(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Monday, 26 July 2021) Southwest Monsoon affecting the country. ACTIVE TROPICAL CYCLONES OUTSIDE PAR AS OF 3:00 AM TODAY: TYPHOON "IN-FA" (FORMERLY "FABIAN") {2106} LOCATION: 1,070 KM NORTH OF EXTREME NORTHERN LUZON (30.4°N, 121.5°E) MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS: 100 KM/H NEAR THE CENTER GUSTINESS: UP TO 140 KM/H MOVEMENT: NORTHWESTWARD AT 10 KM/H TROPICAL STORM "NEPARTAK" {2108} LOCATION: 2,980 KM EAST NORTHEAST OF EXTREME NORTHERN LUZON (31.0°N, 149.5°E) MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS: 75 KM/H NEAR THE CENTER GUSTINESS: UP TO 90 KM/H MOVEMENT: NORTHWARD AT 20 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).

Sunday, February 28, 2021

SurSur guv upbeat on province-wide recovery from TS Auring

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 28 (PIA) -- Following the visit of President Rodrigo Duterte and his Cabinet Secretaries to Tandag City on Tuesday, February 23, Surigao del Sur provincial governor Alexander Pimentel is optimistic about the province’s recovery from the devastation caused by the Tropical Storm Auring (TS Auring).

The president and most members of his Cabinet were in the city for the situation briefing on the effects of TS Auring in Caraga region, particularly in Surigao del Sur, which suffered most of the storm’s impact.

“Maganda ang kinararatnan [ng meeting]. Lahat ng Cabinet secretaries, inutusan ng presidente na bumalik dito, wag na kaming papuntahin sa Manila, sila na ang babalik dito para [asikasuhin] ang kailangan namin,” said Gov. Pimentel.

During the briefing, national government agencies pledged various forms of assistance for the recovery of the province.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) has handed over on Tuesday P217.9-million worth of assistance to agricultural damage and improvement in the province while the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), through its Caraga field office, has provided P10.5-million worth of food and non-food items to affected families across the region. A total of 3,658 families in Tandag City were given P3,000 each as cash assistance.

The governor also said that the Department of Public Work and Highways (DPWH) will lend equipment for the rehabilitation of roads and bridges damaged due to the tropical storm while the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will provide fiberglass boats to all shoreline municipalities in the province.

Department of Budget and Management (DBM) chief Sec. Wendel Avisado said funding will be provided for the recovery of the province. Select government agencies have allocated funds to be used for the said initiative. The Department of Interior and Local Government-Bureau of Fire Protection (DILG-BFP) has P50 million; DILG-Philippine National Police (DILG-PNP), P50 million; DA, P1 billion; Department of National Defense-Office of Civil Defense (DND-OCD), P500 million. The DPWH has P1 billion intended for road rehabilitation.

The DSWD also has P22.9 million for its standby funds and P459.8 million Quick Response Fund (QRF) ready to be used in case of shortage.

Livelihood and assistance programs from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Transportation (DOTr), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and the Department of Energy (DOE) will also be accessible for affected residents.

Meanwhile, relocation for residents in coastal communities is also one of the province’s priorities. While relocation is yet to be finalized, Gov. Pimentel said they plan on utilizing an idle lot purchased by Tandag City during his term as the city mayor as its relocation site.

The DSWD will also provide P30,000 for families whose houses were completely damaged by the storm and P15,000 for those with partial damage. The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) is also coordinating with the National Housing Authority (NHA) on the matter.

Governor Pimentel was overwhelmed by the national government’s support.

“Ako nga nagulat mismo at hindi ko akalain na ang presidente mismo ang pupunta rito. This is the first in the history of Surigao del Sur that immediately after the typhoon, dumating ang presidente kasama ang kanyang cabinet secretaries. Kaya malaki talaga ang pasasalamat ko kay President Duterte,” he said.

On the onslaught of TS Auring, around 7,755 families from 125 barangays in 12 towns and two component cities in Surigao del Sur were forced to evacuate from their homes, seeking shelter in 159 evacuation centers. Four were reported missing while two were injured.

The towns of Cagwait, Carmen, San Agustin, and Tago as well as the city of Tandag declared a State of Calamity following the disaster. (DMNR/PIA-Caraga)

NDRRMC enjoins LGUs, stakeholders to aid SurSur's recovery from TS Auring

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 28 (PIA) -- While figures on the destruction caused by Tropical Storm Auring (TS Auring) in Caraga are yet to be determined, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) is intensifying its efforts to respond to the disaster, enjoining local government units (LGUs) and concerned stakeholder to hasten the recovery of the region from the onslaught of the recent disaster, particularly in the province of Surigao del Sur, which sustained the greatest damage among affected areas.

The directive came from President Rodrigo Duterte himself during the situation briefing for TS Auring in Tandag City on Tuesday, February 23, with his Cabinet Secretaries.

NDRRMC Executive Director and Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Administrator Usec. Ricardo Jalad said that coordination with LGUs as well as disaster response agencies is ongoing to determine the total damage caused by the storm and the needed interventions for the province.

“May mga interventions na na-identify na no, for example, repair of barangay roads, may problema sa capacity ng engineering office at kailangan nila ng heavy equipment so DPWH [Department of Public Work and Highways] will lend them some heavy equipment. Sa pagkain, I and Sec. Bautista assured the president that we have enough supply of food and standby funds,” the OCD chief said during a pocket engagement with the media following the briefing.

Spearheading the coordination is the Regional DRRMC of Caraga, led by OCD, which is expected to submit the situation report concerning the effects of the recent disaster to the NDRRMC within next week, according to Usec. Jalad.

Meanwhile, Department of Budget and Management (DBM) chief Sec. Wendel Avisado said funding can be generated for the said disaster response.

The budget chief said the Department of Interior and Local Government-Bureau of Fire Protection (DILG-BFP) has P50 million; DILG-Philippine National Police (DILG-PNP), P50 million; Department of National Defense-Office of Civil Defense (DND-OCD), P500 million. The DPWH has P1 billion intended for road rehabilitation.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) has already provided the province P217.9-million for agricultural assistance while the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has already provided P10.5-million worth of food and non-food items to affected individuals in Surigao del Sur and in other parts of the region through its Caraga field office. Some 3,658 families in Tandag City also received a cash aid amounting to P3,000 on Tuesday.

“May protocol naman din eh. Kung ang capacity ng LGU ay hindi naman ooverwhelm ay dapat gamitin nila yung kanilang resources. Yung LGU na ubos-ubos ang pondo, tutulungan yon ng national government agencies,” the NDRRMC chief said.

Meantime, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has pledged to assist 1,000 small businesses affected by the recent disaster through loan programs or outright livelihood support funds. Other agencies such as the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and the Department of Energy (DOE) will provide assistance through their existing livelihood programs.

Usec. Jalad also said interventions will be provided for residents whose houses were damaged during the disaster, in coordination with the National Housing Authority (NHA). The DSWD will also be providing P30,000 for families whose houses were completely damaged while P15,000 for those whose houses were damaged partially.

TS Auring, which caused flooding and landslides in different parts of Caraga region due to heavy rains, affected 73,549 families or 274,137 individuals, forcing thousands of families to flee to various evacuation centers for temporary shelter from February 19 to 21. One death was recorded in the province of Surigao del Norte.

In Surigao del Sur, at least 7,755 families or 29,911 individuals from 125 barangays in 12 towns and two component cities were housed in 159 evacuation centers. Four are reported missing while two are injured.

The towns of Cagwait, Carmen, San Agustin, and Tago and the city of Tandag have declared a State of Calamity due to the devastation brought by the storm. (DMNR/PIA-Caraga)

PRRD orders swift response to disaster aftermath in SurSur province

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 28 (PIA) -- Following the onslaught of Tropical Storm ‘Auring’ in Caraga region, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered his Cabinet members to provide swift disaster response to the victims of the recent disaster, particularly in the province of Surigao del Sur, which suffered the most damage.

President Duterte called for a situation briefing on Tuesday, February 23, held in Tandag City, to assess the effects of TS Auring in the region. Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado assured the President that funding for the recovery of the province can be produced and will be sourced from the Quick Response Fund (QRF).

The budget chief said the Department of Interior and Local Government-Bureau of Fire Protection (DILG-BFP) has P50 million; DILG-Philippine National Police (DILG-PNP), P50 million; Department of National Defense-Office of Civil Defense (DND-OCD), P500 million.

The head of the state also emphasized the need to rehabilitate the province’s barangay roads which is also crucial in combating insurgency in the area. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is reported to allocate P1 billion for this.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) has already handed over P217.9-million worth of agricultural interventions to the province but another P1 billion was reported to be on standby. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has provided needed augmentation during the onset of the disaster. Per the report of DSWD chief Rolando Bautista, 15,000 family food packs have already been prepositioned in Surigao del Sur and some 8,000 packs are prepositioned in the Caraga field office for distribution. Another 7,000 food packs were reported to have arrived on Wednesday.

A cash assistance worth P3,000 was also given to 3,658 families on Tuesday.

DSWD will also provide augmentation for property damage. Families whose houses were completely damaged will receive P30,000 while P15,000 will be given to those whose houses were partially damaged.

Sec. Bautista also reports that DSWD has prepared P22.09 million for its standby fund and stockpiles that include food and non-food items and another P459.8 million from their QRF in case of fund shortage.

Further, Sec. Avisado also reported that other departments such as the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Transportation (DOTr), and the Department of Energy (DOE) will assist affected residents through their programs. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has pledged to support 1,000 small businesses through loans and outright livelihood support funds, depending on what the enterprise needs.

The head of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) emphasized employing a whole-of-government approach to respond to these situations efficiently.

Around 73,549 families or 274,137 individuals in Caraga were affected by TS Auring, the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) reported on Saturday. Heavy rains brought by the storm caused flashfloods and landslides, which resulted in P23.7-million worth of damage in roads and bridges and P117.9 million in agriculture.

In Surigao del Sur, 7,755 families or 29,911 individuals from 125 barangays in at least 12 municipalities and two component cities were forced to seek shelter in 159 evacuation centers scattered across the province. Four individuals were reported missing while two others were injured.

Five local government units in Surigao del Sur declared a State of Calamity, namely Tandag City and the towns of Cagwait, Carmen, San Agustin, and Tago. (DMNR/PIA-Caraga)

DTI initiates Facebook marketing, management enhancement seminar to Surigao Norte coop

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Feb. 28 -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Surigao del Norte has recently initiated the Facebook Marketing and Management Enhancement seminar to the selected young members of the Kababayen-an sa Panatao Producers Cooperative (KAPAPROCO) in Claver town.

The said seminar was conducted as part of the department's interventions to upgrade and get them fully on board the new norm of selling through digital means.

A total of eight teens including KAPAPROCO chairperson Ludina D. Velez, incoming chairperson Elisa D. Ycong and Coop Treasurer Avelina Delegencia were the beneficiaries of the whole-day seminar which included a workshop and one-on-one coaching session.

The resource speaker of the said activity is composed of Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) Trade and Industry Development Specialist Ma. Malen Catamora, OTOP Next Gen focal person for Trade and Promotion function and Trade and Industry Development Analyst Tryztan Ian Felias.

It can be recalled that KAPAPROCO previously received an internet package consisted of Globe WiFi and an internet load card a few months back when they were equipped in preparation for doing an online selling.

This time through the said activity, young members were chosen as the page editors for their official Facebook page named “Long Life VCO.”  

Banking on the easy accessibility of the widely used Facebook, this will increase the social media presence of the group and at the same time give their line of products an ample boost to aid in marketing.

KAPAPROCO is a manufacturer of virgin coconut oil oral drink, liniment oils and various handicrafts, and composed primarily of women from Barangay Panatao, Claver town but later grew to accept male members, as well.

As of present, they are geared towards utilizing their young ones to help sustain the cooperatives by using digital selling while continuing to provide the public with quality coco-based products. (Negosyo Center Claver, DTI-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

47 OFWs undergo entrepreneurial seminar in Bislig City

BISLIG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Feb. 28 (PIA) -- The Bislig City Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCCI), in collaboration with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Go Negosyo Center, and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) spearheaded the entrepreneurial seminar to 47 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) on Friday, Feb. 26, at Sheilas Restaurants, Espiritu St, Mangagoy, this city.

BCCCI Executive Director Yourreallylove Sango said the seminar was aimed to provide a livelihood intervention program for returning OFWs who have been affected by the current global crisis, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Sango said every returning OFW is encouraged to group themselves at a minimum requirement of 15, and a maximum of 30 members to avail of the OWWA's Livelihood Program.

The role of the BCCI is to assist them in preparing their business plan proposal as well as to guide them go through their business projects with business analysis and forecasting, Sango explained. (NGB/PIA-Bislig City)

Dinagat cops net 30 individuals on anti-illegal fishing ops

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Feb. 28 -- The simultaneous Anti-Criminality Law Enforcement Operations (SACLEO) on Anti-Illegal Fishing conducted by the seven municipalities of this province from February 7 to 14, 2021 resulted in the arrest of 30 individuals.

Dinagat Islands Police Provincial Office Officer-In-Charge Police Colonel Germano P. Mallari said that the 30 individuals were caught in the act engaging in illegal fishing activities.

According to Col. Mallari, the anti-illegal fishing operation is part of their mandate to protect and preserve the marine and aquatic resources of the province.

Police operatives from Basilisa Municipal Police (MPS) Station arrested five persons for violation of Republic Act (RA) No. 8550 as amended by RA No. 10654 otherwise known as The Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998.

While, police personnel of Cagdianao MPS also arrested three persons for violation of Municipal Ordinance prohibiting the so-called “boso,” Dinagat MPS arrested eight individuals and Libjo MPS arrested 12 illegal fishers.

Loreto MPS arrested one individual who was caught in the act spearfishing within the restricted fishing ground and in a Marine Fish Sanctuary of the municipality of Loreto and Tubajon MPS arrested one person for violation of same.

Confiscated from their possession were different fishing paraphernalia and different species of marine products. (Dinagat Islands Police Provincial Office/PIA-Dinagat Islands)

Agarang pagresponde sa mga biktima ng Auring sa SurSur, ipinag-utos ng pangulo

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Pebrero 28 (PIA) -- Matapos ang pananalasa ng Bagyong Auring sa Caraga region, inutusan ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte ang mga miyembro ng kanyang gabinete sa agarang pagresponde sa pangangailangan ng mga naging biktima ng bagyo, lalo na sa probinsya ng Surigao del Sur, kung saan pinakagrabe ang pinsala.

Nagpatawag ng situation briefing ang pangulo noong Martes, Pebrero 23, sa lungsod ng Tandag sa naturang probinsya upang masuri ang kasalukuyang sitwasyon ng rehiyon matapos ang bagyo. Maglalaan ng pondo para sa pagrekober ng probinsya ang national government na magmumula sa kanilang Quick Response Fund (QRF) ani hepe ng Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Wendel Avisado.

Dagdag nito, may P50 million ang Department of Interior and Local Government-Bureau of Fire Protection (DILG-BFP); P50 million and DILG-Philippine National Police (DILG-PNP); at P500 million ang Department of National Defense-Office of Civil Defense (DND-OCD) para sa pagresponde sa naturang sakuna.

Binigyang-diin naman ang pangulo sa rehabilitasyon ng mga daanan sa probinsya na naapektuhan ng bagyo na makakatulong din umano sa pagsugpo ang insurgency sa lugar. Para dito, may P1 billion na pondo and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Nauna nang nagbigay nuong Martes ang Department of Agriculture (DA) ng P217.9 milyong halaga ng tulong pang agrikultura sa probinsya. May itinabi ang ahensya na P1 bilyon bilang dagdag pondo sa iba pang kakailanganin. Patuloy naman ang pagseserbisyo ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) sa mga nasalanta ng bagyo. Sa kasagsagan ni Auring, namahagi na ng family food packs ang kagawaran. May 15,000 na food packs ang naitabi sa Surigao del Sur at 8,000 naman sa kanilang field office sa Caraga. Inulat din na may dumating na 7,000 noong Miyerkules.

Samantala, mabibigyan din ng cash assistance ang mga nasalanta. Nauna nang naipamigay ang ayudang nagkakakahalaga ng P3,000 sa 3,658 na pamilya sa probinsya noong Martes. Ayon sa puno ng DSWD na si Sec. Rolando Bautista, makakatanggap ng P30,000 ang mga pamilyang tuluyang nawasak ang bahay dahil sa bagyo habang P15,000 naman sa mga pamilyang bahagyang nawasak ang tirahan.

May P22.09 na milyong standby fund ang kagawaran para sa naturang sakuna at P459.8 na milyon mula sa kanilang QRF kung sakaling kukulangin ang pondo.

Inilahad din ni Sec. Avisado na handing tumulong ang Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Transportation (DOTr), and the Department of Energy (DOE) sa mga naapektuhang residente sa pamamagitan ng kanilang mga programang pangkabuhayan. Nangako si Trade Sec. Ramon Lopez na tutulungan ang 1,000 na maliliit na negosyo sa pamamagitan ng loan o outright livelihood support funds, depende sa kakailanganin ng negosyo.

Ayon sa puno ng DBM, isang “whole of government approach” ang ginagamit upang matugunan ang kakailanganin ng probinsya at ng mga residente nito.

Sa kasagsagan ng bagyo, umabot sa 73,549 na mga pamilya o 274,137 na mga indibidwal sa Caraga ang naapektuhan, ayon sa tala ng Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC). Isa naman ang naitalang patay sa Surigao del Norte.

Sa probinsya ng Surigao del Sur, nagsilikas ang 7,755 o 29,911 na mga indibidwal mula sa 125 na mga barangay sa 12 na mga munisipalidad at dalawang syudad sa 159 evacuation centers. Apat ang naiulat na nawawala habang dalawa ang sugatan.

Nagdeklara naman ng State of Calamity ang lungsod ng Tandag, at mga bayan ng Cagwait, Carmen, San Agustin, at Tago dahil sa bagyo. (DMNR/PIA-Caraga)

NDRRMC, nanawagan sa mga LGUs at stakeholders sa pagresponde sa pinsalang dulot ng Auring sa SurSur

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Pebrero 28 (PIA) -- Habang tinutukoy pa ang kabuuang pinsalang dulot ng bagyong Auring sa Caraga region, puspusan ang pagresponde ng National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) at nananawagan sa mga local government units (LGUs) at mga stakeholders na makipagtulungan para sa mabilisang pag rekober ng rehiyon mula sa pananalasa ng bagyo, lalo na sa probinsya ng Surigao del Sur kung saan pinakamalaki ang pinsala.

Ito ay utos  ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa iginanap na situation briefing para sa bagyong Auring noong Martes, Pebrero 23, kasama ang mga miyembro ng kanyang gabinete.

Sabi ni NDRRMC Executive Director at Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Administrator Usec. Ricardo Jalad na patuloy ang koordinasyon sa iba’t-ibang ahensya ng gobyerno at LGUs upang matukoy ang kabuuang pinsalang idinulot ng nagdaang sakuna sa probinsya. at matugon ang pangangailangan nito.

“May mga interventions na na-identify na no, for example, repair of barangay roads, may problema sa capacity ng engineering office at kailangan nila ng heavy equipment so DPWH [Department of Public Work and Highways] will lend them some heavy equipment. Sa pagkain, I and Sec. Bautista assured the president that we have enough supply of food and standby funds,” ani ng hepe ng OCD sa isang pocket engagement kasama ang mga media matapos ang briefing.

Ang koordinasyon ay pinangungunahan ng Regional DRRMC of Caraga na inaasahang makapag sumite ng situation report sa NDRRMC sa susunod na linggo.

Sinabi ni Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Sec. Wendel Avisado na makakapaglaan ng pondo ang pamahalaan para sa pagrekober ng probinsya.

May P50 million ang Department of Interior and Local Government-Bureau of Fire Protection (DILG-BFP); P50 million and DILG-Philippine National Police (DILG-PNP); at P500 million ang Department of National Defense-Office of Civil Defense (DND-OCD) para sa pagresponde sa naturang sakuna. May P1 bilyon din ang DPWH para sa rehabilitasyon ng mga daanan.

Nauna ng nagbigay ng ayuda ang Department of Agriculture (DA) sa provincial government na nagkakahalaga ng P217.9 milyon habang ang Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) naman ay namahagi ng mga food at non-food items na nagkakahalaga ng P10.5 milyon sa mga nasawing pamilya sa probinsya at sa iba pang bahagi ng Caraga. May 3,658 naman na apektadong pamilya sa Tandag City ang nakatanggap ng P3,000 na ayuda mula sa kagawaran noong Martes.

“May protocol naman din eh. Kung ang capacity ng LGU ay hindi naman ooverwhelm ay dapat gamitin nila yung kanilang resources. Yung LGU na ubos-ubos ang pondo, tutulungan yon ng national government agencies,” dagdag ng NDRRMC Executive Director.

Tutulungan naman ng Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) ang 1,000 na mga maliliit na negosyo sa pamamagitan ng loan o outright livelihood support fund. Mamimigay din ng tulong pangkabuhayan ang Department of Transportation (DOTr), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), at Department of Energy (DOE) sa pamamagitan ng kanilang mga programa.

Ayon din kay Usec. Jalad, may tulong na iaabot sa mga pamilyang nawalan ng tahanan sa pamamagitan ng National Housing Authority (NHA). Mamimigay din ang DSWD ng P30,000 para sa mga pamilyang tuluyang nawasak ang tahanan habang P15,000 naman sa mga hindi gaano kagrabe ang pagkawasak ng tirahan.

Sa kasagsagan ng bagyo, umabot sa 73,549 na mga pamilya o 274,137 na mga indibidwal sa Caraga ang naapektuhan, ayon sa tala ng Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC). Isa naman ang naitalang patay sa Surigao del Norte.

Sa probinsya ng Surigao del Sur, nagsilikas ang 7,755 o 29,911 na mga indibidwal mula sa 125 na mga barangay sa 12 na mga munisipalidad at dalawang syudad sa 159 evacuation centers. Apat ang naiulat na nawawala habang dalawa ang sugatan.

Nagdeklara naman ng State of Calamity ang lungsod ng Tandag, at mga bayan ng Cagwait, Carmen, San Agustin, at Tago dahil sa bagyo. (DMNR/PIA-Caraga)

SurSur gob, positibo sa pagbangon ng probinsya matapos ang bagyong Auring

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Pebrero 28 (PIA) -- Matapos ang pagbisita ni President Rodrigo Duterte at ang miyembro ng kanyang Gabinete sa Tandag City noong Martes, Prebrero 23, mas naging positibo ang pananaw ni Surigao del Sur provincial governor sa pagbangon ng probinsya mula sa pinsalang dulot ng bagyong Auring.

Dumalo ang presidente para sa situation briefing para masuri ang pinsalang dulot ng bagyo sa Caraga region, partikular na sa Surigao del Sur, kung saan pinakagrabe ang pinsala.

“Maganda ang kinararatnan [ng meeting]. Lahat ng Cabinet secretaries, inutusan ng presidente na bumalik dito, wag na kaming papuntahin sa Manila, sila na ang babalik dito para [asikasuhin] ang kailangan namin,” ani Gov. Pimentel.

Tutulungan ddin ang iba’t-ibang kagawaran ng gobyerno para sa pagrekober ng probinsya.

Naglaan na ng tulong ang Department of Agriculture (DA) noong Martes na nagkakahalaga ng P217.9 milyon para sa pagpapabuti ng agrikultura sa probinsya habang namahagi naman ng food at non-food items na nagkakahalaga ng P10.5 milyon sa mga pamilyang naapektuhan ang Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) sa pamamagitan ng kanilang field office sa Caraga. Nakatanggap naman P3,000 ang kada isa sa 3,658 na mga pamilya sa Tandag City mula sa kagawaran.

Inilahad din ng gobernadora na tutulong din ang Department of Public Work and Highways (DPWH) sa rehabilitasyon ng mga naapektuhang daan at tulay habang mamamahagi ng fiberglass na bangka ang Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) para sa mga coastal municipalities sa probinsya.

Sinabi ni Department of Budget and Management (DBM) chief Sec. Wendel Avisado na maglalaan ng pondo ang pamahalaan para sa disaster response. May P50 milyon ang Department of Interior and Local Government-Bureau of Fire Protection (DILG-BFP); P50 milyon naman mula sa DILG-Philippine National Police (DILG-PNP); P1 bilyon mula sa DA; at P500 million mula sa Department of National Defense-Office of Civil Defense (DND-OCD). May P1 bilyon din ang DWPH bilang dagdag tulong.

May P22.9 milyon naman ang DSWD para sa kanilang standby funds habang P459.8 milyon naman ang nakareserba mula sa kanilang Quick Response Fund (QRF) kung sakaling kukulangin ang pondo.

Matutulungan din ang pangkabuhayan at negosyo ng mga biktima ng bagyo sa pamamagitan ng mga programa ng Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Transportation (DOTr), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), at ng Department of Energy (DOE).

Prayoridad din ng provincial government ang relokasyon ng mga residenteng nakatira sa mga komunidad malapit sa dagat o ilog. Ayon kay Gov. Pimentel, plano nilang gamitin ang bakanteng lote na binili ng Tandag City noong siyay alkalde pa ng syudad para dito.

Mamimigay din ng P30,000 ang DSWD sa mga pamilyang lubos na nawasak ang tirahan dahil sa bagyo habang P15,000 naman para sa mga partially damaged na tirahan. Kasalukuyan ding nakikipagtulungan ang OCD sa National Housing Authority (NHA) para sa pabahay ng mga naturang residente.

Malaki naman ang pasasalamat ng gobernadora sa suportang ibinigay ng national government.

“Ako nga nagulat mismo at hindi ko akalain na ang presidente mismo ang pupunta rito. This is the first in the history of Surigao del Sur that immediately after the typhoon, dumating ang presidente kasama ang kanyang cabinet secretaries. Kaya malaki talaga ang pasasalamat ko kay President Duterte,” aniya.

Sa kasagsagan ng bagyo, may 7,755 na mga pamilya mula sa 125 na mga barangay sa 12 na bayan at dalawang component cities sa probinsya ang napilitang mag evacuate sa 159 na mga evacuation centers. Apat ang naiulat na nawawala habang dalawa naman ang sugatan.

Nagdeklara naman ng State of Calamity ang mga bayan ng Cagwait, Carmen, San Agustin, at Tago at ang syudad ng Tandag dulot ng bagyo. (DMNR/PIA-Caraga)