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Vietnamese Father & Son Chose to Live in the Forest Since 1972

Father and Son Who Survived the Viet War 40 yrs ago

Father and son who fled during the Vietnamese war 40 years ago have been coaxed from their hut deep in the forest. In the photo, Ho Van Lang, now 42, is wearing loincloth made from tree barks. The father, 82 years old Ho Van Thanh, then a communist soldier is already frail and has to be carried in a hammock. Thanh ran and took his then 2 years old boy after an American bombing transpired in central Quang Ngai province back in 1972, where he also witnessed the death of his mother and two other children.

In 2004, Thanh’s younger son already taken the pair back to the village but they cannot adapt and choose to fled back to their forest home. There, they would forage and plant corn. The younger son will then visit annually to bring their necessities. But locals started spotting the pair up and reported them back to the authorities.

Local official Hoang Anh Ngoc told the media that “The son is afraid of the crowds. He will not talk to strangers… but he talks inside their family.” The official also assured that the government is also to spend $2,300 to build the men home and facilitate Thanh’s medical condition.

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Typhoon Labuyo

Storm Utor or Labuyo

As of 11:00 am today, Typhoon ‘Labuyo’ continues to intensify as it nears Northern Philippines specifically the Luzon area. It now has an expected 150 kilometers per hour (kph) maximum winds—up from 140—and last spotted 160 kilometers northeast of Virac, Catanduanes or 270 kilometers east northeast of Daet, Camarines Norte. With this huge change, PAG-ASA raised storm signal number 3 in Catanduanes along with the Camarines provinces, the Northern Quezon Province, Polilio Island, Aurora and Isabela.

labuyo typhoon

labuyo typhoon


Signal number 2 is also up in:

Albay
Sorsogon
Rizal
Rest of Quezon
Laguna
Bulacan
Nueva Ecija
Quirino
Nueva Viscaya
Benguet
Ifugao
Mt. Province
Kalinga
Cagayan

While signal number 1 is up in:

Metro Manila
Babuyan Group of Islands
Ilocos Norte
Ilocos Sur
Apayao
Abra
La Union
Pangasinan
Tarlac
Zambales
Pampanga
Bataan
Cavite
Batangas
Marinduque
Burias and Ticao Islands
Northern Samar

114th Philippine Independence Celebration

Join the Filipinos, here and abroad, in celebrating the Philippines 114th Independence Day today. This year’s commemoration of the nation’s freedom from Spanish rule will be celebrated in different historic sites: Barasoain Church in Malolos, Bulacan; Rizal National Monument at Luneta in Manila; Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite; Bonifacio National Monument in Caloocan City; and Pamintuan mansion in Angeles City.

The President will lead the celebration in Malolos, while Vice President Jejomar Binday will lead the rites in Luneta, Transportation Secretary Manuel Roxas in Kawit, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima in Caloocan City, and Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. in Angeles City.

This year’s celebration is headed by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), which has the theme “Kalayaan: Pananagutan ng Bayan para sa Tuwid na Daan.” The new sites for this year’s celebration were all hand-picked for their significance in attaining the country’s freedom 114 years ago. Malolos city, the center of the celebration is the renowned “cradle of the first republic in Asia”, while Angeles city is where the first commemoration of Philippine Independence from Spain was held. The NHCP chair is Dr. Maria Serena Diokno.

The VP on Saturday

“Imagine he commanded the police force to take off all posted welcome streamers, and even warned market vendors not to mingle with me. He should have given me due respect as the second highest elected official of the country even if we are not in one party in politics.” This was Vice President Jejomar Binay’s protest against Roxas City’s Mayor, Allan Celino. VP Binay was in Capiz to discuss housing projects for both the government employees and the poor with the city mayor. The mayor refused to give Binay such opportunity.

Through all this, Binay vowed to return to the city to deliver his mission. “I have that responsibility. I was elected to serve the people. I have the support of the administration,” the Vice President added.

It should be remembered that Roxas City is the bailiwick of former Senator Manuel Roxas, who ran against Binay in the 2010 elections and lost. Roxas, known as the President’s bestfriend and closest ally is now the newly appointed Transportation Secretary.

Nel, Fab Four in PRP 3

For the first time in its three successful seasons, the Project Runaway Philippines (PRP) 3 is going to the finals with 4 finalists!

This was after the judges battled over Nel Claveria Jr. and Amor Albano. Nel designed a simple but sleek high-fashion gown after the shadow-effect painting of the Filipino masters, while Amor did her own interpretation of a flower painting. Although the judges adored Nel’s creation, they found the front’s simple and neat design boring and the behind design a little troubling—Apples calling it a super power launcher. As for Amor, the judges thought of her white and peach gown as very feminine and teeny. Finally, the committee decided that Nel, despite his shortcomings, is as deserving as Amor to join Cheetah and Milka in the finals. Thus, for the first time, PRP Finals will have Cheetah, Milka, Amor, and Nel—dubbed as the Fab Four.

The Fab Four will advance to the finals after stunning the judges with their awesome high-fashion designs for the L’Oreal Paris woman. Cheetah won the challenge with her lacy black gown, which Guest Judge Lucy Torres describes as the gown that needs to be looked at. Seasoned Judge Apples also cried out her admiration for Cheetah’s works and claimed that she is already a fan.

Nel is an overseas fashion designer and is a native of Camarines Sur.

EARTHQUAKE • TORNADO • WINTER STORM

Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. It can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home. What would you do if basic services–water, gas, electricity or telephones–were cut off? Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone right away.

Families can – and do– cope with disaster by preparing in advance and working together as a team. Follow the steps listed below to create your family’s disaster plan. Knowing what to do is your best protection and your responsibility.

4 Steps to Safety

1
Find Out What Could Happen to You
• Contact your Barangay Office, Philippine Red Cross chapter or Lifeline’s hotline 16-911. Ask what types of disasters are most likely to happen.
Request information on how to prepare for each.
• Find out how to help elderly or disabled persons, if needed.
• Find out about the disaster plans at your workplace, your children’s
school and other places where your family spends time.

2
Create a Disaster Plan
• Meet with your family and discuss why you need to prepare for disaster.
Explain the dangers of fire, severe weather and earthquakes to children.
Plan to share responsibilities and work together as a team.
• Discuss the types of disasters that are most likely to happen. Explain what to do in each case. Where will your family be when disaster strikes? They could be anywhere – at work, at school, in the car. How will you find each
other? Will you know if your children are safe?
• Pick two places to meet:
1. Right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, like a fire.
2. Outside your neighborhood in case you can’t return home. Everyone must know the address and phone number of the meeting place.
• Ask an out-of-state friend to be your “family contact.” After a disaster, it’s often easier to call long distance. Other family members should call this person and tell them where they are. Everyone must know your contact’s phone number.
• Discuss what to do in an evacuation. Plan how to take care of your pets.

3
Complete This Checklist

Conduct a home hazard hunt. Check for ordinary objects that can cause injury. Anything that can move, fall, break or cause a fire is a potential home hazard and should be inspected regularly. Stock emergency supplies and assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit. Take a Red Cross first aid and CPR class.
 Determine the best escape routes from your home. Find two ways out of each room. Find the safe spots in your home for
each type of disaster. Post emergency telephone numbers by phones (fire, police, ambulance, etc.).
Teach children how and when to call 16-911 or your local Emergency Medical Services number for emergency help.
 Show each family member how and when to turn off the water, gas and electricity at the main switches.
 Check if you have adequate insurance coverage.
 Teach each family member how to use the fire extinguisher (ABC type), and show them where it’s kept.
 Install smoke detectors on each level of your home, especially near

4
Practice and Maintain Your Plan
• Test your smoke detectors monthly and change the batteries at least once a year.
Jan ___ Feb ___ Mar ___ Apr ___
May___ Jun ___ Jul ___ Aug ___
Sept ___ Oct ___ Nov ___ Dec ___
Change batteries in _________ each year.
(month)
• Quiz your kids and household help every six months so they remember what to do.
• Conduct fire and emergency evacuation drills.
• Replace stored water every three months and stored food every six months.
• Test and recharge your fire extinguisher(s) according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Disaster Supplies Kit

Keep enough supplies in your home to last for at least three days. Assemble items you may need in an evacuation. Store supplies in sturdy, easy-to-carry containers such as backpacks, duffle bags or plastic trash cans with lids. Keep important family documents in a waterproof container. Keep a smaller kit in the trunk of your car.
Include in your Disaster Supplies Kit:
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Working with neighbors can save lives and property. Meet with your neighbors to plan how the neighborhood could
work together after a disaster until help arrives. If you’re a member of a neighborhood organization, such as a
home association or crime watch group, introduce disaster preparedness as a new activity. Know your neighbors’
special skills (ie, medical, technical) and consider how you could help neighbors who have special needs, such as
disabled and elderly persons. Make plans for child care in case parents can’t get home.
 A three-day supply of water (one gallon per person per day) and food that won’t spoil.
 One change of clothing and footwear per person, and one blanket or sleeping bag per person.
 A first aid kit that includes your family’s prescription medications.
 An extra set of car keys and a credit card or cash.
 Emergency tools including a battery powered radio, flashlight and plenty of extra batteries.
 Sanitation supplies.
 Special items for infant, elderly or disabled family members.
 An extra pair of glasses.
Evacuate immediately if told to do so:
• Listen to your battery-powered radio and follow the instructions of local emergency officials.
• Wear protective clothing and sturdy shoes.
• Take your Disaster Supplies Kit.
• Lock your home.
• Use travel routes specified by local authorities — don’t use shortcuts because certain areas may be impassable or dangerous.
If you’re sure you have time:
• Shut off water, gas and electricity before leaving, if instructed to do so.
• Post a note telling others when you left and where you are going.
• Make arrangements for your pets.
Evacuation
If Disaster Strikes
Remain calm and patient. Put your plan into action…
• Check for injuries. Give first aid and get help for seriously injured people.
• Listen to your battery powered radio for news and instructions.
• Evacuate, if advised to do so. Wear protective clothing and sturdy shoes.
Check for damage in your home. . .
• Use flashlights — do not light matches or turn on electrical switches, if you suspect damage.
• Check for fires, fire hazards and other household hazards.
• Sniff for gas leaks, starting at the water heater. If you smell gas or suspect a leak, turn off the main gas valve, open windows, and get everyone outside quickly.
• Shut off any other damaged utilities.
• Clean up spilled medicines, bleaches, gasoline and other flammable
liquids immediately.
Remember to. . .
• Confine or secure your pets.
• Call your family contact— do not use the telephone again unless it is a
life-threatening emergency.
• Check on your neighbors, especially elderly or disabled persons.
• Make sure you have an adequate water supply in case service is cut off.
• Stay away from downed power lines.
For medical emergencies, dial
Lifeline Rescue’s 24-hour Hotline: 16-911

Take the First Steps for a Hurricane Plan
If you are under a hurricane watch or warning, here are some basic steps to take to prepare for the storm:
 Learn about your community’s emergency plans, warning signals, evacuation routes, and locations of emergency shelters.
 Identify potential home hazards and know how to secure or protect them before the hurricane strikes. Be prepared to turn off electrical power when there is standing water, fallen power lines, or before you evacuate. Turn off gas and water supplies before you evacuate. Secure structurally unstable building materials.
 Buy a fire extinguisher and make sure your family knows where to find it and how to use it.
 Locate and secure your important papers, such as insurance policies, wills, licenses, stocks, etc.
 Post emergency phone numbers at every phone.
 Inform local authorities about any special needs, i.e., elderly or bedridden people, or anyone with a disability.
 Make plans to ensure your pets’ safety
Emergency Supplies You Will Need
You should stock your home with supplies that may be needed during the emergency period. At a minimum, these supplies should include:
 Several clean containers for water, large enough for a 3-5 day supply of water (about five gallons for each person).
 A 3-5 day supply of non-perishable food.
 A first aid kit and manual.
 A battery-powered radio, flashlights, and extra batteries.
 Sleeping bags or extra blankets.
HURRICANE READINESS
Nurse Des
Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention
 Water-purifying supplies, such as chlorine or iodine tablets or unscented, ordinary household chlorine bleach.
 Prescription medicines and special medical needs.
 Baby food and/or prepared formula, diapers, and other baby supplies.
 Disposable cleaning cloths, such as “baby wipes” for the whole family to use in case bathing facilities are not available.
 Personal hygiene supplies, such as soap, toothpaste, sanitary napkins, etc.
 An emergency kit for your car with food, flares, booster cables, maps, tools, a first aid kit, fire extinguisher, sleeping bags, etc.
Preparing to Evacuate
Expect the need to evacuate and prepare for it. The PAG-ASA will issue a hurricane watch when there is a threat to coastal areas of hurricane conditions within 24-36 hours.
A. When a hurricane watch is issued, you should:
 Fill your automobile’s gas tank.
 If no vehicle is available, make arrangements with friends or family for transportation.
 Fill your clean water containers.
 Review your emergency plans and supplies, checking to see if any items are missing.
 Tune in the radio or television for weather updates.
 Prepare an emergency kit for your car with food, flares, booster cables, maps, tools, a first aid kit, fire extinguisher, sleeping bags, etc.
 Secure any items outside which may damage property in a storm, such as bicycles, grills etc.
 Cover windows and doors with plywood or boards or place large strips of masking tape or adhesive tape on the windows to reduce the risk of breakage and flying glass.
 Put livestock and family pets in a safe area. Due to food and sanitation requirements, emergency shelters cannot accept animals.
 Place vehicles under cover, if at all possible.
 Fill sinks and bathtubs with water as an extra supply for washing.
 Adjust the thermostat on refrigerators and freezers to the coolest possible temperature.
Nurse Des
Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention
B. If you are ordered to Evacuate
Because of the destructive power of a hurricane, you should never ignore an evacuation order. Authorities will be most likely to direct you to leave if you are in a low-lying area, or within the greatest potential path of the storm. Be aware that most shelters and some hotels do not accept pets. If a hurricane warning is issued for your area or you are directed by authorities to evacuate the area:
 Take only essential items with you.
 If you have time, turn off the gas, electricity, and water.
 Disconnect appliances to reduce the likelihood of electrical shock when power is restored.
 Make sure your automobile’s emergency kit is ready.
 Follow the designated evacuation routes. Others may be blocked and expect heavy traffic.
C. If You Are Ordered NOT to Evacuate
The great majority of injuries during a hurricane are cuts caused by flying glass or other debris. Other injuries include puncture wounds resulting from exposed nails, metal, or glass, and bone fractures.
To get through the storm in the safest possible manner:
 Monitor the radio or television for weather conditions, if possible.
 Stay indoors until the authorities declare the storm is over.
 Do not go outside, even if the weather appears to have calmed the calm “eye” of the storm can pass quickly, leaving you outside when strong winds resume.
 Stay away from all windows and exterior doors, seeking shelter in a bathroom or basement. Bathtubs can provide some shelter if you cover yourself with plywood or other materials.
 Prepare to evacuate to a shelter or to a neighbor’s home if your home is damaged, or if you are instructed to do so by emergency personnel
Complete Your Family Disaster Plan  Contact your local Red Cross and ask what types of disasters are most likely to happen.  Meet with your family and discuss why you need to prepare for disaster.  Complete the disaster plan checklist.  Practice your plan

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