(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Saturday, 22 June 2024) Southwest Monsoon affecting the western sections of Southern Luzon and Visayas. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—˜π—”π—§π—›π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: 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 Localized Thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—œπ—‘π—— 𝗔𝗑𝗗 π—–π—’π—”π—¦π—§π—”π—Ÿ π—ͺπ—”π—§π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Light to moderate winds coming from Southeast to South will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.1 meters).


Monday, March 13, 2023

US Ambassador Carlson leads handover of P182 million worth of bomb disposal equipment to the PNP 

BUTUAN CITY -- On March 1, U.S. Ambassador MaryKay Carlson led the turnover of U.S.-donated explosive disposal equipment valued at about Php 182.3 million ($3.3 million) to enhance the antiterrorism capabilities of the Explosive and Ordnance Division and Canine Group of the Philippine National Police (PNP-EOD/K9). 

This donation of Explosive Counter Measures Kits consists of bomb suits, digital x-ray machines, seven Ford Ranger pickup trucks, and tactical medical kits.  It will enhance the capabilities of the PNP EOD/K9 Group to search, identify, and neutralize improvised explosive devices and facilitate the collection of evidence to be used in legal proceedings. 

“This turnover ceremony underscores the increasingly strong relationship between the United States and the Philippines as friends, partners, and allies,” U.S. Ambassador MaryKay Carlson said during the turnover ceremony held at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City.  “This year, the United States has invested more than Php 276 million ($5 million) to provide specialized training and equipment to the PNP in the areas of explosive ordnance disposal, crisis response, digital forensics, investigations, and intelligence fusion.  The United States remains steadfast in its friendship and commitment to the Philippine government, and we are very proud of our continuing partnership in the fight against terrorism,” she added. 

“We are extremely grateful for this donation, which will undoubtedly be a gamechanger in our ability to fulfill our mission to keep our communities safe from terrorism and other forms of criminality,” said PNP Director for Logistics Police Major General Ronaldo Olay in remarks delivered on behalf of PNP Chief Police General Rodolfo Azurin Jr.  “This donation also highlights the strong partnership between the PNP and the American Embassy.  We are deeply appreciative of this gesture of support from our American allies.” (US Embassy in the Philippines/DMNR/PIA-Caraga)