TS Seniang leaves 2 dead, 33,055 families affected in AgSur
By David M. Suyao
AGUSAN DEL SUR, January 6 (PIA) - Tropical Storm (TS) “Seniang” perceived by many Agusanons as the most disastrous as it affected 33,055 families or 124,767 persons and left two persons dead in 11 municipalities in Agusan del Sur that submitted reports to the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Council (PDRRMC), as of January 4, 2015.
According to PRDDMC, they are still awaiting for the final report from the City of Bayugan, municipalities of San Luis and Talacogon as to affected families or persons during the PDRRMC’s reporting.
According to the reports, the municipality of Bunawan has the highest affected families reaching 9,440 or 43,578 persons from 10 barangays, followed by Esperanza with 6,696 families and no headcount of the number of persons from 12 barangays. Ranking third is La Paz with 6,657 families or 30,083 persons from 15 barangays while Prosperidad claimed 4th having 5,737 families with 27,595 persons from 22 barangays.
As embodied in their respective plans, all the 13 municipalities and the lone city of Bayugan had utilized all their evacuation centers where Sibagat town had filled their nine evacuation centers, Talacogon with four, San Luis also nine, Esperanza with 20 evacuation centers, Prosperida with 10, San Francisco with eight, Rosario with three, Bunawan with 14, Trento with two, Sta. Josefa with five, Veruela with two, Loreto with one, La Paz with three and San Luis with nine evacuation centers, with a total of 2,734 affected families evacuated.
There are two casualties that were recorded by the PDRRMC identified as Pepe Ares, 50 years old from Mikit, San Martin, Prosperidad who died due to landslide and CJ Florentino from Barangay 4, San Francisco, Agusan del Sur who died from drowning. LGUs have already extended burial assistance to the bereaved families.
All the affected families provincewide were extended relief foods and goods from the Department of Social Welfare and Development-Caraga Region and their respective local government units during disaster and after the actual flooding ranging from canned goods to packed groceries as contents of family packs. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)
Frequent rainfall drags sked of Hubo River detour bridge reconstruction in SurSur
By Greg Tataro Jr.
TANDAG CITY, Jan. 6 (PIA) – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 1st Congressional District Office in Surigao del Sur admitted that the frequent occurrence of rain has stalled the reconstruction of detour bridge traversing the Hubo River in Barangay Buhisan, San Agustin town, 64.5 kilometers south, this city.
District engineer Joseph Calderon said in a text message that DPWH Caraga Regional Office set the work to put back in place the detour bridge within two weeks.
The said bridge, which serves as the shortest link to get to Tandag City and other neighboring towns in the central and northern part of the province after San Agustin, was washed out during the height of Tropical Storm Seniang on December 29.
The concrete bridge will be up for use in March 2015, according to asst. district engineer Ruel Bantugan.
Meanwhile, affected commuters traveling the Surigao-Davao Coastal Road (SDCR) on either side of the river are prompted to transfer from one vehicle to another.
However, part of the sure “travel ritual” is to climb up or down a temporary ladder in order to cross the other bank of the river depending on which side one has disembarked.
But for commuters who want to avoid altogether the inconvenience, except for a much longer travel time, Calderon has suggested to go on north via Surigao del Norte. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)
Dinagat Islands Fire Office highest in fire code collection
By Ma. Jane A. Mayola
SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Jan. 6 (PIA) - The office of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Province of Dinagat Islands was recently recognized as the highest in Fire Code Collection (provincial category) for Outstanding Supervision during the Fire Service Recognition Day held at Simtoco Bussiness Center, Burgos Street, Surigao City.
The award was received by Dinagat Islands-BFP Fire Inspector Ellafil Libarnes duly signed by BFP Caraga regional director Fire Senior Superintendent Mario Socorro Timonera.
Meanwhile, at the same event, the award dubbed as "Medalya ng Pagtulong sa Nasalanta" was also awarded to the rescue and retrieval team of Dinagat Islands composed of fire officers FO3 Arnel Cabusas, FO3 Johny Castro, FO3 Omboy, and FO1 Junril Goring for showing their exemplary behavior during typhoon Yolanda. (SDR/PIO-Dinagat Islands/PIA-Dinagat Islands)
2 water treatment equipment from MMDA arrive in Butuan
By Noel B. Najarro
BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 6 (PIA) - Two mobile water purifiers from the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) arrived from Manila on board a C-130 plane, 8:15 a.m., Tuesday to help ease the water crisis experienced by the city at the height of TS “Seniang” fury and even up to this time.
The arrival of the water treatment equipment and the MMDA team who may man and operate the mobile water purifying facilities was met at the Bancasi Airport by the local government officials headed by city councilor Ryan Anthony B. Culima, the chair of the Committee on Utilities of the city council.
Culima on his privilege speech before the SP session on Tuesday mentioned that the mobile water purifying facilities were sent by MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino in response to the request of Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. as among the efforts of the local government to help address the scarcity of potable water experienced here in the city at the height of TS “Seniang.”
Until this time, the local water utility here is still on the process of repair and rehabilitation of its water filtration system at Iyao, Brgy. Taguibo, which was damaged by the recent typhoon.
According to Councilor Culima, each equipment is capable of purifying 3,000 liters (or 3 cubic meters) of water per hour. Both equipment can purify 6,000 liters of water per hour, Culima said. He also said that the mobile water purifiers will be placed at the evacuation center where most of the evacuees were housed. The purified waters will not be only consumed by the evacuees but will also be transported to the villages where scarcity of water is experienced. This will reinforce the Butuan City Water District scheduled supply of water by areas, the operation of its pumping stations and the transporting of potable waters to water-needy areas.
Presently, both mobile water purifying facilities are at the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) ports purifying waters from Agusan River.
Culima said the city government have availed two water tankers, one from ADFIL, two from the Bureau of Fire Protection and three from Equiparco to transport purified, potable waters to the areas needing waters. (PNA/PIA-Caraga)