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TURNOVER. Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles (3rd from left) formally turn overs super typhoon “Yolanda” housing units to beneficiaries on Nov. 19, 2019 in Iloilo City. In photos are (from left) National Housing Authority NHA) Region 6 manager Engineer Grace Guevarra, NHA Iloilo/Guimaras district manager Ma. Luz Ysatam, Nograles, Mayor Seigfredo Betita of Carles, Iloilo and Cong. Raul Tupas of Iloilo’s 5th District. All housing projects in areas hit by 2013’s super typhoon “Yolanda” would be fully completed by 2020, according to Nograles who also chairs the Inter-agency Task Force Yolanda. GLENDA SOLOGASTOA/PN These “Yolanda” housing project sitesin Panay Island were in the following areas: In Panay Island, the total housingtarget is 90,148 units and as of Sept. 30, 2019 56,926 units (63 percent) havebeen fully completed, said Nograles during a visit here yesterday. “What we are doing right now isensuring they become liveable communities. For this, we asked the support ofthe Department of Education, Department of Interior and Local Government,Department of Social Welfare and Development, and Department of Health,” saidNograles. All these housing project sites musthave access to water and power, with schools, day care centers, health centersand livelihood programs. The delays, said Nograles, were due tothe rebidding of some contracts. “Maymga instances na ‘yung mga contractors hindinila natapos ‘yung projects, tapos malaki ang slippage so we have torebid. Sometimes naman ang delayswere due to documentary requirements nakinakailangan,” he explained. Nograles led the National HousingAuthority (NHA) in the ceremonial signing of the Memorandum of Agreement andDeed of Donation and Acceptance. * Barangay Talon, Altavas, Aklan (twosites) Of the completed housing units, 30,704are already occupied, said Nogranes. These included the 5,349 units in eightproject sites in Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, and Antique that were formally turnedover yesterday. * Barangay Esperanza, Culasi, Antique(two sites) * Barangay Timpas, Panit-an, Capiz As discussed with NHA, according toNograles, the target is 65 percent completion by Dec. 31, 2019. “If the on-going work is included,it’s already 93.5 percent,” said Nograles. “So konti na lang ‘yung mga naiwan. We are on track to complete thiswhole thing by 2020.” * Barangay Guinticgan, Carles, Iloilo;and “Yolanda” (international name: “Haiyan”)was one of the mostpowerful typhoons recorded and the deadliest in the Philippines. It plowed theVisayas on Nov. 8, 2013 – exactly six years ago today – killing at least 6,300people and displacing thousands more from their houses. “Thirty-five percent na lang for 2020. That is why we areconfident to say by 2020 100 percent completed na po ang ‘Yolanda’ housing program natin for Region 6 and otherregions,” said Nograles./PN * Barangay Dayhagan, Carles, Iloilo(two sites). ILOILO City – All housing projects inareas hit by 2013’s super typhoon “Yolanda” would be fully completed by 2020,according to Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles who also chairs the Inter-agencyTask Force Yolanda.
Photo courtesy of CNN Filipinos in Iraq were urged to contact the embassy following the repatriation order. Military officials are also considering deploying C-130 planes and tapping the services of cruise ships. The Philippine Coast Guard said its BRP Gabriela Silang is sailing to either to Oman or Dubai to carry out repatriation missions. MANILA — All Filipinos living in Iraq were ordered to return to the Philippines after the highest threat alert was raised in the country amid rising tensions between the United States and Iran, an official said on Wednesday. The government said it is ready to roll out a mass repatriation for the over 4,000 Filipinos living and working in the Middle East, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) administrator Hans Cacdac said Tuesday. “Repatriation is out of the question when there is a shooting war. We have to place them in a safe place. Hindi naman sila kailangang umuwi habang nagkakaroon ng giyera doon o digmaan. Hindi mo naman maiuuwi iyun talaga,” he told CNN Philippines. He said repatriation remains the Philippine government’s “end goal.” [Translation: They don’t have to go home to the Philippines when there is an ongoing war. You can’t bring them home anyway.] Keep in touch with the embassy “Ang marching order sa amin ay mandatory repatriation,” said Philippine Embassy in Iraq Chargé d’Affaires Jomar Sadie. Conflict between US and Iran continues to rise after US President Donald Trump ordered an airstrike that killed Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad, Iraq on January 3. On Wednesday, Iran fired missiles at two bases housing US troops in Iraq. Malacañang said Filipinos in Iraq will not be forced to go home; they can opt to be evacuated to a safe place instead. Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said one of the options is to send them to Saudi Arabia, where there are frigates awaiting their arrival. With Alert Level 4 raised, mandatory repatriation is ordered. It is issued when there is large-scale internal conflict or a full-blown external attack in the area, according to the Foreign Affairs Department. “We know the options and choices of our citizens abroad may change. They may choose to wait. The key is to keep in close touch with the embassy so they’re properly informed,” Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Administrator Hans Cacdac said. Filipinos in Iraq may contact the embassy at 0781 606 6822 and 0751 616 7838. They may also contact the embassy via email through firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, or through its Facebook page, Philippine Embassy in Iraq. (CNN.PH) There are 4,204 Filipinos in Iraq — 4,000 of them are undocumented or irregular migrants — according to DFA’s Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers data as of June 2019. Sadie reiterated the importance of coordinating with the embassy located in Baghdad. He said there are options for the processing of Filipinos who wish to go home, such as asking for the help of their employers or by personally contacting the embassy, especially if they’re not employed.
Along with the aforementioned members of the team, dignitaries in attendance included executive producer Bill Simmons from The Ringer, Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee and USC athletic director Mike Bohn. Pamela and Paula McGee expressed appreciation for those involved in creating the film, saying how special it was that every member of the famed group has been widely successful outside of basketball. The premiere served to highlight the accomplishments of the historic former Trojans who made a profound impact both on and off the court. “Creating an infrastructure and a mythology where girls understand that there have been greats in the game for years and years before them creates a foundation to build off of,” said Gary Cohen, president of Triple Threat TV and one of the film’s producers. “I’m thrilled that I had a part in keeping [the team’s] story alive.” The documentary focuses on the dominance of the team led by Cheryl Miller, Cynthia Cooper-Dyke and twin sisters Pamela and Paula McGee and the effect that their immense success had on the eventual inception of the WNBA and advancement of women’s sports collectively. Members of the historic 1983-84 USC women’s basketball team gathered at the Ray Stark Family Theatre on USC’s campus Wednesday evening to celebrate the premiere of HBO’s upcoming documentary “Women of Troy.” “I hope this movie inspires,” Cooper-Dyke said before the screening. “[I hope it] inspires the younger generation to fight hard for what you want, to work hard for what you want so that you can achieve anything no matter where you came from or when you started.” Members of the current USC women’s basketball team were also in attendance. Freshman guard India Otto was complimentary of the film and the impact it had on her as a young athlete. JaVale, son of Pamela McGee, expressed pride and gratitude for his mother’s accomplishments during her time at USC. Four-time WNBA champion and Finals MVP Cynthia Cooper-Dyke was hopeful about the impact the film will have on generations moving forward. “We just wanted to be the best,” Paula said. “Cynthia and Cheryl and the entire team, we all came with one purpose and that was to be the greatest team ever. And I think we’ll see that today in this HBO documentary.” The 1983-84 team poses for photos at the premiere along with former USC coaches and administrators. (David Ramirez | Daily Trojan) “It was extremely important for us to see how far we’ve come as a program,” Otto said. “You think about UConn now and Baylor and things like that, but it really all started here, and I think that’s something we all lost sight of. It’s important to remember that and remember what we’re doing it for as well.” After the film’s screening, members of the team were invited on stage to share brief thoughts of gratitude for friends and family, the film’s producers and USC as a whole for their continued support. Paula McGee said the film highlights the unity and determination of the historic USC teams. “It’s just a great team that gave us a foundation to change the world and we knew that, and it was just a special time for women,” Pamela said ahead of the event. “This particular team was a dynamic group of women that came together for one purpose.” “It’s amazing,” JaVale said. “It just shows an abundance of hard work really pays off and I’m just honored to be able to see it. I can’t wait.” Following a red carpet entrance for the guests of honor, attendees convened into the theater for some brief words from HBO Sports Executive Vice President Peter Nelson and the film’s director Alison Ellwood, along with a short performance by the Trojan Marching Band and USC Song Girls. Throughout the entirety of the film, both staff and players from the famed 1983 team shared laughs and celebrations while reliving their accomplishments. “Women of Troy” is set to premiere on HBO March 10 at 6 p.m.