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PNP assures tight security in Albay danger zone chokepoints

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Legazpi, ALBAY — Philippine National Police (PNP) Region 5 reiterated that only residents whose houses are outside the 8-km permanent danger zone can go back to their homes.

“Mayroong mga police assistance desk na nakatalaga doon, kasi ‘yung ibang mga evacuation areas na ‘yung ibang mga tao pabalik-balik so doon natin ini-stop sila na umakyat ulit (We have police assistance desks designated there because others are in evacuation areas. We are stopping some people to come back and climb again),” said PNP PIO Maria Louisa Calubaquib.

Thus, police are imposing tight security in the designated chokepoints or areas monitored by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Meantime, in the municipality of Camalig which has six barangays inside the 8-km danger zone, the local government strongly encourages residents to stay in evacuation centers.

“Unang-una,  ‘yung food supply, dapat every day may makakain kasi kung walang makakain, babalik at babalik na ‘yan. Then may entertainment na binibigay. Then may mga cash for work din naman ‘yung DSWD,” said Camalig Vice Mayor Caloy Baldo.

(First and foremost, the food supply. Every day there has to be food because if there’s nothing to eat, they will go back. Then there’s also entertainment being provided. The DSWD also offers cash for work.)

Meanwhile, the AFP and PNP continued the psychosocial activities for residents inside evacuation centers.

The local government gives free face masks, food and water were given in Bariw National High school aside from games and amusement delivered to residents. — Mai Bermudez | UNTV News and Rescue

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Albay tourism thrives anew

by UNTV   |   Posted on Monday, February 19th, 2018

Legazpi, ALBAY — Even before the recent activities of Mt. Mayon, the volcano has been drawing attention from tourists.

Aside from its perfect cone shape that is seen in the morning, the nighttime fireworks display of the lava being spewed by the volcano is a sight to behold.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) Region 5 said the Albay tourism industry is thriving once again, particularly in Legazpi City, as it registered a ten percent increase in visitor arrivals since January.

“Marami talaga nag-bucket list ng Mayon Volcano to see, so we expect na mas dadami talaga ngayon ang curiosity (Many have included Mayon Volcano in their bucket list. So we expect curiosity over it to increase),” said DOT Region 5 director Benjamin Santiago.

Also pulling in visitors is the Cagsawa Ruins, a historical site of Barangay Cagsawa where more than 1,000 residents were buried alive when Mayon spewed lahar in 1814.

Tourists also flock to Lignon Hills where Mt. Mayon can be seen at close range.

Lignon Hills also offers many activities for tourists, such as the sky bike, where Mayon’s beauty can be seen in all its grandeur.

The Embarkadero de Legazpi, on the other hand, gives a full view of the volcano’s perfect cone shape from afar.

Tourists are always in awe of all of these beautiful attractions.

“Beautiful and amazing,” said Kim Tehyung, a Korean tourist.

“The mountain is so high the clouds are around there its good place to make a photo,” said Oh Yong Kun, one of the Korean tourists.

The DOT is confident that once the alert level warning in Albay is lowered, this will pave the way for other destination attractions to actively operate once again and will lead to a more a spiked up tourism industry. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

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PNP and AFP personnel nabs alleged ISIS member in Manila

by UNTV   |   Posted on Monday, February 19th, 2018

The alleged ISIS member nabbed by the Philippine Nation Police: Egyptian national Fehmi Lassqued alias John Rasheed Lassqued. (Lea Ylagan / UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — With the help of an information sent to Philippine authorities, the operatives of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) arrested Egyptian national Fehmi Lassqued alias John Rasheed Lassqued in his apartment at Casa Blanca in Adriatico St., Malate, Manila last Saturday.

Based on intelligence report provided by the foreign counterparts of the PNP and AFP, a leader of the Islamic State (ISIS) was able to enter the Philippines from Iran last July 2016 using a fake passport.

The alleged ISIS leader is an expert in bomb-making, that is why authorities consider him a threat to the country.

The PNP and AFP seized from the suspect a firearm, ammunition, and materials used for bomb making.

“Mayroon siyang mga drawing drawing. May mapang nakuha sa kanya but it’s really unidentifiable as of this time dahil hindi pa alam yung lugar. Mapa mapa  lang probably it’s a general area,”  said NCRPO chief PDir. Oscar Albayalde.

(He has sketches of a map. But it’s really unidentifiable as of this time because we do not know yet the place. It’s just a map. Probably, it’s a general area.)

“Maybe I was an ISIS before, but if I have these things, of course, I will say. It’s no problem for me,” said the suspect.

Authorities also arrested the partner of Lassqued, identified as Anabelle Salipada, a resident of Upi, Maguindanao.

According to Albayalde, ISIS members went to countries experiencing turmoil to recruit new members.

“Yung mga conflicting parties pwede niyang irecruit pareho. Ganoon ang ginagawa niya, gaya sa Mindanao, may conflict diyan so madaling mag recruit doon,” said Albayalde.

(The conflicting parties can be recruited. That’s what they are doing, like in Mindanao, there is a conflict there so it’s easy to recruit.)

Philippine authorities are still determining if Lassqued had recruited new members of the ISIS terrorist group. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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Store owners in Albay face charges for violation of price freeze, price tag laws

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018


A portion of the market in Albay.

ALBAY, Philippines — The owner of eight stores in Albay are now facing complaints due to violations of the Price Tag Law and the prevailing price freeze in the province.

This, after they were caught selling several products at prices over the suggested retail price (SRP) and without any price tags on the products.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is closely monitoring the implementation of price freeze in Albay especially now that the province is under a state of calamity.

The DTI said it will not issue any more warnings once they see violations of the price freeze and price tag laws, but instead will just directly file complaints against the violators.

The fine imposed on violators is P500 to P150,000.

“You do not make money out of the miseries of others,” said DTI Region 5 director, Jocelyn Blanco.

Meanwhile, the DTI conducted a Diskwento Caravan at some evacuation centers in Albay in which evacuees may avail of basic commodities and products such as sardines and coffee at very low prices.

“Even if na displaced sila. Life goes on parang normal (Even if they have been displaced, life goes on as normal),” said the director.

Evacuee Soccorro Solano was among those who availed of low-priced products at the Diskwento Caravan after the relief goods she received have run out.

Evacuees found it necessary to have a reserve of supplies as they wait for government aid to arrive.

“Kaya lang hindi ako nakapamili ng husto dahil walang pera (But I was not able to buy a lot since I don’t have much money),” said  Solano.

On the other hand ,the President’s emissary in Albay, Secretary Francis Tolentino, said there is enough food for the evacuees.

However, Tolentino admitted that there had been concerns in the stock of rice. But recently, he said the National Food Authority (NFA) has already resolved it.

“Parating na. Siguro hindi magtatagal. Yung iaangkat din nila, kasama yung commercial rice, hindi naman kukulangin (It’s on its way. It won’t be long now. The imported [rice] including the commercial rice will be sufficient),” said Tolentino.

On Tuesday, the provincial government of Albay received P30 million financial aid from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) to be distributed to the affected towns in Albay.  — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue


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