(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).



Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Agusan del Norte raises Code Blue status due to TS Dante

By Doreen Marielle N. Rosales

BUTUAN CITY, June 1 (PIA) -- The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) of the province of Agusan del Norte has raised a blue alert status as the entire province and the rest of Caraga Region experience heavy rains due to Tropical Storm Dante (Choi-wan).

This, as confirmed at 11:30am of Tuesday, June 1, 2021, by PDRRMO Research and Planning Development Chief Merry Chris Cabonce during an interview with PIA Caraga. 

Residents of Barangays Panaytayon and Humilog in the municipality of Remedios T. Romualdes (RTR) are now evacuating as well as over 60 families in Barangay Bayabas in Cabadbaran City due to flash floods.  Fifteen others were reportedly also affected in Brgy. La Fraternidad in Tubay but the Municipal DRRMO is yet to verify.

“On-going pa kasi ang response actions na ginagawa ng mga municipal DRRM offices. We’re constantly coordinating with them ngayon for further updates on the said status,” Cabonce said.

Water levels have also declined in the national highway passing the municipality of Tubay in Brgy. Tagmamarkay, which was reportedly impassable as of 9:00am on Tuesday.

Close monitoring is still being made by local DRRMOs in affected areas.

Disaster response

Heavy rains have started pouring on the evening of Monday, May 31, prompting the operation centers of all 11 local government units in the province to activate by then and have begun their monitoring. Resources and relief goods have already been prepositioned in case of emergency.

On Tuesday, field monitoring on river tributaries is now being made with rising water levels being observed. Other LGUs that were not affected by heavy rainfall are also monitoring their area, especially those near the coast.

The emergency operations center (EOC) is also convened virtually for continuous monitoring in light of the restrictions in mobility.

Cabonce said the PDRRMO has also prepositioned its resources to augment LGUs in need. Respective EOCs of all LGUs are on standby and can be contacted 24/7.

Despite all the preparations made by local authorities, the disaster response officer emphasized the need for the public to be vigilant and listen to local authorities.

“Magsubaybay sa mga paligid. Also, adhere to warnings coming from our local government officials. Kung mayroong mga preemptive evacuation, magparticipate po tayo. Regularly monitor updates from our social media accounts and those provided by radio stations kasi kahit hindi tayo directly affected ng bagyong ito, kailangang magmasid pa rin at maghanda para sa mga emergencies,” she said.

New updates will be provided by the PDRRMO at 5:00pm of Tuesday. (DMNR/PIA-Caraga)

Commit to Quit: Nagkakaisang Pilipino para sa ‘NO Yosi’

Ang sigarilyo ay lason sa katawan ng tao.  Maraming sakit ang dulot ng patuloy na paninigarilyo.  Lalo na sa panahon ng COVID-19 pandemya, higit na pinalala ng sigarilyo at adiksyon nito ang tama ng virus sa ating katawan at kalusugan.

“Mamamatay ka sa paninigarilyo na walang kaakibat na responsibilidad ang industry ng tabako na nagbebenta ng masamang produktong ito.‘Nilalason ng sigarilyo pati ang ating kapaligiran, ang lupa, dagat, hangin, at ang ating mga komunidad at pamahayanan,” banggit ni Ka Ernesto Ofracio, president ng Aktibong Kilusan Tungo sa Iisang Bayan (AKTIB).

Ngayong araw, Mayo 31, ipagdiriwang natin ang World No Tobacco Day. Ang panawagan natin ay Commit to Quit: Nagkakaisang Pilipino para sa NO Yosi! 

Buong araw ang ihinandang programa na pinagtulungang i-organisa ng Department of Health (DOH), Department of Education (DepEd), at iba pang ahensya ng pamahalaan, katuwang ang iba’t ibang barangay, civil society organizations at people’s organization sa ilalim ng Philippine Smoke-Free Movement (PSFM).

Nagbalangkas ng programa ang Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM), AKTIB, PUP SPEAK, Sustainable Development Network Solutions (SDSN-Youth), ImagineLaw, at iba pa para linawin ang konsepto ng smoke-free at ang masamang epekto ng sigarilyo at iba pang produktong tabako sa ating kalusugan at kapaligiran.

Ang PSFM ay kilusan ng mamamayan na pinangangasiwaan ng SWP upang itaguyod ang mahigpit na pagpapatupad ng Executive Order 26 na nilagdaan ni Presidente Duterte o ang  pagbabawal ng paninigarilyo sa lahat ng pampublikong lugar at sasakyan, at isabatas ang Smoke-Free Act sa lalung madaling panahon.

Bilang paghahanda, ang SWP at AKTIB ay kasalukuyang nag-iikot sa iba’t ibang barangay at komunidad upang hikayatin ang mamamayan na itigil ang paninigarilyo at proteksyunan ang ating mga kabataan at pamayanan, nagtatayo ng mga smoke-free homes, smoke-free communities, at smoke-free barangays.

Ang lahat ay inaanyayahang lumahok sa May 31 World No Tobacco Day. Mapapanood ang selebrasyon na ito sa sa Department of Health (DOH), Department of Education, at Philippine Smoke-Free Movement (PSFM) FaceBook Live. (Social Watch Philippines/PIA-Surigao del Norte)