(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Friday, 06 August 2021) Southwest Monsoon affecting the country. ACTIVE TROPICAL CYCLONES OUTSIDE PAR AS OF 3:00 AM TODAY TROPICAL STORM MIRINAE (FORMERLY GORIO) LOCATION: 975 KM NORTHEAST OF EXTREME NORTHERN LUZON (26.8°N, 130.2°E) MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS: 75 KM/H NEAR THE CENTER GUSTINESS: UP TO 90 KM/H MOVEMENT: EASTWARD AT 15 KM/H TROPICAL STORM LUPIT LOCATION: 580 KM WEST NORTHWEST OF ITBAYAT, BATANES (24.3°N, 117.7°E) MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS: 75 KM/H NEAR THE CENTER GUSTINESS: UP TO 90 KM/H MOVEMENT: NORTH NORTHEASTWARD SLOWLY SEVERE TROPICAL STORM NIDA LOCATION: 3045 KM NORTHEAST OF EXTREME NORTHERN LUZON (34.6°N, 148.7°E) MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS: 65 KM/H NEAR THE CENTER GUSTINESS: UP TO 80 KM/H MOVEMENT: NORTH NORTHEASTWARD AT 20 KM/H TROPICAL DEPRESSION LOCATION: 1,795 KM NORTHEAST OF EXTREME NORTHERN LUZON (30.5°N, 136.2°E) MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS: 45 KM/H NEAR THE CENTER GUSTINESS: UP TO 55 KM/H MOVEMENT: NORTHWESTWARD 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).



Monday, May 24, 2021

Sibagat LCE highlights importance of master plan for vaccination program implementation

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 24 (PIA) – Mayor Maria Liza Evangelista of Sibagat, Agusan del Sur highlighted the significance of having a municipal master plan in the implementation of the government’s vaccination program to ensure that the vaccines are given to the eligible priority groups and consumed as targeted.

“We made a municipal master plan on what to do for the arrival of vaccines and the support required from us, especially since many of our people will come from remote barangays,” cited Evangelista during the Network Briefing News aired on Friday.

The lady mayor also revealed that the health personnel in their municipality, along with the barangay health workers went around to do information dissemination as there had been mixed reactions and perspectives about the vaccines -- there are people who are very positive about it and there are also people who are afraid not knowing the after-effects of the vaccine.

“We are capacitating our health workers and divided them into teams for the arrival of the vaccine; so far, it's manageable. There were already 987 who received their first dose. We continue to implement the guidelines from the Inter-Agency Task Force against COVID-19 up to the region and province especially that we are in between two cities (Butuan and Bayugan), so most of our residents' transactions are in the city,” bared Evangelista. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Cultural properties display opens in Surigao City

By Venus Lim-Garcia

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Mayo 24 (PIA) – As part of the celebration of the National Heritage Month, the Surigao City Tourism and Cultural Affairs opens the first-ever cultural properties exhibit dubbed as “Mga Kabilin Surigaonon.”

It aims to create more awareness and interest in the artifacts of cultural and historical value that played a crucial part in bringing history to life.

The exhibit is also one way of promoting and preserving local cultural property and rendering it accessible to Surigaonons so that its significance will become part of the lives

of people who also may gain consciousness of their own cultural identity and dignity.

“We make it a point that people, especially the Surigaonons will become more aware of our heritage. We do encourage them to preserve our heritage that’s why we intend to showcase or display some of the Surigaonon cultural properties which we have discovered during our cultural mapping in the different barangays of the city,” said Roselyn Armida B. Merlin, head of the Surigao City Tourism Office.

Included in the display are tadjaw, banga, and other heritage properties and items that were kept and preserved by the Surigaonons for more than 50 years already.

“This has become a treasure of Surigaonons. So, we do encourage people to come and visit these display at the Luneta Park at the ground floor of Surigao Reading Hub Center,” ani Merli.

Part also of the celebration of the Heritage Month was the painting competition among high school students.

The “Pintal Surigaonon” was joined by the contenders from the Canlanipa National High School, Taft National High School, Surigao City National High School, and Caraga Regional Science High School.

Meanwhile, an online songwriting competition was also held for elementary students from several participating schools which include Navarro Memorial Central Elementary School, B. Vasquez Memorial Central Elementary School, Talisay Elementary School, Special Science Elementary School, Surigao City Pilot School, at Mariano Memorial Elementary School.

“As young Surigaonons, we are happy and grateful because this exhibit has showcased our rich tangible cultural heritage. Magandang paraan ito para mas lalo pang mapahalagahan ang mga ito,” said Bruce P. Custodio, a student of NEMCO.

With the ongoing pandemic, the local government unit of Surigao City is reminding the public to constantly practice the minimum health standards as the best defense against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). (VLG/SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Loreto SKs advocate anti-terrorism activities in AgSur

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 24 (PIA) – During the Network Briefing News aired on Friday, the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) in the municipality of Loreto in Agusan del Sur expressed their support for the government’s efforts in ending local communist armed conflict in the province.

Nicka Juliet Rafanan, SK Federation President of said municipality bared that there is a need for the youth to understand better the disadvantages of joining the communist terrorist group. She elaborated on the negative impacts of the terroristic acts in society.

“This is very important because some barangays here are under monitoring for terrorist presence because some youth are easily recruited. Others really lack the right knowledge on the government’s programs and services that’s why they are easily deceived by the communist group,” said Rafanan.

She further recognized the efforts and initiatives of the concerned government agencies in reaching out to the sector to provide for their needs and promote their rights and welfare. “The government has been constantly reaching out to the youth particularly in the far-flung barangays and we as young leaders in our municipality really support this kind of activities which could help improve the way of life of our constituents,” she underscored.

When asked about their counterpart in the implementation of the government’s vaccination program, Rafanan revealed that many of the target priority sectors in their municipality expressed that the vaccination is really helpful to protect them from the transmission of the deadly virus. The information campaign of the LGU is also intensified and the SKs are active in the advocacy in their respective barangays.

“As to the preparation for the vaccination by the SK councils here in Loreto, it  went well. Many got vaccinated, almost all SK chairpersons and they only felt minimal side effects. Since the Rural Health Unit of Loreto also conducted an information dissemination campaign in our barangays, most of the youth here are willing to get vaccinated,” cited Rafanan.

Meanwhile, on the increasing number of teenage pregnancy, she emphasized the need to gear up information drive efforts on sex education among youth and other activities that will enhance their interest and become more productive academically and in other curricular activities.

“We give the youth awareness on sex education through an information education campaign and give them activities for team building. We also conduct guidance counseling so they can fight off negative or unhealthy thoughts,” she said. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Gov’t agencies enhance 2022-2025 work plan for Filipino Family

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 24 (PIA) -- In order to make the regional plan for the Regional Inter-Agency Committee on Filipino Family (RIAC-FF) and Regional Committee for the Welfare of Children (RCWC), the members of the two committees from various government and non-government entities are set to convene on May 27-28, 2021 for its Capability Building and Strategic Planning at Amontay Beach Resort, this city.
 
According to DSWD-Caraga regional director Ramel Jamen, with this activity, the members would be able to discuss different relevant issues and concerns of the two sectors considering the COVID-19 pandemic and provide resolutions to it.
 
“The focal persons will prepare important information concerning Filipino families such as the data, situational analysis, and the like. A list of the PPAs which can be included in the unified and harmonized plan will also be presented,” cited Jamen.
 
Jamen added that the two committees continue to promote the welfare of the Filipino family and the children, hence, they will establish a rolling work plan for 2022-2025.
 
“We are always thankful for the active support of our partner stakeholders in the implementation and monitoring of the programs and services intended for the two sectors,” Jamen said. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

AgSur LGU revives Abaca industry, expands production

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 24 (PIA) -- As Sibagat, Agusan del Sur envisions to become an organic agricultural land municipality, Mayor Maria Liza Evangelista also wanted to revive the Abaca production and has plans to expand it.

“Abaca was identified as the One Town, One Product of Sibagat before. There had been many interventions introduced but when I assumed office in 2016, I discovered that it was slowing down and farmers had many concerns,” bared Evangelista.

She added that currently, the municipality has a little more than 6,000 hectares of Abaca. “We really want to revive it and really expand production. We are the capital in terms of Abaca. We also give support to the women who used to weave 'sinamay' products, and produce fine fabrics called Abaca Pinukpok,” she said.

“Our vision is for Sibagat to be an organic municipality. Since we started our advocacy in 2017, the feedback from farmers has been positive. As of now, we have 4,000 hectares of agri land and this is what we are targeting to be converted into an organic agricultural land,” elaborated Evangelista.

The mayor further said that since 2016, they studied the assets of Sibagat to identify what they could show to the rest of the country. “We are rich in natural resources so we drafted the Municipal Tourism Development Plan. We've identified two waterfalls with eco-tourism potential, and hopefully, the construction of the road leading up to them will start this year. We're also giving out capability building on what can be manufactured here, and we're targeting to have it developed by 2023 or 2024,” she underscored.

The economy of Sibagat in the province of Agusan del Sur is dependent heavily on subsistence agriculture. Its major agricultural products are coconut, corn, coffee, cacao, fruits, vegetables, and root crops. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Public urged to be cautious vs COVID-19

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 24 (PIA) – As she shared how Sibagatnons strive to survive from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Mayor Maria Liza Evangelista of Sibagat, Agusan del Sur during the Network Briefing News aired on Friday urged everyone to be cautious and follow the minimum health standards to prevent further spread of the deadly virus.

She emphasized that the locals in her municipality, in general, are following the health protocols to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. She also recognized the collaborative efforts of the barangay officials for seriously taking responsibility in addressing their respective issues and concerns and for taking care of their constituents.

“With this ongoing health crisis, let us help and protect each other. We have 36 COVID-19 positive cases; 2 are active; and 1 death case. We should always be cautious in everything that we do and help ourselves. We reinforce the information dissemination, education and we institutionalized through a local ordinance the minimum health protocols like using face masks, face shield, and social distancing,” she said.

The municipality of Sibagat is a 1st class municipality in the province of Agusan del Sur, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 30,442 people. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

OWWA-NRCO opens Business Plan Competition for Seafarers 2021

BUTUAN CITY, May 24 – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – National Reintegration for OFWs (OWWA-NRCO) Caraga invites Caraganons to join the special edition of this year’s contest which was renamed as The OWWA-NRCO Business Plan Competition. The Competition is open to all interested seafarers and their families intending to venture into start-up business while staying for good in the country.

Prizes will be the following: a) Top 1 : Php 150,000.00; b) Top 2-6 : Php 100,000.00 x 5 = Php 500,000.00; c) Consolation Prizes (Ranks 7-11): Php 20,000.00 x 5 = Php 100,000.00. Special Awards are the: d) Viewer’s Choice Award: 10,000.00 (Poster), and e) Bagong Tuklas Award: 10,000.00.

There should be one contestant, one entry. All submissions must be sent to nrco.bpc2021@gmail.com on or before June 30, 2021. Confirmed contestants will undergo the Mentoring Round through an online platform. Seafarers can join solo, pair or group (3-5 members). Active or inactive (maximum of 5 years) seafarers are welcome to join.

For the seafarers who are currently on duty and are unable to attend presentation and coordination activities related to the Competition, including attendance to the mentoring session, must have at least one official representative, (must be an immediate family member) who will handle all the tasks and activities required in the Competition.

Mentoring round is scheduled to be conducted in July 2021. It will be shared through the NRCO Facebook page so the general public may participate as viewers of this Competition. After the Mentoring Round, all contestants will submit their own initial market pitch in video form (maximum 3 minutes). The videos will be rated through the following:
 
· Content of the proposed business including business idea and social purpose - 30 points
· Impact on the community - 20 points
· Financial viability - 30 points
· Clarity and presentation of the business - 10 points
· Drive and determination of the business owner-entrepreneur - 10 points
· TOTAL = 100 points
 
The judges will choose the first Top 11 market pitches to advance to the Final Round. The Top 11 will re-submit an enhanced or reformulated business plan in preparation for the Final Round which will also be conducted through an online platform.

The public, through the NRCO Facebook page, can also participate in the voting who among the contestants has the most “catchy poster”. The contestant with the most number of votes shall win the Voter’s Choice Award. The freshest and most innovative business idea will be awarded the Bagong Tuklas Award. Each will be given 20 minutes: 10 minutes for the pitching, and 10 minutes for the Question and Answer.

Meanwhile, winners will be announced thereafter. Certificates and/or cheques will be forwarded to the RWOs. RWOs will award them to their winners. A post-evaluation activity will be conducted by the RWOs, including the monitoring of businesses of the winners. The Top 11 are expected to pursue their business plan proposals. An agreement will be signed between the OWWA and finalists regarding this matter.

To register click the link below:
https://www.cognitoforms.com/.../_2021OWWANRCOBUSINESSPLA...

For more information, the OWWA can be reached at telephone number (085) 815-1894  and cellphone numbers 09503057533 (TNT) / 09551884858 (TM). (OWWA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

Focal persons update regional plan for RCDA, RIAC-SC Caraga

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 24 (PIA) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) being the chair of the Regional Committee on Disability Affairs (RCDA) and Regional Inter-Agency Committee on Senior Citizen (RIAC-SC) will convene its members from the different government agencies, private sector, academe and non-government organizations for the two-day Capacity Building and Strategic Planning activity scheduled on May 25-26, 2021 at Amontay Beach Resort, this city.

This meeting is in time with its 2nd quarterly meeting and participants are divided into two – those at the venue physically and other via Zoom platform. This is to ensure that health protocols are observed during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to DSWD-Caraga regional director Ramel Jamen, this activity aims to capacitate members on the committee functions; map the committee’s concerns, existing responses, and resources in the regional context; establish committee rolling work plan for 2022-2025; and discuss issues and concerns and update the plan of activities of RCDA and RIAC-SC for the 2nd quarter.

“The committee members wanted to ensure that our regional plan is relevant and timely of the needed responses and intervention that would continually promote the welfare of the persons with disability and the older person amidst the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Jamen. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

POPCOM pushes reliable database against COVID-19

By Matt Joe Ian F. Gonzaga

BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte, May 24 -- The Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) of Caraga advances the Registry of Barangay Inhabitants and Migrants, or RBIM, to the barangays in the region as a baseline of managing responses against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in household level.

POPCOM is offering help to create community-based information and profile system for each barangay in the region through the RBIM. POPCOM developed RBIM and the Demographic Vulnerability Tool to assist Local Government Units in managing their responses to any pandemic, including COVID-19.

The Registry of Barangay Inhabitants and Migrants is also a tool for monitoring internal migration for growth planning and policy formulation purposes. During the profiling process, basic information such as migration data, health indicators, employment variables, and household information is gathered.

As of press time, 86 barangays of Butuan City, 25 barangays of Buenavista, and for a few barangays in the region have already after the agency’s face-to-face and online workshop forwarded by POPCOM Caraga.

Lately, the municipalities of Bacuag and Sison in the province of Surigao del Norte have submitted a letter of intent to the Commission for the conduct of training and seminars on the Barangay Inhabitants and Migrants Registry. (POPCOM Caraga/PIA Caraga)

Population program addresses local population issues

By Matt Joe Ian F. Gonzaga

BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte, May 24 -- The Commission on Population and Development Caraga (POPCOM) came out with the 2020-2022 thrust of the Philippine Population Management or PPMP to primarily address key population issues in their locality.

In the full implementation of Supreme Court Mandanas-Garcia Ruling, POPCOM Caraga took the lead in preparing the necessary financial and logistical assistance to LGUs to ensure the long-term implementation of its key strategies, particularly at the grassroots level.

POPCOM Caraga Regional Director Alexander A. Makinano expresses his gratitude to local government units that took the initiative in ensuring the agency's program mandate has a solid foundation and encourages all local chief executives and population officers to continue their duties and responsibilities in promoting empowered families and communities.

The Philippine Population Management Program enables couples to achieve their desired number and spacing of children while adhering to the demands of responsible parenthood. POPCOM is campaigning that If every Filipino family becomes well-planned, they will have a greater opportunity and capacity to innovate for each family member's well-being and development. Each Filipino becomes a more empowered human resource as a result.

The PPMP will be pursued through the main program components of: Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning (RP-FP), Adolescent Health and Development, and Population and Development (POPDEV) Integration. (POPCOM Caraga/PIA Caraga)

Mahahalagang pamana ng Surigaonon tampok sa exhibit sa Surigao City

By Venus L. Garcia

LUNGSOD NG SURIGAO, Surigao del Norte, Mayo 24 (PIA) -- Tampok sa pagdiriwang ng National Heritage Month sa Surigao City ang cultural display na pagbabalik tanaw sa mga mahahalagang pamana ng Surigaonon.

Nais ipabatid ng Surigao City Tourism and Cultural Affairs sa publiko ang kahalagahan ng mga lumang kagamitan na naging malaking parte noon ng buhay ng mga Surigaonon.

Layunin ding palakasin at palawakin ang kamalayan sa pangangalaga at promosyon ng kultura ng Surigao, at pagkakakilanlan ng kulturang Pilipino.

“We make it a point that people, especially the Surigaonons will become more aware of our heritage. We do encourgae them to preserve our heritage that’s why we intend to showcase or display some of the Surigaonon cultural properties which we have discovered during our cultural mapping in the different barangays of the city,” sabi ni Roselyn Armida B. Merlin, hepe ng Surigao City Tourism Office.

Kabilang sa cultural display ang ‘tadjaw,’ mga banga, at iba pang heritage properties at items na iniingatan at nai-preserve ng mga Surigaonon sa mahigit limampung taon na.

“This has become a treasure of Surigaonons. So, we do encourage people to come and visit these display at the Luneta Park at the ground floor of Surigao Reading Hub Center,” ani Merlin.

Bahagi ng selebrasyon ng heritage month ang kumpetisyon sa pagpinta para sa mga high school students.

Ang “Pintal Surigaonon” ay sinalihan ng mga contender galing sa Canlanipa National High School, Taft National High School, Surigao City National High School, at Caraga Regional Science High School.

Samantala, isang online songwriting competition naman para sa mga elementary students na sinalihan ng mga kalahok ng Navarro Memorial Central Elementary School, B. Vasquez Memorial Central Elementay School, Talisay Elementary School, Special Science Elementary School, Surigao City Pilot School, at Mariano Memorial Elementary School.

“As young Surigaonons, we are happy and grateful because this exhibit has showcased our rich tangible cultural heritage. Magandang paraan ito para mas lalo pang mapahalagahan ang mga ito,” sabi ni Bruce P. Custodio, mag-aaral ng NEMCO.

Sa gitna nitong pandemya, pinapaalalahanan muli ng lokal na pamahalaan ng surigao ang publiko na patuloy pa rin sa pagsunod sa health protocols. (VLG/Susil D. Ragas/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

36 ka personahe sa kapitolyo, migradwar sa Psychological First Aid

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Mayo 24 -- Katloan og unom ka personahe sa probinsyal nga panggamhan sa Agusan del Norte ang migradwar sa tulo ka adlaw nga Psychological First Aid Training and Coping Strategies on COVID-19 pandemic nga gihimo sa syudad sa Butuan.

Ang pagbansay gipasiugdahan sa probinsya ubos sa Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office [PDRRMO] nga gipangulohan ni Erma Suyo ug ni Jorge Vincent Pagaran isip focal person sa maong kalihukan.

Gitambongan usab kini ni Board Member Elizabeth Marie R. Calo isip representante ni Gobernador Dale B. Corvera.

Tumong sa maong pagbansay nga naay mga tawo sa kapitolyo nga naay katakus pagtabang nga mahupay ang kahingawa sa mga pasyente sa COVID-19. Ang ideya mao nga mokontak sila sa mga natakbuyan sa maong sakit, naka-quarantne man o wala, pinaagi sa cellular phone o digital phone aron pangutan-on sa ilang mga nasinati ug makatambag aron makasugakod sila sa posibleng anxiety disorder o depresyon.

“Dakung tabang ug additional knowledge sa amo na nakaapil sa training para makatabang sa mga tao nga nag-need og help labi na pag naa silay bation nga mental disorders,” sumala pa ni Nibika May Calixtro, personahe sa AGUSAN UP! Coordinating Center nga partisipante sa maong pagbansay. (Shena Mae Pabia, LGU Agusan del Norte/PIA Agusan del Norte)