Bislig Tunnel

BUTUAN CITY - A miner was buried alive while three of his companions survived, one of them critically injured when the tunnel they were digging collapsed at a remote area in Barangay San Jose, Bislig City, a report reaching the police regional command and tactical operations center here yesterday stated. The initial report received by the Police Regional Office 13 based at Camp Rafael Rodriguez here also showed that the incident happened at 11 a.m. Friday. The report identified the fatality as Jaime D. Fernandez, 55, of Purok 1 Gamaon District, Barangay Mangagoy, Bislig City. (Mike Crismundo)

COMVAL MAP

Project NOAH's 3D-topographic mapping of safe and hazardous areas of Compostela Valley (ComVal) and its assessment have been completed, and are now with policy-makers. The Manila Bulletin also learned yesterday that the Task Force Pablo was scheduled to meet today, in Malacañang, or anytime this week to tackle the NOAH's data. NOAH is the government's P1.6-billion state-of-the-art disaster mitigation and prevention initiative to save lives, communities, and properties. It stands for Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards. Aside from the three ComVal towns, the NOAH team also captured data in Davao City that can be processed into maps to see the safe and risky areas. (Edd Usman)

VOLUNTEER DRIVE

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA) - The Region-10 office of the Civil Service Commission is encouraging all government officials and employees to support and participate in the Million Volunteer Run (MVR) on February 10. The MVR is nationwide simultaneous run event spearheaded by the Philippine Red Cross that will be participated in by 100 Red Cross Chapters and Sub-chapters in the country. Now on its second year, the MVR aims to advance the spirit of volunteerism to address today's humanitarian challenges and heighten public awareness to reduce disaster risks and vulnerabilities of communities.

EDUCATION GRANT

MAMBAJAO, Camiguin (PIA) - The P10-million financial assistance from government is benefiting 1,939 provincial youth scholars and 175 Commission on Higher Education scholars. The fund was sourced from Priority Development Assistance Fund of the province's lone district Representative Pedro P. Romualdo. Through its partner, the Camiguin Polytechnic State College, students are honed in their chosen fields like engineering and technology, agriculture, arts, sciences, education, eco-tourism and nursing, including technical vocational education and training. Through this, grantees are freed from school fees and were also enjoying quarterly cash allowances.

HOUSING PROJECT

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PNA) - The Deptartment of Social Welfare and Development has turned over P140 million for the construction of 2,000 housing units at the 16-hectare Pagatpat Relocation Site here. DSWD Regional Director Araceli F. Salmonella said the turnover Friday of the check to the city government demonstrated the DSWD's commitment of support to the city government's effort to provide relocation sites for victims of calamities here. ''The DSWD cited City Mayor Vicente Emano for fast, timely decisions, and political will, which resulted in the relocation sites of 1,000 victims of typhoon 'Sendong' to relocation sites in a matter of four months,' Solamillo said.

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