CDO mulls ‘lockdown’ policy in future disaster response ops

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY–The repeated occurrence of flooding in the city’s main roads has prompted the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) to consider a “lockdown” policy for the safety of people stranded in flooded areas. CDRRMO chief Verner Monsanto presented this proposal during a post-evaluation briefing on July 11, following waist-deep flooding …

Davao City coastal village to host P300-M wastewater treatment project

DAVAO CITY–A coastal village here will be the site of the PHP300-million Sanitation Embankment Project (SEP) by the Department of Science and Technology in Region 11 (DOST-11). Barangay 76-A in Bucana was chosen primarily because of its location in a coastal area and for its proximity to the Davao River. DOST-11 Regional Director Anthony Sales …

OCD on alert over ‘Maria’

DAVAO CITY(July 9)—   While it is unlikely to hit the country directly, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) assured precautionary measures are in place to mitigate the effects of typhoon “Maria” (international name). As of 12:30 in the morning, July 9, the DOST-Pag-asa advisory stated “Heavy rains with lightning and strong winds due to thunderstorms …

DENR donates confiscated logs for Marawi school rehab

DAVAO CITY (July 9) — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has donated  the confiscated logs and timber to Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) for the rehabilitation of Marawi City schools. About  871,453 board feet of confiscated logs   and flitches valued over PHP43.5 million   was donated. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu during the 31st …

Flash floods affects 2,000 families in Kabacan, North Cotabato

DAVAO  CITY–More than 200 families from seven villages in Kabacan, North Cotabato, evacuated to safer grounds Tuesday, due to waist-deep flood waters, brought about by inclement weather during the past two days. Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO) Chief David Don Saura, said the heavy downpour since Monday caused the flashfloods. Kabacan is situated …

Duterte signs law to institutionalize national feeding program

DAVAO CITY (July 5) — President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday signed the law institutionalizing a national feeding program for undernourished Filipino children in public schools. Duterte signed the Masustansyang Pagkain para sa Batang Pilipino Act or R.A 11037, last June 29, which is aimed at addressing the problem of undernourishment among Filipino children in …

Go instantly acts on kids going to school on ‘rattan’ cable in Davao Oriental

DAVAO CITY (June 22)—Schoolchildren of Butay Integrated School, in Barangay Pichon, Caraga Davao Oriental, do not mind riding an improvized “Rattan” cable to cross the river just to attend school. The village of Butay is the education hub for about 300 Mandaya learners who defy fear just to attend their daily classes. Schoolchildren need to …

Zamboanga City completes climate-resilient school buildings

ZAMBOANGA CITY–The city government has turned over two school buildings with climate change adaptability features worth PHP29.5 million in a coastal village here. Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, who spearheaded the turnover of the two school buildings on Wednesday, said the project recipients are the elementary and secondary public schools in Barangay Cabaluay. Salazar said each …

Liguasan communities, Army forge alliance vs. BIFF

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – The military and communities around the vast Liguasan Marsh in Maguindanao have forged an alliance to fight abuses brought by the IS-linked Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in the area. Lt. Colonel Harold Cabunoc, Army’s 33rd Infantry Battalion commander, said local residents who catch mudfish and catfish in the marshland were …

Hundreds stranded as 8 more domestic flights cancelled due to bad weather

DAVAO CITY (June 14) —   Hundreds of passengers are now stranded in various airports, as  eight domestic flights were cancelled as of Thursday afternoon due to bad weather condition. The advisory from the  Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) stated that flights are cancelled in the following destinations: CebGo (DG) 6009/6010, 6151/6152 Manila-Basco-Manila PAL Express (2P) …