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04/21/2014: A Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated at 220km East Northeast of Surigao City. LPA will bring cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms over Eastern Visayas particularly Eastern and Norther Samar. Meanwhile, another LPA outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) was estimated at 1,220km East of Guiuan, Easstern Samar. This disturbance is possible to develop into a storm and expected to enter into PAR within the next 24-36 hours.                                                                                                 SOURCE: PAGASA, CBDRRMO


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I.M. PrepareD - Preparing for the New Normal
Written by CBDRRMO   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014
The City of Bogo is one of the hardest hits of Super Typhoon Yolanda last November 8, 2013. Experts from the U.S. consider the phenomenon the New Normal of weather conditions. Typhoons, earthquakes and other phenomena will have harder impacts to the people nowadays due to climate change. One of the lessons learned after Yolanda was to equip and enhance every family’s capacity on disaster preparedness through a program we call I.M. PrepareD.

I.M. PrepareD, stands for Information Management in Preparation for Disasters, is designed for equipping each family, school, business establishment and barangays with information using computer media, radio broadcast, social media, reading paraphernalia and family interaction for them to be prepared for disasters, man-made and natural. The emphasis is on disaster preparedness of each family being the basic unit of the society.

The program contains family disaster preparedness guide, baseline data per barangay on families, families prone to hazard, vulnerable elements of the society likely to be affected by hazards, 24-hour DRRM Monitoring (animated near-real time weather simulation effects), Emergency Directories, available Multi-hazard maps, Capabilities on DRRM and DRRM Policies involving barangays, schools and businesses.

It presents the City of Bogo’s proactive character on disaster management and  is a family-based, child-friendly and gender-sensitive program. We consider this a big challenge destined to be overcome by strong commitment of service.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 April 2014 )
New houses for 110 Bogo families
Written by Flornisa M. Gitgano   
Friday, 31 January 2014

SOME 110 families living in coastal areas will move to new houses on a 1.1-hectare property called Yolanda Village in Barangay La Paz, Bogo City, Cebu.

The village was named after the super typhoon that hit the Visayas last Nov. 8.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held yesterday, headed by Gov. Hilario Davide III and Bogo Mayor Celestino Martinez Jr., for additional houses that will be constructed.

Forty-five houses have already been built in the village, said lawyer Ahmad Clay Escolar, chairperson of the City’s adopt-a-barangay program.


The program was initiated by the Bogo City Government to help families whose houses were destroyed by the super typhoon.

A short program was held in the village where 29 donors composed of foreign and local nongovernment organization turned over houses to beneficiaries. The donors were also given a certificate of appreciation by the City.

Bogo City was one of 16 local government units badly affected by the super typhoon.

Some P330.911 million worth of agriculture, infrastructure, social infrastructure and livelihood and employment were either damaged or destroyed by the calamity.

Martinez said they are prioritizing the 1,350 families who live in the danger zone, or those who reside in the 40-meter no-build zone.

He said donors’ pledges have reached 1,500 houses.

“I think I am the happiest person kaning nahitabo karong adlawa sa (because of the development today in) Bogo,” he said.

House size

Escolar said each house has an area of 21 to 22 square meters and can accommodate five to seven persons.

The house is made of galvanized iron sheets and marine plywood. It has concrete floors.

Escolar said the beneficiaries’ only obligation is to pay P240 monthly for the lot for 25 years.

The City has also identified lots in Barangays Cayang and Malingin as relocation sites for about 4,000 families.

In his speech, Davide thanked the donors.

“To the beneficiaries, take care of your new houses. This is a gift from the donors,” Davide said in Cebuano.

Last Updated ( Friday, 07 March 2014 )
SM to build 200 houses in Bogo City
Written by Michelle Joy L. Padayhag   
Monday, 23 December 2013
SM Group will build a village with 200 typhoon-proof concrete houses for survivors of supertyphoon Yolanda in barangay Polambato, Bogo City under the “Adopt a Barangay Project.”

“We choose areas affected by the storm that have not been equally recognized,” said Hans T. Sy, president of SM Prime Holdings Inc.


Sy, together with Bogo City Mayor Celestino Martinez Jr. and Cebu Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale, led yesterday’s groundbreaking of the P50-million SM Cares Housing project.


The houses will be built on a one-hectare lot donated by the heirs of Wenceslao and Margarita Briones Fernan.

“It has been my mother’s dream to provide housing for the farmers here in Bogo City which is my hometown,” said Marissa Fernan, SM Prime Holdings senior vice president for Visayas and Mindanao. The donated lot was owned by her grandparents.

Sy said construction of the 200 houses will start in two weeks and will be completed in nine months. Each row house will have a concrete roof and high ceiling, proper ventilation and will be ready for utilities.


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