Guv turns district hospitals into action centers for health

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 01:50 a.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Governor Lilia Pineda designated all 11 district hospitals in the province to serve as action centers for the health needs of flood-hit Kapampangans.

This came as incidents of water-borne diseases have apparently been increasing in communities still under floodwater due to incessant rains.

Mayor welcomes evacuees in Mabalacat City

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 01:49 a.m.

MABALACAT CITY -- Mayor Marino Morales said the City Government is preparing staging areas and evacuation centers that could be used if the water level in several coastal towns and other flood-prone municipalities rise due to Tropical Storm “Helen.”

“We are very much willing to accommodate everybody. Mabalacat was not seriously affected, kaya gusto natin tumulong,” Morales said.

Korean pastor drowns in Tarlac

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 01:48 a.m.

CAMP OLIVAS -- A Korean pastor drowned when he was carried away by strong water current while crossing a river in Barangay Labney, Mayantoc, Tarlac.

In a belated report, Tarlac police provincial director Alfredo Corpus identified the fatality as Wonjun Cho, a pastor of Minister of Kingsway Fellowship International Philippines Inc.

Office of ex-congresswoman robbed

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 01:47 a.m.

CAMP OLIVAS -- Unidentified men robbed the Notary Public Office of former second district representative Zeny Ducut located in Barangay San Nicolas 1st, Lubao town.

A belated report here said that the suspects forcibly entered the office of Ducut by detaching the door’s steel doorknob and its lock.

Subic chamber to host maritime conference

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 01:47 a.m.

SUBIC FREEPORT -- The Subic Bay Freeport Chamber of Commerce will host a two-day maritime conference on August 23 and 24.

Danny Piano, president of the Subic Bay Freeport Chamber of Commerce, said they invited presidents of other local chambers in North and Central Luzon to the upcoming Subic Bay Maritime Conference.

Senator: Comply with solid waste management act

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 01:46 a.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Amid devastation wrought by massive flooding due to extreme weather disturbances during the past two weeks, Senator Loren Legarda has stressed the need for full compliance with the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.

“There is an overwhelming need for a comprehensive recovery and rehabilitation plan that will reduce the susceptibility of all sectors to the floods that threaten people’s health, homes, and livelihoods. Solid waste management is central to such a plan,” she said.

‘Lahar flow’ rumors send panic

Sunday, August 12, 2012 - 10:53 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Rumors of lahar flow to this city sent people to panic Sunday morning, forcing some to move out of stores and shops.

News that lahar will reportedly flow from Guagua to Bacolor and down to bury the City of San Fernando -- just as floodwaters in many barangays have subsided amid fair weather -- spread like wildfire after the 10 a.m. mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral.

Pampanga tops list crop damages

Sunday, August 12, 2012 - 10:52 p.m.

GUAGUA — The Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Bureau of Agricultural Statistics reported that Pampanga tops the list of provinces with most crop damages, with damages in Central Luzon reaching P583,563,206.

The DA said some 16,079.01 metric tons of supposed harvest in Central Luzon was hit by floodwaters from the recent rains brought by the southwest monsoon.

Aquino visits flood victims in Pampanga, 3 provinces

Sunday, August 12, 2012 - 10:51 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — President Benigno Aquino Jr. visited on Sunday Barangay Sto. Niño here to check on flood victims, after his visit in Tarlac and Bataan.

Aquino was welcomed by City of San Fernando Mayor Oscar Rodriguez, 3rd district Representative Aurelio Gonzales, Butil Representative Agapito Guanlao and Govenor Lilia Pineda at the Barangay Sto. Nino Elementary School here.

Residents return home as floodwaters recede

Sunday, August 12, 2012 - 10:50 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Hundreds of families in this city have started returning to their homes as floodwaters in their barangays receded.

Transportation has normalized as road networks in the city are now passable to all vehicles and businesses have resumed operations.

Monsoon death toll in Pampanga rises to 16

Sunday, August 12, 2012 - 10:50 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – The death toll in the province has increased to 16 as 17 municipalities and one city remain flooded due to the heavy downpour brought by the recent southwest monsoon.

Ex-lawmaker appeals to Manila school for aid

Sunday, August 12, 2012 - 10:49 p.m.

STO. TOMAS -- Former representative Juan Pablo Bondoc sought the assistance of the Xavier School community in San Juan City, Metro Manila to help some 100,000 families in eight towns affected by massive flooding.

Bondoc, who graduated high school from Xavier School in 1986, sent an e-mail to his batch mate Stanley Cheng, to appeal for any form of help in behalf of his fellow Kapampangans who are currently suffering due to inundated flooding brought about by the monsoon rains.

Lawmaker calls for Bacolor rehab engineering works

Sunday, August 12, 2012 - 10:48 p.m.

BACOLOR — Representative Aurelio Gonzales Jr. (3rd district) is calling on the National Government to help implement engineering works under the Bacolor Rehabilitation Council Act that include vital rehabilitation of waterways like the Pasig-Potrero Channeling project.

Gonzales issued the call after the massive flooding that hit various towns in the third, fourth and third districts of Pampanga.

Scouring of riverbanks endanger thousands

Sunday, August 12, 2012 - 10:47 p.m.

CANDABA – Floodwaters in some villages here may be receding slowly, but thousands of residents in Barangay Bambang still remain exposed to danger due to the Pampanga River’s embankment breaches.

“Bumigay na ‘yung gilid ng ilog sa aming lugar kaya malakas pa rin ang agos ng tubig. Maraming mga bahay ang pwedeng masira kapag nagtuloy-tuloy ang malakas na dating ng tubig,” Ramon Macaraig, a resident here said.

Farmers get relief good

Sunday, August 12, 2012 - 10:46 p.m.

STA. RITA — The Butil Farmers Party led the distribution of relief pacts to 2,400 farmers and their families in Sta. Rita town who were affected by the recent floods.

Butil Farmers Party Representative Agapito Guanlao said the distribution mainly provided canned goods and other necessities to the farmers who are badly affected by the flooding.

Mayor orders sandbagging to protect villages near creek

Sunday, August 12, 2012 - 10:45 p.m.

MAGALANG -- Mayor Romulo Pecson has ordered for the sandbagging of creeks, which lateral portions were eroded during the heavy rains brought about by southwest monsoon.

Pecson said the Municipal Government purchased sacks for the ongoing sandbagging of the Magalang creek to protect Barangays Santo Niño, Sta Lucia, Turu, Escaler, San Roque and other adjacent villages.

Supporters still cry for environmentalist’s death

Sunday, August 12, 2012 - 10:44 p.m.

ANGELES CITY – A candle-lighted shout for justice is what environment groups and other supporters offered in front of the Holy Rosary Parish Church in Angeles City Saturday night to cap a whole day of observation of the 40th day of the death of the Dutch environment champion Wilhelmus “Willem” Geertman.

Aquino, government officials visit flood-hit areas

Saturday, August 11, 2012 - 11:10 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO - President Benigno Aquino III, along with some Liberal Party stalwarts, trooped to Barangay Sto. Nino in this city to distribute relief goods to thousands of flood victims and to assess the southwest monsoon’s damages in the province.

Lawmaker distributes relief packs

Saturday, August 11, 2012 - 11:09 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — Third District Representative Aurelio Gonzales Jr. distributed relief packs to 2,000 flood victims here as part of his commitment to help disaster victims housed in various evacuation centers.

Gonzales visited evacuation centers in Sindalan Elementary School, Calulut Elementary School and Baliti Elementary School.

Dole issues advisory on payment of wages in calamity areas

Saturday, August 11, 2012 - 11:09 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) on Friday advised employers on the payment of wages of workers in areas stricken by calamities.

Dole regional labor communications officer Jerry Borja said Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz issued an advisory known as the payment of wages due to cases of suspension of work in calamity stricken areas.

Clark firm to distribute relief goods to flood-stricken areas

Saturday, August 11, 2012 - 11:08 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT – The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) is set to distribute an initial 5,000 packs of assorted relief goods to families affected by recent monsoon floods in low-lying areas of Pampanga.

The CDC has initially distributed relief goods to affected residents of Barangay Dau (113 families) and Sapang Biabas (30) in nearby Mabalacat City and Angeles City (290).

Relief delivery marks 40th day of Geertman’s death

Saturday, August 11, 2012 - 11:07 p.m.

ANGELES CITY – The Alay Bayan Luson Inc. (ABI Luson) commemorates the 40th day of the killing of executive director Wilhelmus “Willem” Geertman with a relief delivery operation.

The relief operation was conducted in Barangay San Joaqion, in the municipality of Sta. Ana, instead of the usual candle lighting and mass, said Ranilo Margallo, campaign and advocacy officer of ABI Luson on Saturday.

Guv: Rehab will follow after flood

Saturday, August 11, 2012 - 01:28 a.m.

LUBAO, Pampanga -- Sleepless and mustering her strength for her round-the-clock rounds of the province, Governor Lilia Pineda said Friday that after the massive relief operations by the Provincial Government, immediate rehabilitation of damaged infrastructure and crops would follow.

“What we are doing now is prioritizing everything from relief operations to assessment of damaged infrastructure. It was good that we were ready for this kind of a big calamity,” she said.

Pampanga braces vs future flooding

Saturday, August 11, 2012 - 01:26 a.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- A multi-sectoral group here has adopted a resolution proposing for a long term solution on the flooding problem in this city and other towns in the province.

The City Government of San Fernando, Provincial Government, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), and the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (Pamcham) met the other day at the Heroes Hall and drafted immediate plans of actions to resolve the waterways problem affecting the province.

Construction worker drowns in flood

Saturday, August 11, 2012 - 01:25 a.m.

ARAYAT -- A construction worker drowned in the flood during the heavy rains brought about by the southwest monsoon.

Eller Terado, 27, married, resident from Barangay San Nicolas remained missing for several days.

Farmers group gives relief goods for flood victims

Saturday, August 11, 2012 - 01:23 a.m.

MABALACAT CITY -- The Alyansa ng mga Magbubukid sa Gitnang Luson (AMGL) launched a relief drive operation for farmers, indigenous peoples, and fisher folks who were affected by continuous rain and heavy flooding in the region.

AMGL chairperson Joseph Canlas said their group has been closely monitoring the effect of the calamity on its provincial chapters and member organizations in the region since Typhoon Gener hit the region.

Bizman vows aid for flood victims, infra repair

Saturday, August 11, 2012 - 01:21 a.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Kapampangan top businessman Manny V. Pangilinan (MVP) on Friday vowed to send more aid to flood victims in the province, as well as seek the National Government’s swift repair of damaged infrastructure like the breached San Fernando-Santo Tomas-Minalin tail dike.

Pangilinan was briefed by Mayor Oscar Rodriguez on the extent of flood damages in the city Friday morning at Heroes Hall, before proceeding to Barangay San Nicolas in this city, then to Sto. Tomas, Minalin, San Simon and Apalit where he similarly met with mayors of the towns to assess the damage and immediate needs of cabalens in the hard areas.

Binay’s team recues flood victims

Saturday, August 11, 2012 - 01:20 a.m.

SAN SIMON -- The rescue team of Vice President Jejomar C. Binay has rescued 139 persons trapped by floods in this town and in Marikina City.

Chief Inspector Paul Gamido chief of police of San Simon, Pampanga informed Binay that the team, together with members of the Philippine National Police-San Simon, rescued Thursday 60 persons in La Paz, in addition to the 79 that were rescued earlier in Marikina.

Calamity response team formed in honor of slain missionary

Saturday, August 11, 2012 - 01:18 a.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Alay Bayan Luson Inc. (ABI Luson) has formed the Willem Geertman Brigade (WGB) to serve in times of calamity.

The WGB is named after the ABI Luson’s late executive director Wilhelmus Geertman, a Dutch national killed last July 3.

Senator: Country needs enduring solution to flood woes

Saturday, August 11, 2012 - 01:15 a.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Senator Loren Legarda said on Friday that the country urgently needs an effective and enduring solution to its flood problem.

The senator stressed that the government must immediately create a plan of action for flood prevention and mitigation and implements it right away.

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