‘Quinta’ strands over 600 people, 400 rolling cargoes in various ports – PCG

Robie de Guzman   •   October 26, 2020   •   159

MANILA, Philippines – More than 600 individuals and 400 rolling cargoes were stranded in various ports in the country due to Typhoon Quinta, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said Monday.

As of 4 p.m., the PCG reported that a total of 605 passengers, truck drivers, and cargo helpers were stranded in Southern Tagalog, Bicol, Western Visayas, and Palawan due to Quinta.

A total of 472 rolling cargoes, as well as 20 vessels and 12 motorbancas were also stranded in the said ports.

Around 91 vessels and 67 motorbancas, meanwhile, are taking shelter as a precautionary measure against the effects of the storm.

The PCG said its command center is on 24/7 nationwide monitoring to strictly implement guidelines on the movement of vessels during heavy weather.

Typhoon Quinta has caused damage and caused flooding as it battered parts of Luzon on Monday.

The state weather bureau said the storm is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility Tuesday morning.

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SSS to provide calamity assistance to members, pensioners in typhoon-hit areas

Maris Federez   •   November 16, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Social Security System (SSS) on Sunday announced that it will open an assistance package for its members and pensioners in areas declared by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) as under a state of calamity due to Super Typhoon Rolly, Typhoon Quinta, and Typhoon Ulysses.

On its Facebook post, the SSS said the assistance program will be open on 27 November 2020.

The assistance package will include the Calamity Loan Assistance Program (CLAP), Three-month Advance Pension for SS and Employees’ Compensation pensioners, and the Direct House Repair and Improvement Loan. 

“Applications for CLAP and the Three-month Advance Pension will be open from 27 November 2020 until 26 February 2021. The Direct House Repair and Improvement Loan will be open for one year from the issuance of its corresponding circular,” the advisory added.

The SSS added that it will be coordinating with its media partners and shall utilize its Facebook page for the release of the complete guidelines for the said programs.

The SSS concluded that it “commiserates with everyone who was affected by the said typhoons. It hopes that through the assistance package and its regular benefit programs, it may help its members and pensioners during these difficult times.” —/mbmf

Typhoon Quinta leaves P58-M damage to infrastructure, DPWH says

Robie de Guzman   •   October 29, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Damage to roads and bridges due to the onslaught of Typhoon Quinta in the country has already reached P58 million, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.

In a statement on Wednesday, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar noted that the amount is only a partial cost of damage covering Region 2 with P30 million, Region 4-A with P20 million, and Region 5 with P8 million.

Villar also reported that at least 15 road sections remain closed to traffic as of Wednesday morning.

He said DPWH quick response teams are still clearing four road sections in Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), four in Region 2, two in Region 3, four in Region 4-A, and one in Region 10.

In CAR, road closures are reported along Kennon Road; Tawang – Ambiong Road,

K0263+900 – K0263+930, Sitio Lower Riverside, Brgy. Ambiong, La Trinidad, Benguet; Claveria-Calanasan-Kabugao Road K0643+050-K0643+110, Maragmin Section, Calanasan, Apayao; and along Tabuk – Banawe via Tanudan – Barlig Road, K0522+150 – K0522+200, Matteled Section, Dupligan, Tanudan, Kalinga and K0522+200 – K0522+250, Dupligan, Tanudan, Kalinga due to unsafe roadway, road cut, and damaged/sunken pavement.

The Cabagan-Sta. Maria Overflow Bridge, in Cabagan, Sta. Maria, Isabela; intermittent sections of Cadcadir- Kabugao Road; the Jct. Logac Lasam Gagabutan Road (JLLGR) Rizal Section, k0760+700-k0761+500, Sitio Masi , Brgy. Talat, Rizal, Cagayan; and Manila North Road (MNR) K0590+150 in Brgy. San Juan, Sta. Praxedes, Cagayan remain impassable.

DPWH Region 3 reported the ongoing clearing operations along intermittent sections of Baliwag-Candaba -Sta. Ana Road in San Agustin, Candaba, Pampanga; and Candaba – San Miguel Road, K0072+750 – K0072+300, in Paralaya, Candaba, Pampanga.

In Region 4-A, four closed sections are: Batangas Tabangao-Lobo Road K0135+000-K0135+700; Talisay-Laurel-Agoncillo Unclassified Road at Sitio Manalao, Agoncillo, Batangas; intermittent sections of Tagaytay Taal Lake Road in Brgy. San Jose, Tagaytay City, Cavite; and the Indang-Alfonso via Luksuhin Road, K0058+600, Brgy. Mangas II, Ternate, Cavite while the Misamis Oriental -Bukidnon – Agusan Road, Siloo Bridge, in Brgy. San Luis, Malitbog, Bukidnon also remains impassable.

On the other hand, all road sections in Bicol Region have been cleared and opened following the onslaught of Quinta, Villar said.

Oriental Mindoro under state of calamity due to ‘Quinta’ onslaught

Robie de Guzman   •   October 29, 2020

The local government of Oriental Mindoro province has declared a state of calamity due to the massive destruction it sustained following the onslaught of Typhoon Quinta.

A signed resolution of the state of calamity declaration stated that Quinta left agricultural damage worth over P1 billion.

It also cited the report of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office that one person died and more than 9,000 evacuees were housed in 111 temporary shelters in the province.

A copy of the resolution was shared by Oriental Mindoro Vice Governor Antonio “CA Jojo” Perez on his Facebook page.

The declaration would allow the local government to access calamity funds to provide assistance to affected residents.

The provincial disaster office also reported a number of houses damaged by Quinta in the towns of Pinamalayan, Socorro, Bansud and Calapan City.

Floods also inundated the areas of Baco, San Teodoro, and parts of Mansalay.

Quinta also damaged crops and rice fields as well as irrigation and other farming facilities.

The local government assured to immediately extend assistance to those who were heavily affected by the typhoon. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Jerickson Buñag)

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