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NDRRMC on alert for imminent Mt. Mayon explosion

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

Around 5,000 families have already evacuated areas within the seven kilometer radius of Mayon Volcano.

Families from 25 barangays in Albay are now in 18 evacuation centers.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said they continue to be on alert for any Mayon Volcano activities.

“So, we are still on alert level 3 and very closely, Phivolcs is monitoring Mayon’s volcanic activity,” NDRRMC Spokesperson Mina Marasigan said.

The NDRRMC has also coordinated with the local government units and the Department of Social Welfare and Development to ensure that relief supplies and stand-by funds are ready for the evacuees.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is also on stand-by for the security and peace and order.

The government will also install temporary learning centers for the students in the evacuation centers.

Although tight security is imposed in the area, tourists were not restricted in watching the activities in Mayon Volcano.

“We have designated viewing desks and areas where tourists are allowed to go,” Marasigan said. – Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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Agri, infra damage from monsoon rains reaches P2.8-B

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, July 30th, 2018



Weeks of monsoon rains strengthened by three tropical cyclones that entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility have incurred over P2.8 billion worth of damage to crops and infrastructure.

Based on records of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), the agricultural sector suffered a loss of over P2.2 billion while damage to infrastructure reached over P600-million.

Crops from Regions 1, 2, 3, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, VI and CAR were inundated with floodwater.

Thirteen people were reported dead while over 2 million individuals were affected during the onslaught of enhanced monsoon rains.

The government has doled out assistance amounting to almost P72 million.

The Department of Agriculture will also be extending assistance to affected farmers and fishermen. — Rey Pelayo


Radio announcer Joey Llana ambushed in Albay

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, July 20th, 2018


Broadcaster Joey Llana, shot dead by unidentified assailants‌ in Daraga, Albay at 4:45 a.m. on July 20 (Photo courtesy of PRO-5)

ALBAY, Philippines – DWZR Zoom Radio announcer Joey Llana was ambushed at 4:45 a.m. on Friday (July 20).

According to Police Regional Office 5 Director PCSupt. Arnel Escobal, Llana was shot by unidentified assailants while on board his car on his way out of their house garage at P5 Barangay Peñafrancia, Daraga, Albay.

The 38-year-old victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds that led to his death.

Authorities are still investigating the incident.

Meanwhile, Malacañang condemned the killing of Llana calling it “another infringement on the rights to life and a free press.”

“The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) will be relentless in according justice to this latest victim,” assured Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque. – Lea Ylagan / Marje Pelayo


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15 BIFF members killed in Maguindanao clash

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

(Photo courtesy of AFP Joint Task Force central)


The conflict continues between the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Maguindanao.

The military operation against BIFF leader, Abu Toraipe, started at dawn on Monday, June 11 at Agusan Marsh in the municipality of Pikit .

“Trabaho ng military to secure the civilian and this threat. Ang Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters are the number one threat diyan sa Central Mindanao,” said WestMinCom spokesperson LTC Gerry Besana.

(It is the military’s job to secure the civilian and this threat. The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters are the number one threat in Central Mindanao.)

The Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) said 15 BIFF members were killed in the attack, eight were injured from airstrikes and two were captured including bomb expert, Anwar Ali.

There were no reported casualties on the military’s side.

Aside from this, the WestMinCom spokesperson said that the AFP also bombed the improvised explosive device (IED) factory of the Daesh-inspired group.

The clearing operation recovered several firearms and a few explosives.

Besana added that the destruction of the IED factory is a huge accomplishment by the military.

“It is a very significant accomplishment for the joint task force central under the Western Mindanao Command na talagang napakarami ng IEDs na tinamaan. Talagang napakalakas ng sabog doon,” said Besana.

(It is a very significant accomplishment for the Joint Task Force Central under the Western Mindanao Command because of the high number of casualties caused IED explosions.  The blasts were really powerful.)

The camp of BIFF on the other hand denied any casualties from their ranks.

“Mga sibilyan ang tinamaan ng airstrike at ang pagkawala ng mga 105 mm Howitzer.  Sobra 30 na ang tinamaan nandoon na ang patay. Wala naman kaming pagawaan ng bomba,” said BIFF spokesperson Abu Misri Mama.

(Civilians were hit by the airstrike, and the firing of 105mm Howitzer. More than 30 were killed. Also, we do not have a bomb factory.)

Meanwhile, the AFP assured they are doing their best to avoid collateral damage and it will not affect the peace talks between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).  — Dante Amento| UNTV News & Rescue

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