(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).

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Surigao Norte SKs assist students in accessing internet connection

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 27 (PIA) -- The Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials in the municipality of San Benito in Surigao del Norte had shown concern for the students studying at home during this time of the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, and assisted them in the access of internet connection.

Delcy Rose Plandano, SK Federated President of said municipality highlighted during the Network Briefing News on Tuesday hosted by Secretary Martin Andanar of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) that while they conduct Computer Literacy Training to the students in the different schools of their municipality with the help of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), they also assess the students’ modules, and assist and guide them in accessing the internet so they could be able to finish their modules within the given timeline.

Plandano added that they continue to reach out to the out-of-school youths in their municipality and provide them technical vocational education training/s and even computer literacy.

“This will help them explore online opportunities and even use it as a platform to promote their livelihood which could eventually improve their quality of life,” she added.

She further said that they have partnered with the local government in promoting vaccination for COVID-19 to its residents. "As a youth leader, I promote the good news (to the public)... and that they should not be afraid because this is not only for their welfare but for their family and loved ones," she said.

The SK official also highlighted that they give attention to mental health care for the youths. “During this time of the pandemic, mental health care is very important. To address this, we continue to reach out to the youths and increase their awareness so they would never engage in activities that could destroy their lives, instead, lead them to participate in different activities that make them more productive,” she said.

It can be recalled that there had been reports of suicide incidents among youths who easily got depressed when they were not able to accomplish their homework and modules due to lack of internet connection and other requirements which they had difficulty in complying with. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Dinagat Islands LGU continues to promote jabs for COVID-19

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 27 (PIA) -- More locals of the municipality of Loreto in the province of Dinagat Islands are now more willing to get jabs for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Municipal Mayor Doandre Bill Ladaga said on Wednesday, March 24.

In an interview for the Network Briefing News with Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Sec. Martin Andanar, the mayor said this is a result of the information drive they continuously launched for the vaccination program.

“Nung una, alam naman natin before, karamihan medyo hesitant eh, yung iba daming mga tanong. But eventually, lalo na nung dumating mismo yung mga vaccines, nagpasalamat naman kami na nag cooperate lahat, nagtutulungan,” the mayor said.

Mayor Ladaga also said public confidence on vaccines increased especially after the successful vaccination of some 30 local health care workers on Sunday, March 21.

“So maganda yung resulta, marami po yung nagpabakuna. Nakausap naming yung ilan, wala naman talagang nakikitang mga side effects,” the local official added.

With the first batch of its health care workers now given immunity for the deadly disease, the local government continues to advocate for the vaccines to its people.

“Sa ngayon po, tuluy-tuloy po yung information drive natin. Ang ating mga barangay officials ay tumutulong naman kaya etong mga health care workers natin, binibisita nila ang bawat barangay at tingiin ko po, mukhang handa naman po ang karamihan para sa vaccination.”

Despite the availability of vaccines, the local chief executive continues to remind Loretonhons to abide by minimum health standards particularly those set by the provincial government.

“Padayon ta na magsunod ug malaumon na makabangon gyud ta diani na dungan ug inyung lauman na kami, uban ang mga opisyales sa lungsod ug barangays, na maningkamot mi na kutob sa among mahimo na maghatag ug suporta alang sa katawhan sa lungsod [Let us continue to follow (protocols) and be hopeful that we can rise together (from this pandemic). Have faith in us, the local officials in the municipal and barangay levels, because we will continue to do all that we can to provide support for the people of this town],” he said. (DMNR/PIA-Caraga)

Cabadbaran LGU prioritizes farmers even during pandemic

By Nora C. Lanuza

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 27 (PIA) -- Farmers in the city of Cabadbaran in the province of Agusan del Norte were given importance by the city government especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. During the Network Briefing News on Friday, hosted by PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar, Mayor Judy Amante said that the government are helping their farmers to uplift their living conditions by providing them assistance.

“We found out that some farmers are in debt to financers during cropping period that is why they are obliged to deliver their harvest even at a low buying price," said Mayor Amante.

"That is why in order to help them and have enough supply of rice and to support farmers in the area, the LGU offered loans to farmers cooperatives especially in palay seeds. We also extend help to a group of farmers by providing then capital in order to put up their own cooperatives payable up to 5 years," added Mayor Amante.

Just recently, the LGU has assisted a farmers’ cooperative in the area by lending them P5 Million that includes putting up a rice mill, building and facilities. "In return, the cooperative also gives two hectares of land to the LGU to use as an agricultural training center for farmers that will surely improve the living condition of the farmers in the area," Mayor Amante said.

Also, the LGU of Cabadbaran is also providing assistance and facilitating the lying-in hatchery for the blue swimming crabs project in the city. The project is funded by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and aside from the hatchery, a shellfish processing and a solar dryer also funded by BFAR is also present in the city to increase the production of fish and other aquatic food resources in the city's local waters.

"With this, there is now a new alternative source of livelihood for local fisherfolks other than fishing," Mayor Amante said. (NCLM, PIA Agusan del Norte)

Pagbabakuna sa iba’t-ibang probinsya sa Caraga region, patuloy sa pag-arangkada

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Marso 27 -- Patuloy pa ring isinasagawa ang pagbabakuna sa iba’t-ibang probinsya ng Caraga region sa pangunguna ng Department of Health (DOH).

Nitong Marso 23, may kabuuang 1,759 vaccination sites na sa Caraga ang nagsasagawa ng COVID-19 vaccination para sa mga health care workers at frontliners.

Tinatayang nasa 57,364 katao na kabilang sa Priority A1 ang eligible o pumasa at nasa master list.

Ang 6,045 ay sa Butuan City; 6,270 sa Agusan del Norte; 13,647 sa Agusan del Sur; 11,130 sa Surigao del Norte; 17,638 sa Surigao del Sur; at 2,634 naman sa Province of Dinagat Islands.

Nasa kabuuang 10,711 ang nabakunahan na sa rehiyon sa first dose at may 496 naman ang napagpaliban muna na mabakunahan dahil sa kanilang medical and health concerns.

Ayon kay Dr. Ernesto Pareja, chief local health support ng DOH-Caraga, as of March 24, nasa 91.32 percent na ang nabakunahan ng Sinovac at 44.80 percent sa Astra Zeneca vaccines sa buong rehiyon.

Samantala, bagamat accessible na ang mga bakuna, payo pa rin ng kagawaran sa publiko, huwag magkumpyansa. Panatilihin ang pagsuot ng face mask at face shield, sundin ang patakaran ukol sa physical distancing, at magsanitize ng mainam at madalas. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)