(L-R) Ms. Annie Rentoy, Ms. Angela Lagunzad, Mr. Gerry Panghulan from BMPI-UNTV and Mr. Antonio Habana, Mr. Ralph Walker from Equinet Architectural Engineering and Support and Dr. Che Lejano as mediator. (Good Morning Kuya photo)
MANILA, Philippines — Magtatayo ng 100 deepwell water system sa iba’t ibang lugar sa Visayas Region ang UNTV (Your Public Service Channel) at Equinet Architectural Engineering and Support upang mapagkunan ng malinis na tubig ng mga residenteng napinsala ng Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).
Bago ang pananalasa ng Bagyong Yolanda, mahirap na para sa mga residente ng Brgy. 54 sa Magallanes, Tacloban City ang makakuha ng malinis na tubig para sa kanilang pang-araw-araw na pamumuhay.
Ang nag-iisang deepwell sa lugar na pangunahing napagkukunan ng mga residente ng tubig na maiinom, ngayon ay hindi na napakikinabangan dahil nasira noong nagdaang kalamidad.
“Ngayon di pa kami nakakapag-provide nito dahil marami pang problema yong barangay namin, marami pa kaming gustong ayusin,” pahayag ni Brgy. Kagawad Ashley Hinakay.
Bunsod nito, bukod sa problema sa pagsasaayos ng kanilang mga nasirang tahanan, dagdag pahirap sa mga residente sa lugar ang paghahanap ng mapagkukunan ng malinis na tubig.
“Sa mga taga-UNTV, humihingi kami ng tulong para sa aming inumin kasi pag naputol itong gripo kasi hindi naman pag-aari ng brgy sa private ito, wala na kami pagiigiban wala na kami tubig na maiinuman pa na iba,” panawagan ni Aling Nenita Pineda.
Upang matugunan ang pangangailangan ng ating mga kababayang biktima ng pananalasa ng Bagyong Yolanda sa Visayas Region, isang memorandum of agreement (MOA) ang nilagdaan sa pagitan ng UNTV at Equinet Architectural and Engineering Support.
“Natutuwa tayo na yung Equinet ay naging partner natin in fulfilling yung ating long time advocacy, to help the needy. When they approached us at sinabing gusto nilang makatulong, they ask us to identify the area, initially we identified 10. Sampu initially yung nakalagay sa MOA but ang understanding namin ni Tony ito ay walang katapusan hanggang may nangangailangan ng tubig na maabot ng water system na ito ay aabutin natin,” pahayag ni UNTV VP for Administration Gerry Panghulan.
Layunin ng nasabing MOA na makapagpatayo ng isangdaang deepweel water system sa iba’t ibang lugar sa Visayas Region na tinamaan ng bagyong Yolanda.
“Nung nagkaroon ng devastation sa Yolanda, inisip ng kumpanya namin kung paano kami makakatulong, napansin namin na ang malaking bahagi ng relief goods na pinadadala dun ay tubig. Alam naman natin na ang water table natin sa Pilipinas ay napakababa, kailangan lang hukayin. Sa pamamagitan ng tie up with UNTV we will have more reach because UNTV is nationwide, you have communities nationwide. Ang problema kasi namin hindi namin ma identify kung saan yung paglalagyan so yung UNTV at ang simbahan (ADD) matuturo yung mga communities na nangangailangan,” pahayag naman ni Antonio Habana, ang Managing Director ng Equinet Architectural and Engineering Support.
“I think there’s opportunity there, there’s water if you dig down far enough, good water doesn’t need treatment. This is mainly opportunity to give back. We like to give something back to the community, not just in tacloban but all over,” saad naman ni Ralph PM Walker, Managing Director ng Equinet Architectural and Engineering Support. (Mirasol Abogadil / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)
Tacloban City to begin preemptive evacuation ahead of ‘Usman’
Tacloban City LGU preparing for the expected landfall of Tropical Depression Usman
TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines – The local government of Tacloban City will open 71 evacuation centers prior to the expected landfall of tropical depression ‘Usman’ on Friday (December 28).
Aside from this, Brando Bernadas of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) confirmed that the LGU has prepared at least 5,000 food packs for families who will be affected by the cyclone as part of the LGU’s preparedness efforts.
“Nag-target tayo based on historical profile ng 5,000 families na ma-affected ng emergency evacuation operation natin. Hindi malakas ang bagyong ito pero ano’t ano pa man naghahanda tayo para sa displacement ng 5,000 families,” the Tacloban CDRRMO head said.
Bernadas added that the city’s emergency operation center has already been activated.
All emergency response equipment is in position while emergency responders are already on standby and will be on duty until ‘Usman’ departs from the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR).
“Ina-anticipate natin kasi kung Eastern Samar ang target matatamaan din ang Tacloban ng buntot ng bagyo at minsan mas malakas pa dito kaysa sa sentro,” Bernadas said.
Residents, meanwhile, preferred to pack their things ahead of the notice from the local government.
They said they will leave right away once the evacuation centers open especially if strong winds and high waves begin to manifest.
“Kapag lumakas na ang hangin lilikas na kami doon sa paaralan tapos hinahakot na namin ang aming mga gamit,” Anibong resident Susan Bituin said.
“Natatakot ako siempre baka magaya noong (bagyong) Yolanda. Ang mga gamit namin wala na rito, naka-safety na. May mga damit na lang kami na isusuot pero iyong iba safety na,” resident Purisa Dela Peña.
The local government constantly reminds residents to be alert and heed to authorities’ call so as not to be harmed by the upcoming cyclone. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Archyl Egano)
Man who bullied enforcers in viral video arrested for illegal possession of firearms
Mugshot of Arnold Padilla | NCRPO
Police on Friday raided the residence of Arnold Padilla, the motorist who went viral last week for hitting Makati barangay traffic enforcers.
Padilla may be charged with illegal possession of firearms and explosives after officers of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) confiscated a shotgun, 45 pistols and two grenades at his home.
This is not the first time that Padilla has been penalized over a gun-related incident.
According to FEO Dir. PCSupt Val de Leon, Padilla had been slapped with perpetual disqualification on ownership of illegal guns on April 24 after he submitted a fake drug test result which is a requirement for the application of license to own and possess a firearm (LTOPF).
Last May 1, Padilla surrendered five guns to Makati police including a 5.7 mm caliber hand gun, a 9 mm pistol, a .45 pistol, a .380 pistol the —the licenses of which will expire in 2020— and a shot gun whose license will expire in 2021.
The illegal firearms were brought to the storage of FEO at Campo Crame on May 7.
“In 2015, nag-apply ito ng license to own and possess firearms and it was approved. It will expire on May 24, but we are continuously conducting investigation on the documents being submitted to us at napag-alaman natin na ito’y fake at na revoke nga itong kanyang baril,” said De Leon.
He said Padilla is prohibited for life from owning any firearm. — Lea Ylagan
SSS reminds typhoon-affected members of deadline for loan restructuring in October
TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines – State insurance Social Security System (SSS) reminds members who are among typhoon-affected residents in Tacloban City to avail of the calamity loan restructuring because the program is terminating in October this year.
SSS Tacloban Officer-In-Charge Dr. Lilibeth Cajucom said the restructuring is intended for members who availed calamity loan but are unable to pay their dues.
SSS opened the calamity loan program for victims of typhoons Yolanda, Ruby and Urduja.
“Ang maco-condone ay iyong penalty but they still have to pay for the principal and the interest and they can pay in installment,” explained Cajucom.
Cajucom added that delinquent accounts will have a maximum of five years repayment period depending on the principal amount and interest. She appealed to members to pay their loans accordingly and not to ignore their obligations with the agency.
“Lalaki nang lalaki lang ang interest plus penalty. Ang pag-collect niyan naman ay kapag mag-apply ka na for final claim, death or total disability…So kung ang claim mo ay lump sum lang tapos possible na magsobra pa ang babayaran mo, hahabulin ka pa talaga,” Cajucom warned.
Applicants are advised to bring complete documents such as ID, fully accomplished application form that can be downloaded from the SSS website. – Archyl Egano / Marje Pelayo