LGU closely monitors 64 flood prone barangays in Cabanatuan, N. Ecija

Marje Pelayo   •   September 14, 2018   •   9190

NUEVA ECIJA, Philippines – The Cabanatuan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) is keeping a close eye on 64 high-risk, flood-prone barangays in the city at the onset of Typhoon Ompong.

Classes in all levels in both private and public schools are now suspended as the city is placed under tropical cyclone signal number 2.

Residents and accredited community volunteers are now working double time to prepare and pre-assess the situation for safety in the event of immediate evacuation and emergencies.

“Kung kinakailangan ng pre-emptive evacuation depende sa magiging kalagayan natin sa bagyo ay ipatutupad nila ito. Sa ngayon ay magsipag-inform sila sa kanilang mga nasasakupan na ganito kalakas itong ating bagyo at ang lahat ay inaatasan natin na lahat ay magsipaghanda,” advised CDRRMO Officer Rey Ventura.

The local government has already ordered the opening of all designated evacuation centers including elementary schools and universities.

Private malls in the city have also offered spaces for evacuation should shoppers get stranded by the heavy rains and floods.

Meanwhile, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is now preparing more than 2,000 food packs for evacuees. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Danny Munar)

 

Nueva Ecija culls 207 pigs over suspected hog virus

Marje Pelayo   •   October 17, 2019

NUEVA ECIJA, Philippines – The Cabanatuan City Provincial Veterinary Office culled a total of 207 pigs following reports of hog deaths in Barangay Dalampang, suspected to have been caused by African Swine Fever (ASF).

“Nangangamatay iyong aming baboy ngayon. Kinuhanan nila ng blood sample at iyong iba namang mga baboy na nangamatay ay ipinalibing namin (Several pigs have died in our place. Blood samples were taken from some of them, while we buried the others),” said Amang Soriano, the head of Barangay Dalampang.

Because of the incident, the PVO advised residents, especially hog raisers in the area, to immediately report cases of pig deaths so that prompt measures can be taken.

The PVO added that they are being extra cautious because it is the season for increased incidence of vector-borne diseases among livestock.

“Maaraw eh, expect mo na sa stress, marami mamamatay ( It’s been warm lately so expect that stress level would be higher which might result in more deaths),” explained Dr. Jun Romero, head of Nueva Ecija Provincial Veterinary Office.

“Marami kaming kinunan na sample. Akala namin ay suspected na (African Swine Fever). Nag-negative naman sa laboratory (We took samples from several pigs because we suspected it was African Swine Fever. Laboratory tests turned negative),” he added.

The provincial veterinary office is waiting for the result of the laboratory tests conducted on the pig blood samples.

If the result turns out positive for ASF, Romero assured they will impose the necessary measures to prevent the spread of the deadly pig virus.

Hog raisers assured, likewise, that they will abide by the protocol should the tests return positive.

“Kami po talagang sumusunod doon sa patakaran ng ating gobyerno na kung saka-sakaling may mga sakit na gumagala sa aming barangay (We really abide by the government regulations, more so if pig virus is present in our barangay,)” noted hog raisers Miguel Ramos. MNP (with details from Danny Munar)

BOC donates smuggled clothes and shoes to Ompong victims

admin   •   October 15, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has officially turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) the smuggled clothes, blankets and footwear that were confiscated by the agency from various ports in the country.

The items will be donated to victims of Typhoon Ompong which hammered Northern Luzon in September.

This is in accordance with the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to help indigent members of the community and put smuggled products to good use.

Some of the clothes donated by BOC and DSWD are second-hand. Under the Republic Act 4653, the commercial importation of second-hand clothing is prohibited.

But according to the BOC, these are still eligible for donation through the deed of donation.

The items, however, have to go through disinfection first to prevent any health risks that may arise from such goods.

“This can also be subjected to fumigation process pa. Para mas makasiguro pa, we add another layer that this will really be safe for use ng kanyang intended recipient,” Port of Manila district collector, Atty.Erastus Sandino Austria said.

Among the items to be donated are 32 bales of second-hand clothes; 5 bales of brand new t-shirts; and 32 boxes of new shoes.

DSWD Secretary Virginia Orogo said, “Upon arrival of the donations it should go directly to the beneficiaries. It will not stay long in our warehouse it will not stay long in anybody’s place.”

This is the sixth time that the BOC has donated seized items to the DSWD.

Other than clothes and footwear, previous donations to calamity victims included rice and other food items. — Joan Nano

Duterte places Regions I, II, II and CAR under state of calamity

admin   •   September 28, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte issues Proclamation Number 593 declaring state of calamity In Regions I,II,III and Cordillera Administrative Region after Typhoon Ompong caused widespread damage in northern Luzon.

The state of calamity declaration will fast track the rescue, relief, recovery and rehabilitation operations in the most affected areas.

It will also provide basis for price control measures which can mitigate the economic impact to the affected population.

The declaration of state of calamity in four regions will remain in effect until lifted by the president. — Rosalie Coz

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