[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 19 October 2009 Monday

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Newsbriefs 19 October 2009 Monday

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan

'Ramil' forecast to make landfall Thursday (abs-cbnNEWS)
MANILA - Weather bureau PAGASA on Monday said residents of Cagayan and Isabela provinces should brace for the effects of Typhoon Ramil (international code name Lupit), which is expected to make landfall by Thursday morning. 

PAGASA Director Prisco Nilo said that as of 10 a.m., Ramil was packing 175 kph winds near the center and gusts of up to 210 kph. The storm remained quasi-stationary at 1,110 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan. 

Nilo said Cagayan, Isabela and other parts of Northern Luzon are expected to feel the effects of the storm as early as Wednesday afternoon, based on the weather disturbance's present speed and predicted direction. He said the probability of the storm making landfall is at 80 percent. 

"By tonight or tomorrow morning, this storm will move more towards the west and it may make landfall in extreme Northern Luzon by Thursday morning or afternoon," Nilo said in a press briefing. 

      'No need for emergency powers' (www.philstar.com)


MANILA, Philippines - There is no need for Congress to give President Arroyo emergency powers to rein in prices of oil and basic goods under a state of calamity, Malacañang said yesterday.

Presidential economic spokesman Gary Olivar issued the statement after a lawyers' group, Social Justice Society (SJS), called on Congress to enact a law that would grant the President emergency powers to control prices of petroleum products during a state of calamity.

"Maybe our lawmakers see some weaknesses in our laws that need to be strengthened so that the President -whether the sitting President or whoever will be the president in the future -can respond faster in times of calamities," Olivar told the government-owned Radyo ng Bayan.

Metro squatter relocation to cost P32B (hilippine Daily Inquirer)

MANILA, Philippines-The government needs more than P32 billion in the next 10 years to relocate qualified families from among the more than 500,000 households of informal settlers in Metro Manila, according to an interagency committee.

The number of squatter families represents 21 percent of the estimated 2.6 million households in Metro Manila.

One of every five households of informal settlers lives in danger areas such as riverbanks, floodways, roads, aqueducts and under bridges, according to the Metro Manila Inter-Agency Committee on Informal Settlers (MMIAC).

In a report, the MMIAC said the government would need P3.225 billion yearly to come up with the 22,689 socialized housing units needed every year over a 10-year period.

The MMIAC's report was one of the documents the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) submitted to the Supreme Court on Oct. 13 in compliance with the tribunal's December 2008 decision ordering government agencies to clean up Manila Bay.

Napocor flood warning chief sacked (bs-cbnNEWS)
MANILA - The chief engineer of the National Power Corporation's flood forecasting and warning system has been relieved of his post, Energy Secretary Angelo Reyes said Monday. 

Division chief Alexander Palada earlier admitted that he ordered the release of an enormous amount of water from San Roque Dam in Pangasinan at the height of Typhoon Pepeng (Parma) to prevent damage to the facility. Officials said the sudden release of water caused massive flooding in Pangasinan and nearby provinces. 

100 tons of food arrive from UN (www.philstar.com)

MANILA, Philippines - The first of two of the largest high-energy food shipments from the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) arrived in the country yesterday for victims of storm "Ondoy" and typhoon "Pepeng."

Stephen Anderson, WFP country director, said the first 100-metric-ton shipment of nutritious biscuits was loaded from Turkey and flown to the Philippines on TNT's Boeing 747-400 extended range freighter for immediate distribution to various evacuation centers in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

Anderson said another 100 tons of biscuits will arrive on Oct. 24, in a continuing effort to provide food assistance to flood victims.

The shipment was another endeavor in the "Moving the World Partnership" between WFP and delivery firm TNT.

Asean summit to discuss disasters, economic ties (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

BANGKOK-Closer economic ties and ways of coping better with devastating natural disasters in the region will be on the agenda as Asian leaders gather in Thailand this week, analysts and diplomats said.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) meets on Friday in the resort town of Hua Hin for its annual summit, followed by talks with the leaders of China, South Korea, Japan, Australia, India and New Zealand.

Thailand is mobilizing an 18,000-strong security force and invoking a harsh internal security act to prevent protests from disrupting the meetings, which have been canceled twice before owing to antigovernment demonstrations.

When talks get under way, Asean leaders are likely to discuss measures to further integrate their economies by bringing down trade and financial barriers and making it easier for professionals, business executives and skilled labor to work across the region.



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