(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Thursday, 29 September 2022) At 3:00 AM today, the center of Tropical Storm "LUIS" {ROKE} was estimated based on all available data at 1,075 km East Northeast of Extreme Northern Luzon (23.9°N, 131.7°E) with maximum sustained winds of 75 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 90 km/h. It is moving North at 20 km/h. Meanwhile, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 335 km East of Guiuan, Eastern Samar (10.6°N, 128.8°E). Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience Cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to LPA. Possible flash floods or landslides due to moderate to at times heavy rains Light to Moderate winds coming from East to Southeast will prevail with Slight to Moderate seas / (0.6 to 2.1 meters).



Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Surigao Norte braces for full devolution with PAFES

BUTUAN CITY -- As the implementation of the Executive Order No. 138 commences this year, the Department of Agriculture (DA)-Caraga is also intensifying its drive to enhance the capacities of the provincial local government units (PLGUs) of the region in delivering agri-fishery extension services.


In line with the implementation of EO No. 138 or the Full Devolution of Certain Functions of the Executive Branch to the Local Government Units, the DA is also implementing the Province-led Agriculture and Fishery Extension System (PAFES).  

PAFES is one of the 18 Key Strategies and is under the Consolidation Pillar of the One DA Reform Agenda to transform Philippine agriculture. It aims to bring agriculture interventions to the grassroots level and to strengthen the collaboration between the DA and the local government units, the academe, and the private sector.

On March 22, the province of Surigao del Norte, through Provincial Governor Francisco Matugas, signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for PAFES with the DA-Caraga represented by Regional Executive Director Engr. Ricardo Oñate, Jr.

The MOA signing signals the start of the PAFES implementation in the province. Surigao del Norte is the second province of the region to implement PAFES, next to Agusan del Norte, which is the pilot province in Caraga.

DA-Caraga PAFES Focal Person Edelmira Luminarias said that with the MOA signing done, the next step is working on the Collaborated Provincial and Fisheries Extension Program (CPAFEP) plans and programs for the years 2023 and 2024 for inclusion in the DA's regular programs through a national-provincial co-financing arrangement.

On the other hand, Provincial Governor Matugas recognized the achievement of the farmers and fishers and their vital role in the province’s socio-economic improvement.

“With the establishment of PAFES in the province, the agri-fishery stakeholders are assured that they will be given better service,” the Governor added.

Prior to the MOA signing, orientation, as well as Rapid Appraisal, was conducted to determine the readiness of the province to implement PAFES. (Vanessa P. Sanchez, DA13-RAFIS/PIA-Surigao del Norte)