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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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Another quake rattles Mindanao, hours after 6.3-magnitude shock

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MANILA—A 5.3-magnitude earthquake struck Davao Oriental early Thursday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said, hours after a 6.3-magnitude tremor rattled parts of Mindanao.

The moderate tremor occurred at 4:53 a.m. at a depth of 120 kilometers northeast of Manay town.

Instrumental intensity 3 was recorded in Alabel, Sarangani, intensity 2 in Tupi and General Santos City in South Cotabato, and intensity 1 in Kiamba, Sarangani.

Phivolcs said the temblor was not an aftershock of the 6.3-magnitude earthquake that hit Tulunan, North Cotabato on Wednesday night.

The second quake was not expected to cause damage, but will spawn aftershocks, it added.

The earthquake in North Cotabato was felt in parts of Mindanao that left at least 4 people dead and dozens injured. Via ABS-CBN News

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4 dead in Pampanga car crash

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PAMPANGA, Philippines – Four people died after their car crashed into an open canal and caught fire along the main avenue of Clark Freeport Zone here in the wee hours of Tuesday, October 15.

The Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) said in a statement on Wednesday, October 16, that the fatal “self accident” happened along the eastbound lane of Manuel A. Roxas Avenue around 3:15 am on Tuesday.

The initial investigation showed that the vehicle, a white Hyundai Accent, was traversing the avenue on its way out of Clark when it plunged into a canal and caught fire.

Police said the 4 occupants of the car were burned to death. Authorities have yet to identify the victims as of posting.

Firefighters from the Clark Development Corporation’s Public Safety Department were able to put out the fire by 3:25 am on Tuesday.

Police received the report about the fatal accident at 4:30 am and dispatched a team from the Scene of Crime Operatives to investigate the crash site.

Investigators looked into overspeeding as among the possible causes of the crash, Rappler reports.

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Lalamove Philippines expanding services to Pampanga

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Lalamove Philippines on Wednesday announced plans to expand its delivery services to Pampanga, citing a growing need for logistics services in areas outside of Metro Manila.

On the sidelines of the AVCJ Private Equity & Venture Forum, Lalamove Philippines managing director Dannah Majarocon said the company is looking to expand to several areas.

“We are looking at moving into another city by the first half of next year. It’s a toss-up, but we are leaning more towards Pampanga because it makes a lot of sense,” she said in an interview with GMA News Online.

“Our business clients in Manila want to have items delivered all the way to Pampanga and from Pampanga to Manila, plus you have another port that is in that area,” she said.

Lalamove offers delivery services in over 100 cities across Mainland China, Southeast Asia, and India. In the Philippines alone, the company has over 45,000 partner drivers catering to clients in Manila and Cebu.

“Eventually, we will move into other cities further south. We’re still deciding if we’re gonna go Davao or Iloilo, but the most logical next phase for us will be where the central business districts are,” said Majarocon.

The company is banking on the growing need for logistics services, as it has continued to register positive growth in terms of delivery orders.

“It’s hard to fully determine or to fully attribute if it’s because of traffic because the growth of Lalamove has continuously compounded every single week, every single month, ever since we started here,” she said.

“Growth has been ‘exponentially fantastic’ for lack of a better term, and I would attribute that more because we are addressing a need in the market,” Majarocon added. —GMA News

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