1.06.2011

PIA News Service - Friday, Jan. 7, 2011

Flood update
By: David M. Suyao
January 7, 2010

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Source: Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Operation Center

Agusan del Sur Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza convened as early as 9:00 AM today all the 14 mayors province-wide in order to discuss the extent of damages brought by the recent floods in the province in order that the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Operation Center can prepare the final report. Gov. Plaza also assessed volume of the relief assistance extended by every municipality to the flood victims aside from the relief goods that the provincial government has been distributing since January 5, until at present. But since the Provincial Social Welfare and Development and the Philippine Red Cross are now in the field, no data yet submitted to the PDRRMOC, where official records of the disaster are being controlled.

Since yesterday, the province experience fair weather. People in the flooded areas are doing recovery activities in order to restore their condition to normal. Since yesterday, business returned to normal.

In a special session held last Wednesday, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan passed Resolution No. 185, series of 2011, declaring the entire province of Agusan del Sur under state of calamity, and signed by Gov. Plaza today, January 7, 2011. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Cebuano News: Libuang pamilya nga namakwit sa Caraga, nanguli na 

BUTUAN CITY - Libuang pamilya nga nanghikling sa tibuok rehiyon sa Caraga ang nanguli na sa ilang tagsa-tagsa ka mga panimay human nihubas na ang tubig baha.

Sa pinakaulahing datus gikan sa buhatan sa Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) Caraga, niabot sa 396,556 ka mga apektadong indibidwal ang inanay'ng namalik na sa ilang pinuy-anan gikan sa mga evacuation centers.

Tungod sa maong kalamidad, tulo ka probensya og usa ka siyudad ang nagdelara sa state of calamity nga naglangkob sa mga probensya sa Agusan del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Sur og Butuan City.

Sa datus nagbutyag nga 48 ka panimay ang totally damage og 15 ang partially damage nga nagkantidad sa kapin P140,000.

Laumang mosaka pa ang ihap sa mga namatay diin nilansang kini karon sa 18 ka tawo og 2 ang missing.

Nagpadayon usab nga nanghatag sa mga relief goods ang Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga sa pag-abag sa mga Local Government Unit's (LGU's).

Ang buhatan usab sa Department of Health (DoH) Caraga nagpagawas na sa P380,434.25 nga kantidad sa mga tambal alang sa mga apektadong pamilya sa tibuok rehiyon.

Padayon usab ang ahensya sa Department of Social Welfare and Development Caraga sa pagpanghatag sa mga relief goods sa mga apektadong pamilya. (dxBR-Bombo Radyo Butuan/PIA-Caraga)

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Tagalog News: Danyos sa pagbaha sa Caraga, umabot na sa P259 milyon 

Patuloy ang pagtaas ngayon sa danyos sa pagbaha sa Caraga Region na umabot na sa mahigit P259, 703, 000.

Ayon sa DPWH Caraga sa naturang bilang mahigit sa P47, 422, 000 nito ang sa Agrikultura at mahigit sa P212 milyon naman sa infrastraktura.

Sa report naman ng Regional Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council sa kabuuang rehiyon, umabot sa 357 na mga barangay sa Caraga ang apektado sa tubig baha na may 75,415 ka mga pamilyang apektado na may 395,556 ka mga indibidwal.
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Sa ngayon bumaba ba ang level sa tubig baha at karamihan sa mga nagsilikas ang bumabalik na sa kani-kanilang tanahan. (dxBC-RMN Butuan/PIA-Caraga)

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Stocks of rice still sufficient for Caraganons – NFA Caraga

By Nora CL Molde


BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 7 (PIA)
- The National Food Authority (NFA) Caraga regional office revealed that as of January 1, their office has a stock inventory of 962,058 bags of rice to cater the needs of Caraganons.

The province of Agusan del Norte has a total allocation of 150,121 bags; Agusan del Sur – 352,999; Surigao del Norte – 313,953 and Surigao del Sur has 144,985.

In a written statement from NFA, their office has only released a total of 3,824 bags to the different local government units (LGUs) of Caraga that experienced the massive flooding due to the effect of northeast monsoon and tail-end of cold front in Caraga region and other regions of the Visayas and Mindanao. Said bags of rice were used for the relief operations of the LGUs.

As of Wednesday, January 5, NFA distributed 280 bags of rice to the province of Agusan del Sur particularly in the municipalities of San Francisco with 150 bags, Rosario - 100 and Trento 30 bags through a Memorandum of Agreement executed between the NFA and the concerned LGUs in order to purchase rice on credit for its relief operations during calamities.

The province of Surigao del Norte, also has purchased 774 bags: 550 bags for LGU Tagana-an, Dapa-100, tubod-120, gigaguit-50 and Philippine National Red Cross – 4 bags.

The LGUs Bislig and Tandag of the province of Surigao del Sur also executed a MOA for the released of their 1,400 and 1,000 bags respectively and LGU Tago also purchased 150 bags for their relief operations.

Also, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) have purchased 100 bags for their relief operations and GMA Kapuso Foundation, 120 bags.

Transport and trucking facilities for the distribution of rice are always available, NFA said. 

As of press time, no incurred damages have been reported for NFA properties and facilities.
(PIA-Caraga)
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DepEd lauded Mayor Amante for responding to needs of flood victims in the city

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY (7 January) – Department of Education (DepEd) Butuan City Schools Division Superintendent Marilou Dedumo on Thursday (January 6) lauded Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. in his effort to respond the immediate needs of victims of the massive flooding which recently hits the city.

During the assessment meeting of the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (LDRRMC) held at the conference room of Butuan City Hall, Supt. Dedumo congratulated the Mayor for the outstanding performance in responding to the problems arise during the wake of the massive flooding. 

“Mayor Amante immediately called the attention of those who are involved in the provision of the foods, medical team and for having close coordination with DepEd in monitoring the situation in all schools in the city,” Dedumo said.

Dedumo also thanked Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) through Fr. John Chistian U. Young – university President for allowing the city government to use the university’s gymnasium as the LDRRMC operation center. She likewise thanked and congratulates stakeholders of LDRRMC for a job well done.

When asked by the Mayor if there are problems and concerns which were not addressed, Dedumo said all problems were already given proper attention and were handled smoothly. (PIA-Caraga)


“Medicines are available for flood victims,” City Health explains

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY (7 January)
– Butuan City Health Officer Josephine Chua on Thursday (January 6) explained that the office has available medicines but were used as a buffer in the wake of the recent flooding here.

Chua explained that said medicines were given priority to flood victims. She also said the city health office has been bombarded these past days with complaints on unavailability of medicines.

“Recently, we turned down requests of those who were asking for medicines because we reserved it for the victims of the massive flooding in the city,” Chua said explaining that those requests for medicines were made before the calamity struck the city.

With this, Chua said, supply of medicines is sufficient in the height of the disaster up to the present. “Almost all barangays were provided with medicines during the disaster that the city has been experiencing these past days,” Chua said.

Chua explained before the stakeholders of the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (LDRRMC) assessment meeting held at the City Hall here, presided by City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. (PIA-Caraga)


Stakeholders urge LDRRMC to improve communication systems

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY (7 January) – Stakeholders of the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (LDRRMC) on Thursday (January 6) recommended to improve communication systems especially the equipment and facilities used in times of disaster.

Speaking before the council during the assessment meeting at the City Hall’s conference room, Ms. Agnes Carlos of the Brgy. Affairs Office of this city presented the situation where communication facilities such as mobile phones will be “useless” if its battery is already drained or “lowbatt”. 

With this, stakeholders urge the council to find ways to improve communication facilities to ensure that proper monitoring will transpire during disasters.

Meanwhile, Butuan Land Traffic Transportation Management Office (LTTMO) chief Alfredo Radaza offered to use CLEAN 10 Philippines’ two repeater towers which are situated in Mt. Mayapay, the highest peak in the city. Radaza is a member of the said communication group. 

“We can offer our two repeaters in Mt. Mayapay because in time of calamities, we cannot depend on cell phones. When the networks of cell phones bagged down, it is true that cell phones will be useless”, Radaza said. 

Radaza added that using repeater tower guarantees that communication will still be delivered in times of calamities. (PIA-Caraga)

 
GMA Kapuso Foundation to extend assistance to Butuan City flood victims

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY (7 January) – “GMA Kapuso Foundation of GMA 7 TV Network has extended assistance to victims of the massive flooding here,” thus reported City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) Officer Aldeberan Mordeno during the assessment meeting of the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (LDRRMC) held Thursday (January 6) at the Butuan City Hall.

According to Mordeno, the foundation has already contacted Vice Mayor Lawrence Lemuel H. Fortun and has manifested to extend assistance to the city’s flood victims who are housed in evacuation centers. 

“Even if the evacuees have already returned to their homes, they can still receive such assistance from the foundation,” Mordeno said.

GMA Kapuso Foundation is a socio-civic organization organized by GMA Network Inc. to facilitate social programs and outreach to the public.

Since it was founded in 1991, the GMA Kapuso Foundation has been touching the lives of communities everywhere. Its projects help uplift the life of countless beneficiaries.

Implemented singly or in partnership with other agencies, the foundation's thrusts are focused on helping and supporting impoverished families, needy children, calamity victims, prisoners and ex-prisoners, aspiring singers and songwriters, including dependents of GMA employees.

The GMA Network-organized foundation has already extended relief assistance to flood victims in Tago, Surigao del Sur on Wednesday, January 5, 2011.
(PIA-Caraga)
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Feature: “Our future cannot be put on hold”
Filipino young trade union leaders demand decent work


Manila (January 7) - “We should not spend a lifetime dreaming of decent work, we should go out and work for it,” young trade union leaders from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, called for targeted, responsive and increased investment on decent employment and genuine participation of youth in decision-making processes. 

The program, supported by the International Trade Union Confederation-Asia Pacific (ITUC-AP), in cooperation with the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) and Workers Development Foundation Inc. (WDFI), participated in by around 27 young trade union leaders from TUCP affiliates, partner youth groups and other labor organizations, discussed and assessed the country’s progress in decent work, identified the needs and aspirations of youth and emphasized the roles of unions in achieving the goals of decent work. 

The youth leaders reflected on their experiences with government programs and called for serious attention to addressing the systemic problem of high unemployment among the youth and access to decent employment programs. 

“Despite the various programs and services for the youth, many young workers still end up in low-paying, poor and exploitative working environments, with limited access to social protection coverage,” noted Mary Lake Pace, Executive Vice President and Youth Representative of Philippine Integrated Industries Labour Union (PIILU) in Mindanao. 

Bitz Claros, President, VOICE of the Youth in Call Centres, called for more government attention to improving the occupational safety and health and respect for labour rights in the call centre industry.

“Young people welcome and recognize the potentials and contributions of call centres to employment, but where is decent work without regard for workers’ health, welfare and labour rights?” Claros stressed.

The conference highlighted avenues and the roles of workers and their organizations in advancing decent work promotion through the Social Protection Floor, the Global Jobs Pact, green jobs, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) among others. 
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Joel Centra, President of Youth for Empowerment and Solidarity (YES)/Informal Sector, noted that his many years of working with the local government units taught him about the importance of building partnerships. 

“Governments and institutions often assume that they know what we (youth) need. We should assert our role as partners (instead of mere participants or beneficiaries) in the implementation of all youth-related programs,” Centra advised. 

Rafael Mapalo, TUCP Youth Director, stressed that youth and decent work, including youth participation in social dialogue mechanisms are among the unions’ priority concerns in the Philippine Decent Work Common Agenda (PDWCA). “We will continue to engage in dialogue, contribute and participate in the implementation and monitoring the progress of PDWCA, particularly on youth,” Mapalo said. 

TUCP Deputy General Secretary Cedric Bagtas noted that the program is part of the series of capacity building programs designed to build the knowledge, competencies and capacity of the youth, including the education and research officers, to engage in discussions and implement local decent work promotional programs in their areas of concern. 

Experts on youth employment issues and decent work from the Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE) and trade unions also discussed the current impacts of globalization on jobs, union organizing and collective bargaining, wages and living conditions, the state of the global and Philippine environment, the implications of climate change and government’s mitigation and adaptation strategies and developments in the proposed national labour and employment summit and on industrial reforms undertaken by the Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (TIPC). (TUCP/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Surigao Norte, Surigao City now under state of calamity

Surigao City (January 7) – Surigao del Norte and Surigao City are now under state of calamity as several towns were hit by floodwaters brought about by the tail-end of a cold front.

Gov. Sol Matugas personally asked the provincial board to hold a special session on Thursday so that the provincial government can make use of the 5% calamity fund.
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Meantime, the city council also approved on Thursday, January 6, 2011 the request of City Mayor Ernesto Matugas to pass a resolution declaring the entire city under a state of calamity as many barangays were submerged with floodwaters.

Latest report from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council (PDRRMC) revealed that the floods killed at least three persons.

The casualties were identified as Roberto Dalangin, 35 years old, married and a native of Barangay Cawilan, Tubod; Lorena Alutaya, 27 years old, from Brgy. Cambuayon, Bacuag; and Angelo Arriba Siega, 5 years old from Nueva Street, Surigao City. 

At least 8,144 families or 38,865 persons from 104 barangays provincewide were affected.

Three houses were totally damaged, while 19 were partially damaged. Damages in infrastructure reached an estimated cost of P116.9Million. Running estimate in agriculture now reached up to P23Million. 

As of press time, distribution of relief goods in the entire city and province are still going on.
(FEAbkilan, PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Gov Ecleo asks SP to declare State of Calamity in Dinagat Islands

Province of Dinagat Islands (January 7) – The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) thru Gov. Glenda Ecleo recommends to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) for the declaration of the province under a state of calamity.

PDRRMC Deputized Coordinator and Public Information Officer Rosario Roxas revealed that the said recommendation came up during the meeting of the council yesterday, Jan. 6, 2011after a thorough assessment made by PDRRMC members of the damages to infrastructure and agriculture and to cope up with the adverse effect brought about by the heavy rains for the past 5 days caused by the tail-end of a cold front.

The PDRRMC reported that 3,385 families or 14,424 persons were severely affected by the floods, however, only 284 families or 1,289 persons were evacuated in their 6 designated evacuation centers.

Some 180 houses were partially damaged and only two were totally damaged amounted to 1.83Million.

The total damage to both private and public infrastructure now reached to P42.57Million. In agriculture, rice fields and other crops such as banana and root crops reported an estimated damage amounted to P5.45Million.

Reports also revealed that the MDRRMCs of San Jose and Loreto, so is the PDRRMC extended relief assistance to the evacuees and affected families. (FEAbkilan, PIA-Surigao del Norte with reports from PDI-PIO)