CBCP Pastoral Letter for the 2021 Year of Missio Ad Gentes: Becoming Jesus’ Missionary Disciples

Dearly Beloved People of God, The Philippine Church rejoices as it enters a national celebration of the 500 Years of Christianity in our treasured homeland.  Five centuries ago we received the marvelous gift of the Christian faith; our hearts overflow with joy and gratitude.  Why of all the nations and peoples in Asia was the […].....»»

Source: Mindanews MindanewsCategory: NewsNov 30th, 2020Related News

Flooding in Pampanga feared to worsen as river swells after Ulysses

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO–The Pampanga River, which drains 30 river systems in Central Luzon, has swelled on the heels of intense rains by Typhoon Ulysses, causing some parts to overflow, data from the Pampanga River Flood Forecasting and Monitoring Center showed. Even as rains stopped on Friday (Nov. 13), the amount of excess water reached […] The post Flooding in Pampanga feared to worsen as river swells after Ulysses appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsNov 14th, 2020Related News

NDRRMC says typhoon response adequate

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said Thursday that it has not been negligent in issuing timely and adequate warnings and advisories related to the strength of typhoon “Ulysses” even if many residents in Metro Manila and nearby provinces seemed to be caught by surprise with the sudden flooding in their areas. (MANILA BULLETIN) Requests from people asking to be rescued from the roof or second floors of their houses, specifically in Marikina City, Pasig City, and Rizal, due to the overflow of the Marikina River have flooded social media and the NDRRMC Operations Center, according to Assistant Secretary Casiano Monilla, Office of Civil Defense deputy director for operations. “Patuloy ang paglilikas natin but since yesterday or even the other day, inililikas na ang ating mga kababayan especially doon sa traditionally naaapektuhan ng bagyo. We were not caught flat-footed dito sa event na ito. Kung minsan lang kasi, kapag nag-ikot ang local officials ay hindi kaagad sumusunod ang mga kababayan. Mas nagrerely tayo kung ano ang ating nararamdaman, kung ano ang prevailing na situation na nararamdaman other than the advise na binibigay ng PAGASA,” he said in a virtual media forum. (We are still conducting rescue operations but since [Wednesday] or even [Tuesday], we have already conducted pre-emptive evacuation of our countrymen especially in areas that are traditionally affected by typhoons. We were not caught flat-footed by this event. Sometimes, the residents don’t listen to local officials even if they are already warned. They usually rely on what they are feeling or the prevailing situation rather than the advise given by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration)The NDRRMC has yet to provide data on the extent of damage of  Ulysses and how many people were affected. But NDRRMC chairman and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, in a separate interview, said the damage has been “huge.” “[There was] huge damage. [There were] totally flooded villages and low-lying areas were flooded,” Lorenzana said when asked to describe the extent of Ulysses’ effects. Lorenzana said he has briefed President Duterte about the deployment of troops to save some residents in Marikina who were asking to be rescued due to the overflow of the Marikina River. “I just came from the Palace. I briefed him what our troops are doing in Marikina to save people from their rooftops,” he said. Social media users were quick to point out the similarity in the devastation of Ulysses to typhoon “Ondoy” in 2009 which inundated a vast portion of Metro Manila after hours of intense rains. Ondoy left 747 people dead and billions of damages in agriculture and infrasture. In Marikina, Mayor Marcelino Teordoro said Ulysses brought the water level of Marikina River to 22 meters as of 11 a.m. Thursday, which was higher than the 21.5-meter level reached during typhoon Ondoy. Monilla said local government units (LGUs) have the responsibility to conduct search and rescue operations on their affected residents but he noted that the NDRRMC is behind the LGUs to augment their capabilities. “Ondoy really served as a lesson especially sa area ng Marikina at Pasig sa NCR. Nagkaroon na sila even the early warning signals. Sa amin naman, ang pagdirect ng operations ay aming nirerely sa LGUs at kami lang ay tumutulong sa local governments in harnessing the response units para madagdagan ang units na nagre-rescue sa ating mga kababayan (Ondoy really served as a lesson especially in Marikina and Pasig in the National Capital Region. They established early warning signals. On our part, the direction of [rescue] operations rely on the local government units and we just help them in harnessing the response units which will rescue our countrymen),” he said.  “Because highly populated ang lugar it could be a challenge relocating them. Ang Provident [Village] nga which serves as a lesson in Ondoy ay affected din sa ngayon. Highly urbanized kasi ang Metro Manila that’s why it’s really a challenge paano i-relocate ang mga tao na laging affected ng ganito,” he added. Meanwhile, the NDRRMC has also tapped the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and several private companies to deploy their manpower and assets for search and rescue operations. Gen. Gilbert Gapay, AFP chief, said the Joint Task Force NCR has been leading the rescue efforts in Metro Manila. They were aigmented by two disaster response units from the 7th Civil Relations Group, 101stSearch and Rescue volunteers, and private group REACT PH. Another search and rescue unit from Bantay Bayan volunteers were deployed in areas on Tullahan River and Caloocan City to conduct search and rescue operations. The Joint Task Force Bicolandia, Northern Luzon Command (NolCom), and Southern Luzon Command (SolCom) also deployed thousands of soldiers to coordinate the search and rescue operations in Bicol region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Ilocos (Region 1), Cagayan Valley (Region 2), Central Luzon (Region 3), Calabarzon (Region 4A), and Mimaropa (Region 4B). Monilla said they have received reports that major dams in Luzon have been releasing excess water which may inundate Central Luzon and parts of Metro Manila. “Ang Angat, Ipo, La Mesa, at Wawa dams nagpapakawala ng tubig dahil sa patuloy na pagtaas ng tubig dulot ng ulan na hatid ni Ulysses so baka abutin pa hanggang mamayang hapon o gabi (Angat, Ipo, La Mesa, and Wawa dams were releasing water because of the continuous rain brought about by Ulysses so the [flooding] may persist until afternoon or evening),” he said. .....»»

Source: NewsNov 12th, 2020Related News

PANTAW A MAREG: Rain Do not Drop

‘Tis music to my ears This heavy October downpour At ten o’clock in the evening. I can hear a tiny stream quickly forming At the narrow water canal A few inches from my room Threatening to overflow. How swiftly did the pitter-patter of raindrops Become heavy rain! On Netflix, I watch Bung Karno slowly and […].....»»

Source: Mindanews MindanewsCategory: NewsOct 24th, 2020Related News

Hurricane Isaias lashes Bahamas on path to virus-hit Florida

Hurricane Isaias lashed the Bahamas Friday as it churned toward Florida, bringing new dangers to a US state suffering record deaths from an unrelenting coronavirus outbreak. Soldiers carry out cleaning work on destroyed houses after the overflow of the Magua river due heavy rains caused by Isaias storm in the city of Hato Mayor, northwest of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on July 31, 2020. (Photo by Erika SANTELICES / AFP) The category one storm, packing winds of 75 miles (120 kilometers) an hour, gained strength Thursday night after sweeping over the Dominican Republic. As of 2100 GMT, it was an expansive storm, moving northwest at a speed of 15 mph, kicking up heavy squalls and whipping the southeastern Bahamas and Turks and Caicos island chains with strong winds, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said. “Hurricane conditions will continue to spread northwestward into the central and northwestern Bahamas tonight (Friday) and Saturday,” it added. The eye of the storm was expected to pass over the southeastern Bahamas sometime during the evening Friday and reach the central Bahamas during the night. Hurricane warnings were up across the low-lying Bahamas while parts of Florida’s east coast — including Palm Beach, the location of President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort — were under a hurricane watch. Florida could start the feeling the effects of the storm by late Saturday, according to the National Hurricane Center. Florida governor Ron DeSantis signed an emergency declaration for counties on the exposed Atlantic coast. But a slight shift westward in the storm’s trajectory raised hopes that Florida would be spared a direct hit.  DeSantis said it was too early to open shelters, but urged residents to stock up on enough water, food and medicine to last a week. Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis on Thursday relaxed strict stay-at-home orders imposed because of the coronavirus to allow residents to prepare for the hurricane. “I beg you, do not use this period for hurricane preparation to go socializing and visiting friends or family,” Minnis said at a news conference. “If you do not need to be out, please, please, STAY AT HOME! We are in the midst of a pandemic and if we do not act responsibly, the consequences could be dire,” he said. It is the Bahamas’ first hurricane since Dorian, a maximum strength Category 5 storm last year that devastated two islands, pummeling them for three days.   Hurricane plus pandemic Isaias left a shambles in Puerto Rico, downing trees and electric lines and inundating houses as it cut a path through the island on Thursday. “If you are seeing this, please, we need help,” a man in Mayaguez, on the island’s western side, begged in a video that showed his family clinging to the roof of their car as rising waters inundated their house. In Florida, the concern was that if Isaias does hit, it would cause havoc at a time when hospitals are flooded with a surge of COVID-19 cases. On Friday, Florida reported another 257 deaths, setting a fourth consecutive single day state record and pushing its virus death toll to 6,843. The state’s coronavirus testing centers, meanwhile, were closed Thursday and won’t reopen until they get the all-clear.  The state’s emergency management division explained that the testing centers are housed in tents and could not withstand tropical force winds. For several weeks, Florida has had nearly 10,000 new coronavirus cases a day.  The Republican-run state is now second in the nation in number of cases at 470,386, surpassing early epicenter New York.  Only California, with almost double Florida’s 21 million population, has had more......»»

Source: NewsAug 1st, 2020Related News

Dams overflow as Australia braces for more floods

Dams near Sydney overflowed Thursday after days of torrential rain, as Australia braced for more storms expected to bring dangerous flash flooding to the country’s east. Recent downpours have brought relief to areas ravaged by bushfires and drought—as well as chaos and destruction to towns and cities along the eastern seaboard. On Thursday, Nepean Dam […] The post Dams overflow as Australia braces for more floods appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsFeb 13th, 2020Related News

Taal Volcano Eruption 2020

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Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJan 25th, 2020Related News

Alcantara, patrombon rule tennis doubles

It was a sure gold for the Philippines with the All-Filipino finals’ cast featuring top seed Ruben Gonzales and Huey Treat against Nino Alcantara and Jeson Patrombon in the men’s doubles of the 30th Southeast Asian Games at the Rizal Memorial tennis courts before an overflow crowd that cheered both teams......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsDec 7th, 2019Related News

President Rodrigo Duterte’s 2019 State of the Nation Address

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Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJul 20th, 2019Related News

Fortuna to Cebu City: Clean your side of Mahiga Creek

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu — Outgoing Vice Mayor Carlo Fortuna urged the Cebu City government to clear their side of Mahiga Creek from informal settlers and monitor garbage disposal in the area. Fortuna made the comment a day after he personally witnessed Mahiga Creek overflow and inundated the streets of Barangay Subangdaku in Mandaue City and […] The post Fortuna to Cebu City: Clean your side of Mahiga Creek appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsJun 24th, 2019Related News

5 major Davao del Norte rivers overflow banks, 15000 evacuated - InterAksyon

5 major Davao del Norte rivers overflow banks, 15000 evacuated - InterAksyon.....»»

Source: Googlenews GooglenewsCategory: NewsJan 20th, 2017Related News

5 major Davao del Norte rivers overflow banks, 15,000 evacuated

5 major Davao del Norte rivers overflow banks, 15,000 evacuated.....»»

Source: Interaksyon InteraksyonCategory: TopJan 20th, 2017Related News

Flood be damned

A scavenger collects plastic bottles and trash despite wading through waist-high floods caused by an overflow of the Tumana-Marikina River during Typhoon ‘Nina’s’ onslaught over Metro Manila on Monday. Manny Palmero.....»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: NewsDec 26th, 2016Related News

Downpour in Sibonga causes river to overflow, residents to leave homes

Downpour in Sibonga causes river to overflow, residents to leave homes.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsDec 16th, 2016Related News

Heavy rains swell rivers in parts of Balkans

TIRANA — Heavy rain in the Balkans caused swollen rivers to overflow yesterday, flooding some homes and cutting electricity to remote areas......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: WorldNov 8th, 2016Related News

Durian overflow

Market vendors are abuzz with activity as they load jeepneys and carts with durian at the Magsaysay Park in Davao City where an oversupply of the exotic fruit has dropped its price to only P20 per kilo. (Keith Bacongco/ Manila Bulletin).....»»

Source: NewsOct 25th, 2016Related News

'KarenPH: Bicol River about to overflow

'KarenPH: Bicol River about to overflow.....»»

Source: Bicolstandard BicolstandardCategory: NewsOct 15th, 2016Related News

Heavy rain causes Moscow river to overflow, floods streets

MOSCOW — Heavy rain in Moscow caused a river to burst its banks and flooded streets on yesterday, trapping people in cars and buses......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: WorldAug 15th, 2016Related News