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Mindanao newsbits for February 2, 2014

Alarming Rate

Davao City – City officials here were alarmed on the rising rate of dengue cases, which reached to 147 cases and one death in a span of six days – from January 5 to 11. City Councilor Mary Joselle Villafuerte said the cases were found to be alarming since dengue is considered a deadly disease. “The city government is on focus as to how we can kill the ‘vector’ of the dengue disease carrier, and some teams of the City Health Office (CHO) had been sent to the various barangays (villages) to check and remind residents to clean their houses,” Villafuerte stressed. “We have to once again remind the people of Davao to observe the 4 o’clock habit of the Department of Health to avoid this disease,” she added. (Cherry Mae Palicte)

Rescue Training

Surigao City – In an effort to underscore the importance of rescue operations in saving lives in times of disasters, a Water Search and Rescue (WASAR) training was initiated in Surigao del Sur. Among the participants in the WASAR training include the members of rescue teams, personnel and volunteers of various Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (MDRRMCs) in the province. The WASAR training is spearheaded by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDDRMC) and local government unit (LGU) officials. While some of the trainers are members of the Search and Emergency Response Team of Surigao del Sur (SERTSS). Initially, there are 30 member-volunteers from the MDRRMC Bayabas LGU who attended the WASAR training. (Mike Crismundo)

Facility Repair

Surigao City – The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) is now positioning its hardware materials and supplies for the repair of damaged facilities brought by typhoon “Basyang.” The NGCP also positioned its line crews in strategic areas to immediately facilitate restoration work. “Preparations included ensuring the reliability of communications equipment,” the NCGP said. “NGCP has implemented the necessary preparations and precautions to minimize the impact of tropical storm ‘Basyang’ on NGCP operations and facilities,” the NGCP added. The NGCP’s Integrated Disaster Action Plan (IDAP) prescribes these and other procedures to ensure the readiness of all power transmission facilities expected to be affected by the passage of the weather disturbance. (Mike Crismundo)

Prawn Industry

Zamboanga City (PNA) – The Office of the City Agriculture has warned prawn farmers in Barangay Vitali of a possible outbreak and infestation of White Spots Syndrome Virus (WSSV) on the shrimp farming industry with the onset of hot weather. Barangay Vitali is known as the main source of crabs, lobsters, and prawns since prawn farming is the source of livelihood of majority of the residents in the area. Rico Tabal, head of the Field Agriculture Office 6 based in Barangay Vitali, issued the warning after reports reached his office from fishpond operators indicated a “possible infestations of prawns by WSSV.” Tabal said they are very aware of the possible onset of WSSV infestations “during this time of the year and last year, and is likely to hit again this year the local prawn farming industry.”

Income Booster

Kidapawan City (PNA) – At least two rice mill sub-projects were turned over by the provincial government of North Cotabato and the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Region 12 in a bid to increase rice productivity. Beneficiaries of the projects are the farmers in the villages of Nasapian and General Luna, both in Carmen, North Cotabato. Each rice mill sub-project costs P500,000 and funded through the counter-parting scheme with 60 percent or P300,000 coming from World Bank, 20 percent from the DA-Mindanao Rural Development Project through Community Fund for Agricultural Development or P100,000 and another 20 percent from the local government. Graciano Lumen, DA-12 project officer and representative of DA-12 Director Amalia Jayag-Datukan, lauded the performance as shown by farmers that earned them the projects.