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NDRRMC urges public to brace for typhoon ‘Mangkhut’

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

NDRRMC Spokesperson Dir. Edgar Posadas

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Disaster officials have raised the highest alert as typhoon Mangkhut draws closer to the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR).

‘Mangkhut,’ which will be called ‘Ompong’ once it enters PAR on Wednesday, is threatening to bring heavy rains and may intensify into a super typhoon as stated earlier by the state weather bureau PAGASA.

Under red alert, all concerned agencies are tasked to prepare for the typhoon and send representatives to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) operations center.

According to NDRRMC Spokesperson Director Edgar Posadas, a pre-disaster risk assessment meeting was conducted last night with concerned agencies at the Camp Aguinaldo to brace for the possible onslaught of ‘Mangkhut’.

Relief food packs and rescue equipment have been pre-positioned in northern and Central Luzon, particularly Regions 1, 2, 3 and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), expected to bear the brunt of Mangkhut’s impact.

“The prepositioning of goods sa mga affected areas we were assured by the PDRMOof Batanes … That they have sufficient supply especially of rice they 2004 sacks in standby at sapat pa naman daw po ang kanilang food at non-food items,” said Posadas.

Posadas also noted that a standby fund amounting to P1.7 billion has been allotted by the government for regions that might be hit by the typhoon.

“There are already areas in Northern Luzon na makararanas na makararamdam ng malakaslakas na than the usual na pagbayo ng hangin niya at saka pag-ulan and this are the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, Apayao, Kalinga, Abra, Ilocos Norte, Batanes and Babuyan Islands,” he added.

The NDRRMC also urges the public to cooperate with possible preemptive or forced evacuations as the typhoon is expected to bring rains that might cause flooding in low-lying areas. – Lea Ylagan / UNTV News and Rescue

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El Niño damage to agriculture hits P2.6B

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The weak El Niño is hitting the country’s agriculture really hard a week after the weather agency PAGASA declared the onset of dry season.

READ: PH climate now shifting to its new norm – PAGASA

According to the latest update released by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Wednesday (March 27), Region 12 suffered the most damage with an estimated cost of P808 million followed by Region 5 with P793.9 million.

The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), Region 8, MIMAROPA, Region 6 and the CALABARZON also suffered great loss due to El Niño.

The total amount of El Niño damage to agriculture has now hit P2.675 billion according to the NDRRMC, though the figures are still for verification of the Department of Agriculture (DA).

Meanwhile, 18 areas across the country are currently under a state of calamity, according to the NDRRMC.

These are San Jose, Occidental Mindoro and Rizal in MIMAROPA; Zamboanga city in Region 9; the areas of Alamada, M’lang, Pikit, Aleosan, Magpet, Tulunan, Arakan, Cotabato Province and Matalam in Region 12; the municipality of Wao, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Datu Abdullah Sangki, Pagalungan and Upi, Maguindanao in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

The DA has already released P18.3 million budget for the conduct of cloud seeding operations in affected areas.

Concerned authorities are closely coordinating with PAGASA for advisories as the weather forecasts a full blown El Niño in the coming months. – Marje Pelayo

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Trapped bus passenger films landslide in Philippines

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

 

Screengrab from the video of landslide filmed by Kersee Masilem | via Reuters

A woman trapped in a bus filmed falling rocks and trees being uprooted by a landslide on Sunday (November 4) in Benguet, a remote mountainous region on the Luzon island in the Philippines.

Kersee Masillem, who filmed the scene, was sitting on a bus which could not reverse as another vehicle was blocking the road behind it.

She watched soil and rocks slip down a hillside for several minutes as huge landslide, which uprooted trees, hit the mountainside filling the nearby road with debris.

Rocks can be heard bouncing off the bus and passengers screaming inside. No one is believed to have been injured.

The landslide took place at Man-asok near Buguias in the Benguet province, an area prone to landslides.

More than 60 people were killed in the province by landslides triggered by Typhoon Mangkhut in September. — Reuters

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UNTV, MCGI extend assistance to stranded Filipinos in Hong Kong

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

A UNTV volunter distributing snack packs to stranded Filipinos in Hong Kong International Airport.

HONG KONG – Some Filipino tourists were robbed of their dream vacation after a strong signal number 10 Typhoon Mangkhut battered the island state over the weekend.

Some of them were first time travelers who did not expect that their excitement would end up in dismay because instead of a comfortable hotel bed, they were compelled to sleep on chairs and eat at the airport.

“Ang hirap po dahil, ang mahal po ng pagkain dito. Tapos wala man lang pong nag-assist sa amin, ni tubig or mahigaan man lang dahil napakalamig po ng sahig dito,” said one Filipino who refused to be identified.

Some of them were vacationing Filipino workers.

Janice Ebo was supposed to take a vacation home in the Philippines. But she did not hear any advisory from her airline company regarding the cancellation of her flight. She was only informed upon her arrival at the airport.

“Hindi ako naabisuhan na na-cancel pala iyong 11:30 na flight, so nakapunta na ako dito,” she said.

Janice was just among the few stranded Filipinos at Hong Kong International Airport who received assistance from volunteers of UNTV and Members, Church of God International (MCGI). Aside from providing them with snacks and drinks, the group also coordinated with the concerned airline companies for immediate rebooking of flights of the stranded Filipinos.

“Napakaswerte namin, kahit ganito ang nangyari sa amin. Hindi pa rin po kami pinababayaan ni Kuya Daniel, salamat po Kuya Daniel sa tulong ninyo po sa amin. Nawa’y magpatuloy po ang kabaitan mo sa ibang tao sa katulad naming OFW na nagtatrabaho, dito. Sana marami pang blessings na darating sa iyo,” Janice said.

Susan Degula and Venus Ragragio, also among the stranded Filipinos, expressed gratitude to the UNTV and MCGI for their assistance.

“Kung hindi po dahil sa inyo, hindi po kami makakauwi agad. Maraming-maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat,” said Susan. – Marje Pelayo (with report from Ferdie Petalio)

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