Calabarzon Police targets zero casualty from firecrackers, indiscriminate firing this year-end

admin   •   December 28, 2017   •   3301


MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP)-Calabarzon is confident to record zero firecracker and indiscriminate firing incident during the upcoming new year festivities.

With this, Calabarzon Police Regional Office Director PCSupt. Ma. O. Aplasca ordered his men to coordinate with local government officials regarding their campaign.

The police particularly asked LGU officials to tighten their monitoring of the use of prohibited firecrackers in the areas under their jurisdiction.

Local officials have designated areas where the public can watch pyrotechnics during the New Year.

“The public will enjoy the fireworks display. They no longer need to spend money for fireworks, and it’s safer,” said PIO chief PSupt. Chitadel Gaoiran.

Last year, the PNP Calabarzon recorded 229 cases of firecracker-related injuries in the region.

One was hit by stray bullet in Batangas, while two were arrested in Rizal and Batangas for illegal discharge of firearms.

The PNP is encouraging the public to immediately report them anyone who indiscriminately fires their guns.

“We cannot monitor each and one of them. So reports from residents would be a big help when it comes to indiscriminate firing,” said Gaoiran.

The Calabarzon Police have deployed more than 3,200 policemen in crowded areas like malls, transport terminals, and ports to maintain peace and order in the said region. — Joan Nano| UNTV News & Rescue

Some schools in Calabarzon hit by Taal eruption prepare for class resumption

Robie de Guzman   •   January 24, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Several schools in Tagaytay City and in Calabarzon region have begun preparing for the possible resumption of classes next week amid the continuing activities of Taal Volcano.

Calabarzon Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) on Friday said some families temporarily staying in schools being used as evacuation centers have been transferred to other shelters.

Clean-up of classrooms which previously housed evacuees have also commenced in line with the directive of the Department of Education (DepEd).

“Kasi meron po tayong memorandum po from Department of Education na nagsasabing it should be 15 days after the disaster na dapat ay makabalik na sa mga regular schooling ang mga kabataan natin,” Calabarzon RDRRMC information officer Jovner Dupilas said.

From the previous 626 evacuation centers opened in the region, the number has gone down to 500 after they decongested some shelters to give way for the possible reopening of classes.

Dupilas added they are now identifying other facilities that may be used as temporary shelters for families who fled their homes amid the Taal Volcano unrest.

“Nag-iidentify tayo ng mga evacuation center na konti lang ‘yung bilang or ‘yung evacuation centers na hindi na ginagamit. For example, sa Sta. Rosa City, meron tayong regional evacuation center doon na ipinatayo at ngayon ay hindi pa ginagamit,” he said.

Some schools in Tagaytay that are blanketed by thick layers of ash spewed by Taal are also being cleaned.

Classes here were supposed to resume on January 23, Thursday but was postponed by local authorities.

“Isa sa dahilan po kaya hindi pa po kami nagpatuloy dahil hindi pa po lahat ng school ay ready. Tuloy-tuloy pa po yung paglilinis, kaya iyon po yung isa sa dahilan namin maliban po doon sa alert level,” Tagaytay City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office chief Jose Clyde Yayong said.

DepEd earlier said it would recommend the resumption of classes on February 3 in areas that were affected by the eruption of Taal Volcano.

“Because things are calming down in certain places [and] in the schools which we believe can already be reopened, classes can be resumed starting February 3,” DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones said at a press briefing Friday.

“There are places na mas natatamaan sa Cavite. There are places na mas natatamaan sa Laguna,” she added.

Areas in Batangas that are not heavily affected by the volcanic activities could reopen classes to accommodate learners displaced by the disaster, Briones said.

Data from the department revealed that 1,054 schools in Calabarzon (Region 4A: Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) were affected by the suspension of classes as of January 23. Classes in some schools in the region were suspended indefinitely since Taal Volcano started erupting on January 12.

Although DepEd has recommended a date for the school reopening in the region, Yayong said they would have to depend on the updates and advise from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

“Titingnan po namin kasi sabi nga naming, what if isang taon siyang maging alert level four? So, depende po sa obserbasyon ng Phivolcs na iyon po ang sinusunod namin,” he said.

Taal Volcano remains under alert level 4, which means a hazardous eruption is imminent.

As of January 24, Friday, Phivolcs reported that Taal emitted a tall column of thick steam anew, signifying that the heating up of volcanic materials underneath the crater has intensified. The number of recorded volcanic quakes also increased to 466 from Thursday’s 444. – RRD (with details from Correspondents Benedict Samson and Vincent Arboleda)

Calabarzon RDRRMC to start profiling of needs in evacuation centers

Maris Federez   •   January 23, 2020

The Calabarzon Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) has started profiling the needs of evacuation centers in the region.

This is aimed at providing each evacuation center the things that would suit the needs of the evacuees.

Authorities said that despite the influx of relief goods at the Taal Volcano eruption response and donation hub in Batangas City, and all other evacuation centers across Batangas and Cavite, the primary needs of the evacuees are still not entirely met.

Some evacuation centers are still found lacking in basic necessities such as face towels, hygiene kits, detergent soaps, under wears, diapers, and the like.

Some are asking for more garbage bags, spoons and forks, and multivitamins.

“’yung ating Department of Social Welfare and Development sa national level ay bumaba na rin po para tulungan ang ating provincial office po ng PSWDO para mas mapabilis yung ating ginagawang profiling,” said Calabarzon RDRRMC information officer Jovner Dupilas.

Authorities ensured that once the profiling is completed, they will immediately distribute the things based on the needs of each evacuation center.

Authorities are also considering joining together the evacuees based on their town of origin, or to transfer them in evacuation centers that are near each other.

This is for the local government units to easily monitor the evacuees from their respective towns and the distribution of goods and services based on the needs and location of the evacuees. — (from the report of Vincent Arboleda) /mbmf

DOH: Hospitals in CALABARZON on code blue alert due to Taal eruption

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 13, 2020

Hospitals in CALABARZON region are in code blue alert due to the Taal volcano eruption, according to the Department of Health (DOH).

“Aside from those na naka-duty (Aside from those [health personnel] on duty) 50% of those who are not on duty are now deployed and are working,” according to Health Department Spokesperson Usec. Eric Domingo.

The health department already distributed N95 masks, eye drops, water disinfectants, and medicines in the CALABARZON region.

They also advised the public to remain in their homes and stay updated with the latest health advisories about the Taal eruption.

Domingo said they will remain on high alert for a possible increase in lung and eye disease cases caused by the exposure to volcanic ash.

One of the possible lung diseases include silicosis which cannot be easily detected by doctors. Domingo said inhalation of ashfall can cause inflammation and scarring of the lungs.

“Iyong kasing ibang ash particles mayroong silicon kapag na-inhale mo siya papunta sa lungs mo pwede siyang mag-deposit doon at pwedeng mag- accumulate (Some ash particles contains silicon. When inhaled, can accumulate in the lungs),” he said.

He also reminded the public to wear N95 masks, for those in severely affected areas, and surgical masks for those in Metro Manila. —AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

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