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Cortes: Temporary shelter for fire victims will be up before 2022 ends

MANDAUE CITY, Philippines — Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes told victims of the massive fire that struck Sitio Paradise in Barangay Looc here that their temporary shelter will be ready before the year ends. Cortes announced this on Wednesday, November 30, during the distribution of the victims’ financial assistance through the Assistance for Individuals in […] The post Cortes: Temporary shelter for fire victims will be up before 2022 ends appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerNov 30th, 2022

Mambaling fire victims to temporarily take shelter in Mambaling National High School School

(UPDATED) CEBU CITY, Philippines — The 180 families displaced by a fire that hit Sitio Tugas in Barangay Mambaling on Tuesday night, November 1, 2022, have been transferred to the Mambaling National High School. Personnel from the Cebu City Department of Social Welfare and Services (DSWS), facilitated the transfer of the fire victims on November […] The post Mambaling fire victims to temporarily take shelter in Mambaling National High School School appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2022

South Korea’s Halloween crowd surge: What we know

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea is investigating the exact cause of a deadly crowd surge that killed 154 people at a Halloween event, as public outrage grows over perceived policing and crowd control failures. A man offers a flower at a joint memorial altar for victims of the deadly Halloween crowd surge, in Naksopyeong, near the district of Itaewon in Seoul on October 31, 2022. ANTHONY WALLACE / AFP What went wrong and why did so many people die at the first post-pandemic Halloween party in Seoul’s popular Itaewon nightlife district? Here is what we know: What’s going on? The government promised a “thorough and transparent investigation” into the exact causes of the deadly crush in Itaewon, and police said Monday they had launched a task force and started the probe. They’ve deployed forensic experts, seized footage from 50 security cameras in the area, and interviewed scores of witnesses, victims, and workers at nearby stores, according to a senior police officer. How did it happen? Typically, a gathering of over 1,000 people has to submit “safety management plans” to the government in advance for review by police and fire departments. But in the case of the Itaewon Halloween festivities, there is no designated event organiser — individual bars, clubs and restaurants simply hold their own events and people flock to the area. Just weeks before, a “Global Village Festival” was safely staged in the exact same streets — but it was an organised event sponsored by local authorities. As a result, it had “effective crowd control with many police officers and district office staff in charge”, said Kim Min-kyu, who runs a currency exchange shop near the site of the accident and saw both events. Police have admitted to lapses in their real-time management of the event. “Police officers on the scene didn’t detect a sudden surge in the crowd,” Hong Ki-hyun, chief of the National Police Agency’s Public Order Management Bureau, told local reporters. Why was it so bad? Experts say the crowd crush could have been prevented with proper preparation, But they admit things have gotten more difficult after years of pandemic-related lockdowns. “Everywhere in the world event organisers are struggling with the post-Covid crowd,” said Eric Kant, a crowd safety specialist who runs the Phase01 Crowd Management. “A lot of visitors are new with partying, they are indeed very excited, and maybe do not understand risks very much,” he added. Key risk factors for crowd surges are “unrestricted entry” of people into a small space, and “no ticket sales” which means organisers have no exact estimate of demand, experts say — all of which happened at Itaewon. “This is a recipe for disaster in mass gatherings,” crowd safety expert Milad Haghani of the University of New South Wales told AFP. Even for the Halloween event — a public gathering with no tickets — authorities could have been actively managing the situation to prevent overcrowding. “On the day, this would mean monitoring the numbers, at the very least,” said John Drury, an expert on crowd psychology at the University of Sussex. “It would also mean a public information campaign beforehand to discourage such large numbers attending.” He warned that psychology studies show people actually seek out “objectively dangerous levels of density” at events, and organisers need to be aware of this risk. Who is to blame? So far, no one has been held accountable, even as public anger flares at the government and police for their apparent lack of oversight. Top-ranking officials have brushed off questions about taking responsibility, saying the priority is currently on helping the victims and dealing with the aftermath of the accident. Much local criticism has focused on the police — but experts say they are not necessarily at fault. “We should remember that the primary role of the police is generally not crowd management,” said Martyn Amos, a professor at Northumbria University who works on crowd simulation. “It’s possible to manage an event largely using stewards, with the police there to ensure public order and to deal with criminal activity,” he told AFP. What happens next? The government is under immense pressure to resolve this quickly — and properly. The opposition Democratic Party has already slammed the government’s handling of the event, and will likely push for resignations once the national mourning period ends on November 5. The Itaewon crush could deal another blow to President Yoon Suk-yeol’s popularity ratings — already at record lows. There is also a possibility that the disaster, if mishandled, could become a major political liability for the government. In 2014 then president Park Geun-hye was in power during the sinking of the Sewol ferry in which 304 people — mostly school children — died. She was widely criticised for her handling of the incident. The issue lingered over her presidency until she was impeached three years later over a corruption scandal......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 31st, 2022

Temporary housing units for Looc fire victims almost complete

MANDAUE CITY, Philippines — A few units of the temporary housing project of the Mandaue City Government for the victims of the massive fire in Sitio Paradise, Barangay Looc, are almost complete. The construction of the housing project that is located near the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) is ongoing but a few units were […] The post Temporary housing units for Looc fire victims almost complete appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 17th, 2023

Looc brgy chief to 2,000 Paradise fire victims: Leave school, wait for city’s temporary housing

MANDAUE CITY, Philippines — The over 2,000 victims of the Sitio Paradise fire have started to leave the Ceasar Cabahug Elementary School where they were temporarily staying for nearly a month or since Nov. 27. Looc Barangay Captain Allan Siazon said that the victims of the Nov. 23 fire were given until Dec. 31 to […] The post Looc brgy chief to 2,000 Paradise fire victims: Leave school, wait for city’s temporary housing appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 26th, 2022

Lapu-Lapu Mayor donates P1M for Mandaue fire victims

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines — Lapu-Lapu City or Lapu-Lapu Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan turned over on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022, a cheque worth P1 million to Mandaue City Vice Mayor Glenn Bercede. Chan donated the amount to the city government of Mandaue for the fire victims at Sitio Paradise in Barangay Looc. The fire that hit […] The post Lapu-Lapu Mayor donates P1M for Mandaue fire victims appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2022

Chan donates 1-month salary, goods to Mandaue fire victims

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines — Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan has donated his one-month salary to the fire victims of Sitio Paradise, Barangay Looc in Mandaue City. The cheque for the mayor’s salary amounted to P188,726. Aside from his one-month salary, Chan also turned over to Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes 1,000 pcs. relief packs […] The post Chan donates 1-month salary, goods to Mandaue fire victims appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2022

Cortes to let fire victims return, rebuild their homes

MANDAUE CITY, Philippines — Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes has promised the fire victims in Sitio Paradise, Barangay Looc that they can return and build their houses in the area. Cortes made this promise during his visit on Wednesday morning, November 23, to the two evacuation sites where the fire victims were temporarily sheltered. Cortes […] The post Cortes to let fire victims return, rebuild their homes appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2022

Mayor Cortes to Subangdaku fire victims: Financial aid to be given soon

MANDAUE CITY, Philippines — Victims of the recent fire in Barangay Subangdaku here can expect financial assistance from the city government soon. Mayor Jonas Cortes on Monday, August 1, said that the city had already assessed the families, and the list had already been endorsed to the Sangguniang Panlungsod for the needed budget for the […] The post Mayor Cortes to Subangdaku fire victims: Financial aid to be given soon appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2022

Subangdaku fire razes 13 houses

CEBU CITY, Philippines —  A total of 13 houses were totally burned after a fire hit a residential area along H. Cortes Street in Barangay Subangdaku, Mandaue City at noontime on Saturday, July 30, 2022. Fire Officer (FO1) Cyrus Albert Ytang of the Mandaue City Fire Office, said that they are yet to collate the […] The post Subangdaku fire razes 13 houses appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 30th, 2022

Mandani Bay extends help to Mandaue City

Committed to providing help for its partner communities, Mandani Bay developer HTLand has extended assistance to the victims of the recent fire that broke out in Barangay Looc, Mandaue City. HTLand Project Director Gilbert Ang handed over the PhP200,000 financial aid to Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes at the Mandaue City Hall. “Mandani Bay is […] The post Mandani Bay extends help to Mandaue City appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 4th, 2021

Looc fire victims get cash aid from Mandaue City gov’t

MANDAUE CITY, Philippines- Victims of the fire that hit sitio Superior, Barangay Looc here last December 6, 2020, received financial assistance from the city government on Monday, December 28, 2020. Mayor Jonas Cortes led the distribution of financial assistance to families that were displaced by the fire. The families, whose homes were totally damaged, received […] The post Looc fire victims get cash aid from Mandaue City gov’t appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 28th, 2020

Go leads turnover of housing units to Bataan fire victims

Sen. Bong Go joined a team from the National Housing Authority during the turnover of housing units to fire victims at 1Bataan Village Phase 1 in Barangay Daang Pare in Orion, Bataan on Thursday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 4th, 2023

Chan to victims of Ibo fire: You can rebuild your houses in the area

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines — Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan assures fire victims from Sitio Commonwealth in Barangay Ibo that they can still build again their houses in the area. Chan made the assurance since the lot was owned by the Mactan Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA). The mayor said that this was not the […] The post Chan to victims of Ibo fire: You can rebuild your houses in the area appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2023

Donations needed for Ibo fire victims: No worn-out clothes please

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu — Victims of the fire that broke out in a coastal community in Barangay Ibo in Lapu-Lapu City are in need of help. But, Nagiel Bañacia, head of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO), is asking potential donors not to give worn-out clothing to the fire victims. “Mga tawo […] The post Donations needed for Ibo fire victims: No worn-out clothes please appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 17th, 2023

Celeste Cortesi ends Miss Universe 2022 journey early, fails to make Top 16

Philippines’ bet Celeste Cortesi has failed to advance to the Top 16 of the Miss Universe 2022 pageant in New Orleans, Louisiana in the U.S. on Saturday, Jan. 14 (morning of Jan. 15 in the Philippines). Below is the list of candidates who advanced to the Top 16: Puerto Rico, Ashley Cariño Haiti, Mideline Phelizor […] The post Celeste Cortesi ends Miss Universe 2022 journey early, fails to make Top 16 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 15th, 2023

Celeste Cortesi ends Miss Universe 2022 journey

Philippine bet Celeste Cortesi ended her journey earlier than expected as she failed to enter the Top 16 of the 71st Miss Universe held in New Orleans earlier today. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 15th, 2023

Fire hits laundry shop in Cebu City

CEBU CITY, Philippines — A fire broke out in a laundry shop in Barangay Capitol Site on Thursday dawn, January 5, 2022.  Senior Fire Officer (SFO3) Wendell Villanueva, information officer of the Cebu City Fire Station, said that the laundry shop, located along the Don Mariano Cui Street, was totally burned while a neighboring establishment […] The post Fire hits laundry shop in Cebu City appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 5th, 2023

'NoGoldenEra | Rights victims meet hurdles in Ombudsman Office

In the Philippines, victims of rights violations face dead ends as they turn to the Office of the Ombudsman for justice and redress. The post #NoGoldenEra | Rights victims meet hurdles in Ombudsman Office appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsJan 4th, 2023

Looc fire victims complain of flooded tents in Norkis Park

MANDAUE CITY, Philippines — Victims of the fire in Sitio Paradise, Barangay Looc, Mandaue City were already transferred to the Norkis Park, the city’s former isolation unit that is also located in Barangay Looc. They were previously staying at the Ceasar Cabahug Elementary School but were asked to move because the Department of Education wants […] The post Looc fire victims complain of flooded tents in Norkis Park appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2023

Agriculture ends tough 2022 with renewed hopes

Challenging. Crisis. Controversial. This was how some agricultural stakeholders described how the sector fared in 2022......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 31st, 2022