2.14.2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Surigao earthquake: a proof of resilience amidst terrible tremor

By Venus L. Garcia

SURIGAO CITY, Feb 14 (PIA) – When catastrophe strikes, a person or a family caught blindsided when hit unexpectedly. It was a terrible Friday evening of Feb. 10 for clueless Surigaonons’ when their faith and forbearance were put to serious test in the midst of a powerful 6.7-magnitude earthquake.

For Amparo Donoso, 56 years old, a resident of Purok Baybay Parola, this city, living in a shanty and rearing four youngsters was able to stand the fright as she briskly brought her family to a safer ground.

“I am mindful of how the hazardous quake and aftershocks might cost our lives, my instinct and adequate awareness dictated me to prioritize the safety of my family,” said Donoso despite knowing about the advisory of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center that there’s no tsunami threat in effect.

Seen also at the Capitol grounds where a multitude of common people sought refuge were lactating mothers carrying along in their arms innocent baby, elderlies and persons with disabilities.

Displaced during a total power blackout never hamper them to find reasons to grin as they stayed safe under some makeshift shelters pitched by the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Surigao City-Surigao del Norte chapter personnel.

“We see to it that the quake victims be given assistance. Large tents are provided to them appropriately protect them from getting wet from rains than leaving them helpless. Medical and first aid services are available for them. In addition to that, those who are still under the state of trauma were given psychosocial support services or stress debriefing,” said John Rafael Daño of PRC Surigao del Norte.

Romel Empalnado and his wife, together with their eight months old, three and five years old children, who all came from Nueva Extension, Barangay Taft, flocked to the evacuation area to secure themselves after series of aftershocks continued to disturb them. “I am more concerned for the welfare of our baby and kids. I can afford to lose my house but not my loved ones,” said Empalnado in a voice quavered with emotion.

Meanwhile, no one would ever expect to witness a scene at the Caraga Regional Hospital (CRH) with patients being catered in portable tents assembled at its ground. Despite the structural damages where the beams collapsed at the medical ward, the management was able to give assistance to a large volume of patients who suffered from panic attack, lacerations and fracture.

“In support to the patients, the city government of Surigao and the Department of Health (DOH) were able to furnish additional tents folding beds, assorted medicines and jerry cans to the hospital for the use of the victims who are staying in the hospital. The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) has also operated a rationing of water and more assistance are expected from the Chinese Chamber,” declared Delfin Antallan, officer-in-charge, administrative department of CRH.

On civilian fatalities due to the earthquake that ravaged the city, the bereaved family of Lito Wilson, 35 years old and a resident of Brgy. Nonoc received an initial monetary assistance of P20,000 from the national government, P5,000 from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga. They are also entitled to claim for an additional burial assistance from the DSWD upon complying the requirements.

The communities also have there own way of opening their local eatery and barbecue stalls utilizing generator sets to illuminate the dimness and gloomy ambience as they serve the customers in need of food.

Personal resilience made them easy to adapt to adversity. They have shown numerous measures that would define resilience.

“People’s resilience is not only capacitating them with disaster preparedness capabilities or decreasing their vulnerabilities to the effects of disasters but resilience has been found to be associated with social support to the variety of population. It can be a social support assistance, tangible and intangible, or shielding people from the adverse effect of calamities,” underscored Rosauro Arnel Gonzales, Jr., Office of Civil Defense Caraga regional director.

To give more relief to the victims, apart from the humanitarian aid afforded by the Rotary Club and other non-government organizations, the C130 has arrived on Monday at the Bancasi airport, this city, loaded with 137 boxes of assorted medicines, 500 hygiene kits, 75 tents, 500 jerry cans and two drums of chlorine. These are all part of the promised support from the national government through the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), DSWD, DOH and PRC.

With the suspension of business operation of the major mall and other supermarkets in the locality, Surigaonons who are badly affected by the quake are pleading to receive for more food and non-food items, including financial assistance adequate to repair their wrecked abode. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


DTI reminds consumers, businessmen of price freeze in quake-hit Surigao

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Feb. 14 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Surigao del Norte provincial office reminds the public and businessmen of the price freeze in the city following the city government’s declaration of a state of calamity per Resolution No. 23-2017 dated Feb. 11, 2017.

DTI Surigao del Norte provincial director Celestino L. Negapatan said that all prices of basic necessities are automatically frozen at their prevailing prices, which shall be the average price of the basic necessity within a month from the occurrence of the state of calamity.

He explained that under Republic Act 7581 as amended, basic necessities include the following: rice, corn, bread, fresh, dried and canned fish and other marine products, fresh pork, beef and poultry meat, fresh eggs, fresh and processed milk, fresh vegetables, root crops, coffee, sugar, cooking oil, salt, laundry soap, detergents, firewood, charcoal, candles, drugs classified as essentials by the Department of Health, potable water in bottles and containers, fresh fruits, locally manufactured instant noodles, households liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), and kerosene.

Negapatan further explained that unless sooner lifted, the price freeze under R.A. 7581 shall remain effective for the duration of the condition that brought it about but not for more than 60 days, provided that for household LPG and kerosene the duration shall not be more than 15 days.

“All concerned are warned that violators shall suffer the penalty of imprisonment for a period of one year to ten years, or a fine ranging form P5,000 to P1,000,000 or both at the discretion of the court aside form applicable administrative penalties,” Negapatan added. (DTI-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


PSA prepares for the conduct of crop production survey

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 14 (PIA) - Aside from the data on palay and corn, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) also gathers information on the production of other crops. Other crops sub-sector includes three commodity groups namely: Fruits, Vegetables and Non-food and Industrial Commercial Crops (NFICC).

It covers more than 200 crops in 82 provinces nationwide, which 19 of these commodities were highlighted in the report of the performance of Agriculture. The commodity coverage by province differs and depends on what each produces.

CrPS is conducted during the last ten days of the second month of the current quarter. It is simultaneously collected with Farm Price Survey during the survey month.

The selection of sample farms in the province are done by categorizing into small and large farms according to area planted to a specific crop.

For large farms, a maximum of five plantation farms shall be chosen for the whole province. For small farms, farmer-producers are selected from top producing municipalities per crop identified through Key Informant (KI) Approach and actually harvesting during the reference quarter.

The survey captures the data on volume of production, area planted/harvested and number of bearing trees/hills/vines. All information collected by the hired Statistical Researchers from sample farmer-producers shall be kept strictly confidential and shall not be used for purposes of taxation, investigation or regulation as provided under Article 55 of Republic Act 10625. (PSA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: Minero arestado dahil sa kaso ng rape at illegal mining sa Butuan

Ni Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Peb. 14 (PIA) - Kulungan ang kinahantungan ng isang suspek dito sa lungsod matapos dakpin ng mga otoridad mula sa Butuan City Police Station dahil sa illegal mining at kasong rape.

Batay sa ulat, sinalakay ng mga kapulisan ang bulubunduking parte ng barangay Maibu at Bilay kung saan may hinihinalang mga New Peoples Army na gumagawa ng mga extortion activities.

At nang isinagawa ng mga kapulisan ang combat operation ay doon na nga nahuli rin ang nabanggit na suspek na nakilalang si Carlito Tacasan na may standing warrant sa kasong rape at paglabag ng section 5 ng Republic Act 7610 o ang batas na kumikilala sa protection ng mga bata laban sa pang-aabuso at diskriminasyon.

Nanguna sa nasabing combat operation si Police Superintendent Exelso Lazaga Jr, ang OIC ng Butuan City Police Station at Police Chief Inspector Christian Rafols.

Ayon kay Rafols, nakuha rin nila sa posesyon ng suspect ang isang unit ng Magnum 357 na may 11 live ammunitions.

Dagdag pa ni Rafols, itinuro naman ng suspek ang kinaroroonan ng mining site sa may Purok-3 barangay Bilay. Ayon pa kay Rafols, nakita nila ang malaking area ng minahan at doon ay nakumpiska rin ang apat na units ng engine with water pump and hose at chemicals na siyang ginagamit sa pagmimina. Nakipag-coordinate umano agad sila sa Cty Environment and Natural Resources Office (ENRO) upang ma-assess ang kondisyon ng nabanggit na minahan.

Samantala, binigyang diin ni Rafols na patuloy ang kanilang ginagawang monitoring sa mga target areas kung saan may mga ilegal na operasyon na nakasira hindi lang sa mga tao kundi pati na rin sa kalikasan. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: Surigaonons nanatili pa sa mga temporary shelters

Ni Jennifer P. Gaitano

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Feb. 14 (PIA) - Marami pa rin sa mga Surigaonons ang piniling manatili sa matataas na lugar sa lungsod ng Surigao dahil na rin sa takot sa sunod-sunod na aftershocks mula noong niyanig ng 6.7 magnitude na lindol noong biyernes ng gabi ang probinsya ng Surigao del Norte.

Karamihan ng mga residente doon ay naniniguradong ligtas ang kanilang pamilya sakaling may aftershocks pang mararanasan kaya tinitiis nalang ang manatili sa temporary shelters.

May ilan-ilan sa mga evacuees ang may takot na bumalik sa kanilang mga tahanan matapos may naitalang mga nabitak at gumohong mga pader ng bahay at establistamento.

Karamihan din sa mga apektadong indibidwal at pamilya na nasa temporary shelters ay nabibigyan ng mga kinakailangang serbisyo kung kaya’t mas pinipili nilang dito muna pansamantala habang wala pang mas maayos at ligtas na matitirahan. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: PopCom-Caraga pinaalalahanan ang mga kabataan na maging maingat sa Valentine’s Day

Ni Regal C. Oribia

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Peb. 14 (PIA) – Muling pinaaalahan ng Commission on Population (PopCom) ang mga kabataan lalung-lalo na sa mga minor de edad ngayong araw ng mga puso na mag-ingat nang sa gayon ay maiwasan ang maagang pagbubuntis at hindi mahawa sa sinasabing Human Immunodeficiency Virus o mas kilala sa tinatawag na HIV.

Ayon kay Alexander A. Makinano, regional director ng PopCom-Caraga, dapat maging responsible, maingat, at maging wais ang mga kabataan sa pagpili ng desisyong tatahakin at gagawin. Pakaisiping mabuti ang mga bagay-bagay na sasang-ayonan at hindi sasang-ayonan. Diin din niya na hindi matatagpuan sa pakikipagtalik ang tunay na pagmamahal bagkus makapaghihintay ito sa tamang panahon.

Base sa mga naitalang kaso ng PopCom dito sa rehiyon ng Caraga, halos mga kabataan ang may mataas na porsyento ang aktibo sa hindi ligtas na pakikipagtalik.


Hanggang ngayon ay patuloy pa rin ang PopCom at lokal na kasapi nito sa kanilang kampanya para maiwasan ang pagtaas ng bilang sa kaso ng sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), HIV at early pregnancy. (RCO/PIA-Caraga)