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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Albay to share best DRR practices at int’l commemoration of Natural DRR Day

LEGAZPI CITY, Sept 17 (PIA) – The Philippine Working Group for ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism has invited Albay Governor Joey Sarte Salceda to its annual Kapihan on Human Rights on October 8, 2014 at La Breza Hotel in Quezon City in commemoration of the International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction.

In his letter-invitation, PWG chairperson Wigberto E. Tañada has requested Salceda to give a presentation on the “Role of Local Government Units (LGUs) Before, During and After Disasters.”
Since 2002, the Kapihan has been a key forum to discuss human rights issues and their present situation by bringing together different sectors.

The event will serve as a forum for an open and constructive engagement to discuss the Kapihan’s theme for this year which focuses on disaster risk management and response and its implication on human rights.

“Considering the onslaught of (and continued threat) of strong typhoons and earthquakes and the effects of climate change, the Philippines has become more and more vulnerable to the threats brought by natural disasters which may lead to the loss of life and property,” Tañada noted.

Along with Salceda, representatives from the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), concerned government agencies, LGUs, and members of civil society were invited to share their reflections and assessments on prevailing human rights issues and concerns in relation to disaster risk and management.

The Albay governor, a sought-after international speaker on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction and management, has been known to “walk his talk.”

The most notable of which was a zero-casualty for his province after typhoon Glenda severely hit Bicol Region last July 15.(AAN/SAA-PIA5/Albay/PGH PIO)

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Legazpi City reiterates 4S strategy to prevent dengue outbreak

LEGAZPI CITY, Sept 17(PIA) – The Legazpi City Health Office (CHO) has convened village chiefs here to address increasing number of  dengue cases in the city after the onslaught of typhoon Glenda in July.

“The Legazpi City Epidemological and Surveillance Unit (CESU) has informed the City Health Department for the possible  out-break of dengue due to the reported increasing number of the infectious disease from mosquito bites in this locality,” Legazpi Health Officer Fulbert Alec Gillego said.

Gallego revealed that dengue cases in the city started right after typhoon Glenda and has continued to increase in the previous months due to continuos rains.

“This mosquito bite constraint started right after Legazpi was triggered by Typhoon Glenda in July and the continuous rains in the previous months which in turn resulted to the huge volume of waters deposited in this locality, Gillego noted.

The top ten villages identified by the CHO with high number of dengue cases are Rawis with 28 dengue cases, Washington Drive East with 19, Cruzada and Taysan each with 12 cases, Cabangan (Barangay 19) and Gogon both with 10, Bigaa with 9, San Roque 8 and Cabangan (Barangay 18) with 7.

To prevent further spread of this health menace in the community, Gillego urged the the public to work hand in hand reiterating the implementation of the 4s strategy, Search and Destroy, Seek Early Consultation, Self Protective Measure and Say no to indiscriminate fogging.

“Under the Search and Destroy, the people in the community should go out of their houses at 4 o’ clock in the morning, look for the breeding areas of the mosquito and destroy it. Also, remove all the stagnant waters and always observe cleanliness in the surroundings,” Gallego explained

He furthered that in case of fever, early consultation must be done to determine the cause.

Common symptoms of dengue fever that appear 3-14 days after the infective Aedes mosquito bite are high fever lasting 2-7 days, nausea or vomiting, abdominal pain, body weakness, nose and gum bleeding, and red spots on the face, extremities, and trunk.

There is no vaccine yet for dengue thus the best way to fight it is to prevent mosquito-bites and keep mosquitoes from breeding, said Gillego. (AAN/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Evacuation starts as Mayon restiveness raised to Alert level 3

LEGAZPI CITY, Sept 16 (PIA) – The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) in Albay has ordered all local government units (LGUs) and DRR authorities to implementforced evacuation late Monday night on all settlers within the 6-kilometer permanent danger zone while at the same time preparation for an imminent evacuation of the 10,000 families in the 6-8 kilometer extended danger zone down slopes of Mayon Volcano following raising the alert level from 2 to 3 hoisted over the volcano.
Albay Governor Joey Salceda has issued the advisory late last night as Philippine Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) raised around 10:00 pm the alert level of Mayon Volcano from from Alarming to Critical Status due to the continuous observation of increasing abnormalities based on the parameters being monitored by the agency.
The advisory also provided the enforcement of “no human activity” policy within the 6-km PDZ as counter measures for disaster avoidance.
“Based on our recent aerial surveys of Mayon before and after Alert 2, we have observed some re-entry of about 300 settlers into the 6KM PDZ even though they have long been resettled. Moreover, other settlers may have taken advantage of the interregnum since the Mayon eruption 2009,” Salceda said.
The governor said all local governments concerned and their respective DRR team, including the cities of Legazpi, Tabaco and Ligao, towns of Guinobatan, Camalig, Daraga, Sto Domingo and Malilipot, which were earlier trained on preparedness and response in the wake of Mayon unrest, were already directed to set preparations into motion for forced evacuation of settlers within 6-km PDZ while compulsory evacuation for residents inside the 6-8 km EDZ buffer zone.
In the emergency meeting today of Albay PDRRMC, Salceda, upon recommendation of Bicol Director Raffy Alejandro of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), has now placed villages in surrounding cities and municipalities directly affected by the restiveness of Mayon Volcano, which Alert Level is raised from 2 to 3, under state of calamity and directed mandatory evacuation not only for settlers within 6 km permanent danger zone but also those residing in 6-8 extended danger zone.
He furthered that classes will be suspended in schools with classrooms to be used as evacuation centers and in schools located within the 8-km extended danger zone down slopes of Mayon volcano due to threats of eruption.
Salceda has likewise ordered the Department of Education (DepEd) in the province to prepare contingency plan for school classes to be affected noting that as guidance during disasters, the rights of the evacuees are superior to the rights of schoolchildren.
"The province-owned permanent evacuation centers in Gogon, Aecid Daraga, and Guinobatan can no longer be used as classrooms starting today although there may be a need to use more schools to accommodate the evacuees from the 6-8KM EDZ," he stated.
He reiterated that the cluster approach, especially for camp management as organised and practiced during the Mayon 2009 eruption, shall be employed.
Populations located at the northeast of Mayon Volcano are also advised to be ready with damp cloths and/or dust masks in case of ashfall.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP) and Provincial Engineering Office (PEO) are also ordered to check availability of evacuation vehicles and assist local DRRMCs in the premptive evacuation, check points in PDZ and EDZ, and camp security management.
Meanwhile, Mayor Ann Gemma Ongjoco reported that Guinobatan DRRMC has earlier conducted forced evacuation of 28 families or 120 persons living within the 6 kilometer danger zone in Barangay Muladbucad Grande.
Also today, Phivolcs' latest Mayon Bulletin shows that Mayon Volcano’s seismic network recorded thirty-two (32) volcanic earthquakes and seventy-two (72) rock fall events during the past 24-hour observation period. Intensity III (bright) crater glow was visible last night, although rain clouds prevented visual observation of the crater during the day.
Rolling incandescent rockfall within the uppermost reaches of the Bonga Gully last night indicates that the summit lava dome is breaching the crater in its southeastern side. Sulfur dioxide (SO2) flux was measured at an average of 611 tonnes/day on 02 September 2014. Ground deformation data showed inflationary changes in the edifice from February 2014 based on precise leveling surveys on the 3rd week of August 2014, and edifice inflation from January 2012 baselines based on continuous tilt measurement.
All the above data indicate that the volcano is exhibiting relatively high unrest due to the movement of potentially eruptible magma.
Mayon Volcano’s alert status has been raised to Alert Level 3. This means that magma is at the crater and that hazardous eruption is possible within weeks. It is recommended that the 6-km radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) around the volcano and the 7-km Extended Danger Zone (EDZ) on the southeastern flank be enforced due to the danger of rock falls, landslides and sudden explosions or dome collapse that may generate hazardous volcanic flows. PHIVOLCS maintains close monitoring of Mayon Volcano and any new development will be communicated to all concerned stakeholders. (MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

ALMASOR stands out in 25th PHL Travel Mart Expo

LEGAZPI CITY, Sept. 11 (PIA) – The AlMaSor (Albay Sorsogon Masbate) tourism exhibit showcasing the best of the three provinces of Bicol emerged as one of the most visited booths and premier choice for travel enthusiasts in the 25th Philippine Travel Mart Expo held September 6-8 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

Department of Tourism (DOT) Bicol regional director Maria Ong Ravanilla has tapped Albay to lead the two other provinces in the recent collaborative undertaking in promoting tourism in the area.

Ravanilla shared that toung and old alike flocked to the AlMaSor exhibit enjoying the different sights that one could expect to see when visiting the featured provinces of Bicol region.

Happy faces turn into delight as they sample delicacies offered by the staff, food fare such as the famed Guinobatan Longanissa, the sumptuous and creamy Pinangat from Camalig, Pili candies, and the unique sili ice cream from Colonial Grill.

The brainchild of Albay Governor Joey Sarte Salceda, the AlMaSor is a trifecta of rich tourism destinations that perfectly complements each province as the three are very close geographically and each can be deemed as a gateway to the other provinces.

Albay Provincial Tourism Officer Dorothy Colle said in the short span of two years the results have been overwhelming.

“The collaborative efforts given by the three provinces, with the leadership and vision of Governor Salceda has propelled the influx of tourists to our region by leaps and bounds, with continued drive and exposure, like this travel mart, the potential for growth is unbounded,” said Albay Provincial Tourism Officer Dorothy Colle.

Colle further said that if the flow of visitors in the first few hours after the opening is to be an indication of what is to come in the three days of the exhibit, the ALMASOR booth may very well be among the top exhibits frequented by visitors, even among fellow exhibitors.

The ALMASOR pavilion has also been declared by the organizers as one of the top five finalists in the Best Pavilion Category and has won third place alongside Bohol and South Cotabato.

Votes were made by visitors, who are given 1 STICKER upon registration to be placed on a board designated for each pavilion.

The 25th Philippine Travel Mart is a three day exhibit at the SMX Convention Center organized by the Philippine Tour Operators’ Association (PHILTOA). Aside from Local Government Units, the Travel Mart also features booths from TRAVEL AGENCIES and airlines that offer savings of up to 70% in savings. (MAL/SAA/PGA-PIO/PIA5)

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JOC for Penafrancia Fiesta announces road closures, detours in some parts of Naga City


NAGA CITY, Sept. 11 (PIA) --- The Joint Operations  Center (JOC) for Penafrancia Fiesta has announced the closure of some major roads while at the same time providing detours  to ensure the smooth flow of the Traslacion procession Friday, September 12, here.

The same JOC has alreadey deployed personnel from the the Philippine National Police (PNP) and partner agencies to augment the teams that will supervise traffic in the main thoroughfares of this city.

The JOC has advised that Magsaysay avenue, in front of Sea Oil, including its adjoining streets which include Dayangdang Corner-Colgante, Boundary of Penafrancia and San Felipe Zone 1, Penafrancia Corner Magsaysay, Magsaysay-Balatas in front of Shell gasoline statio, MT Villanueva Corner Acacia Street and Jacob Street-People’s Mart until Elias Angeles St, corner Jacob Street, in front of USI will be closed to all kinds of vehicles.

Barlin Corner- P.Diaz, and Barlin Corner- Arana, including P.Burgos, Corner Barlin, Barlin Corner, Dimasalang St, Sta. Cruz Corner Iglesia St., Panganiban Drive –Dinaga and Panganiban Corner –Blumentritt , along M. Castro Street going to Panganiban will also be closed to traffic.

The traffic will be closed tomorrow starting at 11am.

The annual Traslacion procession signals the formal start of the Penafrancia Fiesta celebration, officially starting the string of religious activities in the city until the image of Inang Penafrancia is brought back to the Basilica Minore during the Fluvial Procession.

This year, as expected, millions of Marian devotees are expected to flock to the Pilgrim City and Queen City of the Bicol Region after the religious festivity kicked off a week ago.

The Traslacion procession will commence at the Penafrancia Basilica where the image of Inang Penafrancia will be brought by bare-footed voyadores at the Metropolitan Cathedral for a 9-day novena. After which, the most-revered image of Ina will be brought back from the Metropolitan Cathedral going to her original abode at the Basilica Minore via the historic Naga river through the fluvial procession.

The mass will commence at 12:00 pmn and will be officiated by Fr. Andres Belleza, Chief Chaplain of the Philippine Army.

Fr. Louie Occiano, Chairman of the Caceres Commission on Communication (CCC0m) of the Archdiocese of Caceres is enjoining all the devotees to share the faith and continuously spread the devotion to Ina.

“We are celebrating the year of the Laity where we focus on the role of the lay faithful to give witness to the gospel of Christ with Mary.  That is the reason for this celebration.  We  enjoined everyone to deepen their devotion to Ina for a more strengthened community.” (MAL/LSM-PIA5/CamSur)

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