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    Over 2,000 families suffer impact of “Maring” in NCR and Calabarzon

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

    MANILA, Philippines — Floodwater has not receded yet in more than 130 areas in Metro Manila and Central Luzon.

    Heavy rains caused by tropical depression Maring have affected more than 2,000 families in the National Capital Region (NCR) and Calabarzon region.

    Based on the estimates of the National Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council (NDRRMC), about 1800 families affected by floods are still staying in 116 evacuation centers.

    The typhoon has damaged nine houses, while several roads remain unpassable.

    “Some areas remain unpassable to due to minor slides and increase in water level due to the typhoon. Many are located in Calabarzon. These are in the 3rd district of Quezon, 4th district of Quezon, 2nd district of Cavite, 3rd district of Laguna and in the 1st district of the province Rizal,” said NDRRMC Spokesperson Romina Marasigan.

    At least five were reportedly killed due to typhoon Maring.

    The NDRRMC said it did not fail in issuing sufficient warnings and reminders to the public about the effects of the typhoon.

    “We issued warning to the public. We sent them messages about the proper preparations. The key here is for them to cooperate,” said Marasigan.

    Meanwhile, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has prepared stockpiles and standby funds for those affected by the typhoon. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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    I-ACT launches Task Force Alamid to address traffic woes this holiday season

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, October 20th, 2017

    Task force ALAMID

    MANILA, Philippines — The bumper to bumper traffic is a normal scene in Metro Manila everyday.

    Adding to this is the sale events of malls that cause more congestion on roads due to vehicles parked along roads and erring drivers who ply the stretch of EDSA.

    The government’s Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (IACT) wants to resolve all these problems.

    On Thursday, I-ACT launched what it dubbed as Task Force Alamid.

    Under this task force, 300 traffic law enforcers from the Metro Manila and Development Authority (MMDA) Land Transportation Office (LTO), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), and the Philippine National Police (PNP) Highway Patrol will coordinate in managing and fixing the flow of vehicles this holiday season.

    The Metro Manila local traffic enforcers, the joint task force of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), leagues of barangays and several volunteers from the group Ligtas Patrol will also help in the said effort.

    “Our scope is not just in Metro Manila, and but also in areas where MMDA is not allowed like airports and seaports,” said Department of Tranportation (DOTr) Road Transport Usec. Thomas Orbos.

    “We can coordinate as well with the movement of the arrivals, the departing passengers, those queuing along NLEX, and SLEX. You might not be aware, the queuing of vehicles there is extreme even on regular days,” he added.

    Task Force Alamid immediately began its work on Thursday along the coastal road in Baclaran.

    During the operation, the task force apprehended nine “colorum” vans or PUVs without permits with routes from Cavite to Lawton.

    “I know this is legal. I have a paper, but it’s just not here,” said a driver of a colorum van.

    One of the apprehended vehicles even had a sticker of the Office of the President attached to it. When the driver was asked about the sticker, he refused to answer.

    Authorities issued violation tickets to the erring drivers and towed their vehicles.

    The apprehended drivers will pay fines of up to P200,000 and their vehicles will be impounded for three months.

    It can be noted that a research by a Japanese organization in 2012 revealed that the country’s economy loses P2.4 billion daily due to heavy traffic. — Joan Nano| UNTV News & Rescue

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    Task Force “Bangon Marawi” conducts post-conflict assessment in the war-torn city

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

    Task Force Bangon Marawi

    MANILA, Philippines — Task Force Bangon Marawi is composed of personnel from various government agencies.

    They are tasked to conduct a post-conflict assessment on the war-torn city.

    The group targets to release its assessment report on the 27th of October.

    The five teams from the departments of health, social welfare and development, science and technology, and other government offices were deployed last Monday.

    Of the 96 cleared villages by the military, only 49 have undergone assessment as of Wednesday.

    “What we do in our assessment is that we look into how much the damage is going to cost. We also look into not only the infrastructure but also the houses and livelihood that were damaged. We also have an assessment on that,” said NDRRMC spokesperson Romina Marasigan.

    NDRRMC said it expects the teams to release their initial assessment report on the 27th of October.

    The Task Force Marawi targets to transfer to temporary shelters the displaced 78-thousand families until December of this year.

    “The government targets to build back a better Marawi City, that upon the return of the displaced residents in their hometown, they already have a livelihood, a home, so their quiet and progressive life will resume,” said Marasigan.

    The Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development are conducting human recovery assessment on the affected residents of Marawi city while they are still at evacuation centers.

    “We are taking care of their health, and their welfare,” said the NDRRMC spokesperson.

    The NDRRMC said that the government has allotted P5-billion to the agency this year and P10-billion for next year for the rehabilitation of Marawi City.

    The rehabilitation is expected to be completed within 2 to 3 years. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue


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    5,000 driver-operators to join second day of protest – Piston

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, October 16th, 2017


    In Luzon…

    Passengers were caught stranded in Laguna on the first day of the nationwide transport strike, Monday.

    The Santa Rosa local government has prepared trucks to aid stranded passengers for the second day of the transport strike on Tuesday.

    Transport group Piston said they are expecting around 5,000 drivers and operators in the Calabarzon area who will join the ongoing strike.

    Meanwhile, drivers in Bulacan chose not to join the strike saying they prefer to earn a living for their family than to protest on the streets.

    In Visayas…

    The transport strike did not have much impact to commuters in Lapu-Lapu City.

    However, the local police are still on guard to maintain order and security amid the demonstrations.

    Jeepney drivers in Western Visayas did not join the strike in consideration to commuters and tourists attending the Maskara Festival in Bacolod City.

    And in Mindanao…

    The local government has stationed 32 buses to provide free ride to commuters on the course of the strike.

    The city security personnel were on standby though only a few protesters were present at the protest site. – Dev Riveral | UNTV News & Rescue

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