The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the provincial government of Albay in Bicol region have teamed up to reduce and manage disaster risks in this calamity-prone province.
In simple ceremonies held recently at the DENR office in Quezon City, Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje and Regional Executive Director for Bicol Joselin Marcus Fragada signed a deed donating a confiscated six-wheeler Fuso truck loaded with lumber materials to the 3rd District of Albay. The donation was accepted by Albay Governor Jose Maria Clemente Salceda and Albay 3rd District Representative Fernando Gonzales.
The cargo, consisting of about 5,000 board feet of Lauan lumber of different dimensions, are to be used in the repair of damaged property caused by tropical storm Juaning, which hit the area in July of this year. The truck would also be used by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) for disaster relief, as well as evacuation of families located in identified hazardous areas.
In the same event, both parties also signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the assessment of landslide and flood hazard risks of 18 municipalities in Albay. The project, entitled “GIS-based Landslide and Vulnerability Assessment of the Province of Albay”, includes the densification of the province’s geohazard map on a scale of 1:10,000 by the DENR’s Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB).
“The donation, though small in comparison to the magnitude of disasters that face the province, can immediately help in recovery efforts. Meanwhile, the assessment project will be piloted in Albay as a laboratory of disaster preparedness,” said Paje, who also hails from Albay.
The DENR-MGB has completed the geohazard mapping of all municipalities in the country on a 1:50,000 scale. The Albay project, however, which includes the development of flood and landslide hazard models for the province’s most vulnerable areas, will enable the province to plan for disaster risk reduction down to the barangay level.
The project also covers information dissemination on landslide and flood hazards and the installation of warning systems in highly vulnerable areas.
Salceda expressed gratitude for the donation and the MOA, which he said “respects the dignity of persons… and will reduce risks from climate change and geohazards, especially in our province which experiences a cocktail of disasters.”
The governor also said that the maps will be “used for response and reconstruction,” and that to avoid human casualties, “all evacuation sites will be cleared by the MGB.” Ayda Zoleta, PAO-DENR
Children’s rights must be protected to ensure a good future for them.
This is the main thrust of the Quezon City government’s partnership with non-government organizations (NGOs), private organizations and civil society groups led by Miriam College which are advocating for the transformation of every communities into a a better place for children.
QC officials led by Mayor Herbert M. Bautista and Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte will sign a covenant for the protection of children’s rightrs on Saturday (Aug. 27) at Miriam College campus in Katipunan Avenue in line with QC’s child-friendly policies.
The child-friendly movement in QC is anchored on the concept of the United Nation’s Child-friendly Cities which intends to implement the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The movement is also aimed at creating a better environment where children can live, play and study for their good future.
Among the gifts that the movement is committed to deliver for children are: Local Development Plan for Children (LDPC); Local Investment Plan for Children (LIPC); Local Code on Children; and Local State of Children Report (LCSR).
The movement will tap the strength and resources of families and communities in promoting the well-being of children. Maureen Quiñones, PAISO
Dapat magkaroon ng kahit tig-isang Special Education Center (SPED) ang bawat distrito sa Quezon City para sa mga batang may special needs.
Hinikayat ni Konsehala Aly Medalla ng 2nd district ng QC si Mayor Herbert Bautista na maglagay ng mga District SPED centers upang mapangalagaan ang karapatan ng mga children with special needs sa pagkakaroon ng de kalidad na edukayson.
Ayon kay Medalla, ang paglalagay ng SPED centers sa bawat distrito, lalo na sa mga lugar na wala nito ay makakatulong sa mga magulang na makatipid sa gastos sa pagpapaaral ng bata sa special schools.
Kailangan din aniya na maglaan ang pamahalaan ng suporta at tulong sa bawat bata na may special needs.
Ang mga SPED Centers, dagdag ng konsehal, ay magsisilbi ring lugar para madibelop ang abilidad, talento, interes, at lahat ng aspeto sa kanilang paglaki upang maging mas responsable sa kanilang paglaki at maging epektong kabahagi sa pagsusulong ng bansa.
Naniniwala ang konsehala na ang paglalagay ng mga SPED centers ay makapagbibigay ng positibong pananaw sa publiko ukol sa mga batang may disability. Divine/ Maureen Quiñones, PAISO
Quezon City should have at least one Special Education Center (SPED) for children with special needs in each district.
Councilor Aly Medalla of the 2nd district of QC has urged Mayor Herbert Bautista to establish District SPED centers to promote the rights of children with special needs to be given quality education.
Medalla said that establishing the SPED centers for each district, most especially in areas with no existing SPED classes, will help lower the costs of sending children to special schools.
She said that there is also a need to provide support and assistance to every child with special needs.
SPED Centers, the councilor added, could serve as venues to ensure that children with special needs will fully develop their abilities, talents, interests, and all aspects of their development so they can become more responsible for their lives and more effective partners in all the affairs and concerns of the country.
She believed that establishing SPED centers will also create awareness and positive attitude effect towards disability. Divine/ Maureen Quiñones, PAISO
Quezon City Hall ruled the 2nd Philippine Heart Center Director’s Cup by beating the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), 96 – 72, in the finals of an inter-agency basketball tournament held recently at the Quezon Memorial Circle covered court.
The QC team was powered by a selection of basketball standouts from the QC Hall Employees Athletic Association (QCHEAA) to defeat the visiting NTC dribblers in the one-game championship match.
The 14-man QC basketball team was only leading by a point at the half before stepping the gas pedal in the third and fourth quarters as QC was able to break the NTC line of defense.
“Defense was the key,” said team manager and QCHEAA chairman Ramon Matabang, the QC civil registry chief.
The QC team, coached by Architect Pedro “Sonny” Rodriguez, is composed of Rodel Torres, Mark Amper (mythical five), Manny de Leon, Tommy Caballero; Bong Rasos, Ochnelle Lacambra, Henry Bawag (most valuable player), RJ Sibayan, Bobby Navarette, Jessie Tariga, Melchor Bumagat, Ryan De Mesa, Michael Cordero and Marvin Tejada.
Organized by the Phil. Heart Center Employees Association – Alliance of Health Workers, the tournament was also participated in by basketball teams fielded by PHC, Social Security System (SSS), National Grid Corporation and Transmission Commission. Precy/ Ej/ Maureen Quiñones, PAISO
Exhumation of the remains of the Grand Old Lady of the Katipunan, Melchora Aquino, from Himlayang Pilipino for transfer to the Tandang Sora Shrine now have a good chance of gaining congressional approval after the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) backed up Quezon City’s claims to have the remains transferred to the heroine’s birth place at Banlat Road in Tandang Sora.
The non-inclusion of Himlayang Pilipino in the list of NHCP’s national historical shrines and the failure of the memorial park’s administration to provide the city government with valid documents supporting claims that Tandang Sora should remain buried at Himlayang Pilipino, have bolstered QC’s interest to pursue the transfer of the heroine’s remains, which has long been requested by her family.
Tandang Sora’s remains were transferred to Himlayang Pilipino in 1970.
“QC is not giving up its claims to exhume Tandang Sora’s remains. Nothing will be more timely and fitting than to have her rightfully buried in her original birthplace during the commemoration of her bicentennial year on January 6, 2012,” said Mayor Herbert Bautista during a meeting with members of the QC Task Force Tandang Sora.
According to Architect Veronica Dado, chief of NHCP’s historical sites and education division, only an act of Congress would force the transfer of Tandang Sora’s remains.
To date, plans are now underway for the historical and economic development of the Tandang Sora area in Quezon City.
On orders of the Mayor, a task force was formed to oversee the development of historical and economic activities in the area, especially the expansion of the Tandang Sora Shrine, which was restored by the city government in 2005 as a fitting tribute to Tandang Sora.
The Mayor has named Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte as task force chair.
Development plans shall include the establishment of a museum dedicated to preserve the ideals and good deeds of Tandang Sora, particularly her quest for women empowerment.
The Mayor is eyeing the purchase of properties located beside and behind the shrine for the proposed construction of the Tandang Sora museum.
Mayor Bautista was optimistic that the museum will have its groundbreaking in time for the commemoration of the 200th birth anniversary of Tandang Sora next year.
According to the mayor, part of the expansion program for the shrine will also include the clearing of sidewalks along the Tandang Sora area against all forms of illegal structures. The Mayor has already instructed concerned city government officials to conduct a series of dialogues with establishment owners in the area on the city’s plan to recover the sidewalks along Tandang Sora leading to Visayas Avenue. Precy/ Ramir/ Maureen Quiñones, PAISO
The Quezon City government, on orders of Mayor Herbert Bautista, has turned over 79 folding beds to the Quirino Memorial Medical Center (QMMC) in Proj. 4 to help it accommodate more patients, especially those who have contracted dengue fever.
Aside from the new beds, QC also provided additional electric fans to provide comfort to the patients, some of whom were already occupying the hospital hallways.
QMMC medical director Angeles de Leon personally received the donation from officials of the QC health department, which was represented during the occasion by Dr. Mary Rochel Paulino, Medical Specialist I.
Receiving the bulk of the QC donation is QMMC’s pediatric ward.
From August 1 to 15, QMMCs department of pediatrics reported an admission of 74 dengue cases from Quezon City.
Barangay Old Balara accounts for the most number of admissions, said Dr. Bella Vitangcol, chair of QMMC’s pediatrics department.
To date, the city health department, headed by Dr. Antonieta Inumerable, has been taking all the necessary precautionary measures to avert possible dengue outbreaks in the city.
The measures include a continuing information dissemination campaign to raise the level of awareness of city residents in curbing the spread of the dreaded disease.
The department also launched an emergency mosquito control program by distributing larvae traps to schools and by targeting adult mosquitoes during supervised and space spraying activities.
Meanwhile, the Mayor has mobilized barangay officials to assist city health workers in the information drive, which underscores the importance of maintaining cleanliness in reducing the number of potential breeding grounds of the dengue-carrying mosquitoes.
As of August 20 this year, the city health department reported about 3,948 dengue cases from January to August, which was 125.2 % higher than the 1,753 cases reported during the same period last year. To date, the disease has already claimed 29 lives, mostly from urban poor communities in District II.
Barangay Bagbag registered the most number of dengue cases with 227 and one death.
Barangay Batasan Hills registered the most number of deaths with four, and Barangay Commonwealth had three deaths. Precy/ Jonah/ Maureen Quiñones, PAISO