2.13.2012

PIA News Service - Monday, February 13, 2012

RDRRMC-Caraga continues to warn public on the effects of LPA

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 13 (PIA)
-- The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) continues to warn the public on the effects of low pressure area which is affecting Caraga Region.

According to the report of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), Operations Center of RDRRMC-Caraga maintains a 24/7 monitoring. It also disseminates 24 hour public weather forecast.

The region’s disaster risk reduction and management council is also continuously issuing general flood advisory and gale warning through short messaging service (SMS) to RDRRMC member-agencies, local DRRMCs, and local radio and TV stations in the region.

RDRRMC-Caraga also highlighted in their report the text blast operation of Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-Caraga.

Furthermore, DRRMCs of Surigao City and Tago in Surigao del Sur are closely monitoring all flood indicators and advised all residents to be alert for possible landslides and flashfloods. LDRRMC of Jabonga in Agusan del Norte has declared alert level one and readied their evacuation centers for possible evacuation.

It was also reported that other LDRRMC in the cities, provinces and municipalities of the region are on blue alert (level 1) but no evacuation was issued.

Meanwhile, the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Health, Department of Public Works and Highways, as well as the 36th and 29th Infantry Battalions of the Armed Forces of the Philippines are on stand-by and monitoring the areas.

In a related development, the city DRRMC here has issued Alert Level 1 following the rise of the water level in Agusan del Norte on Sunday which measured at 2.1 meters.

In a phone-patch interview with Eugene Boco, CDRRM Office Operations Officer, as of 12:00 noon today, alert level was already lifted following the decrease of the river’s water level to 1.9 meters.

The official said the water level of the longest river here in Caraga Region is considered normal if it measured 2.0 meters and below. Above this scale, Boco said people are already warned to be cautious and be alert for possible evacuation especially those living in low-lying areas and those who are settling along the river bank.

However, CDRRMC here warned the public to be cautious in case the river’s water level increases this afternoon or tonight during high tide.

Report of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) revealed that as of 2:00 a.m. today, LPA was estimated on satellite and surface data at 70 kilometers East of Dipolog City (8.5oN, 124oE). (PIA-Caraga)

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Construction of the new PRC building starts

By David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Feb. 13 (PIA)
-- The provincial government of Agusan del Sur has started the construction of the new Philippine Red Cross Agusan del Sur Chapter (PRC-AdS) building near the D.O. Plaza Memorial Hospital for easy access of people who need the services of both the PRC and the DOPMH.

On the first week of November 2011, the soil filling of the site will begin. According to Engr. Pamela Yucosing of the Provincial Engineering Office, she ordered the early filling up of the area so it will be tamped naturally for better soil foundation.

According to PRC Agusan del Sur administrator Cristyll Basan, the main building alone with the floor area of 134.17 sq. meters will cost P5 million while the total costs of the two soil filling of the 2,000 sq. meters area is P2 million.

At present, the PRC- AdS is occupying a temporary office at the F.O. Asis building at the provincial capitol in Patin-ay, Prosperidad for 11 months now. The PRC-Ads has given up its old building in order to give way for the expansion of the D. O. Plaza Memorial Hospital with 50 beds capacity and funded by the European community amounting to P37 million, while the provincial government will give P3 million counterpart.

As replacement of the old PRC-AdS old building, the provincial government has identified the area for the relocation of the PRC-AdS building and donated the area to the PRC-AdS thru Sangguniang Panlalawigan Resolution No. 620 series of 2011, authorizing the provincial governor to execute Deed of Donation.

“In three months time, we may already transfer to our new building, which is very accessible to our patients and donors because it is located just beside the D. O. Plaza Memorial Hospital. Once we transfer, we are optimistic that our blood collection will also increase because the new site is just walking distance from the national highway, unlike the place that we temporarily occupy at present, where our donors will still spend for tricycle fares,” Basan said. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)

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Tight police security in Surigao Sur gets nod in Tandag City

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Feb. 13 (PIA)
-- The tight security being imposed by police in Surigao del Sur gets favorable approval from Tandag City Mayor Alexander Pimentel.

Pimentel particularly lauded the putting up of choke and checkpoints at any entry and exit roads here.

Since his reign as provincial director, Police Senior Superintendent Arthur Sanchez directed his men to always do their job including the conduct “Operation Kapkap-Bakal” against gun-toting and “No plate, No travel policy” for motorcycles, which some, are reportedly used for criminal purposes like transport of illegal drugs.

According to Mayor Pimentel, such implementation also strengthens the campaign against those wearing of helmets with malicious intent. (Radyo Ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


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City gov’t to push housing for state workers

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 13 (PIA)
-- The city government here is pushing housing for city hall employees, said Engineer Lorden Vismanos of the City Housing Development Office.

In a radio interview recently, Vismanos said Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. included in his priority the welfare of the employees for them to avail housing loans through the Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) or Pag-Ibig Fund.

Vismanos said the present administration is not only giving the informal settlers here the opportunity to own houses but also those in the government service, particularly those working in the city hall.

The official added that local officials have already made studied and discussed this matter.

With these development, the city government is pushing for infrastructure developments through these housing grants to the state workers who have been working for quite some time, yet were not able to have their own houses.

Pag-Ibig Fund’s housing loan program grants opportunities to Pag-IBIG Fund members to avail of housing loans.

This housing loan program grants opportunities to Pag-IBIG Fund members to avail of housing loans to finance any one or a combination of the following: 1) Purchase of a fully developed lot not exceeding 1,000 square meters, which should be within a residential area; 2) Purchase of a residential house and lot, townhouse or condominium unit, inclusive of a parking slot; 3) Construction or completion of a residential unit on a lot owned by the member; 4) Home improvement, i.e. any alteration in an existing residential unit intended by a homeowner to be a permanent integral part thereof, which will enhance its durability and material value; 5) Refinancing of an existing mortgage with an institution acceptable to the Fund, provided that the loan is not in default within 12 months prior to the date of application and that the said loan has a repayment history of at least two years with the original mortgagee.

Combination of loan purposes, which shall be limited to the following: 1) Purchase of a fully developed lot not exceeding 1,000 square meters and construction of a residential unit thereon; 2) Purchase of a residential unit, whether old or new, with home improvement; 3) Refinancing of an existing mortgage with home improvement; 4) Refinancing of an existing mortgage, specifically a lot loan, with construction of a residential unit thereon. (PIA-Caraga)

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Cebuano news: Road marker alang kang kanhi Gov. Sering giablihan

By Eugene Lira, Jr

SURIGAO CITY, Peb. 13 (PIA)
-- Giablihan sa mga opisyales sa probinsya sa Surigao del Norte ang timan-anan kun road marker sa Governor Jose C. Sering Road nga kanhi Capitol Road niadtong nakalabay’ng Domingo.

Gipangulohan ni Governor Sol Matugas ang maong seremonya, ug kini gitambongan nila Surigao del Norte 1st District Representative Francisco Matugas, Surigao City Mayor Ernesto Matugas, Vice Governor Arturo Carlos Egay Jr., Board Members Simeon Castrence, Cesar Bagundol, Mamerto Galanida, League of Municipalities President Sheila May Orquina-Cebedo ug Prov’l Secretary Rudolf Sering.

“We name this road in honor of the late Gov. Jose Sering as a strong manifestation of our gratitude to a dedicated political leader who served 21 long years in our province as provincial board member, vice-governor and then governor from 1965 to 1980,” si Matugas miingon.

Sumala pa ni Matugas nga pipila ka mga ligasiya ni Sering lakip ang pagkatukod sa 4.5-ektarya nga Provincial Sports Complex, ang Surigao del Norte School of Arts and Trades (kasamtangan naila nga Surigao State College of Technology) ug ang pagsagop sa Provincial Hymns “Martsa Surigao” niadtong tuig 1974.

Mitambong usab sa maong seremonya sila kanhi DepEd Superintendent Socorro Limpot Sering, ang biyuda ni kanhi governor Sering, ug ilang mga anak, kanhi Makati City Prosecutor Nicanor Sering ug Climate Change Commission Secretary Mary Ann Lucille Sering. Sila giubanan nila Port Manager Isidro Butaslac Jr., Dr. Wilfredo Sinco, PP/Supt. Froilan Caturla, Engr. Allan Yap, STOO Jerk Comparativo ug Nicolisa Gealan sa Philippine Ports Authority.

Si Provincial Engr. Alwin Pono miingon nga ang 960-metro nga “Gov. Jose C. Sering Road” nga magagikan sa kanto Rizal Street saka ngadto sa Provincial Capitol Complex bag-ohay pa lamang nakumpleto niini ang P3.2-milyon nga rehabilitation work nga naglakip sa sidewalk stamping, paghimo og drainage system, lamp posts ug road marker uban ang signage.

Ang pag-usab sa ngalan niini awtorisado sa Ordinance 04, series of 2011, ug giaprobahan sa National Historical Institute.

Si Sering nagserbisyo usab isip presidente sa Philippine Olympic Committee, presidente sa Philippine Track and Field Association ug founding president sa Asian Amateur Athletic Association. (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)