Ilang bahagi ng Candaba, Pampanga lubog sa baha dahil kay ‘Rolly’

Robie de Guzman   •   November 2, 2020   •   964

MANILA, Philippines – Hindi na maaaring daanan ng mga sasakyan ang ilang kalsada sa bayan ng Candaba sa Pampanga dahil sa baha bunsod ng epekto ng bagyong Rolly.

Sa ulat ng Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), umabot sa anim na talampakan ang lebel ng tubig sa Barangay San Agustin sa Candaba kaya hindi madaanan sa ngayon ng lahat ng uri ng sasakyan ang Candaba-Baliuag Road.

Hindi rin passable sa ngayon ang Candaba-San Miguel Road dahil sa baha na aabot sa tatlong talampakan.

Ang Bayu Road naman sa bayan ng Masantol sa lalawigan ay hindi rin maaaring daanan ng light vehicles.

Iniulat ring PDRRMO ang paglikas ng 1,150 pamilya o katumbas ng 4,431 indibiduwal dahil sa bagyo.

Ang mga residenteng ito ay mula sa mga bayan ng Sasmuan, Macabebe, San Luis, Lubao, Magalang, Masantol, Arayat, Porac at San Simon na pawang malapit sa high-risk coastal areas.

Nananatili ang mga ito sa mga evacuation center habang hindi pa ligtas balikan ang kanilang mga bahay.

Mahigpit rin ngayong binabantayan ang lebel ng tubig sa Pampanga River at mga bayang nakapalibot sa ilog.

“Kung makikita niyo ho ang command center natin, continus monitoring ho tayo sa bagyo natin, yung main river natin, especially Pampanga River, main rivers nation makikita niyo nandiyan lahat yan, nakamonitor po kami. So alam namin ang paltas ng tubig sa lahat ng mga river channel natin well monitored po ng command center natin,” ang wika ni Pampanga Governor Dennis Pineda.

Tiniyak naman ni Pineda na nakahanda ang puwersa ng lokal na pamahalaan para tumugon sa pangangailangan ng mga residenteng apektado ng bagyong Rolly.

“Lahat po ng mga social workers natin naka-in place na po diyan na pagdadalhan ng mga tao. Ready na po tayo, don’t worry,” ang pahayag ni Pineda.

“‘Yung health protocol po alam na ng mga tao natin, may face shield at face mask na rin po dun. Huwag po kayong matakot,” dagdag pa niya.

Nasa 10,000 relief packs rin ang nakahanda sa emergency operations center ng PDRRMO. Pati mga rescue equipment gaya ng rubber boats, loader at mga ambulansya ay inihanda na rin sakaling kailanganin ang pagsagip sa mga residente. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Leslie Huidem)

Clark International Airport to open ‘world-class’ passenger T2 in July

Marje Pelayo   •   June 9, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — Clark International Airport (CRK) will soon inaugurate its new ‘state-of-the-art’ Terminal 2.

The new facility, which is set to open for domestic operations in July this year, is expected to hold up to 12.2 million passengers. This is triple the number of the terminal’s average capacity prior to the pandemic which is only 4.2 million a year.

Following its opening for domestic operations, the terminal will open its international services in September.

On Tuesday (June 8), Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade led the inspection of the new Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) at CRK in Pampanga.

He was joined by DOTr Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan who discussed the terminal’s map route alignment for the North-South Commuter Railway Extension (NSCREx) project that will connect to the CRK underground station.

Tugade believes the terminal will help boost the country’s economy specifically in the tourism sector as it creates more jobs and other opportunities for Filipinos.

Moreover, Tugade said, the construction project itself generated over 1,600 jobs amid the pandemic. Job opportunities are expected to increase once the new terminal goes fully operational.

Baka para sa Bakuna: San Luis, Pampanga to raffle off cows for vaccine drive

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — San Luis, Pampanga will raffle off cows to encourage more residents to get vaccinated.

San Luis Mayor Jayson Sagum lamented the huge percentage of residents who are hesitant about the COVID-19 vaccine due to reported cases of adverse effects.

This has prompted the local government to launch a raffle draw where only vaccinated residents will be qualified to join. Sagum said they will raffle off live cows for residents who already received the first dose.

The San Luis mayor said they welcome donations of live cows to encourage residents to get vaccinated. He also hopes that the vaccine supply will also increase in the coming months to accommodate more residents. AAC (with reports from Leslie Huidem)

 

 

 

 

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Notorious gun-for-hire leader, driver killed in Pampanga shootout

Marje Pelayo   •   January 18, 2021

PAMPANGA, Philippines — A notorious gun-for-hire and his driver were killed in a shootout with authorities early morning Monday (January 18) in Pampanga.

Harry Mandahay, leader of the Mandahay gun-for-hire group, and Jeffrey Langilao, Mandahay’s driver and member of the same criminal group, met their demise in an encounter with members of the Highway Patrol Group and Bacolor Municipal Police Station.

The incident occurred around 2:99 a.m. Monday after the suspects’ car was cornered by mobile crews of the HPG’s Special Operations Division (SOD) and Bacolor Municipal Police Station along River Control Road in Brgy. Cabetican, Bacolor, Pampanga. 

“Refusing to surrender, Mandahay and Diamada got off their vehicle and opened fire at the operatives while attempting to escape, forcing our officers to shoot back and kill both suspects in the process,” explained HPG Director Police Brigadier General Alexander Tagum.

Recovered pieces of evidence from the crime scene include the suspect’s vehicle, a brown Toyota Corolla Altis registered to a different owner and listed as a Hold Order motor vehicle, a .45 caliber pistol, two .38 caliber revolvers, ammunition and spent shells, four plastic sachets containing suspected shabu, several IDs, and some mobile devices.

Tagum commended the efforts of the SOD personnel in coordination with the NCRPO, Bacolor MPS, Pampanga Intelligence Branch, and Pampanga 1st Provincial Mobile Force Company for the success of the operation.

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