Sursur volunteers undergo water search and rescue training

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Jan. 30 (PIA) – Thirty volunteers from Bayabas town of Surigao del Sur undergone a water search and rescue training or WASAR, being administered by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) and the local government unit of Bayabas led by Mayor Ma. Clarita Limbaro.

According to Community Development Information Officer (CDIO) Jude Limbaro, the said activity was also facilitated by the Search and Emergency Response Team of Surigao del Sur (SERTSS) where around 30 volunteers from the barangays of the said town successfully passed the training.

"Just recently, a Basic Life Support (BLS) training was also conducted in the area," said Limbaro.

Bayabas is the smallest town along the coastline of Surigao del Sur composed of seven barangays. It is known for its abundance in marine resources. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Surigao Vet Office conducts monitoring to all animals vs septicemia

By Darryl P. Pinabacdao

SURIGAO CITY, Jan. 30 (PIA) – The City Veterinary Office here will conduct a close monitoring to all animals in the island barangays in a bid to reduce the cases of septicemia.

City Veterinarian Dr. Allan Quines said that the usual ailment of animals such as cows and carabaos during a cold weather is septicemia. A serious condition that may lead to fatality if left untreated.

Quines said that he will personally do the monitoring together with his personnel in conducting a close monitoring to all animals.

Meanwhile, Quines urged the livestock owners to take extra effort in taking care of their animals to prevent the disease brought by the cold weather. (DPP/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


'Balangayan’ spirit is alive in all of us – Agnor solon

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 30 (PIA) - Agusan del Norte First District Representative Lawrence Lemuel H. Fortun expressed his deep gratitude to all the people who, in one way or the other, helped in the rescue and relief operation during the onslaught of tropical depression ‘Agaton’ which displaced more than 20,000 families due to heavy flooding in the city and the Municipality of Las Nieves.

Seen as the worst flooding to hit Butuan City in 30 years, the Butuan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) reported about 22,347 families evacuated in 101 various evacuation centers.

During the onslaught of the typhoon, Fortun and Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. closely coordinated in supervising the rescue and relief operations which affected 84 out the 86 barangays of Butuan City causing 6 deaths, 1 injured, and 4 missing as reported by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

“This is a convergent effort between the local government, our district constituency office, the national line agencies, other branches of the government, the private sector and volunteers from all walks of life to deliver any help that we can give to the flood victims,” said Fortun.

As early as Sunday, January 19, Fortun appealed to Butuanons to help in the repacking of relief goods at the DSWD supply center. That same night up to the morning and afternoon of the following day, more than 200 barangay and youth volunteers responded and helped pack relief goods which paved the way for the distribution of close to 10,000 family packs in the different evacuation centers of Butuan City and Las Nieves.

Well-meaning and local based private corporations also responded the call for help and in turn gave 200 sacks of rice and about 4,000 family packs which in turn were distributed in coordination with the constituency office of the solon, the DSWD and the Butuan City Social Welfare and Development office. As of this writing, relief operations still continues to the remaining evacuees still in the evacuation centers whose homes were washed away.

“The cooperation, the help and the volunteerism showed by our people affirms that the spirit of ‘Balangayan’ is alive in each one of us especially in these times of calamities and for that, I am truly grateful for everyone. I’m sure that with this spirit we can surmount any difficulty that is yet to come,” Fortun said. (LAWig/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


DOST partners with private groups for the construction of disaster-resilient house

MANILA, Jan. 30 (PIA) - The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has partnered with private groups in a bid to draw up structural designs for construction of disaster-adoptive homes and school buildings in areas that are prone to natural calamities. 

In a partnership, the DOST, property developer Ortigas & Co., and Habitat for Humanity launched a nationwide competition dubbed “Build Forward” that would stir architectural students into coming out with the best disaster proof design.

The aim is to develop a house and school building prototype that will stand the test of time and the elements for the resettlement of sites of Habitat for Humanity. Ortigas & Co. will lend its resources while the DOST will provide the technical guidance.

The house and school should be designed to withstand 380-kilometers-per-hour wind gusts, and built in a month and a half. Each house unit should cost below P200,000, and must have two bedrooms, toilet and bath, kitchen, and living space in a 36-square meters floor area.

The first placer will get P100,000 cash prize, the second placer P50,000 and the third placer P30,000. Winners will likewise each receive a computer package.

Habitat for Humanity will be using the winning design for the construction of houses in Yolanda-ravaged areas. It aims to build 30,000 core houses and distribute 30,000 shelter repair kits in the next three years. 

“This is a partnership where the government and private groups come together to find a lasting solution to problem brought by what is called as the new norm,” DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo said.

“Typhoon Yolanda has been an eye opener.  Now, we have to prepare for the next big thing, and the government is working for it,” he added.

He said that in determining how to build typhoon-resilient houses, experience with Typhoon Yolanda should already be factored in.

“Public works has been analyzing bakit andaming nasirang bahay (why many houses were destroyed). It could be the way (they were) designed or the way (they were) constructed,” he said.

With Typhoon Yolanda in mind, he said, innovating a cost-effective design that could stand a Yolanda kind of typhoon has to be done if only to mitigate its impact.

Montejo, however, said that government preparations go beyond drawing up a cost-effect disaster-proof design of structures.
 “Now we are doing storm surge simulation in different areas  for us to be able to give warnings for the next storm surge anywhere in the Philippines.”

Montejo said they are also refining PAGASA’s weather advisories to prevent misinterpretations. Particularly, the advisories would issue location specific flooding forecast, including flood level.

He said they are also developing a map that would show the disaster vulnerabilities of every community across the country, to help them design effective ways of preparing before a calamity hits them. (S&T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: City Health Office gipalapdan kampanya batok sa sakit nga dengue

Ni Annie Abis

DAKBAYAN SA SURIGAO, Enero 30 (PIA) – Gipalapdan pa sa buhatan sa Surigao City Health Office ning dakbayan ang ilang kampanya batok sa sakit nga dengue.

Sumala ni City Health Communicable Disease Coordinator Gorosfe Menor nga karong bulan sa Enero ang ilang buhatan nakatala na og 12 ka kaso biktima sa sakit nga dengue, tulo ka mga biktima ang gikan sa Barangay Washington, tulo usab sa Brgy. San Juan, duha gikan sa Brgy. Luna, duha gikan sa Brgy. Cagniog ug usa sa Brgy. Bonifacio ug Brgy. Capalayan ning dakbayan.

Sumala pa ni Menor nga tungod sa maong panghitabo gipalapdan pa sa ilang buhatan ang ilang kampanya batok sa sakit nga dengue pinaagi na pagpang-apod apod og mosquito trap ug  sa pagpahimangno kanunay sa mga residente sa syudad nga mag igmat og maglimpyo kanunay sa ilang tagsa-tagsa ka mga tugkaran ilabi na panahon sa ting.ulan lakip usab ang pagpasabot sa saktong pagpamihotang sa mosquito trap, ngadto sa matag barangay aron makunhuran o muminos ang mamahimong biktima sa maong sakit nga makamatay. (SDR/MICO/PIA-Surigao del Norte)