Boracay Island submerged in flood due to heavy rain

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 17, 2019   •   1944

Boracay’s D’Mall shopping plaza | Courtesy: Claire Ang

Several areas in Boracay Island have been submerged in flood since Tuesday (July 16) due to heavy monsoon rain brought by tropical storm Falcon.

Barangay Balabag and several parts of Barangay Manoc-Manoc are experiencing knee-deep flood.

This is despite the modern technologies installed such as the High Density Polyethylene Plastic or HOPE plastic used as storm drains in the island.

According to Malay Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (MDRRM) Officer Catherine Ong Fulgencio, they still expected flooding in several areas. She said they already have water pumps on stand by.

“Since hindi pa po tapos ang rehabilitation, may mga areas po na talagang babahain po. We have planned na kapag meron ulan, merong pong mag-stand by na water pump, (Since the rehabilitation is still unfinished, there are areas that will experience flooding. We have planned that when it rains, there will be water pumps on stand by),” she said.

The water pumps are already being used to reduce flood water in the affected areas.

Meanwhile, the local government and the MDRMM continue to monitor the situation in the flooded areas.—AAC (with reports from Vincent Arboleda)

Boracay hospital closes after doctor tests positive for COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   March 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Ciriaco S. Tirol Hospital located on Boracay island is temporarily closed to the public after one of its doctors tested positive for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Aklan Provincial Health Office said Monday.

Dr. Cornelio Cuachon Jr., chief of Aklan Provincial Health Office, said the hospital had to be closed after a 37-year old doctor working for the facility contracted coronavirus.

Cuachon said the doctor is currently under strict 14-day isolation after he manifested symptoms of the viral disease.

The doctor was said to have manifested symptoms such as cough and sore throat just days after he traveled to Manila to attend a convention from March 4 to 7.

He returned to Boracay on March 8 and worked at the hospital for over a week before he was advised to undergo quarantine.

“Mayroon siyang ubo, saka sore throat and then colds but hindi na siya nagpakonsulta. After nine days, binigyan siya ng advise na talagang mag-strict quarantine kasi nandoon lang siya sa ospital so mataas ang rate ng transmission,” Cuachon said.

The health official added that the doctor is now recovering from the illness.

Cuachon said, more than 10 hospital workers who had close contact with the infected doctor are also undergoing quarantine.

It is not yet clear when the said hospital will reopen. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lalaine Moreno)

Boracay stinks of days-old island waste

Marje Pelayo   •   January 2, 2020

BORACAY ISLAND, Philippines – Garbage is everywhere in Boracay Island after days of heavy rains and winds brought about by Typhoon Ursula.

A source sent UNTV images showing piles of garbage along the sidewalks believed to be from households and commercial establishments within the island.

The source said that piles of trash have been there for more than eight days already and that no help from the local government has come to transfer the garbage even domestic wastes out of the island.

Power lines are still cut except for the main roads which causes heavier burden to residents because the price of fuel particularly diesel has soared to P57/L – P67/L.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) explained that the typhoon not only affected the garbage collectors but it also damaged their equipment.

“Ang tunay pong sitwasyon ay biktima po ang mga kasama natin diyan na maglilinis nung Boracay, (The real situation there is, even our men who are supposed to collect and clear the garbage were also victims or affected by the typhoon,)” noted Environment Undersecretary Benny Antiporda.

What’s worse, the official said, is that residents lack discipline.

They keep on piling garbage even right after the previous batch has been collected.

The Department, nevertheless, promised to send additional personnel and dump trucks to collect the garbage and clear the island.

Antiporda also confirmed allowing exemptions to permit the delivery of petroleum products into the island. – MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

Sta. Ana, Cagayan evacuees return home as flood subsides

Maris Federez   •   November 21, 2019

CAGAYAN, Philippines – As the rain quiets down in Sta. Ana, Cagayan, the evacuees who have occupied the town’s multipurpose hall queued to return to their respective houses.

Sixteen barangays in Sta Ana were submerged in water, affecting 377 families or 1,514 individuals, according to the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the local government distributed relief supplies to the affected families before they set out to return to their homes.

“So far, ngayon Ma’am, nag-subside na po iyong tubig so safe na po silang pabalik sa kanilang bahay,” said social welfare assistant Hilda Bañezta.

Officials expect that the power supply will be restored by Thursday or Friday (November 22).

Meanwhile, the local government announced that classes in the whole province of Cagayan have resumed on Thursday except those in preschool and kindergarten.

Further suspension of classes at any level will be at the discretion of the local executives in the 20 municipal mayors in the province. (from the report of Aiko Miguel) /mbmf

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