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Pampanga women’s group trained on disaster response

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LUBAO, Pampanga – The provincial government of Pampanga on Monday equipped members of the “Nanay Community Workers” with the necessary knowledge and skills on how to respond to emergency in times of disaster.

Spearheaded by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), the seminar– held in two separate venues here and in the City of San Fernando — gave some 5,656 women the orientation and technical know-how on the province’s flag-based early warning system.

Governor Lilia Pineda said the group members play an important role in their respective communities to immediately implement disaster and health response of the provincial government at the grassroots level.

“You’ve fulfilled a huge part in extending your roles at home and at the barangay. You have been my partners in bringing the capitol closer to the people during my term. You made it easier for me to provide the services the people need in times of disaster,” she told the women.

PDRRMO head Angelina Blanco said the objective of the activity is to keep the province safe, ready, and well-informed during typhoons and other natural calamities through the effective participation of the mothers.

“In times of calamity, we have to speed up coordination and increase resiliency between local government units (LGUs) that is why we established the roles of Nanay Community Workers in the province’s flag-based early warning system,” she said.

Blanco noted that the organization members are the provincial government’s extension to the people in the barangays.

“Nanay Community Workers serve as the Governor Office’s arm for quick dissemination and response regarding issues concerning health, peace, and order, and most especially natural disaster and calamities,” she said.

Blanco said barangay officials and the group members would be responsible for the management of flag warnings in the villages to help speed up communication and coordination about an impending calamity.

These flags were categorized into five colors, each representing rainfall alerts and tropical cyclone warnings from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration which can help people better understand the protocols set by National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in times of disaster and calamity.

The white flag warns of an impending typhoon; yellow flag for typhoon Signal No. 1 rainfall alert; orange or Signal No. 2; red for Signal No. 3; and blue for tsunami and storm surge alert in the coastal areas.

During the event, Governor Pineda also thanked the Nanay Community Workers for their contributions and active participation in the government’s programs, services, and campaigns. (PNA)

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Coronavirus Watch as of February 16, 2019

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MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) continues to place persons under investigation for possible cases of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

As of Sunday, February 16, the DOH said it has probed 498 patients. There is still no recorded local transmission in the country.

Out of this number:

  • 159 – admitted in hospitals
  • 336 – discharged from hospitals
  • – confirmed cases

Of the 3 confirmed cases in the Philippines, one died due to severe pneumonia because of novel coronavirus, while the other two have since recovered and are already out of the hospital.

Below is the latest breakdown of the persons under investigation per region. All numbers are from the DOH’s 2019-nCov tracker. Via Rappler

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China officials fired as coronovirus deaths surge past 1,300

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Health officials in China‘s hard-hit central province of Hubei reported on Thursday that 242 more people died from the coronavirus COVID-19 as of Wednesday – the highest in a single day and more than twice the previous record high – pushing the death toll across the country to 1,355.

The province’s health commission also reported a huge jump in new cases, saying a further 14,840 people had been confirmed with the infection over the 24-hour period to midnight on Wednesday (16:00 GMT).

As this developed, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday that the head of the Communist party in the province of Hubei has been relieved of his post – the latest in a line of local officials fired.

Hubei is at the centre of the outbreak, which is thought to have originated in a now-closed seafood market in the capital of Wuhan late last year.

Former Shanghai Mayor Ying Yong has been appointed as the new secretary of the Hubei Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China, replacing Jiang Chaoliang, the report said, citing the party’s central committee.

Al Jazeera’s Katrina Yu, reporting from Beijing, said “it was expected that somebody’s head was on the chopping block”.

“There’s been a lot of criticism about the information not being so forthcoming” from Hubei officials, she added. (Via AlJazeera)

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NBA Legend Kobe Bryant dies at 41

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Basketball legend Kobe Bryant, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Maria Onore Bryant were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Sunday.

It’s hard to believe NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, whose prodigious talent and win-at-all-costs spirit made him one of the most famous and decorated athletes in history, is gone.

He was the rare celebrity who didn’t need a last name. Oprah. LeBron. Beyonce. Kobe. Everyone knew who you were talking about.
Still youthful at 41, Bryant — who died in a helicopter crash Sunday in California — looked like he could suit up and drop 30 points on a rival NBA team. It doesn’t seem that long ago that he was scoring 60 points in his final NBA game, soaking up the cheers of Los Angeles Lakers fans who worshiped him for two decades as one of the city’s favorite sons.
After his 20-year NBA career — all with the Lakers — Bryant is all but assured of being a first-ballot inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame later this year.
“He was a fierce competitor, one of the greats of the game and a creative force,” said fellow NBA icon Michael Jordan, CNN Reports.

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