(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Monday, 26 February 2024) Easterlies affecting the eastern section of the country. 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. Light to Moderate winds coming from East to Northeast will prevail with Slight to Moderate seas (0.6 to 2.5 meters).

Sunday, April 18, 2021

DPWH-13 fast-tracks bridge construction to sustain economy 

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Apr. 18 -- As the gateway to Mindanao, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Region 13 heightens road improvement of national highways along Daang Maharlika to achieve the region’s objective to become the Fishery, Agro-Forestry, Eco-tourism and Mining (FAME) hub of the country.

In Surigao del Norte province, the DPWH - Surigao del Norte Second District Engineering Office is fast-tracking the implementation of Alimpatayan bridge replacement in Brgy. San Juan, Alegria, which aimed at reducing traffic congestion and flooding in this part of the Daang Maharlika (Surigao – Agusan Section) to save time in the exchange of trade and industry from Luzon and Visayas to Mindanao.

The project involves the replacement of a bridge from 22.00m to 26.00m in length and from 6.70m to 13.40m in width with 106.00-meter long concrete pavement shouldering.

It also includes the installation of grouted riprap and metal guardrails to protect travelers from any untoward accidents. The bridge is projected to be finished in September 2021.

According to former Brgy. Kagawad Ramon Basil, water brought by heavy rains overflowed the old weak Alimpatayan Bridge, flooded nearby residences, and hampered economic activity crucial to local sustainability.

“Maayo na ning gi-construct karon nga bag-o kay nakatabang ni siya sa komunidad ug nakatabang isab sa komuter sa tibuok Province sa Surigao del Norte. (It is timely that we have the reconstruction of the bridge. It will be helpful to the community and to all the commuters in Surigao del Norte)," he said. (DPWH-Caraga/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Watercraft owners avail of one-stop-shop registration in Surigao City

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Apr. 18 -- Another joint effort of the Coast Guard Station - Surigao del Norte, Philippine National Police (PNP) Maritime Unit XIII, local government unit (LGU) of Surigao City, and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) yielded to a successful one-stop-shop registration of watercrafts particularly below three gross tonnage held on April 15 in Brgy. Bitaugan, this city.

The activity was spearheaded by the city government of Surigao through the City Agriculture Office purposely to assist the public in a convenient way of processing the pertinent documents of their respective boats as well as to ensure their compliance to the maritime safety requirements and to lessen their processing expenses.

Per record, Coast Guard Station Surigao del Norte had registered a total of 42 motorbancas in the Safety, Security and Environmental Numbering (SSEN) System from the one-stop-shop registration activity. (Phil. Coast Guard- Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

PCG-Surigao del Norte gears up for typhoon ‘Bising’

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Apr. 18 -- The Coast Guard Station (PCG) - Surigao del Norte headed by station commander Elaine R. Pangilinan is on standby for any deployment for possible effects of Typhoon #BisingPH with international name ‘Surigae’ which presently hoisted Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal #1 in its area of responsibility (AOR) yesterday, 17 April 2021.

All sub-station units in the province of Surigao del Norte were immediately placed under full alert status and activated the deployable response groups (DRGs) as part of the preparation for the weather disturbance.

Upon hoisting of the Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal #1, the Coast Guard Station - Surigao del Norte immediately issued a ‘Notice to Mariners’ for all vessels/watercrafts plying in the area of responsibility of the station to temporarily suspend the respective voyages in relation to the published Severe Weather Bulletin Number 3 issued by Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), which is in accordance to the HPCG Memorandum Circular 02-13 entitled Guidelines of the Movement of Vessels during Heavy Weather dated 05 June 2013.

Moreover, an information dissemination of the ‘No Sail Policy’ was conducted by providing a copy to the respective shipowners of vessels, concerned agencies, local government units (LGU) and other maritime stakeholders in the AOR.

Meanwhile, the personnel of the Philippine Coast Guard in the province of Surigao del Norte conducted simultaneous foot and seaborne patrol operations to the coastal barangays in order to ensure the compliance of the public to the 'No Sail Policy' for the safety of life and property at sea.

Further, the Coast Guard Station - Surigao del Norte already made coordination to City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) for any deployment in response to the effects of Typhoon #BisingPH such as landslides, flashfloods and other unusual incidents.

At present, Coast Guard Station- Surigao del Norte constantly monitors the movement of the typhoon as well as the improvement of prevailing inclement weather and sea condition in the AOR. (Phil. Coast Guard-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Coast Guard Northeastern Mindanao nakahanda na para sa bagyong 'Bising'

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Abril 18 -- Naka-full alert status na ang Coast Guard District Northeastern Mindanao (CGDNEM) bilang paghahanda sa posibleng pinsala na maidudulot ng Bagyong #BisingPH.

Agarang bumuo ng Quick Response Team (QRT) ang mga tauhan ng CGDNEM, sa pangunguna ni Commodore Luisito S. Sibayan, na inaasahang naka-antabay bente-kwatro oras upang tumugon sa anumang insidente na maaaring matanggap sa mga susunod na oras.

Nakahanda na rin ang mga mobility at floating assets sa lahat ng Coast Guard Stations at Sub-stations sa buong rehiyon ng Caraga.

Patuloy din ang koordinasyon sa mga lokal na pamahalaan at iba pang sangay ng ahensya para sa anumang karagdagang impormasyon at aksyon upang mapagsikapan ang seguridad ng mga residente na posibleng lubhang maapektuhan ng paparating na bagyo.

Samantala, binibigyang babala naman ang mga mangingisda lalo na ang mga maliliit na bangka na ipagpaliban muna ang paglaot dahil sa inaasahang paglakas ng bagyo.

Para sa anumang tanong o sakuna, pinapayuhan ng CDGNEM ang publiko na tumawag lamang sa mga sumusunod na numero: 827-0958 ; +63 953 397 6127 (Globe); at +63 951 091 4219 (Smart). (Coast Guard District Northeastern Mindanao/PIA-Caraga)