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Malacañan, nanawagan ng pagtutulungan at hindi sisihan sa nangyari sa Tacloban

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, November 11th, 2013

 Secretary to the Cabinet Jose Rene Almendras (UNTV News)

Secretary to the Cabinet Jose Rene Almendras (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Nanawagan ang Malakanyang sa publiko na magtulungan sa halip na magsisihan kaugnay ng naganap na pananalasa ng super typhoon Yolanda sa Visayas Region partikular  sa Tacloban.

Ayon kay Secretary to the Cabinet Jose Rene Almendras, hindi na dapat pang kwestyunin ang ginawang paghahanda ng mga local official ng napinsalang mga lalawigan.

Sinabi ng kalihim na patuloy ang pagsisikap ng national government na marating ang mga barangay sa Tacloban City na matinding napinsala ng bagyo.

Idinagdag pa ni Almendras na sa ngayon, partially operational na ang Tacloban Airport at maaari ng lumipad ang ilang eroplano mula Tacloban patungong Cebu. (UNTV News)

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Tacloban City to begin preemptive evacuation ahead of ‘Usman’

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Thursday, December 27th, 2018

Tacloban City LGU preparing for the expected landfall of Tropical Depression Usman

TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines – The local government of Tacloban City will open 71 evacuation centers prior to the expected landfall of tropical depression ‘Usman’ on Friday (December 28).

Aside from this, Brando Bernadas of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) confirmed that the LGU has prepared at least 5,000 food packs for families who will be affected by the cyclone as part of the LGU’s preparedness efforts.

“Nag-target tayo based on historical profile ng 5,000 families na ma-affected ng emergency evacuation operation natin. Hindi malakas ang bagyong ito pero ano’t ano pa man naghahanda tayo para sa displacement ng 5,000 families,” the Tacloban CDRRMO head said.

Bernadas added that the city’s emergency operation center has already been activated.

All emergency response equipment is in position while emergency responders are already on standby and will be on duty until ‘Usman’ departs from the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR).

“Ina-anticipate natin kasi kung Eastern Samar ang target matatamaan din ang Tacloban ng buntot ng bagyo at minsan mas malakas pa dito kaysa sa sentro,” Bernadas said.

Residents, meanwhile, preferred to pack their things ahead of the notice from the local government.

They said they will leave right away once the evacuation centers open especially if strong winds and high waves begin to manifest.

“Kapag lumakas na ang hangin lilikas na kami doon sa paaralan tapos hinahakot na namin ang aming mga gamit,” Anibong resident Susan Bituin said.

“Natatakot ako siempre baka magaya noong (bagyong) Yolanda. Ang mga gamit namin wala na rito, naka-safety na. May mga damit na lang kami na isusuot pero iyong iba safety na,” resident Purisa Dela Peña.

The local government constantly reminds residents to be alert and heed to authorities’ call so as not to be harmed by the upcoming cyclone. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Archyl Egano)

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SSS reminds typhoon-affected members of deadline for loan restructuring in October

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

 

TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines – State insurance Social Security System (SSS) reminds members who are among typhoon-affected residents in Tacloban City to avail of the calamity loan restructuring because the program is terminating in October this year.

SSS Tacloban Officer-In-Charge Dr. Lilibeth Cajucom said the restructuring is intended for members who availed calamity loan but are unable to pay their dues.

SSS opened the calamity loan program for victims of typhoons Yolanda, Ruby and Urduja.

“Ang maco-condone ay iyong penalty but they still have to pay for the principal and the interest and they can pay in installment,” explained Cajucom.

Cajucom added that delinquent accounts will have a maximum of five years repayment period depending on the principal amount and interest. She appealed to members to pay their loans accordingly and not to ignore their obligations with the agency.

“Lalaki nang lalaki lang ang interest plus penalty. Ang pag-collect niyan naman ay kapag mag-apply ka na for final claim, death or total disability…So kung ang claim mo ay lump sum lang tapos possible na magsobra pa ang babayaran mo, hahabulin ka pa talaga,” Cajucom warned.

Applicants are advised to bring complete documents such as ID, fully accomplished application form that can be downloaded from the SSS website. – Archyl Egano / Marje Pelayo

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Lawmakers eye creation of disaster dep’t to fast track gov’t programs

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

(Left-Right) Sen. Panfilo Lacson and Sen. Gringo Honasan

MANILA, Philippines — The oversight committee on the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 has questioned the slow implementation of programs and rehabilitation efforts in affected areas of Zamboanga siege and super typhoon Yolanda last 2013.

According to Sen. Gringo Honasan, until now there are still displaced families in Tacloban City and even in Zamboanga.

Because of the seemingly slow implementation of government programs, Sen. Panfilo Lacson believes it is high time to establish a department that will focus on disaster management.

“Na-experience ko ito noong nasa Yolanda ako, na wala kaming ginawa kundi mag-meeting and very short sa implementation. Kung meron talagang lead agency that will assume all responsibility at least yung implementation mapapabalis,” said Lacson.

(I experienced this during Yolanda wherein we did nothing but conduct meetings and very short implementation. If there could be a lead agency that will assume all responsibility, at least the implementation would be faster.)

Some government line agencies support the said proposal.

“There should be a form of unitary command that will deal with disasters,” Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) Asec. Kristoffer James Purisima said.

“Ang major coordinator ngayon ay (the major coordinator is the) Office of Civil Defense. Definitely kailangan silang palakasin (we need to strengthen it). Kailangang dagdagan ng tao (we need to add more people),” said Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) officer-in-charge Usec. Renato Solidum Jr.

To date, a bill creating an agency or department on disaster management is being undertaken by the technical working group in the Lower House.

Lacson said he will push for the passage of its counterpart bill in the Senate.

If this will become law, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and OCD will eventually be abolished. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

 

 

 

 

 

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