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Megamouth shark from Burias pass preserved for public viewing

Megamouth shark found in Burias pass preserved for public viewing LEGAZPI CITY, Feb. 14 — A dead fifteen-footer male megamouth shark (Megachasma Pelagios) named “Totthless” was fished in Burias Pass by Albay fishermen early in the week. The huge fish underwent a necropsy or autopsy in Albay Park and Wildlife […]

Tropical Storm Amang makes landfall in Camarines Sur

TS ‘Amang’ makes landfall in CamSur, storm signals up in 24 areas, yellow rainfall alert issued MANILA, Jan. 18 — Tropical Storm “Amang” (international name: Mekkhala) made landfall over Camarines Sur Sunday morning as it slightly weakened. PAGASA said “Amang” was estimated at 100 km west-northwest of Virac, Catanduanes or […]

The gathering storm on Pope Francis 4rth day in PH

MANILA, Jan. 18 – As the Papal Visit of Pope Francis in the Philippines nears its end gathering the faithful into unity, nature is also gathering storm. The state weather agency PAGASA on Sunday advised the public who will attend events of Pope Francis at the Rizal Park and the […]

Isolated rain showers, cold weather over many parts of PH

Isolated rain showers, cold weather over many parts of PH. MANILA, Jan. 5 — Parts of Eastern Visayas, Caraga and Northern Mindanao on Monday will have light to moderate rains due to the tail-end of cold front, according to state weather agency PAGASA. PAGASA also said Luzon will experience cold […]

TD Seniang weakens towards Palawan, leaves 35 dead

MANILA, Dec 31 -– Tropical Storm “Seniang” has weakened into a tropical depression Wednesday, due to its land interaction in Visayas and partly due to the northeast monsoon or hangin amihan, according to state weather agency PAGASA. Meanwhile, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, in its Wednesday morning […]

Cloudy skies with light rains on New Year’s Eve – PAGASA

MANILA, Dec. 31 — PAGASA said the Bicol Region, Quezon Province, Mindoro, Marinduque and Romblon will have cloudy with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms, caused by the cold winds blown by the Northeast Monsoon or “Hangin Amihan”. Expect cloudy skies with light rains in the National Capital Region (NCR) […]

Tropical Storm Seniang Signal #2 up in 9 areas

MANILA, Dec. 29 — Nine areas in Visayas and Mindanao are under storm signal #2 as Tropical Depression “Seniang” intensified into a Tropical Storm, according to state weather agency Pagasa on Monday. Areas under Storm Signal No. 2 are Bohol and Siquijor in Visayas; Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte, […]

Weather systems to bring rainshowers in parts of PH

MANILA, Dec. 18 — Weather systems to bring rainshowers in parts of PH. State weather agency PAGASA forecasts that tail-end of a cold front is affecting Central and Southern Luzon while the northeast monsoon continues to affect Northern Luzon and the Trough of low pressure area (LPA) affects Mindanao. Most […]

Exiting PAR “Ruby” intensifies as tropical storm again

MANILA, Dec. 10 – Tropical depression “Ruby” intensifies anew into a tropical storm category and is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility by early Thursday morning, the state weather agency PAGASA said on Wednesday. Weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said that Ruby gained strength as it traverses the West […]

Typhoon Ruby makes second landfall in Cataingan, Masbate

Philippines state weather agency confirmed that Typhoon Ruby has made its second landfall over Cataingan, Masbate. At 10:00 A. M., the eye of the typhoon was located based on all available data including Cebu Doppler radar at 20 km East of Cataingan, Masbate (12.0°N, 124.1°E) with maximum sustained winds of […]

Typhoon “Ruby” evacuees now 716,000 – NDRRMC

MANILA, Dec. 7 — The official count of individuals in safe evacuation centers is now reaching 716,000 according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council on Sunday. The number comprises persons who joined pre-emptive evacuations before Typhoon “Ruby” hits land. In its 6 a.m. update, the council said […]

Typhoon Ruby makes landfall over Samar, heads for Masbate

MANILA, Dec. 6 — Typhoon Ruby makes landfall over Samar, heads for Masbate. After Typhoon “Ruby” made landfall over Eastern Samar on Saturday evening, the state weather agency Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) placed 49 areas in the country including Metro Manila under public storm warning signals. […]

Typhoon Ruby trips power grid in Samar provinces

One of the immediate effects of oncoming Typhoon Ruby in the provinces of Samar is power outage. The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines said power in Northern Samar and Eastern Samar went down Saturday, as typhoon “Ruby” passed the area. “NGCP’s power transmission service in Northern Samar is affected […]

Fear for “Ruby” prompts residents of Eastern Samar to evacuate

As Typhoon Ruby nears landfall, we hear stories of how people in affected and threatened areas cope with disaster and prevention. In the rural town of San Julian, Eastern Samar a minor landslide occurred Saturday morning as typhoon Ruby started to dump rains. Sr. Insp. Michael Oraller, chief of San […]

Slow-moving Typhoon Ruby might make 5 landfalls – Pagasa

MANILA, Dec. 6 — Typhoon Ruby is expected to make landfall in Visayas and Luzon five times starting Sunday morning, the state weather bureau said on Saturday. PAGASA forecasts that if typhoon Ruby continue its track at 13 kph towards west direction, it is expected to make a landfall in […]

Typhoon Ruby evacuees in Albay to reach 600,000

LEGAZPI CITY, Dec. 6 — The provincial government of Albay on Saturday morning continued evacuating residents who are threatened by strong winds, mud and lahar flows, floods, landslides and storm surges. Those ordered to evacuate may reach about 600,000 people. Governor Jose Salceda on Friday issued a directive to government […]

PAGASA assigns 3 storm teams to monitor “Ruby”

MANILA, Dec. 6 -– The importance of available technology advancement and qualified, tech-prepared manpower can best be demonstrated on the on-going weather and typhoon watch happening now. Three storm chaser teams in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will be reporting updates on typhoon “Ruby’s” strength and direction, the state weather agency […]

Typhoon Ruby may still make Samar landfall- Pagasa

The Philippine state weather agency on Saturday at 5 a.m. weather bulletin update said it still projected Typhoon Ruby (international name Hagupit) to make landfall over the Eastern–Northern Samar area Sunday morning, bringing with it a storm surge of up to 4.5 meters. At 4 a.m., Ruby was 240 km […]

Not Butanding, but Dolphins frolic in Albay waters now

Not Butanding, but Dolphins frolic in Albay waters now. A pod of dolphins has been appearing and frolicking before the public off the coastlines of the city of Legazpi and the adjoining town of Sto. Domingo since last week. With these new exciting development, the mayors of Legazpi and Sto. […]

CamSur spearheads climate change advocacy campaign

PILI, Camarines Sur — The province of Camarines Sur kicks-off the regional climate change advocacy campaign in Bicol on August 26th at the convention center within the capitol complex. Gov. Miguel Villafuerte will keynote the event while Pili municipal mayor Alexis San Luis and Central Bicol State University of Agriculture […]

Geothermal plant enundates Sorsogon barangay with flooding

SORSOGON CITY — A village in Bacon district here may soon be erased from the map if the geo-hazard threatening it would not be acted upon, the village chief on Monday warned. Osiao barangay chairman Tito Dio said typhoon Glenda spawned massive flooding in their locality, made worse by the […]

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 […]

Phivolcs repairs 15 monitoring stations disabled by “Glenda”

LEGAZPI CITY — Two teams from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology in Manila repaired nine of the 10 monitoring stations around Mount Mayon including six of the seven similar equipments around Bulusan volcano disabled by typhoon “Glenda” on July 15. Headed by Dr. Maria Antonia V. Bornas, Phivolcs […]

Go home: Typhoon Glenda evacuees told to decamp

Bicol region is reeling from the massive blackout, total power disruptions in all areas, while affected residents are just beginning to face the difficult task of rebuilding, again. Even with the absence of electric power in the entire region, the provincial governments in Bicol have ordered the decampment of a […]

7 provinces under Signal 3 as Typhoon Glenda maintains strength

Seven provinces are now under public storm signal No. 3 as typhoon “Glenda” has maintained its strength and continues to move westward towards Bicol region, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Tuesday. Public storm signal No. 3 (winds of 101-185 kilometers per hour is […]

Colder days lay ahead for areas in Luzon

MANILA, Jan. 7 -– People in Luzon are in for colder weather as the temperature is expected to dip further in coming days brought about by the northeast monsoon or hanging amihan. The northeast monsoon is known to be at peak in January and February which now already prevails in […]

Green Climate Fund headhunts for management experts

LEGAZPI CITY, Dec. 4 — The Green Climate Fund will be operational this January with the assumption of duties by the start-up secretariat within a few days. The Fund has headquarters in Incheon, South Korea. On Saturday, GCF co-chair and Albay Governor Joey Sarte Salceda said the first batch of […]

Mt. Isarog has nomination into UNESCO biosphere reserve program

LEGAZPI CITY, Dec. 24 –- Mt. Isarog and its abundant resources and wildlife has been nominated into the biosphere reserve program of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The nomination sponsored by the DENR seeks international recognition for the Mt. Isarog Natural Park and its surrounding areas […]

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, […]

Salceda seeks probe on illegal coal mining operations in Rapu-Rapu

LEGAZPI CITY — Barely a month after the occurrence of a deadly explosion in an illegal coal mining operation in Batan ssland in Rapu-Rapu, Governor Joey Sarte Salceda urged the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to conduct an investigation into the reported unabated illegal coal mining operation in the area. The massive illegal […]

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 […]

Salceda seeks world gov’t’s support to combat threats of climate change

SONGDO, Incheon City, South Korea — Albay Gov. Joey Salceda, co-chair of the UN Green Climate Fund (GCF), issued a call from here Thursday, urging world governments to support and cooperate in the gargantuan task of rebuilding the devastation of climate change and combat its threats. Salceda made the call […]

UN GCF expect pledges of developed countries to come in next year

LEGAZPI CITY — The United Nations green climate fund will likely receive more contributiions next year. Some developed nations are likely to remit their pledges to the US$100-billion United Nations’ Green Climate Fund next year, Albay Gov. Joey Salceda said Wednesday. In a statement received here from Incheon city, South […]

UN Green Climate Fund HQ opens in Inchon City on Dec. 4

LEGAZPI CITY — The United Nations Green Climate Fund (GCF) headquarters will formally open on Wednesday, December 4 with an inaugural dedication at 10:30 A.M. The center is located at the G-Tower of Songdo in Incheon City, South Korea. The G-Tower building is specially designed for the GCF and other […]

DENR to embark on massive mangrove reforestation in Bicol

LEGAZPI CITY — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Bicol will intensify its coastal reforestation project after giant storm surges spawned by super typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan) devastated coastal towns in Eastern Visayas, a regional official said Wednesday. Regional director Gilbert Gonzales said they will build “Beach Forest” through massive […]

DPWH, DENR condemns 785 trees in Sorsogon highway

A total of 785 old first-class species of shady and fruit-bearing trees that have been giving life to the environment will be cut down in Sorsogon. Earlier, there was a similar plan to remove more than 650 same old trees in Naga city, and discussed also here 651 Trees on […]

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, […]

UN chief urges all countries to rise to the challenges of climate change

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on Tuesday lamented “insufficient” emission-cutting actions and criticized some rich countries for backtracking in fighting global warming. “I am deeply concerned that the scale of our actions is still insufficient to limit global temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels,” Ban said. […]

Watch CNN’s Anderson Cooper report about chaos in Tacloban

Watch CNN’s Anderson Cooper report about chaos in Tacloban. This is a video aired earlier than the interviews conducted by Christianne Amanpour with President Benigno Simeon Aquino III and Andrew Steven with Mar Roxas. There is no telling a lie now, all these confirmed the ineptness on how the government […]

Weather Update: LPA brings rains over south Luzon regions

The low pressure area (in Palawan) continues to bring rains over Luzon, including Metro Manila, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said on Wednesday. In its 11 a.m advisory, PAGASA said the LPA was estimated at 158 kilometers northeast of Puerto Princesa City (10.8°N 119.7°E), bringing moderate to […]

Tacloban city now open for land traffic via San Juanico and Bicol

After being hit hard by Super Typhoon ‘Yolanda’ (Haiyan), Tacloban City is now accessible by land, a Malacañang official said Sunday. Secretary to the Cabinet Jose Rene Almendras said at a media briefing in Roxas City in Capiz that Tacloban City can now be reached via the San Juanico Bridge […]

Signal No. 3 on Masbate; No. 2 on Sorsogon, Albay and Burias; No. 1 on CamNorte, CamSur, Catanduanes as Typhoon Yolanda barrels through the islands

Signal No. 3 on Masbate; No. 2 on Sorsogon, Albay and Burias; No. 1 on CamNorte, CamSur, Catanduanes as Typhoon Yolanda barrels through the islands Signal 4 on Samar, Samar, Leyte, S. Leyte, Biliran; Signal 3 on N. Samar, Masbate, N. Cebu, Bantayan, Siargao, Dinagat, as Typhoon Yolanda barrels through […]

Masbate, Sorsogon now on Typhoon signal 2; CamSur, CamNorte, Albay and Catanduanes on signal 1 as Typhoon Yolanda nears landfall

Signal No.3 up on 6 Visayas, Mindanao provinces as Typhoon Yolanda threatens Eastern Visayas. At least six provinces in Visayas and Mindanao are now under public storm warning Signal No.3 as Typhoon Yolanda maintains strength and continues to threaten Eastern Visayas, according to Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration. […]

How typhoons are rated, so how strong is a super typhoon?

How typhoons are rated, so how strong is a super typhoon? The following article should give us a simple overview of how typhoons are rated (in strength) when it enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility. The Philippines is expecting another powerful typhoon this Friday and fears for its wrath are […]

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 […]

Camarines Norte Intensifies Mangrove Rehab Project

Daet, Camarines Norte (PNA) — Camarines Norte has intensified its Mangrove Rehabilitation Project by planting at least 50,000 new propagules in every 10 hectares of local mangrove area yearly. Being implemented by the Fisheries Development Division of the office of the provincial agriculturist based at this provincial capital, the project […]

CamSur Provincial Environmental Office launches clean-up drive

Naga city (PNA) — The environmental office in the province of Camarines Sur is set to launch a clean-up drive this month, noting the proliferation of posters of candidates put up on trees planted along the highways and roads. Lawyer Arnel P. Rodriguez, provincial environment and natural resources officer (Penro), […]

DENR: Bicol Rivers and Lakes Hyacinth-Free

There is no fear that hyacinths or water lilies would clog rivers and lakes in Bicol to cause floods and pollution resulting in fish kills, the environmental management bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources regional office in Legaspi said.

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Sorsogon’s Mt. Bulusan Erupts

Some 540 families in the towns of Irosin and Juban in Sorsogon province were evacuated Sunday as Mount Bulusan spewed thick ash clouds. The evacuees came from three villages directly affected and within the six kilometer permanent danger zone around the erupting volcano.

At the Port of Legazpi

Thankfully enough we have this boat on the foreground. There’s the hint of blue in the sky but so faint and the general mood of the day is drab and dreary. The port at the city of Legazpi is the port of call for cargo and passenger ships that ply […]

PAGASA assigns 3 storm teams to monitor “Ruby”

MANILA, Dec. 6 -– The importance of available technology advancement and qualified, tech-prepared manpower can best be demonstrated on the on-going weather and typhoon watch happening now. Three storm chaser teams in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will be reporting updates on typhoon “Ruby’s” strength and direction, the state weather agency […]

The Season of Flowers is Fading

Legazpi city: Summer has long been gone here. It starts just when the school year ends in March. So students connect summer to days without the regular classes, homeworks and tests. No tensions, more of fun, outings (to the beach and movies?) and also malling (now a favorite past time […]

TS “Lando” maintains strength, will threaten most of Luzon

Tropical storm “Lando” has maintained its strength and will threaten most parts of Luzon in the next two to three days or until weekend, according to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Thursday. In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Shaira Nonot said that as of 4 a.m. […]

Weather Update: LPA brings rains over south Luzon regions

The low pressure area (in Palawan) continues to bring rains over Luzon, including Metro Manila, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said on Wednesday. In its 11 a.m advisory, PAGASA said the LPA was estimated at 158 kilometers northeast of Puerto Princesa City (10.8°N 119.7°E), bringing moderate to […]

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A Bird’s-Eye View of Calabanga

So how do we get a good impression of the vicinity about the poblacion- Parada of Calabanga, other than taking a snap from the window of a plane or helicopter or using the Google satellite-generated image?

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 […]

Typhoon “Lando” in, Signal 1 up in Luzon areas

Severe tropical storm “Lando” has intensified into typhoon and is now threatening the Aurora-Isabela area as 14 areas in Luzon are now under public storm warning signal (PSWS) no. 1, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical, Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Friday. PAGASA defines a typhoon an intense tropical cyclone with […]

Typhoon Auring makes second landfall in Bohol

In its recent update, the state weather bureau said typhoon Auring made a second landfall over Ubay in Bohol province. Residents of areas under Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) No. 1 are warned of possible flash floods and landslides. Areas under TCWS No. 1 are Cuyo Island, Bohol, Siquijor, Negros […]

Above the Clouds

Sitting by the plane window of an domestic Airbus319 series plane, I feel like floating on the pluffy clouds the aircraft was passing through.

Calabanga Coastline Remained Calm Despite Fukushima Tsunami

The calm, salty sea of San Miguel bay kiss the breakwaters of Sabang, Sibobo and other shoreline villages of Calabanga in a clockwork manner. So much unlike as those that brought a devastating tsunami caused by an earthquake that hit the Japanese prefecture of Fukushima and surrounding areas last Friday.

PAGASA assigns 3 storm teams to monitor “Ruby”

MANILA, Dec. 6 -– The importance of available technology advancement and qualified, tech-prepared manpower can best be demonstrated on the on-going weather and typhoon watch happening now. Three storm chaser teams in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will be reporting updates on typhoon “Ruby’s” strength and direction, the state weather agency […]

Power grid enforce interruptions in towns affected by ‘Nona’

Power grid enforce interruptions in towns affected by ‘Nona.’ Six provinces had power interruptions on Monday as the typhoon heads towards Eastern Visayas. On Monday the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) said that Albay, Camarines Norte, Samar, Eastern Samar, Northern Samar and Sorsogon had power outages due to […]