Typhoon-hit Marinduque asks for aid before local supplies run out

Rolando Josue, the provincial disaster risk reduction and management council head, on Tuesday said they have recommended the declaration of a state of calamity after the typhoon damaged coconut trees and the entire agricultural land. He said the entire population, composed of 52,000 families (about 200,000 individuals), were affected. “Houses were either damaged or destroyed,” he said. An eight-year-old boy from Boac town was so far the lone casualty in the province. Josue said the child drowned after chasing a coconut in a river during the typhoon aftermath. While food…

Cell towers in Marinduque, Bicol damaged by Typhoon Nina

Telecommunication signals in Marinduque and the Bicol region have been cut down as several cell towers in the area have been structurally damaged by Typhoon Nina (international name: Nock-Ten), Ayala-led Globe Telecom Inc. said on Monday. “Based on our network team assessment, intermittent services were mostly caused by commercial power outages in the Bicol Region. Generator sets for cell towers are now being used to allow customers to use basic telecommunications services such as calls and text messaging. However, at least 6 towers located in Camarines Sur (4 towers), Albay…

Today in History: MV Doña Paz, Asia’s Titanic

On December 20, 1987, the MV Doña Paz sank after colliding with oil tanker MT Vector in the Tablas Strait, between the islands of Mindoro and Marinduque, killing more than 4,300 people. A total of 26 passengers and crew survived. It was traveling from Tacloban City in Leyte island to Manila. The Doña Paz was built in 1963 by Onomichi Zosen of Onomichi, Hiroshima, Japan, and was originally named Himeyuri Maru. During the time it plied Japanese waters, it had a passenger capacity of 608 people. In 1975, it was…

Gov. Carmencita Ongsiaco Reyes legacy

By Recto Mercene, Manila Bulletin This is an appeal to my esteemed kababayan, the honorable Governor Carmencita Ongsiaco Reyes of Marinduque. Please allow a contractor to continue with the concrete paving of the remaining portion of the Marinduque Airport runway so that business would flourish and tourism would boom in our beloved province. It has come to my attention that Melchor Go, reportedly her godson and contractor, has been a pain in the neck, having fought her for the governorship twice in the past, and she twice defeated him. As…

Mining industry crackdown continues in Philippines

A plan to pursue the multimillion-dollar suit against a global mining firm Barrick Gold Corp is headed for the Canadian courts, after a US court ruled that it was the wrong jurisdiction to hear the claim. The plan has gained the support of the Catholic Church and civil society groups in Marinduque province to recover the cost of damage left by the 1996 mine tailings spill, tagged as the worst mining tragedy in the Philippines, reported the Inquirer. The provincial board of Marinduque, in June, issued a resolution to refile…