State of calamity declared over 9 municipalities in Eastern Samar

Marje Pelayo   •   May 19, 2020   •   202

EASTERN SAMAR, Philippines — Nine municipalities in the province have been placed under state of calamity in the aftermath of Typhoon Ambo.

These areas are:

  • Sulat
  • Taft
  • Can-avid
  • Dolores
  • Oras
  • San Policarpio
  • Arteche
  • Jipapag
  • Maslog

The declaration was based on the recommendation of Governor Ben Evardone and was approved by the Provincial Board. 

The Provincial Board also approved the release of the P60-M financial assistance to around 30,000 families in the province who did not receive subsidy from the Social Amelioration Program (SAP). 

Each of the 30,000 families will receive P2,000 cash aid, which excludes beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), Tupad and Sure Aid.

Also among those who are entitled to the P2,000 cash assistance are barangay healthcare workers, barangay tanod and barangay nutritional scholars. MNP (with inputs from Bernard Dadis)

Unpassable roads due to Typhoon Ambo isolate two worst-hit municipalities in E. Samar

Maris Federez   •   May 17, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The municipalities of Jipapad and Maslog remain isolated as all roads leading to them are still unpassable after the onslaught of Typhoon Ambo which caused severe flooding and fallen trees and debris scattered along the highway.

In a message received by UNTV News, Eastern Samar Governor Ben Evardone said that Jipapad and Maslog were the two worst-hit municipalities in the province by the typhoon.

“I have received reports that the flood in Jipapad reached up to the 2nd floor of houses. I’m worried about the people there, especially the elderly and children. I hope and pray that there are no casualties in the two municipalities,” said Evardone.

The governor added that the teams from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the provincial government, and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have tried to penetrate all roads leading to the two municipalities but to no avail.

“We will try again today to access those towns. Electricity and communication lines to the two municipalities are cut off,” Evardone concluded. — /mbmf

Typhoon Ambo adds 3 meters to Angat Dam’s reserve

Marje Pelayo   •   May 17, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The water level in Angat Dam has improved in the aftermath of Typhoon Ambo in Luzon.

According to the latest reading by the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the weather system has added 3.09 meters of water to Angat Dam’s reserve from 187.53 meters on May 15 to 190.62 meters on 6:00 am, Sunday (May 17).

Angat’s water level is now 10 meters over its normal operating level of 180 meters.

Last week, the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) has increased domestic allocation to Metro Manila from Angat Dam to 48 cubic meters per second from 46 cubic meters per second to maintain enough supply on the duration of the government-imposed community quarantine in view of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis. –MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

Typhoon Ambo destroys DOH-CHD facility in Bicol region

Maris Federez   •   May 16, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Bicol Regional Diagnostic and Reference Laboratory (BRDRL) on Saturday reported the damage that its bio-safety cabinet has sustained in the onslaught of Typhoon Ambo in the region.

The BRDRL, which is operating under the Department of Health-Center for Health Development – Bicol, said the bio-safety cabinet is the machine it uses in processing the RT-PCR testing kits.

Because of this, the BRDRL will suspend accepting samples until the machine’s exhaust duct is repaired.

The 146 remaining samples that are already pending analysis in the laboratory as of Friday (May 15) will be brought to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Manila, it said.

Although the DOH has yet to determine when the BRDRL will be back to normal operation, the agency assured that they are doing everything to fix the problem and will have the machine repaired as soon as possible. — (with details from Correspondent Allan Manansala) /mbmf

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