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4 villages under state of calamity

Four barangays in Davao City were placed under state of calamity Thursday afternoon after a localized thunderstorm brought heavy rains that caused massive flooding on Wednesday evening.VIDEO

The City Council to approve Wednesday afternoon a total of PHP50-million assistance package for the affected families and individuals.
The four barangays directly affected by the flash floods are Tugbok Proper, Los Amigos, Talomo, and Wangan, which are traversed by Talomo River, one of the city’s biggest rivers.
A total of 17,795 individuals or 3,559 families were displaced by the floods.
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Marilyn Agonia, assistant head of City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO), said in an earlier press briefing that the amount will be used to purchase medicines, food and non-food items, and for cash assistance.
Rodrigo Bustillo, City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) operations and warning head, said some of the residents did not heed the call of the CDRRMO for evacuation.
Bustillo said that as of 4:30 pm their team activated the siren as an early warning for the residents to leave their houses.
“Many did not listen to our call that’s why we conducted a force evacuation at 5:30 pm. But there are residents who are still hesitant to follow,” Bustillo added.
As a result, many of the families who failed to comply with the warning were trapped in their houses.
“We are just happy that there are no reported casualties in the incident,” Bustillo said, adding that six shanties near the river were damaged.
One of the lessons that can be drawn from the incident, he said, is the importance of sustained disaster preparedness in the villages.
He also urged Dabawenyos to listen to advisories to avoid being caught up by natural calamities. (PNA)

DOH declares national dengue epidemic

146,000 VICTIMS, 622 DEAD

Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III on Tuesday declared a National Dengue Epidemic in the wake of 146,062 cases recorded since January to July 20 this year.

NATIONAL DENGUE EPIDEMIC.  Health Secretary Francisco Duque III (second from left) and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (second from right) brief the media regarding the declaration of National Dengue Epidemic in a press briefing at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City on Tuesday (Aug. 6, 2019).  Duque said the 146,062 dengue cases recorded from January to July 20 this year was 98 percent higher compared to the same period in 2018. (PNA Photo by Priam Nepomuceno)

The declaration took place shortly after a full council meeting at the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

In a press briefing at the NDRRMC, Duque said the reported cases are 98 percent higher compared to the same period in 2018.


There are also 622 dengue deaths recorded this year.

“It is important that a National Epidemic be declared to identify if a localized response is needed, and to enable the local government units to use their Quick Response Fund to address the epidemic situation,” Duque said.

Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, as NDRRMC chair, issued a memorandum to all disaster response units across the country for the strict implementation of the national dengue epidemic declaration.

“In connection with today’s full NDRRMC council meeting, I, as the chairman of the NDRRMC, issued a memorandum circular subject, enjoining all member agencies to support the nationwide dengue epidemic response. Ibig sabihin nito lahat ng mgamember ng NDRRMC na agencies (This means all member agencies of NDRRMC) will now support the efforts of the DOH to stop this epidemic, or eliminate this epidemic once and for all,” he said.

Based on the DOH Dengue Surveillance Report, Region 6 (Western Visayas) has the most number of cases at 23,330 followed by Region 4-A (Calabarzon) with 16,515; Region 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula) with 12,317; Region 10 (Northern Mindanao) with 11,455 and Region 12 (Soccsksargen) with 11,083.

Meanwhile, seven out of the 17 regions have exceeded the epidemic threshold of dengue for the past three consecutive weeks.

These regions are Calabarzon with 16,515; Mimaropa with 4,254; Region 5 (Bicol) with 3,470; Western Visayas with 23,330; Region 8 (Eastern Visayas) with 7,199; Zamboanga Peninsula with 12,317; and Northern Mindanao with 11,455 cases.

Other regions exceeded the alert threshold level like Region 1 (Ilocos) with 4,396 cases; Region 7 (Central Visayas) with 10,728; and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao with 2,301.

Duque said the total number of cases nationwide for the 29th Morbidity Week alone (July 14 to 20) is at 10,502, or 71 percent higher compared to the same period in 2018.

With National Dengue Epidemic declaration, the DOH, together with other government agencies, local government units (LGUs), schools, offices, and communities will be conducting the ““Sabayang 4-o’clock Habit para Deng-Get Out,” campaign to destroy breeding sites of the disease carrying mosquitoes. (PNA)



City Government of Mati will hold a city-wide earthquake drill on the morning of July 26, 2019 as part of the emergency preparedness program of the government.

The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO), headed by Mati City Mayor Michelle Nakpil Rabat as chair, met on Friday, July 19, to discuss the preparations for the said drill. Called to attend the meeting were various stakeholders from the local government, the academe, various government and non-government agencies and the private sector.
in her administration’s 10-point agenda is emergency preparedness. Mayor Michelle said that the people of Mati must be ready for any calamity that might strike. She reminded the public that back in 1924, an 8.3 magnitude quake struck Mati that resulted to land displacement in Mati’s topography.
Just recently, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) warned of the possibility of “The Big One” to strike the Davao region should the Mati Fault move.
The 1924 quake did not cause much destruction back then as there were no tall and huge structures then. Phivolcs said that if the Big One strikes, several lives would be lost due to collapsed buildings and other structures plus the threat of a tsunami. Even if Mati would be the epicenter, Phivolcs said, they expect much more damage in Davao City as the land mass in Davao is softer compared to Mati City’s.
DRILL Mati City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office head Charlemagne Bagasol said that their earthquake drill will start off with a siren at exactly 8:30 in the morning that will last for one minute. Bagasol said that for the first minute of siren, everyone must perform the duck, hold, and cover. After the siren, evacuation will start with all emergency teams activated and deployed to all affected areas. At 8:35 am, another siren will go off indicating an aftershock.
Bagasol said that everyone, including the rescue and medical teams, must again perform the duck, hold and cover wherever they may be. SCENARIO The CDRRMO said that the scenario during the drill is that a 30-second quake with a magnitude of 8.3 and an intensity 8 would hit Mati City that would result to a tsunami with a wave height of 8.96 meters directly affecting the Barangay Central of Mati.
As a consequence, the tremor damaged residential houses, school facilities, government infrastructures and many fear-stricken Mati residents panicked which resulted to chaos and mass casualty injuries. RELOCATION Aside from earthquake drills, the City of Mati is also working on relocating people who live in identified “danger zone” areas.
Mayor Michelle said that her administration will give a financial assistance of P30,000 to each of the affected households. Residents are also encouraged to have an emergency bag fully equipped with first aid kit like flashlight, batteries, radio, clothes, canned goods, water and other essentials. (CIO MATI)

Davao’s durian production down by 20% due to El Niño

A local durian fruit producer in Davao City  has lamented the impact of the El Niño phenomenon to the fruit production, expecting a plunge by 20 percent.

Candelario Miculob, president of the Durian Industry Association, warned that if El Niño will prolong, durian production could further go down by some 40 percent.

Miculob added that about 16 to 18 of the 20 tons of durian that can be produced from a 3,000-hectare durian farm could further decrease in the coming months because of the dry spell.

Also, Miculob said farmers are not able to apply fertilizer because the trees just came out of the fruiting season.

“So tan-aw namo stress na gyud ang punuan (So we expect the trees are so stressed),” Miculob said during Monday’s Kapehan sa Dabaw at the SM Davao Annex.

He said the durian trees have not fully recovered despite the rains brought by tropical depression Chedeng, which recently hit the region. Durian was last affected by El Niño in 2016.

If production is low and the demand is high, Miculob said the price of durian would go up by PHP40-50 per kilo from the street price of PHP 20-25 per kilogram.

Durian producers still hope to expand production areas by at least 1,000 hectares to cope with increasing demand in both local and foreign markets.

Davao City remains to be the top producer of durian at 6,600 kilos per hectare.

Davao Region used to have 10,000 hectares of durian farm, but around 2,000 hectares were damaged by the Typhoon Pablo in 2012. (PNA)


“Hinding-hindi ko pababayaan ang mga taga-Davao Oriental, lalo ngayon na kailangan natin magtulungan matapos ang sinapit ninyong trahedya.”

This was the declaration of former Special Assistant to the President (SAP) and aspiring senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go as he continues his advocacy of giving help and providing joy to fire survivors, this time, to the ones in Barangay Central, Mati City.

On Monday afternoon, the former SAP and his supporters visited the fire victims in Barangay Central, Mati City, the site of the February 8, 2019 fire that burned down 55 houses, affected 78 families, led to the deaths of 3 children, and caused property damage amounting to PHP 1.5 million. 

Based on initial data from the Davao Oriental Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (PDRRMC), the fire started at about 11:30 PM on Friday and was still raging at 2:00 AM on Saturday.

Residents of the area who were affected by the fire made a makeshift evacuation center out of Barangay Central’s covered court.

On February 11, 2019, Bong Go and his supporters visited the area where the Barangay Central evacuees were staying to provide assistance and give assurance that things will get better for them.

Go and his team quickly went about distributing clothes, grocery items, food packs, ready-to-eat meals, and cash assistance to the many affected families.

“Pumunta ako dito para mag-abot ng kaunting tulong mula sa ilang kaibigan para, kahit papaano, makaraos kayo,” Go stated.

The former SAP also relayed that he will be contacting his former colleagues in various government agencies to request for additional aid for the fire victims.

“Mananawagan ako sa iba’t ibang ahensya tulad ng NHA para sila din makapagbigay ng tulong sa mga biktima ng sunog,” Go told the Barangay Central residents.

In the event, Go met Jimmy Dayaan, a senior citizen blacksmith residing in the area who needs a replacement prosthetic leg. Go assured Dayaan that his team will be coordinating with the relevant parties so that he can eventually have his prosthetic leg replaced.

A senatorial candidate in the May 2019 elections, Bong Go prioritizes improvements made on the delivery of healthcare services. As part of this focus towards healthcare, he let members of his group tend to fire victims who were sick and suffering from illnesses.

In line with this, Bong Go told people about his plan to hopefully put up a Malasakit Center that will serve the people of Davao Oriental.

“One-stop shop po ito. Kung noon, isang linggo kayong iikot, manghihingi ng tulong sa iba’t ibang ahensya: DOH, PCSO, DSWD, at PhilHealth, ngayon po, nasa iisang kwarto na lang po ito sa Malasakit Center,” Go said.

A program of the Duterte administration, the Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop where satellite offices of DOH, PCSO, DSWD, PhilHealth, and other particular government agencies are housed together in one location to ease the process for patients applying for quick medical and financial assistance.

Bong Go, who was integral in setting up the Malasakit Center program when he was still serving as the top aide of President Duterte, said he wants to push a law that would allow the establishment of Malasakit Centers in more provincial and urban areas of the country.

Aside from the Malasakit Center, Bong Go has a legislative agenda which has programs for agriculture, housing, education, long-term sports development, localized peace talks, anti-drug and crime drive, anti-corruption drive, barangay welfare, creation of a Department of OFWs, as well as senior citizen concerns.

Bong Go ended his visit to Mati City by assuring the fire survivors that he will be there to help and serve his fellow Davaoeños.

“Asahang ninyo na di ko po pababayaan ang mga taga-Davao Oriental. Kasama ni Pangulong Duterte, di kami titigil sa pagseserbisyo at pagtulong po sa bawat taong nangangailangan. Wala kaming ibang hangarin ni Pangulong Duterte, wala kaming ibang interes, kung hindi magserbisyo sa inyo. Mahal na mahal po namin kayo mga kapwa namin Davaoeño!

‘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 recently.

As floods swept several parts of the province two weeks ago, Governor Anthony del Rosario ordered distribution of relief goods to families hit by the disaster. The assistance included canned goods and rice.

Another disaster, however, came with the flooding disaster whose effect on the affected families Gov. del Rosario wanted to mitigate with the immediate distribution of the relief goods.

The disaster? Unidentified saboteurs, clearly with ill intent to shame the provincial government, also distributed rotten rice stuffed in bags with markings of the provincial government.

The bags were doled out in the flood-hit barangays by the saboteurs who announced that the assistance came from the Office of the Governor.

In a statement, Capitol decried the “dirty tactic” employed by groups out to smear the current administration.

It did not name names but said the sabotage is the handiwork of politicians resorting to dirty tactics to discredit the Del Rosario administration.

Capitol advised the public to report to authorities persons distributing the rotten rice.

Capitol said it is investigating to establish the identity of the “saboteurs and their political patrons who are masterminding the racket in a futile bid to escape an impending debacle in the mid-term election in May.”

The distribution of the rotten rice is the second dirty trick launched against the Del Rosario administration during the last few weeks as the start of the local election campaign period draws near.

Three weeks ago, printed copies of results of an alleged survey by the prestigious Social Weather Station (SWS) were distributed in the barangays.

The survey had candidates of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino (PDP/Laban) winning by wide margins against bets of the Hugpong Ng Pagbabago (HNP).

PDP/Laban is bannered in the province by former House Speaker and First District Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez who is running for reelection.

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HNP is a regional political party organized by presidential daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.

The HNP slate is piloted by Gov. del Rosario, who has skipped a reelection bid to challenge Alvarez.

Also in the HNP line-up are reelectionist Second District Rep. Antonio Floirendo Jr. against Vice Gov. Alan Dujali of the PDP/Laban; and Senior Board Member Rodolfo “Rodney” del Rosario Jr., who is pitted against a virtual unknown, Edwin Jubahib of the PDP/Laban, in the race for Governor.

Mahar Mangahas, president and chief executive officer of SWS, disowned the survey, saying that the company has not conducted any survey in Davao del Norte.

Printed copies of the results of the survey carried the logo of the prestigious company.

Mangahas said it is identifying the persons or groups behind the fake survey who shall be slapped with legal action.

Meanwhile, a Davao Region-based survey outfit Pulso Dabaw, last week released the results of its first political survey in Davao del Norte in relation to the mid-term election.

The results were a complete reverse of the results of the “fake SWS survey” and showed HNP candidates in landslide wins against the PDP/Laban candidates.

Pulso Dabaw said it will release results of its second survey any time this week.

Political observers say that the reelection of Alvarez is practically on its route to the dumpsite as he is ranged against the Floirendo-del Rosario combine which has ruled the political landscape of Davao del Norte for decades. Also in the bench of the HNP is veteran politician former governor Rodolfo Del Rosario Sr., father of the Governor and Rodney, who has emerged from political retirement to act as HNP Davao del Norte campaign manager.


Floirendo and the del Rosarios are also backed by Mayor Duterte-Carpio and her HNP.

The feisty daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte had vowed to campaign against the reelection of the former Speaker after Alvarez described her HNP as an “opposition party.”


She would call Alvarez an “asshole” and a liability to the administration of President Duterte.

Mayor Duterte-Carpio is reported to have used political muscle in the ouster of Alvarez as Speaker in a coup last year.

President Duterte later would say, after Alvarez was replaced by former President now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, that his daughter “masterminded” the ouster of Alvarez.