102-year-old Leyte capitol to undergo rehabilitation
Aileen Cerrudo • June 5, 2019 • 2089
The 102-year-old provincial capitol of Leyte will undergo rehabilitation following the 6.5 magnitude earthquake that hit San Julian, Eastern Samar on April 27.
Leyte Vice Governor Carlo Loreto said they will appeal to the National Historical Commission (NHC) to assist them in rehabilitating the capitol.
“Restore kaya kakausapin natin iyong National Historical Institute and the National Museum and the authorities kung ano ang maaring gawin up to what extent pwede natin ma-preserve itong piece of history (We will talk to the National Historical Institute and the National Museum and the authorities on what we can do to preserve this piece of history),” he said.
Offices in the capitol main building are temporarily transferred to nearby buildings for safety measures.
Meanwhile, the new capitol is set to be transferred to the government center in Palo, Leyte. Loreto said they are only awaiting proper funding to begin its construction.
“Nagpasa na kami ng resolution imbitahin natin ang iba’t ibang mga associations ng mga engineers, architects iba-iba nga universities experts (We passed a resolution, we will invite other associations of engineers, architects and other universities experts) in the academe as well to come up with a new standard in terms of structures buildings roads bridges,” he said.
The main capitol building was used by General Douglas McArthur as his office as well as former President Sergio Osmeña after the World War II in 1945.—(with reports from Jenelyn Gaquit)
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police has announced the surrender of two members and a platoon leader of the of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) in Leyte on Sunday (December 27).
PNP Chief, Police General Debold M. Sinas reported that “Ka Joseph”, leader of Pokot Paniniktik -North Eastern Samar Second District of Jorge Bolito Command, and regular two NPA members known only as “Ka Jay” and “Ka Mateo”, surrendered to authorities.
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The three also surrendered one (1) shotgun with two ammunitions; three revolvers with 10 cal 38 ammunitions; one cal 45 with one magazine and ammunitions; one KG9 submachinegun with one magazine and 11 rounds of 9mm ammunitions; and three rifle grenades.
Sinas already gave the directive to grant government benefits to the rebel returnees under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).
According to the PNP, 32 CPP-NPA red fighters surrendered to authorities with their firearms in Agusan Del Norte on December 26. AAC
LEYTE, Philippines – The Leyte Provincial Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) reported one fatality as Typhoon Ursula continues to batter the municipality of Abuyog.
According to Leyte PDRRMC head, Arvin Monge, investigation is ongoing to verify if the person’s cause of death is related to the onslaught of the typhoon.
“Isang police iyon na electrocuted. Nakuryente siya. Iyon ang casualty ngayon na isa (He is a police who was eletrocuted. He’s our first casualty),” Monge confirmed.
Disaster authorities have started clearing operations on major roads in the province to make them passable for emergency and relief workers.
Aside from uprooted trees, authorities also noted a number of damaged utility posts and cables.
Response teams are doubling their efforts to speed up the clearing works in order for the power lines to be restored as soon as possible, according to Monge.
“Kailangan natin ng fuel so iyon ang ating binabantayan. Tapos accessibility ng ating mga sasakyan. So iyon ang ating kailangan (We need fuel so that’s what we are addressing right now. Then accessibility for the vehicles, that’s what we need),” he said.
“Kailangan ma-clear talaga ang ating mga road as per governor’s instruction (The roads need to be cleared as per the governor’s instructions),” he added.
As expected, passengers remain stranded in ports and terminals in the province due to lack of transportation service.
Likewise, communication line is also cut in most parts of the province. – MNP (with details from Jennelyn Valles)
European-style lampposts were installed as part of the rehabilitation of Jones Bridge in Manila.
During an inspection on Monday morning (October 21), Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso said the rehabilitation may not look exactly like the original design of Jones Bridge but it will still remain European-style inspired.
“Ang Maynila is the Paris of the East. That is why if we have to revive Manila, at least malapit sa katotohanan hindi man parehong-pareho (as least similar to the truth even if it is not exactly the same),” Moreno said.
Moreno also assured the Manila government did not pay anything for the said rehabilitation. He also said that the lampposts are Filipino-made.
“Kaya iyong ilaw na nandyan hindi mabibili kahit saan (The lights installed there cannot be bought anywhere else),” he said.
The Manila Mayor also said the rehabilitation plan will also include the installation of ‘La Madre’ or the four pylon included in the original design of Jones Bridge.—AAC (with reports from Bernard Dadis)
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