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CHRISTMAS TYPHOON: 4 DEAD, 8 MISSING; DU30 AWAITING GO-SIGNAL TO GO TO AFFECTED AREAS


DECEMBER 27 -The MV Shuttle Roro 5 rests by the shore after being swept by Typhoon Nina off Mabini in Batangas yesterday. EDD GUMBAN
After forcing thousands to have Noche Buena in cramped evacuation centers on Christmas, Typhoon Nina (international name Nock-Ten) continued to pummel southern Luzon and eastern Visayas yesterday, making eight landfalls within 24 hours before leaving landmass at mid-afternoon and a trail of destruction in its wake. At least four people were reported dead in Bicol, the country’s usual typhoon punching bag. A roll-on, roll-off cargo vessel sank off Batangas as the storm made landfall in the province more than once, leaving eight crew missing. Electricity went out in at least five provinces, as seven power lines had tripped since Christmas Day. Close to 400,000 people fled their homes and sought refuge in emergency shelters, mostly public school buildings. Thousands were rendered homeless. READ MORE...

ALSO: Bicol takes a beating from ‘Nina’; Metro Manila spared


DECEMBER 27 -LONG WALK A family heads for home in Barangay San Joaquin, Legazpi City, on Monday, after spending Christmas in an evacuation center as powerful Typhoon “Nina” blew away from Bicol. —SHAN GABRIEL APULI
Typhoon “Nina” roared over southern Luzon with slightly weaker but still fierce winds on Monday after battering the Bicol region on Christmas Day, leaving five people dead and destroying thousands of homes. Nina, internationally known as Nock-ten, cut power to five provinces in Bicol at the height of Christmas celebrations, displaced tens of thousands of villagers and stranded thousands of holiday travelers. A farmer died after being pinned by a fallen coconut tree in Quezon province and three other villagers, including a couple who were swept by strong current in Viga River, died in Albay province after Nina made landfall in Bato, Catanduanes province, at 6:30 p.m. on Christmas Day. Disaster officials identified the farmer as Gregorio Reforma, 43, who died in Santa Rosa town, Quezon, and the drowned couple as Antonio Calingacion, 73, and Teresita Calingacion, 70, of Balinad village in Polangui, Albay. READ MORE...

ALSO: ‘Nina’ forces state of calamity - After 8 landfalls, typhoon kills 4, then exits Luzon landmass; Catanduanes, CamSur, Albay hardest-hit


DECEMBER 27 -RUDE VISITOR – This toppled welcome sign to Milaor town in Camarines Sur is just one of the scenes that greeted residents when they woke up Monday, after typhoon ‘Nina’ left a swath of destruction through the Bicol region Sunday night. (EPA | Manila Bulletin) A state of calamity has been declared in the provinces of Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, and Albay, where the vicious strength of typhoon “Nina” (international name: “Nock-ten”) tore houses down, knocked out trees and power installations, and displaced tens of thousands, before barreling through the rest of Southern Luzon, leaving four people dead, officials said yesterday. “Nina” took about 19 hours to barrel through Bicol and Southern Tagalog Regions, making a total of eight landfalls before exiting the country’s landmass yesterday afternoon. As of press time yesterday afternoon, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council or NDRRMC did not release an official death toll, but separate police reports said a farmer died after being pinned by a fallen tree in Quezon province and three other villagers, including a couple who were swept by a flash flood, died in Albay province. READ MORE...

ALSO: Bicol battered; 4 dead: Nina forces 383,000 to leave their homes


DECEMBER 27 -LEAVING WEDNESDAY. The left and right sides of the Maharlika Highway in Polangui, Albay are a deeply frightening sight of sea as Typhoon ‘Nina’ hits the Bicol peninsula from the Pacific Sunday, while workers (below) check fallen electric pylons on the national road after Typhoon ‘Nina’ hits land in Nabua, Camarines Sur on Monday, as members of the Philippine Coast Guard deploy rescue teams (inset) to different parts of Metro Manila as the capital braces for the 14th weather disturbance to lash the country. AFP/Norman Cruz

Typhoon “Nina” is heading out to the West Philippine Sea after ravaging the Bicol region, leaving four people dead and a trail of destruction in its wake a day after Christmas. A couple were reported killed by a flood while an elderly man was crushed by a falling wall, the governor of the storm-ravaged eastern province of Albay, Al Bichara, said on TV. Another person was killed and two more were injured when the storm toppled a power line in Quezon province, electrocuting them, a police report said. An anchored ferry went down off the coastal province of Batangas on Monday with eight crewmen still missing, said coastguard officer Joy Villegas. READ MORE...

ALSO: Nina leaves trail of destruction in its wake; Energy Chied -Power will be restored quickly


Typhoon Nina leaves trail of destruction in Bicol on Christmas Day
DECEMBER 27 -Typhoon Nina is heading out to the West Philippine Sea after leaving a trail of destruction in its wake a day after Christmas. According to state weather agency PAGASA, the cyclone was located at 75 kilometers southwest of Subic, Olongapo at 4 p.m. It was expected to move west-northwest at 20 kph after further weakening, with maximum sustained winds of up to 120 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 180 kph. More than 383,000 people have fled their homes while over 80 domestic and international flights have been canceled, the civil defense office said, as the unusually late typhoon marred Christmas celebrations in the largely Christian nation. Land, sea and air transport slowly resumed operations, but the weather bureau said stormy weather would affect parts of the country for another 36 hours or so, until the storm moved away towards southern Vietnam. The typhoon cut off electricity to millions and forced government agencies to order evacuations of whole communities in the eastern region of Bicol which felt the brunt of the storm on Christmas day. Energy Minister Alfonso Cusi promised that power would be restored quickly in badly hit Camarines and Albay provinces. "We've prepared for it and we are currently on the ground to assess the damage and quickly restore compromised energy facilities," he said. READ MORE...

ALSO: LOOK Duterte spends Christmas at home with family


The most powerful man in the Philippines and the 70th in the world according to Forbes Magazine, spent his first Noche Buena wearing slippers while hosting a lawmaker and his family for Christmas Eve dinner in his home in Davao City. Photo from (FB: LordAllan Quinto Velasco)  ...President Rodrigo Duterte, the most powerful person in the Philippines and the 70th in the world according to Forbes Magazine, spent his first Noche Buena as the chief executive at his home in Davao City with his family.In a Facebook post, Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco said his family joined Duterte, his common-law wife Honeylet Avanceña, and their 12-year-old child, Veronica or Kitty, to celebrate on Christmas Eve. Based on the photos that Velasco shared, the two families enjoyed lechon and some seafood for Noche Buena.Duterte looked relaxed and comfortable during Christmas Eve, even wearing slippers in one of Velasco's photos. —ALG, GMA News THE FULL REPORT....MORE PHOTOS...


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Christmas typhoon: 4 dead, 8 missing


The MV Shuttle Roro 5 rests by the shore after being swept by Typhoon Nina off Mabini in Batangas yesterday. EDD GUMBAN

MANILA, DECEMBER 27, 2016 (PHILSTAR) By Helen Flores and Michael Punongbayan (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 27, 2016 - After forcing thousands to have Noche Buena in cramped evacuation centers on Christmas, Typhoon Nina (international name Nock-Ten) continued to pummel southern Luzon and eastern Visayas yesterday, making eight landfalls within 24 hours before leaving landmass at mid-afternoon and a trail of destruction in its wake.

At least four people were reported dead in Bicol, the country’s usual typhoon punching bag. A roll-on, roll-off cargo vessel sank off Batangas as the storm made landfall in the province more than once, leaving eight crew missing.

Electricity went out in at least five provinces, as seven power lines had tripped since Christmas Day.

Close to 400,000 people fled their homes and sought refuge in emergency shelters, mostly public school buildings. Thousands were rendered homeless.

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As of 4 p.m. yesterday, Nina’s eye was spotted at 75 kilometers southwest of Subic, Olongapo, with maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 180 kph.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) was expected to lift all tropical cyclone warning signals last night. Nina is expected to exit the country by Wednesday morning. No weather disturbance is seen to follow Nina, the agency said.

AWAITING GO-SIGNAL

President Duterte is awaiting the weather authorities’ go-signal for him to visit areas hit by the typhoon.

“The President wants to really go to the affected areas, but authorities prevented him from going straight there, unless the weather is clear and would be safe for him to travel,” a source told The STAR.

4 dead, 8 missing A farmer died after being pinned by a fallen tree in Quezon province and three other villagers, including a couple who were swept away by flashfloods, died in Albay province after the typhoon made landfall in Casiguran province Sunday night, police said.

Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office chief Cedric Daep identified the three victims as Antonio Caligacion, 73, his wife Teresita, 70, and Estelita Marilad, 57, all of Polangui town.

At least 23 landslides isolated the towns of Bato, San Miguel and San Andres from the rest of Catanduanes, after Nina made its first landfall in Bato town on Sunday night.

The storm also flattened houses made of light materials in the southern towns of Catanduanes.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said the storm sank RoRo vessel Starlite Atlantic Ferry in Batangas waters yesterday, leaving eight crew missing, while 14 others were rescued.

As of 4 p.m., the PCG recorded nine vessels running aground, particularly in Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro, to escape the strong winds.

The ships were: RoRo ships Baleno 5, 7 and 8, Starlite Polaris, Starlite Bluesea and Oceanjet 10 and 12.

Ghost town tarmac

The country’s main gateway, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, was like a ghost town with no aircraft in sight, as air carriers canceled over 400 international and domestic flights from as early as 6 a.m. Thousands of passengers were prevented from boarding their flights with Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, AirAsia Zest and other foreign airlines.

But Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Ed Monreal said some incoming flights were able to land at NAIA in the morning, like China Airlines from Taipei at 9:59 a.m. and Jetstar Asia at 10:52 a.m.

With sustained winds of up to 130 kph and gusts of 215 kph, Nina cut power in five provinces at the height of Christmas celebrations and displaced hundreds of thousands of villagers and travelers in the country.

Government forecasters said Nina – after blowing over the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon (Calabarzon), Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan (Mimaropa), Bicol and eastern Visayas – was expected to exit over the South China Sea late yesterday.

The storm was one of the strongest to hit the Philippines since Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), which left more than 7,300 people dead or missing and displaced over five million in November 2013.

Local officials in some provinces said they found it difficult to convince people to abandon their Christmas celebrations and head for the shelters before the storm hit, compelling them to impose forced evacuations.

Forced to spend Christmas in crowded and powerless evacuation shelters like in Albay, tens of thousands of villagers started to return home late yesterday as the sun came back, but they had to deal with the problem of their houses being destroyed by the storm.The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said in seaports, a total of 12,019 passengers, 1,047 rolling cargoes, 43 vessels and six motor bancas were stranded in different coastlines in Southern Tagalog, Bicol, and Central, Eastern and Western Visayas.

The agency said 83 areas in Mimaropa and Region V had no electricity, with seven power lines in Calabarzon, Mimaropa and Region V cut off since Christmas Day.

So far, P7.109 million worth of assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and local government units (LGUs) in Albay, Camarines Sur and Sorsogon have been given to affected families and individuals.

Illness outbreak prevention

The Department of Health has set up health clinics at the evacuation areas affected by Typhoon Nina to prevent outbreak of illnesses, Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial said.

Ubial said medicine and other medical support are being given to the evacuees for free.

The World Health Organization-Philippines has come up with some health tips to avert risk of water- and mosquito-borne diseases during floods.

The DSWD assured the public yesterday that the agency has enough relief supplies to respond to the needs of families affected by the typhoon.

Secretary Judy Taguiwalo said assistance includes 580,857 family food packs, 2,459 ready-to-eat meals, 1,585 malong, 885 mosquito nets, 885 blankets and 585 dignity kits.

Taguiwalo said these were on top of the goods already allotted for the local government units affected by the typhoon.

Enough rice

The National Food Authority (NFA) said the typhoon-hit areas have enough rice supply, as the agency released more than 10,000 bags as contingency.

The bags of rice, the NFA said, were released to the DSWD and the LGUs for distribution to typhoon victims.

NFA officer-in-charge Tomas Escarez said the agency’s local offices in the Bicol region, Calabarzon and Metro Manila are on alert to closely coordinate with relief agencies, including the Philippine Red Cross.

“We are ready to issue their rice requirements anytime,” Escarez said. “We have a standing memorandum of agreement with these relief agencies, so they can withdraw rice from the NFA during calamities and emergencies.”

No-walk zone In Manila, the city government declared the Baywalk area on Roxas Boulevard as a “no-walk zone” yesterday due to Typhoon Nina.

City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office administrator Jun Tolentino said promenaders and ambulant vendors usually occupying the stretch of Roxas Boulevard from the US embassy to the Manila Yacht Club were banned from the area while the weather was bad.

But despite the order, some vendors went on plying their wares near the sea wall.

Tolentino said the city government was closely monitoring the cramped and poor communities in the city’s Baseco and Parola compounds in Tondo, as well as the city’s evacuation areas and six hospitals.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said eight sections of roads in Bicol were closed to traffic yesterday, as trees fell in the wake of Nina’s strong winds and heavy rains.

In Camarines Sur, the boundary marker along Daang Maharlika Highway, Naga City/Milaor Boundary Road was closed. So were Tigaon-Gao-Lagonoy-Caramoan Road, Pili-Tigaon-Albay Boundary Road and Daang Maharlika Highway.

Affected in Catanduanes province were intermittent sections of Catanduanes Circumferential Road, Junction Bato-Baras Road, Baras-Gigmoto-Viga Road and Junction of Catanduanes Circumferential Road-Panganiban-Sabloyon Road.

Public Works Secretary Mark Villar said clearing operations in the affected roads were being done yesterday. – Helen Flores, Michael Punongbayan, Rudy Santos, Cet Dematera, Celso Amo, Evelyn Macairan, Edith Regalado, Sheila Crisostomo, Rainier Allan Ronda, Louise Maureen Simeon, Danessa Rivera, Louella Desiderio, Rey Galupo, Ramon Efren Lazaro, Christina Mendez, Michelle Zoleta, AP 


INQUIRER

Bicol takes a beating from ‘Nina’ Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:06 AM December 27, 2016


LONG WALK A family heads for home in Barangay San Joaquin, Legazpi City, on Monday, after spending Christmas in an evacuation center as powerful Typhoon “Nina” blew away from Bicol. —SHAN GABRIEL APULI

Typhoon “Nina” roared over southern Luzon with slightly weaker but still fierce winds on Monday after battering the Bicol region on Christmas Day, leaving five people dead and destroying thousands of homes.

Nina, internationally known as Nock-ten, cut power to five provinces in Bicol at the height of Christmas celebrations, displaced tens of thousands of villagers and stranded thousands of holiday travelers.

A farmer died after being pinned by a fallen coconut tree in Quezon province and three other villagers, including a couple who were swept by strong current in Viga River, died in Albay province after Nina made landfall in Bato, Catanduanes province, at 6:30 p.m. on Christmas Day.

Disaster officials identified the farmer as Gregorio Reforma, 43, who died in Santa Rosa town, Quezon, and the drowned couple as Antonio Calingacion, 73, and Teresita Calingacion, 70, of Balinad village in Polangui, Albay.

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The third villager was identified as Espelita Marilad, 57, who was pinned by a falling concrete wall inside her house in Balangibag village, also in Polangui.

A fisherman died and two others were injured when they stepped on live wires in Lopez, Quezon province.

The fisherman who died was identified as Christopher Sanchez, but authorities had not declared his death as typhoon-related.

Eight landfalls

With maximum winds of 185 kilometers per hour and gusts of 255 kph, Nina blew west-northwest, hopscotching over mountainous and island provinces, damaging homes, uprooting trees and knocking down power and communication lines.

The typhoon made a second landfall in Sagnay, Camarines Sur province, at 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, and hit land for a third time in San Andres, Quezon province, at 2 a.m. on Monday.

From there, it made five more landfalls—in Torrijos, Marinduque province at 4:30 a.m.; Verde Island, Batangas province, at 9:15 a.m.; Tingloy Island, Batangas, at 10:10 a.m.; Calatagan, in the same province, at 11 a.m., and on Lubang Island, Occidental Mindoro province, at 1 p.m.

By the time Nina hit land for the eighth time on Lubang Island, it had weakened slightly and had sustained winds of up to 130 kph and gusts of 215 kph as it blew over the provinces of Batangas and Cavite on Monday morning, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.

Metro Manila spared

Metro Manila, which had been forecast to be struck, received only light rain on Monday, but many residents stayed indoors as the typhoon lashed neighboring provinces.

Two cargo vessels sank off Batangas as the typhoon hit the province, the Philippine Coast Guard reported.

The MV Starlite Atlantic sank off Tingloy and the MV Shuttle Roro 5 sank off Mabini.

The Coast Guard said 14 people were rescued after the Starlite Atlantic sank. It said 25 crew members of the Shuttle Roro 5 were rescued.

Eight crew members of the Starlite Atlantic were missing, it said.

In a statement, Starlite Ferries Inc., the owner of the vessel, said 15 crew members were rescued while 19 were missing.

It said the vessel was not carrying passengers, but Senior Supt. Leopoldo Cabanag, Batangas police director, said a female passenger, Lyca Banaynal, died.

The Coast Guard, however, refused to confirm the report about Banaynal’s death.

Civil defense officials said 80 domestic and international flights had been canceled, and all sailings in storm-affected regions had been held, spoiling the holiday plans of thousands of people.

Nina was one of the strongest typhoons to hit the Philippines since Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan) left more than 7,300 people dead or missing and displaced more than 5 million in Eastern Visayas in November 2013.

About 20 typhoons and storms hit the Philippines each year.

8th Christmas typhoon

Nina was the eighth Christmas typhoon to hit the Philippines in the past 65 years.

Officials in some provinces in Bicol said they found it difficult to convince people to abandon their Christmas celebrations and head for the shelters before Nina hit.

Some officials said they had to impose forced evacuations.

“Some residents just refused to leave their homes even when I warned them that you can face what amounts to a death penalty,” Cedric Daep, a top disaster-response official in Albay, said by phone.

Shopping malls and stores were ordered to close early on Christmas Day to encourage people to remain indoors, “but at the height of the typhoon, many cars were still being driven around and people were out walking,” Daep said.

“We warned them enough, but we just can’t control their mind,” he said.

Officials in Albay, where more than 150,000 villagers were displaced by the typhoon, declared a state of calamity on Christmas Day to allow faster disbursement of emergency funds.

Albay Rep. Joey Salceda reported more than 15,800 houses either destroyed or damaged in Polangui town, with P213.6 million in damage to infrastructure and P99 million in damage to agriculture.

He said more than 6,800 houses were either destroyed or damaged in Libon town, which also suffered more than P300 million in damage to infrastructure and P128.7 million in damage to agriculture.

The provincial government of Catanduanes also declared a state of calamity as it reported 21 landslides and extensive damage to private and public property and infrastruture.

Military camps damaged

The Armed Forces of the Philippines reported severe damage to its camps and outposts in Bicol, Southern Tagalog, Eastern Visayas, Mimaropa, Central Luzon and Metro Manila.

Pagasa said Nina exited the Luzon landmass at around 3 p.m. on Monday and started blowing into the West Philippine Sea.

As of 5 p.m., the typhoon was located 75 km southwest of Subic, Olongapo City, heading north.

By early evening, only Lubang Island and western Batangas were under storm signal No. 2.

Southern Zambales, Bataan, the rest of Batangas, Cavite and the northern parts of Occidental and Oriental Mindoro remained under storm signal No. 1.

Nina was expected to weaken further but speed up as it blew into the sea, Pagasa said.

“The worst is over,” Pagasa forecaster Robert Badrina said. “For the areas Nina crossed, they can now start again after this deluge.” —REPORTS FROM JAYMEE T. GAMIL, TINA G. SANTOS, CYNTHIA D. BALANA, MARICAR CINCO, MAR S. ARGUELLES, MA. APRIL MIER, REY ANTHONY OSTRIA, MADONNA T. VIROLA, DELFIN T. MALLARI JR., FERNAN GIANAN; FRANCES MANGOSING, INQUIRER.NET; AP AND AFP


MANILA BULLETIN

‘Nina’ forces state of calamity After 8 landfalls, typhoon kills 4, then exits Luzon landmass; Catanduanes, CamSur, Albay hardest-hit 0 SHARES Share it! Published December 27, 2016, 12:10 AM by Ellalyn B. De Vera, Danny J. Estacio, Jinky Tabor, and Ruel Saldico

A state of calamity has been declared in the provinces of Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, and Albay, where the vicious strength of typhoon “Nina” (international name: “Nock-ten”) tore houses down, knocked out trees and power installations, and displaced tens of thousands, before barreling through the rest of Southern Luzon, leaving four people dead, officials said yesterday.

“Nina” took about 19 hours to barrel through Bicol and Southern Tagalog Regions, making a total of eight landfalls before exiting the country’s landmass yesterday afternoon.

As of press time yesterday afternoon, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council or NDRRMC did not release an official death toll, but separate police reports said a farmer died after being pinned by a fallen tree in Quezon province and three other villagers, including a couple who were swept by a flash flood, died in Albay province.

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RUDE VISITOR – This toppled welcome sign to Milaor town in Camarines Sur is just one of the scenes that greeted residents when they woke up Monday, after typhoon ‘Nina’ left a swath of destruction through the Bicol region Sunday night. (EPA | Manila Bulletin)

“Nina” gradually weakened when it hit Bato, Catanduanes around 6:30 p.m. last Sunday. Its eye made its second landfall in Sagnay, Camarines Sur at 9:30 p.m. Sunday, then passed through Milaor, Camarines Sur at 11 p.m.; San Andres, Quezon province around 2 a.m. yesterday; Devilla, Santa Cruz in Marinduque at 5 a.m.; Verde Island, Batangas about 9 a.m.; Calatagan, Batangas at 11:40 a.m.; and finally Lubang Island, Occidental Mindoro at 1 p.m.

It left the landmass of Luzon en route to the West Philippine Sea around 2 p.m. Monday, and was already 75 kilometers (km) southwest of Subic, Olongapo or over the West Philippine Sea at about 4 p.m.

“Nina” first hit the country as a typhoon category with maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 215 kph.

After crossing Luzon landmass, it was packing 120 kph maximum sustained winds and gustiness of up to 180 kph around 5 p.m. Monday.

PAGASA said the worst is over as generally improved weather was expected starting Monday evening.

“Nina” can be considered a strong tropical cyclone, but it gradually weakened due to the cold and dry air associated with the northeast monsoon or “amihan.”

HARDEST-HIT

“Nina” was one of the strongest typhoons to hit the country since typhoon Yolanda in 2014, but officials in some provinces found it difficult to convince people to abandon their Christmas celebrations and head for the shelters before the storm hit.

In Albay, officials said they had to impose forced evacuations, still three people were reported killed.

Some residents just refused to leave their homes even when I warned them that you can face what amounts to a death penalty,” Cedric Daep, a top disaster-response official in Albay, said by phone.

With more than 150,000 villagers displaced by the typhoon, Albay declared a “state of calamity” on Sunday to allow faster disbursement of emergency funds.

In Mulanay, Quezon province, 42-year-old farmer Gregorio R. Rogel was pinned to death when a coconut tree fell on him in Sitio Catumbao, Barangay Sta. Rosa.

Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office Head Willy P. Lincallo confirmed Rogel was a casualty of the storm. He added that 3,023 people have been sheltered in evacuation centers in Mulanay alone.

Quezon Governor David C. Suarez said disaster officials recorded a total of 2,028 evacuated families or 9,997 individuals.

In Catanduanes, perhaps the hardest-hit by “Nina,” Governor Joseph Cua declared a state of calamity.

Emerging from a meeting with the NDRRMC and the DILG, Cua said the province “is now isolated; walang biyahe ang eroplano and barko; walang telecom signals (there are now flights, no trips by sea; no telecommunications signal).”

He said it was agreed that four C-130 trips from Mactan Island, Cebu, would be sent for the delivery of relief assistance.

Internet connection has been up, but it has been observed to be very slow in the province. As of press time yesterday afternoon, there was also no electricity and some areas had no access to potable water.

In Camarines Sur, which had also declared a state of calamity, an initial report released by the Capitol before noon said there was zero casualty but 60,156 families or 259,572 individuals had been evacuated.

It said the hardest-hit areas by “Nina” were Districts 4 and 5; part of District 2, particularly Minalabac, Pasacao, and Milaor; and part of District 3, specifically Pili and Ocampo.

Rains also caused the Naga River to overflow, flooding the streets of the capital Naga City.

In Oriental Mindoro, four barangays in three towns were flooded and government rescue workers started a province-wide rehabilitation of the destruction caused by Nina by last night.

Oriental Mindoro Governor Alfonso V. Umali, Jr., said the flooded barangays were Calubayan in Socorro town, Mangangan and Poblacion in Baco and Dulangan in Puerto Galera, all located in northern Mindoro.

Clearing of national roads in their rehabilitation efforts and the delivery of food and medicines among affected residents are now the priority, Umali said.

In Batangas, more than 400 families are evacuated with 1,462 persons in Batangas City, Lipa City, Calaca and Taal.

Some parts of Batangas province have experienced power cut affecting the towns of Ibaan, Malvar, San Jose, Agoncillo, Lobo, Tanauan City, Lipa City, Balete, Taysan, Balayan, Calatagan, Nasugbu, San Luis and Tuy.

Uprooted trees also rendered several highways impassable. But the bigger story was that 1,032 passengers were stranded at the port as of yesterday.

14 RESCUED; 8 MISSING

Fourteen crew members of a roll-on, roll-off (RORO) vessel were rescued by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) yesterday after it sunk in Batangas due to the rough seas.


‘NINA’ VICTIM — M/V Shuttle Roro 5 drifts near the shore in Mabini, Batangas as typhoon ‘Nina’ roars over the province yesterday. Coast Guard Station (CGS) in Batangas said the passenger vessel drifted off and its crew were about to abandon ship when a 911 distress call prompted the conduct of a search and rescue operation. (Ali Vicoy | Manila Bulletin)

According to PCG officer-in-charge Commodore Joel Garcia, MV Starlite Atlantic sunk in the vicinity waters off Tingloy, Batangas.

As of press time, PCG said 14 of the 22 crew members were rescued while the search continued for the eight missing others.

Earlier today, PCG also conducted a search and rescue operation after another RORO went adrift off Mabini Town also in Batangas.

PCG said MV Shuttle RORO 5 went adrift around 11 a.m. after being battered by “Nina’s” strong winds. It completely sunk at around 3 p.m. All 25 of its crew members were rescued.

364 CANCELLED FLIGHTS

A total of 364 international and domestic flights were cancelled yesterday due to typhoon “Nina,” affecting an estimated 80,000 passengers.

Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) General Manager Ed Monreal and Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Director General Jim Sydiongco, in a joint press conference, said the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) reported that at least 364 canceled flights, while 87 were rescheduled to the other date their arrival and departures.

Monreal said that incoming foreign airlines flights were also cancelled except those which had flight schedules in the morning.

“We are appealing to all the passengers most probably affected that please verify at your airlines and travel agency before going to the airport to avoid a long time waiting at the terminals,” he said.

9,000 STRANDED AT PORTS

The number of passengers who are still stranded in seaports nationwide due to the onslaught of Nina dwindled to almost 9,000, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said yesterday.

According to PCG 8,732 passengers, 1,025 rolling cargoes, 30 vessels and five motorbancas are stranded due to the rough seas caused by “Nina” as of 12 p.m.

Despite this, the PCG has monitored a total of 10,366 outbound passengers and 8,502 inbound passengers in various ports nationwide as of 6 a.m. yesterday.

PCG said, 5,618 passengers, 552 rolling cargoes, 11 vessels, and three motorbancas are stranded in the ports in the Bicol Region.

Aside from Bicol, PCG has also monitored a total of 2,846 passengers, 178 rolling cargoes, 17 vessels, and two motorbancas stranded in the ports of Southern Tagalog.

PCG said there are also 1,855 passengers stranded in the different ports of Eastern Visayas along with 285 rolling cargoes, and five vessels.

In Western Visayas, PCG has tallied a total of 313 passengers, 10 rolling cargoes, and a vessel stranded in different ports. Meanwhile, a total of 100 passengers and a vessel were stranded in the different ports Central Visayas.

As of 10 a.m., PCG said ports in Allen, Samar and Matnog, Sorsogon have resumed their trips.

LOWERED SIGNALS

PAGASA has lifted Signal No. 4 and 3 or lowered tropical cyclone warning signals over some areas affected by the typhoon on Monday afternoon

However, Signal No. 2 remains hoisted over Lubang Island and western portion of Batangas.

Signal No. 1 is still up over southern Zambales, Bataan, the rest of Batangas, Cavite and northern portions of Occidental and Oriental Mindoro.

PAGASA hydrologist Richard Orendain said patches of rains can still be felt over Cagayan, Zamboanga Peninsula, Batangas, Occidental Mindoro and Oriental Mindoro today (December 27).

POWER DOWN

Thousands of Filipino families were literally left groping in the dark on Christmas Day, as many power lines were downed by typhoon “Nina” mainly in Southern Luzon and Bicol regions.

According to system operator National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), the lines that were affected by the Christmas-wandering weather disturbance include the 69-kilovolt (kV) Batangas-Bolboc line; Batangas-Ibaan-Rosario line; Calaca-Balayan-Nasugbu/Calatagan line; Gumaca-Quezon line and Pitogo-Mulanay line.

These have affected the customers of Manila Electric Company (Meralco) in Batangas; and those of the Batangas Electric Cooperatives I and II and Quezon Electric Cooperative I.

Further in the Bicol region, the affected transmission lines have been the 69kV Naga-Lagonoy line; Naga-Tinambac line; Naga-Concepcion line; Naga-Iriga line; Daraga-Iriga line and the Daraga substation; and the Tiwi-Pawa-Tabaco line.

The customers who suffered power interruptions include those served by the Camarines Sur Electric Cooperatives II and IV; Albay Power and Energy Corporation; as well as Sorsogon Elecric Cooperatives I and II.

The transmission firm has qualified though that the loss of power in these domains “may be caused by affected transmission facilities of NGCP or distribution facilities of local distribution utilities or electric cooperatives.”

Given the extent of the damage and adverse impact sustained by power facilities in the typhoon-battered areas, the Department of Energy (DOE) with the aid of industry stakeholders had started deploying teams to fast-track efforts at restoring power supply in affected localities and communities.

Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi tasked Undersecretary Felix William Fuentebella to lead monitoring activities and coordination efforts with NGCP at its overall command monitoring center (OCMC) in Quezon City.

DSWD RESPONSE

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is providing augmentation assistance amounting to P206 million to typhoon-affected local government units (LGUs).

The assistance to 27 LGUs includes 580,857 family food packs, 2,459 ready-to-eat meals, 1,585 malong, 885 mosquito net, 885 blankets, and 585 dignity kits.

These are on top of the goods that have been prepositioned to the LGUs.

Aside from relief supplies, the DSWD is providing mobile communications vehicle and high speed Internet service to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council to facilitate speedy monitoring of situations in affected areas.

SUFFICIENT RICE SUPPLY

Meanwhile, the National Food Authority (NFA) assured the public it has enough rice stocks in its warehouses nationwide particularly in regions hit by Nina, NFA officer-in-charge Tomas Escarez said.

Escarez said NFA local offices in Bicol, Calabarzon and Metro Manila are on alert status and are closely coordinating with relief agencies like the DSWD, Regional and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Councils, local government units (LGUs), and Philippine Red Cross (PRC), among others, for the issuance of their rice requirements.

“We are ready to issue their rice requirements anytime. We have a standing memorandum of agreement (MOA) with these relief agencies so they can withdraw rice from NFA during calamities and emergencies,” Escarez said in a statement posted on the agency’s Facebook page. (With reports from Francis T. Wakefield, Myrna M. Velasco, Argyll Cyrus B. Geducos, AP, Ariel Fernandez, Aytch dela Cruz, Lyka Manalo, and Jerry Alcayde)

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‘Nina’ leaves 7 dead; 2 provinces under state of calamity ‘Nina’ leaves 7 dead; 2 provinces under state of calamity LEGAZPI CITY: At least seven people were dead and many others injured amid massive damage to private and government property as well as agricultural crops, as Typhoon “Nina” forced the provinces of Albay and Camarines Sur to declare a state of calamity. Nina made landfall on the eastern island province…


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Bicol battered; 4 dead: Nina forces 383,000 to leave their homes posted December 26, 2016 at 11:25 pm by AFP


LEAVING WEDNESDAY. The left and right sides of the Maharlika Highway in Polangui, Albay are a deeply frightening sight of sea as Typhoon ‘Nina’ hits the Bicol peninsula from the Pacific Sunday, while workers (below) check fallen electric pylons on the national road after Typhoon ‘Nina’ hits land in Nabua, Camarines Sur on Monday, as members of the Philippine Coast Guard deploy rescue teams (inset) to different parts of Metro Manila as the capital braces for the 14th weather disturbance to lash the country. AFP/Norman Cruz

Typhoon “Nina” is heading out to the West Philippine Sea after ravaging the Bicol region, leaving four people dead and a trail of destruction in its wake a day after Christmas.

A couple were reported killed by a flood while an elderly man was crushed by a falling wall, the governor of the storm-ravaged eastern province of Albay, Al Bichara, said on TV.

Another person was killed and two more were injured when the storm toppled a power line in Quezon province, electrocuting them, a police report said.

An anchored ferry went down off the coastal province of Batangas on Monday with eight crewmen still missing, said coastguard officer Joy Villegas.

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Two people also died after suffering heart attacks during the storm but it was unclear if those deaths were directly related to the typhoon, local government reports said.



More than 383,000 people were forced to flee their homes while over 306 domestic and international flights were canceled due to the storm, the civil defense office said.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Response Cluster has started coordinating with the United Nations Office for Coordination on Humanitarian Assistance and private groups through the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation for assistance.

NDRRMC spokesperson Mina Marasigan said hundreds of people in Bicol celebrated Christmas day in evacuation centers where many had to make do with emergency food packs.

Some local officials had offered lechon to entice constituents to go to evacuation centers, Marasigan said.

By late Monday afternoon the typhoon had weakened, with wind gusts of 180 kilometres per hour, and was in the South China Sea heading west away from the country, government weather forecaster Gener Quitlong said.

“Nock-Ten” had been expected to bring heavy rains and winds to Manila, but the city of 13-million residents was spared after the typhoon lost force as it crossed the eastern islands.

“It was like a blessing in disguise. Every time it hit land, its diameter lessened. It also lost moisture so it became weaker,” government weather forecaster Gener Quitlong told AFP.

Some 20 typhoons or lesser storms strike the Philippines each year, routinely killing hundreds of people, and Bicol is often the first region to be hit.

Mammoth tsunami-like waves devastated the city of Tacloban and nearby areas when super typhoon Haiyan struck the central Philippines in November 2013, leaving 7,350 people dead or missing.


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Nina leaves trail of destruction in its wake Published December 26, 2016 7:03pm


Typhoon Nina leaves trail of destruction in Bicol on Christmas Day

Typhoon Nina is heading out to the West Philippine Sea after leaving a trail of destruction in its wake a day after Christmas.

According to state weather agency PAGASA, the cyclone was located at 75 kilometers southwest of Subic, Olongapo at 4 p.m. It was expected to move west-northwest at 20 kph after further weakening, with maximum sustained winds of up to 120 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 180 kph.

More than 383,000 people have fled their homes while over 80 domestic and international flights have been canceled, the civil defense office said, as the unusually late typhoon marred Christmas celebrations in the largely Christian nation.

Land, sea and air transport slowly resumed operations, but the weather bureau said stormy weather would affect parts of the country for another 36 hours or so, until the storm moved away towards southern Vietnam.

The typhoon cut off electricity to millions and forced government agencies to order evacuations of whole communities in the eastern region of Bicol which felt the brunt of the storm on Christmas day.

Energy Minister Alfonso Cusi promised that power would be restored quickly in badly hit Camarines and Albay provinces.

"We've prepared for it and we are currently on the ground to assess the damage and quickly restore compromised energy facilities," he said.

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The Philippines is one of the world's worst-affected countries when it comes to typhoons, with an average of 20 a year passing or hitting the archipelago of more than 7,000 islands.

Stormy Christmas

In Mulanay town in Quezon, a man died after being hit by a toppled palm tree at the height of the typhoon, Governor David Suarez confirmed in an interview on "Balitanghali." According to Suarez, the still unidentified man was hit by the tree while evacuating his family.

The victim's family was reportedly one of the last ones to leave town after the provincial government ordered the evacuation of over 4,000 residents in various municipalities, the governor added.

In the Bicol town of Ligao, many streets and farms were in ankle-deep water while some homes remained caked in mud left by flooding.

Masseuse Erna Angela Pintor, 20, said she and her family spent a sleepless Christmas in fear as the strong winds ripped off part of their roof.

Their neighbors living near the river bank sought refuge in their home as the waters rose to their chests, she recalled, though her own family was luckier.

"The floods (last night) only reached to our knees. Thank goodness the current wasn't that strong," she told AFP.

"This was supposed to be a celebration but we cannot celebrate. This is a sad Christmas for us. No one (in the family) died but a lot of our neighbors' homes were washed away."

Marasigan said hundreds of people in Bicol celebrated Christmas day in evacuation centers where many had to make do with emergency food packs.

Some local officials had offered roast pigs -- the traditional Filipino holiday fare -- to entice constituents to go to evacuation centres, Marasigan said.

In Albay, authorities said nearly 100 percent of crops were wiped out by the typhoon.

"Sa agriculture, sasabihin ko 100 percent. Kasi kahit nasa flowering o development stage ka, mahuhulog talaga yun. Mas maganda magtanim ka na lang ng bago," said Cedric Daep, executive director of the Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO), in a radio dzBB interview.

Sea mishaps

At least three separate incidents were reported by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Monday, due to the bad weather conditions.

According to the PCG, two vessels were sinking as of Monday afternoon — one in Catanduanes and one in Batangas.

An oil tanker, it added, ran aground in Marinduque.

While shipping activities are still prohibited in Batangas, Mindoro, and Romblon, the PCG has already allowed sea travel from Matnog, Sorsogon to Allen, Northern Samar.

The typhoon — which first made landfall in Bato, Catanduanes 6:30 p.m. on Sunday— has made its eighth landfall in Lubang Island, Occidental Mindoro at 1 p.m.

Some 20 typhoons or lesser storms strike the Philippines each year, routinely killing hundreds of people, and Bicol is often the first region to be hit. —JST, GMA News with Reuters and AFP

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LOOK Duterte spends Christmas at home with family Published December 26, 2016 5:07pm -


The most powerful man in the Philippines wearing slippers while hosting a lawmaker and his family for Christmas Eve dinner in his home in Davao City. Photo from (FB: LordAllan Quinto Velasco)

President Rodrigo Duterte, the most powerful person in the Philippines and the 70th in the world according to Forbes Magazine, spent his first Noche Buena as the chief executive at his home in Davao City with his family.


The family of Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco spends Christmas Eve at the house of President Rodrigo Duterte and common-law wife Honeylet Avanceña’s home in Davao City Photo from (FB: LordAllan Quinto Velasco)

In a Facebook post, Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco said his family joined Duterte, his common-law wife Honeylet Avanceña, and their 12-year-old child, Veronica or Kitty, to celebrate on Christmas Eve.


Duterte’s common-law wife Honeylet and their daughter Kitty are all smiles as they have their photo taken with children. Duterte welcomes Christmas in Davao home ABS-CBN


Duterte and his youngest daughter Kitty pose with children for a photo. Duterte welcomes Christmas in Davao home ABS-CBN


As the Velascos help themselves to Noche Buena, Duterte was photographed lingering in the kitchen. Photo from (FB: LordAllan Quinto Velasco)

Based on the photos that Velasco shared, the two families enjoyed lechon and some seafood for Noche Buena.
Duterte looked relaxed and comfortable during Christmas Eve, even wearing slippers in one of Velasco's photos. —ALG, GMA News


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