Mga residente sa 2 barangay sa Sarangani, ayaw umalis sa kanilang lugar sa kabila madalas na banta ng pagbaha

admin   •   September 11, 2012   •   3778

Ang mga residente ng Brgy. Malandag, Malungon, Sarangani Province na nasalanta ng biglaang pagbaha kamakailan. (PHOTOVILLE International / Ritchie Tongo)

SOCCSKSARGEN, Philippines — Umuwi na sa kanilang tahanan ang karamihan sa mga pamilyang lumikas matapos bahain ang dalawang barangay dito sa bayan ng Malungon, Sarangani Province.

Sabado ng gabi nang rumagasa ang tubig mula sa isang bundok sa bayan na nagbunsod naman ng pag-apaw ng tubig sa Tinagacan River.

Halos 400 na pamilya ang inilikas mula sa Brgy. Malandag at Datal Tamfal matapos pasukin at sirain ng baha ang kanilang mga tahanan.

Ani Capt. William Rodriguez, Information Officer ng 1002nd Brigade, “Sa ngayon, mayroon tayong 3 pamilyang natitira dito sa evacuation center sa Malandag Gym, ang iba ay umuwi na sa kanilang mga tahanan upang makumusta ang mga properties nila.”

Ayon kay Malungon Mayor Reynaldo Constantino, nagpauna na ang lokal na pamahalaan sa mga residente sa panganib sa lugar.

“Unfortunately this also happened 4 months ago, and because of that flashflood na nangyari 4 months ago, nakapag-issue na ako ng forced evacuation order sa lahat ng mga tao doon, and they were, to say, stubborn, hindi sumunod sa evacuation order. ”

Para naman sa mga residente, mas maiging gawan na lang nila ng paraan na maging ligtas sila sa panganib ng mga pagbaha sa halip na tuluyang lisanin ang lugar.

“Iyung ibang bahay, naabot talaga. Sa baba, limang bahay ang naanod. Dito dalawa, sa amin isa.

Aayusin na lang naming para makaahon sa kahirapan, gagawa talaga kami ng paraan, at may plano kami na dito namin padadaanin ang ilog, hihiwain namin itong lupa,” ani Mang Ralph ng Brgy. Malandag, Malungon, Sarangani Province. (Ito Ang Balita ni Ritchie Tongo, UNTV News)

Ang mga sundalo ng AFP 1002nd Brigade habang tinutulungan ang mga lokal na residente ng Brgy. Malandag, Malungon, Sarangani Province upang ayusin muli ang mga nasalanta nilang mga tirahan dahil sa flash flood. (PHOTOVILLE International / Ritchie Tongo)

More than 1,200 BI frontliners to get COVID-19 vaccine

Robie de Guzman   •   April 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Friday announced it will roll out the COVID-19 vaccination for its frontline workers this weekend.

In a statement, Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said they are looking to inoculate a total of 1,250 immigration personnel starting this April 24 to 25.

Immigration personnel eligible for vaccination will receive government-procured Sinovac’s CoronaVac jab, which will be administered in two doses in an interval of 28 days.

A pre-screening will be conducted on the medical history of the officers to determine those who are eligible to receive the vaccine.

“We have scheduled vaccination of our eligible employees on a weekend so as not to hamper our daily operations,” Morente said.

Adhering to the priority list given by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), the BI will start vaccinating employees who are senior citizens and persons with co-morbidities.

“The continuous rise of COVID-19 cases accentuates the need to vaccinate our frontliners, especially those belonging in the most vulnerable group such as the seniors and persons with co-morbidities. We want to assure their safety from the threat of the deadly virus,” Morente shared.

BI Deputy Commissioner and Chairperson of the bureau’s COVID-19 Task Force Aldwin Alegre said that despite vaccine rollout among immigration officers, they will continue to implement basic health protocols such as wearing face masks and face shields, maintaining physical distancing, and checking body temperatures.

“Our frontliners are one of the most exposed and have a high risk of contracting the highly transmissible virus. As such, we will continue to make sure that all health protocols are being followed,” Alegre said.

“I am confident that as our officers get their jabs, we will be able to carry out our mandate better and with less worry,” he added.

The BI has so far recorded 300 COVID-19 infections among its personnel.

A4 group not yet up for COVID-19 vaccination; guidelines out soon – DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   April 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The inoculation of frontline workers listed under the fourth priority group (A4) for COVID-19 vaccination has yet to start because the government is still crafting the prioritization guidelines, the Department of Health (DOH) said Friday.

“We are drafting the guidelines right now,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in an online briefing, adding that it will be released soon after the DOH met with vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. and some representatives from the private sector.

Vergeire said they are also coordinating with the National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (NITAG) for the drafting of the guidelines.

 “Kailangan lang natin ipaliwanag uli at ipagbigay alam sa ating mga kababayan, hindi pa nag-uumpisa ang A4 natin na pagbabakuna. So andun pa rin tayo sa simultaneous vaccinations ng A1 to A3,” she said.

The A4 sector is composed of workers or frontline personnel in essential sectors who have high levels of interaction with the public and economic sectors that are needed to ensure security, consumer and worker safety, and those working in priority government projects.

The A4 priority list includes the following:

  • Workers in commuter transport (land, air, and sea), including logistics
  • Public and private wet and dry market vendors
  • Frontline workers in groceries, supermarkets, delivery services
  • Workers in manufacturing for food, beverage, medical and pharmaceutical products
  • Frontline workers in food retail, including food service delivery
  • Frontline workers in private and government financial services
  • Frontline workers in hotels and accommodation establishments
  • Priests, rabbis, imams, and other religious leaders
  • Security guards/ personnel assigned in offices, agencies, and organizations identified in the list of priority industries/sectors
  • Frontline workers in private and government news media
  • Customer-facing personnel of telecoms, cable and internet service providers, electricity distribution and water distribution utilities
  • Frontline personnel in basic education and higher education institutions and agencies
  • Overseas Filipino workers, including those scheduled for deployment within two months
  • Frontline workers in law/justice, security, and social protection sectors
  • Frontline government workers engaged in the operations of the government transport system, quarantine inspection;
  • Worker safety inspection and other COVID-19 response activities
  • Frontline government workers in charge of tax collection, assessment of businesses for incentives, election, national ID, data collection personnel
  • Diplomatic community and Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) personnel in consular operations
  • Department of Public Works and Highways personnel in charge of monitoring government infrastructure projects

The Philippines has so far vaccinated over 1.3 million individuals who are part of the first three priority groups – healthcare workers (A1), senior citizens (A2), and persons with co-morbidities (A3).

PH records 8,719 new COVID-19 infections

Robie de Guzman   •   April 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines’ tally of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases has climbed to 979,740 on Friday after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 8,718 additional infections.

In its 4 p.m. bulletin, the DOH said the latest tally pushed the country’s total active cases to 102,799.

The agency noted that one laboratory failed to submit data on time.

Total recoveries climbed to 860,412 after 13,812 more patients recuperated from the viral respiratory disease.

The death toll rose to 16,529 with 159 new fatalities.

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