(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).

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Continuous debacles plague NPA terrorists in Caraga

By 1Lt. Krisjuper Andreo Punsalan

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Jan. 7 – Another Communist New People's Army Terrorist (CNT) died recently and five high-powered firearms were seized in an hour-long encounter between the 3rd Special Forces “Arrowhead” Battalion (3SFBn) troops under the 4th Infantry Division and more or less 30 CNTs under the Sub-Regional Sentro De Grabidad (SRSDG) Southland, Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee led by Rizaldy Sumonod alias “Mansoy” in Sitio Paradise, Barangay Magsaysay, Agusan del Sur.

These five firearms recovered consisted of three M16 5.56 caliber rifles, one AK-47 rifle.

Other war materials recovered were: one IHL-banned anti-personnel land mine, nine rounds 40mm M203 grenade launcher ammos, 50 rounds 7.62mm M60 ammos, two sets of commercial radios, 15 backpacks and personal belongings, medical supplies and equipment, three keypad cellular phones, one touch screen android phone, and 20 meters electrical wire.

The discovered CNT hideout is about 200 square meters (10mx20m) which can accommodate more or less 30 CNTs and had 15 makeshift tents and kitchen paraphernalia.

With the recent efforts of the National Task Force in Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) in exposing the deceptive scheme and the grand conspiracy of the Communist Party of the Philippines-NPA-National Democratic Front (NDF) within various sectors of society, people in CARAGA, particularly the Indigenous Peoples (IPs), vowed to track down Communist NPA Terrorists and their front group leaders such as the Malahutayong Pakigbisog Alang sa Sumusunod (MAPASU) to put an end to their countless atrocities and crimes against the people.

It can be recalled that CNT Jevilyn Cullamat, daughter of Bayan Muna Representative Eufemia Campos Cullamat, and top CNT leader and spokesperson of the NDF Mindanao and Komisyun Mindanao (KOMMID) Alvin Loque, suffered the same tragic fate last November 28 and December 10 sequentially in Surigao del Sur as a result of the vigilance and information gathering of the IP communities.

CNT personalities and their front groups were already declared persona-non-grata in the whole Province of Surigao del Sur and in the municipality of Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur where the recent clash between government forces and CNTs ensued.

“The succeeding debacles of the NPA Terrorists in Caraga only show that people had enough of them. They no longer have a safe haven in the IP communities because for sure they will be reported and tracked down,” said Lt. Col. Joey Baybayan, 3SFBn Commanding Officer.

“We are saddened with the fact that another victim of the CPP-NPA-NDF died in vain. We do not want this that is why we need to support the NTF-ELCAC to put an end to the CNTs’ useless struggle by peacefully addressing the root causes of NPA terrorism-that of peace and development program implementation for the conflict-affected and geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas where CNTs recruit and conduct Ideological, Political and Organizing works (IPOW),” said BGen. Allan Hambala, 401st Infantry Brigade Commander.

“We call on the remaining CNTs to bring their firearms and go down to surrender and return to the folds of law. The door towards a peaceful life is always open for those who wish to peacefully surrender. Having that said, we will remain focused and enthusiastic on our mission to end local communist armed conflict in the soonest time possible in the Caraga region,” underscored MGen. Andres C. Centino, Commander of 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army. (CMO, 3SFBn/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Kalahi-CIDSS Caraga hits 100% of NCDDP community projects for 2020

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 7 - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office Caraga has once again proven that it is one of the top-performing field offices of the agency in the entire country as it posted a 100 percent completion rate for its Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan - Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) Program, completing all the 202 target subprojects (SPs) under the National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP).

Kalahi-CIDSS is one of the poverty alleviation programs of the government being implemented by DSWD.

Due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Kalahi-CIDSS have adopted the Disaster Response Operation Procedure (DROP), allowing the program to shift from developmental activities into a disaster-response modality to immediately address health issues.

The NCDDP subprojects are implemented in the local government units (LGUs) of Tagana-an, Placer, Malimono, and San Francisco in Surigao del Norte province; Dinagat, San Jose, and Basilisa in Dinagat Island province; and in Madrid, Bayabas, and Barobo in Surigao del Sur province.

The 202 completed SPs under NCDDP are as follows:

- Construction/Installation of quarantine/isolation facility - 69 SPs

- Cash for Work – 65 SPs
- Procurement of Disaster Response/Rescue Equipment – 34 SPs
- Procurement of communication device – 7 SPs
- Communal handwash facility – 7 SPs
- Sanitary toilet - 5 SPs
- Refurbishment/conversion of Community Center / Multi-Purpose Building into isolation facility – 5 SPs
- Refurbishment of school building – 3 SPs
- Refurbishment of day care center – 3 SPs
- Refurbishment of barangay hall – 2 SPs
- Installation of water system – 1 SP
- Capability Building / Training / Feasibility Study – 1 SP

Kalahi-CIDSS Regional Program Coordinator Bennette Dave Calo is thankful to all partner LGUs and to the Regional Program Management Office and field staff for the said success.

"To all our partner LGUs and stakeholders, thank you for your unwavering support and desire in the implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS NCDDP despite the challenges and struggles brought by the pandemic," Calo said.

“To all RPMO and field staff who accept and dares to believe in struggles, thank you for stepping up in overcoming these challenges. Congratulations on the brilliant success. Indeed, there is no shortcut to success,” Calo added.

Meanwhile, eight out of 10 target subprojects for 2020 under the PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn Indigenous Peoples Community-Driven Development (PAMANA IP CDD) are still ongoing.

The RPMO and Area Coordinating Teams are working overtime to finish these projects as soon as possible for the beneficiary communities. (DSWD-13/PIA-Caraga)

Army gives gifts to conflict-affected areas in Agusan Norte

By Cpt. Joash U. Pramis

KITCHARAO, Agusan del Norte, Jan. 7 – The Philippine Army through the 29th Infantry “Matatag Fighters” Battalion (29IB) in partnership with the local government unit of Jabonga conducted a Christmas drop program in Sitio Apa-apa, Barangay Bangonay, Jabonga, Agusan del Norte.

The said activity is a credit initiative of 4th Infantry "Diamond" Division (4iD) Commander, MGen. Andres C. Centino for the people of conflict-affected areas to feel that the government cares for them.

The activity was an integration of various sectors of the government which includes the Philippine Army through the efforts of 901st Brigade, 29IB and 30IB, the local government unit of Jabonga led by Mayor Napoleon Montero.

Food packs, toys, and clothes were distributed to more than 200 residents of Sitio Inayaw and Sitio Apa-apa, Jabonga, Agusan del Norte.

Marwin Serrano, punong barangay of Sitio Apa-apa, thanked the army for the gifts they have received. “Akong dakong pasalamat kay ania ang mga kasundaluhan niduyog ug nanghatag ug regalo diri sa amua, nga ilaha ming gitagaan ug saktong pagtagad labi natong mga lumad. Daghan kaayong salamat (I am very grateful that the troops are here to join and give gifts here in front of us, who have given us the proper attention especially our natives. Thank you very much),” he said.

For his part, Mayor Napoleon Montero was very happy to see his constituents attending the activity of the Philippine Army. "We are lucky that in most barangays, Barangay Bangonay has been chosen to receive Christmas gifts so I hope we will not support another group- the NPA because the Philippine Army is here to help," he said.

"On behalf of LGU Jabonga, we are very thankful to the Philippine Army that they chose Brgy. Bangonay to this program," added Mayor Montero.

According to Col. George Banzon, 901 Brigade Commander, the said activity is their continuous plan to manifest and make the people feel the spirit of Christmas. "This is not just about the efforts of our soldiers alone, we, the soldiers are just instruments of the government to deliver all of these," Col. Banzon said.

"Along with the hope of Mayor Montero, I am appealing to you if you know someone, friends, and classmates in school who are deceived by the NPAs to go with them and join them in moving into the mountains for their armed struggle, please let us save them. Let us neglect our friends who are deceived by twisted words, by twisted promises,” he added.

Col. Banzon emphasized that the residents can ask for help and in return, the troops are ever willing to help those whoever will seek help. (CMO Officer, 901 Infantry Brigade/PIA Agusan del Norte)