Kalinga continues relief operations, braces for Typhoon Ramil
by GG Dumallig
Tabuk, Kalinga (24 October) -- As the province braces for the coming of Typhoon Ramil, the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) is continuously delivering relief assistance to affected families of Typhoon Pepeng here.
According to Cristeta Reyes of the Office of Civil Defense-Kalinga, assistance delivered have reached P2,141,650.00 from the provincial government, local government units, Department of Health and the Office of the Congressman.
"Those who were provided immediate relief assistance and medical services were those evacuated during the onslaught of Typhoon Pepeng particularly in Tabuk Pinukpuk and Rizal," she said.
She said that at 699 families or 3,804 individuals were served inside the evacuation centers while those served outside the centers totaled to 5,000 families or 18,067 individuals.
She said that through the Provincial Social Welfare Development Office (PSWDO) and members of the Philippine Army relief assistance is now being brought to the various affected barangays around the province. Some areas however are not yet reached due to road inaccessibility.
Typhoon Pepeng left four casualties in the province, two from Tabuk and one each in Lubuagan and Pinukpuk. Six people were reported injured. From the 149 affected barangays, damaged houses totaled to 86 with 1,281 reported as partially damaged.
Meanwhile bracing for the Typhoon Ramil, the PDCC according to Reyes has stocked relief goods as well as kitchen utensils and sleeping materials for use at the evacuation centers. She said that advisory and typhoon updates were regularly aired through the radio and through the different MDCCs to do pre-emptive measures.
This she said is in respond to the specific instructions of Kalinga Governor Floydelia Diasen to avoid and minimize possible loss of life and damage to properties.
On the other hand, Defense Chief Gilberto Teodoro has ensured that the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) is on alert and ready to provide assistance to the provinces in Northern Luzon predicted to be hit by Typhoon Ramil.
He said that the PDCCs and local government units were all advised to be ready to manage circumstances arising from the typhoon. He said that local government units should develop their capabilities in addressing disaster in their own communities being the front liners of defense in their localities. (PIA Kalinga) [top]