(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).

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Caraga RTF intensifies info drive for COVID-19 vaccination

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

BUTUAN CITY, March 3 (PIA) -- With the vaccine rollout for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) expected to commence in the incoming months in Caraga, the Regional Task Force against COVID-19 One Caraga Shield (RTF-COCS) vows to intensify its efforts to educate the public on the COVID-19 vaccines and the government’s actions to have every Filipino be vaccinated against the deadly disease.

“Ang pinaka importante actually right now, ang pinaka challenge is pag-increase ng confidence level [of the public]. Information dissemination is very important, that's the real key,” said Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles during the Caraga Regional Task Force against Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) 1st Quarter Full Council Meeting for CY 2021 on Wednesday, February 24, who also acts as the Cabinet Office for Regional Development (CORDS) of Caraga region.

Per the data on the Regional Readiness Assessment, the Department of Health (DOH) Caraga reports that as of February 17, all five provincial governments and the city government of Butuan has only reached 50% of the total target in terms of demand generation, social mobilization, and communication for the COVID-19 vaccine deployment.

This prompted the provincial government of Agusan del Norte to take further steps to intensify its information drive.

“Usa sa among concern is kining  mga agam-agam sa mga tao, mga kahadlok, that’s why in the province, we are creating a team na muconduct ug massive information drive, of course, with the guidance from DOH para masabtan sa atong mga tao na importante kini na kalihukan [One of our concerns is the speculation and fear of the people (on the vaccines) that’s why in the province, we are creating a team that will conduct massive information drive, of course, with the guidance from the DOH so that people will understand the importance of this initiative],” said Agusan del Norte Provincial Governor Dale Corvera.

In addition, the provincial government will provide P1 million to each local government unit in the province to support their efforts for the COVID-19 vaccination.

The DOH Caraga also continues to spearhead the production of information, education, and communication (IEC) materials for the vaccination program.

“On-going na po ang ano natin [production ng] mga IEC materials, mga tarpaulins for this coming vaccination,” said Ma. Jasmine Sarce, the National Coordinator for the COVID-19 vaccines.

In addition to the IEC materials provided by the national office, DOH Caraga is also producing localized information materials for residents in Caraga. As of writing, a Bisaya version of the “COVID-19 Vaccination 10 Must Know” is under production.

Meanwhile, Gov. Corvera also stressed the importance of public figures getting involved personally in the COVID-19 vaccination program.

“Ako gani, as local chief executive, kung dawaton ko sa DOH, pwede ko magpauna ug bakuna kay para kita na mga influencer dapat makita sa mga tao na wa ta mahadlok arun sila, musunod napud (sa pagpabakuna). [As a local chief executive, I am willing to receive the first jab of the vaccines, if the DOH will permit, so that the public will see that there is nothing to fear (about the vaccines) and that they will follow],” he added.

CabSec Nograles is also optimistic that public confidence on the vaccines will increase, especially now that the vaccine rollout in some regions have already begun.

“Ito yung magiging premise, yung makikita sa mga tao [yung pagbabakuna]. ‘To see is to believe,’ ika nga. Nevertheless, ipagpatuloy pa rin natin yung mga planong inihanda ng mga LGUs, ng DOH para sa information dissemination,” said CabSec Nograles. (DMNR/PIA-Caraga)

DA, LGU: Partners in info dissemination

By Aurelius P. Arais

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 3 -- “Pen is mightier than a sword.”

This is how Regional Executive Director Abel James I. Monteagudo of the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Caraga described the importance of an information officer in influencing the public.

He said that in the digital world, the flow of information is almost instantly accessible through the electronic media.

Despite the fast flow of communication nowadays, Monteagudo reiterated the vital role of the one who packages the information whether in print or broadcast.

“The responsibility now lies in the information officer who encodes the information in the communication world. They need discipline and credibility,” he said.

Monteagudo was the guest of honor during the awarding of the certificate of recognition to the local government unit-based farmcasters who relentlessly fulfill their commitments in bringing information to the farmers.

Initiated by the DA-Caraga Regional Agriculture and Fishery Information Section (RAFIS) headed by Regional Information Officer Emmylou T. Presilda, the following farmcasters were recognized: OIC-City Agriculturist Lolita P. Sayman of Bislig City, Stella Asuncion R. Sabaldan of the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO)-Surigao del Norte, Zenaida D. Piramide of the Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO)-Surigao del Norte, Joel B. Corvera and Julius C. Quijada of PAO-Agusan del Sur, Fritzieh Y. Trujillo of PAO-Surigao del Sur, and retired Farmcaster of PVET-Surigao del Sur Higinio Ganate.

“Farmcasters are our partners in sharing the right information for the agriculture in the provinces, thus we are grateful for their support,” Presilda said.

LGU farmcasters and members of the DA-Caraga Information Network composed of the information officers from DA-attached agencies and bureaus converged last February 23-24, 2021 for the 4th Radio Broadcast Messaging Harmonization Workshop wherein the participants capsulized their respective info dissemination messages through radio plugs.

The radio plugs will be aired on DA-sponsored radio programs and radio spots across the region, and the advocacy campaign of the respective offices.

The term farmcaster refers to the radio personality hosting radio programs airing agricultural updates and information, coined from the mainstream media, the broadcasters.

Information dissemination is one of the 12 strategies and initiatives to grow agriculture in 2021 and beyond through strategic communication support. (DA-Caraga/PIA Caraga)

Bislig City joins rabies awareness month celebration

BISLIG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Mar. 3 -- The city government of Bislig joined the celebration of Rabies Awareness Month in the country with this year’s theme, “Maging Responsableng Amo, Huwag Hayaang Gumala ang mga Lagang Pusa’t Aso.” 

The city government through its City Veterinary Services Office (CVSO) has scheduled a free anti-rabies vaccination to 24 barangays of the city.

The CVSO enjoined the residents of the said barangays to bring their pets during their visit. Pregnant and sick animals are not allowed.

In a report, rabies remains to be a public health problem in the country, accounting for 200 to 300 deaths each year.

Most reported domestic pets such as cats, dogs, and monkeys cause cases of rabies. The virus usually comes from their saliva but also can be transmitted to humans through biting and scratching. While there is a small number of people who have survived rabies, it remains a fatal disease. (With a report from CIO-Bislig/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

P14.9M gigahin alang gymnasium ug evacuation center sa Las Nieves

By Jessica O. Mellejor

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Marso 3 --  Masugdan na ang pagtukod og gymnasium ug evacuation center (Phase ll) sa Barangay Poblacion, Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte human gi-aprubahan sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan ang pondo alang niini nga mokabat sa P14,989,449.73 nga gigahin sa lokal nga panggamhanan sa Agusan del Norte. 

Alang sa hapsay nga implementasyon gihatagan sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan pinaagi sa Sanggunian Resolution No. 062-2021, og otoridad si Agusan del Norte Gobernador Dale B. Corvera tubag sa hangyo niini pinaagi sa sulat pinitsahan Enero 13, 2021 nga hatagaan og otoridad alang sa pagpirma sa Contract Agreement sa ngalan sa probinsya ug ang QUADCON Builders Design aron madali ang pagtrabaho sa Gymnasium ug Evacuation Center (Phase II) sa barangay Poblacion, Las Nieves, ning lalawigan.  

Giaprobahan sa 18th Sangguniang Panlalawigan sa Agusan del Norte, sa pagpanguna ni Bise Gobernador Ramon AG. Bungabong, ang maong proyekto tungod kay ang gymnasium ug evacuation center mahinungdanon kayo panahon sa emergency aron maprotektaran ang kinabuhi ug kabtangan sa tawo sa wala pa ang kalamidad, panahon sa kalamidad ug human sa epekto sa kalamidad.

Ang Sanggunian Resolution No. 062-2021 nga naghatag og otoridad sa pagpirma sa MOA giduso ug gipangunahan sa duha ka authors nga si Provincial Board Member James T. Reserva ug Provincial Board Member Dick Victor B. Carmona ug naaprubahan atol sa ika 75th regular sesyon. (LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Caraga RTF, puspusan ang kampanya sa pagbabakuna kontra COVID-19

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Marso 3 (PIA) -- Sa nakatakdang vaccine rollout para sa coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) sa Caraga sa susunod na mga linggo, puspusan na ang pangangampanya ng mga miyembro ng Regional Task Force against COVID-19 One Caraga Shield (RTF-COCS) para sa pagbabakuna laban sa nakamamatay na sakit.

“Ang pinaka importante actually right now, ang pinaka challenge is pag-increase ng confidence level [of the public]. Information dissemination is very important, that's the real key,” ani Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles sa nagdaang Caraga Regional Task Force against Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) 1st Quarter Full Council Meeting for CY 2021 noong Miyerkules, Pebrero 24.

Ayon sa datos ng Department of Health (DOH) Caraga sa kanilang Regional Readiness Assessment noong Pebrero 17, kalahati pa lamang sa kabuuang target para sa demand generation, social mobilization, and communication ng COVID-19 vaccine deployment ang nakamit ng mga provincial governments ng limang probinsya sa rehiyon at ng syudad ng Butuan.

Dahil dito, magsasagawa pa ng mas agresibong pangangampanya ang probinsya ng Agusan del Norte.

“Usa sa among concern is kining mga agam-agam sa mga tao, mga kahadlok, that’s why in the province, we are creating a team na muconduct ug massive information drive, of course, with the guidance from DOH para masabtan sa atong mga tao na importante kini na kalihukan [Ang isa sa mga alalahanin naming ay ang agam-agam at takot ng mga tao (sa mga bakuna) kaya dito sa probinsya, gagawa kami ng isang team na magsasagawa ng malawakang information drive, syempre sa patnubay ng DOH, upang maintindihan ng mga tao ang kahalagahan ng mga inisyatibong ito],” giit ni Agusan del Norte Gobernador Dale Corvera.

Bibigyan din ng provincial government ang bawat local government unit sa probinsya ng P1 milyon bilang suporta para sa isasagawang pagbabakuna.

Patuloy naman ang DOH Caraga sa paggawa ng mga information, education, at communication (IEC) materials para sa malawakang pagbabakuna na isasagawa ng pamahalaan.

“On-going na po ang ano natin, [production ng] mga IEC materials, mga tarpaulins for this coming vaccination,” sambit ng National Coordinator for COVID-19 Vaccines Ma. Jasmine Sarce.

Bukod sa mga materyales na ipinalabas ng kanilang national office, gumagawa din sila ngayon ng localized materials. Sa kasalukuyan, may ginagawang Bisaya version ng “COVID-19 Vaccination 10 Must Know” ang kagawaran.

Samantala, binigyang-diin ni Gob. Corvera ang kahalagahan sa pakikilahok ng mga public figures sa COVID-19 vaccination program.

“Ako gani, as local chief executive, kung dawaton ko sa DOH, pwede ko magpauna ug bakuna kay para kita na mga influencer dapat makita sa mga tao na wa ta mahadlok arun sila, musunod napud (sa pagpabakuna). [Bilang isang local chief executive, handa ako na unang magpabakuna, kung papayagan ako ng DOH, upang makita ng publiko na hindi tayo natatakot at susunod na din sila sa pagpapabakuna],”aniya.

Positibo naman si CabSec Nograles na tataas ang kumpyansa ng publiko sa pagpapabakuna lalo na’t nagsisimula na ang ibang rehiyon sa kanilang pagbibigay ng mga bakuna.

“Ito yung magiging premise, yung makikita sa mga tao [yung pagbabakuna]. ‘To see is to believe,’ ika nga. Nevertheless, ipagpatuloy pa rin natin yung mga planong inihanda ng mga LGUs, ng DOH para sa information dissemination,” dagdag pa ni CabSec Nograles. (DMNR/PIA-Caraga)