Juan leaves Cordi with 5 dead, 13 hurt
By ADELA M. WAYAS
BAGUIO CITY— Compared to Pepeng, Super typhoon Juan (international name “Megi”) has left the country with lesser damage and casualties in the Cordillera region.
Juan said to be the “world’s strongest typhoon” this year, has however greatly damaged agriculture and infrastructures in the region.
“Greater awareness, better coordination and cooperation among the people, local government units and member agencies of the Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) resulted to minimal death and injuries in the region.”
Engineer Jojo Valera of the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD)-CAR stressed this. He said that Juan which was of greater intensity than pepeng, left the country with a minimal number of casualties compared to the more than 300 left in Pepeng’s aftermath.” said Valera.
Salvador Olinares, Senior Weather Specialist of Philippine Atmospheric, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), earlier informed media that Juan was a super typhoon compared to Pepeng that was a tropical depression.
Valera added that this experience is proof of how prepared and ready the region was for typhoon Juan.
On the reports given by the OCD-CAR, as of 4PM on October 22, Juan left five persons dead in the region. This include: Andres Realina of Baguio City and Aileen Respicio of Balabag, Rizal in Kalinga who were hit by falling trees; Broslie Badival of Kasibo, Nueva Vizcaya died from electrocution in Bineng, La Trinidad, Benguet; in Ifugao Max Pud-itan, 13, of Abatan, Hungduan drowned while crossing the Ahin River in Tinoc, and the 19 year old Martin Binwag Talango Jr. of Sitio Bayninan, Brgy Kinakin in Banaue buried in a landslide.
The 13 persons reported injured, 9 of who were admitted in local hospitals. From Benguet: are Rho Jan Denson Palcui, Gilbert Payaw, Rex Pedro, Jeffrey Ballangan and Belen Pacatiw; from Kalinga are Antonio Mendoza Jr., Maribeth Lumawig, Joanna Marie Respicio and Jomar Respicio. 4 were also reported injured but not admitted to the hospital, are Abner Riponiar of East Bayan Park, Ambiong, Baguio City; Marcos Adomang of Santor, Rizal, Kalinga; Elis Agudang and Jesryl Mamba of Dbagat, Kabugao, Apayao.
In Agriculture, as of October 22, OCD-CAR reported a total of P340.63 million partial damages on rice, corn, high value commercial crops (hvcc), livestock, fisheries and green houses in the region. Except for Kalinga and Benguet that had separate data.
Data show that Ifugao reported P245.88 million damage on agriculture. Mountain Province reported a total of damage of P54.33 million; Apayao with P38 million.; Abra with P1.73 million and Baguio City with the least total of P0.69 million. The report from Kalinga RRMC estimated damage at P315,975,000.
According to Benguet acting governor Cresencio Pacalso the province incurred P119 million worth of damage on agriculture.
Partial damage to Infrastructure, according to CDRRMC, increased up to P171.19 million on roads, bridges, buildings, communal irrigation systems (CIS), farm to maket road, water system, path ways and flood controls in the region except Kalinga and Benguet. CDRRMC showed total damage of P164.59 in Mt. Province; P5 million in Ifugao; and P1.6 in Apayao.
Kalinga RRMC estimated P500 million worth of damage in infrastructure. P113 million worth of damage in Benguet said Pacalso.
The damage on national roads in the region totalled a P36.375 million mainly due to falling rocks and landslides. DPWH Maintenace division chief Constante Sarmiento said that there are alloted funds to respond immediately to the damaged roads. He added that various equipment were deployed around the region for speeded repair of the roads.
Totally damage houses in the region totalled to 2,054 and partially damaged houses totalled to 12,523. Total served inside and outside evacuation centers in the region were 3,091families or 14,756 individuals.
Typhoon Juan cut-off power or electricity to a major area of the region. With a gustiness of 260 kilometers per hour through a radius of 350 kilometers. Communications broke down to in the region. Most of the provinces restored their power by October 20. On going clearing operations and power restoration are still being conducted in several places.
Most of the officials in the region believed that there was no need to declare their area of responsibility in a state of calamity. They said that typhoon Juan was less destructive compared to tropical depression Pepeng last year. Typhoon Juan entered Philippine Area of Responsibility at noon of October 16.# nordis.net