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‘Boat people’ center eyed for survivors

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THE BATAAN Technology Park in Morong town, Bataan province, can help provide better living conditions to evacuees from typhoon-hit provinces in Eastern Visayas. ROBERT GONZAGA/INQUIRER CENTRAL LUZON

An economic zone in Bataan province could be a major relocation area for evacuees from Leyte and Samar provinces who had been hit and rendered homeless in the aftermath of Supertyphoon “Yolanda.”

Posted: December 2nd, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Leyte priest says victims must cling to God

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His church lay in ruins, with the rain pouring in after the roof was ripped off by the ferocious winds of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan).

Posted: November 25th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Megan visit welcome respite in Olongapo

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People came out in droves on Saturday to get a glimpse of Miss World 2013 Megan Young, a town mate, although the city was going through a dark period after floods last month displaced residents and triggered a leptospirosis outbreak.

Posted: October 14th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Over 100 leptospirosis cases reported in Olongapo after floods

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Children play in floodwaters following monsoon rains that flooded low-lying areas in Manila on Sept. 28, 2013. Two weeks after heavy flooding brought about by rain engulfed Olongapo City, more than 100 cases of leptospirosis have been recorded, according to Philippine Red Cross and local government officials.  AP

More than 100 cases of leptospirosis have been recorded here two weeks after heavy flooding brought about by rain enhanced by the southwest monsoon engulfed the city, according to Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and local government officials.

Posted: October 9th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Subic folk ask for safe living places outside danger zones

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SOME of the smaller structures in this area in Subic town, Zambales province, have been rebuilt after a landslide on Sept. 23. Neighbors said former residents have returned, especially those who left their pets and belongings. Most of those affected, however, were so traumatized they vowed not to return. In the Subic covered court gym, surviving relatives have set up a camp of sorts while some have stayed in friends’ houses.  ROBERT GONZAGA/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

In the aftermath of flooding and landslide deaths in Zambales province last week, tales of woe and despair are common in the town of Subic as residents try to pick up what remains of their shattered lives.

Posted: September 30th, 2013 in Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

‘Habagat’ death toll in Zambales, Bataan rises to 30

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LONE SURVIVOR A dog sits on the rubble of the house of its master that was hit by a landslide in Barangay Wawandue in Subic, Zambales, on  Tuesday morning. Neighbors said the dog was the first to emerge from the rubble that was covered with mud as they tried to rescue the doomed family. GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

The death toll from landslides and floods induced by the “habagat” (southwest monsoon) in the provinces of Zambales and Bataan rose to 30 on Tuesday as rescue workers continued digging up bodies buried by mud and debris in the towns of Subic, Castillejos and San Marcelino in Zambales.

Posted: September 24th, 2013 in Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Olongapo stunned by record floods

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OLONGAPO residents woke up Monday to the sight of a swelling river and rising floodwater that submerged and crippled the city. ROBERT GONZAGA

There is a first time for everything, it seems. In Olongapo, shock and fear intermingled with surprise as residents recounted the impact of monsoon rains that generated record-level flooding that engulfed the city on Monday.

Posted: September 24th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

At least 7 dead as severe flooding hits Olongapo, Zambales towns

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At least seven people were killed as continuous and heavy monsoon rains since Sunday night triggered severe flooding in this city and landslides in the nearby town of Subic in Zambales province on Monday, reports from local officials and disaster response agencies said.

Posted: September 23rd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Bataan Napoles project backed by 3 senators

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Farmers and village officials here said the liquid fertilizers and plastic sprayers delivered to them by a nongovernment organization (NGO) identified with alleged pork scam queen Janet Lim-Napoles and bought with public funds credited as pork barrel of three senators were unusable, calling the project “a waste of money.”

Posted: September 19th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Olongapo exec gunned down

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An official of the city’s Register of Deeds was shot and killed by a lone gunman in Barangay East Bajac Bajac here on Wednesday, police said.

Posted: August 7th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Olongapo’s power debt burden

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POWER lines crisscross above Rizal Avenue (Ulo ng Apo) and Magsaysay Drive, main streets of Olongapo City. One of the busiest commercial centers in Central Luzon, the city is facing a power debt crisis arising from high system losses, energy theft, an old power distribution system and corruption. ROBERT GONZAGA

A confluence of factors, exacerbated by high system losses due to a decrepit power distribution system, corruption and patronage politics, buried Olongapo City’s Public Utilities Department (PUD) in a mountain of debt amounting to P5 billion to power suppliers and threatened to cut the city from the Luzon power grid.

Posted: July 23rd, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Beach erosion in Zambales caused by underground river, geologists say

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THE MINES and Geosciences Bureau is looking into the erosion of the beach at the village of Uacon in Candelaria, Zambales.  ROBERT GONZAGA/INQUIRER CENTRAL LUZON

The team of geologists sent to investigate what was initially believed to be a sinkhole in Candelaria, Zambales, said the presence of an underground river channel in the area could have caused the collapse of a section of a beach in Barangay (village) Uacon there.

Posted: June 27th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

New debt plan prepared to keep electricity in Olongapo City

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Local officials have approved a debt-restructuring agreement that they hope could stop the state-run Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (Psalm) from disconnecting the city’s power supply due to its failure to pay over P5 billion in debts.

Posted: June 26th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

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