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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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20th July 2014
'Henry' brings rains over Bicol, Visayas
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on July 20, 2014, 4:33 pm

(By Kristine Angeli Sabillo | INQUIRER.net | 4:33 pm, Sunday, 20 July 2014)

(Pagasa satellite image as of 4:00 PM, Sunday, July 20, 2014)

MANILA, Philippines – Residents of Bicol and Visayas should expect a rainy Sunday afternoon caused by typhoon "Henry", the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said.

"Henry is expected to bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms over Eastern Visayas, Bicol Region, Dinagat and Siargao Islands, and over the province of Surigao Del Norte," the latest weather bulletin from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said.


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Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on July 20, 2014, 8:13 am

A maze of good, bad, open, opaque projects

by Malou Mangahas


First of Three Parts

“Good intentions are not good enough.”

That, according to Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio ‘Babes’ Singson, is the lesson from the sorry episode that was the Disbursement Acceleration Program or DAP.

The Supreme Court on July 1 voted 13-0 to declare DAP unconstitutional in part because of the amounts that crossed over to other branches of government, the withdrawal of funding for items enrolled in the national budget, and the transfer of funding to items not enrolled in the national budget. 


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17th July 2014
#GlendaPH: At least 40 dead, thousands without power
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on July 17, 2014, 4:57 pm

(4th UPDATE) It appears CutQuezon province suffered the most damage
(By Bea Cuppin, Published 7:32 pm | 16 July 2014...Updated 4:57 pm | 17 July 2014)

A resident of North Triangle, Quezon City fixes his home after strong winds caused by Typhoon Glenda hit the area. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler 

MANILA, Philippines (4th UPDATE) – Numerous provinces and cities remained without power even after Typhoon Glenda (Rammasun) left Philippine soil, leaving behind at least 40 dead.

In a report of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Thursday, around 10 am, July 17, the council said 17 were injured while 4 remain missing in the wake of Typhoon Glenda.

Most of the deaths, according to the report, were caused by fallen trees and debris.


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16th July 2014
'Glenda' spares Metro; 7 dead
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on July 16, 2014, 3:57 pm

(By Associated Press | 3:57 pm, Wednesday 16 July 2014)

This National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) image obtained July 15, 2014 and taken by the JMA MTSAT-2 satellite at 0730Z on
July 14, 2014shows Typhoon Rammasun. Tens of thousands of people in the Philippines sheltered in evacuation centres on July 15, 2014 as a
typhoon began to pound its eastern coast, with authorities warning of giant storm surges and heavy floods. The eye of Typhoon Rammasun was set
to strike Legazpi city in the eastern Bicol region in the early evening, with Manila and other heavily populated areas also expected to be hit early
Wednesday, the state weather service said. “We are preparing for the worst,” said Rafaelito Alejandro, civil defence chief of Bicol, an impoverished
farming and fishing region of 5.4 million people. More than 96,000 families have already moved to evacuation centres there, Social Welfare Minister

MANILA — Typhoon ‘‘Glenda’’ (international name: Rammasun) left at least seven people dead and knocked out power in many areas but it spared Metro Manila and densely populated northern provinces from being directly battered Wednesday when its fierce wind shifted slightly away, officials said.

Still, the typhoon’s 150-kilometer wind and blinding 185-kph gusts brought down trees, electric posts and ripped off roofs across the metropolis of 12 million people where government offices and schools were closed. More than 370,000 people moved from high-risk villages to emergency shelters in six provinces.

In a shantytown at the edge of Manila Bay, hundreds fled when strong wind tore tin roofs off their shanties. Most were drenched by the rain before they reached an evacuation center with the help of firemen and rescue personnel.


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15th July 2014
'Glenda' intensifies approaching Bicol, on track to hit NCR
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on July 15, 2014, 4:24 am

(By InterAksyon.com, 15 July 2014, 4:24 AM)

Infra-red telemetry fix by satellite shows the position of Tropical Storm Glenda
as of 3;32 A.m. July 15, as rendered by NOAA-MTSAT

Thousands of people fled their homes and ships sheltered from heavy seas Tuesday as Glenda, the first major storm of the rainy season, was set to strike the Bicol region at 6:00 pm (1000 GMT).

"We are preparing for the worst ... it is critical now that we finish the evacuations," said Rafaelito Alejandro, civil defence chief of Bicol, an impoverished farming and fishing region of 5.4 million people.

"If we can finish the evacuation, then it's just a waiting game to see what happens," Alejandro told AFP by telephone.


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3rd July 2014
So. Leyte key role for post-Yolanda recovery pushed
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on July 3, 2014, 1:46 am

By Marcelo M. Pedalino

CAPITOL SUNKEN GARDEN, MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, July 2 (PIA)  --  Two guest speakers invited for the 54th founding anniversary of this province July 1 spoke about the potential vital role of the province in the rehabilitation phase of the places worst hit by the world’s strongest typhoon eight months ago.

“I hope and trust that Southern Leyte would lead Region 8, for betterment of Eastern Visayas, after Yolanda,” said Pedro Noval, Jr., Regional Director of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), in his message here during the anniversary program.

Another guest of honor and speaker, Senator Cynthia Villar, admired the unity, strength, and courage of the people of the province, and the fast action done for the search, rescue, and other assistance extended to the distressed communities.

“Ang Southern Leyte ay tumulong sa mga lugar na nasalanta ng Yolanda,” the Senator said in an apparent tribute to the efforts mobilized by the province led by Gov. Roger Mercado at the height of the disaster.

That the neighboring province will be able to recover sooner will also be good for Southern Leyte, as the economy of the island has been inter-related, Sen. Villar also said.

Both speakers noted that the province was blessed as it was spared by the wrath and fury of the storm.

DILG Director Noval went on to report that the province had passed the Seal of Good Housekeeping last year, even as he prodded its officials to “work harder to get the seal of good governance, which is an upgrade on the seal of good housekeeping,” and enjoy the monetary reward that goes along with the citation.

For her part, Sen. Villar also reported how she and her husband helped the Yolanda victims by giving roofing materials so they can build immediate shelters.

In an “ambush interview” after the anniversary dinner, Villar said she is working closely with Gov. Mercado for Tesda scholarship for 150 qualified students.

Cong. Damian Mercado earlier introduced Villar as the day’s second guest speaker.  (mmp, PIA8-Southern Leyte)


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2nd July 2014
Pass the People's FOI Bill now!
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on July 2, 2014, 10:03 pm

Pooled Editorial:

For Publication on Monday, June 30, 2014

Pass the People's FOI Bill now!

IN EXACTLY 24 months, the Aquino Administration that came to power on a "Social Contract with the Filipino People" will come to a close.   Its trademark shibboleth: “Kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap.” Its path to governance: Daang Matuwid.

Today, we hear less and less of official statements peppered with the same prose now. And yet, as the Aquino administration enters its twilight years, the Filipino people's disaffection with unabated corruption in high places and jobless growth continues to rise.


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25th June 2014
Resiliency comes from within -- Sec. Acosta
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on June 25, 2014, 7:23 am

By Marcelo M. Pedalino

SOGOD, Southern Leyte, June 24 (PIA)  --  Presidential Adviser on Environmental Protection Secretary Neric Acosta emphasized the need to empower individuals and communities so they can recover fast in the aftermath of any natural disaster.

“Being resilient is inherent in the individual, and the surrounding community where they live.  The sooner they can stand back on their feet, the better,” Acosta said during a press conference here Thursday following a symposium on Post-Yolanda Eastern Visayas dubbed “Tindog Visays, Tanum Para sa Paglaum” (Stand Up Visayas, Plant for Hope).

Acosta, who is also the General Manager of Laguna Lake Development Authority LLDA), took a swipe at some sectors that has the tendency for indefinite reliance on government aid and relief goods, even as in the same breath they also scored the government for not heeding on their so-called “emergency” demands.

The main goal is “to help communities help themselves with greater skills, applicable knowledge, and where possible, technologies and facilities to enhance preparedness and resiliency.”

He cited the adoption of transitional shelters in four Leyte towns of Tabon-tabon, Julieta, Lapaz, and Dulag, wherein each cluster is composed of ten homes made of coco lumber and bamboo, and people in these clusters will soon be on their own as the initiative will then move on to other places.

The “Tindog Visayas . . . “ spearheaded by his office “goes beyond temporary, band-aid solutions.”

“What the Visayas needs is resiliency management which is more than just helping rebuild communities, but more importantly, make them adequately prepared for severe climate change impacts and extreme weather events,” Acosta also said.

During the symposium, Sogod Mayor Imelda Tan, wife of Vice-Governor Sheffered Tan, said the objective was to provide a forum to account on the current situation, what has been done thus far, and discuss the challenges ahead, and seek ways to respond with those challenges.

Dr. Eva Abad, Provincial Environment Natural Resources Management Officer (PENRMO), welcome the participants, mostly college and high school students, and barangay officials, in behalf of Gov. Roger Mercado, who institutionalized tree-planting every 8th of the month to honor the lives that perished during Yolanda.  (mmp, PIA8-Southern Leyte)


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PLAN International inspires organized groups in So. Leyte
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on June 25, 2014, 6:51 am

By Marcelo M. Pedalino

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, June 22 (PIA) --  A global non-government organization (NGO) in the province has managed to mobilize groups of people into forming self-reliant communities that  cater their own welfare and interests.

PLAN International, whose 5-town coverage includes the four towns in Panaon Island of Liloan, San Francisco, Pintuyan, San Ricardo, and Libagon, inspired the creation of more than a dozen Barangay Water Sewarage Associations (BAWASA) and money savings groups, said Jennefer “Toots” de la Cruz, PLAN Unit Manager in the province.

These groups developed over time in response to a specific need, in addition to the community-centered initiatives of PLAN that focused on the general welfare of their 4,000-strong sponsored children in the covered communities, de la Cruz said in a recent cable TV program Action Center Kapihan sa PIA.

“The continued presence of these groups will serve as our legacy as PLAN is now phasing out in the province effective June, 2016,” de la Cruz said, adding that they will be assigned somewhere in Mindanao for their new assignment but no more details just yet for now.

Leah Payud, PLAN area Supervisor, said that aside from leaving behind organized groups, they are glad to note that since 1998 when PLAN was established in the province the NGO has touched a number of lives, and was even a key factor in integrating good virtues and values in their sponsored children.

She cited a number of grown-up kids that used to be under the care of PLAN who are now young professionals, and these young adults had vowed to keep up what they had learned from PLAN, like nurturing of children, sharing with them inputs on basic privileges and rights as children, including the need for protection and education.

In the next two years that they are still here in the province, PLAN continues its usual round of programs and projects aimed for the benefit children and the communities where they lived, de la Cruz said.

Two infrastructure projects are on the pipeline, one was a Day Care Center in Pintuyan, and another a classroom for the new Libagon National High School, de la Cruz also said.  (mmp, PIA8-Southern Leyte)


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