(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Saturday, 31 July 2021) Southwest Monsoon affecting the country. ACTIVE TROPICAL CYCLONE OUTSIDE PAR AS OF 3:00 AM TODAY TROPICAL DEPRESSION LOCATION: 2,515 KM EAST NORTHEAST OF EXTREME NORTHERN LUZON (30.2°N, 144.7°E) MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS: 45 KM/H NEAR THE CENTER GUSTINESS: UP TO 55 KM/H MOVEMENT: NORTHEAST AT 35 KM/H Caraga Region will have Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Southwest Monsoon. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Light to Moderate winds coming from Southwest will prevail with Slight to Moderate seas / (0.6 to 2.1 meters).



Monday, January 25, 2021

Youth groups in Sison advocate against insurgency

By Venus L. Garcia

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Jan. 25 (PIA) -- With the continuing armed attacks and threats by the communist terrorist groups (CTGs) that affect communities especially the most vulnerable sectors including the youth, the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) of the municipality of Sison in this province is relentless in pushing for activities and creating a holistic approach aimed at weakening the insurgents.

In his guesting during the Laging Handa Network Briefing on Friday, Warren Maitel, SK federation president, emphasized the significant role of the youth in nation-building and in the fight versus insurgency.

“Patuloy po ang SK ng Sison sa pagpapatupad ng iba’t ibang aktibidad para sa mga kabataan para hindi sila ma-recruit ng New People’s Army (NPA) at hindi nila maramdaman na left behind sila. Kasama rin diyan ang malawakang information drive laban sa droga at terorismo,” Maitel said.

He said that getting them involved in the local community can boost their confidence and self-esteem and would help them to become empowered to assert and claim their human rights out from knowing the legal and social implications.

Maitel also urged the young individuals in their locality to continue with what they have started doing as a contribution to the community or even in enriching themselves. “Ipagpatuloy natin ang ating nasimulan sa pamamagitan ng pagtutulungan. Sa mga mag-aara, laban lang. Kung mayroon kayong gusting sabihin o tulong, just contact SK Sison sa mobile phone at FB page/messenger ko para matulungan kayo lalo sa panahon ngayon,” he said.

The SK federation of Sison also plans to carry on the programs that were not implemented in the previous year primarily of health and education.

“Nariyan po yung provision of school supplies. Gagawa rin tayo ng Youth Leadership Summit at sports activities kung ma-lift na ang pandemic. Mahalaga rin ang pagsasagawa seminar on mental health,” said Maitel.

The SK members are also thankful to the local government unit of Sison for the scholarship grants and other assistance to the students.

Maitel recounted the efforts of the LGU led by Mayor Karissa Fetalvero-Paronia in keeping their area safe and secure despite the presence of the CTG.

For her part, Mayor Paronia expressed her gratitude to the Philippine Army and Philippine National Police. “Last week. We had our community support program in Brgy. Ima and they have been cleared. This time, kailangan paigtingin at pagbutihin talaga yung sevices naming and bring them to the grassroots level," she said. (VLG/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

SK federation of Sison underscores youth cooperation to fight COVID-19

By Venus L. Garcia

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Jan. 25 (PIA) -- To motivate the young individuals in the municipality of Sison, this province, to be mindful in getting involved in the local community’s effort to combat corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19, its Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation launched several activities where participants were responsive to the message of cooperation it conveyed.

Sharing the highlights of accomplishments of the Pambayang Pederasyon ng mga Sangguniang Kabataan ng Bayan ng Sison during the recent Laging Handa Network Briefing, Warren Maitel, SK president, bared that the COVID-19 pandemic has never cumbered their group from carrying out their youthful responsibility in the communities.

In celebration of the Linggo ng Kabataan in August last year, they had organized various contests in different categories with a theme, “Youth engagement for Global Action.” It allowed the youth to showcase their talents and impart their ideas despite the pandemic, following COVID-19 safety protocols.

The competitions allowed the contenders to try something new and take up challenges to reduce their boredom and stress during the pandemic through informative social media platforms and literary works.

“The events were centered on the online competition highlighting the talents, creativeness, and skills of the young Sisonians. These include the spoken word poetry competition; poster making contest; mobile photography contest; TikToKabataan Challenge; “Istorya Quarantine” essay writing contest; creative face mask design contest; video making contest; and song cover contest,” said Maitel.

In December also, many had joined in the ‘Light a Tree’ event that they spearheaded. It was made more fun with the Jingle Bell Rockout contest, lantern making contest; and vlogging contest. The activities were aimed at strengthening youth involvement from the twelve barangays of Sison as well as to promote skillfulness and ingenuity.

“Throughout this pandemic, we are also thankful to the local government unit of Sison for supporting our endeavors, in mobilizing the young people as a catalyst of sustainable development, and for involving us in building resilience. Pagtutulungan ang susi para malampasan natin ang mga pagsubok lalo na nang pandemya,” Maitel underscored. (VLG/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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LGU Sison urges locals to be blood donors

By Venus L. Garcia

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Jan. 25 (PIA) -- The Rural Health Unit of the municipal government of Sison strongly encouraged the locals to participate in their regular blood donation program to help maintain the sufficient blood supply and prevent shortages as concerns about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) persist not only in Caraga region but in the communities across the country.

“We’ve seen the importance of having enough blood supply especially during this challenging time. So, despite of the pandemic, we still conducted our bloodletting program last year,” said Mayor Karissa Fetalvero-Paronia of the local government unit (LGU) of Sison as she guested at the Laging Handa Network Briefing on Friday.

She said they were able to facilitate more than 90 blood donors through a Mobile Blood Donation program in their town.

“We’re very thankful to our brave blood donors for their kindness and willingness to donate blood. This campaign must be sustained, as it is one of the necessary preparations for public health emergency. You don't have to be a doctor to save lives. Just donate blood. It's safe, it's simple and it saves lives!” underscored Mayor Paronia.

For this initiative, Sison was declared as the Blood Hero LGU of the Week by the Department of Health – Center for Health and Development (DOH-CHD) Caraga being the first LGU to conduct the said program.

LGU-Sison also received a certificate of commendation from the Caraga Regional Hospital for the promotion of blood donation.

“Donating blood is a safe process and people should not hesitate to give or receive blood. Let’s help in making blood accessible to everyone,” said Mayor Paronia.

Republic Act No. 7719, also known as the National Blood Services Act of 1994, promotes voluntary blood donation to provide a sufficient supply of safe blood banks. This act aims to inculcate public awareness that blood donation is a humanitarian act. (VLG/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

RTWPB Caraga conducts webinar on work ethics for productive workers

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 25 -- The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) Caraga recently conducted a discussion on Work Ethics of a Productive Worker to Northern Mindanao Colleges, Inc. in Cabadbaran City.

A total of 295 participants consisting of students, employees and staff joined the webinar. The webinar was also available online via Facebook live through the RTWPB Caraga Facebook Page.

According to Board Secretary VI Earl dela Victoria, the Work Ethics of a Productive Worker is a training program that aims to equip participants especially who are looking for jobs to have work ethics enabling them to become productive worker.

It is an advocacy strategy deployed in support of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) wage subsidy programs, JobStart Philippines, Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES), DOLE Youth Camp and Nurses for Occupational Health and Safety Program (NOSH) for the newly-graduated nurses.

During the event, Dela Victoria discussed the module on Work Ethics of a Productive Worker. He elaborated that this module will guide and teach them to know the work values that employers look, identify ways on how to demonstrate productive work values to increase productivity at work and know the basic steps on how to blend into a company culture.

During the webinar, the importance of having knowledge about benefits and services offered by Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) was also highlighted by Sandee Angeli Mocorro, Information Officer of ECC-Regional Extension Unit 13.

Participants were given time to voice out their comments, clarifications and questions after the session. (RTWPB Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

Pampublikong ospital sa SurSur sinubukan nang gamitin ang de-manong makina sa itinayong molecular lab

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

LUNGSOD NG TANDAG, Surigao del Sur, Enero 25 -- Sinubukan nang gamitin ang de-manong makina sa itinayong molecular laboratory sa Adela Serra-Ty Memorial Medical Center (ASTMMC) sa lungsod nitong nagdaang linggo.

Ayon kay Recklyn Ruaza, tagapagsalita ng pinakamalaking pampublikong pagamutan ng Department of Health (DOH) dito, malalaman ngayong araw mula sa Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) ang resulta ng isinumiting limang samples sa coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) proficiency test (PT) noong Biyernes.

Ayon pa kay Ruaza, sakaling pumasa ay saka pa mapagkakalooban ng license to operate (LTO) ang naturang molecular lab. Mangangahulugan dito itong matutuldukan na ang pagiging nakadepende higit sa Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) sa Davao City.

Dumating din sana ang nakalaang automated machine dito higit isang buwan na ang nakakaraan.

Subali’t ang masaklap lang ay nagkataong may hindi umano nagtugmang piyesa bagay na pansamantalang ipinahiram muna ang de-manong makina galing Department of Health-Caraga, ayon kay Medical Center Chief Dr. Janice Pagaran-Alcordo. (DXJS RP-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)