Two dead, four injured after a landslide in Taytay, Rizal

UNTV News   •   September 12, 2017   •   6765

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Landslide in the village of Dolores in Taytay Rizal

MANILA, Philippines — Two minors were killed, and four others were injured in a landslide at the village of Dolores in Taytay Rizal.

Members of the Pundal family were shocked after waking up soaked in floodwater inside their house after an overnight of heavy rainfall.

According to the head of the family, Jun Pundal, some of his companions were still asleep when the ground where their house sits atop, collapsed.

Two of his sons died due to the landslide.

They were 17 year old Jude Pundal, and 14 year old Justine Pundal.

“I set aside the mattress, and I woke up my two sons, I told them to wake up. Then there was a loud sound, and it was followed by a collapse. Everything fell down. My two sons were buried underground,” Jun Pundal said.

“I felt the ground moves so I stood up immediately. But they were already buried,” survivor Joshua Pundal said.

Meanwhile, Jun’s two other children and wife were also injured, and were immediately brought to the Taytay Emergency Hospital.

According to Rizal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Officer Loel Malonzo, they ordered the residents living near the creek to evacuate last Monday night since the area is considered landslide prone.

“They were ordered to evacuate since last night. And then it happened. It’s normal to them to stay until the area is rendered very dangerous already. That’s why we will now order a forced evacuation if necessary,” Malonzo said.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development temporarily housed the Pundal family.

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office has temporarily evacuated several families in Angono, Taytay and San Mateo Rizal due to floods in the said areas.

However, some residents choose to stay home saying the rains have already stopped. – Joan Nano | UNTV News and Rescue

Taytay PNP seizes over P1-M worth of illegal drugs

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Taytay Philippine National Police (PNP) has seized over P1 million worth of suspected illegal drugs during a buy-bust operation in Rizal.

Taytay PNP Chief of Police PLtCol. Rodel Ban-o reported that suspect, Gerlie Lasap, was arrested during an operation in Barangay Sta. Ana in Taytay, Rizal.

Authorities seized from Lasap around 200 grams of suspected illegal drugs, including P99,000 worth of fake money.

“Initially, based on our findings, she’s one of the main sources of the drug supply here in Taytay. A 200 to 500 grams per transaction is a huge supply already,” he said.

Ban-O also said Lasap also has dealings in Taguig City where illegal drugs are reportedly in short supply.

“This is an indicator po na kumakaunti po ang supply (that supply is dwindling),” he added.

Authorities are currently investigating where Lasap sourced her supplies and who her buyers are. AAC (with reports from Jennica Cruz)

4 dead, 6 missing after Cebu mining pit collapsed

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — At least four were confirmed dead, while six others are still missing after a mining pit in Barangay Biga, Toledo City, Cebu collapsed on Monday (December 21).

The victims’ bodies were recovered by authorities on Tuesday (December 22) during a rescue operation.

The said mining pit of Carmen Copper Corporation collapsed Monday afternoon. In a statement the mining corporation said the landslide occurred due to the heavy rains brought by tropical depression Vicky.

“As of this time we are in close coordination and communication with the affected immediate families and will continue to extend the needed support and assistance,” the statement reads.

Meanwhile, the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) is also investigating other factors that could have triggered the landslide. Carmen Copper Corporation is among the biggest mining companies in Toledo City, Cebu. AAC

Residents in Taytay, Rizal fight over water supply amid week-long shortage

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 29, 2019

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Tensions are rising as several residents of Brgy. Muzon in Taytay, Rizal continue to suffer zero water supply for over a week.

According to Barangay Chairman Frank Luster Santos, residents are becoming aggressive towards local authorities and at each other over rations from Manila Water.

“Ang problema lang hinaharang ng mga tao mismo [trak ng tubig]. Kung haharangin po nila at inaaway po kami, pati ang Manila Water po ay inaaway din po (The problem is, residents are trying to corner the truck of water. When we block them, they turn on us and the personnel of Manila Water),” he said.

One of the residents, Fatima Co said the ration delivered by Manila Water doesn’t even reach their area.

“Pero member din naman kami ng Manila Water. Kung sino ang malakas iyon ang maano, paano kami doon sa dulo, wala na. Hindi na kami nadadatnan ng tubig, (We are members of Manila Water too, but only those with personal connections to influential people get water first. What about us, nothing is left for us)” she said.

Co adds they have been experiencing water interruptions for a month.

Meanwhile, in a text a message to UNTV, Manila Water spokesperson Jeric Sevilla said that barangay Muzon continue to experience lack of water supply because of their steep location.

“We hope to improve the water supply situation in the next few days after the completion of the testing of the booster and pipe,” he said

Residents like Co had no choice but to collect water from a nearby spring.

However, the line to the spring is also long. There is also no assurance that it is safe to drink. Residents use the water for laundry and bath. But, according to some residents, if left with no choice, they would use it for drinking too.

Other residents would also pay someone just to carry heavy water containers uphill. They pay P5 to P120 depending on the water containers to be carried.

Hermy Obinguar, one of the residents, said their dilemma forces them to have unnecessary expenses.

“Ang budget sira. Imbis na ipangbili na lang ng ulam, pagkain, ibabayad pa namin para buhatin ang tubig namin, (Our budget is ruined. Instead of buying food, we pay someone just to carry our water),” he said.

Barangay Chairman Santos said they are trying to resolve the water problem but all they can do for now is remind residents to conserve water.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Jennica Cruz)

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