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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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Mt. Mayon evacuees reach more than 34,000

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Families in an evacuation center in Albay

MANILA, Philippines — National Disaster Risk Reduction and Managment Council (NDRRMC) Spokesperson Romina Marasigan has reported that 8,296 families or 34,003 individuals are now staying at 30 evacuation centers.

The evacuees are from the towns of Camalig, Guinobatan, Ligao, Daraga, Tabacco, Sto. Domingo, Malilipot and Legazpi.

Local authorities have already placed Albay under a state of calamity as the volcanic activity affects 36 villages in the province.

A pre-emptive evacuation is also enforced in areas outside of the 7 kilometers extended danger zone that might experience mud or lahar flow coming from the volcano due to the continuous downpour of rain.

“Still in alert level 3. The Phivolcs is closely monitoring. We are still monitoring if there is a need to raise the alert level,” Marasigan said.

She added that the government has already distributed more than P5.5 million worth of aid to affected residents.

The NDRRMC remains on a blue alert status that allows for fast coordination.

Meanwhile, the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council of Bicol Region is currently on red alert status. – Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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NDRRMC on alert for imminent Mt. Mayon explosion

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

Around 5,000 families have already evacuated areas within the seven kilometer radius of Mayon Volcano.

Families from 25 barangays in Albay are now in 18 evacuation centers.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said they continue to be on alert for any Mayon Volcano activities.

“So, we are still on alert level 3 and very closely, Phivolcs is monitoring Mayon’s volcanic activity,” NDRRMC Spokesperson Mina Marasigan said.

The NDRRMC has also coordinated with the local government units and the Department of Social Welfare and Development to ensure that relief supplies and stand-by funds are ready for the evacuees.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is also on stand-by for the security and peace and order.

The government will also install temporary learning centers for the students in the evacuation centers.

Although tight security is imposed in the area, tourists were not restricted in watching the activities in Mayon Volcano.

“We have designated viewing desks and areas where tourists are allowed to go,” Marasigan said. – Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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DOE orders gasoline stations to explain unauthorized increase in oil prices

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, January 11th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – In an announcement, the Department of Energy (DOE) said fuel price hike should take effect on the 15th of January since it will be the expected date when they already used up their inventories.

But some gasoline stations are already posting signage’s which said they are enforcing an increase in fuel prices.

There are more than 9,000 gasoline stations across the country. More than 200,000 of these are in Metro Manila. For now, more than 50 gasoline stations in Metro Manila have already implemented an increase in their fuel products.

Thus, DOE is asking for an explanation from oil companies as to why they implemented an early increase in the prices of their fuel products.

DOE admitted to having difficulty in determining if the gasoline stations have really used up their stocks.

“In a way, right now again based on documents kami so that’s our reference …we already issued a directive so all oil companies are aware of that directive and we anticipate that these directives are all disseminated in all their dealers,” DOE Science Research Specialist Chief Renante Sevilla said.

The DOE said it will cancel the certificate of compliance of gasoline companies proven to have lied about their inventories.

The DOE will also report to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) erring gasoline stations so the agency could determine if they properly pay taxes.

Local government units can also order the closure of gasoline stations once their certificates of compliance have been canceled.

A consumer group, meanwhile, criticizes the DOE’s process of inspection. According to Vic Dimagiba of the Laban Konsyumer, the DOE should issue a show cause order.

“Show that they mean what they say. They should issue a paper, they should not just inspect, and then leave. Their monitoring has no teeth. There should be an enforcement and then have them explain in 48 hours whatever the rules said 72, they should explain that they have no committed profiteering,” Dimagiba said.

In response, the DOE said it is waiting for the approval of Sec. Alfonso Cusi for the issuance of a show cause order. Through a show cause order, gasoline stations will have no choice but to follow the government’s order or else face charges. – Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

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