PIA News Service - Friday, November 8, 2013

PHL Gazette includes PIA Caraga’s portal as resources for Typhoon Yolanda
        
BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 8 (PIA) – The Philippine Information Agency (PIA)  - Caraga has proven once again its credibility in providing accurate, timely and reliable source of information as its portal for Typhoon Yolanda, www.piacaraga.com, was recently included in the list of top three resources of updates for the super typhoon in the Philippine government’s official gazette, www.gov.ph.

"We are very pleased to have been recognized as one of the reliable agencies to provide information for the super typhoon Yolanda (International name: Haiyan)," said PIA Caraga regional director Abner Caga.

"This result reflects the hard work and dedication to serving our community and our comprehensive understanding of our mandate,” said Caga.

Caga recalled that days before Typhoon Yolanda entered the Philippine area of responsibility, they took the initiative of creating a one-stop-shop information portal for the deadly super typhoon in the region’s official website.

“Various forecast tracks of Typhoon Yolanda from the different weather agencies such as Japan Meteorological Agency, United States’ Joint Typhoon Weather Center,  Wunderground, and Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), among others can be viewed in the webpage in just a click away,” said Caga.

Caga said that the ultimate purpose of this “creative yet simple smart idea” is to create a massive awareness to the community and provide appropriate information intervention of the deadly super typhoon.

 “This is also our manifestation of our will to provide simple but innovative and convenient way of gathering, and monitoring information that can effectively serve the community,” Caga said.

With this initiative, “it gained the attention of the administrator of the official gazette of the Philippine government (http://www.gov.ph/crisis-response/updates-typhoon-yolanda/) by including us in the list of top three best references of updates for super typhoon Yolanda. We proudly share this significant achievement and performance that our agency has posed. This proves that indeed from small things come great things,” Caga added.

Caga is committed to continue this initiative as part of the agency’s commitment for a better and informed citizenry and eventually achieving zero casualty.

Meantime, Caga revealed that there are still other noteworthy refinements in their operational procedure that he wanted to share, such as “giving emphasis on the usually neglected and vital concerns in the conduct of our mandate.” (AMC/FEA/PIA-Caraga)


Power outage hits Sursur towns due to Typhoon Yolanda

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Nov. 8 (PIA) - A power outage hit the six towns in the northern part of this province since dawn today as typhoon Yolanda made landfall early Friday morning in Eastern Samar.

The Surigao del Sur Electric Cooperative II (SURSECO II) Office bared that the power interruption started at around 4:10 a.m. today that affected the following municipalities: Carrascal, Cantilan, Madrid, Carmen, Lanuza and Cortes. SURSECO II has yet to announce when power will be restored as it is still assessing the damage.

Meantime, Community Development Information Officer Anthony Arreo of Cantilan said that the municipality is still experiencing occasional light to moderate rains and moderately blowing of winds in coastal areas.

Provincial Administrator Efren Rivas said that classes in all levels and work in the government are still suspended.

In the southern part of this province, Municipal and City DRRM officers reported that the evacuees in their respected areas are already returning to their homes this morning. (NGPB/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Typhoon Yolanda kills 1, displaces 4,122 families in Caraga

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 8 (PIA) - Typhoon Yolanda killed one person and displaced 4,122 families in Caraga Region, said Office of Civil Defense (OCD) – Caraga director and Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) chairperson Liza Mazo Friday morning.

Mazo said the affected families have voluntarily evacuated in their homes. “Initially, record shows one casualty in Surigao del Sur.”

Jimmy Bueno of Purok 3, Barangay Poblacion, Linguig in Surigao del Sur was reportedly killed by electrocution caused by grounded water around 8:30pm, Thursday, according to Mazo.

105 families in Butuan City were evacuated to designated evacuation areas, 142 families were evacuated in Agusan del Norte, 1,912 families were evacuated in Surigao del Norte, 708 families were evacuated in Surigao del Sur while 1,327 families in Province of Dinagat Islands were also rescued and evacuated, according to a statement released Friday from the RDRRMC Operation Center.

In its 5am bulletin, PAGASA said Typhoon Yolanda (International name: Haiyan) made landfall early Friday morning in Guiuan, Eastern Samar.

Yolanda battered with maximum winds of 235 kilometers per hour (kph) and gusts of up to 275 kph. The weather bureau said Yolanda was moving West Northwest at 39 kph. (FEA/PIA-Caraga)