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NDRRMC at Ilang Government Agency, Nakahanda na sa Satelite Launch ng South Korea

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Si NDRRMC Executive Director Benito Ramos habang ipinapaliwanag kung paano posibleng maapektuhan ang Pilipinas sa gagawing sattelite launch ng South Korea. (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Nakahanda na ang National Disaster Risk Reduction And Management Council o NDRRMC at ilang ahensya ng pamahalaan sa isasagawang satelite launch ng South Korea na dadaan sa Philippine area of responsibilty.
Magdedeklara din ng no-fishing at no-fly zone ang NDRRMC sa mga lugar na posibleng pagbagsakan ng debris ng pakakawalang satellite sa October 26.
“Ito (ang) preparedness measures on Republic of Korea’s 3rd science and technology satellite launch aboard Korea space launch vehicle,” pahayag ni USEC Benito Ramos.
Handa na ang NDRRMC at ang iba’t-ibang ahensiya ng pamahalaan sa maaaring mangyari sa pagbagsak ng mga debris ng Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1 o KSLV-1 sa Philippine area of responsibility.
Sa October 26, sa pagitan ng 2:30 p.m. hanggang 6:00 p.m. (oras sa Pilipinas) isasasagawa ng South Korea ang kanilang 3rd satellite launch.
Sa pakikipagpulong ng NDRRMC sa mga technical expert ng Department Of Interior And Local Government, Philippine Nuclear Research Institute, Marina, Armed Forces Of The Philippines, Department Of Science And Technology, Philippine National Police, Philippine Coast Guard, Civil Aviation Authority Of The Philippines,at iba pang ahensya ng pamahalaan, sinabi ng mga ito ang kanilang contingency measures sakaling magkaaberya ang isasagawang satellite launch.
Ayon kay USEC Ramos, inaasahang babagsak ang mga debris sa karagatan, sa silangang bahagi ng Albay, Eastern Samar, Surigao Del Norte at Surigao Del Sur.
Idedeklara ring “No Fly, No Maritime Navigation” at “No Fishing Zone” ang bahaging ito ng bansa para sa kaligtasan ng mga residente.
“Kuwan lang naman ito (October) 26 ng alas 2:30 hanggang alas-sais lang naman na iwasan natin ang bumiyahe sa lugar,” dagdag pa ni Usec Benito.
Ayon pa sa opisyal, tatlo ang maaaring mangyari sa pagbagsak ng mga debris.
Una, buong-buo na babagsak ang payload fairing at booster ng KSLV-1.
Ikalawa, maaring pira-piraso na itong babagsak at ikatlo, dahil sa atmospheric pressure at friction, maaaring maabo na ito bago pa man ito tuluyang bumagsak.
Binigyang diin din ni Usec. Ramos na ang NDRRMC operation center lamang ang lehitimong panggagalingan ng mga impormasyon sa araw ng satellite launch upang hindi ito makapagdulot ng kalituhan sa ating mga kababayan. (Roland Lajara Jr./Marje Navarro, UNTV News)

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DILG eyes private roads as alternative routes during rush hour

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

The Department of the Interior of Local Government (DILG) is eyeing private roads as alternative routes during rush hour.

President Rodrigo Duterte mentioned the severe traffic problem especially in Metro Manila during his fourth state of the nation address (SONA).

He also ordered the DILG and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to resolve the problem.

The DILG and MMDA will meet the 17 mayors in Metro Manila in response to the president’s directive.

According to DILG Secretary Eduardo Año, they will look into using subdivisions as alternative routes.

“Maraming subdivision na ayaw ipagamit iyong kalsada nila pero pwedeng secondary roads iyan, kahit during rush hours lang, titignan natin iyan, (There are a lot of subdivisions that do not want their roads to be used but they can be secondary roads even just during rush hour),” he said.

DILG will also look into traffic ordinance enforced in several cities in Metro Manila that are not anchored in MMDA’s policies.

Meanwhile the Department of Transportation (Dotr) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) support Duterte’s directive to resolve the traffic problem.

However both departments said resolving right of way issues is a challenge. They said this is one of the primary reasons why several projects that aim to ease traffic have been delayed.

“We try to be fair to everyone but of course we have to look at the overall benefit. Of course we have to do our best to prioritize what will help the most number of people,” according to DPWH Secretary Mark Villar.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

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DILG to meet with local execs on clearing of public roads

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

Divisoria | Courtesy: JD Palero

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Tuesday said it is planning to meet with local officials this week to discuss clearing operations on roads being used for private purposes.

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said the move is in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to reclaim thoroughfares that are being used for private ends to ease traffic congestion in the country.

Duterte in his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday directed Año to suspend mayors and governors refusing to clear public roads and ordered its recovery as public property by local officials.

“I reiterate my directive, my request, my pleadings to the MMDA and all concerned local officials in Metro Manila, and all other cities, to undertake immediate action to ensure the speedy and smooth flow of vehicular traffic. Reclaim all public roads that are being used for private ends,” the president said in his speech at the opening of a joint session of the 18th Congress at the Batasang Pambansa complex in Quezon City.

Duterte cited a study which pegs the country’s daily economic losses at P3.5 billion because of road congestion, particularly in Metro Manila.

In response to the president’s order, Año said his agency is looking to create an inventory of roads used as parking areas and bazaars, like those in the Divisoria shopping district in Manila.

He is also eyeing to review and repeal local traffic ordinances that run against the traffic law policies of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and are not effective in addressing traffic woes.

Año added he is also looking to strike a deal to open certain roads of some private subdivisions during rush hour to ease traffic in major thoroughfares.

“Maraming subdivision na ayaw ipagamit ‘yung kalsada nila, pero puwedeng secondary roads yan eh, kahit during rush hours lang. Titingnan natin ‘yan,” he said.

(There are some subdivisions that refuse to open their roads that may be used as secondary roads during rush hours. We will look into it.)

The DILG chief also plans to inspect secondary roads that may serve as alternative routes. He is also eyeing to intensify local anti-illegal parking campaign and clearing operations to remove road obstructions particularly in Metro Manila.

“Kayang-kaya naman paluwagin ‘yang mga kalsada na ‘yan. So, mag-uusap yung MMDA, ‘yung 17 mayors ng NCR para gumawa tayo ng isang siguradong plano na implementable to ease traffic,” he said.

Duterte’s directive for the DILG to clear public roads comes after he stated that he wanted to make the trip between Cubao in Quezon City to Makati possible in five minutes this year. (with details from Joan Nano)

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Police, military hospitals on standby amid national dengue alert

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Thursday, July 18th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) has tapped the service of military hospitals amid following the declaration of national dengue alert.

According to DOH Spokesperson Eric Domingo, they have asked the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to be on standby in case the number of dengue cases increases beyond government hospitals’ capacity.

“Ang PNP at ang AFP natin may mga hospitals din naman sila and we have to network with them in case na talagang dumami ang pasyente (The PNP and the AFP also have hospitals and we have to network with them in case the number of patients increases),” Domingo said.

“Halimbawa may mga lugar na malayo sa amin tapos sila may hospital maari kaming makipagtulungan para ma- admit din ang mga pasyente sa mga hospitals nila (There are certain areas beyond our reach where military hospitals are located. We can ask for help to admit the patients there in their hospitals),” he added.

On Wednesday (July 17), Health Secretary Francisco Duque III met with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Health Cluster to discuss measures to curb the sudden rise of dengue infections in the country.

The DOH is in cooperation with other agencies like the Department of Education (DepEd), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in implementing actions in schools to prevent dengue, in educating the public on the dangers of dengue infection, and in coordinating with the local government units in destroying potential breeding grounds of dengue-carrying mosquitoes in different areas in the country.

“Kailangan talaga sa schools maglinis tayo, ma- educate natin iyong children at iyong parents kung paano iyong dapat natin gawin to prevent itong dengue at tsaka meron tayong changes sa mga patakaran sa school, (We need to have regularly clean up drive in schools and we need to educate the children and the parents on what to do to prevent dengue. Also, we have changes in school regulations,)” the DOH Spokesperson said.

Likewise, among the agencies’ action plans include designation of additional hospital rooms for dengue patients through Philippine Red Cross and the construction of extra hospital tents which can be used for emergency.

Domingo stressed the need to always be alert in providing the medical needs of dengue patients in order to prevent further deaths caused by dengue infection this year.

The DOH advises households to dispose stagnant water and dirty containers where dengue mosquitoes may breed.

Install protections such as window and door screens.

Likewise, do not let your child play or come near areas where mosquitoes are breeding.

Maganda pa rin talaga naka- pantalon at long sleeves ang mga bata para hindi siya makakagat ng lamok (It is better to have your child wear long pants and long sleeves to prevent mosquito bites),” Domingo advised.

The DOH, as always, reminds the public to immediately bring the patient to the nearest hospital if symptoms of dengue manifest.

The agency can be reached through the DOH hotline numbers 711-1001 and 711-1002 for inquiry about dengue. — with reports from Aiko Miguel

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