‘Ursula’ death toll climbs to 16; state of calamity up in Leyte, Capiz

Marje Pelayo   •   December 27, 2019   •   594

MANILA, Philippines – Number of fatalities in the aftermath of Typhoon Ursula has already climbed to 16, according to the latest data of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

These casualties were reported in Regions VI and VIII while six others remain missing.

Based on NDRRMC’s latest data, the typhoon has affected more than 12,000 families in Luzon and Visayas.

More than 10,000 remain in evacuation centers while power lines remain cut in several municipalities.

The extent of damage prompted the provincial governments of Capiz and Leyte to declare a state of calamity to immediately address the needs of the residents in affected areas. — MNP (with inputs from Vincent Arboleda)

NDRRMC, nagsagawa ng online earthquake drill

Robie de Guzman   •   September 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Nagsagawa ang National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) ng nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill ngayong Huwebes.

Ngunit hindi katulad dati, virtual o online lamangito ginawa dahil sa banta ng novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Ayon kay Mark Timbal, ang tagapagsalita ng NDRRMC, alinsunod ito sa mga ipinatutupad na panuntunan ng Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) sa pagsasagawa ng mass gathering sa gitna ng pandemya.

“Kailangan po talaga natin sumunod doon sa mga reglamento na bawal ang mga mass gathering at saka yung ating social distancing or physical distancing requirements,” ang sabi ni Timbal.

Ala-una ng hapon sinimulan ang programa kung saan tinalakay ang mga kahandaan sa mga sakuna, partikular na ng lindol.

Kasama rin sa mga napag-usapan ang kahalagahan ng pagkakaroon ng go bag  na naglalaman ng mga mahahalagang gamit at pagkain sa panahon ng sakuna.

Pagpatak naman ng alas-dos ng hapon, idinaos naman ang isang ceremonial pressing of the button na hudyat ng pagsasagawa ng duck, cover and hold procedure.

Nakiisa rito ang ilang tauhan ng iba’t ibang ahensiya ng pamahalaan pati na ang ilang netizen na nag-post ng kanilang mga larawan sa social media.

Ayon kay Timbal, itinuloy nila ang pagsasagawa ng drill dahil hindi pa rin naman nawawala ang posibilidad na magkaroon ng lindol sa gitna ng nararanasang pandemya.

“Napapansin po natin sa mga balita na sa iba’t-ibang parte ng Pilipinas, may mga nagaganap rin po na mga lindol. Ibig sabihin po ang mga panganib na kinahaharap noon ay hindi pa rin nawawala habang may pandemic,” ani ng opisyal.

Layunin rin ng drill na maipalala sa publiko ang palagiang paghahanda sa posibleng pagdating ng mga sakuna at kalamidad. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Vincent Arboleda)

NDRRMC to hold nationwide simultaneous online earthquake drill on Sept 10

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 7, 2020

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) will be conducting various online activities for the Third Quarter Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED).

The NDRRMC through the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) will hold various online activities to continuously instill earthquake preparedness in people amid the pandemic.

“A webinar on earthquake preparedness and response in the new normal is scheduled for September 8 [from] 10 a.m to 12 nn. Resource persons from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will join the virtual discussion,” the post reads.

𝐍𝐃𝐑𝐑𝐌𝐂 𝐓𝐎 𝐇𝐎𝐋𝐃 𝐎𝐍𝐋𝐈𝐍𝐄 𝐀𝐂𝐓𝐈𝐕𝐈𝐓𝐈𝐄𝐒 𝐅𝐎𝐑 𝟑𝐫𝐝 𝐐𝐔𝐀𝐑𝐓𝐄𝐑 𝐍𝐒𝐄𝐃The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council…

Posted by Civil Defense PH on Thursday, September 3, 2020

Civil Defense Administrator Ricardo Jalad meanwhile, called on the public to participate in these activities on earthquake preparedness.

“Despite our current situation, we must bear in mind the importance of keeping ourselves safe. I encourage the public to continuously engage in activities that promote earthquake safety,” he said. AAC

PH authorities on alleged raid, confiscation of PPEs in hospitals: ‘Fake news!’

Robie de Guzman   •   April 2, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Authorities on Thursday denied information circulating online that the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) is raiding private hospitals and confiscating stocks of personal protective equipment amid novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis.

May kumalat po na fake news that some hospitals were raided by government, specifically OCD, to confiscate their supplies and equipment para ipamigay sa ibang hospitals. Fake news po yan,” Mark Timbal, spokesperson of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (NDRRMC), said in a message to reporters.

The OCD is the implementing arm of the NDRRMC.

On Wednesday night, information about the supposed raid made rounds on social media. The confiscated medical supplies were allegedly being consolidated to be distributed to other health facilities with attributions to a senator.

In a social media post, the Medical City denied the occurrence of such an incident.

“There are news circulating that a raid of PPEs occurred in our premises on the evening of April 1. We deny this and encourage everyone to be careful in spreading unverified information,” the post read.

Senator Bong Go, whose name surfaced in social media posts in connection with the purported incident, denied the allegation.

“Claims circulating that I am involved in handling donations intended for the government are utterly false, deliberate disinformation, and black propaganda,” Go said in a statement.

He also denied having any hand in OCD operations after it was tasked by President Rodrigo Duterte to manage, consolidate and allocate all donations of medical supplies in relation to the government’s COVID-19 response.

“Nais ko po klaruhin na wala po akong kinalaman sa operasyon at mandato ng OCD. Wala rin pong kinalaman ang opisina ko sa distribution ng government resources,” Go said.

According to Timbal, the OCD, like what was done in previous disaster response operations, has been gathering resources through procurement and donations.

“In the case of the COVID-19 response, OCD procured PPEs and other medical supplies and received donations from various donors. These are then provided to various hospital recipients,” he said.

“We are very grateful po to all our donors and the member-agencies of the NDRRMC who provide logistical support for the transport of the various items that we are giving to hospitals across the country,” he added.

He also thanked the media for helping the agency in its fight against false information.

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