Siegfried Nathan Arcilla, a 22-year-old medical student of University of Santo Tomas (UST) and Glendon Benedicto, also 22 years of age, and an employee of Sheraton Hotel, died after being electrocuted by a dangling live wire on Espana Street in Manila.

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Cedric Fabie, an 18-year-old student from Far Eastern University, was also electrocuted, but survived the accident. He was brought to the UST Hospital and was reported to be in critical condition. Later reports said his condition has stabilized.

The three cases all happened on Friday, September 19 while the country was being ravaged by Tropical Storm Mario. At that time, many streets in Metro Manila, including Espana, were flooded due to heavy rains brought by Mario (international name: Fung-Wong).

According to news reports, the first victim was Fabie, who passed by Gate 1 of UST at around 2:00 PM, and stepped on a live wire.

It was around 5:00 PM when Arcilla, a UST Red Cross Youth Volunteer, passed by the same place and also suffered electrocution. He was pronounced "dead on arrival" at the UST Hospital.

Photo of Siegfried Nathan Arcilla
Siegfried Nathan Arcilla
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Benedicto, a resident of Alindada St., Sampaloc, Manila, was on his way home at around 7:30 PM. He was at Maceda Street corner Espana when he suddenly convulsed, apparently, due to electric shock.

The MMDA rescue team immediately gave first aid and brought Benedicto to the United Doctors Medical Center (UDMC) on Welcome Rotonda, but passed away at 9:30 PM.

Manila Police District Station 4 chief Superintendent Maran Caracas Muarip appeals to everyone to avoid all electric posts in flooded areas because of the possibility that there are live wires on the posts. Meanwhile, the UST Red Cross Youth Council, through its Twitter account, urged residents near P. Noval, EspaƱa to avoid holding any post for their safety, in light of the tragedy.

In an interview with Meralco spokesman Joe Zaldarriaga, he said electricity in the Espana area was supposed to be already deenergized (cut off) because of the floods, and that they will have to investigate on what could have happened.

We express our deepest condolences to the families of the victims, as we pray for the souls of Sigfried and Glendon. We also pray for the speedy recovery of Cedric.

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Instead of the usual presentation of Abs-Cbn's Red Alert, hosted by Atom Araullo, the afternoon news documentary gave a special live coverage on Tropical Storm Mario (international name Fung-Wong). With Julius Babao inside the studio and Atom Araullo reporting live from Manila, the coverage featured the latest updates happening in Metro Manila and the effects of tropical storm Mario on several parts of the country.

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Atom has somewhat been identified with calamities brought about by storms because of his brave, heroic and very memorable coverage of super typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) in Tacloban City, Leyte in November 2013.

Atom Araullo
Photo credit: Abs-Cbn News Youtube (screen grab)

Now, in his report on Storm Mario, Atom mentioned flooded areas in Luzon and the Visayas, and the need for residents to flee to evacuation centers. He was right at the center of Manila, on Lerma Street, which was one of the places affected by flood.



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Julius Babao's report mentioned that there is already one (1) casualty that was confirmed by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (the report was as of around 4PM, and the number of casualties has already risen). He also said that Marikina and Cainta, Rizal are already under state of calamity. He said the situation is worsening especially in areas where there are no electricity.
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Our hearts will melt for two dogs that have been swept by the raging river in San Mateo, Rizal. The dogs are seen riding branches that are floating on the flooded river. This heartbreaking scene for pet lovers is caught on camera by the Abs-Cbn News team as they were covering the effects of Typhoon Mario in the said municipality.

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San Mateo Mayor Rafael Diaz was being interviewed by Umagang Kay Ganda Host Anthony Taberna, while the footage of the flood was being shown when the camera passed by the two dogs.

Photo courtesy of Abs-Cbn News Youtube (screen grab)

The dogs can be seen at 1:02 to 1:09.



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The Cebu City Council has declared its city under a state of calamity due to flood caused by heavy rains brought by Typhoon Mario. The city government deemed it necessary to take “immediate action” to address the flooding problem in areas surrounding business establishments and schools.

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As a temporary solution, the council will resort to dredging and declogging the waterways, but they intend to coordinate with the Department of Engineering and Public Works (DEPW) to implement drainage projects for long-term solution this year. The DEPW has been pushing for the dredging of several rivers in Cebu and had already presented to the City Council the program of works and estimates (POWE) for the projects last month.

Cebu City under state of calamity due to Typhoon Mario
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Mayor Michael Rama will also be undertaking other flood control projects. With the declaration of state of calamity, Mayor Rama has been empowered to do the necessary actions with regards to the flood problem.



The Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council, the City Traffic Operations Management (Citom), the South Road Properties Management Office, the Bureau of Fire Protection and the police have all presented each of their initiatives in responding to the flooding during the joint session that discussed the city's condition due to the typhoon.

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The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) of the Republic of the Philippines is set to announce the list of passers for the Master Plumber Licensure Examination (Board Exams) given by the Board for Master Plumbers last September 16 and 17 2014 in Manila, Cebu & Davao.

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Together with the announcement on the results of the board exam, we will be providing the following:
  • Full text of the Official Result of September 2014 Master Plumber Licensure Examination
  • Performance of schools in the September 2014 Master Plumber Licensure Examination
  • List of successful examinees who garnered the ten (10) highest places
  • List of successful examinees in the September 2014 Master Plumber Licensure Examination

MASTER PLUMBER Board Exam Results September 2014 Philippines
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The date of registration for the issuance of Professional Identification Cards (ID) and Certificates of Registration will also be announced, as well as instructions, requirements and fees needed for the registration.

Please check out this page often and refresh (F5) to view the updated results.

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The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) of the Republic of the Philippines is set to announce the list of passers for the Chemist Licensure Examination (Board Exams) given by the Board of Chemistry last September 16 and 17 2014 in Manila.

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Together with the announcement of the results of the board exam, we will be providing the following:
  • Full text of the Official Result of September 2014 Chemist Licensure Examination
  • Performance of schools in the September 2014 Chemist Licensure Examination
  • List of successful examinees who garnered the ten (10) highest places
  • List of successful examinees in the September 2014 Chemist Licensure Examination

CHEMIST Board Exam Results September 2014 Philippines
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The date of registration for the issuance of Professional Identification Cards (ID) and Certificates of Registration will also be announced, as well as instructions, requirements and fees needed for the registration.

Please check out this page often and refresh (F5) to view the updated results.

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Typhoon LUIS (international name "Kalmaegi") is now 364 km northeast of Virac, Catanduanes, with a strength of 110 kph and gustiness of 140 kph. Luis is expected to make a landfall in Isabela, while several areas in Mindanao brace for the typhoon.

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Signal No. 2 is now up in Isabela and Cagayan, while Signal Number 1 is up in the following areas:
  • Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands
  • Apayao
  • Kalinga
  • Mountain Province
  • Ifugao
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Quirino
  • Aurora

Update on Typhoon Luis
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Manila Mayor Joseph "Erap" Estrada has lifted the truck ban in his city effective September 13, 2014, Saturday at 12:00 noon. He has signed Executive Order 67, ordering the immediate lifting of the truck ban in Manila to give way to the efforts of the national government to address the problem of port congestion, The said truck ban was blamed for heavy traffic experienced in Metro Manila for the past few weeks.

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Mayor Erap said they are giving the national government a chance so that they (Manila government) will not be blamed. He added that they are trying to avoid conflict between the task force that they have put up and the "Task Force Pantalan" that the national government had organized. With Mayor Estrada during the signing of the Executive Order are Vice Mayor Isko Moreno and some city councilors.

Mayor Joseph Erap Estrada Lifts Truck Ban in Manila
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