(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Friday, 22 October 2021) At 3:00 AM today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 525 km East of Guiuan, Eastern Samar (11.5°N, 130.5°E) embedded along the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) affecting Palawan, Visayas, and Mindanao. Caraga Region will have Cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to ITCZ / Localized Thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Light to Moderate winds coming Northeast to Northwest will prevail with Slight to Moderate seas / (0.6 to 2.5 meters).



Monday, October 11, 2021

29 responders complete WASAR, BLS in SurSur town

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur – Some 29 trainees successfully completed and passed the five-day Water Search and Rescue Training (WASAR) with Basic Life Support (BLS) held recently at the Enchanted River in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.

Their final exercise, however, was a one-mile endurance swim from Cambatong boat terminal to Sibadan Fish Cage in which they swam without any floatation device. They all survived.

Both trainees are now certified Responders especially for emergencies on the beach and the high seas in the said municipality.

It was the Department of Tourism (DOT)-Caraga Region that spearheaded the activity in coordination with the Philippine Coast Guard – Surigao City and the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Hinatuan. The DOT provided starter kits composed of life vests and first aid kits to the successful trainees.

The LGU officials headed by Hinatuan Mayor Shem Garay with Vice Mayor Tito CaƱedo III through MPDC chief Ferdinand Barrios expressed gratitude to the DOT headed by Regional Director Nelia Arina represented by Janika Velasco, for the training grant to Hinatuan town.

The activity primarily aimed to upgrade the competencies of the tourism workers and tourist destinations to better serve local and foreign tourists.

The presence and continuing support of the Provincial Tourism Office led by Mary Vil Cruz-Chan also made the training even more meaningful, as well.

Meanwhile, the DOT handed over some basic rescue equipment composed of spine boards, rescue cans/floaters, life vests, and first aid kits to LGU-Hinatuan, as they culminated the said activity to the Local Government Unit of Hinatuan. (with a report from LGU-Hinatuan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)