Halos 1,600 pamilya sa Zamboanga City, inilikas dahil sa baha

Robie de Guzman   •   October 20, 2020   •   1003

Aabot sa 1,597 pamilya ang inilikas sa Zamboanga City dahil sa baha sa ilang bahagi ng lungsod bunsod ng mga pag-ulan.

Mahigit 1,000 sa mga ito ay mula sa Barangay Vitali, mahigit 300 mula sa Barangay Talisaya, 45 mula sa Barangay Labuan habang 12 naman ang mula sa Barangay Mangusu.

Sa ulat ng City Social Welfare and Development Office, halos 30 bahay ang napinsala dahil naman sa lakas ng hangin.

Aabot naman sa 16 na ektarya ng palayan ang napinsala dahil sa masamang lagay ng panahon.

Ayon sa Zamboanga City government, patuloy na silang nagsasagawa ng relief operation at emergency response upang tulungan ang mga residenteng naapektuhan ng baha.

Naka-antabay na rin ang mga otoridad sa posible pang paglilikas ng ibang residente sa gitna ng mga pag-ulan. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Val Villaflor)

Garbage still main cause of flooding in NCR — MMDA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Garbage is still the main cause of flooding in the National Capital Region (NCR), according to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos Jr. reported there are low areas in the NCR that are prone to flooding but other areas have clogged drainages due to wastes.

He also said that the MMDA is repairing and declogging the pumping stations for the flood water to go to Pasig River.

Sa ngayon ay ginagawa natin ang mga pumping station para i-pump out ang mga tubig na bumabaha. Pero paano mo ipa-pump out kung talagang heavy ang siltation, barado dahil sa basura” he said.

(Presently, we are repairing the pumping stations to pump out the floodwater. But how will you pump it out if there is heavy siltation and it’s clogged due to the garbage.)

In San Andres Pumping Station, around 8 to 10 cubic meters of garbage are collected per day during the rainy season.

The MMDA reminds the public to avoid throwing garbage on the streets. -AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.) 

P3.5M worth of smuggled cigarettes seized in Zamboanga City

Marje Pelayo   •   July 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs, Port of Zamboanga (BOC-POZ) on Friday (July 16) reported the seizure of P3.5 million worth of smuggled cigarettes offshore Manalipa Island in Zamboanga City.

During the operation, which happened on Thursday (July 15), authorities conducted seaborne patrol which resulted in the successful interception of one motorized wooden watercraft locally known as “jungkong” named MPB Arshan.

The said watercraft was manned by four crew members and bound for mainland Zamboanga.

It was transporting a total of 100 master cases of King Perfect cigarettes with a total estimated value of P 3.5 million.

Subsequently, the apprehending units together with the operatives from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) conducted visual inspection and paneling on the items for possible presence of illegal drugs.

The seized watercraft and the master cases of cigarettes are under the custody of the BOC for proper inventory and disposition for violation of the provisions of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) of 2016 and the Tobacco Exportation and Importation Rules and Regulations being implemented by the National Tobacco Administration pursuant to Executive Order No. 245.

PCG rescues stranded residents amid heavy flooding in Palawan

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 16, 2021

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) assisted in the rescue of 50 residents in El Nido, Palawan amid flooding.

Barangay Manlag, El Nido, Palawan was submerged in floodwater, following torrential rainfall that started at around 7:00 p.m. on Thursday (July 15). The PCG rescued a total of 50 residents, including two infants.

PCG District Palawan Commander, Commodore Genito Basilio said he immediately deployed personnel and assets to assist the local government units of El Nido and other concerned government agencies in ensuring the safety of affected residents.

“Despite our pressing mandate and firm commitment to ensure maritime security and maritime safety in the West Philippine Sea and the Kalayaan Island Group, rest assured the PCG District Palawan and Coast Guard vessels under the Task Force Pagsasanay will always be there to render humanitarian assistance to the people of Palawan,” he said.

The PCG also dispatched personnel to assist rescue and evacuation efforts in Barangay Pasadeña, Barangay Barotuan, and Barangay Libertad. It also assisted a motorbanca who experienced engine trouble during the heavy rainfall.

As of July 16, majority of the rescued residents were able to return to their homes after floodwater subsided in El Nido. AAC

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