(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Saturday, 18 September 2021) Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) affecting Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. ACTIVE TROPICAL CYCLONE OUTSIDE PAR AS OF 3:00 AM TODAY TROPICAL STORM CHANTHU (FORMERLY "KIKO") LOCATION OF THE CENTER: 1,915 KM NORTHEAST OF EXTREME NORTHERN LUZON (33.8°N, 134.6°E) MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS: 85 KM/H NEAR THE CENTER GUSTINESS: UP TO 105 KM/H MOVEMENT: EASTWARD AT 40 KM/H Caraga Region will have Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to ITCZ / Localized thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides due to severe thunderstorms. Light to Moderate winds coming from Southwest to Southeast will prevail with Slight to Moderate seas/(0.6 to 2.1 meters).



Monday, May 3, 2021

DOH-13 holds symbolic vaccination rollout for essential services workers

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

BUTUAN CITY, May 3 (PIA) -- In celebration of Labor Day, a symbolic vaccination rollout for select workers under the A4 priority group was launched by the Department of Health (DOH) with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), where ten (10) workers from essential sectors received COVID-19 jabs.

“This is one of our ways of honoring the laborers and workers of the government and those in the private sector. These are essential workers in keeping our economy alive which is why the national government pays tribute to these workers by giving them protection,” said Dr. Cesar Cassion, regional director of the Department of Health (DOH) Caraga.

Those included in the A4 priority group sectors or groups that have high levels of interaction with or exposure to the public and cannot dutifully practice the minimum public health standards (MPHS) at work such those in the accommodation and food service industries, etc., and those that ensure security, consumer and worker safety, and working in priority government projects.

While the exact schedule for the official vaccination rollout for the A4 priority group is yet to be determined, the DOH reports that they are still completing the vaccination of individuals belonging to the A1 priority group (healthcare workers).

Protection from the fatal virus remains a priority among Filipinos especially those who continue to serve the public which is why Edgar Astrera, a worker from the private sector, immediately grabbed the opportunity despite his hesitation.

“May apprehension pa rin po naman ako since these vaccines are not proven to be 100% effective. Pero syempre mas mabuti pa yung navaccinate ka kaysa sa wala. Mas mahirap kasi dahil hindi mo alam kung sino yung nahawaan na ng COVID-19. At least kung meron kang vaccine, meron kang panlaban,” he said.

Rhoda Devaras, an employee of the medical supplies distributor Djar Trades, shares the same sentiment and even advocates for the COVID-19 vaccines.

“Lahat ng tao sa mundo naghihirap dahil sa pandemiya. Ang pagbabakuna ay isa sa mga hakbang upang hindi na lumala ang ating sitwasyon ngayon kaya mas mainam na magpabakuna tayong lahat.”

Per the latest report from DOH Caraga, as of April 29, 2021, a total of 43,155 individuals in Caraga region have been vaccinated for COVID-19. (DMNR/PIA-Caraga)

Gov't support to FRs continues, AgSur PTF-ELCAC grants financial aid

By 2Lt. Cecille Tappa

SAN LUIS, Agusan del Sur, May 3 -- The provincial government of Agusan del Sur continues its support to the 24 Former Rebels (FRs) who voluntarily surrendered to the forces of 26th Infantry (Ever Onward) Battalion by granting cash assistance amounting to PhP10,000.00 each through the Provincial Social Welfare and Development (PSWD) Office of Agusan del Sur held on April 27, 2021 at the PSWD Office in Barangay Patin-ay, Prosperidad, this province.

The said 24 FRs are target beneficiaries of the Executive Order No. 70 (EO70), a government policy on "Institutionalizing the Whole-of a-Nation Approach to End Local Communist Armed Conflict" in attaining inclusive and sustainable peace in our country which aims to address the root causes of insurgency to end local armed conflict in the countryside.

The FRs are just a few amongst our enlightened brothers and sisters who finally went back to the mainstream of the government and living a more peaceful life since their surrender. “Dako kaayo akong pasalamat tungod sa sunod sunod nga benepisyo nga among nadawat gikan sa gobyerno. Kining maong kantidad daku na kaayo ug gikatabang sa among pamilya aron kami maka sukad sa among pag plastar sa among bag-o nga kinabuhi (We are very thankful for the various benefits that we have received from the government. This cash assistance is of great help already to support our family, as we opted to start a new life in a peaceful community)," alias Rey said.

The PSWD which forms part of the Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC) headed Agusan del Sur Governor Santiago Cane, Jr., released the cash assistance to the former members of the Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army – National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) and Militia ng Bayan (MB) to restore their allegiance to the Philippine government. “We are committed to help and assist the needs of our brothers and sisters who went back to the fold of law in their new beginning. The government will help you in providing what you need to start a new life," he said.    

Meanwhile, Lt. Col. Reynald Romel Goce, 26IB Commanding Officer, expressed his gratitude to the PTF-ELCAC for its active and unending support in implementing the EO70. "The PTF-ELCAC of AgSur is exhibiting its good character by showing full commitment in implementing the EO70. As our peace partners, we are glad working with the Provincial Government in attaining lasting peace in our province," he said.

"The government is more than willing to assist those who want to come back in the folds of law. Once they surrender, we will be providing them the government programs and initiatives that would help them in re-building a more peaceful life together with their loved ones,” Goce added.

Currently, there are 157 FRs from 26IB, 74) of them already received benefits from the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP), 74 await awarding and 9 are for enrollment. The ECLIP is a government program intended for the reintegration of all members of the CPP-NPA-NDF who will surrender and support the peace negotiation program of the government. (acting CMO officer, 26IB, PA/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

DILG, LGU Libjo team up to promote vaccine

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, May 3 -- The local government unit (LGU) of Libjo and the Department of the Interior and Local Government have joined hands to promote the country’s vaccination program, in response to the dismal number of persons who are willing to be vaccinated.

According to Municipal Local Government Operations Officer Bryan Edulzura of Libjo in an informal face-to-face survey conducted by the DILG contact tracers among barangay officials and workers in Libjo, about 30 percent of them are willing to be inoculated.

He said that the local government of Libjo wanted to intensify efforts to educate the people about the effects and benefits of the vaccine and that there is a need to counter the fake news that are proliferating in the social media.

“The local government is forming an advocacy team to composed of Municipal Inter-Agency Task Force, Municipal Peace and Order Council members, Rural Health Unit personnel and volunteers to visit barangays and convince people to be vaccinated,” Edulzura said.

The LGU earmarked P1.6 million for the vaccine on top of the national government’s allocation. (DILG-Libjo/PIA-Dinagat Islands)

LGU, DOT collaborate to boost SurSur town's tourism potential

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, May 3 (PIA) -- The local government unit (LGU) of Carrascal has accelerated its effort to boost its potential tourism destinations and placed proactive preparations as the economic activities start to revive amidst the pandemic.

Carrascal Mayor Vicente “VJ” H. Pimentel III stressed that the tourism industry should coexist with the operation of the mines, as both would generate more income for the government coffers and the community entrepreneurs.

“The collective efforts between the private sectors like the mining companies and the local government will raise awareness that tourism will succeed and contribute to the economic benefits brought by the mine operations,” Mayor Pimentel said during the exit conference of the on-site assessment of three priority potential tourism sites recently.

The report said that the Department of Tourism (DOT)-Caraga Regional Office headed by Regional Director Nelia Arina has recently conducted the on-site assessment of the proposed priority potential sites in the municipality.

Dir. Arina, on the other hand, stated that the development of diving sites is among the priorities of the DOT and the establishment of a diving circuit here in Surigao del Sur is being pipelined to be implemented as the pandemic continues to pose restrictions.

The activity initiated was to evaluate the potential tourism strengths and opportunities for the development of the three potential sites-- Maslog Cave, Carrascal Extreme Adventure Park, and Candido Diving Site considering the DOT’s recommendations conducted last April 21-23, 2021.

The conduct of the on-site assessment of the three priority potential tourism sites was also joined by the Surigao del Sur Provincial Tourism Office chief Mary Vil Cruz-Chan, and her staff with them and the Municipal Tourism Office of Carrascal town, it was learned. (with a report from LGU-Carrascal/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Detalye sa pagpahiluna sa proyektong “Beyond Rice” sa RTR gihisgutan sa tigum

By Shena Mae Pabia

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Mayo 3 -- Gihimo niadtong, Abril 27, ang konsultasyon kalabot sa proyektong “Beyond Rice” nga gipasiugdahan sa probinsya sa Agusan del Norte isip core processing project sa lungsod sa RTR.

Ang “Beyond Rice” usa sa 15 Core Processing Projects nga inisyal nga na-identify isip 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.

Magtambayayong pagpahiluna sa proyekto ang probinsya pinaagi sa AGUSAN UP!, ang Munisipyo sa RTR ubos sa liderato ni Mayor Richard Daquipil, mga nasudnong ahensya, apil na ang buhatan sa Department of Trade and Industry nga mikometer pagpadangat og mga ekwipo sa pagproseso sa mga produkto, ug mga residente sa lugar nga magsilbing processors sa mga produkto nga mugnaon.

Gihisgutan sa maong tigum ang mahimong mga targets sa proyekto, apil na ang gipunting nga halin nga Php50 milyones matag tuig pag-abot sa 2027 ug ang kantidad nga moadto sa mga banay nga magsandig unya sa proyekto ingon man ang mga estratehiya nga kinahanglang himoon aron mapaneguro nga magmalamposon kini.

Gibanabana nga mga 200 ka tawo ang makatrabaho ug kapin kon kulang 100 ka banay ang magsandig sa proyekto kung fully operational na kini.

Ang giplanohang inisyal nga mga produkto nga iproseso mao ang bodbod, bibingka, biko, puto, bitso-bitso ug rice wine.

Gawas nga mopahiluna og mga human sa pagproseso, ipahimutang usab sa proyekto ang "Kakanin Stopover" sa daplin sa highway sa sentrong bahin sa RTR alang sa mga travelers ngadto og balik sa mga syudad sa Butuan, Cabadbaran ug Surigao.

Magsilbi usab nga marketing arm ang proyekto sa mga processors sa lungsod nga mohatud sa ilang mga produktong kakanin sa mga outlets sa Butuan, Cabadbaran ug mga lungsod sa Agusan del Norte ingon man ang pagkuha ug pagpadala sa mga orders gikan sa ubang dapit sa nasud. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)