(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, 12 May 2021) At 3:00 AM today, a Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 495 km East of Davao City (6.8°N, 130.3°E). It is embedded along the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) affecting Mindanao. Caraga Region will experience Cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ). Possible flash floods or landslides during moderate to at times heavy rains. Light to moderate winds coming from East to Northeast will prevail with slight to moderate seas/(0.6 to 2.1 meters).

Monday, April 26, 2021

TESDA distributes STEP toolkits to EO70 priority villages of AgNor town

By Eliphaz A. Signar Jr. II

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 26 -- On its fourth wave of Special Training for Employment Program (STEP) Scholars Toolkits Distribution, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Agusan del Norte (TESDA AgNor) goes up to Barangay Casiklan, Las Nieves on April 22, 2021.

A total of 251 scholars delightfully received their starter toolkits which were made possible by the initiative of Rep. Lawrence Lemuel “Law” H. Fortun of the first district of Agusan del Norte. Scholars were comprised from the different barangays in the municipality of Las Nieves, such as Casiklan, Durian, Mat-I, Lingayao, Maningalao, Ambacon, and Tinucoran.

The Number of Starter Toolkits distributed are as follows:
• Produced Organic Fertilizer Leading Organic Agriculture Production NC II – 75 sets;
• Raised Organic Hogs Leading Organic Agriculture Production NC II – 125 sets;
• Carpentry NC II – 19 sets;
• Bread Making Leading to Bread and Pastry Production NC II – 32 sets.

The activity was spearheaded by TESDA Agusan del Norte, headed by Dir. Rey M. Cueva. It was graced by Rep. Fortun's Municipal Coordinator Nilo Pagente, together with Agusan del Norte Gov. Dale B. Corvera, represented by Provincial Administrator Gerry Joey Laurito, Municipal Mayor of Las Nieves, Hon. Avelina S. Rosales, LTC Julius Paulo, Commanding Officer of 23rd Infantry “Masigasig” Battalion 4ID, Provincial Health Office Head, Dr. Odelio Ferrer, and the Barangay Captain of Casiklan, Hon. Edwin C. Pasqueto.

The activity ended with the community singing of Pilipinas Kong Mahal. (TESDA Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)

BFAR Caraga joins consultation on regulation of catching lobsters

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Apr. 26 -- A consultative conference to discuss concerns on catching of puerulus lobster and its related governing laws and regulations was held on April 22, 2021, in San Agustin, Surigao del Sur.

For the past seven years, the municipal local government unit (MLGU) of San Agustin in Surigao del Sur has visibly observed the existence of puerulus lobster in its municipal waters, a commodity which demand and market pricing are quite attractive and profitable.

However, the method by which this specie is caught raised a concern for the LGU, despite the enacted Republic Act 10654 and its corresponding Fishery Administrative Order.

Dir. Nilo S. Katada, officer-in-charge of the Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) in Caraga, together with the chief of the Fishery Inspection and Quarantine Service Hanawi B. Alauya and the Provincial Fisheries Office of Surigao del Sur personnel, attended the meeting and provided significant insights and clarifications for the regulation of catching puerulus lobsters. San Agustin Mayor Libertad O. Alameda and Municipal Agriculturist Genalyn Campos also attended the said consultation.

It was participated by the barangay and municipal Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Management Councils (FARMCs) and the buyer-consolidators of the said commodity.

As an impression, the MFARMC members were pleased by the presence of director Katada who delivered his viewpoints on lobster industry. They were also satisfied by the outcome that they were able to understand and agree not only on lobster issues but even the use and zoning of municipal waters.

The consultation output shall form part of the Coastal Community Alliance Unified for Sustainable Ecosystem (CCAUSE) Lobster Ordinance, wherein the MLGU San Agustin is an alliance member. (DA-BFAR Caraga/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

AgSur eyes 7 towns to become cradle of eco-tourism

By David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Apr. 26 -- Seven towns in this province are seen potential to be developed for eco-tourism. These are the municipalities of Talacogon, San Francisco, Rosario, Bunawan, Loreto, La Paz and Veruela, where the Agusan marsh is also located.

The House of Representatives Committee on Tourism and Committee on Appropriation has forwarded House Bill No. 8956 to the Senate after it was approved during the third reading on March 25, 2021, and received by the Senate on April 12, 2021.

House Bill (HB) No. 8956 replaces HB 3667 which was filed on February 3, 2020, by Agusan del Sur Second District Rep. Adolph Edward Plaza and was approved on the second reading only on March 16 and finally approved on the third reading after nine days.

During a virtual “zoom’ meeting in August last year, former Department of Tourism (DOT) Caraga Regional Director Maria Anna Nuguid laid down her manifestation to House Committee on Tourism Chairperson Sol Aragones saying the passage of the Bills filed by Rep. Plaza will help institutionalize more intervention for the protection and sustainable tourism development of the area and will give due recognition to Agusan del Sur to take its rightful place in history, not only of the Philippines but of the world for it to be placed in the international tourism map. The Bills will also strengthen community-based tourism initiatives for the indigenous people communities in the area and will create more livelihood opportunities.

In the same zoom meeting, former DENR Caraga Regional Director Hadja Didaw Piang-Ibrahim called H.B. 3667 (now HB 8956) a very important Bill because it will support the efforts of the protected area management board in protecting Agusan Marsh having been declared a protected area pursuant to Republic Act 11038 under the National Integrated Protected Area System (NIPAS) Act.  Agusan Marsh is also declared as ASEAN Heritage Park.

Meanwhile, in his explanatory note, Rep. Plaza said that the Agusan Marsh Ecotourism Development and Management Plan shall ensure the preservation of the area and shall dwell on the carrying capacity of the Agusan Marsh Ecotourism Zone and its endemic and migratory birds species, specific site assessment, identification of strategic priorities, product development plans for local income generation, capacity building for the local community, strategies to promote the formulation of local production groups and networks, including the marketing and pricing of products and, marketing strategies that uphold natural, social and environmental integrity of the eco-tourism zone and its local residents. (PPIO-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

DA-13 provides livelihood projects as intervention for peace

 

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 26 -- In support of the government’s effort to end local communist armed conflict, the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Caraga recently turned over livelihood projects to three associations held at the San Toribio Gymnasium in Esperanza, Agusan del Sur.


The Anolingan Farmers Association (AFS) with 41 members received six sacks of feeds for hog raising, while the San Toribio Farmers Association with 17 members received two piglets and four sacks of feeds.


DA-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resouces (DA-BFAR) also distributed 2,000 fingerlings and four sacks of feed to the Cebulan Farmers Association (CEBFARM) with 16 members.


Among the recipients were surrenderers from said barangays and were organized by the security sector to help them to be productive members of the community.


The turn-over ceremony which was attended by Regional Technical Director for Operations Rebecca Reyes Atega of DA-Caraga; Jekem Sanchez, livestock program coordinator; Catherine Juyno, chief of Del Monte Lowland Rainfed Research Station (DMLRRS) of Talacogon, Agusan del Sur; and Assistant Regional Director Edgardo P. Balambao of DA-BFAR Caraga.


Also present were officials from the Technical Skills Development Authority (TESDA), National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA), Philippine Army, and LGU officials. (DA-RFO XIII, RAFIS/PIA-Caraga)

DA-Caraga hosts 2021 food security confab

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 26 - The Department of Agriculture (DA) - Caraga conducted on Apr. 21 the 2021 Regional Food Security Summit in Butuan spearheaded by the Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation Division aimed at addressing the issues hounding the agriculture industry and formulate solutions.

In his message, DA Secretary William D. Dar urged the stakeholders to actively participate in the discussions and contribute their inputs to come up with actions and strategies that will change the challenges into opportunities and steer the agriculture industry towards development.

On the other hand, DA-Caraga Regional Executive Director Abel James I. Monteagudo shared that despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, agriculture performance has been good.

In fact, he said that rice production in the country for the year 2020 reached an all time high at 19.4 millon metric tons.

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) also estimates a production 4.57 million metric tons for January-March, a 7.2 increase from the previous quarter.

For corn, the PSA estimates a 2.50 million metric tons volume of production, which is a 9.0% increase from the previous quarter.

For vegetables, Monteagudo said prices have gone down and has been stable while for the fishing sector, he said, since it is now open season so it is expected that there will be more supply of fish and other fishery products. (DA-RFO XIII, RAFIS/PIA-Caraga)

BFAR, UNDP-GEF hold workshop for ‘Octopus Management Framework Plan’

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, April 26 -- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) through the United Nations Development Program (UNDP)-Global Environment Facility (GEF) rconducted a Mindanao-Cluster Stakeholders Consultation Workshop for Octopus Commodity on April 13-14, 2021.

The activity was attended by participants from Regions 9, Caraga, and Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) via online platform.

The workshop was aimed at developing a National Management Framework Plan as part of implementing the Global Sustainable Supply Chains for Marine Commodities Project.

It sought to contribute to the sustainability of marine commodities, specifically octopus and blue swimming crab for the Philippines' component by strengthening platforms in managing these fisheries and implementing fishery improvement projects in the value chain.

National consultant Dr. Asuncion De Guzman served as resource speaker and facilitated the ‘root cause analysis’ on the Philippine octopus commodity.

The workshop included the identification of management issues in the Philippine octopus fisheries and suggested management measures for sustainable octopus fisheries.

The output of the virtual workshop will be consolidated with that of the Luzon and Visayas clusters for the coming up of a holistic National Management Framework Plan for Octopus including its action plan following the concept of Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management.

The participants of the said workshop were the octopus gatherers, consolidators, processors together with the local government units that have octopus fishery, local non-government organizations, academe, and BFAR personnel from the Regional Fisheries Inspection and Quarantine Service and from the National Stock Assessment Program.

In Mindanao, Region 9, Caraga and BARMM are octopus top-producing regions that support the local and export industries which generate high income. (DA-BFAR Caraga/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Online seminar features onion armyworm management strategies

By Jhon Marvin R. Surio

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Apr. 26 -- Research results on the management of onion armyworm (OAW) were the highlight during the monthly online seminar of the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR) on Mar. 9, 2021 via Facebook Livestream.

Scientist Mario Navasero of the National Crop Protection Center of the University of the Philippines Los Baños shared relevant information regarding the pest’s migration and infestation patterns, as well as potential strategies for its control.

“This is a ‘transboundary plant pest’ which means that it has the ability to migrate between islands and even countries,” Navasero revealed.

OAW feeds on the leaves of an array of vegetables and crops including onion, corn, rice, ampalaya, eggplant, tomato, hot pepper, legumes, and kamote, among others, which makes it an economically important pest.

Some of the strategies discussed include traps, some natural enemies of OAW, and chemical pesticides.

One of the traps mentioned was the synthetic sex pheromones used to lure the pest’s male adults. Based on studies abroad, it was recommended to have 20 lures for a hectare or one lure per 50 square meters.

Another option was the use of white UV lights which attract both male and female adults, but with the use of electricity.

Two natural enemies were also identified such as the parasitoid wasps braconid and Telenomus sp. which lay eggs on the worms and eggs of OAW, respectively, at the cost of the pest’s life.

Two microbes were also seen to potentially control OAW. One is the fungus Metarhizium rileyi which grows and encloses the pest in its spores. The other is the Spodoptera exigua Multi Nucleopolyhedrosis virus which causes the pest to disintegrate.

As for the use of pesticides, Navasero advised to use them properly and to utilize ones that belong to different groups of known modes of action.

The online seminar was participated in by 483 individuals nationwide and viewed by more than 5,000 people around the world on the said platform. (DA-BAR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)