Irrigation to Bulacan, Pampanga only until mid-May — NWRB Ramon Efren Lazaro (The Philippine Star) - April 30, 2019 - 12:00am MALOLOS, Philippines — Bulacan and Pampanga farmlands are given until May 15 to get irrigation water from Angat Dam as water elevation has dropped below its critical level. As of 6 a.m. last Sunday, water elevation in Angat was at 179.97 meters, which is below the minimum operating level of 180 meters, the National Water Resource Board (NWRB) reported. “At this stage water supply for Metro Manila is prioritized,” Sevillo David Jr., NWRB executive director, told The STAR in a text message. David added that the NWRB is maintaining the allocation of 48 cubic meter per second (cms) while water release for irrigation will be reduced to 10 cms next month to support requirements for the harvest season. At the start of the planting period, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) … [Read more...] about Irrigation to Bulacan, Pampanga only until mid-May — NWRB
The beautiful, sun-kissed islands of our tourism paradise of the Philippines have the mixed blessings of abundant natural resources, fertile volcanic soil and also lots of natural disasters once in a while, such as earthquakes, volcanoes erupting, typhoons, and others. How can businesses — most especially the numerous micro, small and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs) — be prepared for any natural or manmade disasters? How can small enterprises and professionals survive calamities and accidents? The following is not based just on textbook research or interviews, but I personally suffered a destructive accidental fire in one of my businesses and it was caused by the fire from a next-door neighbor’s business (which had mysteriously been allowed to operate by the fire department without any fire extinguishers, while my staff had to use up to 13 units of 10-kilo and 20-kilo fire extinguishers). Here are suggestions for all of us: Review and be sure to update your … [Read more...] about How can small businesses & professionals prepare for disasters?
2 missing in supermarket collapse found at home Michael Punongbayan (The Philippine Star) - April 29, 2019 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Two of the five remaining missing persons in the quake-hit Chuzon Supermarket in Porac, Pampanga have been found safe at their homes. Brig. Gen. Rowen Tolentino, chief of the Army’s 703rd Infantry Brigade, yesterday said those who remain in the list of missing persons could have managed to save themselves. As the search and clearing operations continue, Tolentino said people have stopped coming to look for their relatives. He said this indicated there is no one left to search for and the next thing to do is to verify the whereabouts of those still in the list. “They were not retrieved. They are alive, they are in their houses, they were able to go home,” Tolentino told journalists, referring to the two persons who were found safe at home. He said it was likely … [Read more...] about 2 missing in supermarket collapse found at home
Duck, cover and hold, not to ‘shake, rattle and roll’ After a long while, we had our latest experience with very strong earthquake in Metro Manila when magnitude 6.1 shook us into initial shock and then into panic mode. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) initially placed the earthquake that rocked Metro Manila around 5:11 p.m. last Monday at magnitude 5.7. The tremor’s epicenter was traced from the town of Castillejos in Zambales. The earthquake – of tectonic origin – was quite strong enough to shake and sway many high-rise buildings in Metro Manila when it first struck us. Thank God, none of these skyscrapers collapsed although a few buildings suffered damages while some serious cracks now threaten their structural integrity. Fortunately also, the tremor happened towards the close of office hours and it’s already vacation for many of the schools. But it was indeed a puzzle why a … [Read more...] about Duck, cover and hold, not to ‘shake, rattle and roll’
Metro Manila quake from hidden fault MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) warned yesterday there are still many undetected active faults in the country that could trigger deadly earthquakes like the one that hit Central Luzon last week and killed 16 people. Science Undersecretary and Phivolcs director Renato Solidum Jr. issued the warning as he reiterated the agency’s call for Filipinos to always be prepared for earthquakes. Phivolcs geologists, he said, are using state-of-the-art technology to search for hidden faults on land and offshore. “Our active faults mapping is a continuing activity. We are constantly updating our Active Faults Map,” Solidum told The STAR. Several earthquakes jolted different parts of the country last week, including the magnitude 6.1 temblor in Luzon and the magnitude 6.5 quake in Eastern Samar. Sixteen people were killed when a supermarket in Porac, Pampanga collapsed after the … [Read more...] about Philippines has hidden quake faults