Quezon LGU ensures physical distancing at Typhoon Ambo evacuation centers
Robie de Guzman • May 14, 2020 • 733
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:
Masbate including Tucao and Burias Islands
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)
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)
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:
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)
MANILA, Philippines — Five rebels have surrendered to the forces of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Polillo, Quezon Province.
Based on reports, alias Gio and alias Patrick who were members of the New People’s Army (NPA), surrendered to the government forces on March 25 in Barangay Salipsip, Polilio, Quezon. They also turned in their firearms and ammunitions.
Another member of the NPA, identified as alias JM, also yielded in Sta Maria, Laguna on the same day. Meanwhile, alias Dexter and alias Joan, also remnants of NPA group in the boundaries of Rizal and Laguna, voluntarily surrendered to the AFP-PNP.
Alias JM, in an interview, said that the hardships they endured as rebels and the complete disregard for their welfare pushed them to abandon the armed struggle.
Acting Commander of 2nd Infantry Division B.Gen. Rommel Tello welcomed the rebels’ move and assured the group that the government will provide assistance to them and their families.
“Your wise decision to abandon armed struggle marks a new beginning for you and your loved ones. With your help, we shall build a better and safer country for our families and fellowmen while we ensure that you are secured from any terrorist acts of retaliation,” he said addressing the former rebels.
The 2ID already made necessary steps for the surrenderers including debriefing and medical check up with health professionals prior their subsequent enrollment to government’s program wherein they can receive up to Php700,000 in grants and benefits to help them and their families start their lives anew.
A member of the New People’s Army (NPA) was rescued by soldiers who were conducting clearing operations in Catanauan, Quezon Province.
Captain Jayrald Ternio, head of the public affairs office of the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division said the soldiers patrolling in Barangay San Roque, Agro heard a cry for help. The soldiers were conducting clearing operations after a recent encounter against NPA rebels.
Ternio said the soldiers found a wounded 24-year-old alias Marlon who was reportedly left behind by his companions.
“Ganoon pala kapag wala nang halaga. Iiwanan na lang nila. Nangako silang babalikan ako, ilang araw na, hindi naman sila bumalik (That’s how it is for them once you lose value. They will leave you. They promised to return but it has been days),” according to alias Marlon.
Ternio also acknowledged the soldier’s efforts in aiding those in need regardless of which side they are fighting for.
“Kahit sa gitna ng labanan ipinakita ng ating mga kasundaluhan ang propesyonalismo at pagrespeto sa karapatang pantao (Amid the battle our soldiers showed professionalism and respect for human rights),” he said. -AAC (with reports from Jennica Cruz)
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Agriculture (DA) sees Quezon Province as an emerging powerhouse for cacao production in the country.
According to the agriculture department, cacao farming is being promoted in nine towns in the province. The department also inaugurated a cacao facility in Gumaca, Quezon where they launched a range of “Tangerine” chocolate products of the Four K Kakao Farm.
DA Secretary William Dar lauded the skills, diligence, and resilience of cacao farmers who are behind the success of the “Tangerine” brand.
“We must endeavor to make farming a profitable venture. Farmers should be open to and adopt innovative ideas and technologies. This is our vision—to modernize and industrialize Philippine agriculture,” he said.
Secretary Dar eyes expanding the Gumaca facility to include a coconut processing facility, and a banana tissue culture laboratory that will provide farmers free seedlings. AAC
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