(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Monday, 10 May 2021) Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) affecting Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Caraga Region will experience Cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ). Possible flash floods or landslides during moderate to at times heavy rains. Light to moderate winds coming from East to Southeast will prevail with slight to moderate seas/(0.6 to 2.1 meters).

Monday, February 15, 2021

AgSur SKs, PCOO intensify info dissemination efforts on vaccination program

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 15 (PIA) – With the implementation of the government’s vaccination program, the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials in Agusan del Sur have expressed their interest and commitment to work together with the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) in the information dissemination efforts and increasing public awareness on the vaccine roll-out/deployment.

During the Laging Handa Network Briefing on Monday hosted by PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar, Doreen Daigdigan, SK federation president of Agusan del Sur highlighted that the SKs are supportive of the government’s efforts in informing the locals on the vaccination program.

“We are all willing to take our part in helping the Agusanons to be more secure thru this vaccination program of the national government. And we are willing to work with PCOO for the info dissemination efforts,” she said.  

Daigdigan elaborated that the youths are great influencers, hence, it could do so much in terms of advocating and promoting the government’s health programs especially during this time of the pandemic.

“We will help explain, explain, explain to the locals the possible effects of the vaccines and its advantages. By the use of various social media platforms, we will also help people become updated on the government’s plans and implementation of the vaccine roll-out in the province and region in general,” said Daigdigan. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Gov. Cane: AgSur LGUs continue to implement health protocols vs COVID-19

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 15 (PIA) - During the Laging Handa Network Briefing on Monday hosted by Secretary Martin Andanar of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), Agusan del Sur Governor Santiago Cane, Jr. emphasized that the province continues to strictly implement the health protocols to halt the transmission of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Cane said that those who wish to enter any of the areas of the province are required to present their QR coded ID for easy tracking of individuals who conduct transactions in the government offices and private establishments.

Cane further revealed that he was once exposed to a COVID-19 positive patient and then undergone the necessary tests and quarantine/isolation to make sure that he could not affect other staff/personnel while waiting for his RT-PCR test result. He stressed the effect of his strict abidance to health protocols related to COVID-19 for having avoided contracting the disease. Upon being notified of the results of the confirmed case, he immediately isolated himself voluntarily and subjected himself to testing which fortunately yielded a negative result. He also said that he continues to observe health protocols even within his office.

“Fortunately, the result of the test was negative. I always wear my face mask and face shield even when I'm inside the office. And I do not allow people who get into my office without wearing it as well," he said.

The official reminded all Agusanons to abide by the health protocols still being imposed in the province to prevent further spread of COVID-19. “I hope our people here in Agusan del Sur will follow the health protocols imposed by the DOH in our province. We need everyone’s participation and cooperation so we could all end this pandemic,” cited Cane.

Meanwhile, Cane further bared that the province’s molecular laboratory which was inaugurated last November of 2020 has been operational since January 2021. This will help Agusanons and Caraganons in their medical needs especially during this time of the pandemic. “We have complied all the necessary requirements from the Department of Health,” he said. (JPG/PIA-Agsuan del Sur)

Agusan Norte creates local vaccination implementation plan

By Nora C. Lanuza

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 15 (PIA) – “The success and failure of the national vaccination program of the government depend on the actions taken at the grassroots level," said Agusan del Norte Governor Dale Corvera during the Network Briefing News (NBN) on Thursday hosted by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar.

Gov. Corvera bared the need to have a localized implementation of the national vaccination program of the government. He said, there is a need to conduct a massive information drive on the COVID-19 vaccination and guaranteeing the people of safe and effective vaccines.

Corvera also revealed that during the meeting with the different municipal and city mayors of the province, the discussion of the implementation of provincial vaccination plan was given focus, including the master list of the Agusanons that will be included in the vaccination. 

The governor said that one of the priorities of the province is the establishment of different vaccination centers. "Two clusters will be established – one cluster will be based in Cabadbaran City to cater the municipalities near the city up to the municipality of Kitcharao, while the other cluster will be based at the Provincial Health Office to cater also the LasBueNasCar or Las Nieves, Buenavista, Nasipit, Carmen areas," Corvera said.

Storage facilities will be established including the refrigeration of the vaccines and other logistical supports to address the needs of the vaccination program, he added.

Gov. Corvera also announced that a one million peso (P1 Million) fund will also be given to the municipalities and lone city of the province to support the logistical requirements in the implementation of the national vaccination program in the province.

Despite the many challenges encountered in the vaccination campaign, Corvera is optimistic that majority of the Agusanons will avail themselves of the free vaccine. (NCLM, PIA Agusan del Norte)

AgSur SKs pledge to help curb fake news on govt’s vaccination program

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Feb. 15 (PIA) -- The Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials from the different municipalities and city of this province pledged to do more and help the government in its campaign against the transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), including fake news, and in disseminating relevant and correct information on the government’s vaccination program.

In time with the conduct of the Pagdu-aw (visit) in Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur, the SKs also took chance to discuss with Secretary Martin Andanar of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) their issues and concerns from their respective areas.

According to Doreen Daigdigan, SK federated president of Agusan del Sur, they wanted to have audit-related trainings with resource speakers from the Commission on Audit (COA) for them to be equipped on fiscal management as they perform their tasks and responsibilities in government service.

“For us to be guided in all our undertakings, we wanted to be more knowledgeable on fiscal matters and how we could be able to spend our funds effectively. And with this, we believe that our SKs need to be trained on this aspect,” bared Daigdigan.

Daigdigan further emphasized that they will continue to help the government in fighting the spread of the deadly virus by conducting an information drive on the preventive measures and health protocols in their respective areas of responsibility. “We will also reiterate to the local residents the need for them to avail of the free vaccines that would soon be available in Caraga region for all of us to be safe and live a normal life just like what we used to before COVID-19,” she said.

She also added that the SK officials in the province are all willing to work with PCOO in its production of localized information, education, and communication (IEC) campaign materials, which they will also be disseminating in the barangays.

“We are also getting ready for the anticipated roll-out of the vaccines, and we are ready to assist our constituents in transporting them to the vaccination centers once the implementation of this program will commence,” said Daigdigan. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

AgSur media org vows to advocate for PH govt’s vaccination program

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Feb. 15 (PIA) – In time with the conduct of the Pagdu-aw (visit) in Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur led by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga, the members of the Agusan Media Club had vowed to support and communicate the government’s intention to ensure the protection of the people thru a vaccination program.

PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar recognized the media practitioners in Agusan del Sur for their sincere commitment and dedication in doing their tasks and responsibilities to the general public. “As influencers, the media has a great role to play especially in inculcating good practices and truth in all their contents,” he cited.

Richard Grande, station manager of Lips FM and president of Agusan Media Club thanked the PCOO for always reaching out to the Caraganon media personnel and looking after their welfare.

“We will continue to fight not only against the COVID-19 but also with fake news. Together with PCOO, we will continue to uphold the truth in all the information that we share and air on our respective programs and help people have a better understanding and perspective on the vaccination program under President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration,” underscored Grande.

Andanar also expressed his optimism that the Media Welfare Act which aims to ensure that media workers shall, at the minimum, be paid the wages allowances, and benefits provided by law to workers would soon be approved by the House of Representatives.

“The media practitioners not only at the national level but also at the local would be benefitting much from this bill once put into law. Better opportunities are coming,” said Andanar.

Meanwhile, Sec. Andanar also handed over one unit of TV monitor to the Agusan Media Club as donation and for them to be able to monitor the depatment's Laging Handa Network Briefings, which they could also utilized during their radio and TV programs. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Senator Bong Go provides aid to over 12,000 TD Vicky victims in AgSur

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Feb. 15 - With his commitment to help those who have been affected by calamities and incidents, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go continued to distribute assistance to 12,413 beneficiaries in Prosperidad and Rosario towns in Agusan del Sur, who have been affected by Tropical Depression Vicky in December last year.

The senator's office distributed meals, food packs, masks, face shields, and medicine packs to the typhoon victims in a three-day distribution activity from February 10 to 12.

“Sana ay nasa mabuti kayong kalagayan. Alam kong tinamaan kayo ng pagbaha at mayroon pa tayong pandemya ngayon kaya magtulungan lang tayo (I hope that you are all in good health. I know your areas have been hit hard and experienced floodings in time with the pandemic. This is why we need to help each other),” Go said in a video call.

The distribution activity is in continuation of the assistance efforts by the senator for typhoon victims in the same province in different municipalities and city, such as Bayugan, Trento, La Paz, San Francisco, Loreto, Talacogon, and Bunawan in past weeks as he continued helping Filipinos in crisis to recover quickly.

On the first day, the distribution activity was done in four separate venues in the municipality of Prosperidad, namely San Vicente Gymnasium where the team provided aid to 1,060 residents; Patin-ay Covered Court with 1,015 residents; Poblacion Covered Court with 726 residents; and Aurora Covered Court with 767 residents.

Another set of beneficiaries in Prosperidad were assisted on the second day in three separate clusters. These were held at San Vicente Gymnasium with 1,242 beneficiaries; Prosperidad Municipal Covered Court with 787 beneficiaries; and Azpetia Covered Court with 1,124 beneficiaries.

In addition to the beneficiaries in Prosperidad, a group of residents in Rosario was also aided on the second day with 952 beneficiaries.

On the last day, four more clusters in Rosario also received assistance from Go. Around 1,662 typhoon victims were given assistance at the Bayugan 3 National High School; 1,444 beneficiaries in Santa Cruz Covered Court; 746 beneficiaries in Cabantao Covered Court; and 888 beneficiaries in Libuac Covered Court.

All distribution activities in the venues mentioned were conducted while complying with necessary health and safety protocols to avoid the further spread of COVID-19.

Aside from the said assistance, Go also provided bicycles to chosen recipients as public transportation remains limited amid the pandemic. He also gave away pairs of shoes to different sets of recipients. Meanwhile, computer tablets were distributed to other beneficiaries for their children to use in classes as part of their blended learning being implemented in schools.

Jonel Ayaton, one of the beneficiaries and who hails from Cabantao in Rosario, said “Hindi na kami makatawid. Ang mga kalsada ay hindi na rin madaanan noong bagyo. Pagkatapos ng bagyo, 'yung iba hindi naman agad naka-recover dahil malaki ang na-damage (We could no longer pass. During Typhoon Vicky, most of the roads were unpassable. After the typhoon, there were those areas which experienced difficulty in coping up with the damages brought about by the typhoon)” Ayaton said.

“Malaki talaga ang naitulong ni Senator Bong Go sa mga nangangailangan ng tulong. Malaki ang pasasalamat namin dahil nakaabot dito sa amin ang tulong. Ang laki ng kasiyahan namin dahil nakatanggap kami ng mga ganitong ayuda (Senator Bong Go has greatly contributed in addressing our needs. We are very thankful that we were able to receive the help we needed. We are very happy to have received the aid),” added Ayaton.

As one of the recipients of the bicycle, Ayaton also said that he can now use the bicycle as a service for his small business and his commute to work.

Meanwhile, Go reminded beneficiaries to follow government protocols to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 in the country. He also told recipients that the government has been working tirelessly to procure vaccines for COVID-19.

“Sumunod lang tayo sa gobyerno. Huwag kayong mag-alala, kapag mayroon ng vaccine na safe ay uunahin namin ni Presidente Duterte ang lahat ng mahihirap at vulnerable (Let’s just obey with the government. Don’t worry, when the vaccines which are safe will already be available, President Duterte will prioritize the poor and vulnerable sectors)” Go reminded.

Go also offered assistance to those who need medical attention. He told beneficiaries that the Malasakit Center located at Butuan Medical Center in Butuan City is open to serve poor and indigent Filipinos.

He also told beneficiaries of a plan to put a Malasakit Center in the province.

“Ang plano namin ay maglalagay kami ng Malasakit Center diyan sa inyong lugar. Zero balance ang target nitong Malasakit Center at 101 na ang mga Malasakit Center sa Pilipinas (We are planning to put up a Malasakit Center in your areas. We target a zero balance in this Malasakit Center and we already have 101 Malasakit Centers in the Philippines),” he explained.

According to the Senator, the Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop where the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Health, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office are housed under one roof. These agencies have streamlined their processes through the Malasakit form.

Personnel from the DSWD also distributed separate financial assistance to the flash flood victims. Additionally, the Department of Agriculture distributed vegetable seeds.

The Department of Trade and Industry was also present and assessed potential beneficiaries for their livelihood assistance. The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority also evaluated beneficiaries for their seminar and livelihood training.

“Nandito lang kami ni Presidente Duterte at handang tumulong sa inyo. Patuloy kaming magseserbisyo sa inyo, dahil para sa amin, ang serbisyo sa tao ay serbisyo sa Diyos (President Duterte and I are here for you at ready to help you. We will continue to be of service to all of you because the services we give you are the same with the kind of services we wanted to officer God),” he ended. (Office of SGB/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Media organizations sa Caraga region, tumanggap ng donasyon mula sa PCOO

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Pebrero 15 (PIA) -- Tumanggap ng donasyong 32-inches Television (TV) monitor ang Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) Butuan City Chapter at Agusan Media Club sa probinsya ng Agusan del Sur mula sa Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO).

Kasabay ito ng isinagawang Pagdu-aw o Pagbisita sa Mindanao ni Secretary Martin Andanar ng PCOO at Undersecretary Ramon Cualoping III, Director-General ng Philippine Information Agency (PIA), at iba pa mula sa iba pang kinauukulang ahensiya na may kaugnayan sa vaccination program ng gobyerno laban coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Layon ng PCOO na mabigyang tulong teknikal ang media organizations sa Caraga region sa kanilang patuloy na paganap sa kanilang tungkulin na mapalaganap ang tama, naaayon at napapanahong balita at impormasyon sa publiko lalo na ngayong may pandemya.

Ayon kay Sec. Andanar malaki ang tulong na naibibigay ng mga media practitioners sa pagpapalaganap ng magandang balita sa mga mamamayan lalu na sa mga liblib na lugar.

“Naging aware ang ating mga kababayan sa mga pangyayari sa gobyerno at sa buong bansa at sa aksyon na ginagawa ng National Task Force (NTF) at Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) dahil na rin sa pakikipagtulungan ng mga Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP),” ani ni Andanar.  

Laking pasalamat ng dalawang media organizations sa rehiyon na naging kabilang sa tumanggap ng donasyon.

“Maraming Salamat sa PCOO lalu na kay Secretary Martin Andanar dahil sa patuloy na pakikipag-ugnayan sa media at pagpapanatili nang maayos at magandang relasyon sa mga ito sa buong bansa,” pahayag ni Ramil Bangues, station manager ng RMN-Butuan at presidente ng KBP-Butuan City Chapter.  

“Malaki ang naitulong ng PCOO sa ating mga media lalu na sa pagsusulong ng Media Welfare Act, makabubuti talaga ito sa pag-unlad ng media industry hindi lang sa national pati na sa local,” dagdag ni Richard Grande, president ng Agusan Media Club.

Samantala, isang magandang pagkakataon at oportunidad din para sa mga opisyal ng Agusan Media Club na makasama si Secretary Andanar na naging saksi rin sa kanilang oath-taking ceremony sa mismong pagbisita ng opisyal.

Patuloy na maglilibot sa ibat-ibang rehiyon sa Mindanao ang PCOO at PIA para mas mapaigting pa ang kampanya ng pamahalaan laban sa pagkalat ng COVID-19 at mas lumawak pa ang kaalaman ng mga mindanaoan sa programang bakuna ng gobyerno. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Pagproseso sa ani sa mga mag-uuma sa kape gipunting sa Cabadbaran

By Angel Lyn F. Gaviola

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Pebrero 15 -- Gipunting nga masugdan na sa mga mag-uuma sa kape sa siyudad sa Cabadbaran ang pagproseso sa mga ani nila nga kape aron himoong “local regular coffee” karong tuiga.

Gawas kini sa gilantaw nga pagproseso sa civet coffee sa Sitio Pirada, Brgy Del Pilar sa maong dakbayan, sumala ni Ma. Arcelle Soria, ang city agriculturist.

Sumala kang Soria nga samtang naghulat ang mga mag-uuma sa panahon sa ting-ani sa kape, gisugdan na usab nila ang mga pagbansay kalabot sa paggama og kape, kaabag ang Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) nga maoy nagpasiugda sa mga trainings, partikular sa Sitio Ansili, Barangay Puting Bato.

Target nga mag-ani sa ilang produksyon sa kape ang mga mag-uuma sa pinaka-ulahing kwarter ning tuiga, tukmang panahon lang aron mahuman sa pagtuon ang mga mag-uuma nga interesadong magproseso sa kape.

Dugang ni Soria nga sa kasamtangan nagpadaghan pa og mga civets kon milo ang potensyal nga lugar sa Sitio Pirada, diin ang mga fermented coffee beans nga i-digest niini mao ang kolektahon aron iproseso nga mahimong civet coffee.

Nangita na usab og dugang nga mga sites ang City Agriculture Office (CAO) sa Cabadbaran alang sa dugang nga kapahilunaan sa pagpalambo sa civet coffee, lakip na ang tourism site nga maoy kabutangan sa mga produkto na unya sa kape.

Gilantaw nga dakung potensyal sa Agri-tourism ang gibansagang “Higanteng Bato” nga nahimutang sa kabukiran sa Sitio Pirada, ug potensyal nga mahimong kabahin sa ‘hiking site’.

Gibisita na sa Plant! Plant! Plant! Team sa Agusan UP ang lugar sa nakalabay’ng tuig, diin makita ang daku kaayong bato. Ilawom niini nagdagayday ang tin-aw ug bugnaw nga tubig sa busay nga makahupay sa kainit sa mga mahimong hikers.

Sa kinatibuk-an, gilantaw sa AGUSAN UP!, ubos sa Process! Process! Process! Project niini, nga makapahiluna og matawag nga coffee network nga magsilbing consolidator, processor ug coffee shop nga magsilbing site usab sa turismo sa nailang mga tourism areas sa probinsya.

Ang AGUSAN UP! mao ang kampanya sa pagpalambo sa administrasyon ni Gobernador Dale B. Corvera kaabag ang buhatan ni Kongresista Angel Amante-Matba. (Agusan Up, LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Temporaryong terminal sa tricycles, PUVs giplastar sa Magallanes

By Jessica O. Mellejor

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Pebrero 15 -- Giaprubahan ug gideklarang balido sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan ang Sanggunian Resolution No. 018-2021 nga nagdeklara nga balido ang Municipal Ordinance No. 026-2020 gikan sa Sangguniang Bayan sa Magallanes, ning lalawigan, “An Ordinance Designating Temporary Land Transportation Terminal for Tricycles Registered or Franchised both in the Municipality of Magallanes and Cabadbaran City and all other types of 4-wheeled Utility Vehicles and providing regulations thereof, subject for refinement.”

Ang nag-una nga katuyoan sa Municipal Ordinance No. 026-2020 nga gipangamahanan ni Sangguniang Bayan Member Diomiel A. Basnig, mao ang mapauswag ang kahamugaway ug dali nga pagbiyahe ug kahilwasan sa mga publiko nga magbiyahe; masilsil ang disiplina sa mga operator / drayber sa mga motor nga traysikol ug mga publikong gamit sa publiko; masiguro nga ang mga operator / drayber mosunud sa mga regulasyon nga giisyu sa nasyonal ug lokal nga gobyerno;  mapauswag ang maayong relasyon sa mga operator / driver ug likayan ang kompitisyon taliwala nila; ug mokita ang local government unit (LGU).

Ang lokasyon sa temporaryong Land Transportation Public Terminal mahimutang sa kanto sa Cuenca Avenue ug Pandanon Road Purok-3 Barangay Marcos sa nahisgutang lungsod.

Ang lakang giaprobahan sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan pinaagi sa Sanggunian Resolution Number 018-2021 sa pagpaningkamot ni Provincial Board Member Erwin L. Dano kauban sa mga co-authors nga si Hon. Francisco Y. Chan, Jr. ug Hon. Dick Victor B. Carmona. (LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Ekipos gipadangat sa mga mag-uuma sa abaca sa Cabadbaran

By Angel Lyn F. Gaviola

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Pebrero 15 -- Suportado sa lokal nga panggamhanan sa Cabadbaran ang mga mag-uuma sa abaca, human gipadangat ang mga bag-ong ekipos aron mosuporta sa ilang pag-uma ug ani.

Bag-uhay lang upat ka units sa Abaca Spindle-Type Stripping Machine nga adunay kompletong kasangkapan ang giturn-over sa local government unit (LGU) sa Cabadbaran nga mikantidad og P600,000 sa upat ka mga organisasyon sa mga mag-uuma sa abaca pinaagi sa City Agriculturist Office (CAO)-Cabadbaran.

Sumala ni City Agriculturist Ma. Arcelle Soria, sa CAO, ang mga benepisyaryo sa maong mga ekipos gilangkoban sa Lusong Farmers Association; Ancili Tribal Farmers Associaton, Inc; Puting Bato Farmers Association sa Barangay Puting Bato; ug Mamanwa Manobo Indigenous Peoples Organization (MAMIPO) sa Barangay Del Pilar, Sitio Pirada sa nasangpit nga siyudad.

Kabahin ang mga nasangpit nga organisasyon nga nikometer sa AGUSAN UP! ilawom sa Plant! Plant! Plant! program aron palapdan pa ang pagpananom sa abaca sa probinsya partikular sa Cabadbaran, diin gipunting nga matamnan karong tuiga ang anaa sa 500 ektaryas alang sa maong crop.

Samtang laing makinaryas nga nagkantidad og Php4 milyon ang napalit na usab sa LGU-Cabadbaran pinaagi sa CAO, kini mao ang Rice Combine Harvester with Loader Rotavator ug Harvester Carrier alang sa mga mag-uuma sa humay sa dakbayan. (Agusan Up, LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)