PIA News Service - Friday, December 23, 2011

Cost of damages due to “Sendong” nears P1.1B

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 23 (PIA)
-- National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) today damages wrought by tropical storm Sendong has been estimated at P1,033,131,515.

Today’s update given by NDRRMC Headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City revealed that infrastructure damages reached P1,031,195,100 while damages in agriculture was P1,936,415.

Damages to roads, bridges, and other structures was recorded at P946,950,000.

For health facilities, damages was estimated at P24,300,000, while damages to school building and facilities totaled P59,945,100.

Region 10 in Northern Mindanao incurred the highest damage to infrastructure at P1,015,759,100, which comprises, to wit: roads and bridges, P946,950,000; health facilities, P24,300,000; and school buildings and facilities, P44,509,100.

Further, agriculture damages in the Bicol Region was recorded at P385,015.

Total damages in Caraga Region was estimated at P16,987,400. These include damage in six schools amounting to P15,436,000 and in agriculture amounting to P1,551,400. (PIA-Caraga)

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28,049 houses in Ph damaged due to typhoon “Sendong”

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 23 (PIA)
– Tropical storm “Sendong” left at least 28,049 damaged houses in the Philippines particularly in the Visayas and Mindanao Regions, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported.

In their update at 6:00 a.m. today (Dec. 23), 9,433 houses nationwide were totally damaged while 18,616 were damaged partially.

For Negros Oriental in Region 7, totally damaged houses reached 1,131 and 3,744 were recorded to be partially damaged.

Region 9 Western Mindanao is recorded to have nine totally damaged houses: two in Polanco and seven in Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte.

Meanwhile, NDRRMC recorded 8,068 totally damaged and 12,221 partially damaged houses in Region 10 Northern Mindanao, where the province of Bukidnon with 207 – 56 total-partially damaged houses; Misamis Oriental with 5,081 total and 9,420 partially-damaged houses; Lanao del Norte – 2780 totally damaged and 2,745 partially-damaged houses.

In Southern Mindanao Region, the municipality of Monkayo in Compostella Valley province recorded 16 totally damaged houses and 2 partially-damaged.

For Caraga Region, totally damaged houses is recorded at 150 while partially-damaged reaches to 2,502. In Agusan del Sur 15 houses in Talacogon were reported to have been totally damaged.

In Lanao del Sur of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), 44 houses were listed as totally-damaged and 147 were damaged partially. (PIA-Caraga)

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PRO-Caraga sends food & non-food items to Iligan City

by PSUPT Martin M Gamba

CAMP RAFAEL C RODRIGUEZ, LIBERTAD, BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 23 (PIA)
– As way of help to the Typhoon Sendong victims in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan, the Police Regional Office in CARAGA transported relief items, to wit: 30 sacks of used clothings; 20 boxes of noodles; 10 boxes canned sardines; 20 boxes of mineral water; 100 pieces of assorted school supplies for Grade 1 to Grade 6 pupils; slippers/shoes and six (6) sacks of rice intended for the victims of tropical storm Sendong at Iligan City.

Relief goods were donated by the PRO 13 Regional Headquarter, Agusan del Sur PPO, Surigao del Sur PPO, Surigao del Norte PPO, Dinagat Islands PPO, Butuan City Police Office and from civilian sectors.

Said items were brought to PRO 13 Caraga Task Group “TABANG-ILIGAN” headed by PSSUPT Eugenio Paguirigan, Provincial Director of Agusan de Norte stationed at Orchid Subdivision, Purok 13, Santiago, Iligan City.

Aid was then turned-over to City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) Office of Iligan City for proper disposition.

Police Regional Office 13 is continuously receiving relief goods in kind or in cash for the said purpose. (PNP-13/PIA-Caraga)

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Coast Guard rescues 1,722 survivors; retrieves 34 cadavers

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 23 (PIA)
-- The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Northern Mindanao District has rescued 1,722 survivors and retrieved 34 cadavers as of 6 a.m. on Thursday, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported.

The country’s risk reduction management council reported that the Coast Guard District Northern Mindanao (CGDNM) immediately deployed two teams from Special Operations Unit (SOU)-Northern Mindanao together with CGDNM and Coast Guard Station (CGS) Cagayan de Oro personnel to conduct search and rescue operations at Brgys. Macasandig, Mabini, Burgos and Isla de Oro.

Team A and Team B, each of which is composed of eight personnel, have rescued 200 and 50 survivors, respectively. The other team comprising three personnel on board M/V Maria Stella was able to rescue 1 survivor.

Also, MV Solid Gold, MV Snoppy, MV Super Shuttle Ferry 3, MV Maria Stella 1 and MT Tagoloan successfully rescued 121 survivors.

All survivors were assisted by CGSNM and were brought to City Central School evacuation center. The cadavers were brought to Bulusog Funeral Parlor in Bulua, this city.

Meanwhile, four SOU-Northern Mindanao personnel onboard PG371 of the Philippine Navy conducted joint search and rescue mission in Macalajar Bay, Cagayan de Oro and successfully recovered two survivors.

Bapor ng Republika ng Pilipinas (BRP) Davao del Norte departed Port of CDO en route to Camiguin Island and retrieved eight cadavers and brought to funeral parlor for proper disposition and identification. Further, a total of 255 survivors were rescued and 14 cadavers retrieved.

Elements of BRP Davao del Norte (SARV-3504) and MCS 3004 conducted search and rescue operations in Macajalar Bay, CdO and retrieved 12 cadavers (4 cadavers by SARV-3504; 8 cadavers by MCS 3004) and in Iligan City (49 survivor rescued and 5 cadavers retrieved).

The Coast Guard District Bicol (CGDBCL) stations/detachments also conducted monitoring and security to stranded passengers in ports in their respective areas of responsibility.

The Quick Reaction Team composed of PCG personnel, auxiliary and Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) volunteers on board MT Seaborne, QRT team and PG-390 rescued 23 survivors who were turned over to LGUs of Iligan and four cadavers brought to Cavin funeral homes.

Coast Guard Detachment in Lugait, Misamis Oriental coordinated with Holcim Philippines to direct anchored vessel to conduct maritime Search and rescue at vicinity of Manticao, Lugait and Gitagum areas. MV Alai Capricorn 3, MV Lorenzo and PG390 of Philippine navy conducted search and rescue operations covering 20 Sq miles of surface area, and was able to rescue 10 survivors.

MCS 3004 with two rubber boats on board departed port of Iligan and conducted search, rescue and retrieval operations together with Jibe medical evacuation for possible victims reported to be isolated at Brgy Santiago, Hinaplanon and Bayug island. The team rescued 16 survivors and retrieved one cadaver. (PIA-Caraga)

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Cebuano News: Christmas Party sa PDW’s ug Senior Citizens Day Malamposon nga gipahigayon

SURIGAO CITY, Dis. 23 (PIA)
-- Malamposon nga gipahigayon ang Cristmas Party sa Person’s with Disabilities (PWD) ug Senior Citizens sa mga nagkadaiyang munisipyo sa probinsya niadtong miaging adlaw didto sa Surigao City Cultural Center ning dakbayan.

Ang maong kalihukan gitambongan ni Gov. Sol Matugas, ug kini nahimong Santa Claus tungod sa mga regalo ug cash gift nga gipang-apod-apod niini sa mga senior citizen ug PWD.

Sa pamahayag sa Gobernador, dili madayon ang pasko kung dili niya mahalubilo kining maong sektor sama usab sa gibuhat niya paghatag og Christmas Party sa Daycare Children. Sila gihatagan sa gobernador og importansya kay sila parte man sa pagpalambo sa probinsya.

Ang Gobernador misaad sa pagtukod og Women’s Center sa matag munisipyo aron duna silay lugar sa paghisgot-hisgot alang sa kalamboan sa ilang organisasyon ug sa probinsya.

Samtang ang mga PWD’s ug mga Senior Citizen nagpasalamaton gayod og dako sa Gobernador sa paggahin og oras kanila ug sa mga pinaskohan nga ilang nadawat ilabina na ang mga gisaad sa gobernador nga tabang kanila. (Provincial Information Center/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Cebuano news: Aquino gisugat ang mga nagsingabot nga mga OFWs atol sa tinuig nga ‘Presidential Salubong’

ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Dis. 23 (PIA)
–- Si Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III personal nga gikumusta kagahapon Huwebes ang manguli nga mga Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) didto sa Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 alang sa bakasyon sa Christmas.

Ang tinuig nga “Presidential Salubong 2011” usa ka paagi sa pag-ila sa mga sakripisyo sa mga Filipino nga nagtrabaho sa abrod nga mobiya sa nasod ug malayo sa ilang mga pamilya. Kini nga kalihukan karong tuiga adunay tema nga: “Paskong Puno ng Pag-asa para sa Bayan at Pamilya.”

Asked by reporters how he felt about personally greeting arriving OFWs, the President said: “Siyempre yung galak na nakabalik sa sariling bayan damang-dama mo sa kanila -- pagod, mahaba yung mga biyahe, pero nasasabik na makita yung mga pamilya. Meron tayong nararamdaman doon sa kaligayahan nila.”

Sa dihang gipangutana sa mga reporters kon usay iyang gibati sa iyang personal nga pagkumusta sa mga nagsingabot nga mga OFWs, ang Pangulo miingon: “Siyempre yung galak na nakabalik sa sariling bayan damang-dama mo sa kanila—pagod, mahaba yung mga biyahe, pero nasasabik na makita yung mga pamilya. Meron tayong nararamdaman don sa kaligayan nila.”

Ang Pangulo usab miingon kini usa ka pahimangno sa gobyerno nga dugang pangmaningkamot aron makahimo og maayong mga oportunidad dinhi sulod sa nasod aron ang mga Filipino dili kinahanglan pa nga mobiya sa ilang mga pamilya aron mangita og maayong trabaho gawas sa nasod.

Ang tradisyunal nga Presidential Salubong, nga ginahimo sulod sa milabay’ng 18 ka tuig, usa ka parte sa tinuig nga progama sa Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) nga “Pamaskong Handog sa OFWs.”

Ang mga OFWs nga nakadaog og mga premyo gikan sa DOLE ug OWWA nakadawat sa cash lakip usab ang uban pang mga premyo.

Ang tulo ka mga mananaog nga gianunsyo sa OWWA mao sila Edward Tezon, Menchie Eliseo ug Carol Pangasian. Si Tezon, 44-anyos gikan sa Leyte nga nagpuyo na karon sa Pasig City. Siya nagtrabaho isip consultant sa United Arab Emirates sulod sa 14 ka tuig.

Si Eliseo, 28-anyos nagtrabaho sa Kuwait sa pipila ka mga tuig. Ang 44-anyos nga si Pangasian usab nagtrabaho sa Kuwait mipauli sa nasod alang sa bakasyon sa Christmas.

Ang mga mananaog, nga miabot sakay sa lain-laing mga biyahe, nakadawat og mga premyo gikan sa gobyerno. Matag usa kanila adunay premyo cash P200,000, gift certificate mokabat $1,500, ug lain pang gift certificate mokabat P25,000 lakip usab ang usa ka cellular phone.

Ang mga organisasyon nga mitabang sa DOLE ug OWWA aron mahimo ang maong programa mao ang Duty Free Philippines, Bank of the Philippine Islands, Globe Telecom, Banco de Oro, SM Supermalls, Landbank of the Philippines ug Microsoft.

Ang mga opisyales sa gobyerno nga miuban kang Pangulong Aquino kagahapon mao sila Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, Administrator Carmelita Dimzon, ug airport General Manager Jose Angel Honrado. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Cebuano news: CARSISA ARC gilunsad sa Surigao del Sur

by Myra Q. Yu

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Dis. 23 (PIA)
-- Usa ka malampusong launching program sa Carromata-Siagao-Sagbayan (CARSISA) Agrarian Reform Community (ARC) ang gipahigayon dili pa lang dugay didto sa Barangay Sagbayan gym, sa munisipyo sa San Miguel, niining probinsiya.

Sa maong okasyon, gitambungan kadto sa mga personahe gikan sa DAR ug representante gikan sa non-government organizations ug nagkalain-laing partner agencies sa DAR sama sa Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), Department of Agriculture (DA), National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), Provincial Agrarian Reform Coordinating Committee (PARCCOM) ug mga opisyales sa LGU San Miguel.

Tumang kalipay ang nabati sa mga nitambung sa maong okasyon tungod sa mga presensya sa mga personahe gikan sa national ug local nga panggamhanan.

Ang CARSISA ARC mao ang ika 41 nga ARC sa tibuok probinsya sa Surigao del Sur ug nahimong ika-lima (5) sa munisipyo sa San Miguel. Dili matukib ang kalipay ilabina sa mga mag-uuma kon Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) nga ang ilang barangay karon nahimo ng ARC nga diin kon adunay mga proyekto sa DAR pinaagi sa Foreign Assisted Projects (FAPs) ug uban pa diin madali ra nga makakuha o makasulod ang mga proyekto sa ilang barangay.

Ang CARSISA ARC ge-compose ug tulo (3) ka barangay sama sa Carromata, Siagao ug Sagbayan. Adunay 356 ka farmer beneficiaries nga CLOA holders ug 230 ka leaseholders agi sa programa sa Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program. Ubay-ubay ang gipangsaysay nga mga proposed projects nga kulang sa ilang komunidad sama sa farm-to-market road, livelihood project (swine, goat raising), potable water system, health center facilities.

Nanghinaot ang mga residente nga mahimong ma-realize ang tanang proyektong ilang gipangandoy sa dugay na nga panahon. (DAR-SDS, PIO/PIA-Surigao del Sur)