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13th September 2014
Search and rescue operations underway for Maharlika 2 passengers, crew
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on September 13, 2014, 4:27 pm

By JANI ARNAIZ

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte—Rescue teams are searching for passengers and crew of MV Maharlika 2 which sank in the waters between Surigao and Panaon Island, San Ricardo town, Southern Leyte about 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

As of 10:54 p.m., 18 passengers have been rescued, said Lieutenant Commander Glen Pacheco, officer-in-charge of Maasin Coast Guard.

He said 32 passengers, 2 of them children, and 26 crew were on board the passenger vessel owned by Philharbor Ferries and Port Services when it left Lipata, Surigao City about 1 p.m.

It was scheduled to dock in Liloan town in Southern Leyte at 5 p.m.

Pacheco said the vessel may have been slowed down by rough  seas and big waves spawned by Typhoon “Luis.”

When the MV Maharlika 2 was between Surigao and Panaon Island, Pacheco said vessel skipper identified as Juan Cayago was able to declare abandon ship before the vessel sank.

Rescue teams from Southern Leyte and Surigao are now conducting the search to rescue the passengers and crew.

 

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12th September 2014
NGCP explains role in power transmission
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on September 12, 2014, 4:43 am

By Marcelo M. Pedalino

ORMOC CITY, September 11 (PIA)  --  More than two dozen information officers from various national line agencies from the province of Southern Leyte, including local government units and private media practitioners, visited the sprawling compound of the National Grid Corporation (NGCP) here Tuesday and gained ringside views on some technicalities behind the company’s work.

The facility tour was made possible upon the invitation of Betty Martinez, the Regional Corporate Communication and Public Affairs Officer of NGCP.

 

The visit also served as an occasion for NGCP to share inputs on their basic role in the power industry sector, which was invariably described by top-level officers as like a highway transmitting electricity from the generation source up to distribution utilities like electric cooperatives.

From its plant in barangay Milagro here, high-voltage currents travel through various lines such as the 230 kv, 138 kv, and 69 kv lines to serve the consumers through the electric coops in various parts of Region 8 including Cebu and Bohol by way of submarine cables.

 

For Southern Leyte, NGCP’s transmitted power is received by the province’s electric coop, the Soleco.

Matters on safety and security were also extensively discussed, like warning children on playing kites near high-voltage wires for this is very dangerous.

People carrying long bamboo poles especially in rural areas should also be advised to drag bamboos instead of carrying those in their shoulders when passing beneath a high-tension wire, for its top end may touch the lines that can cause instant death.

Also, installing TV antennas near the NGCP lines should also be extra careful, as the voltage can discharge electricity even if the object is two or three meters distance away and seemingly out of touch.

On security, a speaker warned that stealing bolts, nuts, cable wires, and other accessories in a power post is definitely a crime punishable by Republic Act 7832 passed on 1994, the electricity materials pilferage law.

Martinez urged the info officers to help disseminate to their immediate circles and to the general public the things they have learned for the benefit of everyone.  (mmp, PIA8-Southern Leyte)

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2nd September 2014
LGUs have authority to issue SAG permits, says solon
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on September 2, 2014, 5:10 am
By Marcelo M. Pedalino
 
MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, September 1 (PIA)  --  Permits for sand and gravel extraction, irrespective of size  --  either five hectares or above  --  will have to be approved by the provincial government before any other agency can issue succeeding permits.
 
This was reported by Cong. Damian Mercado Friday in a block-time program over dydm, “Action, Solusyon, Inisyatibo sa Congreso.”
 
Quoting the gist of a House Environment Committee hearing in aid of legislation, which conducted a marathon session on the matter Wednesday last week, Mercado said the clarification was also based by a Supreme Court ruling on a similar issue, in addition to various rules, laws, and regulations cited by the committee.
 
The hearing was held on the initiative of the lone Southern Leyteno solon in an effort to settle lingering questions on who can grant extraction permits, especially those concessionaires beyond five hectares.
 
Mercado also quoted Cagayan De Oro Representative Rufus Rodriguez, a member of the House Environment Committee, as saying that in their province the provincial government was empowered as the issuing body for such kind of permits.
 
Earlier, shortly after an early morning tree-planting activity at barangay Cambooc here, Gov. Roger Mercado told PIA the same update as the main substance of the congressional hearing that he also attended.
 
The elder Mercado, who was celebrating his 63rd birthday Friday, reiterated the authority of the province to issue extraction permits, whether big and small, in an interview with Nestor Abrematia, a Tacloban-based journalist, on the sidelines of his birthday party at the Capitol Tree Park.
 
Meanwhile, some 1,870 seedlings of Acasia Mangium trees have been planted by about three hundred employees who joined the tree-planting, a regular activity every natal day of the Gov. Mercado, even long before when he was still the province’s lone district lawmaker.  (mmp, PIA8-Southern Leyte) 
 

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3rd August 2014
Out of Tacloban, survivor tops CPA board exams
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on August 3, 2014, 3:27 am

(By Joey A. Gabieta | Inquirer Visayas | 3:27 am | Sunday, August 3rd, 2014)

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Rommel Rhino Edusma from Asian Development Foundation College, topped the Certified Public Accountant Board Examination 2014.  NIYO JESUS ORBETA

TACLOBAN CITY—It was his harrowing experience during the onslaught of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” that strengthened his resolve to do well at the licensure exams for certified public accountants (CPA).

And Rommel Rhino Edusma, 25, did not only pass the exams, he aced it.

Edusma topped the 2014 CPA Licensure Exams with a rating of 94.57 percent, the first topnotcher produced by the widely unheard of 19-year-old Asian Development Foundation College (ADFC) here.

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29th July 2014
Earthquake damages 2 schools in Southern Leyte
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on July 29, 2014, 1:39 pm

By JANI ARNAIZ

Inquirer Visayas

 

MAASIN CITY, Philippines—At least two school buildings in Hinundayan town, Southern Leyte province, will have to be condemned after these were badly damaged when a strong earthquake shook the municipality and parts of the province on Friday.

 

Mayor Evelyn Lee of Hinundayan said the classrooms of Plaridel Elementary School and Bugho Elementary School should not be used because there were cracks on the beams, walls and floor.

 

She said the 40 pupils of Bugho Elementary School would hold classes in makeshift tents while the covered court in Plaridel would serve as a temporary classroom for the pupils of Plaridel Elementary School.

A 5.4-magnitude earthquake hit the province at 7:57 a.m. on Friday, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

 

The epicenter of the quake, which was tectonic in origin, was recorded at 8 kilometers of Hinundayan. The earthquake had a depth of 6 km and likely came from the Leyte segment of the Philippine Zone Fault, the Phivolcs said.

 

 

Lee said the town sustained damage during the quake but she could not estimate the total cost.

 

“It was so strong that people were jolted by the quake that lasted about 10 seconds. Had it been longer, I could not imagine the extent of the damage,” Lee told the Inquirer.

 

The houses of at least 50 families in Plaridel and Bugho were damaged during the tremor.

The earthquake cut off or dislodged the town’s water pipes, Lee said. She assured the public that the water supply would be restored by Saturday.

 

Lee said the wall of their gym also collapsed.

 

Three bridges in San Juan and Hinundayan towns remained impassable due to damage sustained during the earthquake, according to Alan Eway, assistant engineer of the Southern Leyte District Engineering Office. At least P4 million is needed to repair the damage, he added.

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25th July 2014
More damages were reported in Hinundayan, St. Bernard
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on July 25, 2014, 12:14 am

UPDATE ON EARTHQUAKE
By Jani Arnaiz

July 25, 2014

MAASIN CITY -- Gov. Roger Mercado has ordered the suspension of all classes in the six towns heavily hit by the quake pending the assessment on the extent of the damages caused by the temblor. The municipalities are St. Bernard, Hinundayan, Hinunangan, San Juan, Anahawan and Silago.

The OCD in-charge in the province said at least one school building and four houses were partially damaged in Bugho village, Hinundayan, while the town ‘s gym was partially damaged with its wall collapsed and the beam cracked.

Tan also said that the flooring and beam of the Red Cross bldg. in St. Bernard cracked. Cracks were also seen on the wall of a school bldg, principal’s office, LGU/ Municipal Compound, Tourism Office has  long, big crack in wall.  Brgy. Himatagon Town Cevillage centerbldg. has cracks in walls near stairway, and near beam.

In the Guinsaugon relocation center’s school, one teacher and two students lost consciousness, while another student was lacerated in the leg. All the victims were brought to the Anahawan district hospital.

Earlier, initial report from the Office of Civil Defense in Southern Leyte showed that minor damages were caused by a 5.7 magnitude earthquake that hit 8km southwest of Hinundayan, Southern Leyte at around 8:00 Friday morning.

Marichu Tan of the OCD said that the beam of the isolation ward of the Anahawan district hospital cracked. No one was injured among the patients who were evacuated outside the hospital.

In St. Bernard town, all classes were suspended. Tan also reported that several residents were injured. She said all MDRRMOs in the towns hit by the earthquake were still conducting rapid assessments regarding damages or needs.

According to Betty Martinez of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines, there was no damage to NGCP electric posts. “The Leyte-Samar sub grid remains intact as there has been no reported cases of power interruptions and damaged transmission facilities in the said area,” said Martinez.

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24th July 2014
Intensity 6 earthquake hits Hinundayan, St Bernard, minor damages reported
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on July 24, 2014, 10:07 pm

By JANI ARNAIZ

July 25, 2014

MAASIN CITY --  Initial report from the Office of Civil Defense in Southern Leyte showed that minor damages were caused by a 5.7 magnitude earthquake that hit 8km southwest of Hinundayan, Southern Leyte at around 8:00 Friday morning.

Marichu Tan of the OCD said that the beam of the isolation ward of the Anahawan district hospital cracked. No one was injured among the patients who were evacuated outside the hospital.

In St. Bernard town, all classes were suspended. Tan also reported that several residents were injured. She said all MDRRMOs in the towns hit by the earthquake were still conducting rapid assessments regarding damages or needs.

According to Betty Martinez of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines, there was no damage to NGCP electric posts. “The Leyte-Samar sub grid remains intact as there has been no reported cases of power interruptions and damaged transmission facilities in the said area,” said Martinez.

Phivolcs said the earthquake was also felt in nearby areas:

Intensity VI – Hinunangan and St. Bernard, Southern Leyte
Intensity IV – Tacloban City
Intensity III – Palo, Leyte
Intensity II – Cebu City and Talisay City; Surigao City
Intensity I – Lapu Lapu City

The tectonic quake was likely to come from the Philippine Fault Zone Leyte Segment.

 

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23rd July 2014
THE P144-B DAP EXPRESS
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on July 23, 2014, 10:09 pm

Results, impact? DBM, COA figures clash
by Malou Mangahas

TUESDAY, JULY 22ND, 2014

Last of Three Parts

IN ITS 2012 Annual Financial Report for National Government, the Commission on Audit (COA) said regular appropriation for programmed activities of the departments and agencies of the national government amounted to P868.92 billion.

The amount includes P11.28 billion in SAGF (Special Account in the General Fund) for specific programs provided in the Special Provisions of the General Appropriations Act or GAA. The total available allocation left was P857.64 billion that was supported by funds from two sources.

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22nd July 2014
THE P144-B DAP EXPRESS
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on July 22, 2014, 11:23 pm

Funds freed in a rush, projects yield slow results

Top 10 Agency-Beneficiaries of DAP

 

Second of Three Parts

THE GOOD, the bad, and the dead combine, in terms of projects and activities, under the Aquino administration’s Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), which is now wreaking havoc on relations between institutions, as well as between the government and the citizens.

Put aside the lack of transparency in details about which legislators and local officials pushed what projects, where, and for how much, under the “various priority local projects” funded by billions of DAP pesos. To date, the pace, quality, and impact of project implementation under DAP is a quizzical record.

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21st July 2014
Signal No. 1 up in 4 areas
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on July 21, 2014, 7:50 am

(By Bong Lozada | Inquirer.net | 7:50 am, Monday, 21 July 2014)


MT Satellite image July 21, 2014, 7:14 a.m. Screengrab from http://www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph/

MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) raised Signal No. 1 in four areas as Tropical Depression “Henry” continued to travel in the seas Monday morning.

In its weather bulletin, Pagasa placed Batanes Group of Islands, Cagayan, Babuyan group of Islands, and Calayan Group of Islands under Signal No.1.

As of 4 am, Henry was located at 340 kilometers northeast of Virac, Catanduanes packing peak winds of 130 kilometers per hour and gusts of 160 kph while travelling at a pace of 20 kph.

Pagasa said Henry would enhance the southwest monsoon and is expected to bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms over Cagayan Valley, Mimaropa, Bicol Region, Visayas, and Aurora Province.

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