The provincial governments of North Cotabato and Maguindanao currently mounting separate relief operations to aid the victims of super typhoon Yolanda in the Visayas.
“The North Cotabato provincial government would continue accepting donations of any kind until Nov. 14,” Cynthia Ortega, provincial disaster risk reduction coordinator, said.
She noted that donations might come from either provincial government employees, private individuals or groups willing to lend their assistance to the typhoon victims.
North Cotabato Governor Emmylou Mendoza, meanwhile, lauded members of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO), for such initiative.
“We empathize to those family members who were left by their loved ones as well as thank those who made great efforts to keep safe and help the residents during the disaster,” the governor said.
This developed as the Maguindanao provincial government, for its part, has also set on sending a relief mission to the typhoon-hit area this week.
Maguindanao Board Member Bobby Katambak said the relief mission is slated to depart from the province on Nov. 15 bringing with them food packs, medicine and non-food relief items.
Katambak said Governor Esmael Mangudadatu has tapped Lynette Estandarte, provincial budget officer, to oversee the relief mission. (PNA)
Power cooperatives in Northern Mindanao would be sending linemen and engineers to rehabilitate destroyed electrical posts in the typhoon-ravaged provinces in the Visayas region.
Officials of the Misamis Oriental Rural Electric Service Cooperative (Moresco 1) on Wednesday said that 25 electrical linemen are now on standby ready to be dispatched to any areas in the Visayas region.
Edna Diango, head of Moresco’s service department, said that Moresco would also send two boom trucks and a supervising engineer to the area.
The boom trucks would be used to make it easier to install fallen electrical posts while the linemen would work to fix electrical wirings and connections damaged by typhoon Yolanda.
She said that Moresco is awaiting instructions from the National Electrification Administration (NEA) since NEA would be responsible in identifying areas of immediate concern in the badly hit in the Visayas region.
Diango said that other electric cooperatives in Northern Mindanao would also be sending linemen and personnel to the Visayas to help restore power in that typhoon-stricken region.
The Moresco linemen and engineers would travel by land toward the Visayas area through the Maharlika Highway that bridged Mindanao and Southern Leyte via roll-on, roll-off cargo vessel. (PNA)
State pension fund Government Service Insurance System today (Nov. 12) bared its assistance package for more than 300,000 members and pensioners adversely affected by typhoon Yolanda.
The pension fund is granting a six-month loan moratorium on all outstanding loans of its hardest-hit members to enable them to use the deferred payments on their GSIS loans for rebuilding their homes and other urgent needs.
Loans covered under the moratorium include consolidated loans, housing loans, policy loans, and eCash Advances. The loan moratorium will be extended from November 2013 to April 2014. The payment for existing loans of members will thus resume in May next year.
In addition, GSIS members residing or working within the declared calamity areas may also apply for the Php20,000 emergency loan in GSIS branch offices and through the GWAPS kiosks until December 31, 2013. GSIS will waive the requirement to pay 12 monthly amortizations before loan renewal for members with existing emergency loans.
For old-age pensioners living in calamity-declared areas, GSIS is opening a new pension emergency loan (PEL) window of Php20,000 with terms similar to the emergency loan for active members. As with the existing pension loan, a loan redemption insurance will be included.
Likewise, pensioners in hardest-hit areas will benefit from a six-month moratorium on their existing loans.
For more information on the emergency assistance program, members and pensioners may go to the nearest GSIS office, call the GSIS contact center at 847.4747 or visit the GSIS website, www.gsis.gov.ph.
Two Taiwanese Lockheed C-130 "Hercules" cargo planes, carrying 15 tons of relief goods, arrived in Cebu Wednesday.
Each plane carried 7.5 tons of goods such as instant noodles, dry food and military blankets.
The relief aid came from Buddhist organizations, including the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation, Fo Guang Shan, Ling Jiou Mountain and Dharma Drum Mountain, and the Red Cross Society of Taiwan.
Another 100 tons of goods have been collected so far and will be transported to "Yolanda" battered provinces in the coming days. (PNA)
Flashfloods and landslides threaten Palawan due to a low pressure area (LPA), the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Wednesday.
In a interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Glaiza Escullar said that as of 4:00 a.m. the LPA was spotted some 115 km east of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan (9.7°N, 119.8°E).
She added the LPA is expected to re-intensify into a cyclone, while passing the West Philippine Sea as it exits the country's territory.
Escullar said the LPA will bring cloudy skies with moderate to heavy rainshowers and thunderstorms over Palawan which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.
She added the northeast monsoon continues to affect Luzon.
Escullar said that Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Bicol Region and the provinces of Mindoro, Marinduque and Romblon will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms due to wind convergence of northeast monsoon and easterlies.
She added that the rest of Luzon will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains.
Escullar said that Visayas and Mindanao will have improved weather Wednesday as it will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.
In its advisory, PAGASA said that moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast and east will prevail over Luzon and Visayas and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.
Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the southwest to southeast with slight to moderate seas.
PAGASA also issued gale warning strong to gale force winds due to northeast monsoon is expected to affect the eastern seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon and eastern seaboard of Visayas.
"Fishing boats and other small sea crafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves," it said. (PNA)
Air Force Capt. Arnie S. Arroyo (3rd from left) briefs OCD 6 Asst. Regional Dir. Eligio Calaor (right) on the area where they delivered relief goods after they arrived at Iloilo International Airport on board 2 Huey helicopters of the PAFs 205th Tactical Helicopter Wing during the relief operations in the province (Iloilo) for victims of typhoon Yolanda, Nov. 12, 2013. From left to right (looking on), PAFs LtCol. Giemel Espino, Capt. Jambi Buslon, 1st Lt. Alexander Adajar and 1st Lt. Cliford Mardidas. (EJB/PIA 6)
The Antonnov AN225, the world's largest cargo aircraft, brings the 150-ton transformer made by Croatian electric company Končar for the San Lorenzo power plant of Lopez-led FirstGen in Batangas. The aircraft arrived at the Mactan International Airport in Cebu 8:56 am Tuesday, November 12, 2013. (PNA photo by Joann Santiago)
Manila -- As the country struggles to repair the ravages caused by Supertyphoon "Yolanda", Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff Gen. Emmanuel Bautista on Monday (Nov. 11) admitted that relief operations are now the priority mission in the Visayas Region.
But Bautista refused to comment on whether operations against New People's Army (NPA) forces in the area are temporarily on hold due to the ongoing relief efforts which the military is playing a major role.
"Its hard to say that the operations against them (rebels) are halted but our priority right now is rescue and relief operations," the AFP chief stressed.
He also added that all resources are focused now on the ongoing humanitarian assistance disaster relief operations.
Bautista also hopes that the NPAs will not take this time to conduct any attacks on military units conducting relief operations just like they did on government forces helping Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental residents during the aftermath of Typhoon "Pablo" in December last year. (PNA)