Friday, December 5, 2014

Areas with class suspension starts to get longer in SurSur

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Dec. 5 (PIA) – The list of localities ordering suspension of classes has started to add up in Surigao del Sur more so that the province was included among the places affected by Typhoon Ruby with Signal No. 2 in Weather Bulletin No. 5 issued at 5:00 a.m. today by the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

The latest additions are the towns of Lingig, Cagwait, and Cantilan which classes at all levels were ordered suspended effective today, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) headed by Abel De Guzman bared.

Prior to this, both cities of Tandag and Bislig have already announced suspension of classes at all levels also starting today, December 5.

However, the towns of Carmen, Cortes, Bayabas, and Barobo have gone ahead with the suspension of classes since yesterday, particularly in pre-school except for Bayabas which, outright, went all the way.

Meanwhile, key people from the PDRRMO believed that as Typhoon Ruby intensifies further, more local government units (LGUs) in the province are going to follow suit in declaring suspension of classes. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Agnor commemorates World AIDS day

By Mary Cheryl Sabandal-Monoy

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 5 (PIA) - The Provincial Health Office (PHO) of Agusan del Norte recently commemorated the World AIDS Day last December 1 with the theme: "Getting to Zero - Zero new HIV infection, Zero discrimination and Zero AIDS-related deaths" at the PHO grounds, Libertad, here.

Data from the Department of Health (DOH) revealed that there were 135 cases of people infected with HIV/AIDS in Caraga Region, as of September 2014. It was learned that in every one hour and 15 minutes, one Filipino gets infected with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and thousands of people lost their lives due to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).

Fladelita dela Peña, the Provincial HIV/AIDS Council (PHAC) Coordinator, encouraged the Agusanons to learn more about HIV/AIDS in order to avoid the disease and to practice safe sex.

Present during the said activity were Dr. Elizabeth N. Campado - PHO-II, Dr. Marilou O. Talan - PHO - I, Dr. Joevy Jay C. Oliva, HIV/AIDS Core Team Leader, Dr. Reggie Dompor, nurses, midwives, nursing students, patients and their watchers with the special appearance of a Person Living With HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Tandag City starts to carry out mass evacuation due to Typhoon Ruby

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Dec. 5 (PIA) – Preemptive evacuation due to Typhoon Ruby has already started to be carried out in Tandag City, according to Vitchie Bandoy, City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) chief.

This course of action began at around 7:00 a.m. and will continue to be done until 12:00 noon today, adding that afterwards, at around 1:00 p.m., forced evacuation will follow, she pointed out.

Residents in places classified as high risks areas—referring to all coastal barangays—are priority in the list, Bandoy said.

Likewise, she added that identified evacuation centers for people from the Poblacion areas include the Jacinto P. Elpa National High School (JPENHS) and the Capitol Seminar Hall, among others.

Other barangays have their own identified evacuation centers, Bandoy insisted.


She stressed that Mayor Roxanne Pimentel already decided to carry out preemptive evacuation since strong winds brought about by Typhoon Ruby have already started to be felt. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)