PIA News Service - Wednesday, December 21, 2011

“Sendong” death toll reaches 976 – NDRRMC

by Robert E. Roperos

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Dec. 21 (PIA)
-- The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said death toll due to tropical storm “Sendong” now reached 976, as search and retrieval operations are being conducted here and the neighboring city – Iligan.

In an interview with Bombo Radyo, NDRRMC Executive Director Benito Ramos said that based on their latest record, 46 people are still missing while 65,067 families were affected, which is equivalent to 348,749 individual.

Ramos further admitted that as of press time, NDRRMC has stopped counting those who are missing because even the local government units find it difficult.

"Walang matino na figures, hindi natin alam kung ilan ang missing exactly, pati 'yung local government hindi nila alam ang eksakto kung ilan ang bilang ng mga nawawala" said Ramos.

(The LGUs cannot give exact figures, thus, we do not have the exact number of victims who are still missing as of this time.)

The official said the government is still conducting search and retrieval operations especially in most affected areas. (PIA-Caraga)

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Iligan City flashflood caused partly by illegal logging, says PNoy

by Robert E. Roperos

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Dec. 21 (PIA)
-- President Benigno S. Aquino III on Tuesday said illegal logging activities partly caused the recent flashflood in Iligan City, which left at least 283 people dead and 406 missing according to a report from the City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD).

In his speech during the ceremonial distribution of relief goods at the Iligan City National High School (ICNHS) auditorium, Pres. Aquino said illegal activities must be stopped so that the disaster will not happen again.

He also directed the officials in Mindanao to take action against illegal logging activities in Iligan and nearby areas.

The President and his party arrived at ICNHS grounds at around 11 a.m. to distribute relief goods to flood victims. He was also briefed by National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Executive Director Undersecretary Benito Ramos.

After the engagement, the Presidential party went back to Cagayan de Oro and visited the flashflood victims housed in the evacuation center at Cagayan de Oro City Central School. The group then headed to Dumaguete City to assess the damages and extend financial assistance to the victims of Tropical Storm “Sendong.”

In a related development, the Iligan City information office revealed that some 330 relief packs comprising blankets, mats, 3 kilos rice, noodles, coffees, sardines, and corned beefs from the Office of the President were distributed at the school’s auditorium.

Meanwhile, data from the CSWD showed that as of December 19, 2011, 28 barangays were affected by the disaster. Families affected already reached 11,396 while houses totally damaged were 2,780 and 2,745 houses were partially damaged. Also, the estimated cost of damage is P195,833,856.

Rain started to pour in at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011. Heavy rains coupled with strong winds occurred at 10:00 p.m. of the same day, and on or about 1:00 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 16, Mandulog River overflowed which caused massive flashfloods. (PIA-Caraga)

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DAR project to boost economy of Jabonga barangay

by Joie L. Ceballos

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, Dec. 21 (PIA)
-– Jabonga Mayor Glicerio Monton expressed optimism that the road project of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) will boost the economy of Barangay Baleguian in Jabonga, this province.

“This is a rich barangay, with rice as the major crop, and will prosper with this road”, said Monton during the recently held turn over ceremony of the NRJ Baleguian – Bagang Farm-to-Market Road.

DAR-Regional Director Faisar Mambuay and Agusan Norte PARO Andre Atega handed pertinent documents to Mayor Monton during said activity.

Mambuay said that the 1.9 km road will benefit 250 agrarian reform beneficiaries and many other farmers and settlers in the barangay and its neighboring areas, and is expected to help them in their daily life.

For Barangay Kagawad Losantos Edilo, the project is an answer to a long dire dream and thanked DAR for its continuing effort of providing development for the farmers.

Also, Engr. Marybeth Burgos, representing Regional Director Danilo Versola of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), cited that the realization of the project speaks of the good relationship of the national and local government offices, particularly DAR and DPWH and the LGU-Jabonga.

The project is funded by the agrarian reform infrastructure support project phase 3 (ARISP-III) and is being implemented by the DPWH-Regional Office. (DAR-13/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

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GSIS approves grant of emergency loan to eligible members

MANILA, Dec. 21 (PIA)
–- In light of the damages brought by Tropical Storm Sendong, the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) Management has approved the grant of an Emergency Loan to eligible members working and/or residing in the following areas: Provinces (entire) - Misamis Oriental and Negros Oriental.

For the cities and municipalities: Dipolog City, Zamboanga Del Norte, Polanco, Zamboanga Del Norte, Ozamis City, Misamis Occidental, Clarin, Misamis Occidental, Asuncion, Davao Del Norte, Tagbina, Surigao Del Sur, Hinatuan, Surigao Del Sur, Bislig City, Surigao Del Sur, Lingig, Surigao Del Sur, Talacogon, Agusan Del Sur, Valencia City, Bukidnon, Nabunturan, Compostela Valley, Montevista, Compostela Valley, Compostela, Compostela Valley, New Bataan, Compostela Valley, Monkayo, Compostela Valley, Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte, Bubong, Lanao Del Sur, Kapai, Lanao Del Sur.

Loanable amount is P20,000, payable in three years with interest at 6 percent per annum. Availment period is from 21 December 2011 to 20 January 2012.

For members with eCard Plus or UMID eCard, the proceeds of their loan shall be credited to their eCard account.

Members who do not have an eCard Plus or UMID eCard but who are eligible to apply for the loan can apply over-the-counter (OTC) at any GSIS office. The proceeds of their loan shall be credited to a temporary eCard which the GSIS has begun to issue.

Member-borrowers with outstanding emergency loans shall be allowed to renew their loan if they have paid at least 12 monthly installments, but not earlier than the anniversary date of the previous loan.

Any outstanding balance of previous Emergency Loans and a loan redemption insurance (LRI) of 1.2 percent of the gross loan amount shall be deducted from the proceeds of the loan.

The following GSIS members are eligible to apply for the loan: bona fide employees of the agency located in the areas listed; in active service and not on leave of absence without pay; have no pending criminal or administrative charges; have no arrearages in the payment of mandatory social insurance contributions; and have no loan that has been declared in default.

The employer-agency of the member-applicant must not also be suspended because of non-payment and non-remittance of premiums and loans.

In approving the loan applications, AAOs should be reminded that members must have at least P3,000 net take home pay as required by the General Appropriations Act.

For more details or queries, please contact the GSIS hotline (02)4793649 or your respective Regional or Branch Office. (GSIS/PIA-Caraga)

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P5-B GSIS housing fund now available for members and pensioners thru Pag-IBIG

MANILA, Dec. 21 (PIA)
-- Members and pensioners of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) may now apply for a housing loan through the Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG Fund).

The GSIS said the Pag-IBIG Fund drew down the entire P5 billion last Wednesday which will be used to augment the funds available for housing loans of the pension fund’s members and pensioners.

This, after GSIS President and General Manager Robert Vergara and Pag-IBIG Fund Chief Executive Officer Darlene Berberabe signed a P5 billion credit facility agreement on November 14.

The facility was made available to Pag-IBIG in line with the GSIS’s decision to wind down its direct lending program last April in favor of forging partnerships with key shelter agencies (KSAs).

“We engaged with Pag-IBIG because of its proven expertise and housing infrastructure,” Vergara said.

In 2010, the GSIS extended only P600 million in housing loans to its more than 500 members against Pag-IBIG Fund’s P5.5 billion to over 11,000 government employees, ten times more what GSIS lent for housing to twenty times more government employees.

“This home lending program affirms our institution’s commitment to helping our stakeholders realize their dream of home ownership.”

“We invite all our members and pensioners, who want to avail of a housing loan to go to our partner Pag-IBIG. The GSIS has given Pag-IBIG more than enough funds to accommodate their housing needs,” Vergara said. (GSIS/PIA-Caraga)


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Tagalog news: 18,000 pampaaralang silya inihanda para sa proyektong P-Noy Bayanihan

by David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Dis. 21 (PIA)
-- Mahigit 18,000 na mga silyang pampaaralan ang sa kasalukuyan inihahanda sa Agusan del Sur School of Arts and Trades (ASSAT) sa Patin-ay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur at ito ay ipamimigay sa mga paaralan sa buong rehiyon ng Caraga para matugunan ang kakulangan ng silya at bilang tugon sa tinatawag na proyektong P-Noy Bayanihan.

Ang proyektong P-Noy Bayanihan ay isang kasunduan ng Department of Education (DepEd), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), ng Philippine Gaming Corporation (PAGCor) at ng Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) sa paggawa ng mga muwebles na ang pangunahing konsentrsyon ay ang mga pampaaralang silya para sa buong rehiyon ng Caraga kung saan, ang ASSAT ay siyang naatasang pagawaan.

Si President Benigno Aquino III mismo ang naka-isip ng proyektong ito para matugunan ang kakulangan ng mga silya at iba pang mga gamit sa loob ng mga paaralan sa buong bansa.

Ang mga materyales na ginawang mga silya ay galing sa mga kompiskadong mga troso ng DENR at ito ay ibinigay sa DepEd at ginawang mga tabla gamit ang mga makina na galing naman sa PAGCOR para gawing mga silya.

“Sa loob ng tatlong linggo, sinanay namin ang mga out-of-school youth at iyong mga walang trabaho doon sa ASSAT upang magkaroon ng 50 hanggang 100 na mga karpentero at trabahador na siyang gumawa ng mga silya. Ang pundo inilaan sa proyektong ito ay umabot sa P10 milyon kasali na ang bayad sa mga manggagawa,” sabi ni Norberto Dorado ng TESDA.

Ayon kay Dorado, may mga troso pang hindi nagawang tabla at nasa ASSAT ngayon na kung gagawing silya, ay aabot pa sa 2,000 silya.

Maalaalang ilang taon pa lamang ang nakaraan, ang mga kumpiskadong mga troso ay ibinigay din ng DENR sa panlalawigang pamahalaan ng Agusan del Sur at ang mga iyon ay ginawa ring mga silyang pampaaralan at ipinamigay sa mga paaralan sa buong lalawigan na nagging parte ng programang “Pagtoon Alang sa Masanag nga Kaugmaon” ng panlalawigang pamahalaan ng Agusan del Sur. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)


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Cebuano news: Gobyerno modeklara sa state of national calamity sa mga lugar sa Bisayas ug Mindanao nga apektado sa bagyong Sendong

ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Dis. 21 (PIA)
–- Ang gobyerno mideklara sa state of national calamity sa mga lugar sa Visayas ug Mindanao nga apektado sa bagyong Sendong, si Pangulong Aquino III miingon kagahapon Martes.

Ang Pangulo mibisita didto sa Cagayan de Oro aron tan-awon ang mga kundisyon sa mga residente didto ug direktang pagresponde sa gobyerno sa maong kalamidad human sa Bagyong Sendong niadtong Sabado.

Ang maong kalamidad mipatay sa liboan ka mga katawhan ug daghan pang walang igkita.

Liboan ang nagpuyo sa temporaryong mga evauation centers. Ang mga lokal nga opisyales sa Cagayan de Oro City mipaabot na sa ilang mga mulo ngadto sa Pangulo atol sa briefing nga gipahigayon didto sa Philippine Airforce base sa Lumbia airport. Ang Pangulo misaad kanila nga adunay igong mga pundo ang gobyerno alang sa relief assistance ug rehabilitasyon aron matabangan ang kahimtang sa mga biktima.

Luyo sa mga pundo nga magagikan sa gobyernong nasyunal, ang Pangulo miingon adunay mga suporta gikan sa langyaw nga mga donor, pipila niini mao ang mga loans ug ang uban mohatag og ekwipo ug expertise.

Human sa pakigtagbo sa mga opisyales sa Cagayan de Oro, ang Pangulo miadto sa Iligan City, aron usab matan-aw ang sitwasyon didto. Siya usab gikatakda nga manguna sa pagpanghatag og relief goods didto sa Iligan Ciy nga naigo usab og dako sa Bagyong Sendong.

Human sa pagbisita sa Ilian City, ang Pangulo mobalik didto sa Cagayan de Oro aron moapod-apod sa hinabang sa mga apektadong mga residente. Pagkahapon, ang Pangulo mobiya sa Cagayan de Oro paingon ngadto sa Dumaguete City. Lain pang lugar nga naigo usab sa bagyo.

Matud sa National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC), ang ihap sa mga namatay didto sa Region 10 moabot na karon sa 800 ka mga tawo. Uban ang daghan pang nagpabiling wala pa igkita. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Cebuano News: Butuan City-LGU, muhatag og ayudang pinansyal sa Cagayan de Oro og Iligan City

BUTUAN CITY, Dis. 21 (PIA)
-- Muhatag og tag P200 mil nga financial assistance ang lokal nga kagamhanan ning siyudad ngadto sa city governments sa mga siyudad sa Cagayan de Oro ug Iligan nga maoy na-grabehan sa pagbaha nga miresulta sa kamatayon sa gatusang mga tawo.

Sigon ni Butuan City Mayor Dr. Ferdinand Amante Jr., aprubado na sa konseho ang resolusyon alang niini nga katuyu-an.

Gawas niini, gi-deploy na usab nila ang usa ka grupo sa Butuan Search and Rescue Team kon BUSART nga duna'y 14 ka mga membro aron mutabang sa search and retrieval operations nga gihimo sa mga rescuers sa Cagayan de Oro City samtang ang Gawad Kalinga, nagpadala usab og mga personahe ngadto sa Iligan City aron mutabang pagpabarog pag-usab sa mga nangagubang kabalayan.

Mihangyo usab ang mayor sa Habitat Pure nga gamiton ang ilang sakyanan aron masakyan sa ihatud nga tubig ma-inom ug hangyuon niini ang regional director sa Department of Environment and Natural Resources kon DENR-Caraga aron makadonar og kahoy nga magamit sa paggama og lungon.

Gawas niini, nanawagan usab ang mayor ngadto sa tanang Butuanon nga ihatud lang sa City Hall lobby ang ilang hinabang sama sa used clothing, canned goods, habol, banig, unlan og uban pa nga mahatag alang sa mga biktima sa baha sa nasangpit nga mga siyudad. (BR/PIA-Caraga)