(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Saturday, 23 October 2021) At 3:00 AM today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 75 km Southeast of Tacloban City, Leyte (10.7°N, 125.4°E) embedded along the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) affecting Palawan, Visayas, and Mindanao. Meanwhile, another Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 100 km West Southwest of Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte (8.3°N, 122.5°E). Caraga Region will have Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to ITCZ / Localized thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Light to Moderate winds coming Northeast to Northwest will prevail with Slight to Moderate seas / (0.6 to 2.5 meters).



Monday, January 11, 2021

Bisliganons virtually celebrate city's centennial anniv  

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

BISLIG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Jan. 11 (PIA) – The Bisliganons commemorated the centennial years of the city in time of the New Year’s day through a virtual program and showed that the pandemic was not a hindrance for them.

The celebration was anchored on its theme: “Celebrating life and heritage with thanksgiving,” as they wanted to be reflected in the new generations.

In a video presentation, the origin of the people, the treasure of its heritage and richness of their culture, the tradition, and the natural resources were highlighted, and elaborated, to recall how the city of Bislig begun, struggled during the darkest hour, and how the community slowly rise again to present situation.

According to Mayor Garay, Bislig was inaugurated on January 1, 1921, as the new municipality, after separated from its mother municipality of Hinatuan.

"Founded on December 28, 1920, by virtue of Executive Order No. 62 issued by Governor-General Francis Burton Harrison with the late Primitivo Castillo as the first Municipal President,” Mayor Garay said.

Garay added, that on January 1, 1921, the inauguration of the new municipality of Bislig was celebrated.

In July 2000, another milestone in the life of the municipality of Bislig was uncovered by its conversion into a component city. By virtue of Republic Act 8804, it was unanimously approved by the people in a plebiscite on September 18, 2000.

The biggest paper industry in the nation as well as in South Asia known as Paper Industries Corporation of the Philippines (PICOP) was the source of livelihood of most people in the area, established in 1963. The productive years of its operations through the years had significantly contributed to the development of the socio-economic conditions of the municipality of Bislig.

In 2006, the local economy of Bislig City has affected as PICOP now PRI Resource Incorporated (PRI) operations shutdown. It was a great loss to the community as the problem of unemployment surfaced.

Bisliganon’s by nature stood up, according to Mayor Garay, to resolve and confront the problems by pursuing some recovery measures like programs, projects, and activities that from time-to-time regain the economic statute of the city.

Second District Representative Johnny Pimentel, in his message, said that the implementation of several projects and programs of the local executives who held the position through the years were able to recover from the darkest hour.

Rep. Pimentel has also done his part, to help Bislig City to rise again as he became a representative of the 2nd District of this province. He helped in the allocation of almost P7 Billion worth of infrastructure projects intended for the economic growth of Bislig City. While another 2B projects will soon be implemented for 2021.

“We hope to invite investors, and we hope that economic progress will come into our district,” said Rep. Pimentel.

Governor Alexander Pimentel has also extended his greetings to the local officials and people of Bislig via phone patch as they celebrated its 100 years.

“Despite the ongoing crisis brought bout by the COVID-19 pandemic, you remain steadfast and committed towards achieving prosperity and development in your city… Happy Centennial Anniversary,” said Gov. Pimentel.

Meanwhile, the “Sindac Anib” of Andres Soriano Colleges of Bislig added the colors to the celebrations as they showcased their talents through a video presentation. The Sindac Anib won in a Kadayawan Festival, Indak-indak sa Kadalanan sa Davao City, and proclaimed as 2nd place during the Bonok-bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival in Surigao City. (DMNR/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

LGU, biz owners unite with Army vs NPA extortion in Butuan

By Maj. Francisco Garello, Jr.

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 11 – The local government unit and business owners in this city expressed their commitment to the Army’s 402nd Infantry Brigade against the Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army – National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) extortion activities during the Stakeholders Security Forum on Peace and Development held recently at Y-Hotel, Montilla Boulevard, here. 

A total of 16 business owners belonging to the Butuan City Chamber of Commerce (BCCC) and Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce Association Incorporated (FCCCAI) participated in the said forum showing their support to finally put a stop to the CPP-NPA Terrorist (CNT) extortion activities in the city.

The forum was aimed to educate the participants on the NPA extortion scheme, embolden the business owners to stop yielding to the CNT’s extortion demands and institute efforts to synergize collaboration in ending the CNT extortion activities.

Rey Desiata, the City Administrator of Butuan City; Director Charissa Guerta, CLGOO of Butuan City; Brigadier General Maurito Licudine, 402nd Brigade Commander; Lt. Col. Julius Cesar Paulo Jr, 23IB Commanding Officer; and representatives from Police Regional Office-13 and Butuan City Police Office attended the said event.

It can be recalled that last July 18, 2020, a total of 25 contractors and construction firm owners and security officers, together with the provincial government of Agusan del Norte led by Governor Dale Corvera and the 4th Infantry Division led by Major General Andres Centino, also gathered for the same purpose and presented actions to end the communist terrorist group (CTG) extortion activities in the province.  

During the presentation on the CTG extortion scheme in the said forum, Captain Daryl Secong, Operations Officer of the 402nd Brigade, bared that an average of P15,000.00 to P20,000.00 have been extorted from various establishments in Butuan City on a monthly basis.

“This is about Php9,380,000 in a year which unfortunately contributed to the growth and sustainment of the strength of the CPP-NPA Terrorist operating in the area. We appeal for your participation in our effort to drastically decrease, or even stop, the NPA fund generation,” Capt. Secong urged business owners.

The disclosure of the amount of collected extortion money from business owners in Butuan City and other areas in Agusan del Norte were supported by the revelation of alias ‘Ka Lyn-lyn’ during the forum. She was a former ‘tax collector’ and designated extortionist of Guerilla Front (GF) 21 of the North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC) who surrendered to the Police Regional Office 13 sometime on June 2020.

BGen. Licudine underscored that the surrender of alias Lyn-lyn as another fatal blow to the terrorist group resource generation scheme after several of its Finance Officers conducting extortion activities in Agusan del Norte and some parts of Caraga Region were either captured or killed by the joint law enforcement operations of the Philippine Army and the PNP.

“The extortion capacitates the NPA to perpetrate atrocities. From CY 2010 to date, there are 166 government troops have paid the ultimate sacrifice and 113 innocent civilians were mercilessly murdered and violated by the treacherous communist terrorists all because someone decided to pay one peso to the NPAs,” BGen. Licudine said.

On October 22, 2020, three revolutionary tax collectors under GF4A were apprehended by the joint elements of 23IB, Magallanes MPS, ADN PIU and ADNPMFC. The apprehended personalities were the resource and fund generating team of GF4A. They received and collected the money extorted by Jelan Pinakilid alias ‘Baking’, Finance Officer, GF-4A, North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC) thru the use of money transfer (Palawan Pawnshop) several times in Magallanes Municipality.

Meanwhile, the officials of the two business chambers of Butuan City who were present during the forum offered their assurance of support and cooperation not to give in to the threats and intimidations of the CTGs.

Likewise, Desiata pledged on behalf of Mayor Ronnie Vicente C Lagnada to continue working with the business owners. He assured that the LGU-Butuan recognized the pressing problem and shall collaborate with the Philippine Army and PNP to touch base with the establishments that were extorted by the CTG.

“We also urge our colleagues in the Task Force ELCAC and our politicians, to please synergize effort in order for us to prevent NPA extortion activities in the locality. Let us educate companies, business owners and fellow politicians that paying extortion to the NPAs will empower more our common enemy, impede economic growth and will only bring more suffering to our constituents,” Desiata ended. (CMO, 402ndBrigade/PIA-Caraga)

Former rebels in Agusan del Norte receive assistance from PSWDO

By 1Lt. Roel T. Maglalang

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 11 --  Former rebels (FRs) who are staying at the halfway house inside the headquarters of the 23rd Infantry (Masigasig) Battalion (23IB), Philippine Army recently received assistance from the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) of Agusan del Norte. The distribution was held at the headquarters of the 23rd IB in Jamboree Site, Purok 6, Barangay Alubihid, Buenavista. The FRs received one sack of rice, food packs containing assorted canned goods, noodles, coffee, and other basic needs.

The distribution activity served as gift-giving by the PSWDO and the 23rd IB troopers, especially during the Christmas season. The FRs were thankful for the graces they received, saying that their Christmas was already complete and full of joy.

Alias Benon was glad upon receiving his gift, saying that the government has made his family happy this yuletide season.

Silver Joy Tejano, PSWDO Provincial Director, gave an inspirational message to the FRs during the distribution activity. “We are always happy to present simple assistance to you especially in this season of giving. E-CLIP was designed to help the former rebels who left the armed struggle and it was created in order to help the FRs to start living normally. We hope that all the assistance you’ve received will help you begin your new journey. May you help our government to end insurgency so that everyone will be given a chance to reach their dreams and ambitions,” Tejano said.

Lt. Col. Julius Cesar C. Paulo, the Commanding Officer of 23IB, was so glad that the FRs' lives were transformed.

“Christmas is the perfect opportunity to reach distressed people. As these FRs here were always receiving assistance from the government, we also want to disseminate the good news to their former comrades so that they might as well be motivated to leave the armed movement and go back to the folds of the law in order to benefit all the assistance provided under the E-CLIP. Before this year ends, the greatest gift that the remnants of the CTGs to give to themselves is a peaceful and life. Lay down their arms now and experience the joy of being with your family,” Paulo said. (CMO Officer, 23IB PA/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Activities to enlighten villagers on NPA terror activities conducted in Agusan del Norte

By 1Lt. Roel T. Maglalang

BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte, Jan. 11 -- The troopers of the 23rd Infantry “Masigasig” Battalion (23IB), Philippine Army in coordination with the local government unit (LGU) of Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte and the Philippine National Police (PNP) conducted series of consultations and dialogues to provide enlightenment to the residents in the area on the realities of the terroristic acts being done by the communist New People’s Army (NPA).

The series of consultations and dialogues were conducted in the month of December 2020 in the six communities of Las Nieves town. The activity was supported by the respective barangay councils of said communities and the group of former rebels (FRs) who now support the different initiatives of the government.

The series of activities were designed to address the issues and concerns of residents, particularly on the peace and order situation, the presence of NPA, livelihood, and the plans and programs of the government to bring more developments in the area.

During the activities, the FRs shared their past experiences, especially the hardships they had gone through while they were still part of the communist movement.

Alias Reyman encouraged the residents to be united against the NPA terrorists by denying them entry into communities.

During the series of activities, the residents themselves admitted of providing support to the NPAs due to fear and intimidation. They said the NPAs usually terrorize residents whenever they are in the community and forcefully submitting the residents to their wills and demands for money, rice, and other necessities.

The barangay officials from the different villages also urged their constituents to support the development initiatives of the government to bring peace and developments in the communities.

One of the barangay officials said that each resident is aware of their roles and responsibilities in promoting peace and development in their respective communities in relation to the implementation of Executive Order 70 (EO70) or the Whole-of-Nation Approach to end the local communist armed conflict. The barangay officials also expressed gratitude to the 23rd IB and the LGU of Las Nieves for the continuing protection they provide to the communities.

Lt. Col. Julius Cesar C. Paulo, the commander of 23rd IB lauded the participation of the different barangay councils of Las Nieves that made the activities successful.

“Your participation in our activities manifested your true intention of freeing and saving your barangays from the influence of the Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs),” Paulo said.

He also asked the villagers of Las Nieves to cut their ties with the CNTs and work with the government to address the peace and security concerns in their barangays.

“The absence of cooperation and unity among us has worsened the problem of insurgency. Let us work together to support all government initiatives and facilitate the delivery of programs, projects and services in your communities. Help us by simply providing timely and accurate information on the CNT presence so that we can protect you against their threats. Winning the war against insurgency can only be achieved through combined efforts of the barangay residents and the line agencies of the government,” Paulo said.

With the implementation of EO70, Paulo said government services can now easily be implemented even in the remotest villages of Las Nieves and in the province of Agusan del Norte.

He also reiterated his call to the remaining CNTs in the area to surrender peacefully to the government.

“I urge you to abandon the CNT movement, reject its false ideology, lay down your arms and the government will help you as you go on another journey towards the right path of life,” Paulo said. (CMO Officer, 23IB PA/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Mga stakeholder sa Caraga pinarangalan sa epektibong pagpapatupad ng RCSP 

By Venus L. Garcia

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Enero 11 - Pinarangalan ng Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Caraga ang mga lokal na pamahalaan sa rehiyon na naging aktibo at epektibo sa paghatid ng basic services sa komunidad lalung-lalo na sa mga malalayong lugar at conflict-affected areas.

Ang Cabadbaran City and tumanggap ng parangal para sa city level at habang ang bayan ng  San Miguel sa Surigao del Sur para sa municipal level.

Kabilang naman sa mga finalist ang mga bayan ng Loreto at Rosario ng Agusan del Sur at Gigaquit ng Surigao del Norte.

Kinilala rin ang bayan ng Lianga, Surigao del Sur dahil sa kanilang Social Protection Program for Indigenous Peoples (IP) children at ilang civil society organization (CSOs) kabilang ang Kitcharao Tricycle Operators Drivers Association sa kanilang kontribusyon.

Maliban sa Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga at iba pang partner agency, ang mga yunit ng Philippine Army Caraga region ay tumanggap din ng parangal dahil sa mahalagang papel na kanilang ginampanan sa pagbibigay prayoridad at konkretong solusyon upang malutas ang problema ng insurhensiya at terorismo.

“We are thankful for recognizing the efforts of the Philippine Army in Caraga. We are motivated to engage partner stakeholders and commit our endeavors to end this insurgency problem. Your army is always committed to serve the people and to secure our land. And as part of our commitment, we continue to better engage the civilian populace in order to really address the problem on local communist armed conflict dito sa rehiyon,” sabi ni Major Francisco Garello, Jr., civil-military operations (CMO) officer ng 402nd Infantry Brigade.

Ayon naman kay DILG-Caraga assistant regional director Donald Seronay, patuloy nilang paiigtingin ang kanilang kampanya laban sa insurhensiya upang maihatid ang kapayapaan at pag-unlad sa lugar.

“This is our approach of encouraging, motivating, and inspiring the local government units and our partners for the implementation of RCSP-related activities,” ani Seronay.

Ipinaabot naman ni DILG-Caraga regional director Lilibeth Famacion sa mga partner stakeholders ang kanyang pasasalamat dahil sa patuloy na suporta upang makamit ang hinahangad na tunay na kapayaaan at kaayusan sa komunidad sa pamamagitan ng Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP).

Sa pamamagitan ng RCSP awarding ceremony, layon nitong himukin ang mga LGU at implementing partners na pagbutihin pa lalo ang serbisyo sa mamamayan. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)

Apektadong pamilya sa TD Vicky midawat ug ayuda gikan sa gobyerno

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Enero 11 -- Pipila ka ahensya sa gobyerno, uban sa mga lokal nga pangagamhanan ang nagpaabot sa mga ayuda ug serbisyo sa mga apektadong pamilya sa Tropical Depression (TD) Vicky sa mga lugar sa rehiyon sa Caraga.

Isa ang Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) sa mga naghatag ug pasiunang serbisyo sa mga pamilyang apektado sa nahisgutan nga bagyo. Naghatag ang ahensya ug P3,000 pinaagi sa Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situations (AICS) sa mga pamilyang nabahaan.

Gipangunahan ni DSWD Undersecretary for Operation Aimee Torrefranca-Neri ug OIC-Regional Director Ramel F. Jamen ang mga kawani sa DSWD sa pagbisita na usab sa mga munisipyo sa rehiyon, partikular ang San Miguel ug Barobo, Surigao del Sur kaniadtong Huwebe, Enero 7, aron ipaabot ang serbisyo ngadto sa katawhan.

Gusto ipahibalo sa ahensya alang sa mga apektadong pamilya nga aduna pa'y assessment sa mga pamilya nga wala pa nahilakip sa kwalipikadong pamilya nga makadawat sa ayuda, hilabi na ang mga pamilya nga adunay mga panimalay nga partially ug totally damaged.

Alang sa mga lugar nga wala pa nahatagan sa maong ayuda, ang DSWD magpahibalo, pinaagi sa inyong mga local government unit (LGU) sa mga skedyul sa inyong mga lugar.

Ang DSWD kanunay nga makig-koordinar sa mga lokal nga pangagamhanan ug uban pang ahensya aron masuta gayud ang mga apektadong mga indibidwal, pamilya, ug mga komunidad nga angay mahatagan ug serbisyo. (DSWD-13/PIA-Caraga)