(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Sunday, 28 May 2023) At 3:00 AM today, the center of the eye of Typhoon "BETTY" {MAWAR} was estimated based on all available data at 825 km East of Northern Luzon (17.1°N, 129.5°E), with maximum sustained winds of 175 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 215 km/h. It is moving West Northwestward at 20 km/h. Southwesterly Windflow affecting the western sections of Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. 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 Trough of TY BETTY / Southwesterly Windflow. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Moderate to Strong winds coming from West to Southwest will prevail with Moderate to Rough seas / (2.5 to 5.0 meters).

Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Surigao Norte town boosts post-Odette infra projects 

BUTUAN CITY -- The local government unit of Tagana-an is prioritizing multiple infrastructure projects to provide facilities that help serve economic activities in the municipality targeting developments on tourism facilities, road accessibility, and health.

LGU Tagana-an received P5 million from the Provincial Government which they allocated for the concreting of the municipal road, and P1 million for each barangay. Mayor Cesar B. Diaz Jr., said they are expecting additional P7 million to be allocated mainly for other infrastructure projects. 

Like other municipalities near the coastal areas, Tagana-an is vulnerable to flooding and coastal surges particularly in three major barangays namely, Azucena, Aurora and Sampaguita. To manage these recurring concerns, a P150 million flood-control project by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in partnership with LGU-Tagana-an is in the works.

In the aftermath of Super Typhoon “Odette,” tourism was among the most devastated sectors in the municipality. But amid recovery, the Mayor shared that they are welcoming tourists despite the ongoing renovations of local tourist destinations, including their LGU-managed resort, in order to reboost revenue-generation capacity of their municipality. 

Resort facilities are lined up for possible upgrades to attract and cater more tourists, and in turn will generate added revenue for economic recovery and strengthen their local financial resources, Diaz confirmed.

A Super Rural Health Unit (RHU) is also underway and is currently nearly 90 percent complete. Targeted to be inaugurated by the end of May 2023, the Mayor mentioned that the realization of the Super RHU will address accessibility to services for major health concerns, particularly to people in island barangays. Through this, locals will have access to diagnostic facilities, laboratories, and X-rays, and ultrasounds, instead of traveling to Surigao City for such services. (DMNR/RPC/PIA-Surigao del Norte)