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

Robie de Guzman   •   November 2, 2020   •   1151

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)

Eleazar orders probe on Pampanga policeman over rape allegation

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Philippine National Police Chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar on Tuesday (October 12) vowed that the national police will look into the rape allegation against a Pampanga policeman.

Eleazar said he has already instructed the Internal Affairs Service to expedite the investigation based on the victim’s complaint. The policeman involved has been disarmed and placed under restrictive custody pending the result of the investigation.

Based on a report, Police Staff Sergeant Robin Mangaga flagged down the victim’s motorcycle at a checkpoint in Mabalacat, Pampanga on October 8.

The victim admitted that she forgot to bring her driver’s license, but instead of imposing sanctions, Mangaga allegedly sexually abused her.

Eleazar said he is angered over the fact that despite his warnings there are still police officers abusing their authority.

“But this will not discourage us in pursuing our reform program, in fact, this serves as a motivation to continue our internal cleansing,” he said.

He also assured that if proven guilty, Mangaga will be dismissed from service and appropriate charges will be filed against him.

Meanwhile, the PNP chief urged victims of abuse to come forward and seek the help of authorities.

“Huwag kayong matakot na sampahan ng kaukulang reklamo ang sinumang lumabag sa batas, kabilang ang mga pulis. Nakahanda ang PNP na tumulong sa inyo upang makamit ang hustisya at panagutin sinuman ang maysala,” he said. AAC

 

 

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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