Davao Airport sustains cracks after 6.9 quake in Mindanao
Marje Pelayo • December 16, 2019 • 708
MANILA, Philippines — The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) on Sunday (December 15) reported that structures at Davao Airport sustained cracks following the 6.9-magnitude earthquake that hit the area earlier in the day.
Based on the status report, no damage were reported on the airport’s runway but structural damages were seen in the facility.
Specifically, cracks were noticed on the ground near passenger boarding bridge #5 and international baggage buildup area.
The airport management is still verifying the level of damage, according to the report.
According to the latest situation report, no damages were reported at the airports in Mati, Tambler and Cotabato, Butuan, Laguindingan, Pagadian, Dipolog, and Zamboanga.
These airports remain operational, the report said.
“CAAP Operations Center shall continuously monitor the status of the airports and provide updates as necessary,” the agency assured.
MANILA, Philippines — For the first time since his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Rodrigo Duterte made his public appearance to visit Jolo, Sulu.
Specifically, the President visited the sites of the twin explosions that occurred on August 24 which killed a number of soldiers.
He delivered a short speech before the troops at Kuta Heneral Teodulfo Bautista Headquarters where he vowed to give his full support to the military in fighting and eradicating terrorists activities in Mindanao.
“Bilang isang Pilipino ibibigay ko sa inyo ang lahat ng suporta na kailangan ninyo para matupad ang inyong misyon dito sa Jolo (As a Filipino, I will give you all the support you need to accomplish your mission here in Jolo),” he said.
“I commit myself to working with you my dear troops to ensure that these terrorists will have no future in this country,” he added.
During the ceremony, the President commended the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the sake of peace and order in the province.
President Duterte said that he regrets the situation in Mindanao and added that if not for the atrocities in the region, it could have attained the progress that the province has been aspiring for decades.
“For decades, Mindanao’s progress has been hindered by the threat of insurgency and extremism,” the President said.
“Kung wala lang sana itong seed of hatred na nakalagay sa isip from generation to generation, sana ngayon maganda na ang buhay para sa lahat, (If only the seeds of hatred had not been planted in the minds of people from generation to generation, quality of life [in the region]would have improved for everyone by now),” he added.
The President appeals to all government forces to continue the fight against terrorism and work hard to achieve long lasting peace in the country.
“If we cannot really agree, then we fight and we fight hard hanggang magkaubusan na (until no one is left). Maybe by that time, kung ubos na ang lahat, wala ng giyera (when everyone is gone, the war would finally end)” he said. MNP (with reports from Rosalie COZ)
MANILA, Philippines – State weather agency PAGASA is monitoring a low-pressure area (LPA) near the southern island of Mindanao.
As of 4:00 a.m. Thursday (February 6), the weather system was located at 705 k.m. east of Davao City.
The trough of the LPA is currently bringing cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms in areas of Visayas, CARAGA, Northern Mindanao and the entire Davao Region.
Meanwhile, the Northeast Monsoon (Amihan) is seen affecting Luzon particularly Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, Bicol Region, Aurora, and Quezon where cloudy skies with light rains can be observed.
Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers will prevail over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon due to Amihan.
Similar conditions will also be experienced in other areas of Mindanao due to localized thunderstorms.
MANILA, Philippines – State weather bureau PAGASA is monitoring a Low Pressure Area (LPA) in the eastern part of Mindanao.
Based on PAGASA’s 4:00 AM update Monday (January 13), the LPA was spotted at 735 km East Southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.
Meanwhile, parts of Northern Luzon are currently experiencing the effects of the tail end of a cold front which brings cloudy skies with scattered rains and thunderstorms in areas in Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region,and Aurora.
Possible flash floods or landslides due to scattered light to moderate to at times heavy rains
Also, cloudy skies with scattered rains and thunderstorms will prevail over Caraga and Eastern Visayas as a result of the impact of the trough of the LPA.
This condition may cause possible flash floods or landslides due to scattered light to moderate to at times heavy rains.
Meanwhile, volcanic activity is currently affecting the provinces of Batangas, Cavite, and Laguna.
Hence, cloudy skies with isolated rains and thunderstorms may possibly reduced visibility and cause mudflow during ash fall and light to moderate rains.
Residents in the affected areas are advised to take extra caution and heed warnings from authorities.
In Ilocos Region, partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains caused by the northeast monsoon will prevail.
This may cause intermittent strong winds especially in coastal and mountainous areas.
Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will also experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms.
Residents are urged to monitor for possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms especially in areas susceptible to these hazards.
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