‘Frank’ caused intensive damage in 132 barangays — PDCC
Jack C. Gadaingan
NAVAL, Biliran — Typhoon “Frank” has affected all 132 barangays in this province, the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) reported.
In its “final report” dated June 30, 2008, PDCC stated there is need for outside assistance to bring back basic services, and rehabilitate damaged facilities and houses of residents.
Nine-hundred-eighteen families were reported homeless, six injured, but no fatality.
PDCC report also stated that the total rehabiltiation cost is P1.712 billion.
The sangguniang panlalawigan has already declared the province under a “state of calamity,” noting the extent of the destruction.
A portion of the province’s five percent calamity fund is already being utilized for emergency relief and limited shelter assistance to the homeless.
The breakdown of the estimated damages is as follows: Houses, P10.3 million; roads, bridges, seawall, and other infrastructure damage, P31 million; school buildings, P29 million; electricity facilities, P9 million; fishery, P3.24 million; agriculture, P64.2 million; coconut, P5 million; livestock, P0.6 million; and abaca, P0.5 million.
The report also stated that at least 29 percent of the population or 10,157 families are in need of immediate assistance as their houses have been destroyed either partially or totally.
Destruction on fishpond, fishing vessels and paraphernalia, farmland and crop, poultry and livestock, abaca, coconut and other agricultural products was reportedly widespread.
Major national, provincial, and barangay roads were destroyed. Some were impassable for two to four days due to minor landslides, canals were clogged-up and roads eroded, surfacing materials totally crash out to include unpaved roads and seawalls and other infrastructure were also destroyed.
Nineteen public school buildings, both high school and elementary, were partially damaged on their roofing, gutters, ceiling, and broken jealousies.
Means of livelihood by villagers such as bancas and pump boats, fishing paraphernalia, fishpond, livestock and livestock facilities were also destroyed. Considerable destruction to crops, coconut and farm lands was also reported.
Meanwhile, in Kalibo, Aklan, the Municipal Disaster Coordinating Council chaired by Mayor Raymar Rebaldo filed its final report on the typhoon damage that included all sectors and the barangays of the capital town.
The report placed the total damage in Kalibo at P932,647,480.
Infrastructure facilities suffered the highest amount of damage amounting to P476 million.
These facilities included school buildings, private and government hospitals, local government-owned structures, public markets, roads, drainages, bridges, revetment walls, irrigations systems, private commercial establishments, government and private information and communications infrastructures and many others.
The agri-fishery sector has the second highest reported damage with over P70 million that affected all barangays in Kalibo. Destroyed were agricultural crops, poultry, livestock and fisheries.
Public and private utilities recorded a P30-million in damage. Destroyed were water pipes, severed electrical lines, service drops and kilowatthour meters, poles and transformers.