1.02.2011

PIA News Service - Sunday, January 2, 2011

Caraga region feared of flashfloods, landslides due to continuous rains

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY (2 January) – After celebrating the new year where reports from PNP revealed that the whole region welcomed 2011 generally peaceful, continuous rainfall feared officials and residents in northern part of Caraga Region particularly the province of Surigao del Norte.

According to report, the city of Surigao and its neighboring municipalities are experiencing moderate to heavy rains since Saturday (January 1) evening due to the tail-end of a cold front. Surigao City has also experienced a power failure this morning. People living near the low-lying areas are alerted for a possible occurrence of flashfloods and landslides.

As of 12 noon today, low-lying areas in Brgy. San Juan, Kaskag in Brgy. Washington, Brgy. Luna and portions of Brgy. Canlanipa in Surigao City are reportedly engulfed with water. However, reports reaching PIA said that there is no advisory yet from the local government unit for evacuation. Also, the local water district here has temporarily shut-off the water supply.

Surigao City Quick Action Response Team (QART) reported that some families in Sitio Kinabutan, Brgy. Rizal were trapped due to heavy flooding in the area. However, rescue units were already dispatched. QART also reported an on-going evacuation in Sitio Cayutan in Brgy. Cagniog and Purok Kalipayan in Brgy. San Juan, Surigao City. The city government in Surigao assured Surigaonons that the are on top of the situation and constant monitoring is on-going.

As of 3 pm, Surigao City is still experiencing heavy rains. More reports on floodings are expected this evening as high tide is set at 1.7 meter this 9:25 pm.

In related development, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB)-Caraga has advised the people living in the areas vulnerable to landslides to be vigilant. In a radio announcement today, MGB-13 information officer Genivive Chua said with the continuous rains currently experiencing the whole province, people living the low-lying areas and near mountain slopes are advised to take precautionary measures against flashfloods and landslides.

Moreover, Tubajon, Dinagat Island Mayor Romeo Constantino Vargas said precautionary measures were already made in his area of responsibility. In a report of Dinagat Islands public information officer, Rosario Roxas said that the chief executive personally visited the areas prone to flashfloods. Reports revealed that as of press time, Tubajon is well and okay.

Also, Roxas said the town of Libjo under Mayor Maria Fe Llamera has also made preventive measures. Llamera, as reported by Roxas said canals and drainage systems were already cleared to facilitate free flowing of water. As of press time, no report of damaged properties in the area.

In Agusan del Sur, after a fair weather on new year’s day, heavy and moderate rainfall continued this morning without any sign that sun will show today. Main streets in San Francisco town are now flooded. Rivers tributary to Agusan river are now starting to rise, threatening to bring floods to low-lying areas near the Agusan Marsh.

The rain stopped falling at around 3 pm in some parts of the province. Rain clouds in the sky are no longer heavy unlike this morning, but the Provincial Disaster Response Team have been convened and ordered on alert by Roberto Natividad, Provincial disaster Management Officer. No report of any damages yet as of press time.

Meanwhile, Tago river in Surigao del Sur rise almost on its peak level as of 2 pm today due to the continues pouring of rains since Saturday. It was learned that people are now preparing for possible flood anytime from now affecting some barangays in San Miguel and Tago municipalities.

In the region’s capital city, as early as 3:30 this morning, rain fell moderately in the entire city of Butuan until at present causing some of the low-lying streets in the downtown area get flooded. However, this seems to be normal here that whenever continuous rain falls the whole day some of the city streets easily gets flooded. (PIA-Caraga with reports from PIA Provincial Information Centers)



Caraga Reg’l DRRMC issues flood advisory

By: Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY (2 January) – The regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (DRRMC) here in Caraga spearheaded by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) issued this morning general flood advisory following the continuous heavy downpour of the rain which the entire region has been experiencing since Saturday, January 1, 2011 – new year’s day.

According to the advisory, the whole region is experiencing rain due to tail-end of the cold front affecting Visayas and Mindanao regions.

The advisory also made a forecast rainfall where the region will be experiencing light to moderate rains for the next 24 hours.

Waterways likely to be affected include rivers and streams in Surigao del Norte and Sur particularly in Cantilan, Tandag, Tago, Hinatuan, Actul, Bislig, Gaas Lulet and Surigao river.

Meanwhile, in the two provinces of Agusan, Agusan river and its tributaries will likely to be affected particularly in Ojot, Wawa, Andanan, Libang, Maosam, Gibong, Adgaoan, and Simulao.

With these developments, people living near the mountain slopes and in the low-lying areas of the abovementioned river systems as well the local disaster coordinating councils concerned are advised to be alert for possible flashfloods and landslides. (PIA-Caraga with report from DRRMC-Caraga)

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Cebuano News: New year's celebration sa Agusan ug Surigao, malinawon

BUTUAN CITY - Sa pagkutlo niini nga balita, wala'y gikatahong firecracker-related incidents sa lalawigan sa Agusan del Norte atol sa pagsugat sa bag-ong tuig 2011.

Gikumpirma kini ni Pol. S/Supt. Manuel Obrera sa pakighinabi sa usa ka sibyahan dinhi ni'ng siyudad dungan sa pagklaro nga wala usa'y mga dagkon g duguong hitabo nga natala sa ilang buhatan sa maong okasyon gawas lang sa mga gagmay'ng insidente og mala-umon siyang magpadayon kini sa umalabot pang mga adlaw.

Ingon niini usab ang sitwasyon sa Surigao City base sa pagkumpirma ni City Police Director S/Supt. Charlie Cabranilla kondiin malinawon sa kinatibuk-an ang ilang pagsugat sa bag-ong tuig.

Samtang aminado si Police S/Supt. Inocentes Capuno-polie provincial director sa Dinagat Island Province nga nakatabang og dako ang usa ka semana nang pag-ulan sa ilang lugar hinungdan nga malinawon ang pagsugat sa bag-ong tuig.

Sa pakighinabi, gipadayag sa opisyal nga zero casualty sila kung hisgutan ang mga firecracker related incidents og indescriminate firing tungod kay kadaghanan sa ilang mga kababayan, nagpuyo lang sa balay tungod sa ulan. (dxBR Bombo Radyo Butuan/pia-caraga)


Butuan set to plant 1 M trees
Joins gov't effort to alleviate effects of global warming

BUTUAN CITY – Evidently concerned with the effects of global warming and climate change, the city government in Butuan City joined the national government in its mitigation program by allocating funds in an effort to plant one million trees in various areas of the city.

As this developed, the city government has started looking for wide areas for massive tree-planting, not only at the Mount Mayapay area but also in other watershed areas around this city.

“We (city government) are very much concerned about by the global warming and climate change, that’s why we are allocating funds for this tree-planting project,” said City Councilor Ryan Anthony Culima.

“We urged the public especially the Butuanons to join and support this program,” added Culima.

The city lawmaker emphasized the importance of planting trees as the city government headed by Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante Jr. is geared towards planting more trees every year.

“I would like to enjoin the public especially the Butuanons to take part in the project of the city government to mitigate the impact brought about by climate change where creatures in this planet are starting to feel and experience,” stressed Culima.

With this global problem, Culima said that each one of us must do our share not only for our present generation
but more importantly for the future generation.

“Everybody has a vital role to play,” added the city councilor.

On late Thursday afternoon, the City Council here approved the proposed P1.2-billion budget for the year 2011.

The proposed budget was unanimously approved by the members of the Sangguniang Panglungsod (SP) before they took their recess in preparation for the New Year’s celebration.

Acting Mayor and concurrent Vice Mayor Lawrence L. Fortun spearheaded the approval of the 2011 proposed budget, fully supported by Acting Vice Mayor and concurrent Councilor Erwin Dano, and members of the City Council.

“The increase in the proposed budget is to support vital government programs in an effort to address the very needs of the people, especially on livelihood, environment and peace and order programs of the city chief executive,” Culima said.

It was learned that other priority projects under the 2011 budget include infrastructure, health and education, support, and creation of this city’s Special and Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team, and tourist police force, and investment promotion.

According to Culima, Amante is expected to sign the 2011 budget anytime next week. (MUC/PIA-Caraga)

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Cebuano News: Barangay Kagawad sa Agusan, nahubsan sa dugo, patay

BUTUAN CITY - Patay ang usa ka barangay konsehal sa Brgy. Tinigbasan, Tubay, Agusan del Norte human kini naunay sa iyang punto 38 kalibre nga armas.

Naila ang namatay nga si Brgy. Kagawad Roque Guzo Magpale Jr., 33-anyos og residente sa maong lugar.

Nasayran nga nakit-an ang namatay sa iyang ig-agaw nga si Adonis Alido nga wala nay kinabuhi.

Sa imbestigasyon, gituohan nga naunay kini sa armas nga gidala diin duna kini igo sa paa.

Ang pagkahurot sa dugo maoy gitumbok sa mga otoridad nga gikamatyan sa biktima.

Samtang ang patayng lawas sa biktima ang ipailawom kini sa otopsiya aron masuta kun wala bay nahitabong foul play sa hitabo.

Ang handgun nga gipanag-iyahan sa konsehal nga narekober tupad mismo sa patayng lawas ang ipailawom sa ballistic examination. (dxBR Bombo Radyo Butuan/pia-caraga)