(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Monday, 19 April 2021) At 3:00 AM today, the center of the eye of Typhoon "BISING" {SURIGAE} was located based on all available data at 250 km East of Virac, Catanduanes (14.0°N, 126.5°E) with maximum sustained winds of 195 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 240 km/h. It is moving North Northwestward at 10 km/h. Caraga Region will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorm due to TY Bising. Possible flash floods or landslides during moderate to heavy rains. Light to moderate winds from Northwest to Southwest will prevail over the region with slight to moderate seas/ (0.6 to 2.5 meters).

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

PCOO chief assures Dinagatnons that more vaccines will arrive for target sectors

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 23 (PIA) -- During the Pagdu-aw (visit) event held on Monday in the municipality of Loreto, Province of Dinagat Islands, Secretary Martin Andanar of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) inspired the people in the said province to strive more as the country continues to fight the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

With the government’s vaccination program, the good secretary also assured the locals that more vaccines will arrive in the region and these are free, effective, and can save lives.

“We might have faced a lot of challenges in the year 2020 since the onset of the COVID-19, yet we are full of hope that this year 2021 would give us the opportunity to get back to our normal lives we used to before. Through the effort of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s administration, resources were made available in order to procure the 161-million of vaccine doses this year intended to provide to 70-80 million Filipinos,” he said.

Andanar also announced that because of the national vaccination program of the government, at least 249,297 medical frontliners will be inoculated. “For now, we have already established some 956 vaccination sites and more are still to be put in place for an easier and more convenient vaccination of the Filipino people. We encourage everyone to join us and support the government in this endeavor for us to achieve herd immunity by ensuring that target sectors are vaccinated to protect you and your family,” he said.

Meanwhile, for those who have already been vaccinated since the arrival of the vaccines in the country, Andanar urged them to continue to observe the health protocols. “We ask everyone to continue to strictly observe the minimum health standards protocols given by the Department of Health, particularly the wearing of face masks and shields, safe physical distancing, frequent handwashing, and proper hygiene, even those who have already been vaccinated from the virus, to ensure our continued safety and recovery from COVID-19,” he emphasized. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Sec. Andanar: PCOO, attached agencies intensify government’s campaign thru various platforms

By Jennifer P. Gaitano                                    

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 23 (PIA) -- The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) led by Secretary Martin Andanar, together with its attached agencies has geared up efforts in disseminating timely, accurate, and relevant information to the public on the different communications campaign of the government which includes information and updates on coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and vaccination program, among others thru various platforms.

“As the lead communications arm of the government, the PCOO will continue to implement the Laging Handa Information and Communications Campaign to provide the general public timely, accurate, and relevant information on the Duterte Administration’s efforts and initiatives to combat the spread of the deadly virus,” bared Andanar, in time with the conduct of Pagdu-aw (visit) in Loreto, Dinagat Islands.

He added that the PCOO and its attached agencies including the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) will also continue to provide public advisories on the health protocols or precautionary measures, how to counter the proliferation of fake news, and ways to prepare for the vaccination with the use of the different platforms such as the Laging Handa Public Briefing, Network Briefing News, Cabinet Report, Laging Handa Dokyu, Virtual Presser, and other communications campaign of PCOO.

Apart from solving the health crisis on COVID-19, Sec. Andanar emphasized that the government also continues to address the problem on communist insurgency, which is also a contributing factor that makes people’s lives more difficult in facing daily challenges during this time of the pandemic.

“With the National Task Force to End Local Communists Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), we in the government continue to assist the former rebels through giving them the necessary and appropriate reintegration programs including agricultural and livelihood opportunities,” highlighted Andanar.

The good secretary also expressed his gratitude to all the Dinagatnons and Caraganons in general for their sincere appreciation and support to the Duterte’s administration. “With President Rodrigo Roa Duterte leading us, the government remains true to its promise to provide the Filipino people the quality public service they deserve, and that we in the government will continue to be productive and proactive under the last remaining year of the Duterte administration. We are thankful of the trust and confidence that you also continue to show us, and we hope that the country will continue to experience progress throughout the year 2021,” he cited. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Hundreds of TESDA Scholars receive starter toolkits

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 23 -- Some 289 scholars of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) under the 2019 Special Training for Employment Program (STEP) successfully received their Starter Toolkits on March 20, 2021 at the Northern Mindanao School of Fisheries, Matabao, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte.

The activity was spearheaded by TESDA Agusan del Norte, headed by Dir. Rey M. Cueva in close collaboration with the Northern Mindanao School of Fisheries headed by Acting Administrator, Mrs. Nancy C. De Guzman. The activity was graced by Congresswoman Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba, Representative of Agusan del Norte 2nd District, Provincial Governor of Agusan del Norte, Gov. Dale B. Corvera, TESDA Caraga, headed by Regional Director Tarhata S. Mapandi, CESO III, the 23rd IB headed by their Commanding Officer, LTC Julius Cesar Paolo and the Agnor Police Provincial Office, headed by PCol. Martin M. Gamba.

The 289 STEP Scholars received the following starter toolkits:

• 101 Scholars of Hilot (Wellness Massage) NC II with a toolkit containing Face Towel, Bath Towel, Face Mask, Scrub Suit, Head Band Storage Box, Sphygmomanometer, Stethoscope and Infrared Ear Thermometer
• 80 Scholars of Carpentry NC II with a toolkit containing Pull Push Rule, Claw Hammer, Spirit Level Bar, Plumb Bob, Crow Bar, Cross Cut Saw, Chalk Like Reel, Wood Chisel, Try Square, Combination Wrench and Screw Driver.
• 30 Process Food by Sugar Concentrate leading to Food Processing NC II with a toolkit containing Food Processor, Candy Thermometer, Measuring Cups, Mixing Bowl, Chef's Knife 8", Weighing Scale Digital, Measuring Spoon and Chopping Board.
• 27 scholars of SMAW NC I with a toolkit containing Inverter Type Portable Welding Machine, Welding Mask and Portable Angle Grinder
• 26 Plaster Concrete/Masonry Surface leading to Masonry NC II with a toolkit containing Point Trowel, Pull Push Rule, Claw Hammer, Spirit Level Bar, Shovel, Hacksaw with Blade, Steel Square, Plumb Bob, Crow Bar, Cross Cut Saw and Steel Float
• 25 scholars of Bread and Pastry Production NC II with a toolkit containing Electric Oven, Measuring Cups, Measuring Urn, Mixing Bowl, Digital Weighing Scale, Dough Cutter, Boat Tart Cutter, Pastry Builder, Muffin Pan, Rubber Scraper, Flour Sifter, Wire Whisk, Measuring Spoon

In her message, RD Tarhata S. Mapandi thanked Congresswoman Matba and Governor Corvera for the full support to TESDA programs. She expressed her commitment and desire to reach out and give skills trainings to the NTF70 priority barangays and to facilitate opportunities for livelihood.

On the other hand, in his message, Gov. Dale B. Corvera, Governor of Agusan del Norte, reminded the graduates to use their skills and toolkits in the improvement of their livelihood and be agents of peace in the community.

Congresswoman Matba, in her message, also expressed her full support to the TESDA programs in the province. She instilled to the minds of the graduates how serious the government in helping the people uplift their living through the provision of skills trainings which TESDA has been doing and the provision of starter toolkits to encourage self-employment and entrepreneurship. She also expressed her full support to the Barangay Development Projects to the NTF70 priority barangays and vowed to welcome all rebel returnees and to assist in the programs towards inclusive and tangible peace. (TESDA Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)