‘Quinta’ Last Typhoon of 2012

One storm left is expected to enter the country before the end of the year and is named Quinta, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

There are currently no perceive any low pressure area by Pagasa and if we are experiencing rain it is caused only from northeast monsoon rains.

Meanwhile, Typhoon Pablo allegedly dissolved where it was became a low pressure area only while leaving the country day before yesterday of four o’clock in the afternoon after land fall in Ilocos Norte, according to Buddy Javier, weather forecaster of PAG ASA.

Even though it left the country already, the three regions in the North such as Cagayan, Ilocos, and Cordillera will experience more rain and lowering sky.

While in Metro Manila, Visayas and Mindanao will also continue to experience fleeting rain caused by the breeze.

Rainfall Alert Warning Terminated Over Metro Manila

The state-run weather bureau on Thursday terminated the rainfall alert warning over Metro Manila but advised the public to continue monitoring updates.

In its latest message on its official account on the micro-blogging website Twitter, @dost_pagasa, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) terminated the alert warning at 12:20 noon of Thursday.

Light to moderate (1.0-7.o millimeters/hour) rains were observed over the last two hours.

Tropical storm “Chedeng” entered Philippine Area of Responsibility

PAGASA

Source: PAGASA

Earlier today, the tropical storm Chedeng (with international name Songda) entered the Philippine area of responsibility and is said to be on Eastern Samar direction. PAGASA stated the exact location of the storm, it was located 800 km east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar and moving west northwest at 13kph as of 4:00am.

Governor Joey Salceda (Albay Governor) said that they already preparing for evacuation as the weather got worse. They expected Chedeng to be worse than the previous storm that killed 35 people in Camarines Sur and damaged a billion and a half pesos of crops and infrastructure.

Chedeng will bring rains and strong winds in Bicol and also in Metro Manila in the preceding days. Due to the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ), northern parts of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao will experience scattered rains and thunderstorms.

For other information, you can contact PAGASA’s new 24-hour hotline at 433-ULAN (8526). You can also follow them on Twitter for the latest advisories and announcements.

Unemployed increasing in the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – A total of 3.1 million Filipinos were jobless in April, with the country’s jobless rate rising to 8%, despite faster-than-expected economic growth, according to the latest Labor Force Survey of the National Statistics Office (NSO).

The NSO said the unemployment rate was higher than the previous 7.3% recorded in January, representing 2.8 million unemployed Filipinos for the month. It was also higher than the 7.5% jobless rate recorded in April 2009.

The jobless rate last touched the 8% mark in April 2008.

The statistics office did not specify a reason for the sharp jump in the jobless rate, though the total labor force inched down to 38.5 million in April from 38.8 million in January.

Underemployed workers — or those who want to work longer hours — fell to 6.3 million, or 17.8%, from 7.1 million in January. It was the lowest rate since October 2008.

About 59% of the under-employed worked for less than 40 hours a week, mostly coming from the agriculture sector.

The jobless rate climbed despite strong economic growth of 7.3% in the first quarter, the fastest since the second quarter of 2007 and beating market and government estimates. Seasonally adjusted growth in the January to March quarter was the highest in 22 years.

The Philippines has one of the highest jobless rates in Southeast Asia. With a report from Reuters

Back to School

MANILA, Philippines – Education Secretary Mona Valisno will lead the annual inspection of schools today when around 23 million public and private school children troop back to different learning institutions nationwide.

Valisno, with other school officials, will make the rounds around 8 a.m. at the Nangka Elementary School on Balubad St. in Marikina City.

The officials will then proceed to Don Alejandro Roces Sr. School and Technical High School on Roces Avenue, in Brgy. Obrero, Quezon City, around 9:15 a.m.

The visit to selected schools in Metro Manila is part of the activities for Department of Education’s “Oplan Balik Eskwela” with the theme “Tara Na! Balik Eskwela Na.”

Last week, the DepEd has activated a command center at its main office to receive complaints and queries from parents and guardians regarding the school opening. – By Dennis Carcamo (Philstar News Service, www.philstar.com)

Winners in Metro Manila Election 2010

These following are the person who takes the position of being the Mayor and the Vice Mayor of Metro Manila.

Manila

Mayor Alfredo Lim;

Vice Mayor:Francisco “Isko ” Domagono

Pasig

Mayor: Robert Eusebio

Vice Mayor : Rosalio Martires

Mandaluyong

Mayor: Benjamin Abalos Jr

Vice Mayor: Danilo de Guzman

San Juan

Mayor: Guia Gomez

Vice Mayor: Francisco Zamora

Makati

Mayor: Jejomar Binay Jr.

Vice Mayor: Romulo Pena

Quezon

Mayor: Herbert Bautista

Vice Mayor: Joy Belmonte

Valenzuela

Mayor: Sherwin Gatchalian

Malabon

Mayor: Canuto Oreta

Vice Mayor: Antolin Oreta III

Paranaque

Mayor: Florencio Bernabe Jr.

Vice Mayor: Gus Tambunting

Pateros

Mayor: Joey Medina

Vice Mayor; Jose Jonathan Sanchez

Caloocan

Mayor: Enrico Echiverri

Vice Mayor: Edgar Erice

Las Pinas

Mayor: Vergel Aguilar

Vice Mayor: Luis Bustamante

These are the Winner for the 2010 election as of May 12, 2010 counts are based on the PCOS machines

Parts of Metro Manila experience three-hour brownouts

Daily brownouts lasting up to three hours in some parts of Metro Manila may be experienced in the next five days, energy officials said Monday.

Expected to take place anytime between 10 AM to 10 PM, power outages were caused by problems with two major power plants, Dina Lomotan, a spokesperson for Meralco, said in an interview on dzBB radio.

Among the affected areas include Las Piñas, Makati, Malabon, Parañaque, Quezon City, Valenzuela, Muntinlupa, Pasig, Pateros and Taguig, a separate Balitanghali report on Monday said.

The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) advised Meralco of problems at the Masinloc and Sual power plants only on Sunday night, Lomotan added.

The NGCP runs the country’s power grid, transmitting electricity from power plants to utilities such as Meralco.

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Notorious car theft gang busted; 10 members fall

MANILA, Philippines–Police have busted a big-time syndicate said to be involved in several car theft incidents in Metro Manila, particularly Quezon City and the eastern part of the metropolis.

On Tuesday night, operatives of the Manila Police District’s Station 3 led by Supt. Nelson Yabut arrested 10 suspected members of the syndicate, including its two leaders.

Yabut said the 10 men—believed to be members of the Bonifacio Salvatierra gang—were arrested in a raid on their safe house on La Mesa Street in Ugong, Valenzuela City.

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MMDA eyes urinals for women, too

MANILA, Philippines – Soon, women will have their own pink urinals.

An official of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) yesterday said there were also plans to put up toilets for women along Edsa following the establishment of urinals for male drivers.

MMDA General Manager Robert Nacianceno said women’s restrooms, which would be situated underneath footbridges on the major thoroughfare, was one of the agency’s proposed projects for this year.

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No imminent threat in Metro Manila, security officials say

Philippine security forces reiterated on Monday that Metro Manila is not facing any imminent threat from a spillover of the Maguindanao turmoil, even as intelligence agents are continuously monitoring areas in the metropolis where supposed relatives and supporters of the Ampatuan clan are residing.

“So far, the situation is normal. There are no indications that there will be a spillover [here in Metro Manila]. But our intelligence units are vigilant and are on alert to preempt any untoward incidents,” said Lt. Gen. Reynaldo Mapagu, chief of the Armed Forces National Capital Region Command (NCRCom).

Mapagu said contingencies are in place, including the immediate deployment of a quick reaction team in case the need arises.

“This is to ensure our readiness to respond to any contingency,” Mapagu told GMANews.TV in an interview.

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