Archive for January, 2013

A MANIFESTO ON COMVAL FLOOD

Posted in comval, comval sex scandal, Comval's Big Flood coming on January 4, 2013 by cha monforte

Let’s bore a hole through the valley!
Help: A Diversion Canal is Needed!
Mega Dike! Mega Project!
(1st edition, serving like a draft working paper for all netizens who want Comval’s mainland valley to live, not die)

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Where is Comval’s mainland valley heading to after typhoon Pablo?
If by climate change, it becomes a usual path of typhoon?
That the development and growth of small scale is irreversible,
That it has a vast learned army of small miners now 2 decades after the Diwalwal gold rush,
That the valley’s larger eastern region is tried and tested a highly mineralized region,
That stopping the small-scale mining now is a best recipe for insurrection,
That its northern, eastern and southern upland borders, that have 2nd-growth forests have been subjected to decades of kaingin, poaching, lumbering, logging apart from logging to support gold tunneling, can no longer hold enough the fallen rain water they take,
That these result to fast cascading of rainwaters, silted rivers apart that the grown-up small scale mining has been disgorging soil wastes, mud through the decades,
That its western part has propensity for cash crop production, while also being subjected to clearing and logging,
That for more than a decade now, during continuous rains, waters from the valley’s silted rivers and tributaries exit largely to Agusan river, but for umpteenth times during the past floods, backflows occur and backwater came to meet cascading rainwaters from the valley’s exploited uplands, forming a flood that usually submerged parts of Monkayo, Montevista, Nabunturan,Compostela and New Bataan,
That often it would take a week or 2 weeks’ time before floodwaters would drain to silted Agusan River sans the rains,
That this flooding problem in Comval’s mainland valley has been here for about a decade already, and each flood incident occurs, it becomes more destructive, the toll and damage more higher, the number of fatality is increasing,
That continuous rains, heavy downpours brought the valley’s flooding,
That the Big Flood is yet to come, that would inundate greatly, including Mawab that has waters draining via Hijo River in the valley’s north, emptying to Davao Gulf,
That the case of typhoon Pablo is special, an exemption in fact,
That typhoon Pablo brought heavy rains and strong winds never before experienced by the valley’s population,
That typhoon Pablo was a fortuitous event, a force majeure, with its strongest winds and heavy rains in its eyewall unfortunately hitting the valley that looks like a stretched pan-like figure with bloated parts inside it for the smaller hills and mountains,
That New Bataan was hit the hardest and was just ill-fated to be passed by the eyewall of a perfect storm that the valley’s people had first experienced in their lifetime,
That New Bataan poblacion sits in a lowland is surrounded by rivers and tributaries running from its proximate, high eastern mountains, and the town center is in fact cut by a river,
That Pablo’s heavy rains, and strong winds traveling west in direction, counter clockwise in movement, pounded on the high eastern border or the western border of Davao Oriental, and there high volume of rainwaters landed in the chain of mountains of Manurigao, Mandayar, Katalogan, as though they were tilted roofs; and the rainwaters, not so much held by a spoiled 2nd-growth forest, searched rivers and tributaries and cascaded so fast downhill, overflowing the bigger Andap, Mayo and Batoto rivers of New Bataan, while the Agusan- Manat Rivers in the town’s west also overflowed and also a heavy volume of its water crept into New Bataan, badly submerging the poblacion, drowning and missing a lot of its people,
That the character of the water runoff from the high mountains of the valley was just shown to the max by typhoon Pablo,
That this shows the way how flooding comes to the valley every year especially during the rainy season, thus becoming a perennial problem that worsens and becomes more destructive for each passing year,
Where do we go from here now after Pablo?
Let’s bore a hole through the mainland valley!
A Diversion Canal going south, passing the Hijo River, emptying into Davao Gulf is what I have in mind.
It’s a long, big man-made canal which would divert the floodwaters trapped in the valley during continuous rains on rainy season, or as brought or triggered by a typhoon.
It can be multiple-use canal system, a flood-draining, an irrigation and transportation canal for Comval’s mainland valley to survive, live and not die by Big Floods.
It’s a Mega Dike, a Mega Project that should be entertained by the government
NOW, BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!
(N.B.: Yuletide Season sometimes gives us time to reflect and analyze- to help)

– Cha Monforte  1/4/2013

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1 missing, 30 families evacuated in Davao Norte due to LPA rains

Posted in Libuganon River with tags , on January 3, 2013 by cha monforte

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jan. 3, 2012

By Cha Monforte, Rural Urban News

One person remains missing and some 30 families in Kapalong town have evacuated to safer grounds following continuous rains since Wednesday morning in Davao del Norte.

Davao del Norte disaster management officer Sonio Sanchez reported Thursday morning that they would continue their search and rescue operation for the missing person in Kapalong after they were hindered the other night due to the hazard of rising water of Saug River and darkness.

He said that the Provincial Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council had alerted five flood-prone areas as municipal and city disaster management councils were activated when they monitored on the ground that various rivers were swelling with flood waters following continuous rains that started on the New Year’s Day.

Alerted were the municipalities of Talaingod, Kapalong, Asuncion, Santo Tomas and Tagum City. The PDRRMC recommended on Thursday morning a preemptive evacuation of people especially those in downstream communities in Tagum, Sto. Tomas and Carmen, where the big Libuganon River flows.

The rains in the province were brought in by the low pressure area (LPA) earlier spotted southeast of Mindanao.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Wednesday said the LPA has a slim chance of intensifying into a tropical depression as it entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility.

Based on the 5 a.m. Thursday bulletin of PAGASA, the LPA was spotted in the vicinity of Sta. Josefa, Agusan Del Sur.

The LPA was forecast to move towards the Zamboanga Peninsula on Thursday and head towards Northern Borneo by Friday. – Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte

Zero armed encounter between GPH and MILF in 2012

Posted in Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) with tags on January 3, 2013 by cha monforte

jan 3, 2013

The Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities(CCCH) of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has noted a zero incident of armed encounter between the government and MILF forces in 2012.

The GPH and MILF CCCH, popularly known as the ceasefire committee, posted this report to MILF’s luwaran.com website on New Year’s Day.

“2012 is indeed a historic year for the current GPH – MILF Peace Process as it is the only year since the signing of the ceasefire accord between the two parties more than a decade of years now that not a single encounter of armed encounter between government and MILF forces occurred,” the committe’s Secretariat bared.

Last October 15, 2012, the peace negotiating panels of the government and MILF and the Malaysian Third Party Facilitator signed the historic GPH -MILF Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro at the Presidential Palace in Malacanang.

Standing as principals witnesses in the signing of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro were President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, Malaysian Prime MinisteDato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, and MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim.

The effective ceasefire mechanisms of the peace process on the ground such as the GPH- MILF CCCH headed by BGen Gilberto Roa and Said Shiek, GPH – MILF AHJA Guided by BGen Roland Amarille and Atty Abdul Dataya, tne local monitoring teams(LMTs), and the International Monitoring Team headed by His Excellency MGenDatuk Abdul Rahim bin Yusuff of Malaysia with members from Brunei, Japan,Indonesia, Norway and the European Union were very significant in the successful realization of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro.

Maj. Carlos Sol Jr, GPH CCCH secretariat head, noted, “the effectiveness of the ceasefire mechanisms and strong cooperation and partnership between the government and MILF forces attributed the zero armed encounter for 2012.”

“The signing of the Framework Agreement had significantly improved and sustained the adherence and support to the ceasefire particularly among the ground commanders of the government and MILF and the local government units,” he added.

MGen Datuk Abdul Rahim, IMT Head of Mission, commended the GPH – MILF CCCH and urged both the government to keep the zero incident in 2013.

“We should maintain the stable situation on the ground so that the implementation of the Framework Agreement will be provided the necessary conducive environment for its greater success,” he said. – Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte