Severe Flooding In Davao

 Seventeen people have died from flash floods in parts of Davao City Tuesday night, local disaster management officials said Wednesday.

Fifteen other people are missing, according to the Davao City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. 
Th flash floods have affected more than 25,000 people.

A report from ABS-CBN Regional Network Group said 7 of the fatalities were children. Majority of the victims lived near the Matina Pangi River.
Davao Mayor Sara Duterte said the flash floods struck 4 barangays after a heavy downpour caused the Matina Pangi River to overflow Tuesday night.
"This is not the first time  that the river has overflowed but it is the first time that it overflowed in all 4 areas at medyo mataas yung tubig. It's more than 10 meters in some parts and in some, up to 20 metyers

Cotabato More Flooding

Tens of thousands of children displaced by flash floods in the southern Philippines are at risk due to deadly diseases, an official of United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Sunday.
U.N. humanitarian agencies have been asked to provide enough food, medical supplies, latrines and other items to help people hit by widespread floods.
Vanessa Tobin, UNICEF country representative, said by phone that around 450,000 children in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and in central Mindanao staying in evacuation centers and affected communities are at risk of diarrheal diseases and pneumonia.

The Davao city government has sent P2 million worth of relief goods as assistance to more than 22,000 families affected by flooding in Cotabato City brought about by the clogging of the Rio Grande de Mindanao River.
Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said four truckloads of goods were brought to Cotabato City Friday escorted by operatives of the Task Force (TF) Davao.
Duterte-Carpio also called on the public to help the Cotabato City flood victims by dropping their donations at the City Hall’s assistance area.
However, she said the city government could not send any engineering or disaster personnel to Cotabato City since Davao City is also experiencing floods during heavy rainfall.
For days now, several barangays in Cotabato City have been submerged in water after Rio Grande de Mindanao overflowed because of the buildup of water hyacinths.

Bomb Blast Cotabato

 An improvised bomb has exploded at a bar in the Philippines’ restive southern Mindanao region, wounding four people, police said Sunday.
Witnesses saw a man acting suspiciously and leaving quickly before the bomb exploded at the Starlight Videoke bar in Tacurong city Saturday evening, national police spokesman Chief Superintendent Agrimero Cruz said.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, although the Muslim separatist rebels and other armed gangs are known to operate in the area.

Time for Pizza in Davao

I was very lucky to meet up for a Pizza with a lot of the guys from the FOM group in Davao City.
Great food!!!!!

Davao Recent Floods

Take a look at this. This is one of the main roads in Davao City called J.P. Laurel which regularly floods during heavy rain.
So next time you are in Davao, make sure you have a boat with you!!

U.S. Travel Warning


June 14, 2011

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of terrorist activity in the Philippines, particularly in the Sulu Archipelago and on the island of Mindanao. Terrorist attacks could be indiscriminate and could occur in other areas, to include Manila. Targeted sites may be public gathering places including, but not limited to, airports, shopping malls, conference centers, and other public venues.
This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning dated November 2, 2010, and updates specific regions of concern and reflects continuing threats due to terrorist and insurgent activities.
Travelers should exercise extreme caution if traveling to Mindanao or the Sulu Archipelago. Regional terrorist groups have carried out bombings resulting in injuries and death. Sporadic clashes have occurred between lawless groups and the Philippine Armed Forces throughout Mindanao, particularly in rural areas. U.S. Government employees must seek special permission to travel to Mindanao or the Sulu Archipelago.

ASEAN Dengue Day on June 15

The region will be celebrating the ASEAN Dengue Day on June 15 at Bastida Elementary School here which is part of Talomo District where the highest number of dengue cases was posted in 2010.
Apart from observing every month of June as Dengue Awareness Month being the peak period of the mosquito-borne viral disease, the Department of Health will also be spearheading for the first time the commemoration of the ASEAN Dengue Day in the country.

DOH said the ASEAN health ministers have set the event on June 15 and every year thereafter in a bid to “foster more awareness” about the disease.

In the region, the DOH-Center for Health Development together with the inter-agency Regional Anti-Dengue Task Force, will start the celebration with a motorcade from its regional office going to Bastida Elementary School in Dumoy, Talomo District, where a short program will highlight the 4-S campaign against dengue.

887 Prisoners Escape from Davao

 A total of 887 inmates detained in prison facilities under the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor), including the New Bilibid Prison (NBP), escaped during the period 2000 up to April 2011.
Records of the BuCor obtained by ABS-CBN News revealed that the Davao Prison and Penal Farm in Panabo, Davao registered the highest number of escapees with 227.

The NBP came in second with 212; followed by the Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan with 184; the Sablayan Prison and Penal Farm in Occidental Mindoro with 147; the San Ramon Prison and Penal Farm in Zamboanga City with 80; the Leyte Regional Prison in Abuyog, Leyte with 22; and the Correctional Institution for Women with 10.
Of the 887 inmates who escaped, 246 were retrieved. Over 300 inmates who escaped in previous years were also retrieved.

Philippines has been declared the world's shortest man

A teenager from a poor family in the rural Philippines has been declared the world's shortest man as he turned 18.
Guinness World Records presented Junrey Balawing, who is 59.93cm (23.6 inches) tall, with a certificate at his birthday party.
Mr Balawing stopped growing when he was two, his father said.
He is more than 7cm shorter than the previous record holder, Khagendra Thapa Magar from Nepal, who had held the record since last October.
Relatives say he has difficulty standing and walking, but the community was protective of him.

Fire razed 14 houses in a barangay in Poblacion

 Fire razed 14 houses in a barangay in Poblacion, Davao City early Saturday, damaging around P1.2 million of infrastructure.
Several residents of Barangay 4A lost all their belongings except for some clothes.
Barangay Councilor Marites Birneza, in her efforts to ensure the safety of the residents, was not able to recover any of her belongings.

Officials of the F. Bangoy Fire Station said the fire broke out at around 12:30 a.m. at the home of a certain Dennis Quiambao. They said an electrical short circuit caused the fire.
The houses were made of light materials, which made the fire spread quickly.

More Flights To Davao

From October 1st, Davao will have four extra flights a week from Cebu Pacific.

“This is in line with CEB’s continued commitment to promote tourism and economy in the destinations it flies to. Foreign and local travelers can book with CEB to explore the Philippines’ top beaches and diving sites, and attend the country’s most popular fiestas,” said vice president for marketing and distribution Candice Iyog in a statement.
The company will take delivery new aircraft that will support the airline’s expansion plans. Three brand-new Airbus A320s will arrive in October. CEB said this will allow the airline to offer the lowest possible fares in the market and mount more domestic flights.

“We currently already offer the most flights and the lowest fares to Cebu and Davao, two key cities in the Visayas and Mindanao, compared with any other airline. Tourists will [soon] have faster, easier access to the most extensive route network in the country,” added Iyog.

Reproductive Bill

There's a sticker, unpeeled, on my father's office desk. I don't know where it's from, but it's meant to demonstrate one's opposition to the Reproductive Health Bill. "Say no," the sticker reads, a thick red diagonal line dashing across the glossy sheet of vinyl. Maybe it was given out on a recent Sunday at the local parish; maybe it's meant for the family car.

Rain in Mindanao

At least four people drowned after heavy flooding in large areas of the rain-soaked Philippines, authorities said Thursday, with some of the waters up to chest height.
Over-flowing rivers swamped coastal population centres on the major southern island of Mindanao, causing all the known fatalities, rescuers said, and Manila was also under threat.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in the capital said 19 towns were under floodwater after heavy rains driven by a storm began falling on Monday.
“The water in some parts were chest-deep,” said Nasser Mastura, vice governor of Maguindanao province that is among those heavily inundated.
“We have removed thousands to safer grounds,” he said on local television, without giving exact numbers.

Beauty Contest on Samal

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Some pictures of a recent beauty contsest on the Island of Samal here in the Philippines.

Divorce Bill of the Philippines

Bishop Modesto Villasanta of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP)-Southern Mindanao said House Bill 1799, known as the Divorce Bill of the Philippines, authored by Gabriela Rep. Luzviminda Ilagan, will address failing relationships among married couples who have been living together sans love.

Divorce Bill

Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas believes the divorce bill of Gabriela Women’s Party-list will not pass the House of Representatives. If it does, he said he is ready to challenge it before the Supreme Court.

Speaking before the first  hearing of the House Committee on Revision of Codes, Fariñas said lawmakers may be discouraged from voting for the divorce bill since their spouses may take affirmative votes personally against the lawmakers.

2009 Massacre in Ampatuan

The Philippine government on Thursday vowed to ensure that the people behind the 2009 killing of at least 57 people, the country's worst political massacre, would be punished.
Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the administration of President Benigno Aquino III was closely monitoring the trial of the suspects in the November 23, 2009 massacre in Ampatuan town, Maguidanao province.
'The assurance of our justice system is that by means of the presentation of witnesses and evidence, no crime will go unpunished,' he said.

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