Calabarzon RDRRMC to start profiling of needs in evacuation centers

Maris Federez   •   January 23, 2020   •   1276

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

Classes in all grade levels in CALABARZON suspended from January 17 to 29 due to COVID-19 surge

Robie de Guzman   •   January 14, 2022

The Department of Education (DepEd) in CALABARZON has ordered the suspension of classes in all grade levels in the region starting January 17 to 29 amid the rapid increase in COVID-19 infections.

In a memorandum signed by Regional Director Francis Cesar Bringas, the DepEd said that the suspension order is in support of the region’s “initiative for safe operations and well-being of stakeholders.”

“This suspension includes all other school activities, whether physical or virtual (online), that involve school-based personnel, learners, and parents,” it said.

DepEd CALABARZON also said that the schedule of midyear break on January 31 to February 5, 2022, shall remain.

“Schools Division Offices are encouraged to do necessary adjustments in the implementation of the curriculum after these suspension dates particularly when new directives are issued,” it said.

Meanwhile, the DepEd also urged private schools to exercise their own discretion relative to the suspension of classes and K to 12 learning activities when COVID-19 risks in their respective areas are high.

CALABARZON region includes the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, and Quezon.

STS Maring leaves 9 dead, 2 injured, 11 missing — NDRRMC

Maris Federez   •   October 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Severe Tropical Storm Maring leaves nine dead, two injured, and 11 missing as it exits the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported Tuesday, October 12.

According to its regional arm, four fatalities were recorded in La Trinidad (3) and in Itogon (1), Benguet due to landslides caused by STS Maring. One was reported in Claveria, Cagayan due to drowning; while four were recorded in Barangay Batang-Batang, in Narra, Palawan which was caused by a flash flood.

The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC) also reported that the two injured victims were from Buguias and Itogon, Benguet.

The 11 missing individuals were reported in landslides in Dominican Mirador (3), Central Ambiong in La Trinidad (2), and Barangay Tuding in Itogon (1) in Benguet. One is reported missing Badoc, Ilocos Norte where search and rescue (SAR) operation is still underway. Four are also recorded missing in Barangay Batang-Batang, in Narra, Palawan due to flashflood.

The agency said that 15 incidents of flooding and four incidents of landslides were reported in the wake of STS Maring.

Incidents of flooding were recorded in Regions 1, 2, MIMAROPA, 6, and CAR.

A total of 478 families and 1,638 individuals were affected by STS Maring, displacing 259 families or 889 individuals in Regions 2, MIMAROPA, and CAR.

STS Maring has also affected 24 roads and 10 bridges which as of this writing is still not passable. These are in Region 1 (six roads),  Region 2 (4 roads, 10 bridges), and CAR (14 roads).

The NDRRMC also said that the Ambuklao Dam has opened 8 gates and will start the gradual release of water on Tuesday afternoon after its water level reached 751.09 meters out of the Normal High Water Level (NHWL) of 752.00 m.

Binga Dam, on the other hand, has opened 6 gates and may start a gradual release of water in the afternoon as the water level reached 574.41 out of the 575 meters NHWL.

Meanwhile, the water level in the San Roque Dam which catches the water from Binga Dam is now at 275.14 meters out of the 280 meters NHW. The dam may start the gradual release of water Tuesday afternoon, said the NDRRMC.

The NDRRMC said local government units have requested support at the RDRRMC level.

The RDRRMCs have deployed their teams for clearing and SAR operations, in coordination with the Department of Public Works and Highways, the Philippine Navy, the Philippine Coast Guard, and the Philippine National Police.

The agency is also currently conducting Rapid Damage and Needs Assessment (RDANA) in the affected areas.

The NDRRMC will also deploy its air assets for aerial assessment in Region 2 as soon as weather permits. —/mbmf

Taal Volcano records high-level of sulfur dioxide

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Taal Volcano has emitted a record-high level of sulfur dioxide (SO2) on Tuesday (October 5), according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

Based on the latest bulletin of Phivolcs, the volcano spewed out 25,456 tons of SO2 dominated by upwelling of hot volcanic fluids in its lake. The volcanic activity also generated plumes 1,500 meters tall that drifted northwest and northeast.

Alert Level 2 remains over Taal Volcano. Phivolcs reminds the public that at Alert Level 2, sudden steam- or gas-driven explosions, volcanic earthquakes, minor ashfall, and lethal accumulations or expulsions of volcanic gas can occur and threaten areas within and around the Taal Volcano Island (TVI).

Phivolcs has recommended that entry into Taal Volcano Island, Taal’s Permanent Danger Zone or PDZ must be strictly prohibited, especially the vicinities of the Main Crater and the Daang Kastila fissure, and occupancy and boating on Taal Lake. AAC



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