Brgy. Bagong Silangan in QC prepares evacuation center in view of Typhoon Ambo

Marje Pelayo   •   May 15, 2020   •   1216

MANILA, Philippines — Residents in Tumana area, a low-lying portion of Bagong Silangan in Quezon City, are among the very first to evacuate during the onset of a tropical cyclone.

Around 300 families reside in the area.

As Typhoon Ambo drenches Metro Manila and nearby provinces, the Quezon City local government has prepared evacuation centers where affected residents may temporarily stay.

One of them is a covered court in Sitio Kumunoy in Bagong Silangan where 10 modular tents are installed.

Each tent may accomodate up to 5 family members.

According to some residents, the worst flood that they have experienced was during the onslaught of Typhoon Ondoy.

Nag-e-evacutate kami agad. Iyong mga gamit namin inilalagay namin sa [third floor] kasi tumataas ang tubig, (We evacuate immediately. We placed our belongings on the third floor because the floodwater was rising),” said Josephine Reynon, a resident in Tumana area,

Chesnaroys dela Torre said they have learned their lesson so they do not think twice anymore when going to evacuation centers.

“Nag-iingat na rin po kmi. Parang nadadala na kami kaya tingin-tingin kami na kapag tatlong araw na yung ulan, tumataas na po kami (We are cautious now. We have learned from the past so we now observe: if it’s three straight days of rain, we evacuate),” Dela Torre said.

Chesnaroys said they have small bancas on standby if needed.

QC Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office Chief Myke Marasigan expressed concern over the possible surge of floodwater coming from the Sierra Madre mountain range that is part of Typhoon Ambo’s track.

Kahit walang ulan dito kapag bumaba na ang tubig na binuhos sa upstream ay dadaan dito sa San Mateo River na nagdudulot ng pagbaha dito sa Bagong Silangan (Even without rains, whenever upstream water runs down to San Mateo River, it causes flood in Bagong Silangan), ” Marasigan said.

Nevertheless, Marasigan said they will ensure that residents will be placed on safer grounds.

Likewise, he stressed that in view of the current pandemic on coronavirus disease (COVID-19), certain protocols are in place to make sure that none of the evacuees is a carrier of novel coronavirus.

For one, strict social distancing measures will be observed to prevent potential spread of diseases especially COVID-19.

The QCDRRMO meanwhile is also monitoring situations in Barangays Roxas, Tatalon, Sto. Domingo, Apolonio Samson and Araneta Avenue for possible flooding in view of the heavy downpour brought about by Typhoon Ambo. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

Cop nabbed over alleged robbery-extortion – PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   October 27, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — A policeman assigned in Quezon City has been arrested for allegedly engaging in robbery-extortion activities, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Wednesday.

In a statement, the PNP identified the cop as Police Corporal Myrldon Linga Yagi, who was assigned at Station 14, Holy Spirit, Quezon City Police District.

He was arrested during an entrapment operation launched by the PNP Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG).

The PNP said the police officer was caught receiving the marked money worth P2,000 as the supposed payment of a complainant.

The complainant gave the money to Yagi so his fruit stand will not be dismantled and to get back his mobile phone that the policeman allegedly took by force, it added.

According to the IMEG, the complainant reported to them that he was mauled, gun-poked and threatened by Yagi.

Authorities were able to seize the marked money, one unit of Taurus 9mm pistol with serial number TZE 30683; two pieces of magazine with 16 ammunition, a PNP identification card and cash worth P1,635 from the suspect.

Yagi is presently under custody of the PNP-IMEG in Camp Crame while criminal and administrative charges are being readied against him.

Eleazar said he directed a thorough investigation into the incident to also determine the possible cohorts or other cops involved in robbery-extortion in the area.

“Dahil dito ay titiyakin natin na habambuhay na pagsisihan ni Police Corporal Myrldon Yagi ang ginawa niyang pangongotong lalo na kung lumabas sa imbestigasyon na talagang ginawa niya ito,” he said.

The PNP chief also threatened to dismiss police officers who continue to engage in illegal activities.

Quezon City allows minors to visit Quezon Memorial Circle

Robie de Guzman   •   October 21, 2021

Minors aged 17 and below are now allowed to go to Quezon Memorial Circle, the Quezon City government said.

In an advisory, the city government said that minors will now be allowed to take a stroll in the park provided that they are accompanied by their parent or guardian at all times.

It, however, said that the park will only accommodate up to 30 percent of its capacity.

The Metro Manila Council (MMC) earlier said that the intrazonal and interzonal travel of minors is now allowed as long as they are accompanied by adults.

The easing of travel restrictions for minors follows the government’s move to place Metro Manila under COVID-19 Alert Level 3 from October 16 to 31.

Under Alert Level 3, more establishments have been allowed to resume operations at 30 percent capacity for fully vaccinated individuals, and 50 percent outdoor capacity, provided that all employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Backyard piggeries, poultry farms now banned in Quezon City

Robie de Guzman   •   October 19, 2021

The Quezon City government on Tuesday announced that pig and poultry raising will now be prohibited in the city.

In a statement, the city government said the policy is contained under City Ordinance 2990-2020, which was passed in a bid to protect residents from various public health issues.

The ordinance, authored by Councilors Franz Pumaren, Diorella Maria Sotto-Antonio, and Eric Medina, stated that no piggery or poultry farm for the purposes of food or meat production should be allowed within the territorial jurisdiction of the city.

City Veterinary Department head Dr. Ana Marie Cabel said that aside from operating in an urban area, backyard piggeries also violate various environmental and sanitation guidelines.

Backyard poultry and piggeries also tend to pollute tributaries because such businesses often allow waste to flow into riverways, she added.

The Quezon City Zoning Ordinance also prohibits piggeries and poultries as the city doesn’t have any agricultural or rural zones that allow pig or poultry raising.

The city government noted that 14 out of 17 barangays that previously had backyard farms and piggeries have phased these out, citing data from City Veterinary Department.

“As of today, there are only three barangays (Payatas, Sta. Lucia and Old Balara) with 26 piggeries. They vowed to close these down by November 2021,” Mayor Joy Belmonte said in the same statement.

“Bago sila magsara, sisiguraduhin natin na mababawi nila ‘yung dapat nilang kita at bibigyan sila ng alternative na pangkabuhayan para magkaroon sila ng iba pang source of income para sa kanilang pamilya,” she added.

The city government assured to provide livelihood options for poultry and hog raisers who will be affected by the local policy through its Small Business Cooperatives Development and Promotions Office.

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