(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, April 6, 2021

DA Caraga wages campaign on RSBSA registration

By Aurelius P. Arais

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 6 -- Be counted and be part of the agricultural development.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) - Caraga is continually waving its campaign on the national lists of qualified farmers and fisherfolks to avail various government agri-fisheries projects through the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA).

Hazel Colinares, Regional Focal Person of RSBSA of DA-Caraga, said that as of March 22, 2021, close to 97,000 farmers and fishers were already RSBSA registered.

“We are appealing to other farmers and fishers who haven’t registered yet to report to their nearest Municipal Agriculture Office to be counted, “Colinares said during the DA-Caraga’s radio program "Bahandi sa Kaumahan."

The registration of RSBSA is open to all farmers, farm laborers, and workers, and fisherfolks.

“The registration is not just limited to the farm owner but including tenants that should be properly identified,” Colinares clarified.

“For the tenant, they just have to bring certification from the Punong Barangay where the farm is located. However, if the Punong Barangay is not aware of the tenant and owner’s agreement, he or she must bring the written agreement between the lot owner and the tenant as proof,” she added. 

Colinares, who is also the Chief of the Extension and Partnership Section of DA-Caraga, said that to be enrolled, farmers are required to bring a 2x2 colored ID picture and the farm ownership documents such as the land title, tax declaration, and or the barangay certification.

The registration form can be obtained at their Municipal Agriculture Office. A successful registrant will receive a stub and they are advised to keep it as proof of being an RSBSA registered.

To fast-track the registration, Colinares revealed that DA-Caraga hired 51 enumerators, 40 encoders, and 5 clerical staff.    

DA Regional Executive Director Abel James I. Monteagudo reiterated that RSBSA registration is the most basic requirement to avail various services, programs, and projects of the government.

“Through RSBSA, we at the DA will have a clearer picture of how many persons are directly involved in the agri-fishery sector and this forms part as the basis for coming up with a comprehensive agricultural project or interventions,” said Colinares. (DA Caraga/PIA Caraga)

TESDA continues toolkit distribution in Agusan Norte

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 6 -- Some 534 scholars of the Special Training for Employment Program (STEP) of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) were awarded with starter toolkits during the Second Leg of Awarding of ToolKits on March 23, 2021 at the City Gym in Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte.

The activity was spearheaded by TESDA Agusan del Norte, headed by Dir. Rey M. Cueva, in close coordination with the Provincial Training Center-Agusan del Norte, headed by Center Administrator, Engr. Ruben T. Carduza, Sr.

The 534 STEP scholars, who were from the municipalities of RTR, Magallanes, Tubay and Cabadbaran City, delightfully received their starter toolkits which were made possible through the efforts of Rep. Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba.

The number of starter kits distributed are as follows:
• Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) NC I - 121 sets
• Bread Making (Leading to BPP NC II)- 86 sets
• Bread and Pastry Production NC II - 75 sets
• Hilot (Wellness Massage) NC II- 51 sets
• Electrical Installation and Maintenance NC II - 51 sets
• Cookery NC II - 50 sets
• Prepare Cold Meals ( Leading to COK NC II) - 25 sets
• Cake Making (Leading to BPP NC II) - 25 sets
• Produce Organic Fertilizer (Leading to OAP NC II) - 25 sets
• Produce Fertilizer (Leading to OAP NC II) - 25 sets

In her message, TESDA Caraga regional director Tarhata Mapandi congratulated the scholars and instilled in their minds that "Attitude, Behavior, Character and Desire to Succeed" will bring them to greener pastures and opportunities.

On the other hand, Agusan del Norte Gov. Dale Corvera acknowledged TESDA's commitment and support in reaching out to far-flung communities and in giving these communities equal opportunities for skills development thus making skills trainings as an instrument to combat insurgency and issues with peace and development.

In her message, Rep. Matba, also acknowledged TESDA's role in providing skills and livelihood programs to far-flung barangays in all sectors. She cited that through TESDA, the women were given equal opportunities like men to be trained with hard skills ( eg. Carpentry, Welding and even Driving), making skills development available for all sectors in the community, embodying the TESDA Abot Lahat principle. She committed to continue her support in providing Scholarship Programs that aim to address problems with poverty and food security. She mentioned that for 2022 she allotted P10M for the same purpose. (TESDA Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)

Army partners with TESDA for skills training in Agusan del Norte

By Maj. Francisco P. Garello, Jr.

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 6 -- The Army's 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade, Philippine Army has partnered with the Technical Education and Skills Development Agency (TESDA) Agusan del Norte through the Northern Mindanao School of Fisheries (NMSF) for the conduct of a four-day Skills Training to Stingers troopers and its dependents. Said training was held at the headquarters, Brgy. Bancasi, this city for the first two days and at the NMSF, Brgy Matabao, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte for the remaining days.

A total of 20 personnel of 402nd Brigade and four military dependents completed the said skills training. The participants underwent four days of training on Table Setting, Table Napkin Folding, Table Skirting, Coffee Making, Mixing of Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Concoction, and Cookery that will be used in the daily activities of the unit, during special occasion and even in their own homes. The training was facilitated by the NMSF headed by Nancy De Guzman, OIC School Administrator of NSMF, and Training Section of 402nd Brigade.

The said training is in line with the Brigade's intent of equipping its personnel with various skills as part of professionalizing the troops under the Army Transformation Road (ATR) map. The endeavor also aims to strengthen the commitment and partnership between TESDA and the Army's 402nd Brigade under the Provincial Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) of the Task Force Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (TF- ELCAC).

Brigadier General Maurito Licudine, the 402nd Brigade Commander, said the training, as a convergence program and partnership with TESDA, significantly promotes the skills competency of the troops. "As such, we must always endeavor to provide quality services that will satisfy the expectations of our stakeholders visiting the camp including our own personnel. Hence, there is a need to conduct this training to provide excellent services as a reflection of our standards and professionalism," he said.

Meanwhile, Director Rey Cueva, the TESDA Provincial Director, Agusan del Norte, extends his sincerest gratitude to the soldiers being the protector of the people and preserving the peace and at the same time recognizing their vital role in nation-building.

He highlighted the partnership with the Brigade underscoring the role of the Philippine Army thru the Community Support Program (CSP) in the implementation of livelihood interventions to Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDAs) which are the targets of CPP-NPA Terrorist (CNT) exploitation. 

Dir. Cueva further shared the role of the soldiers as a partner of TESDA during calamities such as the construction and repair of houses, providing transportation for the toolkits and TESDA scholars, free services during the civic actions, and the security assistance being provided when TESDA personnel are visiting Peace and Development Zones (PDZs) during pay-outs and other related activities. 

BGen. Licudine conveyed his utmost gratitude to TESDA and NMSF for being an instrument in enhancing the troop’s skills. “This training is only one of the many partnerships between the TESDA and this Brigade. We have ongoing projects and programs intended for the IPs and our Former Rebels (FRs) and other lined up activities under the convergence of Poverty Reduction, Livelihood, and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) in line with the implementation of EO Nr 70," he said.

“Rest assured that your Army is committed to sustain the partnership thru our Community Support Program in the conflict-affected areas and GIDAs in order to bring the government closer to the people and attain peaceful and conflict-resilient communities,” BGen Licudine added. (CMO Officer, 402nd Brigade PA)

Gadgets nga gamit sa online class gipadangat sa mga estudyante sa Agusan del Norte

By Karen Decamotan

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Abril 6 -- Gi-turn over sa probinsyal nga panggamhanan sa Agusan del Norte ug Ayala Foundation, Inc. ang 25 ka tablets ug 150 ka wifi modems ngadto sa mga estudyante sa elementarya ug senior high school sa pinili nga tunghaan sa probinsya.

Sa pagpanguna ni Gob. Dale B. Corvera ug ni Garrett Paolo B. Nolasco, ang senior manager sa Mindanao operations sa Ayala Foundation Inc., ug mga superintendents sa Department of Eduction (DepED) sa Agusan del Norte Schools Division, gihatag nila ang mga units ngadto sa mga maestra ug maestro sa matag tunghaan ingon man sa mga ginikanan sa mga estudyante nga mitambong sa nahitabong Turn-over Ceremony niadtong Marso 30 sa Pietros Square, Butuan City.

Sumala pa ni Nolasco, pasiuna pa lamang kini ug naa pay moabot nga laing 70 units alang sa mga estudyante sa Cabadbaran City.

Sa iyang mensahe, gibutyag ni Gob. Corvera nga napili ang probinsya isip usa ka recipient niini tungod sa kasamtangang partnership tali sa Ayala Foundation ug probinsya pagpatuman sa usa ka Youth Leadership program.

“I am very happy of what is happening now kay para nako, this is a breakthrough. Daghan ang gusto ma enroll sa online classes, ang problema walay gadgets, walay opportunity nila nga makagamit og ingon ani,” matud ni Gob. Corvera.

“Daghan tingale mo enroll if we will give them an opportunity nga maka hold og ingon ani. Ug magpadayon ni. Maybe the province will allocate some funds to procure para ihatag pod nato sa mga bata nga gusto mo enroll og online classes,” dugang sa gobernador.

Ang makadawat sa mga units mao ang mosunod nga tulunghaan: Culit Elementary School sa Nasipit – 3 units sa Home Wifi Devices; Buenavista Central Elementary School – 7 units of Home Wifi Devices; Buenavista SPED Elementary School – 116 units of Home Wifi Devices ug 10 ka tablet units; Buenavista National High School – 1 unit of Home Wifi Devices; Carmen National High School – 20 units of Home Wifi Devices ug 15 tablet units.

Nakatakda usab nga mahatag ang dugang units sa Cabadbaran City sa karong buwan sa Abril. (LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)