18 provinces in Visayas, Mindanao under Signal 1 due TD Caloy



Created on Friday, 21 March 2014

Some areas in Visayas are now under public storm warning signal no. 1 as tropical depression "Caloy" has maintained its strength and continues to move closer to Surigao del Sur, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Friday.

 

Earlier, PAGASA raised public storm warning no. 1 in 12 provinces in Mindanao.

 

In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Gladys Saludes said that as of 4 p.m., the center of tropical depression "Caloy" was located at 170 km east Northeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur or 310 km Northeast of Davao City (8.9ºN, 127.8ºE) packing maximum sustained winds of 45 kph.

 

Saludes said "Caloy" accelerated from 11 kph to 15 kph and changed its forecast to move from west to west northwest.

 

Citing numerical models with its movement, she said "Caloy" may make landfall in Davao Oriental or Surigao del Sur by Friday evening or early Saturday morning.

 

Saludes said that public storm warning signal no. 1 (Winds of 30-60 kph expected in at least 36 hours) was now also hoisted over Southern Leyte, Bohol, Siquijor, Southern Cebu, Southern part of Negros Occidental, Southern part of Negros Oriental, Northern part of Davao Oriental, Northern part of Davao del Norte, Compostela Valley, Surigao del Sur,Surigao del Norte including Siargao, Dinagat, Agusan del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental and Camiguin.

 

According to PAGASA, the potential impact of winds is the following:

 

•Twigs and branches of trees may be broken;

 

•Some banana plants may tilt or land flat on the ground;

 

•Rice in flowering stage may suffer significant damage;

 

•Some nipa and cogon houses may be partially unroofed; and

 

•Travel of small seacrafts and fishing boats is risky

 

PAGASA added that residents living in low-lying and mountainous areas under public storm warning signal no. 1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides.

 

He said estimated rainfall amount within the 300-km diameter of the cyclone is from five to 15 millimeters per hour, which is classified as “moderate to heavy.”

 

If "Caloy" makes a landfall, he said the cyclone is expected to weaken into low pressure area.

 

The other scenario, he said is "Caloy" does might weaken into LPA as it transverses in Mindanao and it may exit by Tuesday towards Palawan.

 

Because of the tropical depression, under signal no . 1 areas will become windy with rains while some parts of the Visayas and Mindanao will experience “cloudy skies” with light to moderate rains until weekend.

 

She noted that the rest of Luzon, including Metro Manila, will not be affected by the cyclone and will continue to experience fair weather aside from isolated light rains due to the northeast monsoon.

 

Meanwhile, PAGASA said the cyclone is forecast to be at 90 km West of Butuan City by Saturday afternoon:Forecast Positions/Outlook:Saturday afternoon:

 

By Sunday afternoon, it is expected to be at 220 km Northwest of Dipolog City and at 100 km Northwest of Puerto Princesa City on Monday afternoon.

 

PAGASA also said that fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the northern seaboard of Northern Luzon and the eastern seaboards of Northern and Central Luzon due to the Northeast Monsoon.

 

In its advisory, PAGASA said that in the next 24 hours the Central Visayas, Caraga, Northern Mindanao and the provinces of Southern Leyte, Davao del Norte and Davao Oriental will experience rains with gusty winds with moderate to rough seas.

 

The rest of Visayas and of Mindanao will be cloudy with light to moderate rainshowers and isolated thunderstorms. Cagayan valley and the province of Aurora will have cloudy skies with light rains.

 

It added that Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will experience fair weather aside from isolated light rains.

 

PAGASA also said that moderate to strong winds from the northeast will prevail over Luzon and coming from the northeast to northwest over the rest of the country. The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be moderate to rough. (PNA)

Davao City disaster team on alert due to tropical cyclone Caloy



Created on Friday, 21 March 2014

The Davao City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DCCDRRMO) has alerted all residents living in mountainous and low-lying areas in the city as tropical cyclone “Caloy” approaches Davao City.

 

Based on weather forecast from Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Caloy is expected to be at 95 kilometers northeast of Davao City Saturday morning with a sustained wind of 45 kilometers per hour near the center.

 

On Sunday morning, PAGASA said Caloy will be at 70 kilometers North of Cotabato City.

 

The estimated rainfall amount is at 5-15 mm per hour or moderate to heavy rains will be experienced in Davao City and nearby provinces.

 

As of 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Davao City was placed under storm signal Number 1 along with Davao Oriental, Davao del Norte, Compostela Valley Province, northern part of Davao del Sur, Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Agusan del Norte, North Cotabao, Bukidnon, and Misamis Oriental.

 

Residents in these areas were also alerted for possible flashfloods and landslides due to continuous rains.

 

Since March 19, local government units in Compostela Valley province and Davao del Norte have implemented preemptive evacuations of residents after noting that the water level of Saug River in Asuncion, Davao del Norte and Manat River in Nabunturan in Comval Province rose to beyond normal level.

 

Based on the record from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, there are nine barangays affected in Asuncion, Davao del Norte involving 16,765 persons; eight barangays in Nabunturan, Comval province with 16,935 individuals. (PNA)

2 public schools in MisOr closed, 10 villages under tight watch over TD 'Caloy'



Created on Friday, 21 March 2014

The province of Misamis Oriental is now closely monitoring 10 villages considered as landslide prone areas in Gingoog City as the low pressure area developed into a tropical depression codenamed "Caloy" on Friday.

 

Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano has dispatched a team Thursday night to Gingoog City while appealing to village chiefs in the area to cancel all travel and, instead, be on guard as the government’s weather bureau raised Signal No. 1 in the province Friday morning.

 

Gingoog City, located east of Misamis Oriental, is one of the component cities of the province. The other component city is El Salvador, located in the province's west coast.

 

Provincial administrator Edmundo Pacamalan, Jr. said that the provincial government on Friday also ordered the temporary closure of two public elementary schools in the hinter villages of Punong and Impaluhod for fear of landslide.

 

Pacamalan said that 10 villages, namely Punong, Libon, Anakan, Odiongan, Pangasihan, Malibud, Kamanikan, Kalipay, Sangalan, and Eureka are now being monitored closely.

 

Except for Anakan and Odiongan which are located along the national highways, all other villages were located in the hinterlands of Gingoog, Pacamalan said.

 

He said that a team from province environmental department has noted cracks on the grounds on some of the villages which have been declared as landslide prone areas while the other hinterland villages have history of flash floods and floods in the past.

 

As of 11:00 a.m. Friday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), has reported that tropical depression "Caloy" was accelerating and moving closer to Surigao Del Sur and Davao Oriental. (PNA)

UNDP chief Helen Clark arriving to reaffirm support to typhoon recovery, peace process in Mindanao



Created on Friday, 21 March 2014

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark will arrive next week for a three-day visit to the Philippines to advance the UN’s support to the overall development in the country, with a focus on assistance for post-typhoon recovery and the peace process in Mindanao.

 

According to the UNDP, Clark will arrive on March 25 and will stay until the 27th.

 

Clark, a former Prime Minister of New Zealand for three consecutive terms (1999-2008) and concurrent Chair of the United Nations Development Group, will consolidate partnerships with the Philippine Government, diplomatic corps and affected communities.

 

She is also expected to meet with President Benigno S. Aquino III, key Cabinet members and development partners, including Asian Development Bank president Takehiko Nakao.

 

The UNDP chief is also scheduled to travel to Tacloban City to personally see the ongoing recovery activities in the areas devastated by typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). She will then participate in the ceremonial signing of an agreement on increased support to Yolanda recovery work between the Government of Japan and UNDP.

 

To wrap up her visit, she will witness the historic signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro between the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

 

Clark became the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme in April 2009, and is the first woman to lead the organization. She is also the Chair of the United Nations Development Group, a committee consisting of the heads of all UN funds, programs and departments working on development issues.

 

Prior to her appointment with UNDP, Clark served for nine years as Prime Minister of New Zealand, serving three successive terms from 1999 - 2008. Throughout her tenure as Prime Minister, Helen Clark engaged widely in policy development and advocacy across the international, economic, social and cultural spheres.

 

Under her leadership, New Zealand achieved significant economic growth, low levels of unemployment, and high levels of investment in education and health, and in the well-being of families and older citizens. She and her government prioritized reconciliation and the settlement of historical grievances with New Zealand’s indigenous people and the development of an inclusive multicultural and multi-faith society.

 

Clark advocated strongly for New Zealand’s comprehensive program on sustainability and for tackling the problems of climate change. Her objectives have been to establish New Zealand as being among the world’s leading nations in dealing with these challenges.

 

She was also an active leader of her country’s foreign relations and policies, engaging in a wide range of international issues. As Prime Minister, Clark was a member of the Council of Women World Leaders, an international network of current and former women presidents and prime ministers whose mission is to mobilize the highest-level women leaders globally for collective action on issues of critical importance to women and equitable development.

 

Clark held ministerial responsibility during her nine years as Prime Minister for New Zealand’s intelligence agencies and for the portfolio of arts, culture and heritage. She has seen the promotion of this latter portfolio as important in expressing the unique identity of her nation in a positive way.

 

She became Prime Minister after an extensive parliamentary and ministerial career. First elected to Parliament in 1981, Clark was re-elected to her multicultural Auckland constituency for the 10th time in November 2008. Earlier in her career, she chaired Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee.

 

Between 1987 and 1990, she was a Minister responsible for first, the portfolios of Conservation and Housing, and then Health and Labour. She was Deputy Prime Minister between August 1989 and November 1990. From that date until December 1993 she served as Deputy Leader of the Opposition, and then as Leader of the Opposition until winning the election in November 1999.

 

Prior to entering the New Zealand Parliament, Clark taught in the Political Studies Department of the University of Auckland. She graduated with a BA in 1971 and an MA with First Class Honours in 1974.

 

She is married to Peter Davis, a Professor at Auckland University. (PNA)

More areas in Mindanao placed under storm signal no.1 due to TD 'Caloy'



Created on Friday, 21 March 2014

More areas in Mindanao are now under public storm warning signal no. 1 as tropical depression "Caloy" has slightly accelerated as it moves closer to Surigao del Sur and Davao Oriental area, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Friday.

 

Earlier, PAGASA raised public storm warning no. 1 in four provinces in Mindanao.

 

In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Gener Quitlong said as of 11 a.m., the center of tropical depression "Caloy" was located at 325 km east northeast of Davao City (7.9°N, 128.7°E) packed maximum sustained winds of 45 kph.

 

Quitlong said "Caloy" is forecast to move west and gains speed at 11 kph.

 

Citing numerical models with its movement, he said "Caloy" may make landfall in Davao Oriental or Surigao del Sur by Friday evening or early Saturday morning.

 

He said that public storm warning signal no. 1 (Winds of 30-60 kph expected in at least 36 hours) was now also hoisted over Compostela Valley, Northern part of Davao del Sur including Davao City, Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Norte, North Cotabato, Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental.

 

Earlier placed under storm signal no. 1 were Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Sur, Davao del Norte and Davao Oriental.

 

According to PAGASA, the potential impact of winds is the following:

 

•Twigs and branches of trees may be broken;

 

•Some banana plants may tilt or land flat on the ground;

 

•Rice in flowering stage may suffer significant damage;

 

•Some nipa and cogon houses may be partially unroofed; and

 

•Travel of small seacrafts and fishing boats is risky

 

PAGASA added that residents living in low-lying and mountainous areas under public storm warning signal no. 1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides.

 

He said estimated rainfall amount within the 300-km diameter of the cyclone is from five to 15 millimeters per hour, which is classified as “moderate to heavy.”

 

If "Caloy" made a landfall, he said the cyclone is expected to weaken into low pressure area. The other scenario, he said "Caloy" may intensify into tropical storm since it is still in the sea.

 

Because of the tropical depression, Quitlong said most parts of the Visayas and Mindanao will experience “cloudy skies” with light to moderate rains until weekend.

 

He noted that the rest of Luzon, including Metro Manila, will not be affected by the cyclone and will continue to experience fair weather aside from isolated light rains due to the northeast monsoon.

 

Meanwhile, PAGASA said the cyclone is forecast to be at 95 km Northeast of Davao City by Saturday morning.

 

By Sunday morning, it is expected to be at 70 km North of Cotabato City and at 150 km Northwest of Zamboanga City on Monday morning.

 

PAGASA also said that fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the northern seaboard of Northern Luzon and the eastern seaboards of Northern and Central Luzon due to the Northeast Monsoon. (PNA)

5 pilgrims rescued, 6 still missing after Mt. Banahaw fire



Created on Friday, 21 March 2014

 

CAMP VICENTE LIM, Calamba City, Laguna, March 21 –- Three Mountain Search and Rescue (MOSAR) teams continued on Friday the search for six other devotees who went missing after the grass fire that raged the 50-hectare terrain and steep ravine close to the Mt. Banahaw peak starting Wednesday.

 

The teams are composed of trained personnel from Tiaong, Sariaya, Tayabas and Quezon Emergency Response Teams (ERTs) and the “Ugnayan ng Mamumundok ng Banahaw Organization” (Banahaw Mountaineers group).

 

Reports reaching the Calabarzon Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) and Office of Civil Defense (OCD) operations center here said the 1st MOSAR team had already reached Kapatagan station about 1.9 kilometers from the base camp late Thursday afternoon.

 

As of Friday, the 1st MOSAR team has traversed to the Durungawan Station where they are now conducting search, rescue and damage assessment.

 

The five devotees including a seven-year-old girl were rescued as of Thursday afternoon by the 2nd MOSAR team after their prayer rituals atop the highland and descended near the forest ranger station in Dolores, Quezon.

 

According to the rescued pilgrims, they and the six others who are missing are members of the “Hiwaga ng Bundok Banahaw Inc.” sect and residents of Las Piñas City, Metro Manila.

 

The five pilgrims were encountered by the MOSAR team at Tatlong Tangke station about 1.5 kilometers from the base camp at Barangay Kinabuhayan in Dolores.

 

Calabarzon RDRRMC and OCD Regional Director Vicente F. Tomazar named the five rescued pilgrims as Melina Anical, 27; Blecilda Lagdameo, 45; Loreto Alpapara, 60; Bryan Alpapara, 27 and seven-year-old Angelica Charice Espita.

 

The search teams are still tracking down the six other sect members identified as Jinky Dumanan, Cristy Estita Bolante, Francisco Alpapara, Tristan Alpapara, Richard Estita and Emirencia Eugenio.

 

The 3rd MOSAR team from Sariaya MDRRMC was already deployed to Concepcion Pinagbukaran, Sariaya to monitor the area for possible pilgrims descending from the Mt. Banahaw slope.

 

Meanwhile, the Quezon provincial ERTs, Sariaya Municipal DRRMO and Bureau of Fire Protection also fielded personnel with the established Incident Command System at the base to continue monitoring the situation.

 

Director Tomazar said the operations center at the Calabarzon OCD-RDRRMC here continuously coordinates with PDRRMO-Quezon, MDRRMO-Sariaya, Quezon, BFP Calabarzon regional office monitoring center and the Southern Luzon Command (SOLCOM) on the post-fire incident scenario. (Saul E. Pa-a/PNA)

1,760 Tarlaqueños graduate from provincial government-sponsored skills and livelihood trainings



Created on Friday, 21 March 2014

 

A total of 1,760 Tarlaqueños coming from 42 barangays in the capital city graduated from various skills and livelihood trainings sponsored by the Provincial Training and Placement Network Program (TPNP).

 

From the figure, 100 were able to finish a manicure-pedicure course 120 under massage therapy, 80 under practical electricity, 170 under shielded metal arc welding, 100 under industrial sewing machine operation, 320 under food related courses, 800 under beadworks and 70 under hairdressing and barbering.

 

“This only proves that you are all willing to be the bosses of your own businesses. The things you have learned from your training will definitely boost the government’s efforts in eliminating poverty and unemployment in the province,” Governor Victor Yap told the graduates.

 

Yap likewise made special mention of the personnel of the TPNP led by Maria Lira Reyes and Raffy Pascua for their efforts in bringing much success to the program.

 

Each graduate received materials for the specific training they have finished.

 

TPNP conducted the trainings in partnership with Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and Office of Tarlac 2nd district representative Susan Yap.

 

Over 40,000 residents of the province have already benefitted from the trainings of TPNP since its inception in 2007. (CLJD-PIA 3)

NDRRMC urges residents, disaster response units to take pro-active actions against 'Caloy'



Created on Friday, 21 March 2014

 

 

With Tropical Depression "Caloy" threatening Davao Oriental, Davao Del Norte, Compostela Valley, Surigao Del Sur and Agusan Del Sur, the National Disaster Risk and Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Friday warned all residents living in coastal and mountainous areas to exercise all possible caution and to evacuate pre-emptively if needed.

 

The provinces are all placed under Signal No. 1.

 

NDRRMC issued the warning after noting that "Caloy" can bring in 5 to 15mm of rainfall every hour in its 300-kilometer diameter.

 

The NDRRMC also instructed all disaster response units in the above-mentioned provinces to take precautionary actions in order to avoid needless casualty. (PNA)

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