(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, 29 May 2024) At 3:00 AM today, the center of the eye of Typhoon "AGHON" {EWINIAR} was estimated based on all available data at 850 km East Northeast of Extreme Northern Luzon (23.1°N, 129.7°E) with maximum sustained winds of 130 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 160 km/h. It is moving Northeastward at 20 km/h. Southwesterly Windflow affecting the western section of the country. 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 South to Southwest will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.1 meters).

Thursday, May 9, 2024

MinDA, UP ink deal for Mindanao dev’t

Sharing a common agenda for sustained peace and development in Mindanao, the Mindanao Development Authority and University of the Philippines signed today, May 8, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on initiatives for good governance, conflict-mitigation, environment protection, among others.

“We’d like to involve MinDA in every aspect of our work that could be of use for Mindanao’s peaceful development. The nation cannot enjoy the fruits of progress unless there is just, equitable, and sustainable peace in Mindanao.” Jimenez said in his message during the MOU signing.

The partnership is a result of the series of discussions of MinDA with UP President Angelo A. Jimenez on his strategic plans for the university and Mindanao. As the first Mindanawon president of the University of the Philippines, Jimenez underscored the commitment of his administration in implementing reforms and interventions to sustain Mindanao’s peace and progress.

“This is the best time for us to strengthen our partnership with the UP system with a new UP president whose heart beats strongly for Mindanao,” said MinDA Secretary Maria Belen S. Acosta.

Acosta added that the partnership aims to leverage UP’s expertise in various fields of academic endeavors. Recently, Jimenez bared plans to expand UP Mindanao’s course programs, with particular focus on health, engineering, and entrepreneurship to support the island-region’s human resource needs.

These are likewise aligned with MinDA’s agenda on people’s well-being, connectivity through infrastructure development, and trade and industry. The partnership is also aligned with the goals of the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) sociocultural and education pillar.

“We will work together to enhance educational opportunities for Mindanao’s students and youth through scholarships, exchange programs, and joint research initiatives under this pillar,” Acosta adds.

Although MinDA had previous partnerships with select UP campuses, this is the first collaboration of the agency with the entire UP system for a multi-sectoral convergence in Mindanao and in BIMP-EAGA. (MinDA/PIA-Caraga)