Ruby’s heavy rains threaten Marinduque with flash floods

LUCENA CITY, Quezon – Flash floods threaten Marinduque as Boac River continued to swell and sea water rose amid heavy rains spawned by Typhoon “Ruby,” now weakened to the category of a tropical storm, the head of the provincial disaster coordinating council said Monday. “Our rain gauge monitor registered a maximum rainfall data of 30.8 millimeters which exceeded the forecast rainfall brought by Ruby,” Eleuterio Raza, acting head of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, told the Philippine Daily Inquirer in a telephone interview. “Low-lying areas and those…

Strong rains raise fear of Marinduque mine dams collapse

LUCENA CITY, Philippines – The provincial disaster coordinator of Marinduque expressed fears that the abandoned mine dams of the former Marcopper Mining Corporation might collapse under the onslaught of approaching Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit). “We’re closely monitoring the condition of Tapian pit, Makulapnit and Maguila-guila dams,” Eleuterio Raza, acting provincial disaster risk reduction management council officer, said in a phone interview Sunday morning. He said the people were afraid that strong rains from Ruby could trigger the abandoned dams to collapse as it could no longer hold more water. “The weather…

La Navál de Manila: A 368-year old tradition

When church doors closed at eight o’clock last Thursday evening, more than a hundred people were still kneeling before the image of Nuestra Señora. Del Rosario at Santo Domingo Church. Lavishly attired, bejeweled, and high on a temporary templete above the main altar, Our Lady was transferred from her normal place at the left transept to get ready for her feast day, celebrated every second Sunday of October. In the adjoining convent corridor, carrozas were being lined up to receive the images joining the big day’s procession, La Nával de…

Napocor renews call for firms to generate power for Marinduque

BOAC, Marinduque – The National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR) is urging the public to help encourage private sector to take over the power generation in Marinduque. The President of NAPOCOR , Ma. Gladys Sta. Rita herself made the call, during the Marinduque Electric Cooperative’s (MARELCO) 35th Annual General Membership Assembly. With the employment of renewable energies and the participation of private sector in the power generation, Sta. Rita said cost of electricity in the province may even go down. Marinduque is a missionary area – unconnected to the main power grid…