AFP deploys

Subscribe Now January 07, 2012 at 08:11am

Members of the 71st Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army have been deployed to Barangay Napnapan, Pantukan, Compostela Valley to assist in the search and rescue operation. Major Jacob Thaddeus Obligado, commander of the 10th Civil-Military Operations Battalion, said a 30-man team has been sent to Diat Uno and Diat Dos to help in finding more victims possibly buried in the rubble of mud and rocks.

He said two choppers of the Philippine Air Force have been recalled from the disaster areas in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan in Northern Mindanao to help in the rescue operations.

Air forums

DAVAO CITY (PIA) — Davao City, positioned as a MICE destination or Meetings, Investments, Conventions, and Exhibitions, is ready to play as host to three tourism-oriented exhibits this first quarter of 2012. Tourism Region 11 director Art Boncato Jr. announced this first international tourism event to the Davao media in Friday’s media briefing at Chippens Restaurant.

These three forums are the Equator Asia Air Access Forum, the Airline CEO Summit, and the Air Network Exhibit, all slated to happen on April 17 here. The Equator Asia Air Access Forum is a convergence of airport authorities where they can discuss challenges and future steps to be undertaken by the industry.

Water level

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (PNA) — Water level at the critical crater-lake Holon (formerly Maughan) in T'boli, South Cotabato has risen due to a clogged waterway, an official said on Friday.

Silverio Tandog, project manager of the Allah Valley Landscape Development Alliance (AVLDA), said that boulders have impeded the flow of water at the mouth of the lake.

"There's a need to clear the waterway from these blockades to allow the normal flow of water downstream," he said. Tandog said the spillway has become smaller due to the boulders, causing water to rise at the lake.

Rice supply

ZAMBOANGA CITY, (PIA) — National Food Authority (NFA)-Zamboanga City Provincial Manager Gaudencio Nuega Jr. assured the public that the city has sufficient rice supply for this year. Nuega told local media here that the first batch of rice shipment will be arriving in the city on the second quarter. “The first shipment is expected to arrive by April or May.

Kahit dumating ang bigas by April or May, in place ang food security at rice supply for Zamboanga City,” Nuega said. As of present, there are still 92,000 bags of rice in their office according to Nuega. Harvest time is also approaching and NFA is expecting around 44,000 sacks of palay from the nearby city of Pagadian and the entire region.

Army delivers

KORONADAL CITY (PIA) — At least 13 military trucks from the 6th Infantry Division based in Awang, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao will be dispatched anytime on Saturday to deliver 531 metric tons of rice to victims of tropical storm ''Sendong'' in Iligan City.

Col. Prudencio Asto, spokesperson of 6ID, said the rice along with repacked oil are from the World Food Programme and will be picked up by the army’s Operation Tulong Sendong (OTS) at the WFP storage facility in Polloc Free Port. He said, the delivery comprises the fourth batch of goods that they brought to Northern Mindanao in coordination with other partners, including foreign donors.


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