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Friday, September 23, 2016

Project NOAH chief cites vital role of hazard mapping in averting disasters

By Sally A. Altea

LEGAZPI CITY, Sept. 22 (PIA) – Technology and education can be used to avert disasters, said multi-awarded Filipino scientist and Department of Science and Technology (DOST) official during his visit here this week.

Mahar Lagmay, geologist and executive director of Project NOAH or the Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards under the DOST, is the resource speaker for the first day of the Quality Assurance and Finalization of Learning Materials on Climate Change Adaptation (CCC) and Disaster Risk and Vulnerability Reduction (DRVR).

DOST-Project NOAH Executive Director Mahar Lagmay talks about the integration of Project NOAH and probabilistic hazard mapping in the K to 12 education curriculum through CCA  and DRVR learning materials during the first day of the Quality Assurance and Finalization of Learning Materials.

The event is hosted by the Local Climate Change and Adaptation for Development (LCCAD) in partnership with the Climate Change Commission (CCC) and Department of Education (DepEd) in this city on September 19 -21, 2016.

 LCCAD executive director Manuel Rangasa said the crafting and mainstreaming of CCA-DRVR learning materials in K to 12 Philippine education curriculums is one of the targets of the current administration.

In the press conference held after his discussion, Lagmay cited the important aspects of effective disaster prevention and mitigation noting the responsibility of the government in giving warning, the response of the people, and the use of appropriate hazard maps.

"It is the responsibility of the government to deliver accurate, readily accessible, understandable and timely warnings. However, no amount of warning will work or will be effective if hazard maps are inappropriate,” he said.

Hazard mapping and risk assessment

 Lagmay presented the deterministic and probabilisitic types of hazard maps used by the government in depicting hazard scenarios and executing DRR plans. Deterministic type is based mainly on history and the people’s experience which might make it inaccurate in predicting disasters. Probabilistic type on the other hand relies mainly on scientific evidence in assessing risk by simulating future multiple scenarios of disasters such as flood, storm surges and landslides.

 “While historical losses can explain the past, they do not necessarily provide a good guide to the future; most disasters that could happen have not happened yet. Probabilistic risk assessment simulates those future disasters which, based on scientific evidence, are likely to occur. As a result these risk assessments resolve the problem posed by the limits of historical data,” he explained.

Lagmay cited the thousands of lives killed and ruined due to use of inaccurate maps such as during the onslaught of typhoon Pablo in Compostella Valley in 2012 and supertyhoon Yolanda where evacuation centers were constructed in disaster prone areas killing people right at the evacuation centers where they supposedly seek refuge.

Super typhoon Yolanda destruction in Tacloban City (Photo from inquirer.net)

“In Compostella Valley, 566 people heeded warnings by seeking refuge in an evacuation center but it became their grave when debris flow overwhelmed the site,” he said.

“Another example is the Yolanda disaster where 70% of evacuation centers in Tacloban were inundated by storm surges, which only tells us that the storm surge hazard maps were erroneous if they were used in the city’s disaster mitigation plan,” Lagmay furthered.

 Lagmay said deterministic type was used in those times.

Moreover, it was in 2012 when the government invested on hazard maps using frontier science and advanced technology to map out the Philippine landscape at very high resolution.

With this map, he noted, safe and hazard prone areas can be accurately identified to build a well-planned and resilient community against disasters.

Hazard maps available for public use

 Lagmay said DOST-Project NOAH has completed the detailed hazard maps for landslides and storm surges. Flood hazard maps, however, are still incomplete because they are more difficult to generate.

 “All maps are available in the DOST-Project NOAH website at http://noah.dost.gov.ph and in an award-winning mobile app called Arko. The NOAH maps are distributed to empower local government units (LGUs) and individuals,” he said.

Hazard map for the province of Albay has been completed.

Lagmay noted that by knowing the hazards in their neighborhood, people are made aware of the dangers in their community – the first step in effective disaster preparedness and mitigation.

Moreover this entails long term education and rooting of culture of safety and preparedness in communities along with the standardization of national CCA-DRR program.(MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/3211474599087/project-noah-chief-cites-vital-role-of-hazard-mapping-in-averting-disasters#sthash.mfF2p3P9.dpuf

Thursday, September 22, 2016

PRRD calls on AFP to help win battle vs. drugs, counter terror threats

PILI, Camarines Sur, Sept. 21 (PIA) – President Rodrigo Durterte has reiterated his call on members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to help win the battle against illegal drug in the country, in support of the campaign now carried out by the Philippine National Police (PNP) and other government law enforcement agencies concerned.

President Duterte visited Wednesday afternoon the headquarters of the 9th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army (PA) in Camp Elias Angeles in Barangay San Jose, this municipality for a troop visit and dialogue.

Maj. Gen. Manolito P. Orense, commanding general of the Army 9th ID, initially gave the President a situation briefing upon his arrival at the Officers’ Club at around 3:30 pm.

During his speech an hour later before the soldiers in Bicol, the President stressed on the encompassing problem on the proliferation of illegal drug, noting that the drug menace has since been and come to destroy the nation.

The President said the illegal drug problem will “destroy your children and the next generation” if not given full attention and preference by the government and all sectors of the society working together.

President Duterte said however “the technicality of the law makes it hard for me to deal with the problem on illegal drugs.”

“What is very disturbing about this country now, ang droga kasi within the government na ang away. (the fight against illegal drugs has reached the ranks of the government),” he added.

The President furthered ordered the military to come up with doctrines on how to deal with terrorism, noting that “Terrorism will come, I am sure. When? I do not know. So, learn to adjust.”.

He then promised them support in terms of firearms and equipment.

He also gave initial three Glock 30 and four magazines to the soldiers which he said were for use countering terrorism, while assuring them that they will be provided what is due to them to protect the people and the country.

“I will give you everything you need, just give me a good and safe republic to live in”, said the President.

President Duterte is the first Philippine president to visit the Philippine Army 9th ID, the headquarters of government militaty troops in the Bicol region since it was established in 2004.

Meanwhile, Presidential Communications Office Secretary Martin Andanar earlier said President Duterte has to visit the military camps just like the previous presidents to boost the soldiers’ morale and to personally interact with them on the government’s programs lined up for the AFP.  (MAL-PIA5)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/3211474509142/prrd-calls-on-afp-to-help-win-battle-vs-drugs-counter-terror-threats#sthash.Pz0tDWsd.dpuf

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

DSWD trains LGUs to sustain Kalahi-CIDSS projects

By Julius B. Embile

LEGAZPI CITY, Sept. 21 (PIA) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Bicol regional office has since conducted series of seminars and trainings for the local government units (LGUs) in the region to ensure that Kalahi-CIDSS’ community development  projects are maximized and sustained,

The ‘Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan’ – Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) is a community-driven development project, wherein communities and local governments are trained to choose, design, and implement sub-projects that addresses their most pressing needs.

DSWD Bicol regional director Arnel Garcia said that as of September 1 of this year, 517 out of 1,381 sub-projects under Kalahi-CIDSS Cycle1 (between 2014 and 2015) were completed, while the rest are expected to be finished by the end of this month.

"However, while initiating these well-needed projects is good, it is also necessary to ensure that they are sustained to benefit the community on a long-term basis. This compelled the DSWD in conducting the Sustainability Evaluation Orientations, a series of seminars and trainings for LGUs to guarantee sustainability of the projects in their respective communities," he added.

DSWD Bicol conducted the first batch of the Sustainability Evaluation Orientation in Legazpi City last September 13 to 15, which included lectures and discussions on sub-projects’ sustainability were presented during the training. On-site application of sustainability evaluation and the actual administration of sustainability evaluation tool on the identified sub-projects were also done.

Sustainability evaluation utilizes a survey tool that uses indicators as basis for assesses the functionality of the completed sub-projects in terms of organizational and institutional component, financial management system, physical-technical operations, and maintenance condition. It also evaluates the effects of the project to its host community.

The training activity is participated in by the LGU official of the communities that are beneficiaries of the Kalahi-CIDSS sub-projects. After the training, they are expected to administer the sustainability evaluation by forming Multi-Stakeholders Inspectorate Teams (MSIT), composed of department heads and local officials with the assistance of DSWD’s technical staff.

A simulation of sustainability evaluation was done last September 14 in Guinobatan, Albay, wherein the local government led by Mayor Ann Ongjoco assured commitment in the sub-projects sustenance. The same training had also begun today in Naga City, which is scheduled until September 23.

 As of today, 101 poor municipalities in Bicol are under its expansion that started on 2014, with a total grant of Php 4,497,448,178. The community-driven development (CCD) approach of Kalahi-CIDSS had proven effective since its implementation, and has now expanded nationwide. (MAL/JBE/DSWD5/PIA5)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/3301474446828/dswd-trains-lgus-to-sustain-kalahi-cidss-projects#sthash.hf6K29ya.dpuf

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Albay officials, health partners back Duterte health programs

LEGAZPI CITY, Sept 20 (PIA) – Albay local chief executives and health officers recently convened last week for an orientation seminar on the new strategies of the current administration in strengthening health programs.

The Department of Health Albay provincial office conducted the orientation seminar on the “Duterte Health Agenda” dubbed “All for Health Towards Health for All Program” to inform the local chief executives and health leaders on the activities and plans that the DOH will be implementing and in turn align the local health programs to this initiative.

Albay board member and Health Committee chair Howard Pem Imperial said the provincial government supports DOH and other LGUs in their drive to achieve their health goals.

“We, the PGA will show solidarity and provide full support to all your endeavors, the idiom Health is Wealth is just casually thrown around these days but no one really gives it much attention, I call on all of you to share your skills and knowledge in the field of health and challenge you to use them in the service of others.” Imperial said.

Imperial furthered that investing in the health care of Albayanos will not just give them happy lives, but also help in the growth of the province, noting that healthy Albayanos are active and productive members of the community.

During the orientation, DOH Albay presented that although there are positive growths in the health landscape in Albay, it is still below the national average and is moving at a slow pace.

Moreover, aligning the health programs of all LGUs to the DOH Health agenda would allow the province to reach its health goals at a faster rate.

DOH Secretary Dr. Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial has earlier stressed the important role and support of local partners and various stakeholders in achieving the goals of the “Duterte Health Agenda” which aims to implement the three-point goals of President Rodrigo Duterte to achieve better health outcomes and attain the goal of Universal Health Care (UHC).

The first goal is for all Filipinos attaining their best health outcomes, living longer in a healthy age with few illnesses and preventing premature deaths from the scourges of stressful daily living and emerging public health threats like drug addiction.

The second goal centers on ensuring that all Filipinos, particularly the poorest of the poor, will gain freedom from high costs of medical care, prevent financial ruin and to be liberated from profit-oriented health services.

The third and final goal is for all Filipinos to have satisfactory experience when they access health services, where they feel respected and valued, and finally become in charge of their own health care.(MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/2571474343885/albay-officials-health-partners-back-duterte-health-programs#sthash.3akUEbcx.dpuf

Special Recruitment Activity para sa trabaho sa ibayong dagat isasagawa sa Camarines Sur

By Danilo Abad

LUNGSOD NG NAGA, Set. 20 (PIA) -- Ang Camarines Sur Employment Center ng pamahalaang lalawigan ay magsasagawa ng tatlong araw na Special Recruitment Activity (SRA) para sa mga nagnanais magkatrabaho sa loob ng bansa at overseas man.

Sa pamagitan ng White Dove Recruitment Corporation at Camarines Sur Employment Center ay umaalok ng mga bakanteng trabaho sa bansang Hapon.

Sa darating na Setyembre 27 mula alas 8 ng umaga hanggang alas 5 ng hapon ay isasagawa ang SRA ng naturang ahensiya sa lobby ng Provincial Capitol sa bayan ng Pili..

Para sa engineering jobs ay kinakailangan may edad na 20-25 years, babae o lalaki, walang tattoo sa katawan, may taas na limang talampakan o higit pa, may kursong BS Computer Science o kaya BS Industrial Technology, Bachelor of Technology Engineering at iba pang technical courses.

Para sa industrial jobs naman ay dapat marunong sa trabahong welding, machining, painting, automotive, packaging, casting,plastic molding, electronics assembling, electrical assembling at iba pang industrial works.

May edad na 19-26 na taon, babae at lalaki, walang tattoo, kahit nakapagtapos ng high school at may taas na limang talampakan o higit pa.

Samantala, sa darating naman na Setyembre 28-29, 2016 ang First Northern International Placement Inc. ay magsasagawa din ng SRA sa kaparehong lugar.

Kailangan ng ahensiya ang mga manicurist, cleaning worker, masahista, florist, secretary, hair dresser, house service worker, receptionist, marketing in charge, civil engineer, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, carpenter, driver , tailor, waitress at iba pang trabaho sa ibang bansa.

Ang mga interesado ay pumunta lamang sa itinakdang araw at magdala ng mga sumusunod: comprehensive resume, 2x2 photo, school credentials, certificate of employment, certificate of training mula sa TESDA, valid ID at passport.

Sa iba pang detalye ay bumisita lamang sa tanggapan ng CamSur Employment Center, 2nd flr., Capitol Main Building, Cadlan, Pili, Camarines Sur. Pwede din tumawag sa 09988868269; 09175020406 o mag email sa camsur_peso@yahoo.com. (MAL/DCA-PIA5/Camarines Sur)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/851474333960/special-recruitment-activity-para-sa-trabaho-sa-ibayong-dagat-isasagawa-sa-camarines-sur#sthash.8Qd2QItL.dpuf