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Pauleen nagsalita na tungkol kay ‘bossing vic’ p9 News in focus Donaire kicks off Pinoy boxers’ 2012 campaing in Feb. bout p9 DEL MONTE VOLUNTEERS Helping clean up our neighbors’ homes. Just in time for Christmas. p3 DAYS BEFORE YOUR LOCAL ONLINE NEWSPAPER New Year VOL. 1, No. 188 Cagayan de Oro City Tuesday December 27, 2011 P8.00 OUT OF 19 TYPHOONS THAT STRIKE THE COUNTRY Sendong’s deadliest HOUSING FOR SENDONG-AFFECTED RESIDENCE Mayor Vicente Y. Emano poses with representatives of the Filipino Chinese Community of the Philippines after discussing plan to put up at least 300 houses for families who have been affected by the storm Sendong. The housing project is tentatively planned to be constructed in a six-hectare lot in Calaanan, Cagayan de Oro City. Photo supplied By BEN CAL, Philippine News Agency OUT of the 18 typhoons that struck the country this year, the 19th tropical storm “Sendong” (international code Washi) was the most deadliest in terms of human lives lost that could reach over 2,000. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) in its bulletin as of 6 a.m. on Christmas Day that the number of fatalities remained at a status quo at 1,100 and 1,079 missing. But finding those missing alive is becoming slimmer and slimmer as each day passes by. There are fears the missing could be dead by this time. Rescuers have difficulty in recovering the victims due to the tons of mud that have covered the wide area of destruction in Cagayan de Oro City, Iligan City and Dumaguete City that bore the brunt of Sendong. So deadly was Sendong’s fury that houses were toppled like matches, trees uprooted and vehicles were washed out and overturned and piled up on top of the other. Sendong dumped tons of rain never before seen in the last 50 years in northern Mindanao, particularly Cagayan de Oro and Iligan which are not normally within the path of typhoons. Residents in these places were complacent that when the warning was issued by the government of an impending storm, they apparently ignored it. They went to sleep that night of December 16 and DEADLIEST/p.2 Today’s Weather At 2 a.m. y e s terday, the Low Pressure Area was estimated (LPA) based on satellite and surface data at 30-kilometer West Northwest of Butuan City (9.0°N, 125.3°E). Northeast Monsoon affecting Luzon. Luzon will experience mostly cloudy skies with scattered rains. Visayas and Mindanao including southern Palawan will be cloudy with scattered to widespread rainshowers and thunderstorms which may trigger flashfloods and landslides. Moderate to strong winds blowing from the Northeast will prevail over Luzon and Visayas and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough. Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the Northeast to North with slight to moderate seas. SOURCE : PAGASA BALITANG SUREBOL SPECIAL PASAKAY SUERTRES REGALO 2 DIGIT RELIEF GOODS. Evacuees from Magatas in Sibulan, Negros Oriental carry relief goods given by Globe employee-volunteers during the company’s relief operations last Wednesday. The Globe, through its corporate social responsibility arm Globe Bridging Communities (Globe BridgeCom), also distributed rice, canned goods, and instant noodles plus blankets, and underwear in various evacuation centers in Cagayan de Oro City, Dumaguete City, Sibulan, and Iligan City. Photo supplied 41 die in B’non; 2 towns under state of calamity Mary Ann Noble’s full story on page 7 Palace warns squatters not to return to devastated Isla de Oro By CHICHI CONDE, THE Palace has warned local officials in Cagayan de Oro not to allow residents of Isla de Oro to return to the slum area that was devastated by the flash floods caused by tropical storm Sendong. “The President gave very explicit instructions to the local government unit and to the Philippine National Police not to allow the residents to return. We have already seen what happened,” deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said. Isla de Oro is a sandbar in the middle of the river that was turned into a squatter’s colony; many of the victims of the flash floods in Cagayan de Oro lived there. “We also appeal to the residents there to heed the call of the President. Let us not expose ourselves to further danger,” Valte added. The Palace official said construction efforts for tem- porary shelters for Sendong victims both in Cagayan de Oro and in Iligan City. President Benigno Aquino III has earlier ordered the release of P150 million for core shelters in the two areas. Cagayan de Oro Mayor Vicente Emano earlier said he should not be blamed for the large number of settlers on Isla de Oro that was ravaged by the typhoon. Emano said many residents had already settled on the sandbar even when he was still a boy. Editorial: 74-53-80, Advertising: 0917-7121424, e-mail: •

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