Archive for October, 2009
The thing people reading the New York Times media and advertising review section of the papers website might wonder about it why and how? Fox News, the currently embattled news leader and setter of the national news cycle in the USA has its finger on the pulse of people’s views. The network commentators and talk shows go on the fringe and make some cringe but basically they know what people like and are getting the numbers that CNN, the major broadcast networks ABC, CBS, and NBC have not been able to …
“My heartfelt thanks to to the members of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), its provincial and regional chapters, and its other affiliate business chambers for their assistance to the victims of typhoons “Ondoy” and “Pepeng,” the President said at the 35th Philippine Business Conference) PBC and Expo at the Manila Hotel this afternoon. The President asked PCCI and its members to help the government cope …
A famous hairstylist has thrown his support behind the effort of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to help typhoon victims get back on their feet. Ricky Reyes, president of the Filipino Hairdressers Cooperative (FilHairCoop), said his group is holding training courses for interested residents displaced by the flooding brought by Ondoy in Metro Manila and Pepeng in Northern Luzon.
A total of 10,000 young men and women will benefit from the program in Region 1, Region 2, and the Cordillera Autonomous Region. President …
“The WFP will always be here to support the government of the people of the Philippines to recover and rebuild and to make sure (they receive) basic necessities from us,”
UN-WFP executive director Josette Sheeran said in her opening statement. Sheeran said the United Nations still believes in the strong spirit of the Filipino people to recover from the tragedy because “the Filipino people are …
Typhoon Mirinae (Santi): Enters Philippines AOR on Beeline to Manila a new storm fast and furious
As if the Philippines has not had enough of bad weather the US Navy and US Air Force Joint typhoon warning center is forecasting a direct path to Manila for a new Typhoon with a international name Mirinae, the Korean word for ‘Galaxy’,
The Storm is forecast by Military and Civilian meteorologists to be in general vicinity of Manila by Halloween evening, meaning that a fast moving storm may the one knocking on doors in the Philippines instead of kids trick or treating and the rap tap tapping on the chanber door may be people telling residents to head for higher ground, if anything is consolation the storm being fast moving means a quick slam-bam-thank-you ma’am hit which in disaster terms is often kinder than a prolonged deluge that no one in the country wants to see more off.
The Typhoon is a medium sized one and its path taking it towards manila comes at a bad time for thousands who have just cleaned away debris from flood waters. Lake levels and dams have somewhat normalized at this time a week of hot dry weather with only occasional showers has had a impact on the water levels.
The other consolation is the three weeks of storms as well as constant pounding has brought the alert levels up for disaster awareness teams and those who deal with rescue and response. The season still has till February to go the last few years have relatively spared the capitol region in the past but the wave of storms is actually quite typical in number albeit these have come earlier than normal for the country.
In comparison at this time before Typhoon Lupits approach to the country, Manila’s NDCC was already posting advisories and taking steps. Plans so well laid out that at the end of the day – no one died – no one needed to be rescued and even if the storm did not hit but a small portion of the Northern most tip of Luzon.
Ramil’s preventive steps perhaps – but I hope not – will not allow some to fall back to complacency and being prepared for worst made for the best of news – even for me a journalist – who basically earns from bad news. (Sorry but – if it bleeds it leads! Sad but true in the news biz!) became a non-story for a change.
Ramil final NDCC Situational UpdateA. Affected Population/Pre-emptive Evacuation of Population (Details in Tab A)· A total of 1,271 families / 5,239 persons conducted pre-emptive evacuation in 43barangays, 19 municipalities and 2 cities in 7 provinces of Regions I, II and CARReg/Prov/City No. of NO. OF AFFECTEDBrgysAffected FAM PERSNO. OFEVACUATIONCENTERSI – Ilocos Norte, La Union,Pangasinan (Dagupan City)12 390 1,370 0II – Cagayan, Isabela 13 433 1,852 0CAR – Benguet, Mt. Province 18 448 2,017 19· As of 24 October, evacuees had returned to their homes except in theProvince of Benguet where 402 families / 1,866 persons are still inside 19evacuation centersRamil Damage· In Region II, forty-five (45) houses were damaged, with 16 totally and 29 partiallyall in Aparri, Cagayan, to include three (3) houses were totally damaged when a20-meter seawall collapsed in San Antonio, Aparri, Cagayan on 20 October due tostorm surge causing 65 families / 182 persons to evacuate: 41 families/78 persons atBrgy. Maura and 24 families/104 persons at Brgy San Antonio
PAGASA Warning: Mirinae to be named ‘Santi’ once it enters RP area of responsibility