Aquino pledges action on typhoon disasters

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President Benigno Aquino III. AP PHOTO

NEW BATAAN, Philippines–Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Friday visited communities devastated by a deadly typhoon, and vowed to work to find ways to prevent storm disasters.

“We want to find out why this tragedy happened and how to keep these tragedies from happening again,” he told dazed survivors after arriving by helicopter in New Bataan which bore the brunt of Tuesday’s deadly cyclone.

Nearly 500 people were killed in the storm which tore across southern Mindanao Island and devastated its banana-growing and mining industries.

“I am here to listen and hear explanations. This is not a time for accusations. It is a time for work,” Aquino said before helping hand out food packs to about 2,000 people sheltering at a government gymnasium, one of the few structures left standing on the town of 48,000 people.

Typhoon Pablo (international name: Bopha0 slammed into the southern Philippines on Tuesday, leaving hundreds dead or missing and making 306,000 people homeless as it flattened whole towns.

About 20 cyclones a year pummel the Philippines, which is also regularly hit with floods, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, but the scale of the disaster in Mindanao has shocked the nation.

The government had warned communities days in advance, ordering evacuations ahead of the Typhoon Bopha’s arrival.

In December last year Mindanao was also pummelled by tropical storm Washi which killed more than 1,200 and left hundreds of thousands homeless.

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  • EdgarEdgar

    APECO is a disaster waiting to happen. Climate change, freakstorms, new normal, rising sea water, facing the Pacific coast. That right there is a P2.3 billion monstrosity (by end of 2013) waiting to become a disaster.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/CNPEE65MGY3EGHL3PNR42DDTJE Aureo

      Pls do not blame climate change. Blame the greedy politicians!

      • EdgarEdgar

        My comment was confined to APECO. Not to Pablo and Pablo’s victims. But I don’t mind following your lead in pointing a finger at greedy politicians. Name them, show proof and I’ll point at them.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/CNPEE65MGY3EGHL3PNR42DDTJE Aureo

        OK , I blame the greedy climate change!

      • EdgarEdgar

        LOL! But you´re right. If APECO goes ahead as planned and disaster strikes, Angarapal Inc. will get all the blame for it. Greedy politicians indeed.

      • bugoybanggers

        What? Not only POLITICIAN… dude! NEGOSYANTE!!!

  • bugoybanggers

    Dapat lang, dahil mas malaki ang naiambag ng MINDANAO sa kaban ng LUZON! Tandaan ninyo, halos lahat ng export sa mineral at logging noong dekada 50 hanggang kasalukuyan ay galing MINDANAO. Inabuso ng mga BUWAYANG NEGOSYANTE ng taga LUZON ang kalikasan ng MINDANAO dahil hindi naman sila maaapektuhan kung may SAKUNA. Responsabilidad ng taga LUZON na ibalik ang ninakaw nilang ari arian ng MINDANAO! Hindi kailangan ng taga MINDANAO ang mga maEPAL na reliefgoods o mga mayayabang nga mga ARTISTA! Kailangan nila ay PERA na galing sa katas ng HIRAP ng TAGA MINDANAO.

  • $20926843

    If my memory serves me right, it seems that this is the same promise and pledge this inconsequential and inutile president  made to the victims of Sendong….

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/hbRkpPw1oYTBJamz.EH7acMZBBVoIlWXriA-#e4348 Felix

    This wil happen again and again if filipinos will continue to have short memories.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NPV7TOHIJPG3UMTLQDTHLQJR7Y Jack

      kasi nangyayari lang naman daw ito tuwing tatamaan tayo ng bagyo at kung walang bagyo wala naman daw nangyayari na masama

  • mousy

    di na pline pledge yan, aksiyon na kagad! duh

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L7PILUDK6IPFGJLJNCM2IROCRY Albin

    “We want to find out why this tragedy happened”?
    Kahit bata masasagot yan:
    1. Deforestation/ Illegal logging
    2. poverty/ houses should not be erected at the mountain slopes
    3. people did no heed warning
    4. Local government did not warn enough
    5. Sobra lakas ni Pablo.

  • Fulpol

    action needed:

    1. exit plan.. evacuation centers
    2. shield plan ….. mitigate the damages of disasters.

    just focus on these two plans… everything will be okey.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NPV7TOHIJPG3UMTLQDTHLQJR7Y Jack

    Aquino pledges action on typhoon disasters
    but what about  the typhoon victims? bahala na lang ba sila sa sarili nila?

  • Maldi2

    Mark this guys, when Simeon pledges, he does this vigorously only to those of his critics.  He never fulfilled all other pledges even during those pledge in the election time!  PLEDGE MY FACE!  WTF!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GNVLZW44Z6WLXHG6GML3JF3R3A LV

    He said, ““We want to find out why this tragedy happened and how to keep these tragedies from happening again”. Is that something he says to make himself feel better? And we thought you have all figured and put measures in place to prevent another tragedy after last year’s Sendong. Back then, there was a lot of talk about environmental degradation, mining, logging, people living in hazardous flood plain areas, lack of preparedness for our emergency services, etc. What measures have you put in place this time Mr. President? Obviously, Mr. President, you and your administrators are very ineffective! 

  • boypalaban

    kunwari pa…umaaksiyon…

    mas priority niyan ang condom bill…

  • delpillar

    humingi ng tulong kay Albay Gov Salceda.
    After Super typhoon Reming nung Nov 2006. in which more than a thousand died, Salceda is always over-acting kahit sa low-pressure or tropical storm pa lang. But it is always better na well prepared and early evacuation done by Salceda than sorry na lang kapag dumating ang mga unexpected.

  • phantomofhope

    sus! puro dakdak lang presidente nyo! 

  • delpillar

    btw pala, kapag may mga sakunang ganito, palaging nipapakita yung doppler radar station sa Bato Catanduanes.

    Yung nasa Guiuan, Samar ba ay gumagana ba sya nung oras ng mabuo ang bagyo still 800-km away from the Philippines shoreline?

    Dapat maglagay na rin ng doppler radar station sa Bislig Surigao Del Sur para macover na rin ang buong Mindanao ng more accurate forecasting.

  • $18209031

    Calling on all Luzonians who benefited largely from resources of Mindanao, the neglected southern island. Pls donate as you can to show your true colors of the kayumanggi race known for giving in times of need. The need is great. Mindanaoans and Visayas are in deep crisis right now so Luzonians, better show your generosity now.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RWPOD4ER5LJPDQU3N32NAC74X4 johnnie r

    …Uh oh, here we go again…

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/CNPEE65MGY3EGHL3PNR42DDTJE Aureo

      Sisihin natin si ex Pagasa Director Nilo appointed by GMA. He was fired
      by Pnoy because there were about 8 casualties. Now that there are 408
      casualties, nobody was fired because they were all Pnoy appointees.
      That’s Daang Matuwid for you!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZXCKSVMZPDCG5G4PRM2UZUZPPA Mark

    Wag daw natin sisihin ang gobyerno… kawawa naman sila sisihin natin yung mga taong nagkandaluray luray ang katawan sa baha.

    Wag daw natin sisihin ang PAG-ASA sa hindi pag gamit sa nagiisang milyong pisong doppler equipment na di naman nagana sa mindanao, kawawa naman sila bigyan pa natin ng bonus.

    Wag natin sisihin ang illegal loggers at miners kasi kawawa naman sila kahit nung nakaraang taon katakot takot namatay eh nag nenegosyo lamang naman daw sila.  Pati yung mga politikong naka SUV na nilalagyan nila wag din natin sisihin mahal ang mag buo ng public image.

    Sisihin nalang daw natin yung mga pobreng magsasaka at mamamayan ng CompVal at Davao Oriental na wala naman mapuntahan o matakbuhan nung mga panahon hindi naman sila sinabihan na high risk ang kanilang lugar. At may nilikas nga dun din sa delikadong lugar.

    Tsk tsk.

  • Francis81

    Simple lang sagot sa katanungan ni Pweenoy! Kasalanan lahat to ni GMA!  Bwahahaha!!!

  • delpillar

    Mr. President,

    May nagmomonitor pa ba ng bagyo?
    Gumagana ba yung Doppler RADAR sa Appari, Cagayan?

    Nasa may PANATAG SHOAL na po ang bagyo. Bahagyang humina sya ng konti pero kapag di sya matunaw sa PANATAG ay tatamaan ang Ilocos or La Union. Malakas pa rin si PABLO, relatively, although lumiit ng konti yung diameter dahil giniginaw na sya from the China/Siberian cold stream.

    Panatag Shoal is at 15 deg 15min 20 sec LATITUDE. and 117 deg, 46min 48 sec LONGTITUDE.

    As of 2:30PM, Dec 7 Philippine time, the eye of the storm is at:

    Latitude 14 deg 35 min
    Longtitude 115 deg 55 min

    This coordinate is about 400-km West of  BATAAN NATIONAL PARK sa may MORONG, BATAAN.

    Direction: moving NORTH  North-East- at 15 km/h (Pabalik ng Philippines Northern Luzon)

    Pressure: 980 Hecto-Pascal
    Max Wind: 35 meters/sec
    Gust: 50 meters/sec

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AUNBI66J3EGEPMV5LFCN53OUGI JEO

    THE OFFICIALS ON THIS AREA MUST BE ACCOUNTABLE ON THIS! NEGLEGIENCE OF DUTY AND CORRUPTION.

  • Your_King

    This is Aquino’s way of saying he is here to listen to explanations because he has no idea what to do. He finally visited these places for his photo-op and give his typical blah blah promises that will be forgotten by next week. He says its time to work and not place blame when that basically touches on the whole entire problem with his Administration which is, all he does is not work and place all the blame on fpgma.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QZZKXPEA67I7HELEIYM35QVYFA Jon

    Naghahanap uli ng pagbabalingan ng bintang pwera lang ang sarili…
    Gasgas na gasgas na yang plakang iyan.

  • disqusted0fu

    the words pledge, vow, assure, and promise should not be associated with Aquino because they will all just be broken.

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