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Regional Updates (12/03/20)

THE annual three-month closed fishing season in Zamboanga Peninsula is now in effect, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) announced.

Regional Updates (12/02/20)

THE German government will provide a grant that will protect the state-run Philippine General Hospital (PGH) from flooding by April 2021.

Regional Updates (12/01/20)

THE Department of Transportation is preparing for the influx of returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) for the December holidays by expanding its one-stop shop for coronavirus testing and the passenger capacity at three international airports.

Regional Updates (11/30/20)

THE Baguio City government is not abandoning its plan to reopen the Loakan Airport for commercial flights, City Mayor Benjamin B. Magalong said.

Regional Updates (11/29/20)

A LAWMAKER has asked the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to reconsider the closure of all U-turn slots along EDSA, the capital region’s major thoroughfare.

Regional Updates (11/26/20)

THE PHILIPPINE Crop Insurance Corp. (PCIC) has so far released P347 million worth of indemnification funds to insured farmers and fisherfolk affected by the onslaught of recent typhoons and other calamities.

Regional Updates (11/24/20)

THE DEPARTMENT of Agriculture (DA) distributed P1.42 billion worth of assistance to farmers and fisherfolk in Quezon province who were affected by recent typhoons while their livelihoods have been weakend by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Regional Updates (11/23/20)

CROP damage from rain and flooding during the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses (international name: Vamco) is now at P4.18 billion, higher than the previous estimate of P4.03 billion, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said.

Regional Updates (11/22/20)

FOUR members of the Abu Sayyaf, a kidnap-for-ranson group that has pledged ties with the extremist Islamic State, surrendered on Saturday in Sulu after another one turned himself in to the military in Tawi-Tawi on Friday.

Regional Updates (11/19/20)

A lawmaker on Thursday asked the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and Philippine National Police (PNP) to go after people organizing bogus donation drives supposedly to assist victims of typhoons that recently pummeled many areas in Luzon.

Regional Updates (11/18/20)

Occidental Mindoro has acquired motorbikes customized with a first-aid kit that will be used by quick response teams of the provincial disaster management office.

Regional Updates (11/17/20)

THE Palace on Tuesday said President Rodrigo R. Duterte has received the recommendation of the national disaster management council on declaring a state of calamity in the entire Luzon island and will announce a decision soon.

Regional Updates (11/16/20)

A MAGNITUDE 6 earthquake shook Surigao del Sur at around 6:30 a.m. Monday, with the epicenter located in San Agustin town.

Regional Updates (11/15/20)

PHILIPPINE security forces have had their hands full on emergency preparations and response operations in the past weeks as several strong typhoons have affected various regions in the northern part of the country.

Regional Updates (11/12/20)

GATES in three dams in Luzon were opened on Thursday following heavy downpour from typhoon Ulysses (international name: Vamco).

Regional Updates (11/11/20)

THE Cardinal Santos Medical Center (CSMC) recently signed an agreement with the Philippine National Police (PNP) to provide medical services to members of the force.

Regional Updates (11/10/20)

TROPICAL cyclone wind signal #2 was up as of Tuesday afternoon in several provinces in the Bicol Region as tropical storm Ulysses intensified while approaching land. Weather bureau PAGASA, in its 5 p.m. bulletin, warned of “damaging gale-to storm-force winds” in Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Albay, Camariñes Sur, and the eastern portion of Camariñes Norte (San Vicente, Talisay, Daet, San Lorenzo Ruiz, Basud, Mercedes).

Regional Updates (11/09/20)

TROPICAL storm Ulysses could intensify into a typhoon before making landfall on Thursday in the area of Bicol Region and Quezon province, weather bureau PAGASA said in its forecast on Monday.

Regional Updates (11/08/20)

ENVIRONMENT Secretary Roy A. Cimatu has formed a composite team that will investigate quarrying operations around Mayon Volcano, and establish if these were the culprit for the lahar flow that killed at least six residents at the height of typhoon Rolly last week.

Regional Updates (11/05/20)

Batanes residents, known as Ivatans, are no stranger to strong typhoons and have a long tradition of preparing by boarding up their windows with shutters locally called tapangko, and tying up structures or what they call kapanpet.

Regional Updates (11/04/20)

EIGHTEEN power transmission lines have yet to be restored from the impact of typhoon Rolly (international name: Goni), according to the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP).

Regional Updates (11/03/20)

TROPICAL STORM Siony intensified on Tuesday morning with its center located 565 kilometers (km) east of Basco, Batanes, but was moving slowly and is forecasted to be “almost stationary” in the next 24 hours, according to weather bureau PAGASA. Siony, with international name Atsani, could make landfall in the Batanes-Babuyan Islands area on Friday, but PAGASA said “there remains a high degree of uncertainty in the forecast track” due to the storm’s quasi-stationary state.

Regional Updates (11/02/20)

AUTHORITIES IN Cagayan are on high alert for tropical storm Siony, with international name Atsani, which is on a path that will cross the province where some areas remain flooded due to rains from other recent typhoons.

Regional Updates (11/01/20)

Lahar mudflow from Mayon Volcano triggered by rains brought by typhoon Rolly partially bury some houses in a village in Guinobatan, Albay.

Regional Updates (10/29/20)

SEVERE TROPICAL storm Rolly (international name: Goni) continued to head towards the eastern side of Luzon on Thursday while another tropical depression east of Mindanao, to be named Siony, is expected to enter the Philippine area by Monday or Tuesday.

Regional Updates (10/28/20)

THE DEATH toll from typhoon Quinta (international name: Molave) has increased to nine people, while two are still missing and at least six injured, according to the October 28 report from the disaster management council.

Regional Updates (10/27/20)

THE PHILIPPINES is bracing for another tropical depression, to be named Rolly, as authorities take stock of the damage left by typhoon Quinta (international name: Molave) that exited the country on Tuesday morning.

Regional Updates (10/26/20)

TYPHOON QUINTA (international name: Molave), the 17th to enter the Philippine area and one of the strongest so far this year, left a trail of flooding and landslides in parts of mainland Luzon and neighboring islands in the south, but there were no immediate reports of casualties as preemptive evacuations were undertaken in high-risk areas.

Regional Updates (10/25/20)

SEVERE TROPICAL storm Quinta intensified into typhoon category Sunday afternoon and was expected to make landfall over the eastern coast of Camariñes Sur or northeastern coast of Albay in the evening.

Regional Updates (10/23/20)

Tagum raises alert after 1st swine fever outbreak THE TAGUM City Veterinarian’s Office has alerted hog raisers to immediately report suspicious animal deaths in their...

Regional Updates (10/21/20)

A DUMAGUETE City regional trial court dismissed the charges against five drug suspects who were supposedly arrested by law enforcers in a fake buy-bust operation.

Regional Updates (10/20/20)

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte outlined hurdles in the rehabilitation of Marawi, which was left in ruins by the battle between state forces and local terrorist groups that took hold of the city in 2017, as he assured residents that the government is doing its best in the rebuilding process.

Regional Updates (10/19/20)

TROPICAL DEPRESSION Pepito is seen to intensify into a tropical storm category before making landfall in the eastern coast of the northern-central Luzon area by Tuesday evening of Wednesday, according to weather bureau PAGASA.

Regional Updates (10/18/20)

RESIDENTS from anywhere in Luzon can visit Baguio again starting October 22, the city government announced Sunday.

Regional Updates (10/15/20)

THE BUREAU of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has declared the areas of Siit Bay and Bais Bay in Negros Oriental as officially free from red tide contamination. Other areas, however, remain positive, based on BFAR’s 21st shellfish bulletin for the year.

Regional Updates (10/14/20)

A 1.54-KILOMETER section of the 8.59-km Tagaytay bypass road will be open to motorists before the end of the month, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced Wednesday.

Regional Updates (10/13/20)

THE LOW pressure area east of the country developed into a tropical depression Tuesday afternoon and was located 115 kilometers east-southeast of Guiuan, Eastern Samar as of 4 p.m., weather bureau PAGASA reported.

Regional Updates (10/12/20)

INDEMNIFICATION for hog raisers affected by the onslaught of the African swine fever (ASF) in Calabarzon — composed of the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon — has reached P153.96 million, according to the Agriculture department.

Regional Updates (10/11/20)

To Ganano Falls Access to Ganano Falls in Diffun, Quirino is now easier for visitors with the completion of a 1.5-kilometer concrete road, according to...

Regional Updates (10/08/20)

Contact tracers Newly hired contact tracers who will be deployed in Zamboanga City undergo orientation at the City Coliseum on Oct. 8. Hired under the...

Regional Updates (10/07/20)

THE LAND Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has ordered operators of public utility vehicles and providers of automatic fare collection systems to stop collecting the card cost from commuters.

Regional Updates (10/05/20)

PRESIDENTIAL Spokesperson Harry L. Roque spent the weekend in Boracay, one of the country’s top tourist attractions, and held his daily press briefing there on Monday in a move to help resuscitate the island’s economy.

Regional Updates (10/04/20)

DoTr suspends mandatory use of Beep cards for EDSA bus system THE DEPARTMENT of Transportation (DoTr) has suspended the mandatory use of electronic cards for...

Regional Updates (10/01/20)

TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY Arthur P. Tugade wants the reloadable card for fare payments at Metro Manila’s busway and railway systems be given for free to commuters in consideration of the coronavirus-prompted crisis, a department official said.

Regional Updates (09/30/20)

THE PAVED 550-meter road leading to Baybay Beach and Alibagon Bakhawan Park, both tourist destinations in Makato, Aklan, has been completed, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).