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

admin   •   November 11, 2013   •   2527

 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)

Man in Tacloban City quarantined for novel coronavirus infection

Marje Pelayo   •   January 24, 2020

Philippine Marines rush to shore during an amphibious landing exercise with United States counterparts on a beach on the coast of the Naval Education and Training Command in Zambales Province, northwest of Manila, Philippines, 09 May 2018. The Philippines-US Balikatan (Shoulder to Shoulder) Military Exercise is on its 34th iteration, which is aimed to enhance interoperability between security forces of the two countries. EPA-EFE/ROLEX DELA PENA

MANILA, Philippines – A 36-year-old male patient in Tacloban City is now under observation for potential signs of novel coronavirus, the Department of Health (DOH) revealed Friday (January 24).

The patient, who traveled from Wuhan, China, showed symptoms of nCov upon his arrival in the Philippines on January 17.

Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo, however, clarified that it is still too early to conclude that the man is infected with novel coronavirus.

The DOH is keeping a list of all individuals from China who sought medical tests relative to the outbreak of novel coronavirus.

Among them is a two-year-old toddler from Aklan.

The DOH clarified, however, that the toddler showed symptoms not worse than an ordinary flu.

Meanwhile, the DOH said they are expecting the release of the confirmatory test on the patients’ blood samples by next week.

The samples are now being tested at the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory in Melbourne, Australia, including that of the 6-year-old Chinese boy in Cebu who was first to be observed for nCoV infection.

At present, the World Health Organization (WHO) is not yet considering the situation a global health emergency.

Also, the Philippines is still technically free of novel coronavirus pending the confirmatory tests from Australia.

Nonetheless, Health offices across the country remain on alert against possible entry of the nCoV given the Philippines’ proximity to China.

Authorities are warning the public to refrain from travelling to China and always wear masks especially airport personnel as they are the first to have contact with arriving passengers from other countries. MNP (with details from Aiko Miguel)

11 Chinese illegals nabbed in Tacloban City

Marje Pelayo   •   December 13, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) reported the recent arrest of 11 illegal Chinese nationals in Tacloban City who were caught working without the necessary permits and visa.

The aliens, who entered the country as tourists, have been arrested while selling various goods at their workplace along Zamora Street in Tacloban City.

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente again reminded the public to “report to us any illegal alien in your locality and we shall go after them and send them back to their homelands.”

The Chinese illegals were later flown to Manila and detained at the BI detention facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City.

They will remain in detention while undergoing deportation proceedings.

Tacloban City to begin preemptive evacuation ahead of ‘Usman’

Marje Pelayo   •   December 27, 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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