(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).

Thursday, April 22, 2021

DOH detects 11 cases of COVID-19 variants in Caraga

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 22 -- As of April 22, 2021, the Department of Health - Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) in Caraga reports detection of additional coronavirus diseases 2019 (COVID-19) variants in the region based on the results received from the University of the Philippines-Philippine Genome Center. Of the 68 samples, 11 were positive for COVID-19 variants, one B.1.1.7, first detected in United Kingdom; two B.1.351, first detected in South Africa; and eight P.3, first detected in the Philippines.

The confirmed case of B.1.1.7 variant is a resident of Buenavista, Agusan del Norte while the rest of the cases are residents of Butuan City. Upon initial investigation, these cases are Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs), Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROFs), and close contacts of LSIs with no travel history outside Caraga.

All cases are asymptomatic. They have already completed their prescribed quarantine period and discharged from their respective quarantine facilities. Monitoring and tracing of their close contacts are being conducted by the concerned LGUs.

The department is closely monitoring and coordinating with the health authorities of the local government units concerned for the implementation of appropriate actions and national protocols as stipulated in Department Memorandum No. 2021-0218 or the Interim Guidelines on Routine Biosurveillance for SARS-CoV-2 and Management of Cases with Identified Variants to contain the spread of these COVID variants in the region.

“With the recent report of COVID-19 variants in the region, we are appealing to all Caraganons to strictly adhere to the health protocols in all settings, correct and consistent wearing of masks and face shields, frequent handwashing, maintaining social distancing, and listening to verified sources of information," said DOH-CHD Caraga Regional Director Dr. Cesar Cassion.

"We call upon the priority eligible groups such as frontliners, senior citizens and those with comorbidities to coordinate with your respective health units for enlistment to our ongoing vaccination program against COVID-19, to get additional layer of protection,” RD Cassion added. (DOH Caraga/PIA Caraga)

Army, AgNor town execs meet village officials for BDP implementation

By 1Lt. Roel T. Maglalang

BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte, Apr. 22 -- The local government unit (LGU) of Buenavista in partnership with the 23rd Infantry (Masigasig) Battalion (23IB) conducted a town hall meeting with the members of the barangay councils of Macalang, Guinabsan, Sangay, Lower Olave and Simbalan all of Buenavista town held recently in Poblacion 6, here.

The gathering of the barangay council members was aimed to discuss and revisit the issues and concerns of the implementation of the Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP) in the said barangays. The meeting also finalized plans for the implementation of priority programs and projects that will be funded under the Barangay Development Program (BDP). During the meeting, the barangay captains of said barangays presented their Barangay Development Plans, including their proposed livelihood skills training programs that will help enhance the knowledge and skills of the residents.

The barangay captains thanked the 23IB for the continued support the unit provided to the said barangays. They also conveyed their support and expressed readiness to work in the implementation of peace and development initiatives of the government.

The five barangays involved in the meeting are considered Geographically-Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDAs) of Buenavista town and identified as influenced-barangays of the Communist New People’s Army (NPA) Terrorist (CNT) but were all cleared through the implementation of the CSP program in 2019.

Buenavista Municipal Administrator Elmer Maboloc, during the meeting, commended the barangay council members and the 23IB for the unified efforts to end the local communist armed conflicts in the area.

“Let us help one another to thwart the CNT activities and stop their violence.  Every one of us plays a vital role in protecting our communities against terroristic activities and threats,” Maboloc said.

He also emphasized the importance of building a strong and meaningful partnership with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) and become vigilant and alert against the terroristic activities of the CNTs in the areas.

Lt. Col. Julius Cesar C. Paulo, the commander of 23IB, appreciated the participation of the barangay captains and their all-out support to the peace and development initiatives of the government.

“We will work with you in your communities not only to address the security and peace concerns but also to assist and facilitate the delivery of government services. Insurgency is not only the concern and responsibility of the Army and PNP but it is also your responsibility and concern. Winning the war against insurgency can only be achieved through combined efforts of all sectors and peace partner concern,” Paulo said.

He also challenged the barangay officials to continue to report to the Army any suspicious personalities sighted in the area. (CMO Officer, 23IB Philippine Army/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Pagpahiluna sa Food Basket sa Kitcharao, gihisgutan sa konsultasyon

By Shena Mae Pabia

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Abril 22 -- Gihisgutan kagahapon sa usa ka Consultative Meeting sa mga cluster players ug project partners ang pagpahiluna sa Food Basket, ang core processing project sa lungsod sa Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte.

Ang Food Basket usa sa 15 Core Processing Projects nga kabahin sa kampanyang Process! Process! Process! ubos sa AGUSAN UP!, ang kampanya sa pagpalambo sa administrasyon ni Gob. Dale Corvera kaabag ang buhatan ni Kongw. Angel Amante-Matba.

Ang miting gipasiugdahan sa Agusan Up Coordinating Unit ug gitambungan sa mga personahe sa Municipal Agriculturist Office, Department of Trade and Industry ug vegetable farmers.

Tumong sa miting nga ma-detalye ang mahimong components sa proyekto ug malatid ang mga lakang ngadto sa implementasyon niini.

Sa panaghisgut nakita nga kulang gyod ang suplay sa daghang matang sa gulay nga regular nga ginakaon sa mga lumulupyo sa Agusan del Norte. Mas taas pa ang panginahanglan kung iapil sa merkado ang mga syudad sa Butuan ug Surigao ug ubang bahin sa Caraga.

Niini, mitumaw sa diskusyon nga ang mahimong dagway sa proyektong Food Basket sulod sa pito ka tuig nga pag-pagpalambo niini gikan ning tuiga hangtud sa tuig 2027 mao ang mosunod: 1) Base sa panginahanglan, 500 ektaryas nga produksyon area sa nagkalain-laing matang sa gulay, 2) Pick and pay farm tourism, 3) Little Baguio Market2, 4) Vegetable and other food items trading, 5) Vegetable and other food items processing.

Gilantaw nga kapin kon kulang 300 ka pamilya, labing daghan kanila sa Kitcharao, ang mahimong kabahin sa pagpahiluna ug pagpalambo sa proyekto ug mahimong kabahin ug mabulahan unya sa industriya.

Ipahiluna ang detalyadong business plan sa maong proyekto ug pormahon ang mahimong corporate set-up niini sa mosunod nga tulo ka bulan ug gilantaw nga makasugod sa implementasyon sa inisyal nga 50 ektaryas sa Agosto ning tuiga. (LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)