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DAVAO ORIENTAL HIT BY THREE EARTHQUAKES IN ONE DAY

Earthquake jolts DavOr anew

 May 5, 2022, 5:53 pm

MANILA — A magnitude-5.8 quake jolted Davao Oriental on Thursday afternoon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported. The tectonic quake struck 147 kilometers southeast of the municipality of Tarragona at 4:21 p.m. It was 2 kilometers deep. Earlier today, Phivolcs… Read More

Magnitudes 5.7, 5.2 quakes

Two earthquakes with magnitudes 5.2 and 5.7 jolted Davao Oriental early Thursday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported.Phivolcs director Renato Solidum Jr. said both earthquakes were caused by the movement along the Philippine Trench.The magnitude… Read More

DAVAO CITY WORST HIT IN CASE OF MAGNITUDE 8.3 EARTHQUAKE

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PHIVOLCS WARNS ANEW OF ‘KILLER QUAKE

’ BY ROGER M. BALANZA

If it stages a comeback, the Magnitude 8.3 killer quake that hit the Davao Region and killed more than 500 people nearly a century ago would cause much heavier damage today in Davao City because of its population, geological foundation and physical development.      On the … Continue read

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GONZAGA SLAMS ‘DEFECTIVE’ PRESIDENT DUTERTE LOW-COST HOUSING FOR TYPHOON PABLO VICTIMS IN DAVAO DE ORO

HOUSES ALLEGEDLY CONSTRUCTED USING RICE HULLS

By ROGER M. BALANZA

Davao de Oro 2nd District Rep. Peter Ruwel Gonzaga said low cost housing units built by government for victims in Davao de Oro of Supertyphoon Pablo were defective and constructed using rice hulls.

Go to Maparat and you will find out that rice hulls were used in the construction of the houses, said Gonzaga in a recent interview with an FM radio station based in Tagum City, Davao del Norte.

Maparat is a barangay in Compostela municipality, among areas hit worse by the supertyphoon that devastated the Davao Region in December 2012.

In a news report in 2014 two years after Pablo, the NHA said that in Davao de Oro, it built 2,967 units spread in the towns of New Bataan (Barangays San Roque, 1,214 and Andap, 50), Monkayo (Union, 225 and Lower Ulip, 443), Brgy. New Visayas in Montevista (335), Brgy. Maparat, Compostela (300) and Brgy. Kidawa, Laak (400).

In the aftermath of the disaster that killed hundreds and displaced thousands of families in Davao de Oro, the worst hit province, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the release of funds for contruction of houses for families who lost their homes in Pablo’s fury.

In the radio program, Gonzaga cited massive corruption in construction of the low-cost housing and accused Davao de Oro Board Member Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy as having benefitted from the alleged anomaly.

But Gonzaga is barking at the wrong tree for blaming Chiongkee, then the sitting governor when Pablo struck, as the houses were constructed by the National Housing Authority (NHA) and not by the Davao de Oro local government.

Chiongkee has dismissed the allegation against him as pure lies and has dared Gonzaga to raise the issue to the NHA, the Commission on Audit (COA) or the court.

While his guns are trained at Chiongkee, Gonzaga’s attack on the government project is apparently ipolitiically-motivated aimed at the administration of President Duterte . Gonzaga is aligned with the opposition party Partido Reporma (Reporma) of former House Speaker Davao del Norte 1st District Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez, former Duterte ally turned critic.

After initially supporting the ticket of Senator Panfilo Lacson for president and SenatorTito Sotto for vice president in the 2022 election, Alvarez and Reporma have shited support to the tandem of Vice President Leni Robredo and Senator Kiko Pangilinan against the UniTeam of former Senator Bongbong Marcos, for president. and for vice president, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, daughter of President Duterte.

To backstop her vice presidential bid, the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP), a regional party founded by Mayor Sara, is playing an active role in the Davao de Oro politics and has fielded a full slate headed by incumbent governor Jayvee Tyron Uy, son of Chiongkee, who is sliding down to an unopposed run for vice goernor.

The May 9 election in Davao de Oro is a battle between Inday Sara’s HNP and Alvarez’s Reporma: Gonzaga has fielded his politically neophyte wife, former Court of Appeals associate justice Dorothy Gonzaga (Reporma), for governor against comebacking former governor Chiongkee (HNP).

In the Second District, Gonzaga {Reporma) is gunning for his third and last term against former governor Jose Caballero {HNP); in the First District, Maricar Zamora (HNP), incumbent vice goverrnor and former representative, is up against Reporma’s Monkayo vice mayor Joanna Gentugaya.

PHIVOLCS WARNS DABAWENYOS VS. TSUNAMI

Residents urged to be vigilant as strong quake hits DavOr anew

Although the two strong earthquakes that hit Davao Oriental this week did not cause a tsunami threat, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) director Renato Solidum Jr. said the public must remain vigilant against strong earthquakes or tsunamis in the area.

The  magnitude 6.2 and magnitude 6.1 quakes this week were caused by movement along the Philippine Trench, Solidum told the Philippine News Agency in an interview on Thursday.Read More

Death toll from ‘Agaton’ reaches 172

The number of reported deaths due to Typhoon Agaton has reached 172, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Sunday, April 17.

According to the latest NDRRMC data, at least 583,994 families and 2,419 barangays from Regions 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, Caraga, and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao have been affected.

A total 16 individuals were reported injured and a total of 220 missing.

TYPHOON UPDATE: NDRRMC CONFIRMS AGATON DEATH TOLL NOW AT 167

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported on Saturday that the death toll from Typhoon Agaton is now at 167.

Of the casualtiess, 151 of the deaths were recorded in the Samar and Leyte provinces in Eastern Visayas, 11 from Western Visayas, three from the Davao region, and two from Central Visayas, the NDRRMC said.

The NDRRMC also reported that 110 individuals were reported missing – 104 from Eastern Visayas, five from Western Visayas and one was from the Davao region; while 562,548 families or 1.9 million individuals have been displaced.



TYPHOON UPDATE: DUTERTE ASSURES FOOD FOR ALL IN AGATON AFTERMATH

Food, shelter will not be a problem, PRRD tells ‘Agaton’ victims

  President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Friday promised to provide emergency food and shelter assistance to the victims of Tropical Depression Agaton that slammed parts of Visayas and Mindanao this week.“So mao lang na ang akong gianhi nga naay gobyerno, wa gyud mo malimti. Usbon nako,… Read More