Tuesday Jan, 31 2023 10:40:56 PM

Climate Change/Environment

15K water birds sighted in Soccsksargen

TACURONG CITY – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources in the Soccsksargen Region (DENR-12) said Thursday it has sighted over 15,700 water birds in fowl sanctuaries across the region.

DENR-12 data showed that 6,171 water birds were sighted in Lutayan, Sultan Kudarat province; followed by Sarangani with over 4,000; and the cities of Tacurong and General Santos with 2,964 and 2,593 species, respectively.

Philippine Serpent Eagle rescued in Tacurong City

KORONADAL CITY - A juvenile Philippine serpent eagle was turned over on Friday (January 13) to the DENR Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Tacurong City after it was rescued by a student.

CENR Officer Dr. Badjury H. Mustapha said that Keith Chester, a senior high school student from Notre Dame of Tacurong College, sought the assistance of police officers in Barangay New Carmen after he found the wildlife weak and unable to fly.

Patrolman Romnick Cana Valenzuela turned over the eagle DENR-CENRO Tacurong City for proper handling and care.

Thousands affected by floods in Lamitan City 

COTABATO CITY -Five barangays in Lamitan City have been flooded since Wednesday following heavy downpours, affecting no fewer than 10,000 villagers,
Local officials told reporters here via text messages Thursday that personnel of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO), rescue teams from the local police and the Bureau of Fire Protection, have relocated the flood-stricken residents to evacuation sites in higher grounds.

12 barangays in Isabela City, Basilan flooded

COTABATO CITY - Flashfloods, spawned by heavy rains, swept through 12 barangays in Isabela City in Basilan before dawn Wednesday, affecting thousands of villagers.

Local officials and personnel of the Isabela City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office told reporters calamity responders have been dispatched to flooded areas to help relocate residents to higher grounds.

Worst hit by rampaging floodwaters were Isabela City’s Barangays Baluno, Lanote, Aguada, Sunrise, Cabunbanta, Menzi, Sumagdang, Makiri, Isabela Proper, Riverside, Kumalarang and Tabuk.

Heavy rains dampen Christmas celebrations in Caraga

BUTUAN CITY – Heavy rains lashing most parts of the Caraga Region since Saturday have forced residents to abandon their abodes for safety due to floods.

The local government units (LGUs) have mobilized their respective disaster response teams as rainfall warnings were issued on Sunday in the provinces of Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, and Dinagat Islands.

Surigao, Agusan communities flooded on Christmas Day

BUTUAN CITY – Some parts of Surigao del Norte and Agusan del Norte experienced heavy rains on Saturday night and greeted Christmas Day on Sunday with floods.

Strong winds also forced the Philippine Coast Guard stations in Surigao del Norte and Siargao Island to temporarily suspend sea travels.

The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) dispatched personnel to Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte as families were rescued in the villages of Mahanub, Villaflor, Ipil, Cambo-ayon and Poniente with the help of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO).

Amid tragedy, religious faith pushes IPs to join the traditional dawn masses in landslide site

KUSIONG, Maguindanao del Norte – A glance from a distance, darkness covers the landslide area.

This is at the foot of Mount Minandar in Kusiong, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao del Norte where the tragic landslide swept homes and claimed dozens of lives.

Fogs hovered the coned-shaped mountain, glistened by the shimmering stars above and the glow of last quarter moon bright.

At the foreground, an electric lamp put up in a shanty of the Episcopal Christian chapel provided light and hope for the Episcopal faithful.

No Filipino victim in deadly Malaysia landslide

MANILA – There was no Filipino national among the casualties in a deadly Malaysian campsite landslide that killed 21 and left a dozen more missing on Friday.

“So far, the (Philippine Embassy in Malaysia) has not received any reports of Filipinos affected by the incident. Post continues to monitor developments in the search and rescue operations,” Foreign Affairs spokesperson Ma. Teresita Daza told reporters.

The Embassy is in touch with the Filipino community in Malaysia and has reached out to authorities involved in the search and rescue operations.

MENRE-BARMM, Cotabato Light, Aboitiz Foundation ink MOA for Timako Hill shoreline protection


COTABATO CITY — On 08 November 2022, the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources, and Energy (MENRE) – BARMM, Cotabato Light and Power Company (CoLight), and Aboitiz Foundation, Inc inked a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the protection, preservation, and conservation of the Timako Hill shoreline as part of the Adopt-an-Estero/Water Body Program of the Ministry.

Maguindanaon fraternity aids diverse families displaced by ‘Paeng’

CIVIC organizations have pooled resources in aid of displaced residents severely affected by landslides and floods wrought by Typhoon Paeng (international name: Nalgae) in Maguindanao.

On its 53rd Founding Anniversary, the Al-Muslimin Brotherhood/ Fraternity added its packages of kitchenware, utensils, foods and garments on a weekend (Sunday, November 14) relief operation in aid of displaced families in Datu Odin Sinsuat deemed affected most by ‘Paeng.’


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