By Tonette Orejas
The Philippines should begin decongesting Metro Manila, the financial and governing center, so the risks of earthquakes, typhoons and tsunamis hitting the metropolis would not paralyze the economy and government, Pampanga businessmen said here on Friday.
This will be the first time that we will be determining no-build zones on a massive scale because this involves the whole city of Tacloban. But we had advised local government units before on which villages in their areas should be considered no-build zones.—Mines and Geosciences Bureau director Leo Jasareno
By Kristine Felisse Mangunay
Despite the heavy rains spawned by the “habagat” (southwest monsoon) that fell on Marikina City last week, there were no fatalities unlike in 2009 when Tropical Storm “Ondoy” left scores dead.
By Nikko Dizon
The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council is monitoring a tropical storm with the international name “Bopha” as it could bring more rains than last year’s “Sendong,” which left a trail of destruction in Mindanao–especially in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities–and the Visayas.
By Leila B. Salaverria
The four-day long weekend starting Saturday is going to be a wet one for much of the country and potentially devastating for northern Luzon even with Typhoon “Mina” moving further away from the archipelago.