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Pampanga lines up disaster preparedness activities

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CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga—The city government here has lined up various activities on disaster preparedness and mitigation as part of its continuing campaign towards building disaster-resilient communities.

The move is also in line with the celebration of the National Disaster Resilience Month 2019 with the theme, “Kahandaan sa Sakuna’t Peligro para sa Tunay na Pagbabago”.

“We have to instill to the community, particularly the youth, disaster preparedness. Lagi ko ngang sinasabi na walang pinipiling edad o anuman ang mga kalamidad, kaya napakahalaga na tayong lahat ay handa sakaling tamaan tayo (I have been saying that calamities choose no age limit nor any matter, thus it is very important that we are ready in case we are hit),” said Mayor Edwin Santiago during a media conference held on Thursday at the Heroes Hall Amphitheatre here.

Santiago, who is also the chairperson of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Council, said the local government has various plans and programs to prevent massive floods in the city and to strengthen its information and education campaign on disaster vigilance.

“Through our CDRRM (City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management), there are programs that were laid down in order to intensify our disaster preparedness campaign. The key is proper planning. There is a need to analyze what and where the council should focus in order to maintain the security and safety of the city,” he said.

The mayor also urged the public to cooperate with and support the local government’s actions towards a disaster-resilient community.

“We are doing our part to involve everyone in our programs, but we also need the cooperation of the citizens,” he said.

Meanwhile, CDRRM officer Raymond Del Rosario discussed the month-long activities which focus on the involvement of the public in order to achieve disaster awareness.

The celebration will kick-off on July 5, through an NDRRM motorcade which will start at SM Telabastagan, followed by a thanksgiving mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral.

Damayan Homeowners Association in the city will undergo a basic disaster preparedness seminar on July 8.

Back-to-back activities are slated on July 11 as the city will launch its first-ever DRRM Big Book which consists of disaster preparedness tips for students, to be followed by a resiliency forum for communities.

On July 12, city government employees will attend a resiliency forum.

An emergency response capability static display and disaster preparedness orientation will also be held on July 15-17 at the Robinson’s Starmills Pampanga.

Meanwhile, members of the LDRRM Council will have a Rapid Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis (RDANA) training on July 16-19.

An earthquake drill and flood evacuation seminar will be conducted on July 18, while the Sining Kahandaan Year 6 will take place on July 19.

On July 21, the annual “SAFRUN” or disaster preparedness run will be held.

The city will also receive an award from the Office of Civil Defense and RDRRMC during the Regional Gawad Kalasag on July 26.

Meanwhile, an earthquake and fire drill will take place on July 30.

The participants of this year’s Joint Fire and Rescue Olympics, on the other hand, will convene in a disaster preparedness assembly on July 29-31.

The month-long celebration will culminate on August 2, as the city holds a Rescue Olympics for schools. (PNA)

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15 public schools in Pampanga to undergo rehab works

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CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga—A total of 15 public schools in Porac town in the province will undergo some improvement works that will make them conducive to students’ learning and wellbeing.

The move is through the support of the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) program aimed at improving the educational facilities for students in its neighbor communities.

The state-run firm has donated various construction materials that include paints, hollow blocks, cement, lumber, roofing, and steel bars, among others.

CDC president and CEO Noel F. Manankil, in a statement on Wednesday said the donated materials were identified based on the needs of each school as evaluated by the personnel of the CDC–External Affairs Division.

Among the beneficiaries of the project are Salu Elementary School, Balubad Elementary School, Jalung Elementary School, Pulung Santol Elementary School, Palat Elementary School, Pias Elementary School, Pio Elementary School, Mancatian Elementary School and Pulung Santol High School.

Likewise, elementary schools in Planas, Mitla, Sepung Bulaun, Katutubo and Sapang Uwak villages and at Camias Resettlement in Porac also received the same assistance from CDC.

Manankil said the said schools comprise the first batch of recipients under the project.

“We have the primary moral obligation to support our local government units (LGUs) and we have a lot of programs in CDC that we want them to be involved,” he said.

He added that the state-owned firm, together with its locator companies, will create more strategic and relevant programs for communities especially in terms of education.

“We have a high priority for education because we believe that it is what actually equalized everybody in terms of their social status and in Clark, we want everybody to get involved, come up together and plan to have more relevant and more strategic CSR,” Manankil said. (PNA)

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7 dead in Lubao, Pampanga multi-vehicle accident

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The start of the new year is bleak for the relatives of the seven people who died in a multi-vehicle accident that occurred in Lubao, Pampanga on Wednesday afternoon.

One of the fatalities, Marie Grace David, was on her way from celebrating the New Year with her 12-year-old child, who was injured.

Another fatality was identified as Rowel Flores, 32. Like David, he was on her way home from Dau where he celebrated the New Year. He left behind two children.

Linette Valite, 18, another fatality, meanwhile was on her way to meet her boyfriend.

The rest of the fatalities were identified as Princess Quinto, Alex Razheed Nilayan, John Raven Astrero, and Mary Grace Castro.

Nine others were hurt in the accident, seven of them confined at Pampanga Medical Specialist Hospital and two others at Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital in San Fernando, Pampanga.

Footage from CCTV showed a pickup that was about to turn to the main road from Jasa Road. The passenger jeep carrying the victims, which cannot be seen in the video, collided with the pickup that was thrown toward the opposite lane where it was hit by an oncoming truck.

The passenger jeep was a total wreck.

A rescue operation was immediately implemented.

The driver of the pickup truck, 68-year-old Alexander Domingo, is facing charges for reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide, physical injuries and damage to properties. He is now detained at the Lubao Municipal Police Station. — Vonne Aquino/BAP/KBK, GMA News

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2020 Public Holidays

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The regular holidays are:

January 1, 2020, Wednesday – New Year’s Day
April 9, 2020, Thursday – Araw ng Kagitingan
April 9, 2020 – Maundy Thursday
April 10, 2020 – Good Friday
May 1, 2020, Friday – Labor Day
June 12, 2020, Friday – Independence Day
August 31, 2020, last Monday of August – National Heroes’ Day
November 30, 2020, Monday – Bonifacio Day
December 25, 2020, Friday – Christmas Day
December 30, 2020, Wednesday – Rizal Day

Special non-working days:

January 25, 2020, Saturday – Chinese New Year
February 25, 2020, Tuesday – EDSA Revolution Anniversary
April 11, 2020 – Black Saturday
August 21, 2020, Friday – Ninoy Aquino Day
November 1, 2020, Sunday – All Saints’ Day
December 8, 2020, Tuesday – Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary
December 31, 2020, Thursday – last day of the year

Additional special non-working holidays:

November 2, 2020, Monday
December 24, 2020, Thursday

Malacañang will issue proclamations to declare national holidays for Eid’l Fitr and Eid’l Adha after the approximate dates of the Islamic holidays have been determined.

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