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PBBM doles out P265M to LGUs affected by floods, landslides

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 8 February)—President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. led on Wednesday the turnover of P265 million in cash assistance to 12 local government units (LGUs) to aid them in recovering from the effects of the heavy rains and landslides brought about by the shear line and the low pressure area the past days. The […].....»»

Category: newsSource: mindanews mindanewsFeb 12th, 2024

PBBM releases P265M for flood, landslide victims

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. has ordered the release of around P265 million to augment the relief assistance for the families affected by the recent flooding and landslides in Mindanao......»»

Category: newsSource:  sunstarRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2024

Mati City, 10 municipalities in Davao Oriental suspend classes, work

Following the impact of a Low-Pressure Area (LPA) affecting Northern and Southern Mindanao, local government units (LGUs) in Davao Oriental have collectively suspended classes and government and private offices. The City of Mati and 10 municipalities, including Baganga, Governor Generoso, Cateel, and others, have issued Executive Orders in line with Presidential Executive Order No. 66, series of 2012. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) has forecasted moderate to heavy rains in Davao Oriental due to the Northeast Monsoon (Amihan) and LPA, posing a risk of landslides and flash floods. The Provincial Local Government Unit of Davao Oriental and Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Councils have reported landslides in Lupon and Cateel, with ongoing clearing operations. The Bureau of Fire Protection and other government agencies have rescued families affected by flash floods in Cateel and Caraga. Franz Irag from the Office of Civil Defense-Davao Region confirmed that around 200 individuals or close to 500 families in Davao Region have been displaced and are now in evacuation centers. Additionally, five LGUs in the province of Davao de Oro have also declared the suspension of classes and work in both public and private offices......»»

Category: newsSource:  sunstarRelated NewsJan 30th, 2024

Operation Listo in place for typhoon Goring – DILG

Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Benhur Abalos on Sunday urged local chief executives in the Cagayan Valley Region and in other affected regions to be on their toes and carry out the necessary critical preparedness actions in accordance with the Department’s Operation Listo disaster preparedness manual, as Tropical Cyclone “Goring” is projected to become a super typhoon. Abalos at the same time, have already directed their office in Region 2 to activate the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and Disaster Online Reporting and Monitoring System (DORMS) starting August 25 to ensure the adherence of local government units (LGUs) within their jurisdiction to Operation L!STO Disaster protocols. In a memorandum to concerned LGUs, the DILG urged them to convene their local disaster risk reduction and management councils (DRRMCs), conduct pre-disaster risk assessment for floods and other hazards, activate their barangay DRRMCs for early warning and monitoring of landslide zones, and assess the structural integrity of evacuation areas. “The safety of our people is primordial. Hence, affected LGUs must implement preemptive evacuation when necessary, prioritize the health and safety of all response personnel and evacuees, and preposition supplies and equipment,” Abalos said. LGUs were also reminded to continuously inform and advise affected communities of situation updates and intensify the use of social media platforms for public information, among others. Based on the latest weather advisory, “Goring”, which was estimated at 195 kilometers east of Calayan, Cagayan, will further enhance the Southwest Monsoon affecting Central and Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Heavy to intense rains are expected in Cagayan, Isabela, and Aurora. Moderate to heavy with at times intense rains are also expected in Batanes, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Kalinga, Quirino, and Apayao. Meanwhile, the DILG urged concerned LGUs to monitor and undertake necessary critical preparedness actions in 1,481 barangays from Cordillera Administrative Region, Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Western Visayas, and Zamboanga Peninsula which were identified by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau to have high to very high susceptibility to floods and rain-induced landslides. The post Operation Listo in place for typhoon Goring – DILG appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 27th, 2023

PBBM: Forget farm imports

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is making sure the calamity that struck Northern Luzon as a result of typhoon “Egay,” which primarily devastated vegetable farms, will not be taken advantage of as he barred imports. The President declared on Saturday the country “would not import vegetables” despite many agricultural areas having been affected by the recent onslaught of storms. “That will not become a policy. We will not import any agricultural product unless we see that the supply is so low that the prices will become out of reach of ordinary consumers,” Marcos said, after receiving reports of many vegetable farms in Benguet having been affected by “Egay.” Marcos led the situational briefing with different agencies and local officials in Abra, which has been placed under a state of calamity along with the Mountain Province.   No repeat of past In the aftermath of past typhoons, prices of agricultural products spiked, which, in turn, was used by unscrupulous traders to push the Department of Agriculture to allow importations. Later, it turned out that in several cases, such as with the recent onion shortage, the market was manipulated by cartels in the sector. Marcos, who is concurrent secretary of the Department of Agriculture, said the government will review the local vegetable supply to determine remedial measures to stabilize prices. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported that “Egay” caused P833.88 million worth of agricultural damage. NDRRMC said some 76,093 fisherfolk and farmers were reeling from the impact of the typhoon as well as the ongoing effects of the southwest monsoon or habagat. The agricultural production loss in volume due to “Egay” was placed at 103,958 metric tons, affecting over 91,651.56 hectares of crop area. A state of calamity was declared over the Ilocos provinces, Cavite, Sanchez Mira in Cagayan and Sablayan in Occidental Mindoro due to the destruction from the tropical cyclone. The declaration put in effect an automatic price freeze on basic commodities. The government said it has distributed P39.69 million worth of assistance in the form of family food packs, financial aid, blankets and others. Marcos led the distribution of various assistance to the affected farmers and fishers such as seeds, medicines, and biologics for livestock and poultry and fingerlings. The President ordered the DA to prepare the department’s Survival and Recovery Loan Program and the quick response fund to promptly assist the typhoon victims. He said the government will also provide building materials to affected families. Agencies and local governments were ordered to prioritize the provision of assistance to families affected by “Egay,” as he assured that the government will immediately follow through with recovery and rehabilitation efforts.   Rice gets priority During the distribution of government assistance in Abra province, the President directed the government to find rice suppliers “so that the National Food Authority could provide all the emergency support.” “Again, rice for me is the most important,” he said, adding that more assistance and food packages were on the way. Marcos directed the government to find rice suppliers “so that the National Food Authority could provide all the emergency support.” The President noted that the authorities were only waiting for the areas to be cleared of the aftermath of the typhoon, including landslides and floods. “It will be followed through with recovery and rehabilitation efforts and then rebuilding initiatives. That is why we are looking as to how big was the damage and how many houses were destroyed so we can provide them building materials so they can rise again and go back,” Marcos said. He said the government will also prioritize the restoration of the power supply in the typhoon-hit areas in the Ilocos Region and Cordillera Administrative Region. Although the government wants to restore power quickly, Marcos said the “huge number of toppled poles and power lines will make immediate electricity restoration difficult.” “That is why it is going to take a little time. So, of course, we are going to do it as quickly as possible but that can’t be rushed. It needs to be restored, if not the substations will be destroyed,” he added. The post PBBM: Forget farm imports appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 29th, 2023

How disaster-resilient are we?

News stories with accompanying photographs again flood the usual outlets of radio, television, print, and now, even social media, showing school children busy with their lessons while gathered under the shade of towering trees, tents, gymnasiums or basketball courts, crowded corridors of government buildings, even chapels. In previous seasons, the students were displaced from their schools by earthquakes or typhoons. Today, they are refugees fleeing from the lava flow and deadly fumes from a volcano, acting up with signs of worsening disaster ahead. Their schoolrooms have been taken over by entire communities whose residents have left their homes along the fringes of Mayon, the country’s most active volcano, because there is nowhere else to park their hastily-packed belongings and no space to sleep, eat and get on with their lives. President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who visited the evacuation sites in Albay province, agreed with local officials that the situation could last longer than expected or at least three months before they could return to their homes. A news report said more than 17,000 students in five Albay towns were affected by the transfer, and more evacuees were distributed to about 20 emergency shelters. “We have to find ways to ensure the learning continuity,” a teacher told a news reporter, adding that learning modules used at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic were again being used. Still, one problem was tracking down the dispersed students. Because of its geography, the Philippines is one of the world’s most vulnerable countries, hosting natural hazards like typhoons (20 to 21 hitting the country a year), floods, earthquakes, storm surges, landslides and volcanic eruptions. There are 24 active volcanoes in the Philippines and more than 1,500 on Earth, which are in Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Ecuador, Italy, El Salvador and Kenya, are at higher risk of volcanic eruptions. As of 15 June 2023, 24 active volcanos have been recorded as erupting worldwide. Considering the statistics in the Philippines, how disaster-resilient are we? Local government units or LGUs on the frontline of building resilient communities want financial aid and technical skills in dealing with disaster risk reduction and resilience-building measures. Several Internet apps on early warning systems can enable local officials to develop real-time analyses and adopt swift solutions as part of disaster preparedness and mitigation efforts. The LGUs’ crucial role in this effort should cascade to their respective communities through early warning systems. Also, due recognition should be given to their powers, authority, and corresponding responsibilities to lessen the adverse effects of calamities descending on their shoes, especially in places with no previous history of disasters. But then again, the question of financial capability comes into play because no local governments are equal in the budget, with bigger LGUs getting a bigger slice of the pie from local revenues than the smaller ones. Observers have cited areas of concern: insufficient data and contingency funds of LGUs, lack of adequate disaster risk reduction skills among political leaders, and not enough planning and contingency measures on the part of school authorities on how to deal with problems arising from the use of their grounds and facilities as evacuation sites. The Philippines, however, is not alone in this regard. In the highly-developed United States, for example, it has been observed that not all state officials “have a game plan for local emergency management that encompasses pre-disaster resilience and long-term rebuilding and recovery. Most solely have a short-term emergency response strategy.” Still, it is never too late to catch up, even if this will require spending more on preventive measures like investing in equipment warning residents of impending disasters, anticipating the problems of evacuees by building safer and more permanent shelters instead of displacing school children from their classrooms, extending safety zones and relocating homes away from risk areas, and planning recovery steps once the disaster blows over. We can no longer afford to sit back and wait for the point of no return, acting only when calamity strikes. Being prepared can save thousands of lives, homes and livelihoods. The post How disaster-resilient are we? appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 18th, 2023

‘Prepare, coordinate, cooperate, save lives’ — Go tells frontline agencies

Senator Christopher ”Bong” Go, on Friday, 26 May, emphasized the importance of government preparedness and citizen awareness as Super Typhoon Betty entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility. With the potential for heavy rainfall and flooding, Go, during an ambush interview after attending the groundbreaking for the Super Health Center in Libertad, Misamis Oriental, called on the national government to coordinate with local government units to ensure the safety and well-being of affected communities.. “Nakikiusap po ako sa national government, sa DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development), preposition of goods kaagad at coordination with LGUs,” he added. Go stressed the significance of effective coordination with LGUs, saying, “Napakaimportante po ng coordination with LGUs dahil sila po ang nakakaalam kung saan dapat ilikas, saan 'yung safe na lugar, saan dapat 'yung evacuation center.” He also emphasized the need for the national government to be on top of the situation to guide citizens needing assistance. The senator also urged citizens not to be complacent and to adhere to government advisories. “Sa ngayon pa lang, huwag tayong magpakakumpiyansa. Habang papasok pa lang, may panahon po tayo na mag-prepare,” said Go. “Sumunod tayo sa paalala ng gobyerno. Sundin natin kung kailangan na lumikas. Umalis na sa mababang lugar, 'yung mga prone sa flooding dahil delikado 'yan,” he urged. The senator urged citizens to stay informed through reliable information sources and to heed the guidance of local officials and authorities.  Go also stressed the necessity of LGUs having ready relief supplies, search and rescue teams, and appropriate equipment, including personnel trained in emergency response. The typhoon’s passing may result in significant rainfall, potentially causing flash floods and landslides, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration. The projected path of the storm indicates that it will be approximately 250 kilometers away from Batanes and the Babuyan Islands within the weekend. During the interview, Go also took the opportunity to push for his advocacy for the establishment of a Department of Disaster Resilience.  “Yun po ang aking pinapangarap at hindi po ako titigil na isulong po ito. Sana po ay maging batas ito someday, itong Department of Disaster Resilience,” he said. Go emphasized the necessity of more proactive measures when dealing with natural calamities, reiterating his long-standing appeal for the establishment of the DDR through his proposed Senate Bill No. 188, a cabinet-level department dedicated to disaster response and mitigation efforts. “Hindi 'yung panay task force, task force ng pangalan ng typhoon. Eh ang problema n'yan kapag bagong administrasyon, mawawala na naman po ang task force. Kaya dapat Cabinet level para tuluy-tuloy po ang rehabilitasyon at makabalik sa normal ang apektadong mga komunidad,” concluded Go. The post ‘Prepare, coordinate, cooperate, save lives’ — Go tells frontline agencies appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 27th, 2023

Media reports on week of disasters and climate issues

FLOODS, LANDSLIDES, a forest fire, drought - news this month presented a rather frightful state of the country.The climate crisis affects the Philippines quite severely given its location on the western rim of the Pacific Ocean. The country's ranking among the worst affected by extreme weather conditions has been directly experienced by Filipinos. Media included this necessary context in the continuous reporting.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsFeb 20th, 2024

INTERACTIVE MAP | Davao flood updates, low pressure area, February 1, 2024

We’re monitoring the progress of roads, floods, bridges, and landslides around the areas affected by this week’s low pressure area. To toggle the map, use two fingers to move around and pinch to zoom in or out. Each clickable element leads to a link to vetted sources of information on floods, roads, bridges, and landslides […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsFeb 4th, 2024

Rainfall in southern Philippines kills 16

Sixteen people were killed and more than 670,000 people affected after heavy rainfall in the southern Philippines caused at least 173 floods and 78 landslides, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported on Monday.Source: CGTN.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2024

Rainfall in southern Philippines kills 16

Sixteen people were killed and more than 670,000 people affected after heavy rainfall in the southern Philippines caused at least 173 floods and 78 landslides, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported on Monday.Source: CGTN.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2024

200,000 persons affected by floods, landslide in Davao Region

Almost 200,000 people all across Davao Region have been affected by floods and landslides brought by heavy rain since Tuesday, January 16......»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsJan 19th, 2024

Davao floods, landslides: Affected families climb to 44,888

The number of families affected by floods and landslides in Davao due to heavy rainfall spawned by the shear line has ballooned to 44,888......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 19th, 2024

DSWD Central Visayas field office aids families affected by floods, tension cracks

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), through its Field Office-7 (Central Visayas), continues to coordinate with concerned local government units (LGUs) in the region for the monitoring and provision of appropriate interventions to families affected by flooding incidents and other emergencies that occurred in the last quarter of 2023. On the flooding incidents […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJan 14th, 2024

OCD warns of landslide, flood risks due to easterlies

The Office of the Civil Defense-Davao Region (OCD-Davao) has issued a warning about potential landslide and flood risks due to the easterly weather system. Franz Irag, operations officer of OCD-Davao, emphasized the continuous rains brought by the easterlies could lead to flash floods and landslides in the Davao Region. He urged residents, especially those in flood-prone areas and near landslide-prone slopes, to be vigilant and coordinate with the local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) offices. The office is closely monitoring and coordinating with local authorities for preemptive evacuation if necessary. Additionally, the municipalities of Manay and Caraga, Davao Oriental, heavily affected by Tropical Cyclone Kabayan, are being closely monitored. The OCD-Davao is continuing to assist the Department of Social Welfare and Development-Davao Region (DSWD-Davao) and will release rice packs to affected residents. As of January 3, no evacuees remain in evacuation centers. The warning comes after a landslide in Maragusan, Davao de Oro, and another in Mati City along the national road. Immediate precautions and coordination with local authorities are advised to ensure the safety of residents in the region......»»

Category: newsSource:  sunstarRelated NewsJan 4th, 2024

Visayas floods, landslides: 180,788 families affected

The number of families affected by flooding and landslides in the Visayas due to continuous heavy rainfall spawned by the shear line and the trough of a low-pressure area has ballooned to 180,788 or 721,627 people......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 24th, 2023

PAGASA warns of ‘significant’ rain from shear line in parts of Philippines

Areas affected by the shear line must stay on alert for floods and landslides in the next three days, says PAGASA on Thursday, November 16.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 16th, 2023

Rice retailers welcome PBBM’s latest EO on passing-through fees

The Grain Retailers Confederation of the Philippines on Friday welcomed President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.'s Executive Order No. 41 suspending the “pass-through fees” collected by most of the local government units around the country. GRECON spokesperson Orly Manuntag told the Daily Tribune that it would be "a big help" to the agriculture sector who deliver their fresh harvest to Metro Manila. "Napalaking tulong po ito para sa agri sector. Ang pagkaka-lift na ito ay makakagaan sa kabuhayan ng lahat," Manuntag said, noting that it will lower the cost of agriculture products including rice products. He said the President's order would also help the farmers and the retailers lower the price of their harvest particularly next month which is the "peak harvest period." He added that recent and continued oil price hikes have affected the agri-sector which uses petroleum products for their tractors, driers, and in transporting their harvests. The suspension of "passing through fees", Manuntag stressed, will cut the high cost of transporting agri-products as most of the LGUs have local ordinances relating to these. Citing Manila LGU alone, Manuntag said retailers of agri-products are paying as high as P500 per truck or P2,000 to P3,000 a month for passing the locality. Manuntag, who is also the co-founder of the Philippine Rice Industry Stakeholders Movement (PRISM) and CEO of Goldmine Farm-to-Market Franchise, said the price cap imposed on regular and well-milled rice will also be augmented by the harvest of rice this peak season. "Kahit i-extend nila (price cap at P41/kilo and P45/kilo) ng two weeks, wala nang effect, kasi marami ng harvest," Manuntag explained. He, however, suggested that the financial assistance earlier given to rice retailers should instead be repeated to help the rice sellers a chance to recover their losses because of the price cap. "Sana may kasunod pa ang financial assistance to help the retailers. The price cap extension on the other hand should only be extended in two weeks or not at all because we will be harvesting this peak period na," he added. The post Rice retailers welcome PBBM’s latest EO on passing-through fees appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 29th, 2023

LPA unlikely to turn into TD, expect thunderstorms for the next 3 days

The state weather bureau said the trough or extension of a low-pressure area inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility is unlikely to develop into a tropical depression, but it is expected to bring scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over the parts of the country in the next three days. In its latest weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration, said that most parts of the country, including Metro Manila will only experience isolated rain showers and thunderstorms. PAGASA weather specialist Grace Castañeda said there’s no other weather disturbance that has been monitored within the PAR. "We could expect better weather conditions in the coming days as we have not monitored any weather disturbance except the LPA which has a slim chance to develop into a storm," Castañeda said. However, any changes will be closely monitored, she added. The trough of LPA will be affecting the eastern portions of Central Luzon and Southern Luzon. While, scattered rain showers and thunderstorms will prevail over the Bicol, Aurora, and Quezon. Similar conditions will persist mainly in the western portions of Southern Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao, but caused by the southwest monsoon, locally known as “habagat” In particular, over Metro Manila, Mimaropa, the rest of Central Luzon, the rest of Calabarzon, La Union, Pangasinan, Benguet, Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Soccsksargen. The LPA was last tracked over 610 kilometers east of Itbayat, Batanes, as of early Wednesday. Meanwhile, PAGASA warned that moderate to heavy at times brought about by the LPA’s trough and the southwest monsoon may cause flash floods and landslides in affected areas. The rest of the Philippines will only have isolated rain showers or thunderstorms. The post LPA unlikely to turn into TD, expect thunderstorms for the next 3 days appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 13th, 2023

Gov’t ready to respond to typhoon-hit communities — PBBM

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. over the weekend assured the public of the government's preparedness to respond to communities that Typhoon "Goring" would hit. In a statement posted on his official Twitter account, Marcos said the government is monitoring the typhoon-stricken areas, particularly those situated in Northern Luzon. "Our government is focused on the situation in Northern Luzon which is once again experiencing heavy rain and wind brought by Typhoon #GoringPH," Marcos said. "More than 10,000 DSWD food packs have been prepositioned in the affected areas in the north and our disaster and response units are also on standby if evacuation and rescue operations are required," he added. Marcos said the government would ensure a sufficient supply of food and other non-food items until the typhoon exits the country. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Sunday issued a yellow warning for Cagayan and Isabela province on its 5:00 a.m. bulletin due to Super Typhoon Goring. This alert indicates the potential for flooding and landslides in regions susceptible to such events. The state weather bureau monitored the core of Super Typhoon Goring's eye near the coastal waters of Palanan, Isabela as of 4 a.m. Sunday. The typhoon possesses maximum sustained winds of 185 kilometers per hour (kph) around its core, accompanied by gusts reaching 230 kph. PAGASA noted the super typhoon to be gradually drifting in a south-southwest direction and could unleash potent typhoon-strength winds extending up to 260 kph from its core. The post Gov’t ready to respond to typhoon-hit communities — PBBM appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 27th, 2023

Super Typhoon Goring maintains strength, enhances southwest monsoon

PAGASA reminds areas affected by Super Typhoon Goring (Saola) and the enhanced southwest monsoon to be on alert for floods and landslides.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 27th, 2023