19 confirmed dead, 13 missing in wake of STS Maring

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 14, 2021   •   146

MANILA, Philippines—The number of confirmed deaths due to the onslaught of Severe Tropical Storm Maring has reached 19.

According to the latest situational report of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) on Thursday (October 14), there are a total of 30 reported deaths with 11 still being validated. Out of the 19 confirmed, 14 were from Ilocos Sur, 4 were from Palawan, and one was from Pangasinan.

Flooding caused a majority of the fatalities from the weather disturbance.

Nine deaths in Benguet, which include five minors, are still being validated. This was after several landslide incidents were reported in the area.

The number of missing individuals is at 13, with one still undergoing validation. Among the 13 missing, 5 are from Palawan, 3 from La Union, 3 from Ilocos Sur, 1 from Ilocos Norte, and 1 from Pangasinan.

A total of 46 roads and 14 bridges in Regions 1, 2, MIMAROPA, and CAR remain impassable

Meanwhile, cost of damage to agriculture in Regions 1, 2, 6 MIMAROPA, and CAR is estimated at P1 billion

Maring exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Tuesday, October 12. AAC

DA allots initial P822 million to aid farmers, fishers affected by ‘Maring’

Robie de Guzman   •   October 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines ­– The Department of Agriculture (DA) said it has allotted an initial P822-million worth of various interventions to assist farmers and fisherfolk affected by Severe Tropical Storm Maring.

Maring caused damage to major crops, livestock, and fishery products, mostly in Northern Luzon, particularly in Regions 1, 2, and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

“We will continue to provide our typhoon and flood-affected farmers and fisherfolk in Northern Luzon and other areas with immediate aid and much-needed assistance to recover and start anew after the damage and loss in their livelihood and income,” Agriculture Secretary William Dar said in a statement.

Of the total P822 million assistance, the DA said that P650 million will be allotted for the provision of emergency loans to affected farmers and fishers under the SURE Calamity Loan Assistance Program through the DA-Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC).

“Each affected household can borrow P20,000, at zero interest, no collateral, and payable in 10 years,” it added.

Aside from the agricultural loan, the DA said it has also allotted P172 million under its Quick Response Fund (QRF) for the rehabilitation of affected areas in Regions 1,2, and CAR.

“These interventions are over and above the regular assistance provided by the DA to farmers and fishers affected by typhoons and other natural calamities,” it added.

The department said that the following assistance package are ready for distribution to beneficiaries:

  • Close to 169,000 bags of certified rice seeds
  • 16,600 bags of certified corn seeds
  • 1,480 kilograms of assorted vegetable seeds;
  • Drugs and biologics for livestock and poultry
  • Indemnification for affected farmers/fishers from Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC)

As of October 13, the estimated damage to agriculture has amounted to P692 million with 32,392 farmers and fisherfolk affected. Damages and losses recorded were mostly on rice (P498 million), corn (P120 million), high-value crops (P56 million), livestock and poultry (P6 million), and fisheries (P12 million).

Due to early planting and harvesting, the DA noted that about 60 percent of the wet season rice crop was already harvested.

Farmers were also advised to save their respective crops and livestock, including harvest of mature crops, draining of fields to avoid flooding, securing livestock to higher ground, and pruning of fruit trees, among other needed precautions.

As a result, more than P2.86-billion worth of rice and corn were saved, some 141,635 metric tons of rice worth P2.08 billion in Regions 1 and 2 were harvested, while corn farmers in Region 2 were able to save 55,654 MT worth P779.15 million.

 

DSWD to assist LGUs hit by STS Maring

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said it is prepared to assist local government units (LGUs) hit by Severe Tropical Storm ‘Maring’.

Based on the October 12 report, the DSWD still has P1.06 billion stockpiles and standby funds, where more than P133 million is the available standby funds in the DSWD Central Office and its Field Offices (FOs).

The department also added that a total of 381,893 family food packs (FFPs) are prepositioned in strategic locations around the country.

The DSWD reported that, 762 families or 2,536 persons are currently taking temporary shelter in 58 evacuation centers in the said regions.

The Department’s Quick Response Teams in the affected regions remain on alert status to work with concerned LGUs in assisting their constituents. AAC

Reported deaths due to STS Maring now at 13 — NDRRMC

Maris Federez   •   October 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The death toll reported in the wake of Severe Tropical Storm Maring is now at 13, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

Three people were reported injured, while 9 are missing.

The NDRRMC said that the said figures are still under validation except the one confirmed missing in Ilocos Norte due to drowning.

Overall, STS Maring has affected 21,511 individuals or 6,111 families, displacing 2,837 households in 237 barangays in Region 1, Region 2, Region 3, MIMAROPA, CARAGA, and CAR.

Forty-two roads are still not passable in Region 1 (17) and CAR (25), while four bridges remain impassable in Region 2 (2), Region 1 (1), and CAR (1).

The NDRRMC further said that a total of 102 cities/municipalities experienced power interruption/outage. Of which, power supply in 58 cities/municipalities was already restored.

Meanwhile, a total of 6 ports were reported non-operational/suspended trips. Of which, 2 ports were already restored in CARAGA, the agency added.

Damage to agriculture is estimated at Php493,766,744.67.

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