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Luzon Newsbits for August 23, 2013


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — Roads in and out of Pangasinan have been declared passable as of yesterday as floods began to recede on major highways, but kept communities under water with the damage wrought by monsoon rains already close to P25 million. Five days of heavy rains brought by the “habagat” or southwest monsoon inundated 13 municipalities and two cities with Calasiao, Sta. Barbara, and Dagupan City being the most adversely affected. Mayor Mark Roy Macanlalay already declared Calasiao under a state of calamity and the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) reported P14.2 million worth of damage to agriculture and P10.2 million to infrastructure as of yesterday. (Liezle Basa Iñigo)


SUBIC BAY FREEPORT — A man who went missing last Wednesday after jumping off the Arriola Bridge at the West Bajac Bajac Market in Olongapo City was found carried by waves to shore yesterday morning. The body of Rafael Clementir Sr. was found at the Lighthouse Marina Hotel’s shoreline around 6:30 a.m. Clementir was a resident of Fontaine Street in East Bajac Bajac, Olongapo. Search and rescue teams had launched a search for the victim and a 15-year-old boy who remains missing since Wednesday. (Jonas Reyes)


CAMP G. NAKAR, Lucena City — The military’s Southern Luzon Command (SOLCOM) and the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) led an aerial survey yesterday morning to assess the damage on Cavite and Laguna – the provinces worst-hit by floods in Region 4-A. Lt. Gen. Caesar Ronnie F. Orodyo, SOLCOM chief, said various government agency representatives joined the survey aboard to aircraft. Meanwhile, Quezon officials led by Governor David C. Suarez have mobilized local government units and volunteers to pull in resources to donate to families displaced by the floods in Cavite and Laguna. Dr. Henry Buzar, provincial coordinator of Office of the Civil Defense in Region 4A that all donations shall be pooled in the office of Quezon Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC). (Danny J. Estacio)


BIÑAN CITY, Laguna — The son of the country’s richest man, Henry Sy, led the distribution of relief goods given by the SM Foundation, Inc. for the flood victims at the city plaza, here, last Wednesday afternoon. Hans Sy, president of SM Prime Holding Inc. personally handed over the relief goods to the flood victims assisted by Laguna Gov. Jeorge “E.R.” Ejercito and City Mayor Marlyn Alonte-Naguiat. A total of 3,000 relief packs were given to 3,000 individuals as part of the SM Foundation Inc. “Operation Tulong Express”. (Ferdinand F. Castro)


ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal — Following an assessment of the damage caused by days of rains and floods, the provincial government here declared a state of calamity for the province of Rizal. Through a resolution passed by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (Provincial Board), Governor Rebecca “Nini” Ynares declared a state of calamity in the province yesterday afternoon. Citing SP Resolution No. 185 Series of 2013, Ynares said the agriculture sector in the province has reportedly incurred damages of some P1.052 million as a result of the monsoon rains that have battered the province the past few days. (Nel B. Andrade)