Friday, November 8, 2013

Boat trips, flights in Caraga cancelled due to Typhoon Yolanda

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 7 (PIA) - The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Surigao del Norte has ordered the cancellation of the departures of inter-island vessels to Siargao Island, Dinagat Islands and other parts of Visayas due to Typhoon Yolanda. The PCG has called off the departures of all vessels plying these areas due to PAGASA’s Public Storm Signal warning that the entire province will experience heavy rains and huge waves because of Typhoon Yolanda. Cokaliong Shipping Lines has announced in their facebook account the cancellation of all their boat trips due to Typhoon Yolanda. “All trips tonight, Nov 7, 2013, Thursday, will be cancelled due to the approaching typhoon. Please be guided accordingly. For refund or rebooking pls visit any of our offices. We will soon announce when the schedule of our next available trip,” it said. Meanwhile, Cebu Pacific has also cancelled its flights 5J 767/ 768 Manila-Surigao-Manila and 5J 223/ 224 Cebu-Butuan-Cebu today because of the typhoon. In its 11 a.m. bulletin, Thursday, PAGASA said typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) has gained strength while moving closer to the country and that as of 10 a.m., the eye of the typhoon was spotted 637 kilometers (km) east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur. The state weather bureau said it is expected to make landfall over Guiuan, Eastern Samar around 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Friday. Yolanda has a maximum sustained winds of about 215 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 250 kph. It is moving west northwestward at 30 kph. (FEA/PIA-Caraga)

Surigao evacuation starts as Typhoon Yolanda approaches

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 7 (PIA) - The city government of Surigao thru the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) began evacuating hundreds of people in areas prone to floods and landslides on Thursday ahead of a powerful typhoon that has gained strength over the Pacific. As of noontime today, CDRRMC reported at least 183 families or 233 individuals from barangay Taft have evacuated at the Mariano Espina Memorial Central Elementary School. Nine families or 56 individuals from barangay Washington took shelter at the barangay Washington Gym and 15 families or 58 individuals from barangay Sabang were evacuated at the city gymnasium. Typhoon Yolanda is expected to make landfall in the Eastern Samar by Friday and dump more rain on its nearby provinces, said Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). The state bureau has placed the city under signal number 3 in its 11 a.m. bulletin today. (FEA/PIA-Caraga)

DSWD Caraga readies for Yolanda

By Stella Maris V. Barcelon BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 7 (PIA) - In preparation for super typhoon Yolanda, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office Caraga prepositioned 2,000 family packs today for the Province of Dinagat Islands (PDI). Another 1,000 family packs for the province of Surigao del Norte and Surigao City were allocated. A standby fund or quick response fund of 13, 675,008.83 million is also readied by the office. Meanwhile, the regular standby family packs have been increased from 2,000 to 5,000. Each family pack costs P285.36 and contains food items such as 3 kilos of rice, 6 noodles, 6 coffee, and 6 canned goods. Volunteer packers are in the process of adding 5,000 packs. Non-food items are also being prepared. These include blankets, mosquito nets, pail, basin, kitchen kit containing casserole, ladle, spoons, forks, plates, mugs and personal hygiene kit containing toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, feminine wash, and sanitary napkins. DSWD Caraga regional director Minda B. Brigoli said that the agency is ready to augment relief goods at any given time to support the request of affected LGUs. DSWD Caraga has already activated its Quick Response Team (QRT) who will render 24-hour duty. Municipal Action Team (MAT) leaders, community-based workers and other project-based staffs were already mobilized to continuously monitor for updates on the situation in their respective areas. (FEA/DSWD-Social Marketing Unit/PIA-Caraga)

NGCP prepares for Typhoon Yolanda

By MIlfrance Capulong BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 7 (PIA) - The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has implemented the necessary preparations and precautions to minimize the impact of Typhoon Yolanda on NGCP operations and facilities. Preparation included ensuring the reliability of communications equipment, availability of hardware materials and supplies necessary for the repair of damages to facilities, as well as the positioning of line crews in strategic areas, to facilitate immediate restoration work. NGCP’s Integrated Disaster Action Plan (IDAP) prescribes these and other procedures to ensure the readiness of all power transmission facilities expected to be affected by the passage of the weather disturbance. Typhoon Yolanda has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility at 12:00 AM today. Based on PAGASA’s forecast, it is expected to move West Northwest at 30kph with a maximum sustained wind of 215kph and gustiness of 250kph. NGCP’s Overall Disaster Command Center monitors all power restoration activities, reports, and updates from the Regional Command Centers in North Luzon, South Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, whichever is directly affected by the weather disturbance. (NGCP/PIA-Caraga)

Surigao CAFC wins Gawad Saka 2013

By Annette Villaces SURIGAO CITY, Nov. 7 (PIA) – The City Agricultural and Fishery Council (CAFC) of this city was declared regional winner for the Gawad Saka (2012-2013) during the Agricultural Extension Workers Congress spearheaded by the Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Field Unit 13, held recently at the Balanghai Hotel, Butuan City. The Gawad Saka Award aims to give recognition to deserving agricultural sector for the continuous support and steadfast effort for sustainable agricultural development. CAFC Chairman Perfecto Lisondra received the cash prize worth P50, 000 and a plaque of recognition together with Provincial Rural Based Coordinator (PRBC) Sancha Napalan and PRBC Secretary Gilda Panal who also received a cash incentives worth P7,500. The CAFC was fully supported by city mayor Ernesto Matugas through the City Agriculture Office led by City Agriculturist Isaias Elumba and Sangguniang Panlungsod - Committee on Agriculture chairman Perfecto Consigo. (SDR/CMO/PIA-Surigao del Norte)