(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, 04 October 2023) At 3:00 AM today, the center of the eye of Typhoon "JENNY" {KOINU} was estimated based on all available data at 275 km East Northeast of Itbayat, Batanes (21.9°N, 124.2°E) with maximum sustained winds of 150 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 185 km/h. It is moving West Northwestward at 10 km/h. Southwest Monsoon affecting Central Luzon, Southern Luzon, and Visayas. 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 Southwest Monsoon / Localized Thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Light to moderate winds coming from South to Southwest will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.5 meters).

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

1,035 beneficiaries receive salaries from DOLE's TUPAD in SurSur

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Apr. 28 (PIA) -- Some 1,035 beneficiaries of Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Displaced/Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD) have received their salaries from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Surigao del Sur on Friday, Apr. 23, 2021. A total of P4,968,000.00 TUPAD salaries were released to the beneficiary-workers in the informal sector.

The said beneficiaries were coming from the local government units (LGUs) of Barobo, Tagbina, Bislig City, and Tandag City, the first batch to finish their short-term work engagement that involved cleaning of public facilities and community gardening.

According to the DOLE Surigao del Sur Provincial Office, of the 1,035 beneficiaries, 200 of whom are from the LGU of Barobo, 666 from LGU-Tagbina, 78 from Bislig City, and 91 from Tandag City.

Based on the report, each beneficiary received P4,800.00 for the 15-day work (4 hours a day only); following the prevailing minimum daily wage in the Region which is P320.00/day. Minimum health protocols were observed during the duration of the activity.

The TUPAD Program is a safety net program that provides temporary wage employment to the workers in the informal sector particularly the unpaid family workers and self-employed workers with elementary occupations who were displaced or whose earnings were affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was learned. (with a report from DOLE/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

DSWD-Caraga continues to provide aid to AgSur FRs in 2021

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 28 -- Fifty-two (52) Former Rebels (FRs) receive cash aid worth P520,000.00, as well as family food packs, hygiene kits, and sleeping kits under the National Government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP), last April 15, 2021, at the Naliyagan Cultural Center, Patin-Ay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office Caraga led by the OIC-Regional Director, Ramel Jamen, personally handed the assistance to the recipients. Each of the 52 beneficiaries received cash worth P10,000.00, plus family food packs, hygiene kits, and sleeping kits as part of DSWD’s part of the E-CLIP implementation.

“Personally, dili ko gusto nga former rebels ang itawag sa inyo, gusto nako nga tawagon kamo’ng bag-ong katawhan, aron dali nato’ng malimtan ang gidisisyonan nga mga papel sa niagi’ng mga katuigan isip NPA (I would like to refrain from calling you Former Rebels, instead, I wanted to call you as New Persons, so that your previous leaning towards the left-wing disciplines and practices can easily be forgotten),” Jamen said.

The E-CLIP is one of the peace-building initiatives of the government to meet the priorities for the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022. Its implementation is further intensified by the issuance of the Executive Order No. 70 (EO 70) s. 2018 which seeks to institutionalize the Whole-of-Nation Approach to facilitate and pursue the country’s peace agenda.

With the government’s calling for full participation of the national government agencies and local government units in the program, DSWD, being one of the members of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), affirms the implementation of the program through the provision of social welfare and protection program/services towards beneficiaries.

Other members of the NTF-ELCAC also participated in handling the assistance to the beneficiaries. These members were Edgar Ostos Ga, Municipal Barangay and Community Development Head, Major Ariel Pabria, Executive Officer of 26 IB, and Brigadier General Allan Hambala, Commanding Officer of the 401st Brigade, Philippine Army.

“Usa kini ka activity karon pagpamatuod kung unsa ka sensero ang atong gobyerno alang niadtong atong mga kaigsuonan nga nahisalaag, mga dating NPA nga karon nibalik na sa sabakan sa gobyerno. (This event is a solid evidence of our government’s sincerity to help our Former Rebels who abandoned the armed struggle and opted to become productive members of society),“ said Agusan del Sur Governor Santiago ‘Santi’ Cane Jr., live via Zoom.

Protective Services Division (PSD) Chief, Jessie Catherine Aranas, emphasized that this assistance will surely help the FRs start anew. Sarrah Rose Salingay, Crisis Intervention Section (CIS) Head, also added that the assistance will serve as instrument for the Former Rebels to feel accepted in their reintegration to society.

On behalf of fellow FRs, alias Datu, 64-years-old, expressed gratitude to the government for the renewed hope and for giving them another chance to recover from the lost opportunities. Datu already has his own start-up poultry business. Datu also added that the assistance given by DSWD FO Caraga will never be put into waste since he will use it in expanding his farm. (DSWD-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

IP observance gigahinan og 3 ka adlaw sa Buenavista

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Abril 28 -- Ang pagyukbo sa mga Indigenous Peoples’ (IP) sa lungsod sa Buenavista gihatagan og dakong pagtagad sa mga lokal nga opisyal ug gi-deklara ang katapusang adlaw sa Miyerkules, Huebes ug Byernes sa bulan sa Oktobre isip Indigenous Peoples observance atol sa selebrasyon sa National Indigenous Peoples Month.

Kini ang mando ubos sa Municipal No. 08-2021 nga gikan sa lungsod sa Buenavista, nga gi-aprubahan sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan ug gi-deklara nga balido pinaagi sa Sanggunian Resolution No. 198-2021.

Pinaagi sa maong ordinansa, sa pagpangamahanan ni Sangguniang Bayan Member Rolando S. Lanapan, gipalig-on niini ang adlaw alang sa mga lumad gitunong sa bulan sa Oktubre.

Usa kini ka mahinungdanon nga adlaw alang sa tanan nga mga IP sa tibuuk nga nasud. Ingon man subay kini sa implementasyon sa IPRA law of 1997, ug pag-ila sa kamahinungdanon sa Indegenous Cultural Community.

Adlaw kini sa mga lumad aron ipakita ang ilang kultura ug tradisyon nga adunay dakong pagtahod sa pag-apil sa komunidad sa IP ngadto sa pagsulong sa mga kinabuhi, ug socio-culture development sa usa ka komunidad.

Ang katuyoan sa municipal ordinance aron mapalig-on ang pagpatuman sa balaod sa IPRA ug pag-ila sa kahinungdanon sa mga komunidad nga kulturanhon sa mga Katawhan.

Ang maong lakang nahisubay usab sa Presidential Proclaim No. 486, nga nagdeklara kaniadtong Oktubre 29 nga ingon usa ka National Indigenous People Thanksgiving Day agig suporta sa pagpatuman sa IPRA Law ug sa pag-ila sa kahinungdanon sa mga Indibidwal nga Komunidad sa Kultura.

Gi-aprobahan ang Sanggunian Resolution No. 198-2021, sa pagpanginahan ni Provincial Board Member Meriam G. Pagaran,  tsirman sa Committee on Municipal Affairs atol sa ika-86th regular session niadtong Abril 23, 2021. (LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)