(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, 04 August 2021) Southwest Monsoon affecting the country. At 3:00 PM today, a Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 550 km Northeast of Itbayat, Batanes (24.5N, 125.4E). TROPICAL CYCLONES OUTSIDE PAR AT 3:00 AM TROPICAL DEPRESSION LOCATION: 735 KM WEST OF EXTREME NORTHERN LUZON (21.1°N, 114.8°E) MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS: 55 KM/H NEAR THE CENTER GUSTINESS: UP TO 70 KM/H MOVEMENT; EAST SOUTHEASTWARD SLOWLY 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, July 12, 2021

Fallen soldier of C-130 laid to rest, given honors by his comrades

KITCHARAO, Agusan del Norte -- Late Private Raymar Carmona or better known as “Dodo” to his family and friends who died in the tragic plane crash in Patikul, Sulu has been given military funeral honors by the troops of the 29th Infantry “Matatag Fighters” Battalion (29IB) of the 901st “Fight ‘em” Brigade under the operational control of the 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division, Philippine Army, and was laid to rest at Kitcharao Cemetery, Lapukon Barangay Crossing, Agusan del Norte on Saturday, July 10, 2021.

Troops of 29IB extended assistance to the bereaved family by bringing the remains of late Pvt Carmona home, assigning vigil guards, a wreath for the wake, and goods for the family. Also, the Office of the President came and provided financial assistance. With this, the government promised to extend support to the family through educational, health, and housing assistance.

More than a hundred relatives and friends attended the necrological service to mourn for his death and extend sympathy and comfort to the family including representatives from the Office of the President-Presidential Management Staff Engr. Ruel Casiño, Kitcharao Municipal Mayor Aristotle Montante, 29IB Commanding Officer Lt. Col Aristotle Antonio and 901st Brigade Commander BGen. George Banzon.

Likewise, BGen. Banzon also represented the President of the Philippines in the conferment of the Order of Lapu-Lapu and Rank of Kalasag which was received by his bereaved mother, Genie Marites Carmona.  A three-volley gun salute rendered by the troops of 29IB to honor him before his body be laid in its final rest.

“Sa panghitabo ni Raymar nakuratan gyud ko sa ingon ana nga nakabati kos istorya nga nadisgrasya kuno sa eroplano sa C130, dili ko kasabot sa akong gibati naay nag ingon nga naKIA sya dili nako halos madawat nga ingon ana diay. May gani kay naatiman man dayon siya sa 29IB nga gitabangan usab pud mi sa pagpahigayon nga nauli sija. Wala sya nasunog bisan gihapon ug napatay nakit-an gihapon iyang lawas nagpasalamat sab pud ko sa gobyerno kay wala pud nila mi pasagdi naa man silay gitabang sa amoa sama anang gihatag nila nga ayuda sa amoa. Unya sa paghatod pud sa lawas sa akong anak gamit ang sakyanan gipauli gajod nila. Nagpasalamat gihapon ko sa gobyerno nga nakahatag sila sa ayuda ug benepisyo hangtod sa paglubong naa sila gihapon nagsuporta gihapon sila sa amoa.Salamat kaayo (In Raymark’s case, I was actually shocked to hear the story of the alleged crash of the C130 plane, I couldn’t explain my feelings when I heard them say that he is included in the Killed-in-Action (KIA), I couldn’t even accept it. Thankfully, 29IB took care of him right away and helped us in transporting him back home. He was not burned, even though he is dead but we are still thankful that his body was found. I am also thankful for the government because they have extended aid and support for us all throughout and until he’s already been buried. Thank you so much)," said Nanay Genie, Rayma's mother.

"On this occasion our President of the Philippines, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, wants to be here for all the soldiers who died while in the line of duty so that he can personally give the Order of Lapu-Lapu. an order that is given to all the officers of the government, civilians, private sector, be it uniformed personnel who rendered invaluable service to the nation. It just shows how much our leader loves all the members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. On behalf of our President Rodrigo Duterte, we extend our sincere condolences to the family and parents on the death of Dodo," said BGen. Banzon. (2Lt. Roselyn M. Matulac, CMO Officer, 29IB PA/PIA Agusan del Norte)