Bicol International Airport, dai pa mahahaman

Ma-aatraso pang maray an pagpoon kan construction kan Bicol International Airport sa Daraga, Albay, pagkatapos na pondohon ini, apisar kan inaprobaran na ni Presidente Duterte an proyekto.

NEDA OKs 5 multi-million projects for Bicol

At least 5 big-ticket projects in the Bicol region are part of the 55 flagship projects that the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) aims to complete or break ground by 2022.

Drink responsibly

Ano an pag-inom kan nakakaburat na inumon (alcoholic beverages) maraot o kasalan?

Boarding house sa Naga, target kan mga mahabon

Pinatanidan kan pulis an estudiante asin residentes digdi na dai imaging aliwalas sa saindang mga gamit sa tahaw na nagkapira nang incidente nin harabonan na an mayor na victima iyo an mga boarding houses.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

HEALTH | Who should get tested for diabetes?

HEALTH | Who should get tested for diabetes?
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What is Diabetes? Diabetes is a condition where the body cannot regulate its own blood sugar level because of the lack of or absence of insulin.

What is Insulin?
It is a hormone produced by the pancreas that causes cells in your muscles and fat tissue to absorb glucose from the blood.

What are the types of Diabetes?

TYPE 1 DIABETES

Type 1 diabetes was formerly called “juvenile diabetes” or “insulin-dependent diabetes,” because 70 percent of diagnoses occur before a person reaches the age of 30. However, it can be diagnosed at any age. Only 5 percent to 10 percent of those diagnosed with diabetes have this type. With type 1 diabetes, the pancreas produces little to no insulin.

The onset of type 1 diabetes is usually sudden (acute) and clear-cut, when a person goes to their health care provider or the emergency room with symptoms of high blood sugar. Sometimes, a person with new-onset type 1 diabetes needs to be treated in an intensive care unit. Symptoms include increased urination, thirst or dry mouth, hunger, weight loss despite normal or increased eating, blurred vision, frequent or continuous infections and tingling or pain in the hands, feet or both.

If you have type 1 diabetes, you’ll always need to take insulin, either through injections or through an insulin pump. Insulin, nutrition and activity (exercise) need to be kept in balance.

It’s also key that you test your blood sugar level, generally 4 times a day or more, to avoid extremely high or low blood sugar.

TYPE 2 DIABETES

Your body either resists the effects of insulin or doesn’t produce enough insulin to maintain a normal blood sugar level.

Symptoms of type 2 diabetes, which are generally the same as symptoms of type 1, may come on gradually or not be noticed at all.

A healthy diet and exercise may not be enough to lower your blood sugar level to a satisfactory range.

Oral or injectable medication may be needed to control your blood sugar level.

Talk with your doctor to learn whether you need to monitor your blood sugar and, if so, what schedule you should use.

Testing your blood sugar and keeping a record on a regular basis is an important tool to help you learn the relationship between food and your blood sugar level.

What other conditions may cause a temporary increase in blood sugar besides eating?
GESTATIONAL DIABETES

This type of diabetes, which causes high blood sugar, develops during pregnancy (gestation) and is caused by increased production of hormones that make the body less able to use insulin as well as it should. Most gestational diabetes goes away after birth but it does put you at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes later. Healthy eating and being active may decrease the risk of developing subsequent type 2 diabetes.

CHEMICALLY-INDUCED

Some types of medication can cause your blood sugar level to be higher than normal. Steroids, specifically cortisone or prednisone, are the most common cause of such high blood sugar. Treatment may include prescription oral diabetes medication or insulin. (DOH)
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LOOK | Aftermath of Typhoon Nona in Sorsogon

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Sorsogon's Typhoon Nona victims seek help


Photo via Bobet Lee Rodrigueza
SORSOGON CITY—Sorsogon's residents are seeking for help after the province was pummeled by "Nona" a few days ago. The typhoon, which had maximum winds of 150 kph and gusts of up to 185 kph, made landfall in Sorsogon last Monday.

The Sorsogon Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction (SPDRRMC) in its latest report said that a total of 56, 908 families, or 276,837 individuals in 324 barangays in 14 municipalities and 1 city were affected.

At least 177 were injured, while 4 were reported dead in Casiguran and Matnog.

The number of totally damaged houses is 23,940 while the number of partially-damaged ones is 43,683.

The worth of damages to infrastructure is estimated at P360,450,000.00, while the damage to agriculture stands at P185,695,154.96. The cost of damaged fisheries, meanwhile, was estimated at P41,098,590.00, and the total worth of damaged livestock, P2,467,403.00.

The SPDRRMC announced that those who wish to help visit the Provincial/City/Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office o Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, or contact SPDRRMC Response Cluster/PSWDO Point Person Gerald Frejas Angeles at 09995932444.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM. Pirming enot. Pirming bago.

Photo via Bobet Lee Rodrigueza / Vaughn Sky

Photo via Bobet Lee Rodrigueza / Vaughn Sky

Photo via Bobet Lee Rodrigueza / Vaughn Sky

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Bicolana beauty is Miss Intercontinental 2015 1st runner-up

Bicolana beauty Christi Lynn McGarry
Photo from Christi Lynn McGarry Facebook Fan Page

NAGA CITY—Bicolana beauty Christi Lynn McGarry was crowned 1st runner-up in the Miss Intercontinental 2015 beauty pageant held in Magdeburg, Germany earlier this morning (Friday night in Germany).
Photo from Christi Lynn McGarry Facebook Fan Page

McGarry hails from Nabua, Camarines Sur.

A sports enthusiast, she stands at a towering 5'11".

In 2010, the dusky stunner already competed in the Miss Intercontinental pageant, where she was named Queen of Asia and Oceania.

Earlier, she stirred controversy as pageant enthusiasts questioned here eligibility to represent the Philippines again in the competition.

Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Incorporated, however, clarified that she may still join the same pageant.

The Miss International 2015 crown went to Russia; 2nd runner-up USA, 3rd runner-up Venezuela, and 4th runner-up Zimbabwe.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM. Pirming enot. Pirming bago.

Photo from Christi Lynn McGarry Facebook Fan Page

Photo from Christi Lynn McGarry Facebook Fan Page

Photo from Christi Lynn McGarry Facebook Fan Page

Photo from Christi Lynn McGarry Facebook Fan Page

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

2015 palay, corn output dives due to El Niño

MANILA— Palay and corn outputs for the whole of 2015 may be lower than their respective 2014 levels due to the adverse effects of natural calamities and the El Niño phenomenon in the second half of the year, an official of the Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Sunday.

Photo: DA

Agriculture Assistant Secretary Edilberto de Luna, the National Rice and Corn Program coordinator, said that palay output for the whole year is forecast at 18.30 million metric tons (MMT), or 3.54 percent below the 2014 output of 18.97 MMT.

Meanwhile, expected corn production for the year is at 7.55 MMT, which is lower by 2.8 percent than the 2014 level of 7.77 MMT.

“The downtrend was largely attributed to the substantial losses incurred during typhoons "Egay" and "Ineng" on the July-September 2015 crop and typhoon "Lando" during the last quarter harvest,” he said.

“The adverse effects of El Niño, which started to manifest as early as the second quarter of the year also resulted to huge foregone damages incurred due to unrealized planting of crops because of severe water shortage,” De Luna said.

Meanwhile, authorities have also anticipated a decrease in production areas due to the aforementioned factors.

According to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), palay harvest areas may have contracted by as much as 1.58 percent -- from 4.74 million hectares last year to 4.66 million hectares this year -- mainly due to the El Niño phenomenon.

All regions except for Bicol Region reported reductions in production and harvest area.

These were attributed to unrealized plantings as a result of delayed release and inadequate irrigation water, late occurrence of rains, and some areas left in-fallow.

Typhoons Egay, Ineng, Kabayan and Lando caused damages in the production areas in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon and Western Visayas.
There were also reports of damages to palay farms due to pest infestation in the province of North Cotabato.

On the other hand, the Bicol Region saw increased production due to the recovery of damaged areas caused by typhoon Glenda last year.

For corn, the PSA said harvest may have shrunken to 2.57 million hectares, 1.73 percent lower than last year’s 2.61 million hectares.

Decrease in production in Cagayan Valley is seen due to unrealized planting intentions in Isabela and Nueva Vizcaya caused by the dry spell; damaged areas due to typhoons “Ineng” and “Lando” in key production areas of the region; and shifting from corn to cassava and mongo.

On the brighter side, De Luna said that palay and corn jarvests are expected to rebound in the first quarter of 2016.

He said that based on farmers’ planting intentions, the January-March 2016 palay and corn harvests may exceed their respective records in 2015 by 0.31 percent and 0.48 percent, respectively.

The January-March 2016 forecasts for palay indicate an increase in production from 4.37 MMT in 2015 to 4.38 MMT in 2016.

For corn, the January-March 2016 is forecast to increase from 2.37 MMT in 2015 to 2.38 MMT in 2016.

The PSA noted that almost all regions expect increases in corn production with probable higher outputs seen in SOCCSKSARGEN, Ilocos Region, Davao Region and Northern Mindanao.

The agriculture official said that the early 2016 rebound could be attributed to the immediate actions of the DA. (PNA)

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Ama, tinigbas gadan kan aki

BUHI, Camarines Sur—Kasong Parricide an aatubangon kan sarong 21 anyos na lalaki na tinigbas an sadiri niyang ama kan Domingong banggi sa Sitio Tobog, Brgy. Lourdes sa banwaan na ini

Nagpahayag an mga imbestigador na an victima na si Domingo Alumbro, mantang burat, sinapuyong an saiyang live-in partner na si Shiela Iglesia.

An incidente naheling kan suspechado na si Romeo "Tolome" Alumbro na nag-eestar sa parehong harong. Sa grabeng kaanggotan, nagkua si Romeo nin minasbad asin pigtigbas an daghan asin lalawgon kan saiyang ama na si Domingo.

Tulos na binawian nin buhay si Domingo sa sinapo kaining mga tama.

Kan maaraman an nangyari, dinumanan kan mga barangay official an residencia kan mag-ama, dinakop si Romeo, asin ipig-turn over sa Buhi Municipal Police Station.

Pigpepreparar na kan mga pulis an asuntong aatubangon ni Romeo.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Bus, hinabasan sa laog kan terminal sa Naga City

NAGA CITY—Apesar na nasa sarong mahiwas na pampublikong lugar asin poco mas o menos alas 2 pa sana nin  hapon, sarong bus na nakaparada mismo sa laog kan Bicol Central Station an hinabasan kan dai pa nabibistong persona kan nakaaging Sabado.

Sa report na naguno kan BICOL STANDARD linaog kan suspechado an San Andres Liner passenger bus na may plate number na EAH 567 mantang mayo sa laog an driver kaini.

An driver nagpabistong si Alvin Trampe y Hirang, 30 anyos, asin residente kan Purok Bayabas, Brgy. Gubat, Daet, Camarines Norte.

Nagluluwas sa inisyal na imbestigasyon na nag-agi an suspechado sa ikaduwang bintana sa wala, asin kan makalaog, pigraot an kandado kan sarong drawer. Nalalay kaini an maabot sa P4,000 na cash.
Posible na an parahabas nagluwas sa pareho man sanang bintana, dugang pa kan mga autoridad.

Sa oras na sinusurat an baretang ini, pighahanap pa an suspechado tanganing maplantearan nin magkakanigong kaso asin marecover an nawawarang kwarta.

Maroromdoman na pirang semana pa sana an nakaagi, nagpahayag an Oficina Regional kan Philippine National Police na dakol na maray an mga reklamo nin panhabas sa Ciudad na nairerecord sa Naga City Police Office. Mala ta sa enterong region, ini an may pinakadakol kan nasambit na kaso sa laog kan nagkapirang bulan ngonian na taon 2015.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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DepEd ups funds for undernourished Bicol kids

NAGA CITY—The beneficiaries of the School-Based Feeding Program for School Year 2015-2016 in the Bicol region have been allocated a total of P119,728,000 for the second tranche of the program.
Said amount is expected to benefit the 91,533 severely wasted and wasted learners from kindergarten to grade 6 in Bicol.

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DepEd Order No. 33 s. 2015, which contained such directive, was issued earlier this month to update the total number of beneficiaries per region and schools division office (SDO), in consideration of the updated Nutritional Status (NS) Baseline Report for SY 2015-2016, and to include the following provisions:

Updating of Beneficiaries

The NS Baseline Report for SY 2015-2016 indicates a total of 1,857,866 undernourished learners. Of this, 544,931 are severely wasted and 1,312,935 are wasted.

In SDOs where the number of reported SW and W learners was less than the targeted allotment, the number of beneficiaries and their corresponding funds has been updated.

The excess funds which have resulted in the updating of beneficiaries have been reallocated to provide for additional beneficiaries in schools divisions still with uncovered SW and W learners.

In schools divisions which were provided additional beneficiaries, the additional beneficiaries shall be considered as part of the School- Based Feeding Program for SY 2015-2016.

Additional beneficiaries shall be fed for a total of 100-120 days. To complete the 100-120 feeding days, schools are enjoined to do any of the following:

Continue feeding during the summer;

Continue feeding during weekends; and

Continue feeding during June and July of SY 2016-2017.

Additional beneficiaries should still be included in SBFP monitoring reports, but should be indicated as having started at a later date.

Additional beneficiaries may also be provided iron supplements and hygiene kits as stipulated in DepEd Order No. 33, s. 2015. Funds for this matter may be sourced from remaining SBFP funds or from regular school Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) or local funds, subject to availability of funds.

Across the nation, the there is a total of 1,857,866 undernourished learners. Of this, 544,931 are severely wasted and 1,312,935 are wasted, according to the same DepEd Order.

The Order was signed by Education Secretary Armin A. Luistro FSC on December 9.

The School-Based Feeding Program mainly aims to rehabilitate its beneficiaries to normal nutritional status. Secondarily, it aims to increase classroom attendance from 85% to 100% and to improve the school children’s health and nutrition values and behavior.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

LOOK: Typhoon Nona wrecked Sorsogon City Hall

Typhoon Nona's strong winds and heavy rain wrecked the roof of the Sorsogon City Hall as seen in these images. The typhoon made landfall in the province yesterday before moving westward to Albay and Burias Island. Tens of thousands of families were moved to evacuation camps in Sorsogon and Albay during the weekend to avert storm-related casualties. (Photos: Balita Sorsogon) 

LOOK: Typhoon Nona wrecked Sorsogon City Hall

LOOK: Typhoon Nona wrecked Sorsogon City Hall

LOOK: Typhoon Nona wrecked Sorsogon City Hall

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Naga City cops tape gun muzzles

NAGA CITY—Members of the Naga City Police taped the muzzles of their service firearms on Monday in preparation for the holidays, NCPO spokersperson SPO1 Toby Bongon told the BICOL STANDARD.

SPO1 Toby Bongon
Photo by Oca Esmenda
This is in keeping with a directive from the National Office as part of its efforts to reduce unwarranted injuries during the Christmas season.

Bongon admitted that the ceremonial taping makes it difficult for the cops to use the firearms for legitimate purposes, but recognized that they have to comply with the directive to assure the public of their safety.

He also clarified that police are no longer allowed to fire warning shots, and that the same must only be used as a last recourse.

The gun muzzle tape will be removed on January 4.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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LOOK: Legazpi City Boulevard after Typhoon Nona

Photographer Rommel Aspe captured these images of the damage Typhoon Nona wreaked on the Legazpi City Boulevard the morning after the storm hit the Bicol region.

Legazpi City Boulevard after Typhoon Nona

Legazpi City Boulevard after Typhoon Nona

Legazpi City Boulevard after Typhoon Nona

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Free maintenance medicines for hypertensive, diabetic patients in 2016—DOH

Hypertensive and diabetic patients nationwide may avail of free maintenance medicines for their illnesses from the DOH regional rural health units (RHUs) starting January 2016, according to the Department of Health on Friday.

Photo by aloisiocostalatge (Public Domain)
In a press briefing held at the DOH Media Relations Unit in Tayuman St., Sta. Cruz, Manila, DOH Secretary Janette L. Garin said essential medicines needed for control of hypertension and diabetes can be received by people suffering from such illnesses upon registering with the DOH Hypertension and Diabetes Club in the RHUs of Regional Offices where they belong.

Garin said the RHUs in the regional offices of the DOH will furnish the list of the patients that will be joining the club to the Central Office so that a data base can be formed.

“This intervention will help facilitate risk assessment of community members and ensure regular follow-up of diagnosed hypertensive and diabetic patients… Patients needing them that will be in our data base will be receiving the medicines starting January 2016,” she said.

To be part of the DOH Hypertension and Diabetes Club, a patient needs to consult the nearest health center or primary health care facility to undergo assessment, screening and management.

Initially, the program was launched in Pampanga on  Dec. 9, wherein participants with hypertension and diabetes health problems were registered.

Diagnosis will be made by barangays health workers (BHWs) in the RHUs. To ensure that BHWs can help in the monitoring and assessments, they are provided with Blood Pressure Apparatus and Glucometer sets to measure sugar level.

Once diagnosed, the patient will be enrolled in the club.

As a benefit, the patients can have access to DOH drugs for hypertension (Losartan, Amlodipine, Metroprolol) and diabetes (Metformin).

As members, the patients will be included in the activities that promote healthy lifestyle so that their blood pressure and sugar level can be controlled.

The DOH wants to ensure that members of the club will be pro-active in ensuring prevention of complication of their illnesses

The program will be initially available among the poor sectors of the community and seeking preventive check-up in the RHUs.

However, patients seeking consultation in private health facilities who have various maintenance medicines and having a lot of out-of-pocket expenditures may also join the club and avail also of free maintenance medicines.

Poorest patients needing insulin medicine for their diabetic condition will also be given access.

The program is part of the DOH effort in upgrading facilities and services nationwide in line with the goal of bringing the Universal Health Care Program or “Kalusugang Pangkalahatan” Health Agenda of the Aquino Administration to the Filipino people. (PNA)
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UP Ibalon to hold 31st Padunungan

DILIMAN, Quezon City – University of the Philippines Ibalon, the sole regional organization of Bicolano students in UP Diliman, is set to stage Padunungan on January 8 – 10, 2016, at Bicol University, Legazpi City, Albay.


This will be the 31st year that UP Ibalon will sponsor Padunungan which means “battle of the intellects” in the Bicol language.

Several high schools all over the region will be competing in the flagship contest with the theme, “Working for the Future: Filipino Youth and the Advancement of Labor Rights in the Country.”

The competition aims to “shed light to the plight of the millions of Filipino workers, and raise the students’ understanding of the role of the youth in advancing labor rights in the country.”

A total of eight competition titles are at stake: Quiz Bee, Essay Writing Contest in English, Debate, Impromptu Speaking Contest, On-the-Spot T-shirt printing, On-the-spot Poster Making, Poem-making Contest and Cultural Presentation.

Padunungan is part of the organization’s 41 years of continued service to the region and the country. The organization has since then been molding young minds of Bicolano students within and outside the university. 
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#NonaPH | Ina nag-aki sa evacuation center



PASACAO, Camarines Sur— Sarong babae an nag-aki sa laog kan evacuation center mantang maraot an panahon nin huli sa bagyong Nona.

An ina na iyo si Andrea A. Amador nag-aki sa laog kan Juan F. Trivino High School sa barangay Caranan sa banwaan na ini bandang alas-4 nin aga ngonian na aldaw (Disyembre 15).

Siring sa bagyo, Nono an ipinangaran sa omboy.

An Camarines Sur saro sa mga provincia na piglaag sa Public Storm Signal Number 3 kasoodma.

Alagad ngonian na amay na pagkaaga, ini nasa Signal Number 1 na sana mantang an mata kan bagyo yaon na sa 40 kilometros norte kan Romblon.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Weather Bulletin: Typhoon Nona in Bicol

SEVERE WEATHER BULLETIN No. 11
FOR: TYPHOON “‪#‎NonaPH‬”
TROPICAL CYCLONE: WARNING



ISSUED AT 11:00 PM, 14 DECEMBER 2015
(Valid for broadcast until the next bulletin to be issued at 5 AM tomorrow)

TYPHOON “NONA” HAS CROSSED BURIAS ISLANDS AND IS NOW TRAVERSING SIBUYAN SEA.

• Estimated rainfall amount is from heavy to at times intense within the 250 km diameter of the typhoon.
• Flash floods and landslides are expected over the areas under signals # 2 and 3, while storm surges of up to 3 meters are possible.
• Nona is expected to pass over Mindoro provinces tomorrow afternoon.

Location of eye/center: At 10:00 PM today, the eye of Typhoon “NONA” was located based on all available data including Virac Doppler Radar over Sibuyan Sea or 100 km East Northeast of Romblon, Romblon (12.7°N, 123.2°E).

Strength: Maximum sustained winds of 150 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 185 kph.

Forecast Movement: Forecast to move West at 15 kph.

Forecast Positions:
• 24 hour (tomorrow evening): 120 km West of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro
• 48 hour (Wednesday evening): 230 km Northwest of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
• 72 hour (Thursday evening): 410 km West of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
• 96 hour (Friday evening): 790 km West Southwest of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan (Outside PAR)
• 120 hour (Saturday evening): 1210 km West Southwest of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan (Outside PAR)

Public Storm Warning Signal No 03
(121-170 kph Expected in 18hrs.)

LUZON: Oriental Mindoro Masbate including Ticao and Burias Islands, Albay, Marinduque and Romblon

Impacts of the wind
• Heavy damage to high–risk structures;
• Moderate damage to medium- risk structures;
• Light damage to low-risk structures
• Increasing damage (up to more than 50%) to old, dilapidated residential structures and houses of light materials. Majority of all nipa and cogon houses may be unroofed or destroyed
• Houses of medium strength materials (old, timber or mixed timber-CHB structures, usually with G.I. roofing’s); some warehouses or bodega-type structures are unroofed.
• There may be widespread disruption of electrical power and communication services.
• Almost all banana plants are downed
• Some big trees (acacia, mango, etc.) are broken or uprooted,
• Dwarf-type or hybrid coconut trees are tilted or downed.
• Rice and corn crops may suffer heavy losses
• Damage to shrubbery and trees with foliage blown off; some large trees blown down.

Open Sea Wave Height: > 14.0 meters

Storm surge may reach up to 3.0 meters

Public Storm Warning Signal No 02
(61-120kph Expected in 24 hrs.)

LUZON: Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Sorsogon, Catanduanes, Southern Quezon, Batangas, Calamian Group of Islands and Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island

VISAYAS: Northern Samar

Impacts of the wind

• Light to Moderate damage to high risk structures;
• Very light to light damage to medium-risk structures;
• No damage to very light damage to low risk structures
• Unshielded, old dilapidated schoolhouses, makeshift shanties, and other structures of light materials are partially damaged or unroofed.
• A number of nipa and cogon houses may be partially or totally unroofed.
• Some old galvanized iron (G.I.) roofs may be peeled or blown off.
• Some wooden, old electric posts are tilted or downed.
• Some damage to poorly constructed signs/billboards
• In general, the winds may bring light to moderate damage to the exposed communities. Most banana plants, a few mango trees, ipil-ipil and similar types of trees are downed or broken
• Some coconut trees may be tilted with few others broken
• Rice and corn may be adversely affected
• Considerable damage to shrubbery and trees with some heavy-foliaged trees blown down.

Open Sea Wave Height: 4.1-14.0 meters

Storm surge possible at coastal areas

Public Storm Warning Signal No 01
(30-60kph Expected in 36 hrs.)

LUZON: Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Bulacan, Rizal, Northern Palawan, Bataan and rest of Quezon including Polillo Island

VISAYAS: Eastern Samar, Samar, Biliran, Leyte, Northern Cebu including Bantayan and Camotes Islands, Aklan, Capiz, Antique and Iloilo

Impacts of the wind
• Very light or no damage to low risk structures,
• Light damage to medium to high risk structures
• Slight damage to some houses of very light materials or makeshift structures in exposed communities. Some banana plants are tilted, a few downed and leaves are generally damaged.
• Twigs of small trees may be broken.
• Rice crops, however, may suffer significant damage when it is in its flowering stage.

Open Sea Wave Height: 1.25-4.0 meters

PSWS elsewhere has now been lifted. The public and the disaster risk reduction and management council concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next Severe Weather Bulletin to be issued at 5 AM tomorrow.
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Monday, December 14, 2015

Typhoon Nona in Bicol




SEVERE WEATHER BULLETIN No. 10
FOR: TYPHOON “‪#‎NonaPH‬
TROPICAL CYCLONE: WARNING



ISSUED AT 5:00 PM, 14 DECEMBER 2015
(Valid for broadcast until the next bulletin to be issued at 11 PM today)

TYPHOON “NONA” HAS MADE LANDFALL OVER SORSOGON IS NOW MOVING WESTWARD TOWARDS BURIAS ISLAND.




• Estimated rainfall amount is from heavy to at times intense within the 300 km diameter of the typhoon.
• Flash floods and landslides are expected over the areas under signals # 2 and 3, while storm surges of up to 3 meters are possible.
• Nona is expected to cross Burias Island tonight and pass over Mindoro provinces tomorrow afternoon.

Location of eye/center: At 4:00 PM today, the eye of Typhoon “NONA” was located based on all available data including Virac Doppler Radar over Bulusan, Sorsogon (12.7°N, 124.1°E).

Strength: Maximum sustained winds of 150 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 185 kph.

Forecast Movement: Forecast to move West at 17 kph.

Forecast Positions:
• 24 hour (tomorrow afternoon): In the vicinity of Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro
• 48 hour (Wednesday afternoon): 245 km West of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro
• 72 hour (Thursday afternoon): 360 km West of Coron, Palawan
• 96 hour (Friday afternoon): 500 km West of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan (Outside PA)
• 120 hour (Saturday afternoon): 900 km West Southwest of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan (Outside PAR)

Public Storm Warning Signal No. 03
(121-170 kph Expected in 18hrs.)

LUZON: Sorsogon, Masbate including Ticao and Burias Islands, Albay, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Catanduanes, Southern Quezon, Marinduque and Romblon

VISAYAS: Northern Samar

Impacts of the wind:
• Heavy damage to high–risk structures;
• Moderate damage to medium- risk structures;
• Light damage to low-risk structures
• Increasing damage (up to more than 50%) to old, dilapidated residential structures and houses of light materials. Majority of all nipa and cogon houses may be unroofed or destroyed
• Houses of medium strength materials (old, timber or mixed timber-CHB structures, usually with G.I. roofing’s); some warehouses or bodega-type structures are unroofed.
• There may be widespread disruption of electrical power and communication services.
• Almost all banana plants are downed
• Some big trees (acacia, mango, etc.) are broken or uprooted,
• Dwarf-type or hybrid coconut trees are tilted or downed.
• Rice and corn crops may suffer heavy losses
• Damage to shrubbery and trees with foliage blown off; some large trees blown down.

Open Sea Wave Height: > 14.0 meters. Storm surge may reach up to 4.0 meters

Public Storm Warning Signal No. 02
(61-120kph Expected in 24 hrs.)

LUZON: Batangas, Rizal, Laguna, Cavite, rest of Quezon including Polillo Island, Oriental Mindoro and Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island

VISAYAS: Eastern Samar, Samar and Biliran

Impacts of the wind:
• Light to Moderate damage to high risk structures;
• Very light to light damage to medium-risk structures;
• No damage to very light damage to low risk structures
• Unshielded, old dilapidated schoolhouses, makeshift shanties, and other structures of light materials are partially damaged or unroofed.
• A number of nipa and cogon houses may be partially or totally unroofed.
• Some old galvanized iron (G.I.) roofs may be peeled or blown off.
• Some wooden, old electric posts are tilted or downed.
• Some damage to poorly constructed signs/billboards
• In general, the winds may bring light to moderate damage to the exposed communities. Most banana plants, a few mango trees, ipil-ipil and similar types of trees are downed or broken
• Some coconut trees may be tilted with few others broken
• Rice and corn may be adversely affected
• Considerable damage to shrubbery and trees with some heavy-foliaged trees blown down.
Open Sea Wave Height: 4.1-14.0 meters. Storm surge possible at coastal areas

Public Storm Warning Signal No. 01
(30-60kph Expected in 36 hrs.)

LUZON: Metro Manila, Bulacan, Bataan, Pampanga, Southern Zambales, Southern Aurora and Coron

VISAYAS: Leyte, Northern Cebu including Bantayan and Camotes Islands, Aklan, Capiz, Northern Antique, Northern Negros Occidental and Northern Iloilo

Impacts of the wind:
• Very light or no damage to low risk structures,
• Light damage to medium to high risk structures
• Slight damage to some houses of very light materials or makeshift structures in exposed communities. Some banana plants are tilted, a few downed and leaves are generally damaged.
• Twigs of small trees may be broken.
• Rice crops, however, may suffer significant damage when it is in its flowering stage.

Open Sea Wave Height: 1.25-4.0 meters

PSWS elsewhere has now been lifted. The public and the disaster risk reduction and management council concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next Severe Weather Bulletin to be issued at 11 PM today.
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