(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, 22 September 2021) At 3:00 AM today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all data at 205 km East Northwest of Pagasa Island, Palawan (12.0°N, 115.7°E) embedded along the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) affecting Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. 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 Southeast to east will prevail with Slight to Moderate seas/(0.6 to 2.5 meters).



Monday, June 7, 2021

DOH reports 21 new COVID-19 variants in Caraga

BUTUAN CITY, Jun. 7 -- The Department of Health (DOH) Center for Health Development - Caraga on June 4 reports the 21 new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) variant cases in the region based on the latest results of Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) received from the University of the Philippines-Philippine Genome Center. Of the samples sent, 13 samples tested positive for B.1.351 (first detected in South Africa), seven for B.1.1.7 (first detected in UK) and one for P.3 (first detected in the Philippines).

The confirmed B.1.351 cases are locals of the following areas: Bislig City (7), Lianga, SDS (4), Cortes, SDS (1) and Tandag City (1). While the confirmed B.1.1.7 cases are from Barobo, Surigao del Sur (2), Butuan City (2), Esperanza, Agusan del Sur (1), Lianga, Surigao del Sur (1) and Madrid, Surigao del Sur (1). The confirmed P.3 variant case is a resident of Tandag City.

Initial investigation showed that among these 21 variant cases, 13 have no travel history outside their area and eight are close contacts of previously confirmed cases. Currently, out of the 21, eighteen (18) are already asymptomatic and back to their normal daily routine, while one is still recovering at home. Two cases with the B.1.351 variant died while admitted in the hospital - one (1) from Bislig City and another from Cortes, Surigao del Sur.

The concerned local health authorities, in close coordination with DOH CHD-Caraga are currently implementing the mandatory quarantine and control measures including rigorous tracing of the 1st - 3rd generation close contacts and re-swabbing of confirmed cases with COVID-19 variants, per DOH DM 2021-0128.

“With the increasing cases and continuous emergence of COVID-19 variants of concern in the region, we are appealing to the Caraganons to strictly adhere to the health protocols and minimum public health standards," said DOH Caraga Regional Director Cesar Cassion.

"We also strongly encourage immediate vaccine uptake once the vaccines are available to your respective priority eligible group. Let us remember that by following these health measures, transmission across population and further mutation of COVID-19 can be prevented. So, let us continue to be vigilant and work together to end this pandemic," he added. (DOH Caraga/PIA Caraga)

DOLE-TUPAD pays P22.8M to SurSur workers affected by TS Auring

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Jun. 7 (PIA) -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Surigao del Sur Provincial Office has successfully implemented the TUlong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Displaced/Disadvantaged Workers or TUPAD in Surigao del Sur, in partnership with the Provincial Government of Surigao del Sur as its accredited co-partner (ACP).

The report said 4,740 informal economy workers identified as affected by Tropical Storm (TS) Auring last February 2021 were the beneficiaries, as per commitment of DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III.

Also, some 250 workers from each of the 17 municipalities and two (2) component cities in the Province of Surigao del Sur have availed the said program.

The beneficiaries were provided with 15-day temporary wage employment that involved cleaning of public facilities and community gardening. Following Caraga Region's daily minimum rate of P320.00, each beneficiary received P4,800.00 as salary for the work done.

They were also provided 1-year accident insurance and personal protective equipment that included a TUPAD long-sleeved shirt and 15 pieces of disposable facemasks, to ensure protection from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

TUPAD is DOLE's 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 and/or natural calamities such as TS Auring. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)

DepEd Dinagat Islands nakadawat og duplicating machines

MUNISIPYO SA SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Hunyo 7 -- Ang buhatan sa Department of Education (DepEd) Schools Division sa lungsod sa Dinagat Islands nakadawat og duplicating machines gikan sa provincial government bag-ohay pa lamang.

Gi-award ug gi-turnover sa probinsya sa pagpangulo ni Gobernador Kaka Bag-ao ngadto sa Division Office nga gipangunahan ni Curriculum Implementation Division (CID) Chief Lope C. Papelleras ang usa ka set sa duplicating machines nga naglangkob sa 1 unit collator, 1 unit perfect binder, 1 unit cutter guillotine with electro-mechanical cutter, 2 units Epson Workforce Pro WF-C869R, ug 4 units Blue PS -350 Digital Duplicator.

Ang maong duplicating machines napalit gikan sa pondo sa Special Education Fund (SEF) CY 2019 Savings og SEF CY 2020 Reprogram ug 1% Local Council for the Protection of Children (LPCP) 2020 fund nga nikabat ug P2,494,444.00 isip usa ka alternatibong pamaagi sa pagtudlo aron makabenipisyo ang mga estudyante ug magtutudlo sa probinsya alang sa giatubang nga pandemya.

Kini nga inisyatibo mao ang pagpanag-iya sa mga tawo nga gipasiugdahan ug nahuman pinaagi sa probinsya isip usa ka katumanan sa panagsama nga panan-aw ug sukaranan sa pagdumala, ilabina ang paghatag og gahum sa mga tawo pinaagi sa pagpadayon sa pagpaningkamot alang sa pagprotektar ug pagpanalipod sa mga vulnerable sectors ug mga kabatan-onan.

Gitambungan ang kalihukan nila Provincial Administrator Aimee A. Jimeno, Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator Jorge C. Daligdig, Provincial Community Affairs Officer Jay G. Benitez, Provincial General Services Officer Angela Elago, ug mga personahe gikan sa Department of Education (DepEd) Schools Division Office. (Dinagat Islands-PIO/PIA-Dinagat Islands)

NCIP Caraga conducts community visit to Loreto town’s ICCs/IPs

BUTUAN CITY, Jun. 7 -- The Manobo Indigenous Cultural Communities/Indigenous Peoples (ICCs/IPs) of Loreto, Agusan del Sur was the third area visited by Atty. Marlon Bosantog, regional director of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) Caraga, along with Atty. Leslie Mae F. Plaza, Attorney VI/Acting Technical Management Services Division Chief; Rosemarie Mordeno, Agusan del Sur Provincial Officer; and select NCIP Caraga personnel.

During this session, a mini legal caravan was conducted wherein the IP leaders were able to voice out their issues and concerns, and were provided with free legal consultation.

Issues that were raised include the ongoing direct Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title application (CADT) of the Manobo ICCs/IPs which covers almost the entirety of Loreto, Agusan del Sur excluding Barangays Katipunan and Poblacion, issues on land selling within Ancestral Domains, and the recognition and implementation of tribal justice.

The team directly addressed these concerns, as well as updates on the current stage of their CADT application. The ICCs/IPs were also advised to file a formal letter complaint on issues relating to land selling as basis in the conduct of validation and investigation, the tribal leaders were reminded of the scope of implementation of the tribal justice and the customary laws related therein.

“The NCIP will continue to provide your welfare and promote your rights. Let us know your issues and concerns and we will address, give resolutions to it the best we can,” cited Dir. Bosantog.

With this, NCIP Caraga hopes to visit more IP communities and extend government services therein. (NCIP-Caraga/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Mokabat 995 bundle sa 'tiger grass panicle' gitunol ngadto sa mga mag-uuma sa Libjo

MUNISIPYO SA SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Hunyo 7 -- Agig tubag sa panginahanglanon ug panginabuhian sa mga lumulupyo sa Barangay Rosita, Libjo, pormal nga gi-turnover sa provincial government ngadto sa MacArthur Farmer Entrepreneur Association (MAFEA) ang 995 bundle nga tiger grass panicle nga gamitong materyales sa paghimo og soft broom o silhig nga lanot.

Kini nga mga materyales gikan pa usab sa mga Sumilao farmers sa Bukidnon nga nikabat sa kantidad nga P121,500.00 diin gipondohan sa provincial government para sa dugang panginabuhian sa mga myembro sa MAFEA nga niabot niadtong May 31, 2021 sa Sitio General McArthur.

Dako ang kalipay sa miyembro sa MAFEA diin nahatagan sila og suporta gikan sa gobyerno ilabi na sa inisyatibo ni Gobernador Kaka Bag-ao sa paghatag sa ila og kahigayonan nga makigbahin sa pagpalambo sa ilang asosasyon pinaagi sa paghimo og silhig nga dakong tabang sa ilang panginabuhian ilabi na nga padayon giatubang ang krisis sa COVID-19.

Lakip nga gipasalig niini nga ilang paningkamutan nga mapalambo ug mapahimuslan kini sa kinatibuk-ang miyembro sa ilang grupo og makahatag sa ila og mas tawhay ug luwasnon nga panginabuhian nga dili supak sa balaod ug dili makadaot sa kinaiyahan.

Usa lamang kini sa mga padayong lakang sa provincial government sa paghatag og igong pagtagad sa mga People’s Organization (PO) ilabi na sa mga mag-uuma ug mangingisda nga usa sa mga sektor nga nagsiguro nga adunay seguridad sa suplay sa pagkaon ang katilingban ilabi na sa panahong adunay gisagubang nga pandemya.

Hugot usab kining gisuportahan sa buhatan sa Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) pinaagi kang OIC PENRO Agapito T. Patubo diin gihatag usab niini ang 100 ektarya nga luna nga nahisakop sa National Greening Program (NGP) aron mas mapahalapdan ang area pagpananom sa tiger grass nga ilang ugmadon alang sa mas daghan nga  produktong pang-agrikultura nga maoy tinubdan sa ilang pang adlaw-adlaw nga panginahanglanon.

Tumong ug katuyoan usab niini ang pagpangilabot sa mga katawhan sa pag-amuma sa mga kakahuyan ug magsiguro nga mapanalidpan ang mga watershed area sa naasoy nga lugar samtang hugot nga giimplementar ang projekto nga magpalambo sa ilang panginabuhian.

Lakip usab niini ang dugang pang tabang gikan sa provincial government pinaagi sa mga buhatan sa Provincial Cooperative Development Office (PCDO), Provincial Community Affairs Office (PCAO), ug ang Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAG) nga nagsiguro alang sa mas hapsay nga kadumalahan sa ilang asosasyon pinaagi sa paghimo sa haom ug plastar nga operation manual ug business policy, ug maghatag sa ila og igong kaalam ilabi na sa pagdala sa ilang financial statement ug dugang kapasidad sa pagpanindot sa kalidad sa ilang proyekto, magtudlo sa insaktong marketing strategy ug product development.

Sa dugang bahin nakadawat usab ang mga miyembro sa MAFEA og foliar fertilizer ug pipila ka mga seedlings sa petchay, kangkong, okra ug sweet corn. Gitudlo-an usab sila sa insaktong pamaagi sa pagtanom sa 30-day seeds og paggamit sa abono alang sa mas abundang harvest sa ilang mga tanom.

Kahinumduman, si Gob. Bag-ao ang abugado sa kaniadto sa Sumilao farmers sa ilang pakigbatok alang sa agrarian reform. (Dinagat Islands-PIO/PIA-Dinagat Islands)