Fire hits residential area in Lucena, over 30 homes destroyed

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 17, 2019   •   1706

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)

Quezon LGU ensures physical distancing at Typhoon Ambo evacuation centers

Robie de Guzman   •   May 14, 2020

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:

  • Sorsogon
  • Albay
  • Masbate including Tucao and Burias Islands
  • Catanduanes
  • Camarines Sur
  • Camarines Norte
  • Northern Samar
  • 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)
  • Biliran

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)
  • Marinduque
  • Romblon
  • Laguna
  • 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:

  • Aurora
  • Nueva Ecija
  • Bulacan
  • Metro Manila
  • Cavite
  • Rizal
  • Bataan
  • Pampanga
  • Isabela
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Quirino
  • Tarlac
  • Zambales
  • Oriental Mindoro
  • 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)
  • The rest of Quezon
  • The rest of Batangas
  • Rest of northern portion of Leyte (Villaba, Kananga, Matag-ob, Palompon, Ormoc, Merica, Isabel, Albuena, Pastrana, Dagami, Tanauan, Tabontabon, Tolosa, Barauen, Julita, Dulag)
  • Northeastern portion of Capiz (Pilar)
  • Northeastern portion of Iloilo (Carles, Balasan, Estancia, Batad)
  • Northern Cebu (Medelin, Daanbantayan, Bantayan, Santa Fe)

The PDRRMO assured they are ready to help and that there are enough relief goods for all families evacuated from their homes.

As of posting time, heavy rains and strong winds brought about by Typhoon Ambo have begun lashing parts of Quezon.

PAGASA said Typhoon Ambo is packing maximum sustained winds of 155 kilometers per hour (kph) with gustiness of up to 255 kph. It is moving west at the speed of 15 kph.

The state weather bureau warned that the typhoon may bring heavy to at times intense rains that may induce flooding and landslides.

Storm surges of up to 4.0 meters may be experienced over the coastal areas of Northern Samar, Samar (west coast), Sorsogon, Albay, Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Quezon, and Aurora.

PAGASA said that along with large swells, this storm surge may cause potentially life-threatening coastal inundation. – RRD (from the report of Correspondent Japhet Cablaida)

Lambanog producers seek gov’t support to convert products into disinfectants

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 27, 2020

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)

Modern jeepneys to ply streets of Quezon province this May

Robie de Guzman   •   May 23, 2019

Fifteen jeepneys that are compliant with the government’s new standards will soon start servicing commuters in Quezon Province.

These modern public utility jeepneys were secured by the Lucban Genesis Transport System Multi-Purpose Cooperative (LGTSMPC) to phase out their old models.

The jeepneys will ply the streets of Lucban to Lucena City and back starting next week.

“Unang-una hindi na ho ito mausok kagaya ng dating sasakyan,” said Renwick Rutaquio, Regional Director of LTFRB Region 4A and 4B.

“At meron po tayong tinatawag na side door hindi na back door, so lahat na ng modernong jeep ngayon nasa side na ang labasan,” he added referring to the new design of public jeepneys under the government’s modernization program.

These units are also air-conditioned and equipped with CCTV cameras and Global Positioning System (GPS) which promote passenger safety.

Raul Gambino, the chairperson of LGTSMPC, stressed that the use of these modern jeepneys is important in providing quality, safe and environment-friendly public transportation.

“Sa panahon ngayon, kailangan ng pagbabago lalo’t higit sa transportasyon ngayon, ang dami kasing napapabalita na kung anu-ano mga aksidente. Maraming bagay na apektado ‘yung mamamayan, ‘yung mananakay, gayun din yung may-ari ng sasakyan na mga luma na,” he said.

The minimum fare for ordinary public jeepneys for the first four kilometers in Quezon Province is P9, with additional P1.50 for every succeeding kilometer.

The standard minimum fare for the modernized jeepney is P11, with additional P2 for every succeeding kilometer.

The distribution of modernized public utility jeepneys is part of the government’s program to phase out public vehicles that are at least 15 years old.

Some transport groups have opposed the program because their drivers cannot afford to get a modernized unit.

“Hindi po kami pabor doon katulad ko po isang driver wala po kaming kakayanang makapagprovide ng P100,000 na pang-down payment sa kanilang modernization,” said driver Edgar Saludes.

He, however, expressed hope that the government will look for ways to assist drivers in complying with the new system.

“Eh baka sakaling may magagawa sa amin ang gobyerno na para ‘yung maraming driver na mawawalan ng trabaho ay mabigyan din ng pabor ng gobyerno,” he said.

Rutaquio, meanwhile, assured they are working on a program that would allow ordinary jeepney drivers to secure a modernized jeepney unit.

“Nakikipag-coordinate kami sa mga bangko, sa mga manufacturers, sa OTC at CDA para sa ganun mapagkaisahan naming na tumulong sa mga kooperatiba na gustong kumuha ng mag modernong sasakyan,” he said.

The additional 63 modernized jeepneys for the Quezon province are expected to be delivered in the coming months. (with details from Japhet Cablaida)

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