serves as a one-stop-shop for all government medical and financial assistance offered by the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), and other institutions, housing the said agencies in one roof.

As featured in the Bisaya Gyud program episode on Saturday, December 5, with Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Sec. Martin Andanar, Senator Bong Go himself, along with Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Sec. Michael Lloyd Dino, local government officials, and hospital staff attended the launching.

Advocating for the welfare of the poor, Sen. Go urged Filipinos to avail the services of the center, as it is also free of charge.

“We have created a standard system of availment of assistance for our people who will greatly benefit from the medical and financial assistance offered by the government and other institutions, particularly the indigent. Just approach the center for your medical needs,” the senator said.

The Malasakit Center established in Kapatagan town is the country’s 93rd center and the 5th in Northern Mindanao. (DMNR/PIA-Caraga)

49 IP-OSYs complete computer literacy training in AgSur town

By 2Lt. Cecille Tappa

TALACOGON, Agusan del Sur, Dec. 9 – Some 49 Indigenous Peoples – Out-of-School Youths (IP-OSYs) of Esperanza, this province have completed their 30-day Mobile Computer Literacy (MCL) Training through a closing ceremony held at the Esperanza National High School, Barangay Poblacion, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur.

The said training was the first ever launched in the province of Agusan del Sur and was made possible through the initiative of 26th Infantry (Ever Onward) Battalion (26IB), Philippine Army with the support of the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Esperanza and in partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), and Department of Education (DepEd).

The said training was aimed to provide the appropriate and basic knowledge and skills for the IP-OSY from the far-flung areas to operate a computer which is very essential in this generation where technology is already a part of people’s daily lives. Originally, there were 21 OSYs in attendance during the opening of the training and an additional of 28 OSYs registered before the start of the training.

Cherry Mae O. Ligcuban, one of the students from Barangay Bakingking, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur, expressed her gratitude to the LGU and Army troopers for the wonderful opportunity that was given to the IP community. "Daku kaayo among pasalamat sa tanan nga nagpasiugda niining maong programa kung diin kami gitudloan ug nakakat-on sapag operate sa computer ilabi na kay gamit kaayo ni nga kahibalo sa panahon karun. Ug kini usa lamang sa mga pipila ka libreng serbisyo sa goberno alang sa katawhan ilabi na sa mga wala naka human sa pagtungha sa taas nga edukasyon tungod sa kalisod (I’m thankful to all the agencies involved in this program. We learned a lot especially on how to utilize and operate the computer which is really useful during this time. This is just one of the many services that the government has for the people particularly those who were not able to finish their education due to poverty," she said.

Esperanza Mayor Leonida Manpatilan lauded the efforts of the concerned agencies and the Philippine Army and vowed to support them in all their developmental endeavors. “Thanks to the Armed Forces and to all supporting agencies for the enormous effort in the implementation of government programs particularly the Mobile Computer Literacy Training for the IPs that would greatly contribute to their knowledge and development. Rest assured, the local government will always look for rooms for more project to its constituents,” she bared.

Likewise, Lt. Col. Reynald Romel A. Goce, Commanding Officer of 26IB, commended the actions and undertakings of the LGU-Esperanza and emphasized the importance of bringing the government closer to the people in the far-flung areas especially the IPs. “This activity connotes the importance of winning the trust and confidence of the people, providing what the locals needs to grow and foster in this rising modern community. It is one amongst the benefits of having Executive Order Number 70 or the “Whole of a Nation Approach” where the concerned agencies work hand-in-hand in providing services and sociological needs of the people especially in CTG vulnerable areas," he said.

Col. Cerilo C. Balaoro, Deputy Brigade Commander of 402nd Brigade emphasized that the CTGs have been exploiting the minds of the youth for their communist cause discrediting the government efforts in attaining peace and development in our country. "As one of the vulnerable sectors in our society, the young minds of the youth are being exploited and poisoned by the deceptions and propagandas of these terrorists. They become NPA combatants fighting in the jungle for their futile struggle," he underscored.

"You are here to be trained and to be more educated. This training will prepare and transform you to become productive citizens of the community. The government will continue its efforts in supporting the needs of the youth and the IP communities. Education is the solution, not armed revolution. As advocates of peace, we are now peace partners. Let's protect the future of our nation by protecting the youth sector against the ambitions of the communist-terrorists. The youth must be in classrooms studying and learning for a brighter future and become useful citizens of our country for they are the future leaders and hope of the coming generations," Col. Balaoro ended. (CMO, 26IB/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

17 FRs receive cash assistance in AgSur

By 2Lt. Cecille Tappa

TALACOGON, Agusan del Sur, Dec. 9 – Seventeen former rebels (FRs) who voluntarily surrendered to the forces of 26th Infantry (Ever Onward) Battalion (26IB), Philippine Army have recently received cash assistance amounting to P10,000.00 each from the Provincial Social Welfare and Development (PSWD) Office held at the PSWD Office, Patin-ay, Prosperidad, this province.

The PSWD released the cash assistance as part of the livelihood program under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) which is designed to provide livelihood benefits for the former members of the Communist Party of the Philippine – New People’s Army – National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) and Militia ng Bayan (MB) to restore their allegiance to the Philippine government. 

Aside from the cash assistance, the FRs also received food packs and goods. “Dako kaayo akong pasalamat tungod sa sunod sunod nga benepisyo nga among nadawat gikan sa gobyerno. Kining maong kantidad daku na kaayo ug gikatabang sa among pamilya aron kami maka sukad sa among pag plastar sa among bag-o nga kinabuhi (I’m thankful for the benefits provided to us from the government. This amount could already help our family start a new life)," alias Jack said.

The 26IB under the command of Lt.Col. Reynald Romel A. Goce, in collaboration with the PSWD led by Razel Montemor facilitated the enrollment of the FRs to the E-CLIP which will cover their reintegration, immediate, livelihood, educational and housing benefits. “We are committed to help and assist the needs of our brothers and sisters who went back to the fold of law in their new beginning. The government will help you in providing what you need to start a new life," said Montemor.

Meanwhile, Lt. Col. Goce expressed his gratitude to the Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC) in its active and unending support in implementing the Executive Order No. 70. "The PTF-ELCAC of Agusan del Sur is exhibiting its good character by showing full commitment in implementing the EO70. As our peace partners, we are glad working with the Provincial Government of ADS in attaining lasting peace in our province," he said.

"The government is more than willing to assist those who want to come back in the folds of law. Once they surrender, we will be providing them the government programs and initiatives that would help them in re-building a more peaceful life together with their loved ones,” Goce ended. (CMO, 26IB/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

SAAD Caraga farmers undergo financial management training

By Mark Angelo Pineda

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 9 -- Forty-eight (48) farmer-partners of the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program underwent online training on financial management and agricultural entrepreneurship on December 3-4, 2020.

The two-day training among representatives from 17 SAAD-funded farmer-associations in Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur elaborated on the entrepreneurial mindset to help farmers to be decisive, responsive to challenges, and future-oriented.

Financial literacy was also discussed the following day, which included properly allocating funds, assessing financial limitations, and taking proactive actions.

Training resource speaker Rey U. Frias of the DA-Caraga Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) emphasized that agriculture is in itself a business. With the farmers’ lead role in the country's agriculture sector, financial management and entrepreneurship are fundamental skills for them to thrive in their endeavors.

With the SAAD Program’s end-goal of helping the said farmers to become established agri-preneurs by 2022, capability-building training centered not only on production know-how but also on financial management has been rolled out.

DA-Caraga Regional Executive Director Abel James I. Monteagudo, during his welcome message, stressed that farmers need to be innovative, opportunity-driven, and creative to thrive in their entrepreneurial endeavors. "By empowering the local farmers, we shall see a progressive Caraga Region,” he added. 

As described by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), entrepreneurship is an elaborate skill; there is no single training that can turn farmers into entrepreneurs overnight. However, recognizing the role farmers play in the success of their projects, the SAAD Program continuously rolls out training that will equip farmers to be action-oriented.

With this, two separate training on effective organizational communication and leadership are set to take place during the first quarter of 2021. (DA-SAAD Caraga/PIA Caraga)

Capturing agriculture’s essence through photos

By Vanessa P. Sanchez

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 9 -- An American photographer, Berenice Abbott, once said “Photography helps people to see."

To showcase the abundance of the agriculture and fishery sectors in Caraga and at the same time intensify the promotion of agriculture, the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Caraga through the Regional Agriculture & Fishery Information Section (RAFIS) conducted Agri Galing Year 2: Mobile Photography Competition.

 The competition ran for one month.  And on December 1, as one of the highlights of the culmination of the celebration of the National Rice Awareness Month and the Organic Agriculture Month, the Awarding Ceremony of the said competition was conducted.

The National Rice Awareness Month aims to raise awareness on the benefits of buying and consuming locally produced rice and also urges the public to support local farmers. On the other hand, the Organic Agriculture Month theme “OA4K: Organikong Agrikultura sa Kumikitang Kabuhayan para sa Kalusugan at Kapaligiran” calls for a food-secure Philippines with prosperous farmers and fisherfolk through the organic agriculture way.

Through the mobile photography contest which is part of the DA-Caraga’s Agri-Youth Campaign, the DA hopes to establish a stronger connection with the youth and encourage their participation in agricultural endeavors. With the theme “Survive. Reboot. Grow”, the participants presented their take on the various initiatives and undertakings of the agriculture and fishery sectors in the region. 

Some of the awardees were physically present to receive their awards while those who could not make it physically, participated virtually through google meet.

DA-Caraga Regional Technical Director Rebecca R. Atega thanked the participants for joining the competition and for helping to spread awareness about the agriculture sector through their photos. In addition, she said that the participants also served as instruments in inspiring others to support the development of agriculture.

The winners for the Gen Z Category are: 1st Place – Aaron Dax Ucat, 2nd Place – Jobert Cordero, and 3rd – Jan Edcel Man-on. For the Millennial Category, the winners are: 1st Place – Charmagne Dela Peña, 2nd Place – Ribeth Morgado, and 3rd Place – Garald Rago.

Special awards were also given away. For Gen Z, Most Shared Photo was won by ZapMorgado while the RAFIS Choice Award was given to Kristine Gaid. For the Millennial Category, the Most Shared Photo was the entry of Jezreel Salino while the RAFIS Choice Award was given to Claire Oblimar.

The Millennial Category winner Charmagne Dela said that she joined the competition because she saw it as an opportunity to show that agriculture is very much alive in their town despite the pandemic. (DA13-RAFIS/PIA Caraga)

P1.4B Provincial budget para tuig 2021 giaprobahan sa SP

By Ramon Joma R. Bungabong

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Disyembre 9 -- Giaprobahan sa ikaduha ug ikatulong pagbasa sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan sa Agusan del Norte atol sa sesyon regular kaniadtong Disyembre 1, ang Proposed Provincial Appropriation Ordinance No. 0-398-2020 nga naggahin og P1,455,307,471.00 sa General Fund ug P9,027,281.00 sa Economic Enterprise Fund para sa operasyon sa kagamhanan sa Agusan del Norte sa sunod tuig 2021.

Ang maong sugyot ordinansa gipangamahanan ni Bise Gobernador “ RamBu” Bungabong isip principal author, inubanan nila Board Member Elizabeth Marie R. Calo ug Board Member Virgilio R. Escaseñas, Jr, isip co-authors.

Giduso ni Gobernador Dale B. Corvera kaniadtong Oktobre 14 sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan ang calendar year 2021 Local Expenditure Program. Human sa unang pag basa atol sa sesyon, giintrigo kini ngadto sa Committee on Finance and Appropriation nga nagpahigayon dayon og walo ka adlaw nga expanded committee meetings, tinambungan sa mga board member, mga sakop sa Local Finance Committee ug mga hepe sa mga opisina kansang alokasyon ilang gidepensahan.

Ang badyet sa General Fund sa sunod tuig 8.7% nga mas dako kay sa badyet karong tuiga. Samtang ang badyet sa Economic Enterprise sa sunod tuig mikunhod og 10% tali sa badyet karong tuiga.

Naa usab sa 82% sa tinubdan sa badyet sa sunod tuig langkaton gikan sa gawas kun external sources samtang 18% ra ang mapundohan gikan sa local income.

Sama sa kadaghanang LGU, ang Agusan del Norte nagsalig sa Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) nga sa sunod tuig moabot og P1,184,697,471.00.

Social services ang gipahatan og pinakadako 45%, gisundan kini sa general services 31% ug ikatulo economic services 24%.

Ang personal services account kun gahin para sweldo sa mga opisyal ug kawani sa lalawigan moabot og P942.5 Million kun 30.4%, sa kinatibuk-ang badyet. Samtang ang Maintenance ang Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) mokabat tanan og P286.2 Million kun 19.6% sa annual budget.

Dako ang gialokar para sa programang Agusan UP: 1.) Amumang Agusanon, P654.4M (45% ubos sa social services); 2.) Hiniusang Lihok Agusan, P457.5M (31% ubos sa general services); 3.) Agusan 3Ps, P343.7M (24% ubos sa economic services.

Ang badyet para sa Provincial Economic Enterprise Devlopment Office (PEEDMO) pagakuhaon gikan sa usab sa kaugalingong kita niini sa mga patigayon nga giapilan sa lalawigan. (LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)

SK sa Santiago mipasiugda og gardening contest

By Shena Mae Pabia

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Disyembre 9 -- Gipahigayon karon bulana sa Disyembre sa Sangguniang Kabataan [SK] Federation sa Santiago ang garden competition alang sa mga kabatan-onan og sa mga Indigenous Peoples (IPs).

Apil sa maong contest ang walo ka-barangay sa lungsod sa Santiago. Magpahiluna ang kabtan-onan sa matag barangay og entry nga garden ug hukman kini sulod sa tulo ka bulan.

Gi-awhag ni Steven Monte Orillaneda, SK Federation President sa maong lungsod nga mo-partisipar ang mga kabatan-onan sa matag barangay sa maong indigay.

Tumong sa maong indigay nga makakat-on ang kabtan-onan unsaon pagpananum, sumala pa ni Orillaneda.

Tumong sa usab maong nga kalihukan nga makatabang sa labing nanginahanglang mga IPs sa lungsod, ilabina sa mga walay permanenting panginabuhian og padayong nakasinati sa kalisud tungod sa pandemya nga dala ang coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Kaabag sa garden competition ang Municipal Agriculture Office [MAO], Sangguniang Kabataan [SK] Officials, Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines (PYAP) og Barangay Officials.

Ang himoong indigay sa gulayan sa lungsod kabahin sa Plant! Plant! Plant! Program ubos sa Flagship Program sa AGUSAN UP!, ang kampanya sa pagpalambo ubos sa administrasyon ni Gob. Dale B. Corvera inubanan sa buhatan ni Congw. Angel M. Amante-Matba. (LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)