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PIA Press Release
2009/10/06

Defense Sec. Teodoro salutes RDCC 2, rescuers and volunteers

Tuguegarao City (6 October) -- National Defense Sec. Gilberto Teodoro congratulated and saluted the members of the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC) Region 2, rescue teams and volunteers for maintaining zero casualty during the onset of typhoon 'Pepeng'.

Sec. Tedoro was happy to note that there were no dead or missing persons during the typhoon except for two injured individuals who have attained minor injury due to falling debris.

Right after typhoon Pepeng, Sec. Teodoro personally visited Cagayan to conduct assessment on the damages brought by the said supertyphoon that hardly hit the provinces and some parts of the region.

RDCC 2 Chair. PCS Roberto M. Damian said "the pre-emptive evacuation," which have been ordered by the secretary during his visit before the typhoon, was the strength of RDCC in keeping the people safe and alive.

Damian said though Region 2, particularly Cagayan has incurred damages in agriculture and infrastructure, it took pride of attaining'zero casualty' through the concerted efforts of all sectors of the society, the local officials, RDCC members, rescue volunteers, the media who made advance information dissemination on the pre-emptive evacuation order and also the cooperation of the community.

Regional Director Melchito Castro of the Office of the Civil Defense, reported to the Secretary that 45,288 persons in 9,000 families of 191 barangays were evacuated due to flashfloods and landslides.

In agriculture, an estimated 20 million worth of rice crops were damaged without chance of recovery. On infrastructure, 487 houses were totally damaged by the strong wind brought by the typhoon and four were impassable.

Up to this moment, Cagayan, Isabela, Kalinga and Apayao are still experiencing power outage.

Teodoro ordered RDCC 2 to conduct Rapid Damage Assessment on the extent of damage brought by typhoon'Pepeng'. (Oliver B/PIA 2) [top]

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