(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Saturday, 16 January, 2021) Localized Thunderstorms affecting Mindanao. Caraga Region will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to localized thunderstorms . Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Light to moderate winds coming from East to Northeast will prevail and the coastal waters will be slight to moderate (0.6 to 2.1 meters wave height).

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Agusan Sur releases 3.3 million cash assistance for infra to 6 towns

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Jan. 14 -- Agusan del Sur Governor Santiago Cane Jr., handed-over some P3.3-million cash assistance to fund various infrastructure projects of six municipalities in the province.

La Paz Mayor Michael Lim personally received a cheque worth P1-million to fund the construction of the town’s potable water system level II, which according to Mayor Lim, is badly needed by his constituents considering the scarcity of potable water in the municipality. Another P1-million was released to the municipality of Bunawan to fund the embankment of senior high school ground of Libertad National High School being vulnerable to landslide specially during rainy season.

For the municipality of Talacogon, Barangay Captain Gloria Otaza of Barangay Causwagan received the cheque amounting to P500,000.00 to fund the construction of the barangay’s multi-purpose building (phase 2) that is also utilized as store room for farmers’ products in case of calamity. For San Francisco town, a cheque worth P200,000.00 was also handed-over to Barangay Captain Robert Lamatao of Barangay Buenasuerte to fund the completion of the covered court which serves as stock area during calamity.

Barangay Captain Daniel Gomez of Barangay Poblacion, San Luis also received the P200,000.00 worth of cheque intended for the construction of the barangay’s multi-purpose building which is also used as storage of the barangay’s farm products during rough times.

The municipality of Prosperidad particularly Barangays San Joaquin and Sta. Maria, received a total of P411,000.00 to fund the construction of the multi-purpose building of Barangay San Joaquin worth P300,000.00 and the construction of school mirrored signage of Sta. Maria worth P111,000.00.

According to reports from the Governor’s Office, the funds were taken from the 20 percent Provincial Development Fund, Special Education Fund and the General Fund of the provincial government.

“This is the Provincial Government’s response as assistance to the requests of our mayors and barangay captains that we prioritize because we know they badly need these projects to be completed. We all know that recently, our province, especially those located in low-laying areas, suffered floods, and they need temporary shelter to secure their products,” Gov. Cane said. (DMS with reports from Nonoy Grado/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Army retrieves abandoned NPA cadaver in Butuan City

By 1Lt. Roel T. Maglalang

BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte, Jan, 14 -- The troopers of 23rd Infantry (Masigasig) Battalion (23IB), Philippine Army retrieved and formally handed over to the barangay council of Tungao, Butuan City the cadaver of a New People’s Army (NPA) member on Sunday evening, January 10, 2021.

The discovery of the cadaver was made possible through the report of a concerned citizen, stating that they found a dead body in KM 6, Purok 26, Lawaan, Brgy Tungao, Butuan City. The unit immediately responded to the report of the citizen together with the Butuan City Mobile Force Company (BCMFC) personnel of Station 5, Tungao, Butuan City.

The cadaver was confirmed as a member and a remnant of the weakened Guerrilla Front (GF) 4A, North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC) led by Junjun Makaundag @KITKIT, the former Squad Leader of SDG CAOCAO. The dead NPA was among the NPA remnants who clashed with the 23IB troopers in the area last December 30, 2020. The cadaver was identified as Victoriano S Tanghinan, alias “Bebot," 46 years old and a resident of Purok 10, Barangay Tungao, Butuan City.

During the retrieval of the cadaver, the 23IB troopers also recovered one 3516 Pistol (Improvised); five live ammunition of 3516 Pistol; two cellular phones; one charger; and one bag.

Based on the information provided by the concerned citizens, the said NPA member was seriously wounded during the December 30 encounter and was abandoned by his comrades. With the absence of mass support, the said NPA was left unattended and eventually died due to his wounds.

Lt. Col. Julius Cesar C. Paulo, Commanding Officer of 23IB, said that the fate of the NPA member whose cadaver was recently discovered manifested the complete disregard of the NPA on the value of life.

“The CPP-NPA Terrorists don't care and value life. That is why we encourage everyone to be vigilant from the deceit of the CPP-NPA. We conduct programs and information drive to awaken the populace on the lies and deceptive strategies of CNTs in order to recruit their members,” Paulo said.

He also conveyed his deepest gratitude to the concerned citizens in the area who provided the 23IB troopers with positive and timely information.

“This is a clear indication that the residents of the said barangay were tired of the extortion and violent activities of the CPP-NPA group in their area. Your soldier will always do its best to perform its mandate in serving and protecting the people,” Paulo said. (CMO Officer, 23IB PA/PIA Agusan del Norte)

P10 Environmental fee alang tourism related services gimando sa LGU Buenavista

By Prisilina P. Amoroso

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Enero 14 -- Gideklara sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan sa Agusan del Norte nga balido ang Municipal Ordinance No. 19-2020 nga gikan sa lungsod sa Buenavista ning lalawigan nga nagpataw sa Environmental fee sa kantidad nga ten pesos (P10) sa bisan kinsa nga mogamit sa mga serbisyo nga adunay kalabotan sa turismo sa sulod sa munisipyo.

Ang patakaran nga gihimo sa lungsod aron mapadali ang kita alang sa pagpatuman sa programa kabahin sa pagdumala sa basura nga nagpasiugda sa pagpatunhay, pagpahiuli o pagpaayo sa maayong palibot o kinaiyahan, tungod sa nagkadaghan na ang negosyo nga mga tourist establishment sa maong munisipyo nga dayuhon sa mga tawo sa silingan nga mga lugar nga maoy usa sa mga hinungdan sa daghan basura nga maoy makadaot sa kinaiyahan.

Ang katuyoan sa maong ordinansa, nga gipangamahanan ni Sangguniang Bayan Roel T. Arobo, mao ang responsable nga pagkolekta sa basura sa kabarangayan nga gikan sa mga establisemento nga adunay kalabutan sa turismo nga naglihok diha sulod sa ilang jurisdiction. Gisiguro sa munisipyo nga ang mga naipon nga koleksyon kinahanglan nga bahinon, singkwenta porsento (50%) para sa munisipyo ug singkwenta porsento (50%) usab sa barangay.

Bisan kinsa nga nanag-iya sa tourist atttraction nga nakit-an nga nakalapas sa maong ordinansa pinaagi sa pagdumili sa pagkolekta sa bayranan sa Environmental fee nga mibisita niini pagasilotan sama sa mosunud:

Unang paglapas                  - P 1,000.00

Ikaduhang paglapas           - P 2,000.00

Ug ang ikatulong paglapas ug sunod-sunod nga paglapas silotan sa kantidad nga P2,500.00 ug pagkansela sa Mayor’s permit.

Ang ordinansa sa lungsod nga-ingon nga kinsa nga tawo ang nag-abang sa usa ka apartment, lodging house, apartelle, ug uban pa, nga nagpuyo lampas sa isa ka bulan ug anaay mga anak nga ubos sa ten (10) years old, exempted sa bayranan nga environmental fee.

Ang Municipal Ordinance gideklara nga balido pinasikad sa Sanggunian Resolution No. 002-2021 sa pagpaningkamot sa Committee on Ways and Means diin tsirman si Bokal Francisco Y. Chan, Jr. atol sa ilang sesyon regular niadtong Enero 5 niining tuiga. (LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte) 

Mga residente sa bayan ng San Francisco, Agusan del Sur tumanggap ng regalo sa bagong taon

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Enero 14 (PIA) - Nagsanib pwersa ang mga kawani mula sa Philippine National Police (PNP), Ladies Club Caraga, Agusan Media Club, at lokal na pamahalaan sa bayan ng San Francisco, Agusan del Sur para sa isang gift-giving at tulungan ang mga padyak drivers at residente ng ibat-ibang barangay na naapektuhan ng bagyong na nagdulot ng pagbaha sa lugar.

Bawat pamilya sa Purok 1-A, Barangay 1 sa nasabing bayan ay tumanggap ng food at relief packs mula sa nasabing grupo.

“Magpasalamat tayo na mga taga Purok 1-A dahil isa tayo sa mga napili na mabigyan ng pamaskong handog. Maraming salamat sa lahat ng sponsor,” ani ni John Ananoria, punong barangay.

Binigyang-diin ni Richard Grande, presidente ng Agusan Media Club na mahalaga ang pagkakaisa ng bawat sector at magbigay tulong sa mga nangangailangan. “Ipagpatuloy po natin ang diwa ng pagbibigayan, hindi mahalaga kung gaano karami o kalaki ang ating ibibigay, mas importante na maipakita natin ang diwa ng pagiging mapagbigay sa kapwa,” banggit niya.

Nakibahagi rin ang Aliwan Fiesta Digital Queen 2020 na si Jannarie Zarzoso sa nasabing gift-giving at pinuri nito ang pagkakaisa ng bawat sektor na tumulong sa mga nangangailangan.

Samantala, tumanggap din ng relief goods ang may 25 padyak drivers sa Barangay 2 ng San Francisco.

Ayon kay Police Colonel Ringo Zarzoso, patuloy nila itong gagawin sa ibat-ibang barangay upang marami ring matulungan lalo na sa mga sektor na lubhang naapektuhan ngayong pandemya. Nanawagan din sya sa lahat na sundin ang health protocols upang masugpo ang pagtaas ng kaso ng COVID-19 sa rehiyon.

“Manalangin tayo na hindi na tayo makaranas ng baha at wala ng anumang kalamidad at mawala na itong COVID. Paano mawala ang COVID, disiplina lang talaga. Palagiang magsuot ng face mask, face shield, social distancing at maghugas ng kamay,” dagdag ni Zarzoso. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)