‘Alvarez Wing’ operatives eyed as behind sabotage of Capitol relief goods

Saboteurs suspected as belonging to the political opposition are suspected to be behind rotten rice in bags of relief goods passed off as distributed by the Davao del Norte Capitol in the aftermath of massive floods that hit the province … Continue reading ‘Alvarez Wing’ operatives eyed as behind sabotage of Capitol relief goods

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Davao City disaster team on alert due to tropical cyclone Caloy

 The Davao City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DCCDRRMO) has alerted all residents living in mountainous and low-lying areas in the city as tropical cyclone “Caloy” approaches Davao City. Based on weather forecast from Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical … Continue reading Davao City disaster team on alert due to tropical cyclone Caloy

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Tackling disasters in Davao City

    On June 29 last year, a killer flood swept through four barangays in the southern part of the city.     When the bodies were countered, there were 34 people killed many of them children.     What lesson did we get from this “isolated tragedy”?     Preparedness and accepting the reality that areas like Matina and Talomo are flood-prone areas.     But the June tragedy was more than the usual floods.     On the night that the tragedy struck, a freak tornado dumped, according to weathermen, water with a volume of a month’s amount of rainful in that area.    … Continue reading Tackling disasters in Davao City

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P20M housing fund for Davao City flood victims

BY JOANNA C. BALANZA Survivors of last year’s tragic flood that killed 34 people in Davao City may no longer fear a similar incident: the Davao City government would soon implement a P20 million housing fund for THE survivors whose houses along the Matina Creek and other affected areas were swept away by the June 29, 2010 floods. Davao City councilor Arnolfo Cabling said the Davao City Council has approved a P7 million counterpart fund to the P20 million the National Housing Authority (NHA) released for the flood victims. Two hundred units of low-cost housing at P100,000 each for the … Continue reading P20M housing fund for Davao City flood victims

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Preparing, coping up with the Sendong tragedy

BY ROGER M. BALANZA     With the killer flood triggered byTyphoon Sendong that snuffed out the lives of more than 1000 people in the background, the Davao City Council is creating the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office next year. This is also in line with Republic Act 10121 or the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act that mandates every local government unit to establish a City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, said Councilor Marissa P. Salvador-Abella, chair of the committee on environment. The proposal, authored by Abella and co-authored by councilor Melchor Quitian, was passed on first … Continue reading Preparing, coping up with the Sendong tragedy

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Mindanao no longer typhoon-free?

BY ROGER M. BALANZA      A professor of the University of the Philippines (UP) said typhoons next year could slam Mindanao first before lashing Visayas and Luzon, a phenomenon brought by global warming. Mindanao prides itself as typhoon-free. Next year several typhoons could first landfall in Mindanao before proceeding to the Visayas and Mindanao, said Dr. Alredo Mahar Lagmay University of the Philippines-National Institute of Geological Sciences (Upnigs).    Global warming has bought a new route pattern for typhoons entering the Philippine Area of Responsibility, said Lagmay. The Philippine Atmospheric GeoPhysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said 2 or four typhoons … Continue reading Mindanao no longer typhoon-free?

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How to help Sendong victims

Tropical storm Sendong brought landslides and floods that took the lives of more than 600 people in Mindanao. It hit the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan the most. Below are ways to help the victims. HOW TO DONATE Department of Social Welfare and Development DSWD welcomes volunteers. Inquire at the following DSWD offices: DSWD National Resource Operation Center NAIA Chapel Road, Pasay City (beside Airport Police Department and back of Air Transportation Office) Tel. Nos.: (02) 852-8081, (02) 851-2681 Mobile No.: (0918) 930-2356 DSWD Field Office 10 Masterson Avenue, Upper Carmen Cagayan de Oro City Tel. Nos. (088) … Continue reading How to help Sendong victims

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THE DAVAO CITY FLOOD AND GOOD SAMARITANS

EDITORIAL BY ROGER M. BALANZA Beauty in tragedy The June 29 killer flood that hit four barangays in Dsvao City should be looked at not merely as a product of a vengeful nature exacting payment for human frailties about preserving Mother Nature. Nor should it be remembered merely as a passing tragedy that killed 31 people and temporarily displaced more than 10,000 people. More than that, the flood should be looked at as an occasion for man to come to the succor of the afflicted and the distraught, that the best in man comes out when tragedy strikes. To put … Continue reading THE DAVAO CITY FLOOD AND GOOD SAMARITANS

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AFTER THE FLOOD: New schoolbags for students

FREE SCHOOLBAGS. Davao City vice mayor Rodrigo Duterte and city councilor Edgar Ibuyan distribute  schoolbags to students of Gov. Vicente Duterte Elementary School in Bankal, one four barangays hit by the June 29 flood that killed 31 people and displaced more than 12,000 people. BING GONZALES Continue reading AFTER THE FLOOD: New schoolbags for students

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FEAR OF LANDSLIDE, FLOODS IN MATINA SHRINE HILLS, MAA, DAVAO CITY RAISED ANEW

FROMTHEMAILS OPINION By J. Stacey Baird  In support of Brgy Ma-a Federation of Homeowners Association  Open Letter on landslide threats in Matina Shrine Hills and flooding in its lower environs SUBDIVISION LOCATION ASSUMPTIONS MUST CHANGE Applications or approvals for subdivision development assume a certain level and frequency of rainfall and a certain “acceptable” level of risk to those nearby. Those assumptions, in light of experience and accelerating Climate Change are no longer valid.  Anything can happen and likely will. Flood and earth movements are often caused by human activities that weaken hills above or support below.  If we look at … Continue reading FEAR OF LANDSLIDE, FLOODS IN MATINA SHRINE HILLS, MAA, DAVAO CITY RAISED ANEW

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