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‘Habagat’ death toll in CL rises to eight


ITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, August 24 (PIA) -- Reported casualties in Central Luzon due to the Southwest Monsoon or Habagat rose to eight following the recovery of the body of 69-year-old Rodrigo Telles Madronio of barangay General Luna in Carranglan, Nueva Ecija who died of drowning. “We have six other deaths due to drowning. They are 3-year-old Janis Sorgello Zapanta of Barangay Alas-asin, Mariveles, Bataan; 64-year old Renato Roman Lacsamana of Sitio Lapu-Lapu, Barangay Sta. Cruz, Lubao, Pampanga; 11-month old Jian Charles Centeno Villafuerte of 74-B Jacinto St., Barangay Canalate, Malolos City, Bulacan; 1 year old Justin Viray Yumul of Barangay Sta. Lucia Paguiba, Masantol, Pampanga; 53-year-old Lodigario Parado Plasilo of Kaunlaran, Barangay Kaingin, Meycauayan City, Bulacan; and 12-year-old Ed Paulo Maco Dela Cruz of Barangay Apalit, Floridablanca, Pampanga.” Office of Civil Defense Regional Director and Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council chair Josefina Timoteo disclosed. “The other one, 29-year-old Roman Sanchez Alfaro of Purok 7, Barangay Sta. Maria, Lubao, Pampanga died of electrocution Tuesday morning,” Timoteo added. Meanwhile, one person is reported missing in Central Luzon as of 6PM. He is 21-year-old Michael Silverio of Purok 5, Barangay San Pedro, Floridablanca, Pampanga who was last seen fishing at Gumain River Wednesday


morning. (CLJD/RBRP-PIA 3)

Labuyo, Maring, and habagat to have minimal impact to economic growth - DOF


ANILA, Aug. 25 -- Recent calamities will not have much impact to economic growth for the third quarter, the Finance department’s newly appointed chief economist said on Friday, August 23. “It will only have minimal impact,” Undersecretary of Finance Gil Beltran said in a statement. The Philippine economy grew 7.8 percent in the first quarter, beating market expectations to become Asia’s fastest growing economy. Second quarter growth will be reported next week. According to the Department of Agriculture, combined damage to agriculture by typhoon Labuyo and the southwest monsoon— as enhanced by tropical storm Maring– amounted to P2.6 billion, equivalent to 0.09 percent of projected third-quarter gross domestic product (GDP). The agriculture sector accounts for a tenth of economic output. “Losses from the two major typhoons that hit the country in the third quarter can be recovered,” Beltran said.


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In addition, Beltran said damage could also have been limited since the Agriculture department launched a replanting program for the adversely affected farms. This, he said, would allow some farmers to harvest by November, instead of the usual September. Many of the farms, particularly in Region III (Central Luzon) are covered by crop insurance as well, he added. As for other sectors such as manufacturing, Beltran said losses are still being estimated “but supposed earnings from two-day work suspension can be recovered in the next few weeks.” “Manufacturers can schedule additional work time to fill orders,” Beltran pointed out. As for damage to infrastructure, the official said “ample fiscal space” will enable the National Government— through the Department of Public Works and Highways— to do repairs “without bloating the budget deficit.” The Aquino administration incurred a deficit of P51.29 billion as of the first semester, much below the P84.656billion cap for the period, latest DoF figures showed. “Replanting, rebuilding and reconstruction can make up for the expected losses in GDP,” Beltran said. “The economy has surplus savings from which to draw to make up for the damage,” he added.(

VP Binay distributes relief goods in �Habagat�stricken areas in Central Luzon


BY: CARLO LORENZO J. DATU ARLAC CITY, August 24 (PIA) -- Vice President Jejomar Binay on Thursday led the distribution of relief goods to families that were displaced by the Tropical Storm Maring-enhanced Southwest monsoon in Central Luzon. One thousand bags were each handed out in the towns of Balagtas, Bulacan, and Marilao, and city of Meycauayan in Bulacan while 600 bags were each given in Concepcion town and the capital city in Tarlac. In a press statement, Binay said government should be more driven to institute mechanisms that will minimize flooding and help in coping with the effects of climate change. “In the face of climate change, the need to protect the environment through a planned, rationalized, and equitable use of the land has seen* increasing importance. That is why we in the housing sector are pushing for local government units to implement their respective Comprehensive Land Use Plans,” the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council chair emphasized. A total of 336,870 families or 1,768,031 persons in 969 barangays in 73 towns and cities in six provinces of Central Luzon were affected by the Habagat causing disruption of work, school, and business in one of the countries prime regions. As of 6PM today, there were 274 partially and 188 totally damaged houses reported. (CLJD-PIA 3)

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Govt has enough resources to help typhoon, flood victims – Abad


ANILA, Aug 25 -- Government has enough money to help typhoon and flood victims as a result of a more efficient fiscal management. This was the assurance of Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, Saturday in a radio interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan. He said that because of a better economy under the Aquino administration, the government was able to cut the interest for its debts enabling it to have more fund for different programs. He added that because of a stronger economy under the President’s stewardship, the country’s need to borrow decreases.


There is also an increasing tax collection in the country making the national government have more money to fund wide array of social projects, he added. “Ang ibig sabihin nito, ang ating pamahalaan sa ngayon ay nagkakaroon ng lumalaking fiscal space o pondo na puwedeng gamitin sa iba’t ibang programa, “Abad noted. For instance, Abad said that for next year, the administration allocated P 27 billion for flood control initiatives. When the President visited Laguna this week, he announced the construction of dikes and flood control structures to mitigate the flooding in Laguna, Abad said. “Kung makikita ninyo ngayon sa Metro Manila, maski na bumabaha, mabilis mawala ang tubig dahil nga ito sa mga

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ginagawang flood control projects,” he added. The government has a remaining P 6.8 billion calamity fund at the middle of this year with a separate P 680 million as contingency fund, the budget chief said. Different departments, which are frontliners during calamities, also have huge quick reaction funds in their coffers, he said. Among these agencies include the Dept. of National Defense and the Office of Civil Defense. Because of the quick reaction fund, these agencies could immediately react and help communities during disasters even without direct supervision of the President. “Ito ang kalagayan at sitwasyon natin ngayon. Kaya huwag mangangamba ang ating mga kababayan dahil may sapat na pondo ang ating mga ahensiya at ating mga calamity fund para tulungan sila,” Abad said.(PCOO/PND/as)

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