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BFP continues retrieval operation to victims of deadly fire in NCCC Mall in Davao City

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — Authorities continue to search for the 36 individuals who died in a fire incident at the New City Commercial Center (NCCC) Mall in Davao City over the weekend.

On Sunday, firemen found the remains of 32-year old Jeffrey Sismar, one of the 37 employees of the SSI call center firm who have been trapped on the fourth floor of the mall while the fire was raging.

Meanwhile, the families of the victims are still waiting at the holding area near the authorities to immediately gather information about their loved ones trapped inside the mall.

One of them is Lilia Chan Balino, who waited the whole day to get information about her missing niece, Nancy Loyd Abad, one of the employees of the call center firm.

“Married siya yung asawa niya tinatawagan niya nag ring raw ang phone isang beses pero yun lang,”  said Balino.

(She is married. Her husband had been calling her. Her phone had rung only once and that was it.)

Based on the initial investigation of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), the fire broke out on the third floor or the furniture section of the mall at past 3 in the afternoon last Saturday, which immediately eventually reached general alarm.

“When this happened, we were there. When we opened the door, there was smoke. We can no longer see anything. That’s why we closed the door anew. We attempted to exit at the employees entrance. There’s where several people exited. Halfway through the office, we realized that we can no longer pass through. That’s why we returned inside. Then someone gave us instruction to use a wet handkerchief to cover our nose and mouth to prevent suffocation. That’s why we keep on returning to the CR to keep our handkerchiefs wet,” said Jaz Careyas, a survivor SSI agent.

The employees of a call center firm on the fourth floor were not able to make it out.

For now, the BFP continues to investigate the cause of the fire and the number of damages to properties. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue



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Davao City declares Trillanes ‘persona non grata’

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018


FILE PHOTO: Senator Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — By virtue of a council resolution, Senator Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV has been declared persona non grata in Davao City.

“Hindi po siya kailangan dito (He is not needed here). Hindi po siya welcome dito sa ating syudad (He is not welcome in the city),” said Davao Vice Mayor Bernard Al-ag.

This, following a statement made by the senator at a press conference in Chicago where he said Davao City is the most dangerous city in the whole Philippines.

The Davao City vice mayor said Trillanes is mistaken with his claim as the city has been a recipient of a Seal of Good Governance award, granted by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in the years 2011 and 2015.

“He can come here without his bodyguard. I can assure him that he will feel safe here in the city,” said Al-ag.

Trillanes, however, said he based his statement on a Philippine National Police (PNP) 2015 data showing Davao City recording the highest number of murder cases and ranking 2nd in the most number of rape cases.

He believes that Davao City residents are aware of this but are just tolerating it out of fear or due to the fact that they have been brainwashed into thinking that they live in the safest city in the world.

When asked to react on this development, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said, “I do not know how you want me to react because this has nothing to do with the President and I speak for the President other than congratulations to Davao City”, said Roque. — Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue


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Iconic Kamuning Bakery catches fire

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — At past 12 am on February 6, the Kamuning Bakery in Quezon City went ablaze.

According to the Bureau of Protection (BFP), the fire was caused by embers left from another fire incident that happened yesterday in an establishment beside the bakery.

“We are looking into the possibility that ember from the fire incident earlier went in. The flooring of the second floor is pure light materials or timber. And the storage room contains a lot of stuff such as paper and other things,” said BFP QC chief investigator Insp. Rosendo Cabillan.

Kamuning Bakery has been operating for seventy years. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Davao City declares measles outbreak

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

The number of individuals with measles in Davao City has climbed to more than 200 since January 6.

MANILA, Philippines — The number of individuals with measles in Davao City has climbed to more than 200 since January 6.

Dr. Josephine Villafuerte said that of the 224 suspected cases, 17 individuals are confirmed to have measles, while four infants aged 6-months old to two years old died due to the said viral disease.

This prompted local government officials to declare a measles outbreak in the entire City.

“Number 1, we know there are more than 400 families who evacuated to Davao City from outside many from Marawi. That’s one matter they saw. The other factors that contribute to the sudden rise, for children are that they are malnourished, their nutrition is not good, their immunity is also not strong. They can easily contract the disease, but this is a communicable disease,” said Villafuerte.

The local government assured Davao City residents of having enough supply of vaccines against measles.

“Rest assured. We have a good government now. The vaccines medicines are readily available. To those who are afraid of  Dengvaxia, well this happened in the previous administration. The doctor said these vaccines will be coming out. Rest assured these are 101 percent safe,” said Councilor Jesus Melchor Quitain Jr.

Around 13,000 children aged five months old to five years old have received the anti-measles vaccine from the health office following the rise in the cases of the viral disease in the city.

Aside from the free house-to-house vaccination and health center based immunization, the local government is now intensifying its awareness campaign against measles in villages and private establishments.

Parents are also advised to immediately bring to the nearest hospital or health center their children who are showing symptoms of the viral disease such as fever, cough and cold, sore throat, and skin rashes to prevent it from worsening. — Leslie Longboen | UNTV News & Rescue

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