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Floodwater recedes in Bulacan

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — Floodwater in several towns in Bulacan has receded, prompting residents to return to their homes.

The traffic situation along McArthur Highway in Bulacan particularly in the town of Marilao has returned to normal.

This was after the areas were hit by floods caused by heavy rains on Tuesday.

The Bulacan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) said there are now fewer areas in the City of Meycauayan that remain submerged in floodwater.

“We have talked to the DRRMO’s in the towns and cities, and the situation is now normal… some areas are still slightly flooded, but these are now passable to motorists,” said PDRRMC head officer Felisicima Liz Mungcal.

Residents of the village of Abangan Norte have already returned to their respective homes after temporarily staying at evacuation centers.

“They already returned home as the water already receded,” said Pambayan Dalubhasaan Marilao College evacuation center chief security Alvin Manresa.

“The water level is knee deep that’s why we decided to just stay here for a night. Our children are okay here,” said evacuee Michelle Domiduez.

The management of Bustos Dam has already stopped the releasing of water.

The water level in the three dams in Bulacan remained normal. These are the Bustos, Ipo, and Angat dam.

There were no reported casualty or injured in the Tuesday’s flash floods . — Abi Sta. Ines | UNTV News & Rescue

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Residents affected by the PNR Clark Project call for aid in their relocation

by UNTV   |   Posted on Sunday, January 7th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Residents who will be affected by the construction of the PNR Clark Project of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) argued that the project will affect more than 100 homes.

For this reason, they are asking to be relocated and be provided with a livelihood.

“That’s what we are asking for. To have a proper relocation so we won’t be loitering on the streets,” said Marilyn Bakasmo, a local resident of Sitio Bukid Marilao.

“We can’t do anything about it because it’s not ours. We want to transfer to a different home, especially since we are just renting. My husband has no work,” said Rosalia Ensilyada, a local resident.

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said the agency will coordinate with local government officials so the affected residents will be transferred to other areas.

“Help us carry out the relocation easily. Help us so that affected residents will comply,” said Tugade.

“The sacrifice we have to make is only temporary, while the convenience that the project will bring is lasting,” he added.

Meanwhile, Bulacan Governor Wilhemilo Sy Alvarado vowed to coordinate with the National Housing Authority (NHA) for the relocation of the informal settlers. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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DOTr begins construction of Tutuban-Marilao station as part of PNR’s Manila to Clark Project

by UNTV   |   Posted on Sunday, January 7th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Officials of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and local government officials of Bulacan led the groundbreaking ceremony for the start of the construction of the first phase of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) Clark project.

The first phase of the project covers the installation of new rails and construction of new stations from Tutuban in Manila to Malolos in Bulacan.

It will be 38 kilometers in length with its station located at Socorro, Marilao Bulacan.

The Tutuban to Marilao PNR station is the first phase of the Manila to Clark Railway Project the government targets to finish by the year 2022.

The DOTr said that the current 2-hour travel from Tutuban Manila to Bulacan will be shortened to 35 minutes once construction on the first phase of the Manila to Clark PNR project is completed.


DOTr explained that phase one which covers Tutuban up to Malolos will be operational by 2021 while phase 2 which covers Clark International Airport and new Clark City will be operational by 2022.

Based on the estimates of the transportation department, the PNR Manila to Clark project can accommodate up to more than 300,000 passengers.

Also present at the ground-breaking ceremony were Senators Joel Villanueva and Joseph Victor Ejercito who are both residents of Bulacan.

According to Senator Villanueva, the project is a huge help in creating more jobs.

“In the Build Build Build, what follows are more jobs. There will be a huge demand for carpenters, construction workers. It will create more jobs for our citizens,” he said.

Daily commuters will soon see the great benefits  of the project once it is completed.

“If the train will be completed, the traffic will be decongested. They said each town will have an exit,” said Bulacan resident, Rudy Farinas.

“Traffic will finally ease up because at present, it is too heavy. This project is going to be a huge help,” said Marlyn Macasmo, a local resident of Bulacan.

The Manila to Clark PNR project is among the projects under the Build, Build, Build program of the Duterte administration. — Joan Nano| UNTV News & Rescue


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2 dead in Malabuyoc, Cebu due to Tropical Depression “Agaton”

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

CEBU, Philippines — Heavy rains have continued to pour over Cebu since Sunday which resulted in flooding in some parts of the province.

Two people have died in the municipality of Malabuyoc since storm signal number one was raised in the province

One of the victims was identified as 64-year-old Flora Basadre-Matas.

Authorities initially advised Matas to evacuate but she refused to comply until her home was hit by a landslide.

The other fatality was 39-year-old Richie Pimentel who jumped off their house due to extreme panic caused by the strong winds and heavy rains.

Meanwhile, some evacuees have already returned to their homes located in flood-prone areas like Sibonga, Barili, Dumanjug, Ronda and Toledo City.

In line with this, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office of Southern Cebu has deployed two teams to determine the entire amount of damages caused by the typhoon.

The teams will also look into the other needs of the residents affected by the calamity. — Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

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