(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).

Thursday, 17 August 2023

Cagwait wins Maharlika Award of Gawad KALASAG in Caraga

CAGWAIT, Surigao del Sur -- The local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) council of Cagwait, Surigao del Sur chaired by Mayor Glenn Batiancila, through the municipal DRRM office headed by Nerissa T. Plaza, was declared the Maharlika Awardee of the Caraga Regional Gawad KALASAG Seal as Beyond Compliant, that garnered the highest rating of a perfect score of 3.0 amongst the participating local government units in Caraga, from the regional validating committee (RVC) of the Caraga Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council,  during the Caraga Regional Awarding of Gawad KALASAG Seal and Special Awards on August 14, 2023 in Butuan City.

The Gawad KALASAG is a seal and a special award of excellence in DRRM, as facilitated by the Caraga DRRMC led by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD). It  is the country’s premier recognition scheme for various stakeholders and LGUs that design and implement DRRM programs to protect and shield high-risk communities against hazards and render them more capable of addressing their vulnerabilities and coping from disasters.

The LGU of Cagwait bagged the following prestigious awards namely,  Beyond Compliant with the highest rating of 3.0 and being the Top against the 74 participating LGUs in the region; Maharlika Award; and the Masinop Award.

The term “Maharlika” signifies a first-class warrior. This award indicates that the LGU has not only been awarded the prestigious KALASAG or “shield” ( Ginawaran ng Gintong Kalasag) but has also emerged as the recipient of the Gawad Kalasag Seal for LDRRMCOs.

While the MASINOP Award recognizes the LGU that exhibits outstanding level of tidiness and organizational prowess in the submission of mandated documents or files. It signifies that the LDRRMCO has diligently, conscientiously, and meticulously prepared its entry, ensuring ease of perusal for crucial legal documents, memoranda, resolutions, and other forms of verification. This meticulousness contributes to enhanced accuracy in the evaluation process. (Photo credit to: MDRRMO-Cagwait/NGPB, PIA-Surigao del Sur)