(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).



Friday, February 5, 2021

4ID celebrates 51st anniv with community locals in AgSur

By 2Lt. Cecille Tappa

TALACOGON, Agusan del Sur, Feb. 5 -- The 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division (4ID), Philippine Army under the command of Major General Andres C. Centino, celebrated its 51st founding anniversary in the community through an outreach program held in Barangay Lydia, La Paz, Agusan del Sur on Feb. 1, 2021.

This year's anniversary was anchored on the theme, "Diamond Division: Sustaining Excellence Amidst Challenges." As part of the celebration, the activity intends to touch the lives and provide sociological support to the people who were struggling amidst pandemic as well as to bring happiness to those underprivileged in the far-flung and isolated local communities.

Barangay Lydia is one of the fortunate barangays in Agusan del Sur, which was selected by the 4ID as the beneficiary of the outreach program. Aside from being a geographically isolated barangay, it is also considered as a conflict-affected area because of the presence of the New People's Army (NPA) and their constant threat to the residents. A total of 228 beneficiaries took part in the activity.

The troops of 26th Infantry Battalion (26IB) also facilitated the distribution of food packs and other assistance during the activity and was made possible thru collaboration with the Local Government Unit (LGU) of La Paz headed by Mayor Michael V. Lim and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga regional office.

“My gratitude to the Diamond Division for choosing Brgy. Lydia to be one of the beneficiaries in your area of responsibility. Happy 51st Anniversary and I am honored to be part of this momentous celebration. Rest assured that the local government of La Paz will always be grateful in your time and effort in providing sociological needs for our people and we will always be your partner on the implementation of government programs and initiatives for peace and development in our community," said Mayor Lim.

Meanwhile, MGen. Centino, commended all the partner agencies for their benevolent support for the unit. "As our partner in achieving peace and development, I am very grateful to all who are committed in uplifting and empowering the lives of every Filipino especially the less fortunate. We guarantee that we will do our best in all our undertakings to help the people especially those in the remote communities. With all our efforts, no community will be left behind," he said. (Acting CMO, 26IB/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

DA Caraga distributes cash, food subsidy in Surigao del Norte

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Feb. 5 (PIA) -- A total of 175 farmers from Surigao City and municipalities of the province received the assistance from the Cash and Food Subsidy Program for Marginal Farmers and Fisherfolk (CFSMFF) of the Department of Agriculture, January 27, 2021.

The CFSMFF, which is funded under the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act (Bayanihan 2), aims to augment the impacts brought about by the pandemic to qualified farmer-beneficiaries from the sectors of coconut, sugarcane, fishery, including the Indigenous Peoples (IPs).

Around 65 Indigenous Peoples, 101 fisherfolks, and nine coconut farmers received financial assistance worth P5,000.00 and P3,000.00 of this is in cash voucher and the remaining P2,000.00 is for food subsidy composed of 25-kilo of rice, two trays of eggs, and a dressed chicken.

The implementing agencies from DA-Corn, Philippine Coconut Authority, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, and National Commission on Indigenous Peoples also continued rolling out assistance in Carmen, Agusan del Norte listing a total of 174 beneficiaries (33 beneficiaries from Corn Program, 33 beneficiaries from the NCIP and 108 from the BFAR).

According to Melody M. Guimary, OIC-Chief of the Field Operations Division/Corn Program Coordinator, the target cash out of assistance to qualified beneficiaries is until February 21, 2021. (DA-Caraga/PIASurigao del Norte)

DA gears up for 2021, allots 58.3M for SurSur, AgSur operations

By Mark Angelo C. Pineda

BISLIG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Feb. 5 -- Monitoring ensures effectiveness.

This is how the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Caraga Regional Executive Director Abel James I. Monteagudo emphasized during his visit to the farmer-partners of the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program in Bislig, City, Surigao del Sur. 

As the DA-SAAD program enters its enterprise management phase, sustained visits and monitoring in the provinces of Surigao del Sur and Agusan del Sur are required to strengthen the Program’s link to its stakeholders.

“Partnerships among stakeholders are more attainable if we go to the ground and assess the situation. More than providing sustainable interventions, we, at the DA, aim to make connections with our partners and listen to their stories that will guide us of our actions,” said Director Monteagudo.

Together with SAAD Caraga Deputy Focal Person Jekem D. Sanchez, RED Monteagudo met with the Goat Raisers Association of Sitio Sanyata (GRASS) and the Chicken Raisers Association of Burboanon (CRAB), recipients of the FY 2019 Goat and Chicken Production Projects at Barangay San Roque and Barangay Burbuanan, Bislig City. Both GRASS and CRAB are composed of 20 members.

As of January 2021, GRASS reported 13 goat stocks (10 does, two bucks, and a kid). While increasing their breeder stocks, GRASS sells their goats’ manure to earn additional income. CRAB, on the other hand, has yet to sell its poultry products. They only received their 180 chickens in December 2020.

This year, CRAB will receive poultry production materials and drugs and biologics worth 251,050.

2021 directions

Capability-building activities, designed to guide and equip the farmer-partners in their transition from subsistence to entrepreneurial farming is in the works. These include entrepreneurial mind-setting and organizational communication.

The DA-SAAD program allotted 58.3 million for its 2021 implementation in the Caraga Region; P33.8 million for food production and livelihood projects and 1.6 million for capability-building in the municipal and regional levels.

The program will no longer establish additional groups this year but will continue supporting all 32 associations established in 2019 and 2020. Expanding of SAAD-funded production areas and increasing breeding stocks (multiplier farms) are among the priorities of the program this year as it gears for its entrepreneurial phase. (Information Officer, DA-SAAD Caraga)

MGB 13, CMEMCI hold turnover ceremony and induction of officers

By Reyana Dawn U. Garcia

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Feb. 5 (PIA) -- The Caraga Mine Environmental Management Council, Inc. (CMEMCI), in coordination with the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Regional Office 13 held a virtual cum face-to-face turnover ceremony and induction of new CMEMCI Officers on January 25, 2021 held at the MGB 13 Training Center, this city.

The ceremony highlighted the accomplishments and activities of CMEMCI with different organizations and government agencies from CY 2015-2019 presented by the outgoing CMEMCI President, Engr. Robert T. Francisco.

It was then followed by the distribution of Service Awards to the outgoing Officers, namely Engr. Robert T. Francisco, President;  EnP. Jesalyn A. Guingguing, Vice President;  EnP. Alex C. Canonoy, Secretary;  Ms. Yones Rae A. Lumba, Treasurer; and Mr. Shaun L. Guingguing, Auditor. 

The outgoing Board of Directors, namely EnP. Jjam S. Cutillas, Provincial Representative of Dinagat Islands;  EnP. Jameson O. Bandala, Provincial Representative of Surigao del Norte;  For. Manuel A. Torres, Provincial Representative of Surigao del Sur;  For. Noel A. Ibarra, Provincial Representative of Agusan del Norte;  and For. Gladess Dianne S. Buot, Provincial Representative of Agusan del Sur were also given Service Awards.

MGB Caraga Regional Director Engineer Glenn Marcelo C. Noble administered the oath taking ceremony of new CMEMCI Officers and Board of Directors.    

The new set of CMEMCI Officers and Board of Directors are President EnP. Jjam S. Cutillas, Vice President Mr. Shaun L. Guingguing, Secretary EnP. Phoebe Jean Alac, Treasurer Engr. Robert T. Francisco, Auditor Mr. Junel Garcia, Public Relations Officer EnP. Jesalyn A. Guingguing.

The Board of Directors (Provincial Representative) are Dinagat Islands Engr. Queeniebeth L. Plaza, Surigao del Norte EnP. Alex C. Canonoy, Surigao del Sur Ms. Yones Rae A. Lumba, Agusan del Norte Noel A. Ibarra, and Agusan del Sur Gladess Diane S. Buot. 

On his part, Director Noble gave his inspirational message to the outgoing Officers and Board of Directors. 

He commended their proactive efforts and heartfelt service to the council which inspired the environmental stewards of the Caraga minerals industry in keeping the environment clean and healthy. 

Director Noble said that the Officers and Members are the sentinels and front liners in the implementation of environmental programs in the region.  He then challenged the new Officers and Board of Directors headed by EnP. Jjam S. Cutillas to sustain and even achieve beyond the accomplishments of the former council officers. (MGB-13/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Mandatory quarantine ug antigen test sa mga balik Cabadbaranons ug bisita aprobado na

By Jessica O. Mellejor

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Pebrero 5 --  Mopailalom na sa mandatory quarantine ug antigen rapid testing ang mga balik Cabadbaranons ug bisita sa syudad sa Cabadbaran human gi-deklara sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan nga balido ang Special City Ordinance No. 2020-018 nga nagmando niini.

Ubos sa maong ordinansa, nga gipanginahanan ni Sangguniang Panlungsod Member Inez Rosario A. Amante, giplastar ang maong lakang aron masiguro ang pagkontrol sa Coronavirus 2019 ug ang pagsagop sa usa ka epektibo nga pagdumala sa mga migawas nga sakit nga impeksyon aron makahatag usa ka himsog nga kaayohan alang sa mga constituents.

Sa pagkakaron, and syudad aduna nay total cases sa COVID-19 nga 34, 27 niini naka-recover na ug anaay active pa nga 7 ka kaso.

Mi-uyon ang Sangguniang Panlalawigan sa Special City Ordinance tungod kay nahisubay kini sa probisyon sa Seksyon 15 sa 1987 Philippine Constitution nga nagmando nga magpanalipod ug maglansad sa katungod sa kahimsog sa mga tawo ug isilsil ang kahimatngon sa kahimsog sa mga katawhan niini.

Gi-aprobahan ang maong ordinansa pinaagi sa Sanggunian Resolution No. 036-2021, sa pagpanginahan ni Provincial Board Member Elizabeth Marie R. Calo, tsirman sa Committee on Health and Nutrition. (LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)