Gener leaves P59M damage
By ARTHUR L> ALLAD-IW
BAGUIO CITY – Damages on agriculture and roads in the region were pegged at PhP 59 Million when Typhoon Gener pounded the Cordillera last week. Benguet province suffered most from the damage on roads and on agriculture valued at PhP 26.98 M.
From the total damages, PhP 38.83 Million is reported to be the cost of destruction brought by Gener on various roads in the Cordillera. Benguet incurred the most destroyed roads with damages pegged at PhP 16.13 Million; Ifugao with PhP 7.45 M; Mountain Province with PhP 7.3 M; Baguio City with PhP 3.5 M; Kalinga with PhP 2.9 M; Apayao with PhP 1.1 M; and Abra with PhP 450,000.
As to damage on agriculture, the worth is pegged at PhP 19.99 Million by the Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CRDRRMC).
From the damages on agriculture, Benguet suffered a PhP10.85 M worth of losses; Abra with PhP 5.67 M; Mountain Province with PhP 1.8 M; and Kalinga with PhP 1.63 M. No assessed damage report were sent from Ifugao and Apayao.
5 dead, 5 injured
The two drowned youth from Natubleng, Buguias, Benguet were already found and recovered. Jerry Turo, 18 (not 15 as we reported earlier) year old, was retrived at 3:30 PM on August 8 at the Nablicong River in Buguias by respondents from local residents and officials. His companion reportedly drowned, John Marck Rigueros, 15 year old, was retrived earlier on August 6 at the Calipongpong Creek, Kabuguiasan, Natubleng.
The other three dead were Prisca Pacyaya of Ampucao, Itogon, Benguet and Clinton P. Idio of 1st Gate, Ucab of the same town who both perished in landslide in different incidents; and, Efren Forawit of Demang, Sadanga, Mountain Province who was drowned at the Chico River and located in Pinukpuk, Kalinga.
The injured persons were reported by the CRDRRMC to be Ezekiel Calubaguieb and Rona Del Ramos, both 16 years old of Hingyon, Ifugao; Jennilyn Pallo, 38 years old, of Tucucan, Bontoc, Mountain; Veronica Bautista, 19 years old, of La Trinidad, Benguet; and, Margarita B. Carnate, 55 years old, of Talampac, Pacoc, Lacub, Abra. Except Carnate, the four were injured due to landslides. Carante was injured when she fell from a hanging bridge in Talampac.
Meanwhile, an area in Tabbak, Bulalacao, Mankayan, Benguet was reported to have displaced some families. The Mines and Geo-sciences Bureau in the Cordillera reportedly examined the area but failed to release its findings. A landslide in Bokod, Benguet also displaced families who sought refuge to their relatives.
As rains continue in the region, particularly in the Baguio-Benguet area, landslides are chracteristic occurences in the region. # Arthur L. Allad-iw