(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Saturday, 31 July 2021) Southwest Monsoon affecting the country. ACTIVE TROPICAL CYCLONE OUTSIDE PAR AS OF 3:00 AM TODAY TROPICAL DEPRESSION LOCATION: 2,515 KM EAST NORTHEAST OF EXTREME NORTHERN LUZON (30.2°N, 144.7°E) MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS: 45 KM/H NEAR THE CENTER GUSTINESS: UP TO 55 KM/H MOVEMENT: NORTHEAST AT 35 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).



Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Agri radio drama offers infotainment on 'radyo eskwela'

By Rhea C. Abao

BUTUAN CITY, May 4 -- When you think about radio dramas and you are Visayan, you would probably recall Handumanan sa Usa ka Awit or Kini ang Akong Suliran of the 70s and 80s. Radio drama may seem like a thing of the past, but they are still a great way to tell stories these days.

In the field of agriculture, producing appropriate Information, Education, Communication (IEC) materials in the form of radio drama is a creative way to inform the farmers and other agriculture stakeholders of new farming technologies.

This is why the Department of Agriculture-Caraga together with the Agricultural Training Institute-Caraga and the Philippine Rice Research Institute-Agusan came up with the production of agri-related radio drama for the forthcoming School-on-the Air on Smart Rice Agriculture (SOA-SRA).

Dubbed as Radyo Eskwela: Mga Bag-ong Teknolohiya sa Paghumayan, the special radio program will start airing on May-August 2021 in selected radio stations regionwide and live-streamed in the DA and ATI FB Pages.

Regional Agriculture and Fishery Information Section Chief Emmylou T. Presilda said that incorporating radio drama in SOA is a tool to inform and at the same time provide entertainment to the listeners.

“The infotainment approach is our way to attract and hold the attention of the learners by engaging their emotions through the stories. Radio dramas were produced to help demonstrate how the modern climate-smart rice agriculture technologies can help the farmer-students to improve their production,” said Presilda. 

Presilda added that other communication tools like mobile or smartphones will be integrated to serve as a platform for dialogue, to further the discussions on topics that interest listeners, and create an engaging and interactive program.

SOA-SRA is a nationwide initiative of the Department of Agriculture as a complementary tool to the existing approaches in reaching and interacting with farmers. The program covers a range of topics and integrates scientific information appropriately packaged for the rice farmers in each region. (DA-Caraga RAFIS/PIA/PIA Caraga)

Agreement inked for agri-fishery services in AgNor

By Rhea C. Abao

BUTUAN CITY, May 4 -- Department of Agriculture (DA)-Caraga Regional Executive Director Abel James I. Monteagudo, Governor Dale B. Corvera, together with Caraga State University (CSU) President Anthony M. Penaso sealed its partnership for piloting Agusan del Norte in the implementation of the Province-led Agriculture & Fisheries Extension Systems (PAFES) in Caraga region.

The signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on April 24 kicked off the conduct of a Rapid Appraisal by the CSU to assess and evaluate the readiness of the local government unit in providing agriculture and fisheries extension services prior to the full implementation of the project. 

The PAFES is a flagship initiative of the DA to strengthen the farmer and fisherfolk linkages in the province, spearhead agricultural modernization and industrialization, and enhance rural livelihood through massive utilization of science-based technologies and establishments of agro-based enterprises.

DA Caraga Regional Executive Director Abel James I. Monteagudo said that the selection of Agusan del Norte was based on the quality of governance, interest, and the presence of a state university with strong agriculture research and development track.

“PAFES is the DA’s initiative to prepare the local government units for the full implementation of the Mandanas Ruling, wherein the LGUs are expected to absorb the programs and assume the devolved functions and services of the national government in response to the expansion of their share of the Internal Revenue Allotment,” said Dir. Monteagudo.

Further, Governor Dale B. Corvera said that PAFES will complement the AGUSAN UP, a development campaign designed to realize the LGU’s vision to be an agri-forest province and economic processing zone of the region by 2027.

“We assure the DA for our commitment to continue to be a partner to strengthen and boost the economy in the province. With this system we are hopeful that more opportunities will be available for the Agusanons,” said Governor Corvera. (DA-Caraga RAFIS/PIA Agusan del Norte)

DA-Caraga culminates Filipino Food Month, showcases Pinoy cuisine

BUTUAN CITY, May 4 -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) – Caraga conducted the Filipino Food Month culmination program highlighting the indigenous and local food source through a cooking competition.

The participants of the cooking competition hail from the Rural Improvement Clubs (RIC) of Barangays Bobon, Tiniwisan, and Taligaman in Butuan City. The competition was divided into three rounds wherein 30 minutes was allotted for the ‘alimango’ or crabs as the main dish, 30 minutes for the mudfish, and 40 minutes for the native chicken.

Supervising Agriculturist of Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) Isabelita Ocampo stressed the importance of celebrating the Filipino culinary tradition notwithstanding the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We are glad to finally celebrate the culmination of Filipino Food Month even with our limited participants. It is important to recognize these as part of our cultural heritage as it fosters a sense of belongingness and national pride. This is also the reason why we use indigenous dishes because we support our local products, we support our farmers," Ocampo said.

For the Mud Crab category, Rona Sanchez (RIC of Brgy. Bobon) was declared as the winner; Milvergrace Ducay (RIC of Brgy. Taligaman) for the Ginataang Mud Fish category; and Deodilita Jumadas (RIC of Brgy. Bobon) also won in the Saute Spicy Native Chicken category.

Per Presidential Proclamation 469, the month of April exemplifies the Filipino Culinary Tradition through the celebration of the Filipino Food Month or Buwan ng Kalutong Pilipino. (DA-RFO XIII, RAFIS/PIA-Caraga)

DA intensifies ASF info caravan in SurSur, AgSur

By Kent Warren Fuguso

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, May 4 -- To intensify the knowledge of the African Swine Fever (ASF), the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Caraga through the Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Information Section (RAFIS) conducted the ASF Information Caravan in the two provinces of the region, to include Surigao del Sur recently.

DA Caraga holds an ASF Information Caravan in Tandag City held at the City Gym of Tandag on April 21, 2021. (Photo by PIA-SDS)

The first leg of the Caravan was conducted last March 23-25 in six municipalities in the province of Agusan del Sur namely La Paz, Veruela, Trento, Bunawan, Rosario, and San Francisco. The second leg was conducted on April 21-23, in five municipalities and one city in the province of Surigao del Sur namely Tandag City, Municipalities of Tago, Carmen, Madrid, Carrascal, and Cantilan.

RAFIS Chief Emmylou T. Presilda said the objective of the ASF Information Caravan is to strengthen the collaboration of different government sectors and officials starting from the barangay until the regional level in crafting a well-established information strategy, action plans, ordinances, and other interventions towards blocking the entry and/or containing the virus in their respective areas.

“The target audience for this ASF Information Caravan are the members of the Barangay LGU including their committee chairperson on agriculture, Key Officials of the respective municipalities/cities, Barangay Animal Health Workers (BAHW), and their identified local task force since these people are the first line of the defense once cases are detected,” Presilda added.

The ASF Information Caravan is in coordination with partner agencies from the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) – Caraga, Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) – Northern Mindanao, and the Provincial Veterinary Office of Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur.

ASF Information Caravan in Tago, Surigao del Sur on April 21, 2021 attended by various stakeholders. (Photo by PIA-SDS)

Discussed during the Information Caravan include the ASF Prevention and Control, Government Strategies, ASF Contingency / Action Plan, and PCIC Swine Insurance. A forum was also established right after the presentation of topics to cater to the suggestions and inquiries of the participants.

The ASF has already taken a heavy toll on the hog industry, which affected numerous hog raisers in the country. Massive losses in production have been observed as it already directly affected the meat prices in the market, making consumers wonder even more.

However, this was not just the case for some areas. Processed contaminated pork products such as chorizo are sold online and these are all coordinated through illegal logistics, making it a challenge for the task force to swiftly contain the infection.

As the virus continues to spread across the country, implementations from the DA such as border control and disinfection have initiated to prevent the virus from spreading. (DA13-RAFIS/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

Pagdiriwang ng mga magsasaka at mangingisda ngayong Mayo, ipinaubaya na ng DA sa mga LGUs

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

LUNGSOD NG TANDAG, Surigao del Sur, Mayo 4 -- Nakasalalay na sa mga local government units (LGUs) ang paglatag ng mga aktibidad para itampok sa pagdiriwang ngayon buwan ng Mayo, bilang Buwan ng mga Magsasaka at Mangingisda.

Ito ang ginawang paglilinaw ni June Anthony Ouano, Jr., punong-opisyal ng Department of Agriculture (DA) Agricultural Program Coordinating Office (APCO) na nakatalaga sa Surigao del Sur. 

Kasunod nito ay sabay ding ipinabatid ang paksang-diwang “May Pandemya man o Wala, Magsasaka’t Mangingisda Maaasahan ng Bansa” na siyang inaantabayanang matanggap ng local agriculture office bago umarangkada ang buwan.

Bago pa man ang buwan ng Mayo ay naging abala na si Provincial Agriculturist Marcos Quico sa pakikipag-ugnayan sa kanyang mga katapat sa dalawang lungsod at 17 munisipyo ng probinsiya.

Samantala, tiniyak din ni Provincial Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Officer Bernesita Rojas ang pakikilahok ng kanilang sektor. (DXJS RP-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

‘Agus Blend’ modagayday sa Agusan del Norte

By Karen Decamotan

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Mayo 4 -- Agus Blend?

Kini ang matang sa kape nga modagayday sa Agusan del Norte sa dili madugay.

Ang ideya nauyonan sa mga stakeholders sa industriya sa kape sa probinsya sa tigum nga gihimo niadtong Abril 28, aron hisgutan ang mga pamaagi aron mapalig-on, mapalapad ug maseguro nga ubay-ubay ang mabulahan sa mga benepisyo niini, ilabina ang mag-uuma sa kape, apil na ang mga Indigenous People (IP).

Ipadagayday ang maong matang sa kape ubos sa Process! Process! Process! Project sa Agusan UP!, ang kampanya pangkalambuan sa administrasyon ni Gob. Dale B. Corvera kaabag ang buhatan ni Kongw. Angel Amante-Matba.

Sa konsultasyon nga giaapilan sa mga representante sa organisasyon sa mga mag-uuma ug processors sa kape, sa Munisipyo sa Buenavista pinaagi sa Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO), sa Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) ug personahe sa Agusan Up Coordinating Center, nauyonan nga mugnaon ang proyektong “Coffee Net” nga maoy mogama unya sa “Agus Blend”.

Ang “Coffee Net” mag-apil sa mosuma sa 5,000 ektaryas nga mga uma sa kape sa mga lungsod sa probinsya pag-abot sa 2027 gikan sa 1,730 ektaryas karon. Himoon kini ubos sa Plant! Plant! Plant Project, ang kaluhang proyekto sa Process! Process! Process! ubos sa AGUSAN UP!

Ang maong mga uma sa kape nakakonekta  sa drying activities sa mga balay ug organisasyon sa mga barangay. Ang drying activities nakakonekta usab sa mga roasting ug grinding activities nga kadaghanan himoon sa mga organisasyon nga posibleng mo-package usab og brewed coffee gamit ang kaugalingon nilang brand.

Ang tanang nahisgutang proseso pagmugna og kape nakakonekta sa “Coffee Net” isip proyekto nga nagseguro sa kalidad sa produkto sa matag yugto niini ug mopalit sa piniling beans ug mamugnang ground coffee aron mugnaong ang “Agus Blend” brewed o instant coffee.

Gawas nga pursigidong ibaligya ang brewed ug instant coffee sa high-end o mass market, dasigon usab sa proyekto ang mga organisasyon nga sakop sa industriya sa kape sa pagmugna og coffee shops ug makig-alayon sa establisado nga mga establisamento nga iapil sa i-silbi sa ilang mga customer ang “Agus Blend”.

Niini, gilantaw nga mahimong kabahin unya ang “Agus Blend” sa isilbi sa Simbalan Cloud World sa Buenavista, sa View Decks sa Little Baguio sa Kitcharao, sa Nasipit ug sa Puting Bato Highland sa Cabadbaran City ingon man sa gatusan pa nga coffee shops, hotels ug mga restaurants.

Sa kinatibuk-an, mahimong kabahin ang halos tanang stakeholders sa kape sa matag ang-ang sa paggama sa kape - gikan sa farming, processing ug marketing. Ug dinhi gilantaw nga halos tanan nga naghago niini aron molambo ang industriya daku ang oportunidad nga makaambit sa bahandi nga mamugna ug moangat ang kahimtang sa pagpuyo – sunod sa tagline nga gibarugan sa AGUSAN UP! nga “Advancing Opportunities, Nurturing Better Lives”.

Gilantaw nga labing ubos 4,000 ka regular nga trabaho ang mamugna gikan sa industriya sa kape gikan karon ngadto sa tuig 2027. Kapin kon kulang 2,000 ka banay usab ang gilantaw nga magsandig sa industriya isip nag-unang tinubdan sa kita. Ug subay sa potensyal sa dynamics kung mapahiluna ang “Coffee Net”, daku ang purohan nga mokita sila og kapin sa poverty threshold income level nga mga Php120,000 matag tuig kumpara sa kita sa mga magsandig sa kape karon nga naa lang sa mga Php42,000.

Gitakda nga ipahiluna ang detalyadong business plan sa “Coffee Net” sa mosunod nga mga bulan unya mugnaon ang corporate set-up sa proyekto dayon na sa pagpatuman na niini sa mosunod nga mga bulan.

Sa kasamtangan, tuyokon sa technical team sa AGUSAN UP! Coordinating Center, sa DTI ug MAO sa hingtungdang lungsod ang kasamtangang uma ug giplanohang tamnan sa mga mag-uuma alang sa posibleng technical assistance, apil ang posibleng pagbansay nga himoon sa dili pa ang gitakdang pagsugod sa pagpanum sa bulan sa Hunyo. (LGU Agusand el Norte/PIA Agusand el Norte)

SurSur gob, muling idiniin ang pagbabawal ng sabong sa probinsya ngayong may pandemya

By John Cuadrasal

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Mayo 4 -- Muling idiniin ni Surigao del Sur Gobernador Alexander Pimentel na bawal ang pagsasagawa ng mga sabong sa probinsya bilang pagsunod sa guidelines ng Inter Agency Task Force (IATF) laban sa COVID-19 kaugnay ng COVID-19 pandemic.

Inihayag ni Gob. Pimentel na may mga indibidwal na lumalapit sa kanya upang humingi ng permit sa pagsasagawa ng sabong.

Ani ng gobernador, talagang ipinagbawal ng IATF ang mga sabong dahil sa banta ng COVID-19.

Aniya, ang ipinapahintulot ngayon ng IATF ang online sabong na mayroong permit mula sa Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).

Dagdag ni Gob. Pimentel, kung meron mang maireklamo ukol sa pagsasagawa ng sabong sa mga bayan at lungsod habang inaadopt ang guidelines ng IATF sa probinsya, maaaring managot ang alkalde nito. (DXJS RP-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)