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Who’s afraid of majestic Mayon Volcano?

The long wait continues for that dreaded explosion of the beautiful, majestic Mayon volcano for 50 days or so now since Phivolcs raised Alert Level 3. The evacuees are holed in less comfortable camping situation of their lives, on dole outs from the government and private sectors of relief food, […]

Government funds core housing for indigent victims of Typhoon Glenda

The government through the social welfare department is funding reconstruction and rehabilitation of damaged residential units in identified barangays of San Jose town of Camarines Sur amounting to P6.7 million. The local municipal government in turn, will contribute a counterpart sum of P750,000 for the same endeavor. The targeted beneficiaries […]

Phivolcs: No way but towards eruption for Mayon

LEGAZPI CITY –- The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said that all indications lead to Mayon volcano towards eruption. Resident volcanologist Eduardo Laguerta said on Monday the edifice of the volcano continues to swell, based on the latest ground deformation survey by the geodetic team, which is still […]

Mayon: DepEd delivers monoblock chairs, supplies for teachers

Monoblock chairs and school supplies for teachers were delivered by the education department over the weekend as confirmed Sunday by the agency’s Twitter account with accompanying post of photos. The school equipments were dropped off by trucks. In a related story, governor Joey Salceda and education officials distributed to teachers […]

Mayon disaster tourism has positive side

Even with the impending eruption of Mayon volcano, there are tell tale signs that disaster tourism has positive economic benefits to the province of Albay and Legazpi city. The national government thru its various national agencies are pouring millions of pesos as ready funds to finance expenditures and purchases of […]

Mayon Evacuation: More funds needed, Salceda declare centers as “Open Cities”

LEGAZPI CITY — Government agencies augment dwindling fund for Mayon evacuees as Salceda declares evacuation centers “Open Cities” for donation. The province of Albay received P112 million from various government agencies according to Gov. Joey Salceda over the weekend. The funds will be used to augment the dwindling resources earmarked […]

Mayon alert level 3 stays despite decrease seismic activity

Mayon alert level 3 stays despite decrease seismic activity, at least for now. LEGAZPI CITY — No display of the fiery fury of Mayon yet even as many tourists and locals are rearing to see a live fireworks display. No explosion means frustration for the “stakeholders” who thrive on disaster […]

Why instant noodles is far from healthy food

Instant noodles has become permanent item in the food packs distributed by the government agencies, NGO’s and humanitarian groups to indigents and victims of calamities in the country. Coming out in different variety, brand name, flavor and appearance, instant noodles are really handy and easy to prepare. A compacted small […]

Forced evacuation starts as restive Mayon on Alert Level 3

As alert Level 3 was raised as of 10 P.M. on Monday, the state institute of volcanology recommends that the six-kilometer radius permanent danger zone around Mt. Mayon in Albay province be enforced. The agency advised that the southeastern flank of the restive volcano exposed to the danger of rock […]

Alert level 2 as Mayon volcano rumbles

Legazpi City, Aug.16 — Albay provincial risk management council alerted local officials on the possibility of evacuation of residents living in the perimeters of the permanent 6-KM danger zone of Mount Mayon. Earlier, the state volcanology institute raised alert level 2 after an abnormal activity was observed on the volcano. […]

Forest fire in Mt Isarog put off by volunteers and guts

Calabanga — Putting out forest fire is an emerging challenge for local governments and communities which has no equipment nor dedicated personnel for the task. Take the current case of the huge fire that gutted about 100 to 150 hectares of second forest growth in the shoulders of Mount Isarog […]

DA: Bicol pilot area for climate change resistant crops

The Department of Agriculture selected Bicol Region as the pilot area for climate change resistant or adapting crops in line with the climate change resiliency program of the government. Agriculture secretary Proceso Alcala on Sunday said the region will also serve as the laboratory for the DA’s quick turnaround planting […]

Glenda aftermath: Coco farmers to suffer economic hardship

LEGAZPI CITY — Coconut farmers are projected to suffer from economic hardship due to loss of income until next year or even up to 2016 as the consequence of Typhoon Glenda. Philippine Coconut Authority-Albay senior agriculturist Alvin Trespeces said agency records estimated the total loss in terms of farmers’ income […]

Batan barangays report late, Rapu-rapu forest fire rage for 5 days

RAPU-RAPU, Albay– A forest fire which raged for five days almost engulfed the forested part of the island of Batan, of the two-island municipality of Rapu-rapu of Albay province. The fire began on Friday last week but came to the knowledge of Albay public safety and civil defense offices three […]

20,000 sacks NFA rice, relief goods, spoil in Albay

Mention disaster preparedness and the province of Albay always comes to mind. But not all LGUs and government offices in the province “walk the walk” and “talk the talk” of the indefatigable governor Joey Sarte Salceda. In Tabaco, at least 21 sacks of rice and cartons of relief goods (noodles) […]

APEC delay on power restoration irks Albay governor

Albay governor Joey Salceda expressed irritation on the announcement of the Albay Power Energy Corp. (APEC) that the electricity supply in the entire province will be restored in October this year yet. The announcement crossed the eyebrows of consumers in the province. Salceda said Saturday he has asked the assistance […]

Sorsogon officials say Albay bloats disaster report

SORSOGON CITY – After the storm that hit the Bicol region comes the backlash. Sorsogon provincial officials accuses the Albay leadership of allegedly seeming and deliberate exaggeration and padding on estimated disaster report on the value of devastation wrought by Typhoon Glenda. Of the six Bicol provinces, Albay claimed to […]

Update: Bicol mainland, other areas under massive power blackout

Typhoon “Glenda” left behind with majority of electric cooperatives, power retailers, in the Bicol mainland and other areas powerless, as noted by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP). In the NGCP’s 7:00 a.m. update Wednesday, identified these cooperatives as the Eastern Samar Electric Cooperative Inc. (ESAMELCO), Samar Electric […]

Albay coco industry sustain P1.3-Bn damage from Glenda

LEGAZPI CITY — Albay’s coconut industry sustained an estimated Php 1.3 billion to typhoon ‘Glenda’, affecting 70% of 900 million trees, covering 9,415 hectares. In an early update by the information office of the Bicol branch of the Philippine Coconut Authority said that some of the damages can be recovered […]

‘Glenda’ expected to hit Albay; 30,359 families evacuated in Bicol

LEGAZPI CITY, July 15 — As of 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, tropical storm “Glenda” was located at about 90 kilometers of this city and is expected to hit Legazpi City at about 4:00 p.m. The typhoon is expected to pass by Prieto Diaz in Sorsogon, then Legazpi and the First District […]

Belated report confirms Tilapia fishkill in Bato Lake

BATO, CamSur — A belated report on Tilapia fishkill in Lake Bato of Camarines Sur was recently confirmed by the municipal agriculture office here. The downpour of rain after long sunny days has brought about fishkill in 70 percent of the fish cages of “tilapia” in the lake. This report […]

DOST launches “science for safer communities” in Naga City

NAGA CITY — For communities to achieve disaster resiliency, understanding of hazards and their resultant risks is a must, Department of Science and Technology Secretary Mario G. Montejo stressed on Monday. Montejo was the keynote speaker during the launch of the “Science for Safer Communities” campaign in Bicol held at […]

Catanduanes province soon to be mining-free zone

There is a silver lining on the quest of the people of Catanduanes to eventually stop any possibility of mining activity in the island. The lower house of representatives recently approved a bill declaring the province a mining-free zone. House Bill 670 was passed on final reading as endorsed for […]

Low pressure area will dump rainshowers over Bicol

MANILA, Jan. 15 — The low pressure area off Mindanao has a high chance of developing into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours, the state weather bureau said on Wednesday. PAGASA weather forecaster Connie Dadivas said that as of 4:00 a.m., the LPA was spotted at 100 km […]

Population breaching the 100 million mark is a challenge

MANILA — This is never good news. And should never be taken too lightly. But read, Malacanang seems to have a different view. The prospect of the Philippine population reaching the 100-million mark presents both a challenge and an opportunity for the country, the palace said Sunday. More in the […]

Yolanda death toll climbs to 6,100

MANILA, Dec. 20 — The death toll from super typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan) rose to 6,100, with most of the fatality from Eastern Visayas, the national disaster council said on Friday. The running total of the death toll is broken into at the Calabarzon, 3; Mimaropa, 19; Bicol, 6; Western Visayas, […]

US $24.6M boost humanitarian aid to typhoon-afflicted areas

TACLOBAN CITY, Dec. 18 –United States government boosted its humanitarian aid to typhoon-afflicted areas of the Philippines with an additional US$24.6 million on top of its $ 62 million already been provided. US Secretary of State John Kerry during his visit here Wednesday underscored the additional assistance to be coursed […]

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Forest fire in Mt Isarog put off by volunteers and guts

Calabanga — Putting out forest fire is an emerging challenge for local governments and communities which has no equipment nor dedicated personnel for the task. Take the current case of the huge fire that gutted about 100 to 150 hectares of second forest growth in the shoulders of Mount Isarog […]

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DSWD- Bicol ships out 8,000 food packs for eastern Samar

The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Bicol on Tuesday morning sent some 8,000 emergency family food packs worth P8-million for victims of super typhoon “Yolanda” in Eastern Samar, a regional official said Tuesday. Arnel B. Garcia, DSWD Bicol regional director, said the initial shipment of the relief goods […]

Southern Bicol provinces prepare for landfall of Typhoon Yolanda

The southern Bicol provinces of Sorsogon, Masbate and Albay are getting ready for typhoon Yolanda. The howler is expected to bring heavy rains that could cause widespread flooding in the areas. In the thick of preparations for the coming typhoon, the Department of Education- Bicol regional office has readied schools […]

Yolanda death toll climbs to 6,100

MANILA, Dec. 20 — The death toll from super typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan) rose to 6,100, with most of the fatality from Eastern Visayas, the national disaster council said on Friday. The running total of the death toll is broken into at the Calabarzon, 3; Mimaropa, 19; Bicol, 6; Western Visayas, […]

Watch interview of Sec Mar Roxas with CNN’s Andrew Steven

Watch interview of Sec Mar Roxas with CNN’s Andrew Steven. It is very interesting on this interview of Secretary Mar Roxas onsite, in Tacloban disaster area with CNN reporter Andrew Steven. Pay attention on Steven’s inquiry regarding the bodies he pass by on the streets and the answer of Secretary […]

Update: Bicol mainland, other areas under massive power blackout

Typhoon “Glenda” left behind with majority of electric cooperatives, power retailers, in the Bicol mainland and other areas powerless, as noted by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP). In the NGCP’s 7:00 a.m. update Wednesday, identified these cooperatives as the Eastern Samar Electric Cooperative Inc. (ESAMELCO), Samar Electric […]

Mayon disaster tourism has positive side

Even with the impending eruption of Mayon volcano, there are tell tale signs that disaster tourism has positive economic benefits to the province of Albay and Legazpi city. The national government thru its various national agencies are pouring millions of pesos as ready funds to finance expenditures and purchases of […]

Japan raises PH standby loan to US $500 million – Aquino

MANILA — President Benigno S. Aquino III expressed that the P130-bllion fund needed by the Philippines to finance the rehabilitation of devastated communities in the Visayas regions is almost complete. This he said, after noting that it will be thru the help coming from Japan, the World Bank, Asian Development […]

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Casualty Update: Typhoon Yolanda leaves 2 dead, 9 injured in Masbate

An eight-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy died while nine persons were reported injured when super typhoon “Yolanda” hit the Bicol region Friday morning. Office of Civil Defense Bicol Regional Director Raffy Alejandro, concurrently Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council chairman, identified the two fatalities as Angel Geroldo of […]

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Update on Typhoon Yolanda damage now at P22.65-B

The national disaster council on Sunday announced that the damages caused by super typhoon “Yolanda” to properties and infrastructures has hit the P22,659,851,383.76 mark. Damage to agriculture was estimated at P10,701,971,349.76, including P5,096,116,351.70 in crops and P2,184,011,881 in livestock. While damage to infrastructure was estimated at P11,957,880,034. As of Sunday, […]

DA: Bicol pilot area for climate change resistant crops

The Department of Agriculture selected Bicol Region as the pilot area for climate change resistant or adapting crops in line with the climate change resiliency program of the government. Agriculture secretary Proceso Alcala on Sunday said the region will also serve as the laboratory for the DA’s quick turnaround planting […]

The Children of a Restive Mayon Volcano

It’s been more than two weeks now (and counting), the evacuees of about forty seven thousand people are huddled in designated safe centers in the province of Albay. The “former” residents who called their home the slopes of restive, almost perfect-coned Mayon volcano, spent their first Christmas and New Year, in cramped and crowded surroundings.

Watch interview of Sec Mar Roxas with CNN’s Andrew Steven

Watch interview of Sec Mar Roxas with CNN’s Andrew Steven. It is very interesting on this interview of Secretary Mar Roxas onsite, in Tacloban disaster area with CNN reporter Andrew Steven. Pay attention on Steven’s inquiry regarding the bodies he pass by on the streets and the answer of Secretary […]

Who’s afraid of majestic Mayon Volcano?

The long wait continues for that dreaded explosion of the beautiful, majestic Mayon volcano for 50 days or so now since Phivolcs raised Alert Level 3. The evacuees are holed in less comfortable camping situation of their lives, on dole outs from the government and private sectors of relief food, […]