Binay leads relief operations in Cagayan Valley


BAMBANG, Nueva Vizcaya: Vice President Jejomar Binay on Sunday led the distribution of relief goods to 3,850 families affected by the recent onslaught of Typhoon Labuyo in Region 2.

Binay, who hails from the Cagayan Valley region, visited the provinces of Isabela, Quirino and Nueva Vizcaya over the weekend to oversee the distribution of relief goods.

Most of the recipients of the relief goods are residents of San Agustin and Cordon in Isabela; Maddela and Aglipay in Quirino; and Bayombong, Bambang and Dupax del Norte in Nueva Vizcaya.

In Quirino province alone, more than a thousand families were affected by the typhoon, prompting its provincial council to pass a resolution placing the entire province under a state of calamity.

In Nueva Vizcaya, the largest vegetable trading center was submerged, spoiling tons of vegetable products.

Meanwhile, in Cagayan, Binay urged the government to subsidize farmers’ crops damaged by the typhoon.

He told Cagayan farmers that the government should subsidize seedlings to replace crops damaged by typhoons and other calamities.

“The government should make seedling subsidy a policy, specially during typhoons,” Binay said.

Meanwhile, the death toll from the onslaught of the said typhoon has climbed to 11 with three others still missing, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

The NDRRMC identified the latest fatality as Jun Pestaño, 18, of Barangay Matic-matic in Santa Barbara, Pangasinan.

Pestaño was reported missing since August 12, when he was swept away by a strong current while crossing the Sinucalan River in Santa Barbara, Pangasinan.

His body was found along Sinucalan River at 8:50 a.m. on Saturday.

It also said that seven were injured while three are still missing, including one in Batanes and two in Camarines Norte.

The NDRRMC said Labuyo affected 87,579 families or 395,723 people in 726 villages in 87 towns and seven cities in 16 provinces.

It also reported that floodwaters in Barangay Bulawon in Santa Cruz, Zambales subsided on Saturday.

At least 13 roads in Ilocos, Central Luzon and Cordillera are still impassable, even as the Alicaocao Bridge in Cauayan City in Isabela is now passable.

Power was restored in Isabela and most of Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino.

However, there is still no power in Aurora and Kabayan, Sablan, Tuba, Itogon and Bakun in Mountain Province. Efforts are still ongoing to restore power to Ifugao, Kalinga and Baguio City.

At least 2,593 houses were destroyed and 18,560 damaged.

It added estimated damage to infrastructure and agriculture has hit the P1.419 billion mark.


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