Saturday, December 31, 2016

LIBMANAN | Mayor Brioso decries non-approval of state of calamity declaration

LIBMANAN, Camarines Sur 12/31/16 (Bicol Standard) -- Feeling helpless and hopeless that the Sangguniang Bayan would approve the declaration of a state of calamity in this town, Mayor Bernard Brioso announced over the radio that he will just request for assistance from the regional office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Legazpi City.

Bernard Brioso
This is to mitigate the devastation brought about by Typhoon Nina, which tore through the entire province last week.

Showing great displeasure over the announcement of Vice Mayor Romel Bulaong that the majority of the Sangguniang Bayan are not inclined to approve a resolution declaring Libmanan under a state of calamity.

Said resolution would have authorized Brioso to disburse the 5% calamity fund which is earmarked under the 2016 budget.

The town mayor was quoted saying that he cannot forsake his commitment to his constituents, especially the very poor families whose houses were wrecked by the very strong typhoon.

It will be recalled that even before Typhoon Nina hit, PAGASA was prompted to declare Typhoon Signal Number 4.

After which, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Camarines Sur declared the entire province under a state of calamity.

"Under this prevailing condition, I do not see any help from the Sangguniang Bayan to be forthcoming," Brioso lamented.

"This, however, does not hinder me from looking for other avenues to help our people," he added.

He called upon his constituents to bear with him after explaining that the calamity fund utilization problem could not be faulted upon him, and instead, upon the Sangguniang Bayan.

He further stated that on Wednesday, he will report to the regional office of the DSWD to request for whatever assistance that they could get.

Meanwhile, some quarters from this town believe that the non-approval of the calamity fund resolution is politically-motivated.

It has long been announced by the supporters and partymates of Vice Mayor Bulaong that he will slug it out with Brioso come 2019.

As early as now, Bulaong's group is vocal that they will not approve the 2017 annual budget of this town in order to derail the programs and plans of the incumbent municipal mayor.

Casureco II shuts down rehab on New Year's Day

NAGA CITY 12/31/16 (Bicol Standard) -- Casureco II has announced that it will temporarily cease power restoration efforts tomorrow, January 1, 2017, to allow the crew to celebrate the New Year.

In a message from Mr. Rolly Pante, the power coop's PIO, he said:

"Kami po mauntok muna nin pagtrabaho sa aga January 1, 2017...para po siring man saindo, na makaibahan mi man an samong mga familia sa bagong taon."

He added that power restoration efforts will resume the following day.

"Mabalik po kami January 2 kaibahan an iba pang grupo na hale sa CANORECO para ipadagos an samong trabaho na maibalik an serbesyo kan kuryente sa saindong mga harong. Hagad mi po an saindong pagintindi sa bagay na ini...liwat, Happy New Year po saindo gabos!..."

Apart from the few areas in Naga City that have been partially energized, all other municipalities within the coverage area of the electric coop remains in full darkness.

The local management could not give an estimate of when the power will resume.

The latest announcement said that they will try their best to reconnect the lines within 15 days.

They made an exception to the Tinambac-Siruma power lines that were heavily devastated, which would take a much longer time to get reconnected.

Fire guts ancestral house in Camaligan

CAMALIGAN, Camarines Sur 12/31/16 (Bicol Standard) -- An ancestral house was razed to the ground after an unattended electric fan overheated and caught fire at Barangay Dugcal at around 7:50 p.m. Friday.

In an interview with Bicol Standard this morning, Edna Collantes Fernandez clarified that contrary to other reports, no generator set exploded. There were also no other houses affected by the fire.

Fernandez narrated that their clan was at the residence for a reunion.

While in the middle of the celebration, her niece switched on an electric fan inside one of the rooms on the second floor.

The electric fan was used to keep the pet cat cool.

A few moments later, a helper pointed to the room, which was glowing brightly.

They later discovered that the electric fan and the bed had already caught fire.

They tried to put it out but could not control the growing flames.

Fire officers from Naga City and Milaor were among the first to respond, she said.

"Our house was spared by the typhoon, but was not saved in the fire," Fernandez lamented.

Casureco II power restoration eyed next week

NAGA CITY 12/31/16 (Bicol Standard) -- The restoration of power supply here remains uncertain as Casureco II has not yet received support from electric cooperatives outside the region.

There are commitments, however, from power coops from Camarines Norte and Eastern Samar, GM Rolly Pante of Casureco II told the Bicol Standard this morning.

Thus, power restoration may be expected next week, he said.

Meantime, support from Meralco will be deployed to Casureco IV upon the request of Usec. Wimpy Fuentebella.

The Meralco group will assist in the Partido area for two weeks before heading to this city to offer support.

Pante added that already, the 40 MVA NGCP backbone line in Naga City has been fully energized.

Casureco II is now focusing on the secondary lines in the different barangays.

No calamity fund release for Libmanan--VM Bulaong

NAGA CITY 12/31/16 (Bicol Standard) -- Not a single centavo will be released from the 2016 calamity fund budget of the town of Libmanan, even after Vice Mayor Romel Bulaong admitted that they were severely affected by typhoon Nina that ravaged the entire Province of Camarines Sur.

Romel Bulaong
In a radio interview over DWNX, Bulaong categorically stated that the majority members of their Sangguniang Bayan would not approve a resolution declaring the town under a state of calamity.

This is the predicament of the local legislators, pending their receipt of the data which they had required the Office of the Mayor to submit to them.

The data that they want to scrutinize pertains to the detailed typhoon damages brought about by the onslaught of the strong typhoon.

This said approved resolution by the Sangguniang Bayan, he said, would give the green light for the local chief executive to use the 5% calamity fund to help their residents who were severely damaged by the strong typhoon.

It will be recalled that the entire Province of Camarines Sur was under Typhoon Signal No. 4 last Sunday.

Also, the entire province was declared under a state of calamity.

Meanwhile, Bulaong also said that he could not go against the decision of the majority members of the Sangguniang Bayan, the LGU cannot disburse a single centavo from the said emmergengy fund.

As these developed, Libmanan, which is the biggest town in the province, could not utilize the said funds.

Friday, December 30, 2016

DSWD Bicol, matabang sa DepEd sa paghirahay kan mga naraot kan bagyo

NAGA CITY 12/30/16 (Bicol Standard) – Nag-alok nin tabang si DSWD Regional Director Arnel Garcia sa Department of Education (DepEd) sa Bicol tanganing maparikas an pagpakaray kan mga escuelahan na naraot kan bagong si Nina.

Segun ki Garcia, pwede sinda magtagama nin cuarta na pambayad sa sweldo kan mga matrabaho sa paghirahay kan escuelahan.

Alagad, pig linaw kan director kan DSWD na an DepEd iyo na man an bahala sa mga gagamiton na materiales sa paghirahay.

Nagtutubod si Garcia na mahihidali an pagpakaray kan mga eskwelahan na dakulang tabang sa mga maralaog na escuela pagbukas kan clase sa bagong taon.

105.75-M Filipinos by end of 2017

MANILA, Dec. 29 (PNA) -- The Philippine population will continue to increase in 2017 and is projected to reach 105,758,850 by December 31, 2017, based on projections made by the Commission on Population (POPCOM) using data from the Philippine StatisticsAuthority (PSA).

Included in the projection are 27,293,422 women of reproductive age (aged 15-49). These women are usually the beneficiaries of Reproductive Health services under the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law.

Adolescent girls 10-19 years old will also increase to 10,080,824 next year. Based on the most recent data from the PSA (2014), it is expected that over 200,000 adolescent girls will give birth in 2017.

The figures for women of reproductive age and adolescent girls continue to be the highest numbers on record. This trend is expected to continue up to 2022 when the numbers of women of reproductive age are expected to peak at 29.1 million and adolescent girls at 11.3 million.

“The continuing increase in population is due to relatively high fertility rates of Filipino women which is 3 children on average; however, 11 of the 17 regions show higher fertility rates than the national average.

ARMM, Bicol and Western Visayas continue to have rates ranging from 3.8 in Western Visayas to 4.1 in Bicol and 4.2 in ARMM,” Executive Director Juan A. Perez III of POPCOM noted. Other population trends being tracked by POPCOM for 2017 are number of schoolchildren which are expected to rise to 31.5 million, labor force of 66.7 million and population over 65 years old at 5.2 million.

Based on the number of births in 2014 reported by PSA, there were 3.33 Filipinos born every minute that year. More males than females were born with 1.02 males born for every female.

Based on PSA projections of 1,691,897 births in 2017, the number of Filipinos born per minute will go down to 3.22 births per minute next year. (PNA)

Cayetano, Marcos Jr., magiging miembro kan Duterte Cabinet

MANILA 12/30/16 (Bicol Standard) -- Pigconfirmar ni Pres Rodrigo Duterte kasoodma na si Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano an maribay ki Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Sec Perfecto Yasay Jr. sa nasambit na oficina pakatapos kan sarong taon na ban sa pag-empleyo nin mga tawo na nadaog sa election.

Si Yasay, sa ibong na lado, mabwelta sa America tanganing ipadagos an saiyang pag maestro.

Si dating Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" R. Marcos Jr., an maribay ki Wanda Teo bilang pamayo kan Department of Tourism.

LOVE AGAINST ALL ODDS | Wedding in Nabua, Camarines Sur

Fr. Louie Occiano shared this photo of a bridal entourage in Nabua, Camarines Sur, where the bride can be seen wading through the floodwaters caused by Typhoon Nina.

Fr. Occiano said that he passed by the scene on his way home.

Nabua is among the most flooded towns in Camarines Sur after said typhoon.

Bulusan Volcano spews ash

Bulusan Volcano generated a phreatic eruption from its southeast vent yesterday, 29 December, at 2:40 PM.

The event was recorded as an explosion-type earthquake that lasted approximately 16 minutes based on the seismic record.

This event produced a grayish to dirty white ash plume 2 kilometers high that drifted towards the general west-southwest direction. (Phivolcs)


Maraot na panahon natunaw na -- PAGASA

NAGA CITY 12/30/16 (Bicol Standard) -- Natunaw na an bagong low pressure area na nagbibilog sa may Mindanao.

Alagad, sabi kan PAGASA madanay pa guiraray an ikog kan cold front sa Norte asin Central Luzon ngonian na aldaw.

Magiging madampog an kalangitan asin may mga pag-uran asin pagkikilat asin pagdagoldol sa Cagayan Valley asin sa Aurora Prvince, na pwedeng magdara nin pagbaha asin pagtiris kan daga.

An ibang parte kan Ilocos asin Cordillera an magkakaigwa nin mapanganoron na kalangitan na may paminsan-minsan na pagbulos nin uran ngonian na hapon asin atyan na bangui.

Magiging marayrahay an kamugtakan kan panahon sa Bicol asin iba pang parte kan Pilipinas, kabale na sa Metro Manila.

Mahoyop an malipot na duros amihan ngonian.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Naga City residents cry 'basura!'

NAGA CITY 12/29/16 (Bicol Standard)—Naguenos continue to rant about the snail-paced collection of garbage that is causing both a health concern and a traffic problem.

“Grabeng basura. Mabataon na,” Lando, a Nagueno complained as he passed by Penafrancia Avenue near the Penafrancia Shrine four days after Typhoon Nina hit.

One of the garbage truck drivers who asked for his name to be withheld told the Bicol Standard that the real reason for the slow collection is the absence of a designated place where they can dump garbage.

During the last typhoon, it was rather easy for us to haul the debris because we were allowed to dump the same near the Almeda Highway, he said.

We were also told that it is no longer possible to unload the garbage in the open dumpsite in Barangay Balatas because it can no longer accommodate additional trash, he added.

Despite the ordinance which imposes a stiff penalty on those who do not segregate trash, the same is not strictly implemented, he said.

The problem is exacerbated because the dumpsite emits unbearable foul odor, especially in the afternoon and late evening.

Residents of Balatas, San Felipe, and parts of barangay Penafrancia are affected by said stench.

City officials say that they cannot do anything because there are only a few trucks which are operational, and most of the employees are on vacation.

Through the Facebook page Naga Smiles To The World, they also said “We don't need your insensitive comments for they cannot feed hungry stomachs or rebuild houses.”

As of press time, Mayor John Bongat could not be contacted for his comments.

Bicol teachers to receive their performance bonus

MANILA 12/29/19 (Bicol Standard) The much-awaited performance-based bonus (PBB) for teachers has been released in nine regions, including Bicol, according to the Department of Education (DepEd).

Besides Bicol , the bonus has been released in Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Western Visayas, Davao Region, Socsksargen, Caraga and the Cordillera Administrative Region.

Relative to the said announcement, the DepEd urged the regions to immediately submit all pertinent documents to expedite the processing of their bonuses.

This bonus is part of the productivity-based incentive system under the Salary Standardization Law 3, where employees of the government, including teachers will receive additional cash depending on their performance in their respective schools and personnel for the specific fiscal year.

RD Buenafe, ipapaotob an mga sugo ni Bato vs indiscriminate firing

LEGAZPI CITY 12/29/16 (Bicol Standard) -- Orog pang pinakusog an Patrol Operations sa pagsabat kan Bagong Taon, base sa direktiba ni Chief PNP Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa.

Duwang mga bagong kasuguan an idinagdag sa enot na 10ng directiba kan hefe kan pulis, na dapat strictong ipasunod.

An ika 11ng pagboot iyo an “Thou shall not fire guns indiscriminately as it may hit, kill and injure thy neighbors; asin an ika 12, If thy neighbor fires his gun indiscriminately, thou shall make sure to take photos and videao to be reported to the PNP and uploaded,” sabi pa.

Huli kan nasambit na mga bagong pagboot, si Police Region V Regional Director Melvin “Omar” Buenafe nagpaluwas nin kasuguan na an gabos na mga tawohan kan pulis na yaon sa Christmas vacation, pigmamandahan niya na magbalik sa trabaho para sa pagsabat kan bagong taon.

Base sa direktiba ni Buenafe, dapat magconducir sinda nin pagpatrolya sa mga lugar na igwa dati, o may record na nagkaigwa nin ilegal na pagpabuag nin mga badil, kabale an indiscriminate firing incidents.

Dapat gibohon ini poon alas 5:00 nin hapon sa fecha 31 ngonian na bulan hasta Enero 1, 2017.

Mientrastanto, an ibang mga personahes kan puis na yaon sa saindang bakasyon sa luwas kan saindang distino an kaipohan mag report sa pinaka haraning Police Office, Unit, Station asin magtabang sa patrol teams.

Siring man, nagmanda si Buenafe sa gabos na hefe kan pulis na dapat madakop ninda an sisay man na imbuelto sa indiscriminate firing o illegal discharge nin badil sa laog nin 24 oras, ta kun dae pwede sindang haleon sa pwesto bilang hefe kan pulis.

Kun may duwang hefe kan pulis an ma-relieve huli sa siring na kasalan, an masunod na tatanggalon sa pwesto iyo an Provincial Director, sabi pa niya.

Idinagdag pa ni Buenafe na afuera kan pag enforsar kan ley, an mga pulis dapat magtabang sa lagdoan na information awareness bilang suporta sa kampanya kan Department of Health contra sa mga ipigbabawal na mga paputok.

Magkakaigwa nin surpresang inspection sa mga establisimiento na nagtitinda niin mga fireworks para maibitaran an disgracia na dulot kan mga rebentador.

An ultimong paki-olay ni Buenafe iyo na hinahagad niya an suporta kan mga tawo na i-upload sa saindang mga videos, retrato sa social media, en caso may maheling nin mga pag-abuso.

Tulos mapadara nin imbestigador an saindang oficina sa arog kaining mga reklamo.

Ini an mga pwedeng padarahan kan saindang report:

iReport Mo Kay TSIP -09178475757; Itaga Mo Kay Bato -2286 o sa paagui nin private messages sa social media (Twitter-@PNP hotline/@pnppio@PRO5 React/@ rpcrdpro5 o Facebook Page –Philippine National Police/Kasurog Bicol/PRPO5 Kasurog/Simeon Ola.

BSP extends period to exchange old banknotes

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) announced on Wednesday that the Monetary Board (MB) decided to extend the period to exchange old banknotes in authorized agent banks of the BSP until March 31, 2017 from its initial deadline of Dec. 31, 2016.

In a briefing Wednesday, BSP Deputy Governor Nestor Espenilla Jr. said the MB’s decision to give a 90-day extension to exchange old banknotes series or the New Design Series (NDS) for New Generation Currency (NGC) is a response to public clamor to extend the period of exchange.

NDS notes were launched in 1985 which features the old BSP logo with eight denominations such as PHP5.00, PHP10, PHP20, PHP50, PHP100, PHP200, PHP500, and PHP1,000.

NGC notes were released in 2010, featuring the new BSP logo and have six denominations: PHP20, PHP50, PHP100, PHP200, PHP500, and PHP1,000.

“So this extra three months basically is an opportunity, the last opportunity, to exchange those new design currencies for new generation currencies,” Espenilla said.

“We take this opportunity to remind our authorized banks to fulfill the responsibility and accept those New Design Series currencies,” he added.

He said authorized agent banks should accept exchange of old banknotes to new banknotes even if the person transacting is not a depositor.

Meanwhile, BSP Managing Director for Regional Monetary Affairs Sub-Sector Iluminada Sicat said 2.4 percent or some PHP23.3 billion of the original value of the old banknotes are still in circulation.

In terms of volume, 8.9 percent of the total volume released or some 295.7 million of NDS notes are circulating.

Most of the NDS that are still circulating have low denominations.

Since the start of the year, the old banknote series were no longer accepted for daily transactions.

By April 1, 2017, NDS notes are demonetized or will no longer have value, in which only the NGC notes will remain as legal tender in the country. (PNA)

Agri damage due to typhoon 'Nina' reaches PHP4-B

MANILA--The Philippine agriculture sector has initially incurred PHP4 billion (USD80 million) worth of damage due to typhoon Nock-ten, locally named Nina, which battered northern part of the country, the Department of Agriculture said Wednesday.

Photo: OCD
According to the department, reports from its regional offices showed that 65,247 hectares of agricultural areas with an estimated volume of production loss of 268,355 metric tons were affected in Regions IV-A (Calabarzon) and V (Bicol).

The commodities, which were mostly affected, were rice, corn and other high value crops, and fisheries.

The department said its personnel on the ground are continuously undergoing field validation as to the extent of damage in agriculture and fisheries.

In another statement on Wednesday, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol said that President Rodrigo Duterte has approved an initial allocation of PHP500 million (USD10.06 million) to rehabilitate the agriculture and fisheries in the areas affected.

Nock-ten, which battered the Luzon island on Christmas Day and caused at least six dead and 19 others missing, left the Philippines before midnight on Tuesday. (PNA/Xinhua)

Maraot na panahon nasirip kan PAGASA

NAGA CITY 12/29/16 (Bicol Standard) – Saro pang maraot na panahon an naheling kan PAGASA na nagbibilog ngonian.

Sa pahayag ngonian na aga ni Meno Mendoza kan PAGASA, harayo pa ini asin dae pa nin directamenteng effecto sa arin man na parte kan Pilipinas.

Namumugtak an nagbibilog na maraot na panahon sa distansyang 2,300 kilometros sa timog-sirangan kan Mindanao.

Base sa carculo kan weather bureau, igwa sana nin 50% posibilidad ining maging bagyo.

Nin huli sa iba pang mga weather systems posibleng dae na ini mabale sa listahan kan mga bagyo na malaog sa Philippine Area of Responsility (PAR) ngonian na taon.

VP Leni's satisfaction rating drops

MANILA— The satisfaction rating of Vice President Leni Robredo has plummeted by 12 points, per the latest polls by the Social Weather Stations.

The survey was conducted from December 3 to 6, 2016 and involved 1,500 respondents.

Of these, 58 percent said they were satisfied with the vice president's performance, while 21 percent were dissatisfied. Twenty percent, meanwhile, were undecided.

Previously, Robredo had a score of +49, which fell down to +37.

This means she still has a "good" net satisfaction rating.

The survey was conducted earlier than Robredo's US trip, which drew criticisms.

Meantime, the Vice President issued a statement saying that she assures the public that she is listening to their voice.

She also thanked the public for their continued support.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Naga City PNP Chief reiterates list of legal, illegal firecrackers

NAGA CITY 12/28/16 (Bicol Standard)—PNP City Director Senior Supt. Julius Munez has reiterated that only firecrackers with 0.2 grams of gunpowder per firecracker are allowed.

Anything exceeding said amount is prohibited and will be confiscated.

The list of allowed firecrackers and pyrotechnics include Baby Rocket, Bawang, El Diablo, Judas Belt, Paper Caps, Pulling of Strings, Kwitis, Small Triangulo, Butterfly, Fountain, Luces, Roman Candle, Mabuhay, Sparklers, Trompillo, and Whistle, according to Republic Act No. 7183.

Meanwhile, the manufacture, sale, distribution and use of other types of firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices not mentioned in the foregoing section, of such explosive content that could endanger life and limb, such as atomic big triangulo and super lolo and their equivalent are prohibited.

Munez reiterated that he is targeting zero firecracker-related casualty for the Yuletide season.

"Only those who have permits from the city government will be allowed to sell such devices," he stressed.

He also warned that they will not hesitate to confiscate prohibited firecrackers and apprehend those who violate the law.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

6-B na kantidad nin shabu, nadakop kan NBI

MANILA 12/27/16 (Bicol Standard) – Sa laog sana nin sarong bulan an National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) nakadakop nin 890 kilo nin shabu, na may valor na kantidad P6 bilyon.

Ini an pig annunciar ngonian na aldaw ni DOJ Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II sa atubangan kan mga miembros kan media.

Segun ki Aguirre, tulong operasyon an ginibo kan NBI contra sa droga, poon kan Dec 1, 23 asin 26, ngonian na taon.

An ilegal na droga na nasa sako pa ipigpresentar sa media durante kan press conference ngonian na aldaw.

An kada kilo nin droga carculadong nagkakantidad P10 milyones, sabi ni Aguirre.

An NBI Task Force Against Illegal Drugs naglansar nin serye nin operasyon poon kan Septiembre haste Deciembre.

10 an naarrestar

Mientrastanto, 10 an naarestar sa sinambit na mga operasyon kan NBI.

Kabale digdi an 3ng mga Chinese nationals asin 7 na mga Pilipino.

An nasambit na grupo inaapod kan NBI na “Red Dragons.”

An kampanya contra sa ilegal na droga an saro sa mga ipig promisa ni Pres Rodrigo Duterte durante kan siya nagkakampanya.


Baha sa Malitbog, Minalabac, Camarines Sur
Mga kua ni Hazel Guinoo Albert



Netizen Mandy Lucila has shared these photos of Nabua, Camarines Sur, which remains flooded two days after Typhoon Nina devastated the Rinconada area.
Photo by Mandy Lucila
Photo by Mandy Lucila
Photo by Mandy Lucila
Informants of Bicol Standard from the area say that the floodwaters continue to rise as waters coming from Albay continue to drain into the basin area.

Observers say that this situation will persist for at least a week from now.

IRIGA CITY | No signal, no power after 'Nina'

Photo: Nhel via Iriga CDRRMO

IRIGA CITY 12/27/16 (Bicol Standard)--Heavy damage on infrastructure, including power lines and cell sites, has been recorded here after Typhoon Nina tore through the city.

"Wala pa pong network signals sa Iriga City ngayon, wala pa din po kuryente dahil halos lahat po ng poste ay na damaged nung bagyong Nina," the Iriga City Disater Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) announced earlier today.

"Sa Baao po ay may Globe signal na subalit txt at tawag lamang po maari,kung may mga kaibigan or Kapamilya po kayo na nsa baao maaari po kayong makiusap na puntahan muna po ang inyong kapamilya upang makausap niyo po," the office added.

Gov. Bobet offers free cellphone charging after 'Nina'

Recognizing that information is vital in times of emergency, Sorsogon Gov. Bobet Lee Rodrigueza has taken the initiative to offer free charging of cellphones at the Sorsogon Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

This is while NGCP has not fully restored the operation of its power lines in this province.

Gov. Rodrigueza, however, said that to maximize the service, the constituents should provide their own extension wires.

AFTER TYPHOON 'NINA' | Flood control project failure?

"Nina" may be gone, but rains continue to pour in Naga City, barely two days after the typhoon hit. 

This picture was taken at 3:30 p.m. today along Elias Angeles St. beside Plaza Quezon. 

Locals say that this is the first time that this road section has been flooded, despite the city government's flood newly-implemented flood control project. (BICOLSTANDARD.COM)

SILENT NEW YEAR? No firecrackers yet after 'Nina' in Naga City

NAGA CITY 12/27/16 (Bicol Standard)--At a time when typically firecrackers start to be ignited by locals, no such sound is heard here as the city continues to recover after being battered by Typhoon Nina.

"Since yesterday, I have no income. Nobody seems interested in buying my goods even if I am only selling the well-advertised torotot instead of firecrackers," Pedring, a vendor beside Plaza Quezon told the Bicol Standard.

As of this writing, it is almost zero visibility as heavy rains continue to pour less than two days after the onslaught of "Nina."

Power restoration is out of sight while hotels and inns are fully-booked with guests and locals looking for a more comfortable place to spend the night.




WHO'S IN CHARGE? | Naga City traffic after 'Nina'


As Naga City continues to reel from the wrath of Typhoon Nina, traffic has piled up around the city's commercial center.

The traffic is caused by the heaps of debris from the aforementioned typhoon, the holiday rush, the lack of traffic enforcers.

Residents here have noted that even the members of the Public Safety Office are not in their normal posts, possibly aggravating the traffic problem. As of 3 p.m., it has started to rain again in this city.

Local electric cooperative Casureco II announced this morning that the latest that they can restore the power supply for Feeder 2 is probably tomorrow.

This means that the Central Business District I ("centro") will likely be energized.


Sec. Taguiwalo to typhoon victims: Approach your LGUs, report any irregularity in distribution

MANILA -- Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo on Tuesday reminded families affected by Typhoon Nina to approach their local government units (LGUs) for relief goods that have been pre-positioned in their areas as part of prompt service for them.

Photo: Office of Civil Defense

"Please do not hesitate to go to your LGUs, whatever your needs are, and also immediately report to authorities if you observe any irregularity in the distribution of relief goods," said Taguiwalo.

She said the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has readied 580,857 family food packs, 2,459 ready-to-eat meals, 1,585 malongs, 885 mosquito nets, 885 blankets, and 585 hygiene kits.

Augmentation assistance amounting to PHP206.35 million has been distributed to 27 LGUs in areas struck by the typhoon.

Meanwhile, Taguiwalo called for volunteers to help repack relief boxes at the National Resource Operation Center (NROC) warehouse in Pasay City for typhoon victims in the Bicol region. Those who are interested may directly coordinate with DSWD staff at mobile number 0977-810-9950.

Police and military personnel are already at the NROC warehouse assisting in the repacking of relief goods as of Monday.

She added that DSWD disaster teams continue to coordinate with affected LGUs in disaster relief operations and in managing evacuation centers.

Taguiwalo also said that in coordination with DSWD-Calabarzon and the Armed Forces of the Philippines , DSWD teams have made use of the AFP's mobile kitchen to cook hot meals for about 1,500 passengers stranded in the port of Batangas Monday night. (PNA)

NGCP: 9 pa sana kan 15ng transmission lines an nahirahay ninda

NAGA CITY 12/27/16 (Bicol Standard) — Ipinahayag ngonian na aga kan National Grid Corporation (NGCP) na 9 pa sana sa 15ng mga transmission lines na pinadapa kan bagyong si Nina an napapakaray.

Base sa saindang report kasubagong odto (11:00 a.m) pig hihingowa kan NGCP na maibalik tulos an saindang linya.

An kadaklan kan mga linya na nadanyaran kan bagyo namumugtak sa Southern Luzon.

Idinagdag sa pareyong report na may 2ng switching stations asin sub-stations an naraot kan bagyo sa Albay asin Sorsogon.

Ipinahayag kan sinambit na companiya na an mga naibalik nang supply kan linya kan kuryente iyo an nasa Gumaca-Atimonan, sa Provincia kan Quzon, Ibaan-Rosario lines sa Batangas, Calaca-Taal lines, Calaca-Balayan-Nasugbu-Calatagan, asin 69 KV line sa Batangas.

Enot nang nahirahay an linya kan NCGP iyo an 69 KV na linya sa  Naga Concepcion, digdi.

Siring man, nakabalik na an linya sa Pitogo-Mulanay 69 KV line sa Quezon.

Mientrastanto, kasubagong aga, an NGCP nagsabi na nagdugang sindang mga tawohan para sa padagos na paghiwayay kan mga raot pang mga linya.

Nag-gibo na sinda nin aerial asin ground survey para maseguro na maheling an mga napukan na mga linya.

PHOTOS | Typhoon Nina aftermath in Bicol

Images of parts of the Bicol region after typhoon Nina
(Photos via OCD)


Energy dept moves to restore power in areas pounded by 'Nina'

MANILA--The Department of Energy (DOE) has moved to restore power in Typhoon Nina-hit areas Monday.

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said in a statement that he has instructed concerned units and agencies to immediately restore power facilities and supply to communities struck by the weather disturbance, specifically in the Southern Luzon and Bicol regions.

He said his department has deployed personnel on the ground to assess the damage and has activated Task Force Kapatid to assist affected distribution utilities in repairing assets.

According to the department, Energy Undersecretary William Fuentebella has set the deadlines for the assessment of the energy facilities and coordinated rehabilitation efforts after visiting the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) and the National Electrification Administration (NEA).

“The DOE and its partners in the energy sector will deploy restoration teams for the speedy recovery of power to the affected towns and provinces,” Fuentebella said.

He said the NGCP will restore power immediately once the the distribution lines are ready.

Citing reports from the NGCP, the department said 11 69-kilovolt lines were downed by the typhoon, including the Daraga substation located in Albay, affecting Batangas, Quezon, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Albay and Sorsogon.

NEA meanwhile committed to provide more details by 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Cusi meanwhile urged the public to ensure the safety of their communities as the department and volunteers from private distribution utilities work to restore power.

"We will need everybody's cooperation to open the roads and clear the areas for our linemen to have access to the damaged lines and energy facilities. We are committed to restore power immediately," he said. (PNA)

Sunday, December 25, 2016

TYPHOON NINA | Bagyo nagtugpa na sa kadagaan kan Catanduanes

Nagtugpa na sa kadagaan kan Bato,Catanduanes an bagyong si Nina kasubagong alas 6:30 bangui.

Si enot na carculo kan PAGASA, si Nina matugpa sa kadagaan kan Catanduanes, alas 8:00 nin bangui.

An patos na duros kan bagyo kan magtugpa sa Virac, nag-aabot 185 kph, na may kaibang 255 kph na duros na nagwawasiwas sa guilid kan mata ni Nina.

An enterong Provincia kan Catanduanes an mayo na nin kuryente poon pa kasubagong pasado alas 3:00 nin hapon, hasta ngonian.

Mayo pang ibang report dapit sa destroso.

TYPHOON NINA | Signal # 4 naka bandera sa Catanduanes asin Camarines Sur

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) – Mantinido an kusog na 185 km sagkod 225 kph kan bagyong si Nina, sabi kan PAGASA ngonian na alas 6:00 nin banggui.

An Catanduanes asin Camarines Sur nasa lindong kan Typhoon Signal No. 4 ngonian.

Sabi kan PAGASA orog pang naghiwas an langailang kan bagyo na nag-aabot na ngonian nin 500 kilometros.

Kasubagong allas 6:00 nin hapon, si Nina yaon na sa distanciang 65 km sa Sirangan Timog Sirangan kan Virac, Catanduanes.

Signal No. 3 an Burias Island, Albay, Camarines Norte, Southern Quezon, Soprsogon asin Marinduque.

Signal No. 2 nakabandera sa Metro Manila, Masbate, kabale an Ticao Island, Or Mindoro, Batangas, Laguna asin ibang parte kan Quezon, kabale an Polilio Island, Occ. Mindoro, pati an Lubang Island, Bataan, Bulacan, Northern Samar, Romblon, Cavite, asin Rizal.

Signal No. 1 an nakabandera sa Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Aurora, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Zambales, Pampanga, Tarlac, Calamian Group of Ilands, Aklan, Capiz, Samar, Eastern Samar, Biliran, Leyte, asin Bantayan Island.

Albay steps up evacuation of over a million people

LEGAZPI CITY 12/25/16 (PNA) Evacuation of over a million persons living in flood, landslide and storm surge rone areas in Albay has been stepped up, according to Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) this morning.

At of 12 noon today, there were 12,855 families or 64, 276 persons who were initially moved out to designated evacuation camps, according to Cedric Daep, PDRRMC executive officer.

Daep, in a interview, said the initial evacuation report came from the towns of Polangui, Pio Duran, Malinao and Legazpi City.

He said “we are expecting reports to come in this afternoon before the given deadline”.

Daep expressed optimism that the evacuation would be carried out smoothly even if it is Christmas day.

He added they have also evacuated hundreds of passengers standed in parts of Tabaco City and Pio Duran town.
Albay Gov. Al Francis Bichara on Saturday ordered the mandatory evacuation of 207,774 families or 3.7 million individuals living in 1,545 villages prone to flooding, landslides lahar flows and storm surge.

As of this morning, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has issued Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 4 for Catanduanes and Camarines Sur, including Burias Island in Masbate.

TCWS No 3 was also issued in Albay, Camarines Norte, ticao Island, and Sorsogon.


AT 1:00 pm today, the eye of Typhoon Nina was located based on all available date including Guiuan and Virac Doppler radar at 110 km East of Virac, Catanduanes (13.4 N, 125.2 E.)

STRENTH: Maximum sustained winds of 185 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 255 kph.
FORECAST MOVEMENT: Forecast to move West at 15 kph.

Typhoon signal No. 4 ( 171 – 220 kph - expected in 12 hours) is now hoisted in Catanduanes and Camarines Sur.

Typhoon signal No. 3 (121- 170 kph, expected at least 18 hours) has been raised in the provinces of Burias Islands, (Masbate) Albay, Camarines Norte,  Southern Quezon, Sorsogon and Marinduque.

Typhoon signal No. 2 (61- 120 kph, expected within 24 hours) is raised in Metro Manila,Masbate including Ticao Island, , Oriental Mindoro, Batangas, Laguna, rest of Quezon including Polillo Island, Romblon, Cavite, Rizal , and Bulacan.

PHOTOS | Christmas is for everybody

These kids along the Surf Camp in Gubat, Sorsogon decided to celebrate Christmas by fashioning a tree out of materials they found in the area.

The kids live right in front of the beach, according to Cecile Therese Ferro, who took the photos.

"Wala silang pambili ng Christmas tree kaya gumawa na lang sila out of kung ano makita nila around the area and despite that you can see na they are enjoying themselves," Ferro posted.

"I hope tayo na may mga meron sa buhay, let us be thankful and wala man handa or meron hindi naman yan ang true essence ng pasko. Let us remember that it is for Jesus Christ. Merry Christmas guys!" she added.

The photos were taken in early December.


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