LUCENA CITY, Philippines – The Quezon provincial government on Thursday assured that physical distancing will be observed in evacuation centers in areas affected by Typhoon ‘Ambo’ (international name: Vongfong).
The Quezon Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) said that the physical distancing measure will be implemented on a per-family basis to ensure that the dreaded novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) will not spread among the evacuees.
The Quezon Province is among the areas that are on the track of Typhoon ‘Ambo’.
According to the 5 p.m. severe weather bulletin of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the southernmost part of Quezon Province, including Tagkawayan, Calauag, Lopez, Macalelon, General Luna, Catanauan, Buenavista, Guinayangan, Mulanay, San Narciso, San Andres, and San Francisco have been placed under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 3.
Other areas under signal no. 3 are:
Masbate including Tucao and Burias Islands
The northern portion of Eastern Samar (Jipapad, Arteche, Maslog, Dolores, Oras, San Policarpio, Can-avid, Taft, Sulat, San Julian, Borongan City, Maydolong)
The northern portion of Samar (Calbayog City, Sta. Margarita, Gandara, Pagsanghan, San Jorge, Matuguinao, San Jose de Buan, Catbalogan, Jiabong, Motiong, Paranas, Tarangnan, San Sebastian, Hinabangan)
Meanwhile, signal no. 2 was hoisted over:
Southern portion of Quezon (Mauban, Sampaloc, Lucban, Tayabas, Dolores, Candelaria, Sariaya, Tiaong, San Antonio, Lucena, Pagbilao, Atimonan, Padre Burgos, Agdangan, Unisan, Plaridel, Gumaca, Pitogo, Quezon, Alabat, Perez, Real)
Southeastern portion of Batangas (Padre Garcia, Ibaan, Batangas City, Taysan, Rosario, Lobo, San Juan)
Northernmost portion of Leyte (Calubian, San Isidro, Tabango, Leyte, Capoocan, Carigara, Barugo, San Miguel, Babatngon, Tunga, Alangalang, Sta. Fe, Tacloban City, Jaro)
The rest of Samar
The rest of Eastern Samar
Signal no. 1 was raised over the following areas:
Eastern portion of Pangasinan (Lingayen, Bugallon, Aguilar, Mangatarem, Binmaley, San Carlos, Urbiztondo, Basista, Bayambang, Bautista, Calasiao, Alcala, Malasiqui, Sta. Barbara, Dagupan, Mangaldan, San Jacinto, Mapandan, Manaoag, Urdaneta, Villasins, Sto. Tomas, Rosalies, Balungao, Umingan, San Quintin, Sta. Maria, Natividad, Tayug, Asingan, San Nicolas, San Manuel, Binalonan, Laoac, Pozorrubio, Sison, San Fabian)
Lambanog producers in Tayabas City, Quezon Province are seeking government support to convert their products into rubbing alcohol, hand sanitizers, and disinfectants.
The industry is experiencing a huge drop in sales brought by the enhanced community quarantine due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) threat.
Distilled coconut wine producers are now thinking of ways on how to help with the depleting supply of disinfectants in the country.
Isabelita Capistrano, owner of the Capistrano Distillery, is calling out to concerned government agencies to coordinate with them to make sure that their process will fit health standards and would be legal.
Capistrano said they are willing to cooperate with whatever plan the government deems necessary with the industry.
“The DTI [Department of Trade and Industry], DOST [Department of Science and Technology, and the Department of Agriculture, kung iyan ay magtutulong-tulong, palagay ko ay anuman ang mapagplanuhan […] ay talagang makakaigi, (if they will help together, I think whatever they plan is, it would be for the better)” she said.
Quezon Province health officer Dr. Grace Santiago previously said the use of lambanog is a good alternative disinfectant to prevent spread of the coronavirus. AAC (with reports from Japhet Cablaida)
A fire hit a residential area in Barangay Ibabang Dupay in Lucena City on Sunday afternoon (June 16).
Over 30 homes were destroyed according to the Bureau of Fire Protection in Lucena City.
Authorities reported that the fire reached 3rd alarm before it was put under control around 6:00 p.m. Fire marshal, FSI Garynel Julian said they had difficulty in putting out the fire.
“Nahirapan po ang ating responders na kaagad na maapula dahil nga po masyado nang mainit ang paligid. Kaya little by little ang aming pagpatay, pagsugpo sa apoy, (Our responders had difficulty to control the fire because the temperature of the surrounding area was too high. So we had to put out the fire little by little)” he said.
Based on the initial reports of BFP Lucena City, the cost of damage from the fire is estimated at P2.4 million.
The BFP Lucena declared a fire out around 9:00 p.m. Authorities are still investigating the possible cause of fire.
Meanwhile, Julian reminds civilians to maintain order during a fire so as not to disrupt the operations of the fire department.
“Pagdating po sa sunog po, [huwag] pong masyadong maging unruly para kahit papaano ay maging tuloy-tuloy ang operation ng ating mga bomber, (During a fire, don’t be too unruly so that the operations of our bombers will proceed smoothly),” he said.
The barangay has provided temporary shelters to the affected residents while the families call out for assistance from the government.—(with reports from Japhet Cablaida)
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