Quakes not man-made: Solidum

DIGOS CITY, Davao del Sur – Science and Technology Undersecretary Renato Solidum had shot down speculations that the strong earthquakes that have hit North Cotabato and Davao del Sur were possibly human-induced. Although he did not refer to any human activity, social media websites, particularly Facebook, had been rife with suspicions that the quakes, including the …

Quake victims who returned home are again back to evac camps

KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato — Residents who earlier returned home after seeking shelter to a safer ground following several strong earthquakes in October are again back to the evacuation centers as magnitude-6.9 earthquake jolted last Sunday. Psalmer Bernalte, city disaster risk reduction and management council action officer, said about 30 families were told to leave …

DSWD quickly assists Padada quake victims

DAVAO CITY —  The Department of Social Welfare and Development XI has quickly provided relief and food assistance to the victims of the December 15 earthquake in Davao del Sur. Despite the immediate assistance, still, many residence plea for help as dozens has yet to register at the evacuation centers where government agencies distribute the …

Powerful quake in Davao del Sur damaged buildings, hundreds flee for safety

DAVAO CITY — The powerful earthquake which jolted Southern Mindanao Sunday afternoon has caused the collapsed of several buildings and houses in Davao del Sur. The 6.9 magnitude earthquake which took place at around 2:11 in the afternoon, December 15, Phivolcs located the epicenter at a coastal community of Padada, Davao del S Residents of the …

6.9M earthquake hits Southern Mindanao

DAVAO CITY — A 6.9 earthquake of tectonic origin hit various areas of Mindanao at around 2:11 in the afternoon, December 15. The Phivolcs said the epicenterwas located at 06.64°N, 125.30°E – 006 km N 86° W of Padada (Davao Del Sur)  According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) the Magnitude 6.9 earthquake affected countries: Indonesia, …

Tacloban eyes single-use plastic ban in 2020

TACLOBAN CITY — The city government here has taken initial steps to regulate the generation of solid waste next year through the passage of an eco-friendly ordinance banning “single-use” plastic. In an interview on Thursday, Vice Mayor Jerry Yaokasin said an ordinance is needed since the sanitary landfill, which just opened this year and designed to …

5.6 Magnitude quake jolts Davao Occidental

DAVAO CITY — A 5.6 magnitude earthquake of tectonic origin jolted parts of Southern Mindanao at around 8:24 Thursday evening, December 5. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) located the quake at 169 kilometers southeast of Jose Abad Santos in Davao Occidental. Reported Intensities:Intensity III – Glan, Malapatan and Alabel, SaranganiIntensity II – …

11 face raps for transport of fossilized giant clams in CDO

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Eleven individuals caught transporting fossilized giant clams or “taklobo” in Barangay Lumbia here are now facing administrative and criminal charges, a Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-10 (BFAR-10) official said Wednesday. BFAR-10 Assistant Director Teodoro Bacolod Jr. said the suspects will be charged with violating Republic Act 10654, which amends Republic …

100K residents evacuated in Albay due to ‘Tisoy’

LEGAZPI CITY — Disaster authorities have started to evacuate over 100,000 persons living in lahar-prone areas across the province on Sunday in anticipation of heavy rains spawned by Typhoon Tisoy, which is expected to hit the Bicol Region on Monday, the Albay Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) said. At the PDRRMC meeting, Albay …