TESDA distributes 1, 800 units of solar night light to 'Yolanda' victims in E. Visayas



Created on Thursday, 12 December 2013


TACLOBAN CITY -- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) will provide some 1,800 units of solar night light to victims of super typhoon Yolanda in Eastern Visayas.

TESDA director-general Joel Villanueva on Wednesday evening turned over the initial 280 units to Palo’s San Joaquin village. San Joaquin is one of the villages in Palo, Leyte badly damaged by 'Yolanda' with close to 300 casualties.

Villanueva said the lights will not only serve as “symbol of hope” but will also help them decide to become “productive.”

Each unit is made up a plastic bottle of softdrinks, solar panel and a small circuit board. The charging takes around three to four hours and the light will last for about 10-12 hours.

The units are being reproduced at their production centers in Manila and Matnog, Sorsogon

However, Villanueva said that they are mulling the possibility of technology transfer to provide livelihood opportunity to displaced workers in the region.

He said that the project will be presented to local government units (LGUs) so it can be a source of livelihood for the typhoon victims.

Villanueva also turned over more or less P400,000 cash to TESDA 8 to be distributed to their affected personnel depending on the extent of damage they have incurred. (PNA)

PAGASA warns of flashflood/landslide as northeast monsoon to bring heavy rains over Aurora and Quezon provinces



Created on Thursday, 12 December 2013



Flashfloods and landslides threatens the provinces of Aurora and Quezon due to heavy rains brought by northeast monsoon affecting Northern Luzon, the state weather bureau said on Thursday.

PAGASA said that trough of Low Pressure Area (LPA) also continues to affect Mindanao.

In its Thursday forecast, PAGASA said the provinces of Aurora and Quezon will experience cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms which may trigger flashfloods and landslides. Meanwhile, Cagayan Valley, Bicol and Davao region will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.

It added that the regions of Cordillera and Ilocos will be cloudy with light rains while Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

PAGASA added that moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over Luzon and its coastal waters will be moderate to rough.

Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the east to northeast with slight to moderate seas.

PAGASA also said strong to gale-force winds associated with the northeast monsoon may affect the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon.

"Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves," it said. (PNA)

NHA releases P 388M housing aid to quake-hit Bohol



Created on Thursday, 12 December 2013



The National Housing Authority (NHA) has already distributed its P 388 million fund to local government units for the repair of partially damaged houses in Bohol.

Vice President Jejomar Binay, Chairman of the Home and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), announced this in a statement Wednesday, while he is in South Africa to represent the Philippines for Nelson Mandela’s funeral.

According to Binay, with the P 388 million housing aid under the Housing Materials Assistance (HOMA), the NHA will provide P 10,000 for every family whose home was damaged by the 7.2-magnitude quake that hit Bohol.

He noted that the municipalities of Maribojoc and Antequera already received checks worth P 33.47 million and P 31.78 million, respectively.

Earlier, the housing czar personally handed the checks to Mayor Leoncio Evasco and Mayor Jose Mario Pahang when he visited Bohol in November.

The checks of municipalities of Tubigon, San Isidro, Catigbian, Sagbayan, and Loon have also been issued and are ready to be claimed.

The quake that hit Central Visayas and some parts of Mindanao in October 15 damaged some 73,002 houses, with 14,512 totally collapsed and 58,490 partially damaged.

Most of the damage were in Bohol, followed by Cebu, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Iloilo, Siquijor and Guimaras.

Prior to NHA’s distribution of funds, Binay created a multi-agency task force to see to the housing needs of Central Visayas residents whose homes were destroyed by the earthquake.

The OVP Bohol-Cebu housing rehabilitation task force is composed of officers from the key shelter agencies, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). (PNA)

P1-B cash-for-work program in Yolanda-hit areas continues until January -- DOLE



Created on Thursday, 12 December 2013



The government will carry on its emergency employment or cash-for-work program in Yolanda-ravaged regions until January, Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said Wednesday.

“Continuous ang ating cash-for-work, because we set a deadline for all the proposed work plan from the LGUs since December 16,” Baldoz told reporters during a Philippine Overseas Employment Administration event in Manila.

“Up to December 30, meron pa kaming cash-for-work in the field. We can still continue up to year 2014, January, kasi marami pa talagang clearing na work ang kailangang gawin (Up to December 30, we still have cash-for-work in the field. Then we can still continue up to year 2014, in January, because more clearing works need to be done)” she added.

The DOLE was given close to P1 billion employment rehabilitation fund from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

Baldoz said they are now waiting for the release of the 2014 national budget, to be able to allocate the fund in the affected areas, covering Regions 4-B, 6, 7, and 8.

The labor chief also clarified that the fund will be used not only for emergency employment, but also for livelihood, training for work and scholarship of survivors.

Aside from the P 1 billion budget, the DOLE already allocated a total of P 50 million from its regular budget for the emergency employment program.

The department was also granted P 2.45 million by the International Labor Organization for the program, which will employ additional 2,000 workers.

It has likewise received P7 million worth of donation from the private sector and half a million from its own employees across the regions.

The DOLE initially estimated some 12,000 to benefit from the program, but to date, has already given temporary jobs to not less than 17,000.

With the P 1 billion additional budget, Baldoz said they are targeting to reach 25,000 beneficiaries.

Right now, the labor chief said the emergency employment program provides immediate livelihood support to survivors who are in dire need.

She explained that after the typhoon, some of the most vulnerable residents of Visayas have lost both their homes and sources of income.

Under the program, Baldoz said survivors are being temporarily employed at minimum wage, to have something to spend for their basic needs. (PNA)

BRP Ramon Alcaraz now in Western Command AOR



Created on Thursday, 12 December 2013


After almost three week of relief mission in Eastern Visayas, the country's latest Hamilton class cutter, the BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF-16), is now deployed to the Western Command area of operations.

This includes the country's territorial waters of Palawan and the West Philippine Sea.

Lt. Cmdr. Gregory Fabic, Navy spokesperson, on Thursday said that the ship and her crew arrived in Puerto Princesa, Palawan Tuesday night.

She came all the way from Cebu where she first underwent a "mandatory run-in inspection/checks of its main and auxiliary engines."

Fabic added that this is in compliance with the preventive maintenance schedule of BRP Ramon Alcaraz's newly overhauled engines.

The Filipino warship was commissioned last Nov. 22. She was also deployed to carry relief goods and act as command-and-control ship for the ongoing rescue works in "Yolanda"- battered Tacloban City and other parts of the Visayas during the same day. (PNA)

'Yolanda' death toll now at 5,982 - NDRRMC



Created on Thursday, 12 December 2013


The death toll from super typhoon "Yolanda" (Haiyan) rose to 5,982, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Thursday.

The running total of the death toll is broken into: Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon provinces), 3; Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan), 19; Bicol, 6; Western Visayas, 250; Central Visayas, 74; Eastern Visayas, 5,628; Zamboanga Peninsula, 1; and Caraga,1.

The NDRRMC also said 27,002 people were injured while 1,779 remain missing.

At least 2,581,677 families or 12,191,201 individuals were affected in 12,122 villages in 44 provinces, displacing 869,742 families or 3,980,072 people.

Of those displaced, 21,669 families or 93,814 individuals are still staying in 384 evacuation centers.

Damage caused by Yolanda was increased to P35.547 billion, including P18.226 billion in infrastructure and P17.321 billion in agriculture.

The NDRRMC said the number of destroyed houses has reached 1,192,091 including 593,785 destroyed and 598,306 damaged.

It added that total cost of government assistance for the affected families has reached P1.068 billion.

The DSWD has allocated 773 million; local government units (LGUs), P116 million; Department of Health (DOH), P121 million; and non-governmental organizations/other government organizations, P56 million.

Meanwhile, the NDRRMC said 35,417 people, 1,351 vehicles, 118 seacraft, 163 aircraft and 28,361 other assets/equipment from the national and local agencies have been deployed to strategic areas to expedite response and medical operations.(PNA)

Broadcaster gunned down in Davao Del Norte



Created on Wednesday, 11 December 2013

A broadcaster cum barangay official was shot dead by two motorcycle-riding gunmen in Barangay South, Tagum town, Davao Del Norte Wednesday morning.

Chief Insp. Jed Clamor, Southern Mindanao Region Police spokesperson, said the incident took place around 8:55 a.m.

He identified the fatality as Rogelio Estrada Butalid, 44, also a kagawad of Barangay Mankilam, Tagum, Davao del Norte.

Clamor said the victim hosted the program “Ang Kamatuoran” or “The Truth” in the vernacular with radio station "Radio Natin" in Tagum.

Butalid was gunned down by the suspects at the corner of Sobrecary and Roxas Streets, Barangay South in Tagum.

He added that the victim had just hosted his radio program and was on his way home on board a motorcycle when fired upon by the suspects who quickly fled.

Recovered from the crime scene was a slug and six spent shells from a .45 caliber pistol. (Priam F. Nepomuceno & Christopher Lloyd T. Caliwan/PNA)

[Photo] PNoy shares stage with the Hail Mary the Queen Children's Choir



Created on Wednesday, 11 December 2013

President Benigno S. Aquino III, along with GM Proponents of Artists, Inc. business manager Gerry Mercado and Star Packaging Corporation president Walter Go Cheng, enjoys the musical presentation during the courtesy call of the Philippine delegates to the World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) and the Hail Mary the Queen Children’s Choir at the Heroes Hall of the Malacañan Palace.

PNoy, joined by Star Packaging Corporation president Walter Go Cheng, share the stage with the Hail Mary the Queen Children’s Choir for a group photo souvenir during the courtesy call at the Heroes Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Tuesday (December 10). (Photo by: Robert Viñas /Malacañang Photo Bureau/PCOO)

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