Naidanon dagiti ramit ti talon iti tallo a komunidad ti Quirino, Ilocos Sur. Dagiti remienta kas ti pala, barreta, gabion ken karetela ket inted dagiti Redemptorist Missionaries naggapu kadagiti deboto ti National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help idiay Baclaran, Parañaque City, Manila.
Doctors, nurses, medial students and other volunteers led by the Community Health Education Services and Training in the Cordillera Region (Chescore) and Medical Outreach Mission Foundation Inc. (MOMFI) and Samahang Operasyong Sagip (SOS) gave free medical services to some 95 residents of barangay Ucab, Itogon on November 24.
Director Faye Apil of MGB-CAR said the assessment on the viability of the area picked by Itogon is nearly complete and will be out within the week.
Ferdinand Concepcion of the Ilocos Sur Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office confirmed the P500 distributed in Candon City came from the provincial government and admitted their short coming for not indicating the amount on the acknowledgment receipt,
After Typhoon Ompong, news on the tragic landslide, the relief and assistance from government and private institutions and the DENR’s closure order field the the airwaves. Two months after the disaster, the people of Itogon continue to face the hardships brought not only by Ompong but by the national government’s lack of comprehensive action to resolve the people’s safety and economic wellbeing. These are some of their day-to-day struggles to survive that remain unknown to the public.
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar appealed to government engineers gathered at the 14th National Conference of district engineers to implement measures that would ensure structural integrity and safety to prevent tragedies like the Natonin incident.
On September 17, Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu issued a ban on pocket mining in the Cordillera. The directive is Cimatu’s response after a massive landslide hit the mining town of Itogon at the height of Typhoon Ompong. More than a month after, thousands of families continue to look for alternative livelihood, with some already burried in debts. Small scale miners explain why the uplanned DENR order to close their operations is not fair and worst than the disaster brought by Typhoon Ompong.
The search and retrieval operations in Banawel, Natonin, Mountaint Province will continue even as contingents from the national and regional agencies have already pulled out on Friday, November 9.
In Natonin, Mountain Province, volunteers and government officials spent the All Saints’ and All Souls’ holiday retrieving dead bodies and searching for missing persons at a massive landslide that dragged the office building of the Department Public Works and Highways (DPWH) downhill.
The town of Itogon received P20 million from the National Housing Authority for the resettlement of 720 families whose houses are within the ‘no build zones’.
Victims of typhoon Ompong in Baguio City whose houses were destroyed complain of not receiving any assistance.
The Province of Ilocos Sur is still recovering from the destruction brought by Typhoon Ompong. Despite this situation, the provincial leadership assured the populace of the local government’s readiness for Typhoon Rosita (International name: Yutu).