357 Naga landslide survivors receive temporary employment from DOLE-7

admin   •   October 22, 2018   •   2323


Aerial shot of Naga, Cebu after  a tragic landslide struck the city

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Workers affected by the tragic landslide that struck the City of Naga in Cebu were given temporary employment by the Department of Labor and Employment Region 7.

Around 357 workers from families who survived the incident benefited from the month-long Emergency Employment Program which began on October 2.

“We’ll be shelling out their salary, apart from the salary katong 386 per day per worker for one month but we’ll be giving them like 1 rest day so mahitabo siya kada Domingo. No work no pay man jud ng atong general principle ana. We also have enrolled them to a group micro insurance, so ang coverage ana for 1 year, ” DOLE-7 Information Officer III Luchel Taniza said.

(Translation: We’ll be shelling out their salary, apart from the salary na 386 per day per worker for one month; but we’ll be giving them like 1 rest day na mangyayari kada Linggo. No work no pay naman talaga ang general principle niyan. We also have enrolled them to a group micro insurance, so ang coverage niyan ay for 1 year.)

Their tasks will be limited within assigned evacuation centers of the local government.

“It’s the city’s General Services Office that is primarily directing kung unsa ilang buhaton kada adlaw. So since atong gituyo nga dili hazardous ang ilahang buhaton naa sila mainly jud nakaconcentrate sa mga evacuation centers. They can help pack the relief goods, makapanglimpyo sila didto sa mga nagkatag so things like that,” Taniza said.

(Translation: It’s the city’s General Services Office that is primarily directing kung ano ang gagawin nila araw araw. So, since sinadya natin na hindi hazardous ang gagawin nila, mainly ay nakaconcentrate sila sa mga evacuation centers. They can help pack the relief goods, maglilinis sila ng mga kalat doon, so things like that.)
The Emergency Employment Program is one of the measures seen to help families affected by the landslide.

The unfortunate incident that claimed the lives of more than 70 residents occurred in September after the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong. — Gladys Toabi

Cebu City bus drivers, conductors to receive monthly salary

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 3, 2019

The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board Region-7 (NTWPB) has ordered bus operators in Cebu City to provide their drivers and conductors a fixed monthly salary plus other benefits including overtime pay, night differential and other incentives.

NTWBP Region-7 secretary Grace Carreon said that the directive aims to avoid the “boundary system” which often leads to accidents as drivers are forced to work long hours.

“DOLE Department Order 118-12 was issued because of safety considerations that’s why we will give premium to the safety measure,” she added.

Under the boundary system the driver pays the vehicle’s owner/operator a fixed amount commonly called “boundary”, for the use of the unit. Whatever he earns in excess of that amount constitutes as his income.

Chris dela Calzada has been a bus driver for 18 years. He often works overtime but never earns enough to provide for his family.

“Minsan malaki ang kinikita, minsan wala, minsan wala kaming naiuuwi sa amin kasi depende sa dami ng pasahero, (Sometimes the pay is enough but other times we take home nothing. It depends on the number of passengers)” he said. Dela Calzada is looking forward to the implementation of the directive for the assurance of a monthly income.

Bus operators who cannot provide minimum wage and benefits to bus drivers and conductors can no longer renew their franchises.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Ryan Mallari)

Metro Cebu also hit by water crisis

UNTV News   •   March 16, 2019

Water supply shortage is not only being experienced in Metro Manila and Rizal, but also in Metro Cebu.

Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) Spokesperson Charmaine Rodriguez-Kara said, “The supply shortage is caused by the lowering of the water table and pollution of sources due to septic waste and long-term use of fertilizers.”

Kara revealed that even without El Niño, the MCWD is only serving 43% of the Metro Cebu’s requirements due to the insufficient supply and fast increasing demand.

The Jaclupan and Buhisan dams, have been supplying water for the MCWD customers in Compostela and Talisay areas.

Currently, the water production of Jaclupan has been reduced from 33,000 cu. m. to 23,400 cu.m per day, while Buhisan has decreased from 5,000 cu.m. to 1,000 cu.m. per day, which resulted in a total deficit of 13,600 cu.m. per day.

Among the areas affected by the lowering of Buhisan Dam water level, include, elevated parts of Banawam Horseshoe Drive, Capitol Site, Oppra, Ipil-ipil, Camputhaw, Clavano, Sambag 1, Sambag 2, F. Ramos B. Rodriguez, Juana Osmeña, Pier Area, North Reclamation Area, MJ Cuenco Ave., M. Velez

Meanwhile, Jaclupan facility’s reduced production has affected the elevated areas of Talisay City, and downtown Cebu City.

MCWD has 450,000 cu.m. water demand per day from its customers, but it is now only capable of supplying 228,000 cu.m. daily.

This prompted the said water concessionaire to implement rotational water interruption. It also came up with a plan of building up an additional 4 wells as its short-term solution. Its management is also planning to have a major dam project as its long-term response to the problem.

The MCWD expects the shortage to continue until June this year. — Freema Salonga-Gloria

REPASO 2018: Calamities, disasters and the wrath of Mayon

admin   •   January 1, 2019


Typhoon Ompong is the strongest tropical cyclone that hit the country this year.

Before dawn on September 14, Ompong wreaked havoc in the province of Cagayan.

Several houses and some hectares of plantations were destroyed by the typhoon.

Aerial view of the housing community in Baggao, Cagayan, where Typhoon Ompong, internationally known as Super Typhoon Mangkhut made its first landfall

Apart from Cagayan, Benguet, Isabela and Ilocos Region were also battered.

In Benguet, more than 70 people died in the landslide in Itogon during the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong.

In October, Typhoon Rosita entered the country and made its landfall.


Typhoon Rosita onslaught in Watwat Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya on October 30, 2018

Unlike Ompong, Rosita was weaker than Ompong however it barreled past Northern Luzon.

It wreaked havoc in the provinces of Isabela and other nearby provinces.

Aside from the Benguet landslide, a massive landslide also occurred in Naga, Cebu.


Aerial shot of Naga, Cebu after  a tragic landslide struck the city

On September 20, a part of a mountain in Brgy. Tinaan collapsed.

More than 80 individuals were buried alive in the incident.

On August 28, Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) discovered a huge chunk of the mountain, which was then recommended as not threatening.

Naga mayor ordered the cease of quarrying in the area, however, MGB advised the resume of the operation.

But rock fissure went massive due to non-stop rain. Then the soil quality weakened and caused rock slides.

After the deadly incident, the local government decided to relocate the affected residents in the area.

Meanwhile, Mayon Volcano has started belching ashes in January.


White smoke coming out of the Mayon volcano on the morning of February 15, 2018. (UNTV Drone Journalism)

PHIVOLCS has been monitoring the abnormal volcanic activities of Mayon since August 2017.

Due to its volcanic eruption, many nearby cities were covered with ashes.

Many plantations were damaged due to ashes which can caused health risks to residents.

Many residents residing within the 6-kilometer radius evacuated in fear of lava flow.

The volcanic activity lasted for a month.

National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said that they will further intensify their efforts to prepare Filipinos in times of calamities.

“Marami na tayo nagagawa kung tutuusin pero for a disaster-prone country like the Philippines, dapat palagi tayo nag-iinovate. We should continue to reinvent, not to reinvent but enchance kasi yung palagi nating sinasabi yung bago mag-Yolanda yung abnormal noon is the new normal now. So dapat level up din tayo hindi lang sa responde kundi sa pagaaral,” said NDRRMC Spokesperson Edgar Posadas.

Meanwhile, at the Congress, the proposed creation of Department of Disaster Resilience (DDR) has been passed and is awaiting the approval of the Senate.

The DDR is the primary agency to focus on preparation, response, and rehabilitation in areas struck by a calamity.

Once signed into law, the NDRRMC will be abolished. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue


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