Residents in parts of Bulacan warned amid Ipo Dam spilling ops

Marje Pelayo   •   September 14, 2021   •   493

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Hydrometeorology Division advises residents in some parts of Bulacan to take caution amid the continuous spilling operations at Ipo Dam.

As of 8:00 a.m. Tuesday (September 14), the water level of Ipo Dam is 100.72 meters.

The dam management continues to conduct spilling operations with one gate open and thus, PAGASA advised residents in low-lying areas and those living near the riverbanks of Angat River from Norzagaray, Angat, San Rafael, Bustos, Baliuag, Pulilan, Plaridel, Calumpit, and Hagonoy to be alert for possible increase in water level.

PAGASA assured that it will continue to monitor the hydrological condition of Ipo Dam along with the Dam management for updates.

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PNP to require travelers to present COVID vaccination card in NCR, Bulacan border checkpoints

Robie de Guzman   •   January 6, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday reminded the public to always bring their COVID-19 vaccination cards especially when traveling towards Bulacan and Metro Manila areas.

In a statement, the PNP said motorists and commuters may be asked to present their vaccination cards at the border control points.

This is in compliance with the directive of local government units of Bulacan and Metro Manila cities for police personnel to check inbound travelers for proof of vaccination.

“Those without vaccination cards will be barred from entering and will be asked to go back,” PNP chief Police General Dionardo Carlos said.

The policy comes after Metro Manila mayors approved a resolution restricting the movement of unvaccinated persons within the region.

The first day of implementation of this policy in Bulacan had caused traffic congestion, but the PNP believes that this is only a direct result of the strict inspection measures to curb the possible spread of the coronavirus.

“The PNP is fully aware that movement must not be hampered, but non-essential travel can be controlled. Just stay at home at this time when you have nothing important to do outside,” Carlos emphasized with hopes that this can alleviate the problem on traffic jams.

The PNP assured it will continue to assess the situation amid the rising cases of COVID-19 in the country.

“If needed, more police personnel can be deployed to checkpoints with a heavy volume of vehicles,” Carlos said.

 

Bulacan, Cavite at Rizal, isasailalim na rin sa COVID-19 Alert Level 3 simula Enero 5

Robie de Guzman   •   January 4, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – Isasailalim na sa COVID-19 Alert Level 3 ang mga lalawigan ng Bulacan, Cavite, at Rizal simula sa Miyerkules, Enero 5 hanggang Enero 15.

Ayon sa Malakanyang, inaprubahan ng Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) ang rekomendasyon ng sub-technical working group on data analytics sa gitna na rin ng mabilis na namang pagtaas ng kaso ng COVID-19.

Ang hakbang ay kasunod na rin ng paglalagay sa alert level 3 sa kalapit na rehiyon ng Metro Manila bunsod ng lumulubong coronavirus infections.

Sa ilalim ng Alert Level 3, pinapayagan ang paggalaw ng mga tao subalit maaaring magpatupad ng makatwirang restrictions ang mga lokal na pamahalaan.

Ang mga indibiduwal na may edad 18 at pababa, at mga nasa vulnerable population gaya ng senior citizens at immunocompromised persons, ay papahintulutang maka-access sa pangunahing pangangailangan, serbisyo at trabaho.

Papayagan rin ang individual outdoor exercises anuman ang vaccination status.

Ipinatutupad ang maximum 30% on-site venue o seating capacity para sa fully vaccinated, at 50% outdoor capacity naman sa mga pinapayagang establisyemento at aktibidad.

Ipinagbabawal naman ang mga business establishment at activities na itinuturing na high-risk sa hawaan ng COVID-19 tulad ng face-to-face classes sa basic education liban na ang mga aprubado ng IATF, contact sports, funfairs o perya, kid amusement industries, venues na may live performers at audiences, casinos, horse racing, cockfighting, at mga pagtitipon sa mga bahay ng mga indibidwal na hindi magkakasama sa magkaparehong household.

Ngayong araw, nakatakdang magpulong ang IATF upang pag-usapan kung may mga panuntunan bang dapat na baguhin sa COVID-19 alert level 3 lalo na’t mataas ang vaccination rate sa Metro Manila at ilan pang probinsya. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

PAGASA raises signal no. 3 as Odette moves towards Palawan

Robie de Guzman   •   December 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — State weather bureau PAGASA has raised tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) number 3 over parts of Palawan as Typhoon Odette approaches the province.

In its 2 p.m. bulletin, PAGASA said Odette has maintained its strength, with maximum sustained winds of 155 kilometers per hour (km/h) near the center, gustiness of up to 215 km/h, and central pressure of 955 hPa.

It was located at 130km southwest of Cuyo, Palawan or 155 km east northeast of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. It is moving westward at 25 km/h.

TCWS no. 3 is up in the northern portion of Palawan (El Nido, Taytay, Araceli, Dumaran, Roxas, San Vicente, Puerto Princesa City) including Cagayancillo and Cuyo Islands.

TCWS no. 2 has been raised over the following areas:

  • southern portion of Oriental Mindoro (Bulalacao, Mansalay, Roxas)
  • southern portion of Occidental Mindoro (Calintaan, Rizal, San Jose, Magsaysay)
  • central portion of Palawan (Narra, Sofronio Española, Quezon, Aborlan, Rizal, Brooke’s Point) including Kalayaan and Calamian
  • southwestern portion of Negros Occidental (Cauayan, Candoni, Ilog, Hinoba-An, City of Sipalay)
  • Antique
  • the northwestern and western portions of Aklan (Malinao, Madalag, Libacao, Buruanga)
  • southwestern portion of Capiz (Jamindan, Tapaz)
  • central and southern portions of Iloilo (Bingawan, Calinog, Dueñas, Lambunao, Badiangan, Janiuay, Cabatuan, Mina, New Lucena, Maasin, Alimodian, Leon, Zarraga, Pototan, Santa Barbara, Leganes, Iloilo City, Pavia, Oton, San Miguel, Tigbauan, Igbaras, Tubungan, Guimbal, Miagao, San Joaquin)
  • Guimaras

Meanwhile, signal no. 1 is up in the following areas:

  • Batangas
  • southeastern portion of Quezon (San Francisco, San Andres, San Narciso, Mulanay, Catanauan)
  • Marinduque
  • Masbate (Esperanza, Mandaon, Palanas, Baleno, Placer, Cawayan, Milagros, Dimasalang, Uson, Cataingan, Pio V. Corpuz, Balud, City of Masbate, Aroroy, Mobo)
  • Romblon
  • western portion of Bohol (Getafe, Talibon, Trinidad, Bien Unido, San Miguel, Dagohoy, Carmen, Dimiao, Danao, Buenavista, Inabanga, Sagbayan, Clarin,
  • Catigbian, Batuan, Bilar, Lila, Loay, Loboc, Sevilla, Tubigon, Balilihan, San
  • Isidro, Calape, Loon, Antequera, Maribojoc, Cortes, Corella, Sikatuna, Alburquerque, Baclayon, Tagbilaran City, Dauis, Panglao)
  • Siquijor
  • Cebu including Bantayan Islands
  • the rest of Negros Occidental
  • Negros Oriental
  • the rest of Capiz
  • the rest of Iloilo
  • the rest of Aklan
  • northern portion of Zamboanga del Norte (Baliguian, Gutalac, Kalawit, Labason, Liloy, Tampilisan, Salug, Godod, Bacungan, Sindangan, Siayan, Jose Dalman, Manukan, Pres. Manuel A. Roxas, Katipunan, Sergio Osmeña Sr., Dipolog City, Polanco, Piñan, Mutia, Dapitan City, La Libertad, Sibutad, Rizal)
  • the northern portion of Misamis Occidental (Don Victoriano Chiongbian, Aloran, Oroquieta City, Lopez Jaena, Concepcion, Sapang Dalaga, Calamba, Baliangao, Plaridel)

PAGASA said Odette is forecast to make landfall in the vicinity of northern or central portion of Palawan on Friday afternoon.

It is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility by Saturday.

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