(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).



Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Bunawan SK gears up campaign vs illegal drugs to save more youths

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 16 (PIA) – With the aim to save more youths from the ill-effects brought about by the use of illegal drugs, the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials in the municipality of Bunawan in Agusan del Sur have geared up their efforts and campaign in the barangays amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Kinny Caballes, SK federation president of Bunawan, Agusan del Sur shared during the Laging Handa Network Briefing that they would be initiating various activities to encourage the youths to prevent themselves from getting involved in illegal activities.

“We have been engaging them into different activities online and we will create more so that they would see and appreciate their vital role in the society and how they could be able to influence others to become a good example and be part of the government’s effort in maintaining a peaceful and progressive region,” emphasized Caballes.

Caballes also revealed that among their priorities also include the establishment of street lights to make sure that people are safe especially at night and to preempt possible crimes that usually took place in unlighted streets.

He further called on the youths to abide by the ordinances imposed in their respective areas, and contribute to the efforts of the government in preventing the transmission of COVID-19.

“The SK officials not only here in Bunawan but also in all other municipalities and city in Agusan del Sur are ready to assist the LGUs and the different communities should they be asked to assist in the implementation of the government’s vaccination program,” said Caballes.

The SK officials in Bunawan also expressed their commitment to help disseminate and explain further the advantages of the vaccine to people’s body as a protection against the spread of the deadly virus. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

AgSur gives focus on upland sustainable agri-forestry development

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 16 (PIA) -- As the province recovers slowly from the effects of the pandemic, it intends to develop/enhance further its Upland Sustainable Agri-Forestry Development Program (USAD) along with its Lowland Development Program in order to help its constituents experience an improved quality of life.

Agusan del Sur Governor Santiago Cane, Jr., said during his interview on Laging Handa Network Briefing hosted by Secretary Martin Andanar of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) that apart from improving its productivity in agricultural products, the provincial government also wanted to reduce the poverty incidence.

“We have been working on a community-based monitoring system. We have data on this, and we know which areas in our province where poverty incidence proliferates. Thus, the former governor and now the representative of second district Adolph Edward Plaza has launched the USAD program in the upland barangays where many of our folks that are living below the poverty line will be enrolled/registered,” bared Cane.

Cane added that the farmers are not just beneficiaries, but are part of the successful implementation of these programs with the government.

On the government’s Build, Build, Build Project connecting the roads from Bukidnon to Agusan del Sur, Governor Cane emphasized that this is a great potential for new opportunities for the people of the province. “We know that Bukidnon and Agusan del Sur are provinces that are rich in agricultural products, and with this national highway linking the two areas, those farmers in poverty line will benefit much from this endeavor. And this will shorten the route from Agusan del Sur to Bukidnond and vice versa. So I hope this will be completed soon,” he said.

The official added that the locals from the municipality of Esperanza, Agusan del Sur will also be benefitting from this initiative of President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration as many from this area of the province are farmers who regularly transport their products to other regions. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)