Thousands flee homes in Quezon province due to Typhoon Quinta

Robie de Guzman   •   October 26, 2020   •   169

A large number of residents were evacuated to temporary shelters as strong winds and heavy rains brought about by Typhoon Quinta (international name: Molave) battered the Quezon province.

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) said more than 20,000 individuals left their homes during pre-emptive evacuations on Sunday from different towns in the province.

The evacuees are currently staying in temporary shelters, mostly schools, and covered basketball courts, as they wait for the storm to pass along with the flooding it may bring to parts of the province following pouring rains.

According to Melchor Avenilla Jr., Officer in charge of Quezon PDRRMO, the local government has already started clearing operations to remove uprooted trees, felled electrical posts and other debris strewn on roads.

Initial reports reaching his office also stated that national and provincial roads in their area are now passable and floods reported in some areas have begun to subside.

“Sa magdamag nating pagmomonitor, wala po tayo masyadong naitala na pagtaas ng tubig. Kahit po dun sa Lopez and Calauag areas, hindi naman po tumaas yung level ng tubig,” Avenilla said.

They are still awaiting the assessment report from far-flung municipalities in the Bondoc Peninsula on damages left by typhoon, he added.

“Ang inaatabayanan lang po namin na baka may mga posibleng tahanan na nagkaroon ng damage lalo na yung may light materials pero as of now wala pa po eh,” he said.

Avenilla said relief operations are underway to aid residents in areas heavily-pummeled by Quinta. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Japhet Cablaida)

DA sees Quezon Province as emerging cacao hub in Luzon

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Agriculture (DA) sees Quezon Province as an emerging powerhouse for cacao production in the country.

According to the agriculture department, cacao farming is being promoted in nine towns in the province. The department also inaugurated a cacao facility in Gumaca, Quezon where they launched a range of “Tangerine” chocolate products of the Four K Kakao Farm.

DA Secretary William Dar lauded the skills, diligence, and resilience of cacao farmers who are behind the success of the “Tangerine” brand.

“We must endeavor to make farming a profitable venture. Farmers should be open to and adopt innovative ideas and technologies. This is our vision—to modernize and industrialize Philippine agriculture,” he said.

Secretary Dar eyes expanding the Gumaca facility to include a coconut processing facility, and a banana tissue culture laboratory that will provide farmers free seedlings. AAC

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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.

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