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PIA Press Release
2009/10/08

Cagayan Gov orders immediate rehabilitation on damages of "Pepeng"

Tuguegarao City (8 October) -- Cagayan Governor Alvaro Antonio has ordered all concerned officials to effect immediate rehabilitation on the damages brought by typhoon'Pepeng'.

Antonio urged all sectors of the society to work together and execute one plan for rehabilitation to bring back to normal situation the province of Cagayan which was hardly hit by typhoon "Pepeng" in terms of agriculture and infrastructure.

Antonio appealed to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to source funds for the repair of damaged infrastructures, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) for the destroyed irrigation canals, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to monitor prices of goods and implement no price increases, DSWD to continue to provide relief goods to victims, CAGELCO to effect immediate repair of damaged lines, DOH to monitor any outbreak of diseases and provide the needed medical services, and the Local Government Units (LGUs) to allocate funds to respond to other necessary needs of their affected constituents.

The provincial chief expressed his commendation to rescuers, disaster coordinating council members and volunteers for achieving zero casualty. He emphasized that the livelihood of the Cagayanos, which is more on agriculture, must be given priority for rehabilitation and other concerns which are needed to be rehabilitated as soon as possible.

As of this date, Atonio said there are 29 municipalities with 55,074 families affected, 7,453 families evacuated, 3 injured, and one missing.

Some 1,098 houses were totally blown down and 5,979 were partially damaged by the typhoon.

On agricultural products, a total of P 1.8 billion worth of damages were reported by the Office of the Provincial Agriculture.

Antonio further commended media practitioners for keeping the people aware of the situation and for the advance information dissemination on typhoon Pepeng, especially in the implementation of a pre-emptive evacuation which was the reason why Cagayan maintains zero casualty despite the strong effect of the super typhoon. (Oliver B./PIA Cagayan) [top]

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