(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Monday, 04 March 2024) Northeast Monsoon affecting Luzon. Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur, will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Easterlies/Localized Thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Moderate to strong winds coming from Northeast to East will prevail with moderate to rough seas (1.2 to 2.8 meters).

Thursday, March 11, 2021

TESDA Caraga spearheads Women Leaders’ Forum in Butuan

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, March 11 (PIA) -- To inspire more women to get involved in policy-making and enhance their leadership skills, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Caraga has initiated the conduct of Women Leaders’ Forum on Wednesday at the Watergate’s Pavillion, this city. It was a blended activity with other participants who joined online.

In her message, Regional Director Tarhata Mapandi, highlighted how women strive to overcome the challenges of life especially during this time of the pandemic. She also recognized women who have been resilient and continue to contribute to nation-building.

"Women play a vital role in our society. We should support and promote their welfare and appreciate them more for their contribution to the development of our nation," she cited.

As she discussed the role of information technology in sustaining the tourism industry in the Caraga region, Dir. Mary Jean Camarin, chief executive officer of Indigo ICT and Tourism Consultancy Butuan, revealed that since the onset of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), women took the risk and continue to perform their duties and responsibilities as they work along with the frontliners amid the pandemic. "Information communication technology was the lifeblood of all the interventions," she added.

Atty. Glenn Carampatana, Sangguniang Panlungsod member and chair of Education Sector of the local government unit of Butuan, served as one of the guest resource speakers  and shared insights on "Local Education Situationer of Butuan City: How local policy affects women." He underlined that the city government continues to address pressing issues and concerns on women and children sectors, as well as provide them with necessary and appropriate interventions.

As the keynote speaker, Samira Ali Gutoc-Tomawis, a journalist from The Philippine Business and News also emphasized that women and children should be protected from any abuse and violence especially in times of disaster and this time of the pandemic. She further elaborated the significant impact of the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act to the Filipino people, wherein the spirit of volunteerism was felt down to the communities amid the pandemic.

“We should set aside gender biases and let everyone experience equality. Women have continued to grow and develop amid crisis and they deserve to be treated right and well. Let us all make change work for women,” she said. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

PMO Surigao receives free AIS receiver-antenna package

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Mar. 11 -- A new Automatic Identification System (AIS) Station at the Port of Dapa will soon rise as the Port Management Office (PMO) of Surigao received recently an AIS Receiver and Antenna package, courtesy of marinetraffic.com.

The marinetraffic.com is the world’s largest online network of terrestrial AIS stations and it has provided PMO Surigao with an AIS receiver, antenna kit and free subscription of its online services while the PMO shall host the AIS station, provide internet connectivity and power connection.

Since AIS data gathered by the station is shared by both parties, PMO Surigao benefits through free access to online services while marinetraffic.com’s network of AIS stations expands with the establishment of a station at Siargao Islands.

It may be informed that PMO Surigao has, for years, hosted two marinetraffic-connected stations (at the Port of Surigao and Port of Tandag in Surigao del Sur) and enjoyed free subscriptions of its online services.

Connection with marinetraffic.com’s network has given many benefits to the PMO particularly in improving the PMO’s collection efficiency through free access to marinetrafic.com’s database of a particular vessel’s movements for 60 days.

With no operations officers monitoring the loading of nickel ore on anchorage at private ports, the service proved to be a “game changer” since there is no foolproof way to determine vessel stay and/or movements which are primary bases in the computation of port charges.

AIS data can also help in the investigation of marine accidents, particularly in resolving disputes or claims.

By having access to a database of vessel’s movement (provided by marinetraffic.com through an online service called “voyage history”), investigators can determine what the ship actually did, as well as where it has gone.

When a ship has been involved in an accident in port, perhaps coming into contact with another vessel or hitting a fixed object such as a crane, AIS can be used by investigators to construct a picture of port activity. (NC Nusog, PMO-PPA Surigao/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Gov't agencies converge for synergistic action in Surigao Norte

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Mar. 11 -- The national government agencies composed of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) recently converged for a synergistic planning of programs and actions for 2021.

The said convergence was chaired by the DTI headed by Provincial Director Elmer Natad, who also led the team to come up with harmonized proposals and implementation of potential programs and projects that would benefit the Surigaonons especially those in economic and business sectors and workers.

DOLE Surigao del Norte chief May Velonta was also cooperative of the targeted actions that would allow seamless transactions and services in the three line agencies.

According to Dir. Natad, with the harmonized proposals and implementation of programs, the TESDA can run programs through enterprise-based scheme together with the DOLE and DTI that will target the needs of the industry so that TESDA can align its programs and under industry-supervised trainings.

He said the priority sectors are the construction sector, handicraft producers, Service Repair Enterprises (SREs), hotels and restaurants, processed food manufacturers, retailers and others and they will commence by organizing and meeting first with the construction sector as part of the industry consultation. (DTI-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Dinagat Islands)

TESDA AgNor vows to provide trainings to 453 FRs

By Eliphaz A. Signar, Jr. II

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 11 – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Agusan del Norte vowed to provide trainings to some 453 Former Rebels (FRs) who have recently returned to the fold of the government.

In a report from the Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-Caraga, five members of Milisya ng Bayan (MB) and 448 CNT mass supporters under the existing Underground Mass Organization (UGMO) in Barangay Casiklan, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte have recently withdrawn their support to the communist movement and pledged allegiance to the government.

During the ceremony spearheaded by the 23rd Infantry “Masigasig” Battalion (23IB), Philippine Army under the leadership of Lt. Col. Julius Cesar Paulo, TESDA-Agusan del Norte Provincial Director Rey M. Cueva said that TESDA should give them interventions and support particularly in honing their technical skills for increased productivity.

“With this huge count of FRs, we should help them and give them proper interventions, because if not, there is a possibility that they will return to where they came and support the NPA,” he said.

Dir. Cueva added that community-based trainings in Organic Agriculture Production, Driving, Electrical Installation and Maintenance, Dressmaking, among others will surely contribute to uplift the economic condition of the community.

Meanwhile, Agusan del Norte Provincial Administrator Jerry Joey S. Laurito, who represented Governor Dale B. Corvera, recognized the bravery and enjoined the residents to cut or end their ties from the terrorist movement and embrace new lives with the government.

“With the help of TESDA who works with the 23IB and the LGU, we will develop livelihood project in your barangay, especially agricultural production in order for you to have a sustainable livelihood and help the government in recovering the status of our economic system. Kay kung walay kalinaw, walay kalambuan (If there’s no peace, there will be no progress),” he added.

Laurito likewise assured that the government is always ready to find solutions to the problems of barangays through the provisions of programs and services. (TESDA Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)

TESDA Specialista Desk back to normal operations

By Eliphaz A. Signar, Jr. II

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 11 -- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Specialista Desk located at the third floor of Robinsons Place-Butuan has been back to its normal operations to serve the public.

This, after it was forced to open only twice a week last year to public due to COVID-19. 

TESDA-Agusan del Norte Provincial Director Rey M. Cueva said that with Butuan City’s status under the Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ), there is a need for the operations in Robinsons Place-Butuan to slowly go back to normal.

“… But because we are still experiencing the pandemic, the Specialista Desk will be opened three times a week, during Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays,” Director Cueva said.

The Specialista Desk will serve as a venue for mall-goers to inquire programs and services of TESDA such as: Directory of TESDA Training Institutions (TTIs) and Technical Vocational Institutions (TVIs) with Programs under Unified TVET Program Registration and Accreditation System (UTPRAS).

The public may also ask for forms and application requirements for a smooth transaction in applying for the programs. Lastly, the desk will be helping the National Certificate holders with the renewal and application for the loss of certificate, among others.

Upon visiting the desk, the public will be given a brochure where they can choose which institutions and programs they will be applying with all the information stated.

The desk is manned by TESDA personnel who will provide services during office hours. Anyone can come and visit the TESDA Specialista Desk or may call at (085) 300-3037. (TESDA Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)

DTI reviews oil palm roadmap, eyes strengthened development council

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 11 - Looking into the successes gained and challenges faced by the Philippine palm oil industry, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) recently spearheaded the revisiting of the 2014-2023 Philippine Oil Palm Roadmap, which convened industry key players, stakeholders, and partner agencies.

“The review is a product of our commitment and desire to improve the performance of the industry. We collaborate to improve on our initiatives to enhance the palm oil industry and develop human and economic potentials,” DTI Undersecretary Blesila Lantayona said.

Usec. Lantayona stressed that the Department needs to review, reflect and rethink, to make sure that the palm oil industry goals and targets are fulfilled.

“It has already been a long travel from the crafting of our roadmap until today, and we see evident developments as shown by continuously increasing investments generated, exports recorded, jobs generated, MSMEs created and beneficiaries trained, among others,” the Regional Operations Group (ROG) undersecretary added.

For 2020, the Palm Oil National Industry Cluster has generated Php804 M investments, 1,364 jobs, Php513 M domestic sales, and $4.1 M worth of exports.

Meanwhile, Assistant Secretary Asteria Caberte said that the industry has been constantly facing challenges that the Department is already slowly addressing through the Palm Oil Development Council.

“The issues, such as the need to increase its productivity and uplift the living conditions of the palm oil farmers, must be seen as opportunities to do better in getting our goals and targets done,” Asec. Caberte said.

One of the issues discussed during the activity is the plan to strengthen the interagency efforts to address problems on smuggling and the negative publicity of palm oil plantations.

To recall, more than one million hectares of potential pam oil areas have been identified in the country as the potential for development while we need to develop and expand plantation area to 400,000 hectares to be self-sufficient in addressing food security.

“We are yet to cover that by capitalizing on the strengths of this industry such as the availability of production technologies and technical expertise on the government and private sector, availability of low-cost labor for oil palm farm activities and the presence of research centers and academic institutions that are conducting researches on oil palm,” Usec. Lantayona said. (DTI-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

Re-greening sa Agusan Norte palapdan

By Shena Mae Pabia

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Marso 11 -- Gikan sa 3,000 ektaryas, nahimo na kining 5,000 ektaryas. Kini ang nauyonan sa mga buhatan nga nag-collaborate alang sa re-greening sa Agusan del Norte ubos sa Lunhaw’ng Agusan Flagship Program sa AGUSAN UP!, ang kampanya sa pagpalambo sa administrasyon ni Gob. Dale B. Corvera kaabag ang buhatan ni Kong. Angel Amante-Matba.

Kapin sa 3,800 ektaryas sa maong luna ipasulod sa National Greening Program sa Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO)-Agusan del Norte ug sa mga sakop niini nga Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (CENROs) sa Tubay ug Nasipit.

Magtinabangay usab ang mga Environmental and Natural Resource Offices sa municipal ug city Local Government Units (LGU) ug sa probinsya pinaagi sa Environment and Natural Resource Division ug sa AGUSAN UP!, ingon man ang Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) ubos sa Risk Resiliency Program - Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation (RRP-CCAM) Program niini, pagpahigayon nga matamnan ang laing, labing ubos, 1,200 ektaryas. 

Apil sa nauyonan nga akohon na sa PENRO ug CENROs ang gikinahanglang seedlings alang sa mga luna nga tamnan niiini.

Magtinabangay usab ang mga lungsod ug probinsya pagpahiluna og mga nurseries alang sa gikinahanglang seedling ug uban pang mga galastuhan alang sa lain pang mga luna. Ang DSWD, sa laing bahin, maoy mopadangat og pundo alang sa cash-for-work sa mga motanum og kahoy ug uban pang kalihukan lambigit sa pagpasiuli sa kinaiyahan.

Gibana-bana nga labing ubos 12,000 ka trabaho ang mamugna sa mga tree planting activities ning tuiga. Daghan niini temporaryong trabaho apan gilantaw nga daku ang mahimong tabang niini aron makalabang ang daghan sa krisis nga dala sa COVID-19 hangtud nga makamugna na ug mas permanenteng trabaho paglipas sa pandemya.

Ang nasangpit nga 5,000 ektaryas nga tamnan ning tuiga kabahin sa 23,000 ektaryas nga protection forest areas nga gipunting sa probinsya nga mapuno na og tanum nga kahoy pag-abot sa tuig 2027. (LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)

AgSur LGU receives fund for Monolithic Dome Cold Storage Project from DA-Caraga

BAYUGAN CITY, Agusan del Sur, Mar. 11 -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) Caraga headed by Regional Executive Director Abel James Monteagudo, recently turned-over the cheque for the funds intended for the Monolithic Dome Cold Storage and Packing Facility for Fruits and Vegetables to the local government unit (LGU) of San Franciso, Agusan del Sur.

The said project is under the High-Value Crops Development Program and costs a total of P25,000,000.00 with P20,000,000 funded by the DA–Caraga and P5,000,000 as LGU counterpart.    

Dir. Monteagudo said the Monolithic Dome Cold Storage, which prolongs storage of perishable goods, is a timely project since these are still difficult times due to the COVID-19 pandemic and travel and movement are still limited.

On the other hand, Municipal Mayor Solomon Rufila said that they would hasten the implementation of the said project so that the farmers of San Francisco and even those from the neighboring municipalities can already start benefitting from it.

The turn-over ceremony was also attended by DA-Caraga Field Operations Division OIC Melody Guimary, HVCDP Coordinator Marco Antonio Morido, and Municipal Agriculturist Viña Ranoco. (DA-RFO XIII, RAFIS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

RTWPB Caraga conducts 'usapang 2Ps' cum orientation on labor standards to MSMEs

By Sara Mae Cassion-Dahuyla

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 11 -- The Regional Tripartite Wages & Productivity Board (RTWPB) – Caraga in coordination with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Caraga and Cabadbaran City Business Club, Inc. recently conducted an Orientation on Productivity Toolbox, Wage Related Statistics and Incentivizing Schemes to the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) at Loreta Resort in Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte.

The said activity was conducted in two batches, one session in the morning participated by 13 establishments and one session in the afternoon participated by 21 establishments.

The activity is aimed to promote the various productivity technologies under the Productivity Toolbox and encourage enterprises to motivate their respective workers thru performance incentive schemes.

Lawyer Claire L. Jamero, Attorney IV, opened the discussion by formally introducing the office's basic services and its mandates and composition.

Earl D. Dela Victoria, Board Secretary VI, discussed the Productivity Toolbox and Incentivizing schemes.  He said, the agency provides different productivity programs and services to help establishments improve businesses and enhance workers to be more competitive, quality conscious and service oriented.

Dela Victoria also encouraged the business owners to adopt the Performance Based Incentive Scheme. “Despite of what the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic brought to the business industry, the grant of incentives to workers for work related performance will help increase productivity, competitiveness and improvement in overall business performance,” he added.

Also, Lilian Solis, Senior Labor and Employment of DOLE Caraga, shared her knowledge in discussing the General labor Standards. The discussion is to give information and assistance to MSMEs when it comes to the rules and regulations relating to wages, hours of work, allowances, other monetary and welfare benefits, etc.

After the discussion, participants are encouraged to avail of the free programs and services of RTWPB.

Minimum Health Protocols and safety measures were strictly observed before entering the venue and during the activity. (RTWPB Caraga/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Pagpalapad sa Moringa Processing Project sa Jabonga gipursige

By Angel Lyn F. Gaviola

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Marso 11 -- Nauyonan sa ikaduhang miting tali sa mga representante sa lungsod sa Jabonga, sa non-government Agri-Aqua Development Coalition (AADC) ug sa probinsya sa Agusan del Norte pinaagi sa mga personahe sa AGUSAN UP! nga ipursige ang pagpalapad sa Moringa Processing Project alang sa kabulahanan sa labing ubos 50 ka pamilya nga nagpasiugda niini.

Sugdan ang lakang pagpalapad sa operation niini sa diagnostics nga himoon aron mahimong basehan sa hulmahon nga business plan.

Ang mahimong business plan nga gipunting nga mahuman sa Abril ang mahimong basehan unya sa mosunod nga mga lakang unya.

Sumala pa ni Glenda Plaza, ang deputy administrator sa AADC, ang NGO nga nagtabang sa pagpahiluna sa maong proyekto nga daku ang mahimong tabang sa maong proyekto sa panginabuhian sa mga residente sa mga lungsod sa Jabonga ug Kitcharao, ilabi na sa mga kababayen-an nga maoy nag-unang makabenepisyo sa proyekto sa pagproseso sa moringa powder, moringa tea, ug flakes.

Mahinumdoman nga isip resulta sa unang meeting nga gipatawag ni Mayor Napoleon Montero sa Jabonga naporma ang Techincal Working Group (TWG) nga motuon sa mahimong lakang aron ma-estabize ug mapalapad ang operisyon sa maong proyekto. 

Ang nakita nga problema sa kooperatiba sa kababeyen-an nga nagpadagan sa proyekto ngano nga hinay ang dagan sa proyekto mao ang panginahanglan og building nga mahimong kapahilunaan sa makinarya aron makakuha ang proyekto og License to Operate ug Certificate of Product Registration gikan sa Food and Drug and Administration (FDA). 

Apan nauyonan sa unang meeting nga posibleng naa pay mga kinahanglang tan-awon sa kinatibuk-an aspeto sa proyekto aron magmalamposon ang pag-establize ug pagplapad sa operisyon niini.

Ang pagpahiluna og mga processing projects kabahin sa Process! Process! Process! Project sa AGUSAN UP!, ang kampanya sa pagpalambo sa administrasyon ni Gobernador Dale B. Corvera kaabag ang buhatan ni Kongresista Angel Amante-Matba. (LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)