EDITORIAL: Reason for optimism

In the wake of Typhoons Pedring and Quiel, the Philippines is left with damages estimated to cost billions of pesos. Yet despite this, stories such as those found in this week’s Good News give us reason to remain optimistic. Instead of being incapacitated by these typhoons, our government is working quickly to ensure that the needs of affected Filipinos are met and to ensure that the Philippines will be better prepared to face disasters in the future.

Government agencies initiate own relief efforts

AFTER President Aquino’s visit last Wednesday to typhoon-ridden areas, government agencies have followed suit and launched various initiatives to ameliorate areas that were severely hit by typhoons ‘Pedring’ and ‘Quiel.’

President Aquino visits typhoon-ravaged Central Luzon

Last Wednesday, October 5, 2011, President Benigno S. Aquino III visited areas in Central Luzon that were devastated by Typhoons Pedring and Quiel in order to see for himself the conditions of the families affected by the storm, as well as to inspect rehabilitation efforts by the local governments and agencies of the national government.

DSWD leads relief operations

SECRETARY of Social Welfare and Development Corazon Juliano-Soliman this week said that the Lina Group of Companies donated 86 portalets, which will be immediately transported to the evacuation centers in Bulacan and Pampanga, the two hardest hit provinces by typhoon Pedring.

Philippines on target with 2.6 million visitors from January to August 2011

THE total number of visitors to the country has increased by 11.72%. For the first eight months of the year, the Philippines had 2,603,675 arrivals compared to the 2,330,584 arrivals for the same period in 2010. All the months posted an average of more than 300,000 tourists. The month of July recorded the biggest volume, with 360,784, while the month of February registered the highest growth rate at 18.52%.

Yokohama to invest $650 million for expansion of Clark facilities

As yet another fruit of business and trade meetings that took place during President Benigno S. Aquino III’s state visit to Japan, recently, the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) and Yokohama Tire Philippines Inc. (YTPI) signed a memorandum of understanding for a $650 million dollar expansion project for its facilities located in the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga.

PAGASA improves disaster preparedness

THE Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said it is planning to put up within two to three years about a thousand automatic weather stations (AWSs) around the country to better assist in weather monitoring and forecasting, and hopefully avoid the worsening effects of disasters.