Fire hits residential area in Lucena, over 30 homes destroyed

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 17, 2019   •   2277

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)

5 rebels yield to AFP-PNP forces in Quezon Province, Laguna, Rizal

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Five rebels have surrendered to the forces of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Polillo, Quezon Province.

Based on reports,  alias Gio and alias Patrick who were members of the New People’s Army (NPA), surrendered to the government forces on March 25 in Barangay Salipsip, Polilio, Quezon. They also turned in their firearms and ammunitions.

Another member of the NPA, identified as alias JM, also yielded in Sta Maria, Laguna on the same day. Meanwhile, alias Dexter and alias Joan, also remnants of NPA group in the boundaries of Rizal and Laguna, voluntarily surrendered to the AFP-PNP.

Alias JM, in an interview, said that the hardships they endured as rebels and the complete disregard for their welfare pushed them to abandon the armed struggle.

Acting Commander of 2nd Infantry Division B.Gen. Rommel Tello welcomed the rebels’ move and assured the group that the government will provide assistance to them and their families.

“Your wise decision to abandon armed struggle marks a new beginning for you and your loved ones. With your help, we shall build a better and safer country for our families and fellowmen while we ensure that you are secured from any terrorist acts of retaliation,” he said addressing the former rebels.

The 2ID already made necessary steps for the surrenderers including debriefing and medical check up with health professionals prior their subsequent enrollment to government’s program wherein they can receive up to Php700,000 in grants and benefits to help them and their families start their lives anew.

Soldiers aid injured NPA member in Quezon Province

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 11, 2021

A member of the New People’s Army (NPA) was rescued by soldiers who were conducting clearing operations in Catanauan, Quezon Province.

Captain Jayrald Ternio, head of the public affairs office of the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division said the soldiers patrolling in Barangay San Roque, Agro heard a cry for help. The soldiers were conducting clearing operations after a recent encounter against NPA rebels.

Ternio said the soldiers found a wounded 24-year-old alias Marlon who was reportedly left behind by his companions.

Ganoon pala kapag wala nang halaga. Iiwanan na lang nila. Nangako silang babalikan ako, ilang araw na, hindi naman sila bumalik (That’s how it is for them once you lose value. They will leave you. They promised to return but it has been days),” according to alias Marlon.

Ternio also acknowledged the soldier’s efforts in aiding those in need regardless of which side they are fighting for.

Kahit sa gitna ng labanan ipinakita ng ating mga kasundaluhan ang propesyonalismo at pagrespeto sa karapatang pantao (Amid the battle our soldiers showed professionalism and respect for human rights),” he said. -AAC (with reports from Jennica Cruz)

DA sees Quezon Province as emerging cacao hub in Luzon

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Agriculture (DA) sees Quezon Province as an emerging powerhouse for cacao production in the country.

According to the agriculture department, cacao farming is being promoted in nine towns in the province. The department also inaugurated a cacao facility in Gumaca, Quezon where they launched a range of “Tangerine” chocolate products of the Four K Kakao Farm.

DA Secretary William Dar lauded the skills, diligence, and resilience of cacao farmers who are behind the success of the “Tangerine” brand.

“We must endeavor to make farming a profitable venture. Farmers should be open to and adopt innovative ideas and technologies. This is our vision—to modernize and industrialize Philippine agriculture,” he said.

Secretary Dar eyes expanding the Gumaca facility to include a coconut processing facility, and a banana tissue culture laboratory that will provide farmers free seedlings. AAC

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