(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, 04 October 2023) At 3:00 AM today, the center of the eye of Typhoon "JENNY" {KOINU} was estimated based on all available data at 275 km East Northeast of Itbayat, Batanes (21.9°N, 124.2°E) with maximum sustained winds of 150 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 185 km/h. It is moving West Northwestward at 10 km/h. Southwest Monsoon affecting Central Luzon, Southern Luzon, and Visayas. Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Southwest Monsoon / Localized Thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Light to moderate winds coming from South to Southwest will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.5 meters).

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

AgSur FRs receive immediate assistance

TALACOGON, Agusan del Sur – The Provincial Government of Agusan del Sur (PGAS) through the Provincial Social Welfare and Development (PSWD) Office provided ninety thousand pesos (PhP90,000.00) total worth of immediate cash assistance, sacks of rice and canned goods to nine (9) Former Rebels (FRs) of 26th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army on September 17, 2022.

As intended beneficiaries of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP), the said FRs received ten thousand pesos (PhP10,000.00) each with rice and assorted canned goods. 

The FRs were very happy upon receiving the said assistance. “Dako kaayo ang amoang pasalamat sa gobyerno sa ilang mga tabang nga gihatag kanamo. Bisan paman sa luyo sa amoang mga nabuhat, andam lang gihapon sila sa pagdawat ug pag-atiman sa amoa alang sa pagbalik namo sa among pamilya (We are thankful to the government for the assistance  provided to us. Despite the things we did against the government, the government is still willing to accept us as we want to return to the folds of the law),” said alias “KG”.

Lieutenant Colonel (LtCol) Sandy R Majarocon, Commanding Officer of 26IB, expressed his gratitude to the Provincial Government of Agusan del Sur headed by Gov. Santiago B Cane Jr. for always supporting the needs of FRs, and the PSWDO headed by Razel O Montemor for facilitating the immediate assistance of FRs of this unit. 

“I am glad that our new FRs have now received their immediate assistance as part of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP). This assistance will surely answer the immediate needs of our FRs and initially support their reintegration back to their communities. This action also manifests the good collaboration and cooperation of various government agencies and units that amplify efforts to end the local communist armed conflict,” LtCol Majarocon said.

It can be recalled that the said FRs also underwent series of skills training from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-Agusan del Sur such as the Land Preparation for Agricultural Crops Production leading to Agricultural Crops Production NCIII, Motorcycle Small Engine Training, and Carpentry and Masonry Training that aim to empower the FRs to be more economically-resilient by enhancing and developing their individual skills and capability. (1Lt Percival Carido, acting CMO officer, 26IB, PA/PIA-Agusan del Sur)