(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, May 23, 2023

FITS Center turns over to LGU Hinatuan

HINATUAN, Surigao del Sur --  A new Farmers' Information and Technology Services (FITS) Center was successfully turned over  by the local government unit of Hinatuan on May 18, 2023. The facility will serve as an information center for farming technology and agriculture-related information services. Its primary goal is to enhance farmers' awareness and understanding of various agricultural programs and services by providing them with fast and easy access to vital information and technology services.

The significant infrastructure project is a testament to the commitment of the current administration under the leadership of  Mayor Shem Garay, which was realized through the 2022 Gender and Development (GAD) fund, as a reflection of the municipality's dedication to advancing gender equality and inclusive development.

Mayor Garay led  the turnover including the ceremonial ribbon cutting and blessing officiated by Rev. Fr. Eric Jorge J. Dueňas, Parochial Vicar, together with acting Vice Mayor Nerito P. Malinao, and the members of the Sangguniang Bayan.

Distinguished guests who attended the occasion included Surigao del Sur Sangguniang Panlalawigan District II member Anthony Joseph Caňedo; OIC center director of the Department of Agriculture -Agricultural Training Institute (DA-ATI) Caraga, Dr. Jessie V. Beldia; OPAg chief Marcos M. Quico; former municipal agriculturist, Severina C. Pore and representative from Bayalas Construction/DM Builder. Some attendees were LGU department/office heads, MAO personnel led by Maria Elena R. Ravelo, acting municipal agriculturist, as well as farmers and farmer-leaders and other stakeholders. (G. S. Millan-LGU-Hinatuan/ERF, NGPB-PIA-Surigao del Sur)