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Gov. Manotoc ensures safety of all Ilocanos as 'Ineng' inundates province

by PGIN-CMO

Aug. 24, 2019 ...

In light of the Severe Tropical Storm "Ineng," the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) headed by Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc ensures the safety of all the people in the province by closely coordinating with the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management and Resiliency Council (PDRRMRC), volunteers, and local government officials for quick relief and rescue operations.

"We have been lending our heavy equipment for our clearing and dredging efforts which have made most roads passable but we still urge everyone to stay home for their safety," Governor's statement regarding the onslaught of "Ineng."

"Ineng" entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility on August 20. By 5:00 p.m. on August 22, Tropical Cyclone Warning System Signal No. 1 was declared over Ilocos Norte and its neighboring provinces.  

However, due to the torrential rains that caused severe floods, 110 barangays including 4,595 families or more than 18,000 individuals are affected with two recorded fatalities, prompting the Provincial Board to declare Ilocos Norte a state of calamity. Also, the governor issued the suspension of classes and work in all levels and sectors this day, making sure that all residents are safe at home.

Moreover, as of 6:00p.m. today, PDRRMC estimated Php 231,622,000 worth of damages in public infrastructure and agriculture.

Reminding the Ilocano community to be vigilant in time of unfavorable weather, Gov. Manotoc also urges the Ilocanos to look after the vulnerable citizens such as the pregnant women, infants, and lolosand lolas.

"We deeply thank all the unsung heroes who have contributed to the safety and well-being of our province and our kailians. We assure you that we will help you and diligently continue our relief and recovery efforts. We, as we have always been, remain together and resilient in the wake of this natural disaster. We will overcome this in unison. We pray for the safety of all," he ended.