Signal No. 1 up in 15 areas as Typhoon Bising slightly intensifies

UNTV News   •   April 17, 2021   •   729

Typhoon Bising slightly intensified on Saturday morning as it moved northwestward across the Philippines sea, state weather bureau PAGASA said.

In its 11 a.m. weather bulletin, PAGASA reported that Bising was located at 645 km east of Maasin City, Southern Leyte moving moving northwest at 20 kilometers per hour (km/h), carrying maximum sustained winds of 185 km/h and gusts of 230km/h.

By Sunday afternoon or evening, Typhoon Bising is seen to move generally northwestward. Afterwards, it will slow down and move northward until Tuesday morning, before moving generally north-northwestward over the Philippine Sea east of Northern and Central Luzon. The possibility of a landfall scenario has not been ruled out.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal no. 1 is hoisted over the following areas (30-60 km/h winds prevailing or expected in 36 hours):

Luzon:

Sorsogon, Albay, the eastern portion of Camarines Sur (Siruma, Goa, Ocampo, Tigaon, Sagnay, Baao, Nabua, Bato, Iriga City, Buhi, Tinambac, Lagonoy, San Jose, Garchitorena, Presentacion, Caramoan), Ticao Island, and Catanduanes

Visayas:

Northern Samar, Samar, Eastern Samar, Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, and Camotes Islands

Mindanao:

Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte (including Siargao and Bucas Grande Islands), and Surigao del Sur

Mindanao, secured amid threat of possible spillover of Afghan tension — PNP

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) has assured that the Mindanao region remains secured amid warnings of a possible spillover of the tension in Afghanistan.

PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar made the assurance after Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence, and Terrorism Research chief Rommel Banlaoi warned that the spillover in Afghanistan could inspire local terrorist groups to carry out attacks.

Eleazar said that the PNP and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) are closely coordinating to thwart attacks that may be carried out by local terrorist groups.

“I assure the public that the police and military will not allow a spillover of the Afghan conflict. Hindi namin hahayaan na makapaghasik ng kaguluhan sa bansa ang mga lokal na terorista para sabayan ang gulo sa Afghanistan (We will not let local terrorists to bring chaos amid the situation in Afghanistan),” he said.

The PNP chief said that the national police would be on full alert and intensify intelligence gathering operations to ensure there is no spillover in Mindanao.

Meanwhile, he urged the public to remain vigilant and immediately report unusual incidents that could threaten the safety of our communities. AAC

NTF to send more vaccine supply to Mindanao areas facing surge in COVID-19 cases

Robie de Guzman   •   July 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – More COVID-19 vaccine doses will be deployed to parts of Mindanao that are experiencing surge in infections, the National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 said.

NTF chief implementer and vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. gave the assurance during a dialogue with local officials in Cagayan de Oro City held on Monday, July 19, to discuss the health situation there.

In particular, Galvez said additional vaccine supplies will be sent to Northern Mindanao and nearby areas that reported cases of Delta COVID-19 variant.

“’Yung Region 10 magiging priority natin sa July, August and even September kaya nga nag-usap kami ni (Gingoog City) Mayor Erick [Cañosa] na kung kaya ang 2,000 [jabs] a day susuportahan namin siya,” he said.

“Ganoon din kay (Cagayan de Oro City) Mayor [Oscar Moreno] at sa lahat ng ating mga LGU kung ano ‘yung capacity natin we will support so that we can have immediate protection as soon as possible time kasi this is a race against time and we wanted na while the Delta variant is mutating, we are now vaccinating the vulnerable,” he added.

According to Dr. Joselito Retuya, a Cagayan de Oro-based epidemiologist, six Delta variant cases have been reported in Region 10, five of which are in Cagayan de Oro City and one in Gingoog City.

A shipment of 26,660 doses of Johnson & Johnson’s single dose COVID-19 vaccine were delivered at the Laguindingan Airport, Misamis Oriental on Monday.

Galvez said these doses should immediately be rolled out to offer protection to the public.

The vaccine czar also reiterated the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to ensure the equitable distribution of the vaccines among the regions and provinces throughout the country.

“Ang pinaka-primary consideration natin sa pagdedeploy ng vaccines are one, ‘yung health risk, economic risk, social, at security risk. And second, geographical, if that area is potentially vulnerable considering that highly-urbanized area sya, geographically disadvantaged siya, walang hospital and then also talagang potentially siya ang tatamaan pag magkaroon ng surge, ayun ang binibigyan natin,” he said.

Aside from Region 10, the NTF also deployed a batch of Janssen COVID-19 vaccine doses to the Bangsamoro region on Monday.

The Philippines has so far confirmed 35 cases of Delta variant, including three fatalities and 32 recoveries.

Eleazar orders BASULTA police units to beef up border control vs Delta variant

Robie de Guzman   •   July 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Guillermo Eleazar on Monday directed police units in Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi (BASULTA) to help intensify the intelligence monitoring and regular coastal patrol operations to prevent the illegal entry of people from neighboring countries amid the threat of Delta COVID-19 variant.

In a statement, Eleazar said he recently visited the provinces of Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi to check the security measures being implemented in the said provinces against the highly transmissible coronavirus variant.

The PNP chief said he has tasked local police forces and the Maritime Group to coordinate with local government units, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and the Philippine Coast Guard, in order to come up with tighter measures and seal the Mindanao boundaries against illegal entrants.

The move comes after the Philippine government included Indonesia in the list of countries with strict travel restrictions due to the surge of COVID-19 cases, which health experts attributed to the Delta variant.

The travel ban on Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates, and Oman is effective until July 31.

Eleazar said the Philippines shares border with Indonesia and Malaysia in Mindanao, and the porous border in the South is reportedly being taken advantage of for smuggling activities, including those who want to easily get in and go out of the Philippines.

“Bukod sa’ting mga local police forces, nagbigay na din ako ng kautusan sa ating mga commanders doon, lalo na sa Maritime Group, na palakasin ang border control sa lahat ng pumapasok na galing sa Indonesia at Malaysia upang matiyak na hindi tayo malulusutan doon,” he said.

Eleazar said he will also meet with the officials of the Police Regional Office- Bangsamoro Autonomous Region to discuss security and safety measures in the region.

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