12.26.2012

PIA News Service - Wednesday, December 26, 2012


Pagasa: ‘Quinta’ weakens into a Tropical Depression

By Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 26 (PIA) – Tropical Storm “Quinta” has weakened into Tropical Depression as it continues to move across Western Visayas.

In its 10 a.m. weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration (Pagasa) said Quinta is moving West of Visayas at 24 kph, with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph and gustiness of up to 80 kph, with its center located in the vicinity of Roxas City, Capiz.

Signal No. 1 is up in Mindoro Provinces, Romblon, Masbate, Burias Island, Northern Palawan, Calamian Group of Islands, Marinduque, Aklan, Capiz, Antique, Ilolo, Negros Provinces and Guimaras.

Public storm warning signal elsewhere have been lowered.

Estimated rainfall amount is from 5 to 15 mm per hour (moderate - heavy) within the 350 km diameter of the depression.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) alert status is still raised in the affected areas, especially West Visayas.

Residents living in low lying and mountainous areas under public storm warning signal #1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides.

Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the seaboards of Luzon and Visayas and northern seaboard of Mindanao.

The public and the disaster coordinating councils concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the bulletins by Pagasa (http://www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph). (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


Agusan del Sur guv appeals for donation to typhoon Pablo victims

By David M. Suyao

PATIN-AY, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur, Dec. 26 – Agusan del Sur Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza has appealed to Agusan residents for donation to typhoon Pablo victims citing the extent of damages and the magnitude of the unmet needs of the victims and their families.

“The provincial government is appealing to those who are lucky enough not being affected by the recent typhoon by requesting for assistance in providing potable water, rice and other foodstuffs, medicines, usable clothes, G.I. sheets, nails and tents for temporary relief from sun and rain of families whose houses were damaged by typhoon Pablo,” Plaza said.

Plaza said the victims' needs for them to return to normal life remain unmet, even as the provincial government has provided relief and rehabilitation efforts.

Typhoon Pablo has destroyed thousands of houses, injured and claimed lives of many, displaced a large number of the population and damaged properties, livestock, agriculture and infrastructure in almost all areas of the province. As of December 14 report by the PDRRMC, a total of 19 persons were declared dead while 28 others were injured. Some 39,000 families or a total of 188,752 persons were affected while total 0f 9,604 houses were totally damaged and another 20,580 were partially damaged, with an estimated cost of more than P321 million.

To date, relief operations by the provincial and municipal government, NGOs and other organizations are still on going while residents of affected areas are doing their best to construct even temporary shelter in order to return back to normal life. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Agusan Norte barangays trained on contingency planning

By Mary Christine Anthonette M. Salise

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 26 (PIA) -- Barangays situated along the Agusan River Basin (ARB) underwent trainings conducted by the Department of the Interior and Local Government on Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (CBDRRM) and Contingency Planning (CP) from December 17-19 simultaneously held in the municipalities of Buenavista and Las Nieves.

The trainings served as an offshoot of the Training of Trainers on CBDRRM and CP Phase I conducted on October 12 at Goat2geder Hotel and Restaurant, Butuan City.

The purpose of the trainings is to install a system in responding to any emergency situation in the locality as the people in the barangays are considered the primary responders in case a calamity/disaster strikes. The BDRRM officers were also taught how to craft a contingency plan to serve as roadmap in managing hazards and potential risks.

Provincial Director Romeo A. Solis said that the barangay DRRM councils are considered to be at the forefront of ensuring the safety of its constituents and respond appropriately in times of calamities.

Annabella O. Cadigal of DILG, led the assessment of the different barangays. She said barangays should always assess their capacities by using the 5 Ms formula which stands for: Manpower, Money, Methodology, Minutes and Machinery whenever a disaster or calamity hits their respective AOR.

Program Manager, Ellen Vee P. Chua, discussed the essentials of Contingency Planning. According to her, the LGUs should always be proactive in planning actions should the worst scenario imagined becomes a reality.

At the end of the trainings, the participants were able to identify their respective roles and responsibilities as members of the Council.

 They were also able to list down their proposed actions in case of calamity/disaster and these actions were all embodied in their newly-crafted contingency plans. (DILG-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: DOTC, DTI miaprubar sa guidelines nagprotekta sa mga sumasakay sa eroplano

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Dis. 26 (PIA) – Giaprubahan na sa Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) ug Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) bag-ohay pa lamang ang gitawag nga Rights of an Air Passengers nga maoy magprotekta sa mga sumasakay gikan sa dili maayong mga buhat sa mga kumpanya sa eroplano.

Matud sa taho ni Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte gipirmahan nila DOTC Secretary Emilio Abaya ug DTI Secretary Gregory Domingo ang maong sumbanan niadtong Disyembre 10 ug kini epektibo na sugod niadtong Disyembre 21.

Ubos sa maong sumbanan, ang mga pasahero adunay katungod nga mahatagan og saktong impormasyon sa dili pa mapalit ang tiket, katungod nga madawat ang sakto nga serbisyo ug ug katungod sa kumpensasyon ug mapahiluna kon ugaling makansela ang biyahe sa eroplano ug katungod usa sa pasahero ang mangayo og kumpensasyon alang sa danyos pagkadilatar, nawala ug nadaot nga mga bagahe lakip usab ang kumpensasyon kon ugaling mamatay o adunay kadaut sa lawas.

Subay usab niini ang DOTC mipagawas na og kamandoan nga duha ka oras sa dili pa ang pagbiyahe kinahanglan abli na ang ilang mga check-in counter aron ang mga pasahero dili malangan pag-ayo. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)