(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Monday, 02 October 2023) At 3:00 AM today, the center of Tropical Storm "JENNY" {KOINU} was estimated based on all available data at 675 km East of Aparri, Cagayan (18.8°N, 128.0°E) with maximum sustained winds of 120 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 150 km/h. It is moving Northwestward at 10 km/h. Southwest Monsoon affecting 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 TS Jenny / Localized Thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Light to moderate winds coming from Southwest to West will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.1 meters).

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

DA to distribute sentinel pigs, feeds in SurSur

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur -- To revive the hog production in the municipalities of Surigao del Sur that were affected by the African Swine Fever (ASF), the Department of Agriculture (DA) Caraga Livestock Program commenced the delivery of sentinel pigs to the three provinces in the region, including Surigao del Sur as recipients of the program.

DA Caraga revealed a total of 540 sentinel pigs with an estimated cost of P5.2 million were distributed to the provinces of Agusan del Norte with delivery schedules on June 8 and 30 and Surigao del Norte on June 23 and 30. Feeds distribution amounting to P2.1 million was also implemented to the beneficiaries.

While for the province of Surigao del Sur, some 240 sentinel pigs are set to be delivered to 80 recipients on June 30, for each beneficiary to receive three heads of sentinel pigs and six bags of feeds, drugs and biologics.

The sentinel program is a science-based preparation for hog re-population in ASF-stricken towns and cities in the to ascertain if the ASF disease is still present in the affected areas. (DA-13/NGPB, PIA-Surigao del Sur)