Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Disaster risk reduction and management education

By Allan Ronquillo

Bicol is a region where many potential natural hazards may occur. We are often in the direct path of typhoons and have active volcanoes in our territory. Apart from these, there is always the possibility of earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, and floods, among other disasters. There are also what DepEd calls human-induced hazards such as structure collapse, fire, chemical spills, vehicular-related accidents, electrical blackouts, red tide, bomb threats, kidnapping threats, hostage taking, and civil disorder. With the possibility of these, it is thus crucial for the education sector to integrate disaster risk reduction and management into the curriculum.

Primarily, disaster risk reduction and management education raises awareness on the causes and effects of disasters. Furthermore, this allows the learners to develop and contribute to a culture of prevention and reduction of the risks of disasters. This also improves the capacities of the members of the community to not only respond to emergencies in times of disasters but also to cope after they occur. Disaster risk reduction and management education likewise restores the normalcy after the disasters and gives the people affected with hope for the future after these disasters occur.

It is a reality that we cannot put a stop to disasters. However, we can minimize the damages if we take actions in preparedness and mitigation, response, and rehabilitation.

DepEd in its Disaster Risk Reduction Resource Manual says that prevention and mitigation in schools begins with knowing which hazards and risks the school is exposed to in a process called “hazard mapping;” meeting with all stakeholders in education and making plans to reduce those hazards and risks; and implementing plans to reduce vulnerabilities.

Disaster risk reduction and management helps ensure sustainable development, which is especially important in a developing nation like the Philippines.

Disaster risk reduction and management should be a national and local priority, and should be supported by institutions like schools, colleges, and universities.

As an educator, I urge all Bicolanos to support disaster risk reduction and management education by cooperating with DepEd in its endeavor to teach the same to our learners. These include

We must also follow the government’s recommendations in preparing for and responding to disasters, such as cooperating in earthquake drills, creating an earthquake survival kit, participating in school advocacies on disaster preparedness.

TD "Urduja" maintains strength as it moves towards Bicol region

By Lily Ramos

MANILA— Tropical depression "Urduja" has maintained its strength and heads towards the Bicol Region, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

The state weather agency said as of 3 a.m. Wednesday, "Urduja" was last observed at 455 kilometers east of Surigao City with maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour (kph) and gusts of up to 65 kph.

It is forecast to move north northwest at 7 kph and expected to intensify into a tropical storm by Thursday.

Bicol Region, Eastern Visayas, Mimaropa, Calabarzon, and Mindanao and the rest of the Visayas will have cloudy skies, scattered to widespread rainshowers and thunderstorms due to “Urduja.”

Metro Manila, the regions of Cagayan Valley, Cordillera, Ilocos, and the rest of Central Luzon will also have scattered rains due to the northeast monsoon.

PAGASA warned fisherfolk and those with small seacraft not to venture over the eastern seaboard of Bicol, Eastern Visayas, and the Caraga region as coastal waters will be moderate to rough. (PNA)


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Second ACSSSAlympics held in Legazpi City

LEGAZPI CITY – A three-day live-in workshop in which will tackle Gender Advocacy and Development (GAD) and Fiscal Management opened earlier today at Hotel St. Ellis in Legazpi City and Misibis Bay Resort until December 14.

The participants in the said workshop activity are the members of the Association of Camarines Sur Secondary School Administrators (ACSSSA).

During the 3-day gathering, there will be lectures that will focus on important topics, like ACSSSAgip Puso, Christian Innovative Leadership; Financial Management ("Let Your Money Work For You") and Stress Management.

At least 200 participants, mostly School Heads, Public Schools District Supervisors, members of the Medical Team and Division Office personnel were in attendance in the said occasion.

Apart from the lectures and workshops the said off-campus gathering also aims at giving the school heads and their staff members a little break due to the never-ending activities inside and outside the school campus.

This activity was spearheaded by Crespin S. Adayo Jr., ACSSSA President assisted by the officers of the organization.

Army saka NPA nagbakbakan sa Sorsogon

Nagkaiga na naman nin encontrada kasuodmang alas 11:30 nin odto sa Provincia kan Sorsogon kan mga miembros kan army asin pulis, kalaban an mga tawohan kan NPA.

An incidente nangyari sa Barangay Salvacion, Magallanes, Sorsogon.

Enot na napalaban an sarong platoon kan 31st IB kan army sa dai makulang sa 30ng mga NPA.

Segun sa report, si ILt Eddie B. Badol kan army an lider kan mga soldados kan gobierno, na nasa regular na pag patrolya, kan makasagupa ninda an dai makulang sa 30ng mga armadong miembros kan NPA, na pinapamayohan ni Edwin Dematera a.k.a “Ka Dupax”, sa may barangay Salvacion, Magallanes.

Naglawig nin 30 minutos si baradilan, pakatapos nag atras na an mga rebeldeng NPA pasiring sa direksyon kan Barangay Biton, Magallanes, Sorsogon.

Mayo nin report na may nalugadan o nakulgan sa parte kan mga soldados, mientras na may sarong nagadan hale sa kampo kan mga NPA.

Nakakua pa an army nin duwang “high powered” na mga badil, hale sa mga nag dudurulag na mga NPA.

Huli kan grabeng baradilan, nagbugtak nin mga blocking force an mga soldados kan gobierno sa mga banwaan na kataid o harane sa pinangyarihan kan laban. Pig dirihiran an mga intelligence operatives na liboton an gabos na mga hospital asin mga clinics tanganing aramon kun igwa pang mga may lugad na NPA na pwedeng pig bubulong sa sainda.

Army’s 9th ID in Bicol gets new chief

LEGAZPI CITY -- Brig. Gen Danilo Chad Isleta is the newly installed commanding general of the Army’s 9th Infantry Division (ID) in Camp Elias Angeles, Barangay San Jose in Pili town in Camarines Sur.

Isleta took over the command on Friday in a turn-over ceremony at the Army headquarters in Pili town, said Army Capt. Joash Pramis, 9th ID spokesperson.

Pramis said Isleta replaced Army Maj. Gen Monolito Orense who has reached the mandatory retirement age.

The 9th Infantry Division oversees three Army brigades operating in the six provinces of Bicol.

Before his new designation, he was assistant division commander of the 9ID.

A 1985 graduate of the Philippine Military Academy, Isleta is also the former commander of the 10th Field Artillery Battalion, assistant chief of staff for Civil-Military Operations, chief of Army’s Strategic and Special Studies Office and senior military aid to the Secretary of National Defense. (PNA)


Lanterns made by inmates light up Ligao City’s giant Christmas tree

By Rhaydz Barcia

LIGAO CITY -- A 54-foot Christmas tree adorned with blue lanterns made by inmates of Ligao City Jail was lighted on Sunday night as a symbol of unity and solidarity, following the blessing of the Nativity display made by Msgr. Ramon Tronquid, parish priest of St. Stephen Parish here.

Mayor Patricia Gonzalez-Alsua and Albay 3rd District Rep. Fernando Gonzalez lighted the tree situated between the parish church and the city’s colorful plaza with the flip of a switch.

“We are keeping the tradition of spreading holiday cheer to thousands of spectators from villages and nearby towns for 22 years now. This tradition is done for unity and solidarity,” the mayor said.

She said that the city government asked the inmates to make the lanterns that now adorn the giant Christmas tree as well as the city plaza and St. Stephen Church, to provide livelihood to them.

Aside from the giant Christmas tree here, also lighted up was the Walt Disney’s Cinderella wonderland-themed Yuletide display at the city plaza.

Blue and green LED light bulbs were switched on, making the night bright and cheery, to the delight of people from all walks of life who flocked to the area.

Rep. Gonzalez said that the lighting up of the giant Christmas tree has now become a tradition that inspires unity, love, merrymaking and creating economic activities to the people specifically to local farmers selling their products in the city.

Last year, Mayor Alsua chose Disney’s Frozen character with white and green motif for purity, safety, cleanliness, understanding, peace and abundance.

Former mayor Linda Gonzalez of this city, who pioneered the Christmas tradition of putting up the giant tree and Yuletide display, said: “We made this tradition for unity and solidarity and so as promote tourism. Farmers can bring their products in the city for our agricultural promotion and enjoy the lighting event.”

Mayor Alsua also said the city government is celebrating Christmas with peace, purity and prosperity throughout the year despite having hit by natural calamities.

“Last year, typhoon Nina hit us on Christmas Day but we rose up after the calamity as resilient community,” she said.

Rep. Gonzalez said that Bicol has experienced so many typhoons but was able to stand up all over again and became more developed after the disasters.

Gracing Sunday’s lighting events were members of the Women’s Club of Ligao City headed by former Mayor Linda Gonzalez and church officials. (PNA)

Sunday, December 10, 2017

PDEA arrests shabu dealer in Legazpi City

LEGAZPI CITY 12/12/17 (BICOL STANDARD) –Another successful buy bust operation conducted by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Bicol which has yielded at least 80 grams of methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu).

The PDEA operatives identified the apprehended suspect as Efren Manansala a.k.a. “Mangga”, a resident of Barangay San Roque here.

Manansala is a high value target, allegedly involved in the illegal drug distribution in the different towns in Albay, but his main operation is focused in this city.

Bicol PDEA regional director Christian Frivaldo said that the confiscated illegal drugs has a street value of at least P500,000.00.

It was also revealed by the PDEA agents that Manansala is one of local retailers who gets his supply from Ismael Onsad and Angelo Ariraya, who were also arrested last week while in possession of one (1) kilo of shabu, valued at P7.7 M, last Dec 2, at Barangay Oro Site, Legazpi City.

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