Friday, February 28, 2014

Motorcycle accidents kill 2 in NE

CABANATUAN CITY, Nueva Ecija – Two vehicular accidents, both involving motorcycles, have claimed the lives of two people, including a widow while another was critically wounded in Nueva Ecija Thursday, police said.
          Senior Superintendent Crizaldo Nieves, provincial police director, identified those who died as Jayson Billandres, 21, of Barangay Mayapyap Norte this city and Marciana Sinense, 58, of Barangay Sinasajan, Peñaranda town.
          Billandres met his death Thursday night along the Fort Magsaysay-Cabanatuan City road.
Superintendent Pedro Soliba, Cabanatuan police chief, said Billandres was driving his white Rusi motorcycle with license plate   9170-QF with back rider Ranny Gabriel, 21 years old along said highway when the vehicle suddenly lost control and veered to the right shoulder of the road.
On impact, Billandres and Gabriel were thrown out of the vehicle, with the former hitting his temple on the pavement. They were both rushed to the nearby Fort Magsaysay Hospital in Palayan City but Billandres was pronounced dead on arrival due to head injuries while Gabriel was listed in critical condition.
In Peñaranda, a speeding Red Racal motorcycle with license plate 1185 RZ and driven by Michael Casulucan ran into Sinense. 
Police said the motorcycle was heading northwards when Sinense suddenly appeared and was hit by vehicle.
Sinense sustained head and was brought to the Medicare Community Center in nearby Gen. Tinio town. She was later transferred to Paulino J. Garcia Memorial Research and Medical Center in this city but did not reach the hospital alive. – Manny Galvez

Legarda, UNISDR Chief Stress On Greater Action, Enhanced Cooperation To Build Resilience

MANILA-Senator Loren Legarda and Ms. Margareta Wahlström, Chief of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), both called for greater action and enhanced cooperation among sectors of society to build the Philippines’ resilience.

Wahlström is currently in the Philippines to work on several initiatives, including looking into rehabilitation efforts in Yolanda-affected communities.

Legarda, UN Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation for Asia-Pacific, welcomed the UNISDR Chief and expressed her full support to the organization’s continuing advocacy in promoting DRR.

“Even with the passage of landmark laws on climate change and disaster resilience, we continue to engage the government and all sectors of society in improved multi-lateral partnerships on disaster risk reduction and management programs,” the Senator said.

In a meeting with members of government agencies, academe, private sector and the diplomatic corps, Legarda and Wahlström stressed on the need to map out a strategy to strengthen resilience in Yolanda-affected areas and the country as a whole.

Wahlström pointed out that DRR is doable and it would not take long to see the gains because the country already has the necessary laws. However, the greater challenge is how to turn policies into effective action.

Wahlström also cited Legarda as a “super champ” who has always taken the lead in inspiring and motivating key stakeholders to ensure that disaster resilience will be everybody’s business.

Meanwhile, the Senator stressed on her commitment to continue on with her mission, this time with the Safe Schools campaign.

“We have initiated the regional DRR workshops, lectures on climate change in schools, distribution of disaster preparedness manuals and geohazard maps in local government units, and now we will work towards making every school in every barangay safe and resilient. We have a lot of work to do and we all have to work together and in synergy towards a unified action for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in the country,” said Legarda.


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