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NDRRMC alerts 7 regions and 104 municipalities to possibly be affected by typhoon Butchoy

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

File photo: Typhoon 'Butchoy'

File photo: Typhoon ‘Butchoy’

In a worst scenario, 104 municipalities in seven regions may experience flash floods and landslide because of a possible 8-day continuous rainfall.

This is based on the hazard impact analysis of the Department of Science and Technology project nationwide operational assessment of hazards.

“We have directed regional OCD to conduct their own pre-disaster risk assessment and these are the following regions: Cordillera, 1, 2, 3, 4A, 5, 6 and NCR,” said NDRRMC chief Ricardo Jalad.

The provinces of Mindoro, Bataan, Zambales, Pangasinan, Benguet and Panay island may be affected.

Yesterday, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council operations center raised its alert level to blue alert status.

NDRRMC has conducted three meetings already on the pre-disaster risk assessment or the preparations of the government agencies for the impacts of calamities.

Representatives from member agencies of NDRRMC have to stay daily at Camp Aguinaldo to monitor the typhoon, its impact and the preparedness of the local government units.

More than 4 million pesos is the standby fund and more than 5 million pesos worth of food and non-food items or 356 thousand food packs have already been prepositioned by the DSWD.

NDRRMC has been reminding the public not to be complacent with the weather updates and the possible effects of typhoon Butchoy especially this weekend.

“We’d like to advise the public because of the possible enhancement of rainfall to moderate to heavy especially the weekend. So, we advise them to forego risky activities like caving, mountaineering, and visiting waterfalls and beaches,” Jalad said.

(ROSALIE COZ/UNTV NEWS)

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First PH-made train began operations in PNR

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Monday, May 6th, 2019

The first Philippine-made hybrid electric train operated for the first time in the Philippine National Railways (PNR) on Monday (May 6) for its validation test.

READ: First PH-made train to operate this May

Liza Pertumen takes the PNR train everyday. From Laguna to Muntinlupa, she travels early at dawn to work as a laundry woman. The train ticket costs P20.

Riding the PNR is convenient, she said. It costs way less compared to the P200 fare and there is no traffic.

Liza will be one of the possible passengers of the first Philippine-made hybrid electric train once it officially begins operations.

The hybrid electric train took passengers for a free ride as part of its validation test that will last until May 28. It currently operates from Alabang to Calamba, Laguna station.

According to PNR Spokesperson Joseline Geronimo, in case the trains pass the validation test they will begin its revenue operation. Geronimo also said the hybrid electric train will also help in increasing the number of train sets in PNR.

“Makakadagdag siya sa aming magagamit dahil as of now medyo limited iyong aming number of train sets dahil iyong aming ine-expect na nga brand new trains ay dadating palang before the end of June, (As of now, we have a limited number of train sets so [the hybrid train] will help. Our expected new trains will be arriving before the end of June.)” he said.

The PNR management still hasn’t decided on the fare for the hybrid train.

The first Philippine-made hybrid electric train was made and designed by the engineers of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). It has two power sources: battery and generator.

“It has two power sources so [iyong] pagiging hybrid niya nagiging more energy efficient siya and environment friendly kasi nagiging less ang fuel consumption natin and iyong gas emission less din (So its hybrid design is more energy efficient and environment-friendly. It has less fuel consumption and gas emission),” according to Engr. Pablo Acuin, project manager of DOST.

The hybrid train is also composed of five fully air-conditioned freight cars with CCTV. It took five years to make the train which is worth P120 million.

It can run from 60 to 80 kilometers and can accommodate up to 800 passengers per travel.(with reports from Joan Nano)



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Agri damage almost P8-B due to El Niño—NDRRMC

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, May 3rd, 2019

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported almost P8 billion worth of agricultural damage due to El Niño.

The NDRRMC’s report, released on Friday (May 3), estimated that agricultural damages went up to P7.962 billion. The affected areas include Regions CAR, I, II, III, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, V, Vl, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII and BARMM.

READ: More areas under state of calamity due to effects of El Niño

There are currently 43 local government that declared a state of calamity due to the severe drought.

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First PH-made train to operate this May

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The country’s first domestically-made hybrid electric train will soon start operations, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) announced on Wednesday.

In a Facebook post, the DOST Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) said the first locally-made electric train will begin commercial operations on May 6. Its passengers will get to ride the new train for free for more than two weeks.

“FYI: Starting May 6, passengers will have the chance to ride the Hybrid Electric Train (HET) for free for 19 days,” the DOST PCIEERD said.

The agency, which developed the train, said the Philippine National Railways (PNR) will operate the train on the Alabang-Biñan route.

The train set will be turned over to PNR after completing the 150-hour test which will simulate actual commercial use.

“The Philippine National Railways will have to complete 150 hours (approx. 19 days) run time for the train which will run the Alabang-Biñan route as part of its turn over process,” it said.

https://facebook.com/dostpcieerd/posts/1472317199572025

The train was designed and built by DOST engineers and local fabricators.

It runs on technology similar to Toyota Prius hybrid cars and has a maximum capacity of 880 passengers.

It is expected to run from 50 to 80 kilometers per hour (kph), faster than current PNR train speed at 40kph.

Train coaches are fully airconditioned and equipped with CCTV system, LED TV sets and automatic sliding doors.

The agency earlier said that maintaining the Filipino-made hybrid electric train will be easier and much cheaper unlike other railway systems in Metro Manila because its spare parts are available locally.

READ: PH to operate first locally-made commuter train soon

This innovation provides a huge potential in tapping local engineers and fabricators and the necessary boost for the country’s mass transport system. — Robie de Guzman

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