‘Pablo’ now over Palawan; storm signals lowered

MANILA (3rd Update, 12:31 p.m.) – Typhoon “Pablo” (international codename: Bopha) is now over Northern Palawan in Luzon but six areas in the country are still under public storm warning signals.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said in its latest bulletin that Pablo slowed down and weakened slightly while moving away from the country as of 10 a.m. (READ MORE)

Canada ready to provide assistance to typhoon victims

CANADA expressed Wednesday readiness to provide assistance to victims of Typhoon Pablo (international codename: Bopha) in the Philippines, as it offered condolences to the families of those who perished.

“On behalf of all Canadians, we offer our deepest condolences and sympathies to those who have lost loved ones or have been otherwise affected by Typhoon Bopha,” Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and Minister of State of Foreign Affairs Diane Ablonczy said in a statement.(READ MORE)


Classes suspended again today, as LGUs focus on cleanup, rescue

THERE will be no classes in all levels in Cebu City and Cebu Province today, in part because classrooms may be needed as evacuation centers for survivors of typhoon Pablo.

Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia declared the suspension during the second meeting yesterday of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council at the Capitol. Read more

Pablo further weakens, moves toward northern Palawan

Typhoon “Pablo” (international codename Bopha) further weakened Wednesday while moving toward Northern Palawan, but at least 22 areas remain under public storm warning signals, the state weather bureau said.

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) forecaster Chris Perez said that as of 6 a.m. Wednesday, Pablo was located at 140 kilometers east of Puerto Princesa City.

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Pablo claims 56 lives in Davao Region

Authorities reported at least 56 fatalities in Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley alone, while around 20 soldiers went missing after Typhoon Pablo (international codename Bopha) made a landfall early Tuesday.

Erlinda Balante, 64, was fast asleep when strong winds brought by the typhoon hit and destroyed her house in Barangay Libton, Manay, Davao Oriental, around 5 a.m. Tuesday.

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Storm affects 60,000 in Visayas, Mindanao

OVER 60,000 people were forced to take cover in evacuation centers, as typhoon Pablo’s 170-kph gusts drove them away from their homes in the Visayas and Mindanao yesterday.

At least four were confirmed dead by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), but initial reports from ABS-CBN said more than 40 died in Compostela Valley alone.
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Typhoons in my mind

WE LIVE in the Philippines, which is within the Pacific typhoon belt, and so each of us have stories to tell about the typhoons that we went through growing up. The depth a storm is etched in our subconscious is proportionate to how destructive it is.

I don’t remember dates easily, but I do recall one storm in the ‘80s that had me worrying a bit, even if we were in a low concrete structure that protected us better than those fragile houses of farmers where I stayed in often. “We” include my brother and his family, who lived in a compound used as a warehouse of Pepsi-Cola in Danao City. (READ MORE)


Coping with disasters

WHEN I wrote this piece at the GMA 7 broadcast complex late yesterday afternoon, I could already feel the winds and the gustiness brought about by supertyphoon Pablo (international name Bopha). The GMA 7 broadcast complex is in an elevated area in the boundary of Barangays Busay and Apas. It is surrounded by trees.

 Mailhan man nimo nga mihapak na ang hangin gumikan kay mangaluray ug moaksyon man og bawog ang mga gagmay’ng punu-an sa kahoy nga nagpalibot sa among edipisyo. Unya, misamot kabugnaw ang palibot gumikan sa pagtutaligsik inubanan sa hoyohoy sa hangin. (READ MORE)

‘Pablo’ now in north Palawan; 22 areas under storm signals

MANILA (2nd Update, 10:07 a.m.) – Typhoon “Pablo” (international codename: Bopha) has reached northern Palawan in Luzon, hours after it battered Visayas and Mindanao, leaving at least 15 persons “officially” dead, said authorities Wednesday.

In its Twitter account, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Pablo was located at 9 a.m. Wednesday 115 kilometers (km) northeast of Puerto Princesa City in Palawan. (READ MORE)