Friday, January 25, 2008

News: 4 Fishermen Rescued from Capsized Boat

Four fishermen from Dinagat Island, Surigao del Norte, were rescued several hours after their fishing boat capsized off the coast of Limasawa Island, Southern Leyte past midnight Friday, authorities said.

Rey Gozon, administrative officer of the Office of Civil Defense in Eastern Visayas, identified the rescued fishermen as Richard Poras, 30, Joy Poras, 25, Arnel Buloson, 22, and Ryan Nodalo, 19, all residents of Purok Tres, the village of New Mabuhay, Dinagat Island.

Gozon said the Philippine Coast Guard in Maasin City informed him that the fishermen's boat, F/B Mary Glenn, capsized off the coast of Limasawa at 12:30 a.m. due to strong winds and high waves.

The fishermen had to stay on top of the overturned boat. More...

Thursday, January 24, 2008

News: Super Region Projects to be completed by 2010

Completion of infrastructure development projects under the Mindanao Super Region is underway as various line agencies are speeding up efforts to monitor and address major implementation bottlenecks.

Undersecretary Virgilio Leyretana, Chair of the Mindanao Economic Development Council (Medco) and Deputy Development Champion for the Super Region, cited the need for greater focus on fast-tracking the implementation of high-impact projects in Mindanao during an inter-agency meeting here recently of the Mindanao Super Region.

In its recent report, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) revealed that 32 percent of various priority infrastructure projects under the Mindanao Super Region are nearing completion as of November last year.

The first road project set to be completed, is the Dinagat Island Road Network project, which involves the improvement of a 15-kilometer road in Surigao del Norte. This road, which began construction in October 2006, is reported 65.57 percent completed. More...

Friday, January 04, 2008

News: 4 drown in Rivers Swollen by Rain in Dinagat

At least four people drowned after being swept by swollen rivers here and on Dinagat Island, the Office of the Civil Defense said Friday.

Liza Mazo, assistant director of the OCD in the Caraga region, said the deaths occurred on Thursday.

Mazo said the first set of fatalities was Rico Manigo and his son Richard, who were swept away while trying to cross the river in Barangay Anticala here on Thursday afternoon. She said rescuers have recovered the body of the younger Manigo while that of his father remained missing.

In Basilisa town on Dinagat Island, Mazo said the couple Leopoldo and Lucina Tapic were crossing a makeshift bridge in Barangay Helen when they were swept away by the raging river. More...