MANILA, Philippines — The holiday season signals a doubling in the number of tourist arrivals at the Hundred Islands National Park in Pangasinan.
The Alaminos City Tourism Office attributes this to the numerous times the park has been featured in social networking sites as among the top tourist destinations in Pangasinan.
“We are also targeting for the number of arrivals to reach 500,000 this year 2017,” Alaminos City tourism officer Reynaldo T. Livara said.
Majority of foreign tourists who visit the place are Koreans, Americans and Japanese.
Since they began the beautification of the park and putting additional facilities in the islands, they have achieved a record high of 352,000 tourist arrivals this October, compared to last year which only reached 350,000 visitors.
The Alaminos local government unit ensured that even with the renovations that are being done in the place, the islands’ natural beauty is not at all altered.
“We have a statistics tungkol jan kung bakit sila bumabalik. Syempre una malapit lang ito eh, malapit lang ito strategic area and the same time every month kase na bumabalik sila dito there are new facilities na makikita nila na hindi nila nakita noong una silang dumalaw (We have statistics on why people keep coming back. Of course, firstly, it’s near, it’s strategically located. And at the same time, every month when they return, there are new facilities to see that they have not seen on their last visit),” Livara said.
Meanwhile, the city tourist office will implement a boat rotation to avoid confusion in the cueing of passengers and to give fair competition among boatmen. – Robie de Guzman | UNTV News & Rescue
Water spillage from San Roque dam threatens towns in Pangasinan
File photo: San Roque Dam in Pangasinan
PANGASINAN, Philippines – Spilling operation in San roque Dam in Pangasinan has been ongoing since Saturday (September 15).
This is the reason why several towns face the threat of severe flooding as the spillage may cause rivers to overflow their banks.
“Naranasan natin iyong pinakamataas na pinasok na tubig sa San Roque Dam. Noong bumaba ang tubig galing sa Benguet umabot siya ng 613 meters. Ganoon siya kalaki,” said National Power Corporation (San Roque) spokesperson Odette Rivero.
San Roque Dam is the catch basin for water rushing from the mountains of Benguet particularly Baguio City and which is now causing the water level to rise very swiftly to its spilling level of 280 meters.
Meanwhile, the spillage from San Roque Dam eventually led to the rising of water level in rivers in the town of Santa Barbara, Calasiao and Dagupan, consequently flooding major roads.
Urdaneta to Dagupan City highway is currently inundated by knee-deep floodwater.
According to NPC, it might take up to the end of this month before the water level in San Roque Dam returns to its normal level. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)
San Roque Dam opens more gates, prompts forced evacuation
Monsoon rains caused massive flooding in Pangasinan
PANGASINAN, Philippines – The provincial government of Pangasinan has ordered forced evacuation to residents nearby the San Roque Dam as torrential rains prompted the reservoir to open more radial gates resulting to the swelling of Agno River.
San Roque Dam serves as basin for Binga and Ambuklao Dams in Benguet.
As of 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday (August 14), water level in San Roque Dam has reached 287.15 meters, a two-meter lesser than its critical level of 290 meters. Five of the dam gates were already open with spilling level that already reached up to 6.5 meters or about 1,379 cms.
“Kinakailangan po talaga nating ipagpatuloy ang pagpapalabas ng tubig sa ngayon para mabawasan ang level ng tubig sa mga dams lalo na ito ay nasa critical level sa ngayon. Ang masasabi lang naming, kung ligtas ang mga dam, mas ligtas ang ating mga kababayan,” explained National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR) Spokesperson Odette Rivero.
Two cities and 11 towns or a total of 172 barangays affected by the spillage are now being strictly monitored by the authorities. – Bryan Lacanlale / Marje Pelayo
City/Towns in Pangasinan affected by the spillage from San Roque Dam:
- Dagupan City
- San Carlos City
DA to provide financial aid to calamity-affected farmers, fishers in Pangasinan
PANGASINAN, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture (DA) readies financial assistance to small farmers and fishers in the province of Pangasinan.
The province remains under a state of calamity following days of nonstop rains due to the onslaught of tropical storms and monsoon rains.
For this reason, DA is readying its Production Loan Easy Access (PLEA) facility and the Survival and Recovery (SURE) Assistance Program for the farmers and fisherfolk, whose livelihoods were affected by the typhoons.
Under the PLEA, an eligible farmer or fisher can avail of up to P50,000 while under the SURE, calamity-affected small farmers and fishers can avail of survival assistance grants of up to P10,000 for immediate and emergency needs.
SURE also provides zero-interest recovery assistance loans of up to PHP25,000 to farmers and fishers for rehabilitating their operations.
DA is now awaiting the local government of Pangasinan’s list of calamity-affected small farmers and fishers to estimate how much SURE funding to allocate for them.
During his visit to calamity-affected provinces, Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol noted that the biggest damage of the recent storms was recorded in Region 3, particularly in Tarlac and Pangasinan which reached to about P1.2 billion worth of crops.
On his Facebook account on Friday (July 27) Piñol said the DA has started turning over P81 million worth of seeds to calamity-hit farmers and fishers as part of the agency’s agri-fisheries relief and rehabilitation efforts in Pangasinan. – Bryan Lacanlale / Marje Pelayo