(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Monday, 26 July 2021) Southwest Monsoon affecting the country. ACTIVE TROPICAL CYCLONES OUTSIDE PAR AS OF 3:00 AM TODAY: TYPHOON "IN-FA" (FORMERLY "FABIAN") {2106} LOCATION: 1,070 KM NORTH OF EXTREME NORTHERN LUZON (30.4°N, 121.5°E) MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS: 100 KM/H NEAR THE CENTER GUSTINESS: UP TO 140 KM/H MOVEMENT: NORTHWESTWARD AT 10 KM/H TROPICAL STORM "NEPARTAK" {2108} LOCATION: 2,980 KM EAST NORTHEAST OF EXTREME NORTHERN LUZON (31.0°N, 149.5°E) MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS: 75 KM/H NEAR THE CENTER GUSTINESS: UP TO 90 KM/H MOVEMENT: NORTHWARD AT 20 KM/H Caraga Region will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Southwest Monsoon. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Light to Moderate winds coming from Southwest will prevail with Slight to Moderate seas / (0.6 to 2.1 meters).

Wednesday,. April 7, 2021

Rice fertilizer support worth 169.21 Million boosts Caragas production

By Rhea C. Abao

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 7 -- To boost the country’s rice production, the Department of Agriculture – Plant, Plant, Plant, Program (DA-Agri 4Ps) urges farmers to use quality seeds and appropriate fertilizers.

With that, the Department implemented the Rice Resiliency Program (RRP) I in 2020 to increase farmers’ productivity and ensure food security amid the pandemic.

To sustain productivity, DA is now implementing RRP 2 for the dry cropping season (September 2020 - March 2021). It provides inputs to farmers under the four subprojects –the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) Enhanced, Expanded Inbred Rice Production, Expanded Hybrid Rice Production and Fertilizer only for Home Save Seeds Users.

Around 91,800 farmers in the Caraga region will receive fertilizer subsidy worth 169.21 Million under the RRP II.

DA-Caraga Regional Executive Director Abel James I. Monteagudo said that RRP II targets to sustain the gains of RRP 1. Fertilizer under the project is provided to farmers in the form of subsidy.

RRP II allows farmer-beneficiaries to procure inorganic fertilizers at accredited fertilizer dealers, distributors, and accredited Farmer Cooperatives and Associations using a voucher with an amount equivalent to 2,000 per hectare for inbred and home save seeds and 3,000 per hectare for hybrid seeds.

We encourage the farmer-beneficiaries to utilize the fertilizer subsidy as an add-on to their fertilizer requirement and shall not be treated as a substitute. The additional fertilizers are needed to optimize the yield and profit of Caraga rice farmers,” said Monteagudo.

Based on the Rice Crop Manager, a digital tool developed by International Rice Research Institute that provides farmers with timely field-specific guidelines for crop and nutrient management, fertilizer recommendation is at least 4-5 bags per hectare to match the region’s field condition.

The Philippine Statistics Authority data revealed that the average fertilizer usage of rice farmers in the region is only 3.32 bags per hectare that translates to an actual yield of 3.30 ton/hectare.

The fertilizer assistance along with other rice interventions paved the way for the region’s palay production to increase by 12% from 449,369.83 metric tons in 2019 and 503,330.88 per hectare in 2020.

As DA-Caraga continues to distribute the vouchers on the fertilizer subsidy, RRP II is expected to contribute to the increase in production by 5% for the 2021 cropping seasons.

Director Monteagudo added that the recorded achievement was a result of the Department’s interventions from the benefits of Rice Tarrification Law, particularly from the 10-billion RCEF, and the regular rice program and RRP.

As per memorandum order, No.19 series of 2021 farmer-beneficiaries can claim vouchers until June 15, 2021. (DA-Caraga RAFIS/PIA Caraga)

DA Caraga conducts survey for abaca enterprise

By Vanessa P. Sanchez

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 7 -- In a bid to determine the impact of the Integrated Abaca Enhancement Enterprise Subproject of the San Isidro Upland Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SIUFMULCO) of Santiago, Agusan del Norte, the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP 13) recently conducted a Rapid Appraisal of Emerging Benefits (RAEB).

Apart from the Regional Project Coordinating Office (RPCO) staff, the RAEB was also participated by personnel from the Project Support Office (PSO) – Mindanao, and personnel from the Provincial Project Implementing Unit (PPMIU) of Agusan del Norte.

To obtain the needed data, a Focused Group Discussion with the Coop Officers and a household survey with the other project beneficiaries were conducted. In addition, the production areas of the farmer recipients were visited.

The SIUFMULCO availed of the Integrated Abaca Enhancement Enterprise Subproject in the year 2017. Under the said subproject, the cooperative received a 900 square-meter warehouse and a 600-square meter drying pavement. They were also provided with two units of hauling trucks with 18.3 tons capacity, 30 stripping machines, a nursery, planting materials, and organic fertilizers.

According to SIUFMULCO President Leonora Mila, they have benefitted a lot from the project. “Our production went up from 80 – 150 metric tons prior to the PRDP project, now, our production is at 200 metric tons per month,” Mila said.

Further, the two hauling trucks given to them have made transporting their produce to their buyer easier. She shared that before, they had to wait for their buyer to pick up their products, but now, they can do the delivery anytime.

Mila also said that their members were also encouraged to plant more abaca after seeing that they can really earn a lot from this enterprise.

The conduct of the RAEB aims to gauge the effects of the interventions given to the beneficiaries so far so as to determine also sustainability measures for the continued implementation of the subproject. (DA-Caraga RAFIS/PIA Agusan del Norte)

SurSur negatibo na muli sa ASF

By Raymond Aplaya

LUNGSOD NG TANDAG, Surigao del Sur, Abril 7 --  Kinumpirma ni Dr. Jun Latore, Provincial Veterinary Office chief ng Surigao del Sur, na African Swine Fever (ASF) - Free na muli ngayon ang buong lalawigan.

Sa isang panayam, inihayag nito na matapos makontrola ang mga una nang naitalang kaso nito sa mga bayan ng Cortes at San Miguel, wala nang naidagdag pa na mga kaso sa ibang mga lugar.

Gayunpaman, nagpapatuloy pa rin ang kanilang monitoring sa pamamagitan ng mahigpit na pakikipag–ugnayan sa mga City/Municipal Veterinarian sa bawat munisipyo at lungsod na siyang nagsisilbing entry points papasok dito sa lalawigan upang masiguro na hindi na muli mapasukan ng ASF ang probinsya.

Ito ay dahil sa kabila ng kanilang pagsisikap na hindi malagay sa kompromiso ang industriya ng babuyan sa lalawigan. Meron pa rin umanong ibang mga magbababoy na sapilitang nagpapasok ng mga processed meat products, at ang masaklap pa ay nagmumula pa ang iilan sa kanilang mga produkto sa mga lugar na kinokonsiderang Red Zone ng ASF. (DXJS Radyo Pilipinas-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Magkakasunod na sunog sa SurSur ikinaalarma ng BFP

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

LUNGSOD NG TANDAG, Surigao del Sur, Abril 7 -- Ikinaalarma ng punong-opisyal ng Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) sa Rehiyon ng Caraga ang naitalang bilang ng malalaking insidente ng sunog sa Surigao del Sur, makaraang masundan pa nang panibago dito sa lungsod noong Sabado Santo, Abril 3.

Hindi kaila kay BFP Caraga Regional Director FSSupt. Fred Trajeras, Jr. na umabot na sa kabuuang anim ang naitala sa taong kasalukuyan. 

Mula sa naturang bilang, dalawa ang nangyari sa loob ng pagdiriwang ng Fire Prevention Month sa buwan ng Marso—isa sa bayan ng Barobo (March 28) habang isa sa lungsod ng Tandag kung saan dalawang magkapatid na bata ang namatay (March 17).

Bunga nito ay sinabing magsasadya siya mismo dito sa lalawigan upang mapag-alaman kung ano ang mga nagbunsod sa pangyayari. (DXJS Radyo Pilipinas-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

P500 financial subsidy madawat sa DepEd Cabadbaran non-teaching personnel

By Jessica O. Mellejor

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Abril 7 -- Makadawat na og P500 kada bulan isip financial subsidy ang tanan non-teaching personnel sa Department of Education (DepEd)- City Schools Division sa syudad sa Cabadbaran human gi-aprubahan sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan ug gi-deklara nga balido ang City  Ordinance No. 2021-002, “Granting a monthly financial subsidy in the amount of Five Hundred Pesos (P500.00) to all non-teaching personnel of the Department of Education (DepEd)- City Schools Division of Cabadbaran City, appropriating funds thereof and for other purposes,” sa pagpangamahan ni Sangguniang Bayan Member Leo Dale A. Corvera.

Nakita sa mga lokal nga opisyal sa syudad ang mga nahimo sa mga non-teaching personnel sa DepEd City Schools Division sa Cabadbaran, nga  karon naggasto og igo nga kantidad aron makahatag teknikal nga tabang sa mga magtutudlo sa eskuylahan pinaagi sa online, paggasto sa gasto sa transportasyon alang sa pagmonitor sa eskuylahan ug sa pagtambong sa mga virtual nga miting ug seminar nga nanginahanglan nga gamiton nila ang kaugalingong kuwarta aron matuman ang mga maong buluhaton.

Tanan nga mga dili magtutudlo nga mga kawani sa DepEd City Schools Division sa syudad sa Cabadbaran apil ang Division School Administrators ug Division personnel, kwalipikado nga makadawat og subsidy apan ang mga job order (JOs) ug mga trabahante sa contract of service (COS) wala’y labot nga makadawat sa nasangpit nga benepisyo.

Mahinumduman  nga kaniadtong tuig 2018, ang Sangguniang Panlungsod sa Cabadbaran nagpatuman sa City Ordinance No. 2018-041 nga naghatag bulanan nga allowance sa tanan nga magtutudlo sa publiko nga tunghaan sa Deped City Schools Division sa Cabadbaran, sa ingon naghatag kanila sa kantidad nga P500.00 matag bulan gituyo aron matabangan sila alang sa pagpalit sa mga materyales sa pagtudlo sa klasehanan.

Gi-aprobahan ang maong ordinansa pinaagi sa Sanggunian Resolution No. 145-2021, sa pagpangamahan ni Provincial Board Member Rodulfo A. Pitogo,  tsirman sa Committee on Education and Culture, atol sa ika-82nd nga sesyon regular. (LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)