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Plane Swerves Off Runway in Manila - GMA News

A 32-seater passenger plane on Sunday noon met a “slight incident" after its normal landing at the Manila Domestic Terminal, an airline official said.

Avelino Zapanta, president of Southeast Asian Airlines (SEAIR), said their Dornier 328 Flight DGO24 from Caticlan encountered wind shear at about 12:30 p.m. upon landing at the airport.

“We had a slight incident. Flight DGO24 was taxiing when it encountered cross wind shear that caused the aircraft to veer off the runway," he told GMANews.TV.

No one was hurt as the passengers were all off the terminal when the incident occurred, he said.

Zapanta said he does not see the incident to affect SEAIR’s business.

“It (wind shear) is a natural phenomenon. There was wind crossing. The aircraft is ok," he said.

Also known as wind gradient, a wind shear affects air speed during landing and taking off.

Last July, SEAIR’s Dornier 328 had a flat tire while taxiing to the Caticlan ramp after a smooth landing.

While Caticlan airport aut…

“Rotatree”: Our Mangrove Planting Project - CT

The Rotary Club of Virac, R.I. District 3820, launched the “Rotatree”: Mangrove Planting Project last 02 August 2009 at Barangay Guinobatan, Bato, Catanduanes. The launching was marked by the planting of more than 1,000 mangrove propagules, made possible by an agreement between RC Virac President Atty. Al Aquino and Guinobatan barangay captain and SB member Gabriel T. Tejerero.

The planting was participated by FICELCO; Philippine Coast Guard (PCGA) 905th Squadron; Kabalibat Civicom 955 Catanduanes Chapter, and Master of Arts in Teaching Biology (MATBio) Students of the CSC Graduate School, as partner organizations. This activity is in line with the 6-Nationwide Projects of the ten (10) Rotary Districts, R.I., Philippines, this Rotary Year 2009-2010. RC Virac recognized the project as essential in the campaign against the ill-effects of Climate Change.

Why did we choose Barangay Guinobatan for this project? Guinobatan is one of the barangays along the chain of estuaries of the Cabuga…

Ammonite Fossils Found

There may be fossils of marine monsters in the Silungan ning Higante site north of Dugui Too in Virac.

Last April 5-7, three staffers of the National Museum – museum curators Roberto de Ocampo and Priscila Ong, and budget officer and ISLA composer Jerry Tabirao – joined Oseas Alberto, her sister Marilyn and five guides in a grueling, eight-hour trek to the site to verify the fossil find reported last year by Mr. Alberto.

A proper expedition to the site would need funding, something which the Museum does not have. Probably, foreign scientists could take a look at the site in the near future.

Source: Catanduanes Tribune - 22 April 2009

Bicol Bishops All Out vs Coal Mine Project - CBCP

MANILA, August 18, 2009— Roman Catholic bishops in Bicol region are all out against the planned coal mining project in the region alleging that it would destroy ecology.

Despite strong opposition from church leaders and residents of Catanduanes province to Monte Oro Resources and Energy Inc., the mine still obtained green light from the Department of Energy.

Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes said mining has “ripped apart” the ecological, cultural and social fabric of many communities in Bicol where there’s mining.

He criticized the government for adhering to business interests over the welfare of the people who suffer much from the “ill effects” mining operations.

“Once you engage in mining, you scratch the land and it only destroys the land… there is nowhere to go but (destruction),” Bishop Bastes said.

The church leader made the statement on Tuesday after Virac Bishop Manolo De Los Santos vowed that the church will block the coal mining project in Catanduanes.

Bishop Bastes said all ch…

Top 10 June 2009 Nursing

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) has released the Nursing board exam results as it announced that 32,617 out of 77,901 examinees passed the June 6 to 7, 2009 licensure exams given by the Board for Nursing in Manila and all regional offices.

Golda Manto Yap, Felipe Verallo Memorial Foundation - 86.80%.Ronie Rose Capati Arevalo, Adamson University - 86.40%.Michelle Alejandro Barberan, Arellano University Manila - 86.20%.Caroline May Rellosa Chamen, Philippine College of Health and Sciences - 86.00% Clarissa Leonor Tible Escober, Naga College Foundation - 86.00%Marco Magtulis Dometita, University of Santo Tomas - 85.80% Margaret Cheung Encarnacion, University of Santo Tomas - 85.80% Marc Bago-Od Marzan, University of Santo Tomas - 85.80% Lalaine Lim Perlas, Our Lady of Fatima University Valenzuela - 85.80% Debbie Rose Uy Tanengsy, Velez College - 85.80%Lisa Angelica Vela Evangelista, University of Santo Tomas - 85.60%Adrian Patrick Patawaran Calimag, University of Santo Tomas …

Virac to Borrow P75 Million for Sanitary Landfill Project - CT

The administration of Mayor Santos "Doc" Zafe has asked the Sangguniang Bayan of Virac for authority to negotiate with financing institutions a P75-million loan for the proposed conversion of the existing Casoocan dumpsite into a sanitary landfill.

The resolution, sponsored by Councilor Eulogio Talaran, Jr., underwent first reading during the regular session of the municipal council last July 20 and was immediately referred to several committees. The loan proposal is based on the recommendations of Woodfields Consultant, Inc., which was reportedly paid P1.5 million for the 114-page study submitted to the municipality just this month.

The project seeks to establish an Integrated Solid Waste Management Facility at the 2.19-hectare controlled dumpsite at Casoocan 10 kilometers from the poblacion. The dumpsite, the consultant claimed, lacks the technical engineering soundness required for a proper disposal facility and poses health hazards due to exposed wastes and unmitigated g…