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Albay Health Team now ready for Chedeng – free medical services and hospitalization for those affected by disasters

By joeysalceda On May 26, 2011 No Comments

The PHO Albay has shifted its operation from a normal structure to disaster mode.

1) We have prepositioned medicines and medical supplies to all the different District Hospitals in the Province. Additional Medicines and supplies from DOH-CHD V will be delivered ASAP.

2) The Albay Health Emergency Management (AHEM) Team is ready for response deployment.

3) We have also activated the different teams:
a. Rapid Assessment
b. Diseases Surveilance
c. Medical
d. Water and Sanitation

4) All Provincial Hospitals (8) are under Code White.

5) As a matter of policy during disasters, free medical services and hospitalization for those affected by the disasters.

6) Dr. Nats Rempillo, Assistant Provl Health Office Chief, is the focal person for health operations. His cellphone is 0917-558-44-73

repacking of goods

Delivery, re-packing and transporting of rice relief to LGUs

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Introducing a military tactical procedure to disaster preparedness: MUSTERING!

By joeysalceda On May 24, 2011 No Comments

Tomorrow at 9am (May 25), the RDRRMC/OCD V will “muster” all possible assets of the AFP, PNP and PCG at Camp Ola in Albay Province for a more rational assignment and rapid deployment to well-targeted vulnerable areas before Chedeng could hit Bicol by 11am Wed.

“Mustering of troops” is invariably a preparation to wage war and do battle. While essentially it is like a “prepositioning of assets”, “mustering” moves the assets much closer to the theater of operations to give support more to the evacuation efforts by LGUs than rescue operations. This avoids the possible problems that could arise and obstruct their movement due to heavy floods (army trucks can only safely navigate at most 5 feet of floods) or the more difficult landslides or road settlements that would require clearing, thus losing precious time that may save one more life and even require additional equipment (backhoe or

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From Tourists to Tourisks?

By joeysalceda On May 18, 2011 No Comments

Phivolcs pronounced “elevated risks” from Mayon’s recent volcanic activities – slight inflation of slopes or edifice, continuous crater glow and low frequency earthquakes which are associated with rising magma.

Given the increased probability of Alert Level being raise to Alert Level 2, Albay PDRRMC Chairman, Governor Joey Salceda, reiterated the following countermeasures: (1) No human activities within the 6-km-radius permanent danger zone. (2) No orchid collection in the prohibited zone. (3) No mountain climbing within the prohibited zone. (4) Secure prior clearance from PDRRMC through APSEMO for tourism activities near the proximity of the 6-km radius PDZ. (5) Avoidance of the critical channels such as: Basud, Mabinit, Bonga , Buyuan-Padang , Mi-isi, Anoling, San Vicente and Buang channels.

Tourists are attracted to Mayon not only for its near-perfect cone but are actually more beguiled by its eruptions. Thus, Governor Salceda appealed to local travel operators and tour guides to cooperate with the

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Congrats to Fattylyn Pableo Oraye

By joeysalceda On May 16, 2011 No Comments

Congrats to Fattylyn Pableo Oraye (BU Main Campus but from Guinobatan, Albay) for placing 9th sa April 2011 LET

Fattylyn Pableo Oraye (BICOL UNIVERSITY Main Campus) from Guinobatan, Albay is 9th placer in the Licensure Exams for Teachers April 2011… CONGRATS!

For Bicol University: 5,221 elementary teachers out of 33,023 examinees (15.81%), 35 Accelerated Teacher Education Program (A.T.E.P.) graduates out of 339 examinees (10.32%) and 7,690 secondary out of 29,267 examinees (26.28%) successfully passed.

For the the list of successful examinees in the Licensure Examination for Teachers held in April 2011 who garnered the ten highest places, likewise known as the Top 10 LET passers April 2011 topnotchers list, click here.

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PDRRMC Advisory No. 1 on Mayon Status (May 15)

By joeysalceda On May 16, 2011 No Comments

PDRRMC Advisory No. 1 on Mayon status: No eruption imminent but precautionary measures

Per Phivolcs Bulletin No. 2 on Mayon Volcano:

“Mayon Volcano’s (13.2500°N, 123.6833°E) seismic network recorded fifteen (15) volcanic earthquakes and one (1) rockfall related event during the past 24 hours. Moderate emission of white steam that reached a maximum height of 400 meters above the summit crater was observed drifting west – southwest and southwest. Crater glow was observed at Intensity II (can be seen by the naked eye) last night. Results of ground deformation measurement (precise leveling) conducted last 07-11 May, 2011 showed slight inflation of volcano edifice as compared with 06-10 March survey. Alert Level 1 is still in effect over Mayon Volcano. Although this means that no eruption is imminent, it is recommended that the public should not enter the 6-kilometer radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) due to the continuing threat from sudden small

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PAGASA Closely Monitoring LPA (May 15)

By joeysalceda On May 16, 2011 No Comments

Pagasa closely monitoring LPA with good chance of intensifying and has big chance of entering the PAR anytime today (May 15, 2011)

(This is an official bulletin)

[May 15, 5:00am]. Ridge of HPA affecting Bicol Region which will bring good and warm wx (weather) conditions the whole. Isolated rains expected esp along mountain areas. Light to moderate winds from E to SE. Coastal waters slight to moderate. Meanwhile, LPA being monitoring outside PAR is now approximately at 6N/137E at 2am today. Pagasa is closely monitoring LPA today which has good chance of intensifying anytime today it has big chance of enterring the PAR. [Pagasa Legazpi].

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Isang dakilang araw ang sumikat sa Albay sa pagdalaw ng KA EDUARDO V. MANALO (May 14)

By joeysalceda On May 16, 2011 No Comments

Taospusong nagpapasalamat ang buong probinsiya ng Albay at lahat ng Albayanos sa pagdating at pagdalaw ni Ka Eduardo V. Manalo, Executive Minister ng Iglesia ni Cristo, sa okasyon, ngayong sabado May 14, 2011, ng ordinasyon ng animnapu (60) ministro, isang bihirang pangyayari sa kasaysayan ng INC sa kanyang paglilingkod at pagpatnubay sa ating mga kapatid.

eduardo manalo iglesia ni cristo

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RDC V to summon GSIS Management in next Full Council Meeting on May 27

By joeysalceda On May 13, 2011 No Comments

As Chairman of RDC V and as ordinary member of GSIS, I have asked the secretariat (Mr. Louie Banua) to tackle the the status and events evolving at GSIS in next full council meeting scheduled on May 27, and summon GSIS top officials to enlighten the council members on the new strategies, reforms and changes being implemented by the new management.

This includes clarifying topline news that GSIS will (1) stop housing loans and (2) not pay educational plans of their very own members.

Some observations on the issues:

The housing loan portfolio of GSIS is only P11bn – they reported P40bn net income in 2010 and their total investible funds are almost P500bn. And these are made mainly to members – they can be deducted from their terminal benefits.
GSIS offers the cheapest housing loans in the market unlike Pagibig na may 12% pa. And this is for their members –

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Albay Joins Earth Hour

By joeysalceda On March 25, 2011 No Comments

LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines—Albay Governor Joey Salceda on Friday directed all local government officials and employees in the province to join the nationwide observance of Earth Hour on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

Thousands of households and business establishments across the province are expected to turn off their lights.

During the power shutoff, a candle-lighting ceremony would be held at the Bicol University Oval, wherein the word MAYON—Albay’s emblem and referring to the iconic volcano—will be formed by thousands of participants with lit candles.

Salceda said an aerial view of the lighted candles would highlight Albay’s participation in the international observance of Earth Hour.

He said support for Earth Hour is in line with Albay Action on Climate Change (A2C2) and Ten Commandments for Sustainable Development program.

Albay’s Center for Initiatives and Research on Climate Adaptation executive director Manuel Rangasa was tasked to coordinate all efforts for the event.

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We’re a Disaster Waiting to Happen

By joeysalceda On March 21, 2011 No Comments

Thanks Boo Chanco for the kind words on Albayanos.

Here’s his article:

Reading those disaster readiness reports over the past few days has led me to think that we are a disaster waiting to happen. No, make that a disaster that is already happening. And it all brings us back to the need for good governance at all levels of government and an equally urgent need for civic consciousness that would put public safety above extra profits for the private business sector.

Among the most basic of recommendations in those studies is a strict implementation of the building code that takes into account the various fault lines that could trigger devastating earthquakes. While it is true that we now have a tough building code, it is safe to assume that its implementation is pretty spotty.

One sample recommendation is simple enough: Curb corruption in building construction and inspection. This means curbing corruption in the

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