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Gov’t assures ‘back-up’ communication plan during the onslaught of #OmpongPH

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

NDRRMC Executive Director and Civil Defense Administrator Ricardo B Jalad presides over the second Pre- Disaster Risk Assessment Meeting for TY Mangkhut at the NDRRMC Operations Center in Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo. (Image grabbed from Civil Defense PH official FB page)

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The National Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) assures the public that the government has a back-up plan in case communication problems persist during the onslaught of potential super typhoon Ompong.

According to NDRRMC Spokesperson Edgar Posadas, the agency has been preparing measures to prevent communication delays and power outage similar to what happened during the onset of Typhoon Yolanda in 2013.

Meanwhile, Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad of the Office of the Civil Defense wants to make sure a “redundancy” or an alternative means of communication that would be available especially for emergency workers and first responders amid the storm.

Jalad said problems during the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda have prompted them to intensify preparations to avoid similar delays in rescue and relief response.

Posadas, meanwhile, assured that major telecommunication companies, like Smart and Globe, already vowed to allow the use of their facilities and provide alternative communication lines when necessary.

The NDRRMC is determined to achieve zero casualties on the course of typhoon “Ompong.” – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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Ompong leaves P26-B damage to agriculture

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol confirmed on Monday, September 24, that Typhoon Ompong inflicted P26 billion worth of damages to agriculture.

The country’s rice production was the hardest hit with the destruction of 765,000 metric tons of rice valued at P14.5 billion.

Corn production was the next to suffer with P8.1 billion worth of losses.

This is apart from the damages on irrigation facilities, machinery and other equipment estimated to be over half a million pesos.

Piñol said this has been the biggest agricultural damage after super typhoon Yolanda struck in 2013 causing P35 billion worth of agricultural damages.

Despite this, the agriculture secretary believes that the price of rice will remain stable as the 750,000 metric tons of imported rice are expected to arrive before the year ends.

“I don’t think there will be much movement actually sa palay prices sapagkat mayroon tayong losses sa Ompong, mayroon naman tayong parating na importation. Nasa mga ganoon pa rin, mga 20 (pesos),” Piñol said.

Meanwhile, he said that the department has allotted funds to aid the victims; however, he said that it will not suffice.

Due to this, Piñol is set to submit today, September 25, to President Duterte a masterplan on the rehabilitation of Ompong-affected areas.

“Hindi sapat ang pondo kaya nga gumagawa tayo ng masterplan which we will submit to the Office of the President tomorrow because we are hoping that we will be able to convince Congress to allocate funds.”

The Secretary is also set to convene local officials next month to create the local food security plan that will help the country’s growing population. — Yssa Jalmasco/Asher Cadapan | UNTV News & Rescue

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16 mayors issued show cause orders; asked to explain absence during Ompong

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, September 21st, 2018


Barangay Lungu, Solana, Cagayan during Typhoon Ompong, September 15, 2018 | Bryan Lacanlale


The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has issued a show cause order against 16 mayors who were allegedly “missing in action” while Typhoon Ompong was pummeling their respective areas of jurisdiction.

Nine of the officials are from Region 2 while seven are from the Cordillera Administrative Region.

They were given five days to inform the agency about the measures they have undertaken with regard to the recent calamity that affected their areas.

The DILG reiterated that before the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong, all mayors were directed to be physically present in their localities and to ensure the prompt response of the government on the effects of the calamity.

DILG Spokesperson Asec. Jonathan Malayay explained that an elected official may be suspended or removed from post on the following grounds: gross negligence; dereliction of duties and misconduct in office.

Under the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010, the local chief executive is also the head of the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

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‘Ompong’ deaths now at 88, estimated damages at P16B

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Retrieval operations in Itogon landslide


QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The latest tally from the Philippine National Police (PNP) National Operations Center on Thursday, September 20, registered a total of 88 individuals who lost their lives due to Typhoon Ompong.

The highest count is still at the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) with 66.

Meanwhile, the number of reported missing is at 64.

Authorities said there were no incidents of looting so far in the areas affected by typhoon Ompong.

Meanwhile, Ompong’s estimated amount of damage has now reached over P16B.

Based on the latest report by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), more than P14B-worth of damage was recorded in the agriculture sector and over P2B-worth in infrastructure.

The largest devastation was assessed in Region 2 which hit the P7B mark followed by the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and Region 1 with P3B respectively. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)


Damage Due to Typhoon Ompong ( as of Sept. 20, 2018 6:00 a.m. )

Agriculture – P14,339,237,631.02

Infrastructure – P2,363,810,000.00

TOTAL:  P16,703,047,631.02



Region 2 – P7,144,559,755.71

CAR – P3,493,202,704.31

Region 1 – P3,040,574,707.00





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