Feb 082014

14 dead, 32 hurt in Bontoc bus accident

14 dead, 32 hurt in Bontoc bus accident . Rescuers attend to the injured and dead passengers of a Florida bus that plunged into a 116-meter ravine in Sitio Paggang, Talubin, Bontoc, Mountain Province on Friday, February 7. Cordillera PNP

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board on Sunday started removing the license plates from the fleet of a bus firm whose unit figured in a deadly accident in Mountain province last Friday.

LTFRB Chairman Winston Ginez led the removal of the license plates of GV Florida Transport early Sunday, radio dzBB’s Tuesday Niu reported.

Personnel of the LTFRB also checked the numbers on the chassis and engines of the buses to see if they match.

The LTFRB teams went to the bus company’s terminals in Cubao in Quezon City, then to Sampaloc in Manila. The LTFRB earlier imposed a 30-day suspension on the company following the tragedy.

In the meantime, a separate report by dzBB’s Paulo Santos said the company asked for understanding from its passengers, as it said all its trips are canceled “due to the preventive suspension issued by the LTFRB.”

“All reservations will be refunded full,” it said.

Last Friday, a unit of GV Florida fell into a ravine in Mountain Province, resulting in at least 14 people killed. One of the fatalities was comedian Arvin “Tado” Jimenez.

A separate dzBB report said GV Florida Transport sought understanding from the public for Friday’s accident.

A lawyer of the bus firm went to the bus terminal to meet with LTFRB’s Ginez.

Ginez was quoted in the report as saying the bus firm has been extending assistance to those injured in the accident.

On the other hand, the dzBB report quoted a lawyer for GV Florida, Alex Verzosa, as saying the bus firm’s initial findings showed “human error” was behind Friday’s tragedy.

He said their findings showed the bus driver may have miscalculated the narrow road, causing the bus to fall into a ravine.

The bus firm also said some 600 employees may be affected by the LTFRB’s 30-day suspension. — LBG, GMA News

Aug 162013
NDRRMC: Death toll from 'Labuyo' rises to 10, latest fatalities from Pangasinan

The death toll from Typhoon Labuyo (international name Utor) rose to at least 10 as of Friday night and the latest fatalities are from Pangasinan province. In its 5:00 p.m. update posted on its website Friday night, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) identified one of the two as Geronimo Lacson, 64. Lacson, a resident of Bugallon in Pangasinan, died from a heart attack after falling down while sweeping out floodwaters from his house, it said. At least seven were injured and four remained missing, the NDRRMC added. The NDRRMC said at least 86,295 families or 398,813 people in 678 villages in 87 towns and seven cities in 16 provinces were affected. However, it said all evacuation centers had been closed, with those still affected staying with friends and relatives. Lifelines At least 15 roads and one bridge remained impassable while power outages are still being experienced in parts of Zambales, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain Province and Baguio City. Some 2,565 houses were destroyed while 18,090 were damaged. Barangay Bulawon in Sta. Cruz, Zambales was still flooded as of Friday afternoon. Damage to property was estimated at P1,084,144,361.59, including: P358,547,941.93 in infrastructure, and P725,596,419.66 in agriculture. Central Luzon sustained the greatest damage at P424,078,642.88, followed by: Cagayan Valley with P417,998,472.50, Cordillera with P241,453,386.21, and Ilocos with P613,680. – VVP, GMA News