US donates 500 shelter-grade tarps for families affected by Typhoon Kiko in Batanes

Marje Pelayo   •   September 24, 2021   •   832

MANILA, Philippines — The United States government through the USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance donated 500 shelter-grade tarpaulins for Filipino families in Batanes whose houses were affected by Typhoon Kiko (International name Chanthu).

The tarps, which arrived on Thursday (September 24), were transported by USAID Philippines partner International Organization for Migration (IOM) Philippines in cooperation with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Philippine Air Force.

Soon, another 450 USAID shelter-grade tarps will be delivered to the province through the assistance of the Philippine Navy.

All tarpaulin shelters will help 500 affected families in the province.

 

PH gets additional US-donated Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses

Robie de Guzman   •   September 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines has received another batch of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines donated by the United States government, the National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 said.

In a statement, the NTF said 561,600 more Pfizer shots from the US government through World Health Organization (WHO)-led COVAX facility arrived in Manila on Monday night.

Last September 19, the Philippines also received a total of 2,020,590 doses of Pfizer shots, which were also donated by the US through COVAX.

“I’m really proud that we donated for the last two days more than 2 million doses that will give more than a million Filipinos full vaccination,” US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Heather Variava said.

Variava also expressed gratitude to the government of the Philippines, the WHO, and UNICEF for the continuing partnership which is helping to save lives and overcome the pandemic.

The latest batch of Pfizer vaccines were immediately transported to the Pharmaserve cold storage facility in Marikina City.

NTF special adviser Dr. Teodoro Herbosa said that majority of these vaccines will be deployed to Region 4-A, Region 3, Cebu, and Davao.

“We continue to catch up in those areas where we only have about 3% to 5% fully vaccinated [individuals]. So hinahabol talaga natin ‘yung outside NCR.” Herbosa said.

Aside from the donated jabs, 3,935,880 procured Pfizer doses have been delivered to the Philippines as part of the 40 million doses the country has secured from the American pharmaceutical firm.

In total, the Philippines has received some 16 million COVID-19 vaccine doses from the COVAX Facility.

As of September 20, a total of 64,942,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses coming from various manufacturers have been delivered to the Philippines since February.

Southwest monsoon affecting Luzon, ITCZ affecting Southern Mindanao

Marje Pelayo   •   September 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Tropical cyclone Chantu (Typhoon Kiko) has exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and is now 790 kilometers North of Itbayat, Batanes.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the Southwest Monsoon and the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) will bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over the areas of Babuyan Islands, Batanes, Ilocos Region, Abra, Benguet, Zambales, Bataan, MIMAROPA, the Zamboanga Peninsula, and the Bangsamoro.

This may cause flash floods or landslides due to heavy to at times intense rains in the said areas.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to the combined effects of the Southwest Monsoon and localized thunderstorms.

All Tropical Cyclone Wind Signals are now lifted.

However, PAGASA said the enhanced Southwest Monsoon will bring occasional gusts reaching strong breezes to near gale strength over the coastal and upland or mountain areas of Northern Luzon, Central Luzon, Metro Manila, CALABARZON, and MIMAROPA in the next 24 hours.

‘Kiko’ slightly weakens as it heads for Taiwan

UNTV News   •   September 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Typhoon Kiko has slightly weakened on Sunday morning and is now over the sea, east of Central Taiwan, state weather bureau PAGASA said in its 5:00 a.m. advisory.

As of 4:00 a.m. the eye of the typhoon was located 245 km north of Itbayat, Batanes.

It has maximum sustained winds of 175 km/h near the center with gustiness of up to 215 km/h as it moves northward at 15 km/h.

TROPICAL CYCLONE WIND SIGNALS IN EFFECT:

TCWS#2 (Damaging gale-force to storm-force winds prevailing or expected within 24 hours)

  • northern portion of Batanes (Itbayat)

TCWS#1 (Strong winds prevailing or expected within 36 hours)

  • northern portion of Babuyan Islands (Babuyan Is., Calayan Is., Panuitan Is.) and the rest of Batanes

Tropical cyclone wind signals hoisted in other areas have been lifted.

Typhoon Kiko will bring heavy to intense with at times torrential rains over Batanes. Moderate to heavy with at times intense rains are also likely over Babuyan Islands in the next 24 hours.

Under these conditions, scattered to widespread flooding (including flash floods) and rain-induced landslides are possible especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazard as identified in hazard maps.

Kiko will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon, bringing monsoon rains over Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, and the western section of Central Luzon in the next 24 hours.

The typhoon is forecast to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility this afternoon or evening. Throughout the forecast period, further weakening will continue but “Kiko” will remain within typhoon category.

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