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7 Missing Fishermen Found in Catanduanes, Camarines Sur

VIRAC, Catanduanes, Philippines—Seven fishermen, who were missing since Typhoon "Basyang" hit the country on Tuesday, were rescued in Catanduanes and Camarines Sur provinces Friday, an Army official said. Antonio Tayoto, 40; Marlon Tayoto, 35; Alex Azicate, 30; and Jason Arcilla, 18; all of Gigmoto town, Catanduanes, were safely docked by teams from the Army, police and local government units at Barangay Tabugoc, Pandan, Catanduanes, said Maj. Harold Cabunoc, information officer of the 9th Infantry Division based in Camp Elias Angeles in Pili, Camarines Sur. He said the fishermen were turned over to the village chief of Tabugoc by the rescuers and were already with their families Friday morning. In Camarines Sur, three survivors were also picked up by rescue teams on board two Air Force helicopters in Siruma town at around 1:30 p.m. Friday. Officials, however, have yet to provide identities of the three. Two additional helicopters were sent from the 505th Search and R…

Catanduanes Needs P2.5B to Build Concrete Road - BM

VIRAC, Catanduanes—A long-standing joke here is that if the government had indeed used funds to build roads from pre-martial law days, this island province could have sunk below sea level by now. But the joke is apparently becoming true as the province’s 11 towns are now enjoying concrete roads as funds for the road network continue to pour. Gov. Joseph Cua said road concreting of the province’s 317-kilometer-long circumferential road is almost 45-percent complete and that the second phase of the program under a soft-loan contract with the Japanese International Cooperating Agency (Jica) may be realized by next year. The province’s nonconcreted highway roads, however, have been regravelled and are passable. Cua said the province is hoping the concreting of the national highways would be attended by the national government, saying that in times of disasters such as typhoons, supplies of aids in affected areas are done by boat. This, however, can only be done in good weather. Cata…

DENR to Get 1.9M for Geohazard Maps in Bicol - BM

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will receive a P1.9-million fund from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for the production of geohazard maps covering the Bicol region. The additional funding from the DSWD is intended for the production and reproduction of geohazard maps with scales of 1:50,000 and 1:10,000 for distribution to local government units in the selected provinces and towns in the region. Enviroment Secretary Horacio Ramos and DSWD Acting Secretary Celia Capadocia-Yangco said the memorandum of agreement recently signed by the DENR and the DSWD for the project is in line with the “Bicol Recovery Project” which is being supported by the United Nations Development Program. The DENR, through its Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), is also providing some P1.6 million as counterpart fund for the project.  The MGB is the lead agency for the nationwide Geohazard Mapping and Assessment Program, which covers the production of geoha…