PHNO HEADLINE NEWS EARLY THIS PAST WEEK

AYALA MANILA TRIANGLE GARDENS, ONE OF WORLD'S BEST PLACES TO SEE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS -- US MAGAZINE  

DEC 4 --As a country known for having the longest Christmas celebration in the world, it’s no surprise that one of its popular Christmas-themed destinations got the right amount of recognition. Courtesy of Ayalatriangle.com Courtesy of Ayalatriangle.com Popular US travel magazine Conde Naste Traveler late last month named the Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati City as one of the seven places to go “to see spectacular Christmas lights around the world.” The Ayala Triangle Gardens was listed fifth on the magazine’s list, besting the Kobe Luminarie in Kobe, Japan and the Christmas Market in Jena, Germany which were ranked sixth and seventh place, respectively. In an article written by Conde Naste writer Anna Liesemeyer, she described the Ayala Triangle Gardens as a “natural haven.”  READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO in Rome Pope Francis tells Tagle: ‘Let Jesus be the focus of my pastoral visit’ 

PHOTO: DIVERSE FAITHS – Pope Francis poses with religious leaders on the occasion of the signing of a joint Declaration of Religious Leaders Against Slavery at the Vatican Tuesday. Leaders from various faiths signed on to a new Vatican initiative to end modern-day slavery by 2020 by declaring that human trafficking, forced labor and prostitution are crimes against humanity. (AP) --In the thick of preparations and euphoria on his upcoming Philippine visit, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle said Pope Francis asked Filipino well wishers to focus on Jesus, not on him. “The pope said: I hope I will not be the focus of this pastoral visit. Let Jesus be the focus of my pastoral visit,” Tagle said. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: ‘Yolanda 2’ (Cyclone Ruby) sparks panic buying 

DEC 5 --Villagers fled coastal homes and sparked panic buying in grocery stores and gas stations in Eastern Visayas yesterday as an approaching powerful typhoon brought back nightmares of last year’s deadly onslaught from Yolanda. The government said it was considering declaring a state of national calamity to freeze prices of basic goods and President Aquino ordered the Department of Trade and Industry to send more food supplies to provinces at risk from the typhoon. Forecasters said Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) which was packing sustained winds of 195 kilometers (122 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 230 kph (143 mph), may hit Eastern Samar province tomorrow and barrel inland along the same route where Yolanda leveled villages and left more than 7,300 dead and missing in November last year. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO Aquino to media: 'Ruby' comparable to 'Pablo', not 'Yolanda' 

DEC 5 --President Benigno Aquino III on Friday criticized media reports that likened approaching Typhoon "Ruby" to Typhoon "Yolanda." In his speech during at the Bulong Pulungan Christmas party, Aquino pointed out that one of the major newspapers on Wednesday described Ruby in its headline as "Yolanda-like." "I was concerned with such a statement, and I had to ask (Science) Secretary (Mario) Montejo to confirm this information; and up until yesterday at the NDRRMC briefing, there was no indication or official analysis predicting that Ruby would be Yolanda-like in strength," Aquino said. "At best, if Ruby struck, its strength would be more comparable to Pablo," he added. Aquino reminded the media that Yolanda's maximum winds based on some reports were pegged at about 300 kilometers per hour, way higher than Ruby's. The President urged the media to be accurate in its reporting. "One has to ask: What was the basis of such speculation, and don't we all agree that in reporting, we must always get the facts right, the angle right, and the news right, if we are to truly inform our people?" he said. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Super-typhoon ‘Ruby’ may slam Samar areas Panic-buying breaks out; 4.5-M people likely to be affected 

PHOTO: ‘RUBY’-READY — Workers take down a giant billboard in Cebu City yesterday as the region prepares for a possible landfall by a super-typhoon, ‘Ruby’ (international name: ‘Hagupit’) --Typhoon “Ruby” intensified into a super typhoon yesterday and may further gather strength as it churned across the Pacific before its forecast landfall either in Northern Samar or Eastern Samar tomorrow. In preparation for the onslaught of “Ruby,” schools and government offices were shut in various parts of the Visayas, while panic-buying of food broke out in these areas. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said it is almost certain that “Ruby” (international name “Hagupit”), which entered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) early Thursday, will make landfall either over Northern Samar or Eastern Samar tomorrow. However, PAGASA refused to classify “Ruby” as a super typhoon because the term will only be made official next year. PAGASA defines a super typhoon as a cyclone having maximum sustained winds of more than 220 kph. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: Evacuations, preparations on as 'Ruby' makes its way to eastern Philippines  

DEC 6 ---Provinces within the path of Typhoon 'Ruby' (international name: Hagupit) are conducting massive preparations and pre-emptive evacuations as the storm makes its way to the eastern part of the Philippines. The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Albay held a special session on Saturday and passed Resolution 109-2014 declaring the entire Province of Albay under state of calamity. The province, declared under public storm warning signal no. 3, has evacuated residents amid potential strong winds, floods, mud and lahar flows, storm surges and landslides. In Catbalogan, Samar. 1,538 families have been moved to evacuation centers ahead of the typhoon's landfall tonight. Eleven of the 14 evacuation centers in the city was identified by the city government as already crowded with evacuees from residents in coastal areas. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO TAGALOG EDITORYAL - Batang palaboy (Pilipino Star Ngayon) 

DEC 5 --KAPUNA-PUNA ang pagdami ng mga batang pala-boy ngayon sa Metro Manila. Kung mapapagawi sa Recto at Rizal Avenue sa Maynila, naroon ang sangkaterbang batang palaboy. May mga nakahiga sa center island at silong ng LRT, may nagra-rugby at ang iba ay sumasampa sa mga dyipni para manghingi ng limos o pamasko. Ang matindi ilan sa mga batang palaboy ang gumagawa nang hindi mabuti sapagkat nanghahablot ng bag, nang-aagaw ng cell phone, namimitas ng hikaw at iba pang masamang gawain. Kapag hindi nasawata ang mga batang ito, sila ang mga bagong henerasyon ng holdaper. Tila walang magawa ang pamahalaan kung paano lulutasin ang problema ng mga batang pa-laboy. Bakit sa halip na mabawasan ang bilang ay lalo pa silang dumadami? BASAHIN ANG BUONG EDITORYAL...


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Ayala Triangle Gardens, one of world’s best places to see Christmas lights – US magazine



MANILA, DECEMBER 8, 2014
(MANILA BULLETIN)  by Philippine News Agency - As a country known for having the longest Christmas celebration in the world, it’s no surprise that one of its popular Christmas-themed destinations got the right amount of recognition.

Courtesy of Ayalatriangle.com Courtesy of Ayalatriangle.com Popular US travel magazine Conde Naste Traveler late last month named the Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati City as one of the seven places to go “to see spectacular Christmas lights around the world.”

The Ayala Triangle Gardens was listed fifth on the magazine’s list, besting the Kobe Luminarie in Kobe, Japan and the Christmas Market in Jena, Germany which were ranked sixth and seventh place, respectively.

In an article written by Conde Naste writer Anna Liesemeyer, she described the Ayala Triangle Gardens as a “natural haven.”

“Ayala Triangle Gardens is natural haven with a diverse population of trees, including kamuning, golden palms, and fire trees,” Liesemeyer wrote.

She noted how the gardens are a courtyard for the surrounding business district, started as a way to brighten up the evenings for the workers.

Liesemeyer also gave credit to the tourist spot’s matching background music.

“As you make your way through the park, Christmas hymns and songs are synchronized to the lights to create an immersive holiday experience,” she wrote.

Completing the top seven places to see spectacular Christmas lights around the world include: (1)Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark ; (2) Champ-Elysees in Paris, France; (3) Somerset House in London, UK; and the (4) Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri.

Conde Naste Traveler earlier named Palawan the top island destination in the world this year after conducting a survey with its readers.

Palawan won the top spot after receiving a reader’s rating of 88.750 in the magazine’s annual Reader’s Choice Awards.

Palawan is home to Puerto Princesa’s Subterranean River, a critically-acclaimed underground river.

Thirty islands made it to the top island destination list. Aside from Palawan, Boracay Island in Aklan clinched the 12th spot with a rating of 82.683.


FROM THE MANILA BULLETIN

Pope Francis: ‘Let Jesus be the focus of my pastoral visit’ by Christina I. Hermoso and Leslie Ann G. Aquino December 4, 2014 Share this:


DIVERSE FAITHS – Pope Francis poses with religious leaders on the occasion of the signing of a joint Declaration of Religious Leaders Against Slavery at the Vatican Tuesday. Leaders from various faiths signed on to a new Vatican initiative to end modern-day slavery by 2020 by declaring that human trafficking, forced labor and prostitution are crimes against humanity. (AP)

In the thick of preparations and euphoria on his upcoming Philippine visit, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle said Pope Francis asked Filipino well wishers to focus on Jesus, not on him.

“The pope said: I hope I will not be the focus of this pastoral visit. Let Jesus be the focus of my pastoral visit,” Tagle said.

“The Holy Father wants his pastoral visit to be an occasion for us to turn to Jesus… I’m telling you this, we who will play big roles in this visit let us not lose sight of that because it came from him himself,” the Cardinal told members of the media during a recollection held at the University of Santo Tomas to let members of the media who will cover the papal visit “spiritually ready”.

More than disseminating important updates to the public during his five-day apostolic visit, Tagle said “it is important for media practitioners covering the historic event to be spiritually ready for the coming of the pope” consistent with the overall purpose of the papal visit.

He reminded media practitioners “to highlight the fact that when the Holy Father comes, he will bring with him the message of “Mercy and Compassion,” “Awa at Malasakit”– the theme for the papal visit. We are all products of the mercy of God. Let us focus on why he is coming here in the first place. He wants to be one with calamity survivors. He wants to spread God’s love, God’s message of mercy and compassion. When the pope meets us, we hope to make him see a people touched by God’s mercy and living out the compassion of God.”

“The role of media in bringing the latest news and developments to the public is very important. It requires not only hard work and commitment but a deep sense of spirituality. Seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit in this most important, meaningful task,” he added.

The prelate said the papal visit “is an invitation to strengthen one’s faith as well as one’s own pastoral and communal life. Let us not loosen our sight. The papal visit needs a pastoral life and a communal life.”

The Cardinal also expressed hope that Filipinos will be an inspiration to Pope Francis.

“I hope Pope Francis will be inspired and learn from Filipinos. I hope he’ll see how merciful and compassionate we are to each other,” he said in his talk during the recollection for the media.

Tagle said Francis is visiting the country not only to inspire Filipinos but also to be inspired by them.

“The pope will come not only as a teacher but also as someone in need of inspiration. Let us inspire him,” he said.

It is for this reason that the cardinal is urging the faithful to be instruments of mercy and compassion to those who are suffering such as the poor especially this Advent Season.

“Let us be the instruments of Advent, the coming of mercy and compassion especially to the poor not only for the visit of the pope but on a daily basis,” said Tagle.

NO CHANGE

Meanwhile, the official itinerary of Pope Francis stays.

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Lingayen Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Vilegas denied reports that Malacañang was pressuring them to skip the pope’s visit to Tacloban City, one of the hardest hit areas by typhoon “Yolanda.”

“No such pressure,” according to Villegas, a member of the central committee and one of the chairs of the Papal Visit Steering Committee.


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‘Yolanda 2’ sparks panic buying By AP (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 5, 2014 - 12:00am 0 1 googleplus0 0


PHOTO TAKEN NOVEMBER 22, 2013 --RELIEF AID FOR YOLANDA 1 SITE: CAPTION FROM PHILSTAR NEWS "ANTIQUE FOLKS FELT LEFT OUT" --While relief aid from the national government has been flowing into Iloilo, Aklan and Capiz, the two websites lamented that assistance for typhoon victims in Antique is only trickling in.

MANILA, Philippines - Villagers fled coastal homes and sparked panic buying in grocery stores and gas stations in Eastern Visayas yesterday as an approaching powerful typhoon brought back nightmares of last year’s deadly onslaught from Yolanda.

The government said it was considering declaring a state of national calamity to freeze prices of basic goods and President Aquino ordered the Department of Trade and Industry to send more food supplies to provinces at risk from the typhoon.

Forecasters said Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) which was packing sustained winds of 195 kilometers (122 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 230 kph (143 mph), may hit Eastern Samar province tomorrow and barrel inland along the same route where Yolanda leveled villages and left more than 7,300 dead and missing in November last year.

Yolanda survivor Emily Sagales said many of her still-edgy neighbors in Tacloban City, which was ravaged by Yolanda, packed their clothes and fled to a sports stadium and safer homes of relatives. Long lines formed at grocery stores and gas stations as residents hoarded basic goods, she said.

“The trauma has returned,” the 23-year-old Sagales said. In the wake of last year’s typhoon, which killed her mother-in-law and destroyed her home, she gave birth to a baby girl in a crowded makeshift clinic filled with the injured and the dying near the Tacloban airport.

“It’s worse now because I didn’t have a baby to worry about last year,” said Sagales.

Haiyan had demolished about one million houses and displaced about four million people in the central Philippines. Hundreds of residents still in tents in Tacloban were prioritized in the ongoing evacuation.


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Aquino to media: 'Ruby' comparable to 'Pablo', not 'Yolanda' By Louis Bacani (philstar.com) | Updated December 5, 2014 - 3:35pm 5 0 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino III on Friday criticized media reports that likened approaching Typhoon "Ruby" to Typhoon "Yolanda."

In his speech during at the Bulong Pulungan Christmas party, Aquino pointed out that one of the major newspapers on Wednesday described Ruby in its headline as "Yolanda-like."

"I was concerned with such a statement, and I had to ask (Science) Secretary (Mario) Montejo to confirm this information; and up until yesterday at the NDRRMC briefing, there was no indication or official analysis predicting that Ruby would be Yolanda-like in strength," Aquino said.

"At best, if Ruby struck, its strength would be more comparable to Pablo," he added.

Aquino reminded the media that Yolanda's maximum winds based on some reports were pegged at about 300 kilometers per hour, way higher than Ruby's.

The President urged the media to be accurate in its reporting.

"One has to ask: What was the basis of such speculation, and don't we all agree that in reporting, we must always get the facts right, the angle right, and the news right, if we are to truly inform our people?" he said.


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Super-typhoon ‘Ruby’ may slam Samar areas Panic-buying breaks out; 4.5-M people likely to be affected by Reuters and Ellalyn B. De Vera December 5, 2014 Share this:


‘RUBY’-READY — Workers take down a giant billboard in Cebu City yesterday as the region prepares for a possible landfall by a super-typhoon, ‘Ruby’ (international name: ‘Hagupit’)

Typhoon “Ruby” intensified into a super typhoon yesterday and may further gather strength as it churned across the Pacific before its forecast landfall either in Northern Samar or Eastern Samar tomorrow.

In preparation for the onslaught of “Ruby,” schools and government offices were shut in various parts of the Visayas, while panic-buying of food broke out in these areas.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said it is almost certain that “Ruby” (international name “Hagupit”), which entered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) early Thursday, will make landfall either over Northern Samar or Eastern Samar tomorrow.

However, PAGASA refused to classify “Ruby” as a super typhoon because the term will only be made official next year. PAGASA defines a super typhoon as a cyclone having maximum sustained winds of more than 220 kph.

“There is now a small probability that ‘Ruby’ will re-curve toward Japan because the probability toward its landfall is almost certain,” PAGASA OIC Deputy Administrator for Operations and Services Dr. Landrico Dalida Jr. said.

International humanitarian group Oxfam said that if “Ruby” continues on its projected track, an estimated 4.5 million people within the tropical cyclone’s radius may be affected. It added that most of those that may be affected by “Ruby” are still recovering from the effects of super-typhoon “Yolanda” (international name ‘Haiyan”) which struck Eastern Visayas on November 8, 2013. “Yolanda” left at least 6,340 people dead, 28,000 injured, and 1,785 missing.

While PAGASA and the Japan Meteorological Agency predicted “Ruby” making a direct hit on the Visayas, the forecasting website Tropical Storm Risk and the Joint Typhoon Warning Center of the US navy showed the storm veering north, closer to Manila.

PANIC-BUYING

As this developed, the government said it was considering declaring a state of national calamity to freeze prices of basic goods and President Aquino ordered the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to send more food supplies to provinces at risk from “Ruby” in the wake of the panic-buying.

“We want to bring in a lot more supplies to cut down on panic buying,” Aquino said at a meeting of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) at Camp Aguinaldo yesterday.

The move followed reports of stores shutting days ahead of the typhoon in order to raise prices of goods later.

“Many stores have closed in Tacloban,” said Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla, referring to the capital of Leyte province, where he hails from. “I think everybody is panicking at this point.”

Some residents in Tacloban also began evacuating from vulnerable coastal areas well ahead of its forecast landfall, while others emptied supermarket shelves of essential supplies.

“I survived Haiyan. I hope God will save me from Hagupit as well,” 94-year-old grandmother Florentina Azcarga told AFP as her extended family of eight moved into a sports stadium in Tacloban.

Azcarga, who can no longer walk, and her family left their home with a pot of rice and bags of clothes to join hundreds of others in the stadium who had evacuated ahead of official orders.

Aquino also directed Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas to check local ordinances which may be used to compel storeowners to open business in times of calamity. He issued the order after the DTI representative told him that there is no legal basis to compel store owners to open shop.

The Chief Executive also tasked the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to start repacking all their food items and immediately deploy them to the areas along the path of “Ruby” for immediate distribution of worse comes to worst.

DSWD Assistant Secretary Vilma Cabrera said some 118,000 food packs are currently being repacked, while 30,000 food packs are being repacked in every region.

WARNING VS COPS


RUBY’-READY — President Aquino attends a briefing on preparations for the typhoon. (Juan Carlo de Vela)


Aquino also warned Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel against abandoning their posts, citing the “Yolanda” experience in which only 20 out of more than 200 policemen assigned in Tacloban City reported for duty to help in disaster response.

“You should warn them that they could be charged. It is not acceptable that you are on duty but you will not appear,” Aquino told Director Danilo Constantino, head of the police’s Directorate for Police and Community Relations.

PAGASA acting Administrator Dr. Vicente Malano said “Ruby” entered the PAR at around 3 a.m. Thursday.

“We have raised storm warnings in nine provinces 36 hours in advance before the typhoon’s effects will be felt in these areas. In the next 36 hours, areas under Signal No. 1 will experience winds up to 63 kilometers per hour (kph),” Malano explained.

He said PAGASA issued in advance storm warning signals in areas that will be initially affected by the typhoon to give people enough time to prepare.

As of Thursday afternoon, PAGASA said “Ruby” was 720 kilometers (km) east of Surigao City and has further intensified, packing maximum sustained winds of 205 kph and gustiness of up to 240 kph. It is forecast to move west-northwest at 15 kph. The typhoon has slowed down slightly due to the influence of a high pressure area or an anti-cyclone system.

“If it maintains its speed and track, “Ruby” will make landfall over Northern Samar or Eastern Samar by “Majority of forecasting centers have the same scenario as PAGASA. Ruby will make landfall over Eastern Samar then traverse the Visayas then exit the landmass through Mindoro or northern Palawan,” PAGASA senior weather forecaster Chris Perez said.

COMPARED TO ‘PABLO’

He compared the strength of “Ruby” to typhoon Pablo (international name “Bopha”), which struck Davao region on December 4, 2012. Pablo had 185 kph maximum sustained winds and gustiness of up to 220 kph when it made landfall over Baganga, Davao Oriental.

Pablo, was one of the strongest typhoon to directly hit the Philippines, which caused massive destruction on the provinces of Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley and forced more than 100,000 people to evacuate. It left at least 1,146 people dead, 2,666 injured, and 834 missing. It recorded R42.2-billion damage in infrastructure and agriculture.

As of Thursday afternoon, Ruby’s strength has already exceeded that of “Pablo,” but still weaker than “Yolanda,” which had maximum sustained winds of 235 kph and gustiness of up to 275 kph.

Perez said the initial effect of “Ruby,” a combination of rains and gusty winds, will be felt starting Friday evening, particularly in Eastern Visayas. “We are not ruling out the possibility that the typhoon will intensify further before its landfall,” he pointed out.

As of Thursday afternoon, signal No. 2 has been hoisted over Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Dinagat Island, and Siargao Island. Signal No. 1 was raised over Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate, Ticao Island, northern Cebu, Bantayan Island, Camotes Island, Bohol, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Camiguin, and Agusan del Norte.

Rains are expected to become heavy to intense within the 700-km diameter of the typhoon. PAGASA said coastal waters along the eastern seaboard of Luzon, Visayas and northern and eastern seaboards of Mindanao will be rough to very rough and dangerous to all sea vessels.

STORM SURGE

“Expect storm surge up to 3 to 4 meters along coastal areas, especially in the eastern part of the country,” Perez added. He said possible storm surges could occur over the eastern part of Samar, Bicol, Surigao del Sur, and Surigao del Norte.

“If ‘Ruby’ maintains its winds, the waves will only be up to 3 to 4 meters. But if maximum winds reach 225 kph, the height of sea waves will slightly increase,” Malano pointed out.

According to Dr. Mahar Lagmay, executive director of Project NOAH, storm surge prediction depends on the typhoon forecast.

“Based on the latest simulations, there is already a trend that there are areas that will be affected by storm surge, particularly Northern Leyte, Eastern Samar, and Samar,” Lagmay said.

He noted that the projected height of Ruby’s storm surge is lower than the 5 to 7 meters during “Yolanda.” “It is lower but still dangerous,” he warned.

However, Lagmay reminded the public not to panic because “they have enough time to evacuate.” “We are issuing storm surge warnings two days in advance. We already have detailed maps up to the barangay levels and the local government units concerned must use these as basis,” he added.

Local government officials and emergency teams from the Red Cross, army, and the Philippine Coast Guard were on alert for possible swollen rivers, landslides, flash floods, and storm surges, said Roger Mercado, governor of Southern Leyte province.

PAGASA said “Ruby” is expected to be 395 km east-southeast of Borongan, Eastern Samar, this morning. By Saturday morning, it is expected at 30 km northeast of Borongan, Eastern Samar, and will make landfall over the Samar area before Saturday noon. By Sunday morning, it is expected at 20 km south-southwest of Romblon.

Perez said Southern Luzon and Metro Manila will also experience rains from Ruby’s outer rainbands by Saturday evening until Sunday.

He said that if the typhoon maintains its present track, it will be outside the PAR by Tuesday morning.

CLASSES SUSPENDED

In preparation for Ruby’s onslaught, local government units and the Department of Education (DepEd) have announced suspension of classes from December 4 to December 5.

Classes in all levels were suspended in the following areas in Biliran: Naval, Culaba, Almeria, Cabucgayan, and Caibiran.

Leyte, Southern Leyte, Tacloban City, Catbalogan (Samar), UP Tacloban, Visayas State University, and Naval State University have also announced suspension of classes in all levels.

More than 44 provinces along the path of “Ruby” have been declared as critical areas, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and PAGASA.

The Department of Health (DOH) also declared Code Blue Alert for all DOH-retained hospitals in Regions 4-B, 5,6, 7, and 8.

Bicol was also placed under Red Alert Status since Wednesday in preparation for a possible effect of “Ruby.”

Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the DSWD has readied 270,000 food packs worth R18 million and other food and non-food items worth R270 million.

ORATIO IMPERATA

Meanwhile, the Diocese of Borongan in Eastern Samar started reciting the Oratio Imperata (mandatory prayer) for deliverance from natural calamities Wednesday. (With reports from Aaron B. Recuenco, PNA, Charina Clarisse L. Echaluce, Genalyn D. Kabiling, AFP, Leslie Ann G. Aquino, and Niño Luces)


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Evacuations, preparations on as 'Ruby' makes its way to eastern Philippines (philstar.com) | Updated December 6, 2014 - 6:28pm 15 32 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines - Provinces within the path of Typhoon 'Ruby' (international name: Hagupit) are conducting massive preparations and pre-emptive evacuations as the storm makes its way to the eastern part of the Philippines.

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Albay held a special session on Saturday and passed Resolution 109-2014 declaring the entire Province of Albay under state of calamity. The province, declared under public storm warning signal no. 3, has evacuated residents amid potential strong winds, floods, mud and lahar flows, storm surges and landslides.

In Catbalogan, Samar. 1,538 families have been moved to evacuation centers ahead of the typhoon's landfall tonight. Eleven of the 14 evacuation centers in the city was identified by the city government as already crowded with evacuees from residents in coastal areas.

Meanwhile, in Iloilo, 32,297 people are already on pre-emptive evacuation as of Saturday afternoon. The Iloilo provincial government has also made an initial procurement of the relief goods to ensure that the evacuees have food supply while they are on evacuation.

In Antique, the Department of Social Welfare and Development Regional Office 6 has already delivered 800 food packs for families on pre-emptive evacuation.

In Mindoro, some 170 families from coastal areas were evacuated as of 4 p.m. Saturday to the city proper.

Meanwhile, personnel from the Palawan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council and troops from the Western Command, will also conduct a needs assessment prior to typhoon Ruby arriving in Coron.

The weather bureau said Typhoon Ruby packs 185 kilometers per hour (kph) maximum sustained winds near the center and gusts of up to 220 kph. It is forecast to move west at 13 kph.


FROM PILIPINO STAR NGAYON (TAGALOG EDITORYAL)

EDITORYAL - Batang palaboy (Pilipino Star Ngayon) | Updated December 5, 2014 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0

KAPUNA-PUNA ang pagdami ng mga batang pala-boy ngayon sa Metro Manila. Kung mapapagawi sa Recto at Rizal Avenue sa Maynila, naroon ang sangkaterbang batang palaboy. May mga nakahiga sa center island at silong ng LRT, may nagra-rugby at ang iba ay sumasampa sa mga dyipni para manghingi ng limos o pamasko. Ang matindi ilan sa mga batang palaboy ang gumagawa nang hindi mabuti sapagkat nanghahablot ng bag, nang-aagaw ng cell phone, namimitas ng hikaw at iba pang masamang gawain. Kapag hindi nasawata ang mga batang ito, sila ang mga bagong henerasyon ng holdaper.

Tila walang magawa ang pamahalaan kung paano lulutasin ang problema ng mga batang pa-laboy. Bakit sa halip na mabawasan ang bilang ay lalo pa silang dumadami?

May mga nagsasabi na ang mga batang pala­boy na nakikita ngayon sa Kamaynilaan ay mga tumakas sa pinagdalhan nilang shelter na nasa lungsod at pinatatakbo ng local government. Tumakas daw dahil hindi matagalan ang masamang kondisyon sa shelter. Para raw nasa “concentration camp” ang mga batang palaboy na dinala sa shelter. Kaya ang ginagawa ng mga bata ay tumatakas. Mas gugustuhin pa raw ng mga bata na lumaboy sa kalye kaysa sa shelter na para raw impiyerno.

May isinampang reklamo sa Manila Reception and Action Center (RAC), na nasa Villegas St., Ermita, Manila. Hindi raw makatao ang pagtrato ng mga nasa shelter sa mga batang dinadala roon. Lalong tumibay ang masamang pagtrato nang kumalat sa internet ang larawan ng isang bata na tinawag na si “Frederico” noong nakaraang Oktubre. Sa larawan, makikita ang buto’t balat na si “Frederico” habang nakahiga sa semento sa loob ng RAC at walang damit.

Ayon pa sa report, nirereklamo ng ilang bata sa RAC ang kalupitang ginagawa sa kanila ng mga staff doon. Ginugulpi raw sila. Mayroon din daw ang bullying doon. Mistulang bilangguan ang RAC na dumadanas ng kalupitan at matinding gutom.

Marami raw beses nang inireklamo kay Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada ang mga nangyayari sa RAC pero wala pa ring aksiyon. Ano ang ginagawa ng Department of Social Welfare and Development? Imbestigahan ang RAC sa lalong madaling panahon.

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