FLOOD UPDATES: Thousands evacuated in Marikina

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) warned in a bulletin at 11 am that rain would persist in parts of Luzon in the next 24 hours, as the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council ordered preemptive evacuation of thousands of residents of Marikina City.

The weather bureau said that rain on Saturday, July 24, brought by the southwest monsoon was heaviest in Zambales and Bataan and in the regions of Metro Manila, Ilocos, Cordillera, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, and Mimaropa.

Palace monitoring situation in areas hit by heavy monsoon rains

 July 24, 2021

MANILA – Malacañang on Saturday said it is closely monitoring the situation in the country as heavy monsoon rains continue to drench parts of Luzon.“We are closely monitoring the weather situation, especially flood-prone and landslide-prone areas, where heavy rainfall warning… Read More

Forced evacuation as Marikina River water level rises

 July 24, 2021

MANILA – About 3,077 families living in communities near the Marikina River have been evacuated as its water level continued to rise due to the heavy monsoon rains, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Saturday.In a message to reporters, Mark Cashean… Read More


Rebel-military clashes are driving away farmers to safer grounds not only in Compostela Valley province but also in Davao del Sur.

About 160 persons from barangay Balutakay in Bansalan municipality on Sunday hurriedly packed belongings to seek shelter at the town center, after troopers briefly clashed with New People’s Army rebels who burned an abandoned Army barracks in the barangay.

Major Lyndon Paniza, commanding officer of the Army 72nd Infantry Battalion, said the 20-man rebel band of the NPA Front Committee 18 under Kumander Hasmin fled the scene after the brief clash.

In Compostela Valley, farmers and tribal people in New Bataan and Compostela municipalities, fled their farms amid continuing military campaigns against the rebels.

Paniza said the troopers traded gunfire with the rebels who torched an old barracks abandoned months ago by the 72nd IB troopers. There was no reported casualty from both sides.

Davao del Sur Governor Douglas Cagas and Bansalan Mayor Edwin Reyes yesterday met with the evacuees to persuade them to return to the barangay over assurance by military the rebels had fled.

The Balutakay clash is the first in the farming village not known to be infiltrated by communist rebels. Front Committee 18 is known to operate at the province’s boundary with Davao City. In boundary barangay Kapatagan two weeks ago, NPA rebels shot dead a sitio leader who allowed the military and police to set up a training camp in his village.