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Lawyer from INC appointed as new head of SBMA

Subic Bay Freeport — Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) has a new Administrator officer-in-charge (OIC) in the person of Atty. Randy Escolango, a member of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC). He takes over from SBMA Administrator Roberto Garcia. In statement send to Manila Bulletin, the appointment of Escolango was signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea through a memorandum dated October 19. The memorandum stated that the designation of Escolango as OIC administrator is “to ensure uninterrupted delivery of public service.” Garcia held the positions of chairman and administrator of SBMA until he turned-over the chairmanship of SBMA Board of Directors to Martin Diño last October 3. Diño is the former chairman of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) who filed his candidacy for president in the last national election but later withdrew and …

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357 ha of land distributed to CL upland farmers

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Central Luzon announced yesterday the awarding of a total of 357 hectares of forest lands to upland farmers in Zambales and Nueva Ecija under the Community Based-Forest Management Program (CBFMP). DENR Region 3 Director Francisco Milla, Jr. said the distribution of these parcels of land is part of the national government’s bid to reduce poverty in rural areas and promote social justice and equitable access to forest resources. Milla said said the People’s Organizations (PO) of Palauig Green Planters Association Incorporated in the town of Palauig in Zambales with 106 ha of forestlands and the Digmala Tree Planters Association Incorporated in Gabaldon town in Nueva Ecija with 251 ha were awarded with a 25-year Community Based-Forest Management …

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After Karen, 52 Central Luzon villages still flooded

Some 52 villages in three provinces in Central Luzon remained flooded even after typhoon Karen had left the country, the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council 3 (RDRRMC3) disclosed Tuesday, October 18. Josefina Timoteo, RDRRMC3 chair said 37 villages in Pampanga, 14 in Bulacan and one in Bataan remain flooded. In San Agustin Village in Candaba, Pampanga, flood water was reported to be around 4 to 10 feet high, while nine other barangays have flood waters from 2 to 4 feet high. Apart from Candaba, the other flooded municipalities in the province as of yesterday were Macabebe with 7 villages still under water; Masantol, 9; San Luis, 4; San Simon, 5 and Arayat, 3. In Bulacan, flooded are eight villages in Meycauayan City, three in Bulakan and one village each in Marilao, Balagtas and …

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Central Luzon suffers P2.1 B agri damage from ‘Karen’

The onslaught of Typhoon Karen caused more than P2.1 billion worth of agricultural damage or losses in Central Luzon, the Department of Agriculture said. Tarlac sustained most of the damages in rice (palay) at P1,047,968,255.88, the DA’s initial report on the damages by Karen indicated. Nueva Ecija is next, with P1,038,678,907.70. The other major damages were recorded in Aurora with P39, 049,932.40, Bulacan with 11,366,395.60 and Pampanga with 4,338,644.00. Aurora also sustained P149,700.00 worth of damages in high value crops. DA Regional Director Andrew Villacorta said the department has been doing efforts to assist farmers who have been affected by the flooding.

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12 missing mountaineers rescued in Aurora

Twelve mountaineers from Manila and four locals in Dingalan, Aurora who went missing Saturday, October 15 were found by search and rescue teams on Sunday, October 16, the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council 3 (RDRRMC3) said.   Josefina Timoteo, regional director of the Office Civil Defense 3 (OCD3) told Manila Bulletin/TEMPO/Balita the group of hikers was declared missing on Saturday afternoon just when storm Karen hit Aurora province with signal no. 3. “About 1:00 a.m. today (October 16), they were found safe by combined rescuers of the Aurora Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) and Philippine Army in Barangay Dabildan, Dingalan, Aurora,’’ said Timoteo. Timoteo, also chairperson of the RDRRMC, did not name the hikers but said they were under the care of a certain “Ka Nestor”, a resident of …

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1 killed, 11 injured in Bocaue fireworks explosions

CAMP JULIAN OLIVAS, Pampanga—One person was reported killed and at least 11 were injured after an explosion occurred inside a fireworks store in Bocaue, Bulacan in Barangay Binang First, Wednesday (October 12) at around 10 in the morning. Bulacan Governor Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado, concurrent chair of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), told Manila Bulletin that he is still verifying the actual number of casualties after citing police reports that one person was confirmed dead in the fatal fireworks blast. Citing the reports, Sy-Alvarado also said that more or less 11 persons were hurt in the explosion. In a radio interview earlier, Bocaue mayor Joni Villanueva said the explosion was caused by a fire that ripped through a group of fireworks stores situated along a major road in Bocaue, a town …

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Mark Anthony Fernandez sued, but courts suspend reading charges

CAMP JULIAN OLIVAS, Pampanga – Charges have been filed before Pampanga courts against movie and television actor Mark Anthony Fernandez but the formal reading of the charges against him was suspended Thursday, the Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) disclosed. Citing field reports, Chief Supt. Aaron N Aquino, PRO3 director said the suspension on the scheduled arraignment came after the actor’s camp filed a motion to re-investigate the cases lodged against him. The PRO3 filed charges for violation of Sections 5, 11 and 12 of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act against Fernandez before the Angeles City Regional trial Court Branch 60, while another case for civil disobedience after he supposedly ran away was filed before the Angeles City Municipal Trial Court Branch 1. Fernandez's camp also petitioned for his immediate …

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NEDA okays P10-B tollways in Bulacan

City Of San Fernando, Pampanga — A toll road project in Bulacan worth P10.50 billion has been endorsed by Investment Coordination Committee-Cabinet Committee (ICC-CabCom) to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board as part of the government’s strategy to disperse development and re-balance economic growth across regions.  Approved last September 28, the Plaridel Bypass Toll Road Project aims to upgrade the existing 2-lane Plaridel bypass road in the province of Bulacan to a 4-lane toll road expressway, including the construction of two service roads along the Barangay Burol access to Angat River. The project is among seven infrastructure projects worth P52 –billion that were endorsed to the NEDA board for approval. The other infra projects are the 1) New Cebu International Container Port Project (NCICP), 2.) Scaling-up of the Second Cordillera Highlands …

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Hundreds stranded due to landslide in Olongapo

Hundreds of commuters were stranded Friday due to landslide along Barangay Kalaklan, Ologapo City, at around 1:30 PM. At least seventeen (17) barangays in Olongapo City were submerged in knee to waist deep of water.

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Floods displace thousands in CL

Continuous moderate to heavy rains brought by southwest monsoon have forced thousands of people in low-lying and coastal areas in Bulacan to leave their homes and move to evacuation shelters in various parts of the region. Reports from Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council 3 (RDRRMC3) showed that several villages in the towns of Marilao and Bocaue and in the cities of Meycauayan and San Jose del Monte in Bulacan were inundated by floodwater due to continuous downpour in the past three days. Of the total 1,559 people who fled their homes to stay at temporary shelters, 1,101 are from Marilao, 364 from Meycauayan and 95 from San Maria. Josefina Timoteo, regional of the Office of Civil and chairwoman of the Defense Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council 3 (RDRRMC3) said …

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