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'Neneng' leaves P178 million damage in Ilocos Norte

by PGIN-CMO

Oct. 18, 2022 ...

Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc reported yesterday during a press briefing that damage to Ilocos Norte's agriculture and infrastructure was initially assessed at nearly P178 million, a day after Typhoon "Neneng" battered the province.

The Provincial Government, through the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management and Resiliency Council (PDRRMRC), Provincial Agriculture Office, and Provincial Engineering Office, was able to take into account more than P82 million worth of losses in agriculture and as much as P95 million worth of damage to infrastructure.

In addition, "Neneng" affected 111 barangays across 15 cities and municipalities and 4,300 families, or the equivalent of 17,000 individuals. PDRRMRC conducted at least six (6) rescue operations and evacuated almost 100 families during the typhoon's onslaught.

Moreover, the Resiliency Council accounted for over 1700 houses that were affected by flooding, and partially and totally damaged houses at 60 and two (2), respectively.

Three (3) individuals were injured and a septuagenarian who was reported missing the night before the typhoon was felt in the province was found lifeless today, October 18, making him the lone casualty.

As of October 17, at least 1200 food packs worth almost P1 million were already distributed to the hardest-hit communities and the Provincial Government's programs on agriculture are set to aid thousands of farmers in terms of inputs and insurance.

On the other hand, the Governor said that he has been coordinating with the local chief of the municipality of Adams, a highland town where significant damage was recorded, to address the immediate needs of the community.

Furthermore, he announced that Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative has restored 83% of their service province-wide.

Due to the effects of "Neneng," a state of calamity was declared over Ilocos Norte by the provincial board through a resolution, allowing affected component local government units to utilize their Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Funds to recover from the calamity.

Post-calamity inspections and relief operations are still being conducted by the Provincial Government as of writing.


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