Si Pangulong Benigno Aquino III sa pamimigay ng relief goods sa mga apektado ng Bagyong Gener sa Maynila. Kasama sa pamimigay ng tulong sina Mayor Alfredo Lim at DSWD Dinky Soliman. (Malacañang Photo Bureau)
MANILA, Philippines – Personal na binisita ni Pangulong “Noynoy” Aquino ang evacuation center sa Barangay 105 sa Tondo, Manila upang mamigay ng tulong sa mahigit 200 pamilya na naapektuhan ng bagyong Gener.
Karamihan sa mga pamilyang lumikas ay nakatira sa gilid ng Manila Bay. Kasama rin dito ang mga pamilyang nawalan ng bahay matapos wasakin ng isang barge sa kasagsagan ng bagyong Gener.
Personal na dinalaw ni Pangulong Aquino ang evacuation center para mamigay ng relief goods, mga banig, kumot at mahihigan.
Nakiusap rin ang Pangulo sa mga pamilyang nakatira sa mga tinatawag na danger zone tulad ng mga nakatira sa gilid ng dagat na makipagtulungan sa pamahalaan para mailipat sila sa isang maayos na relocation site.
“Ilipat na natin sa tamang lugar, maayos na lugar hanapan na natin ng trabahong mapapasukan doon at may kabuhayan itatayo eskwelahan health center at ilayo natin sa panganib gawin na natin yun kaysa yung lagi nating pinoproblema tuwing masama ang panahon.”
Sa susunod na linggo, target ng DSWD na mailipat ang mga evacuee sa temporary relocation site sa Aroma Home habang inihahanda ng National Housing Authority (NHA) ang permanenteng paglilipatan sa Montalban, Rizal. (Ito ang Balita ni Nel Maribojoc/Ruth Navales, UNTV News)
MANILA, Philippines — In his public address Monday evening (September 21), President Rodrigo Duterte lauded the efforts of Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu in the full rehabilitation of Manila Bay.
The President expressed his high confidence in Cimatu despite criticisms on the use of crushed dolomite boulders to cover the coastline of Manila Bay and the timing of the project amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I think everybody was there when I said, ‘Roy, kaya mong linisin ‘to (can you clean this up)?’ And his answer was a very curtly given, ‘Kaya kong trabahuhin (I can work on it),'” the President recalled quoting Cimatu.
The President also noted that it is common for the opposition to criticize the government in all of its undertakings and specifically, the President himself.
“Wala naman talaga tayong magawa (We really cannot do anything). You do it, may masabi sila (they have something to say). You do not do it, may masabi si Leni (Leni has something to say about it too),” he added, referring to Vice President Leni Robredo who is the leader of the opposition.
“They are trying to delude people. They are trying to picture that there’s a failure of government. We have done our best,” Duterte stressed.
He also said the opposition should not be adding to the already heavy burden of the country brought by the pandemic.
Robredo has questioned on multiple occasions, the government’s COVID-19 response and criticized its seeming lack of direction.
“Alam mo Leni kung gusto mo (You know Leni, if you want), if you really want to do away with the COVID, i-sprayhan natin itong Pilipinas o Manila ng pesticide galing sa eroplano para patay lahat (let’s spray the whole Philippines or Manila with pesticide from a plane to kill them all) […] Do not add something to the pandemic by making such reckless statements na (that) we are not doing enough,” Duterte said addressing Robredo. MNP (wirh reports from Rosalie Coz)
MANILA, Philippines – A video taken by Regine Nequia, president of Baseco Seaside Neighborhood Association (BASA), showed dead fish floating in Manila Bay near the Baseco Compound on Thursday (September 17) morning.
She said that a similar incident have happened in the past, but the amount of dead fish has not been as large.
Residents are asking authorities to look into the matter not only because their livelihoods depend on the bay, but also because of the stench coming from the rotting fish.
“Ang mga nawalan ng trabaho dyan kumukuha ng pangaraw-araw ding ulam, [Residents who lost their jobs get their daily meal from the fish there],” Nequia said.
“Iyog mga mangingisda naman sa ngayon ay sadyang nababahala kasi dyan nila kinukuha yung kanilang pangkabuhayan, [Fishermen, meanwhile, expressed concern over the incident as they depend (on the bay) for their income],” she added.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has refuted claims that the dolomite or artificial white sand being dumped along Roxas Boulevard was the cause of the fish kill in the bay.
According to Environment Undersecretary Benny Antiporda, the Baseco area is way far from Roxas Boulevard and the two sections are divided by a breakwater.
He also noted that it seems impossible that the fish kill happened only in Baseco area but not in the Roxas Boulevard area where the dolomite dumping is located.
“It’s impossible na iyong fish kill nandoon lang sa lugar nila pero ang nourishment nandito sa kabila. Also, there is a big divider which is the breakwater so it is really impossible na dito sa atin nanggaling iyon,” Antiporda said.
The official cited similar incidents of fish kill that occurred in October last year which happened in the portions of Las Piñas and Parañaque but that was caused by the lowering of oxygen level in the water.
Nonetheless, Antiporda is not discounting the possibility of a sabotage or someone putting poison in that part of the bay to discredit the ongoing beach nourishment project.
“Mas gusto natin tingnan iyong positive side rather than may nanabotahe but hindi din namin dini-discount iyan at tinitingnan naming mabuti kung meron pa rin bang cyanide fishing,” he said.
The agency has taken water samples from Baseco area and from the site of the white beach project to help in the investigation. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)
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