Tourism operations in Ilocos Norte to resume after storm onslaught

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 28, 2019   •   664

Several tourist destinations in Ilocos Norte will resume operations after tropical storm Ineng wreaked in the province last Friday (Aug 23).

The Ilocos Province Tourism announced on Wednesday (Aug 28) that several of their famous tourist destinations will be open on Thursday.

However, according to the Head of Tourism Office of Ilocos Norte Provincial Government Ianree Raquel, there will still be some tourist destinations that will remain closed.

“Bukas makakapag-operate na kami, business as usual. But definitely iyong ating Cape Bojeador lighthouse sa Burgos magsasara for a while. Ina-assess nang mabilisan kung ano ang gagawin (We will resume operations tomorrow, business as usual. But, definitely, our Cape Bjoeador lighthouse in Burgos will be closed for a while. We are still assessing what actions to be taken),” he said.

Meanwhile, power and water supply in the province have resumed.—AAC (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)

Infra, agri damage in Ilocos Norte due to ‘Ineng’ reaches P1-B

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 27, 2019

Damage to infrastructure and agriculture in Ilocos Norte due to tropical storm Ineng has reached P1 billion .

Mang Honisto Aquino lost most of his farm chickens when Ineng wreaked Ilocos Norte last Friday (Aug 23). However, Mang Honisto is still grateful that his cows were saved from the flood.

But with tropical storm Jenny entering the country, Mang Honisto is using the limited time left to prepare for the storm.

“Kapag saan iyong mayroong pagkain doon namin nilalagay. Pero sa ngayon, binabaunan muna namin sila ng pagkain para sigurado lalo ngayon may papasok na naman yatang bagyo, (We place them in areas where there is food but for now, we are bringing them food here so ensure [their safety] especially with the incoming storm)” he said.

Mang Honisto and other local residents in Ilocos Norte are calling on the government to provide relief goods and temporary livelihood.

In the latest update of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMC), infrastructural damage reached P998.8 million while agricultural damage reached P45.3 million.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rolando Bautista assures aid will be given to the residents affected by tropical storm Ineng.

They have also prepared assistance for residents who will be affected by tropical storm Jenny.

“Ang sinabi ko lang ibigay iyon sa mga listahan na nirekomenda ng mga barangay officials nila, (I told them to provide [aid] to those listed that were recommended by their barangay officials)” he said.—AAC (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)

‘Ineng’ wreaks over 600-M worth of damage in Ilocos Norte

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 26, 2019

Rescue operations in Ilocos Norte amid the onslaught of severe tropical storm Ineng, 24 August 2019.

Tropical storm Ineng has wreaked around 600 million worth of agricultural and infrastructural damage in Ilocos Norte.

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management and Resiliency Council (PDRRMC) has recorded a total of P589.5 million worth of damage as of August 25. Around 167 barangays and over 9,000 families were affected by TS Ineng.

Meanwhile, two were injured and one died in a landslide in Barangay Surong, Pasukin last Saturday morning (Aug 24).

The local government of Ilocos Norte and Laoag already declared a state of calamity due to the damage brought by the storm.

Water level in Padsan River already subsided since Sunday (Aug 25). Flood in other areas has also subsided.

Residents began cleaning up the debris and other waste left by the storm.—AAC (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)

Cyclone signals remain over 4 areas as severe tropical storm ‘Ineng’ nears exit

Marje Pelayo   •   August 24, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Four areas in the country remain under tropical cyclone wind signals (TCWS) as severe tropical storm Ineng (international name Bailu) nears exit.

As of 1:00 p.m. on Saturday (August 24), PAGASA monitored the center of the storm at 185 km Northwest of Basco, Batanes.

It is moving towards the West Northwest direction at 25 kph, packed with maximum sustained winds of 100 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 125 kph.

The weather agency has lifted storm signals over Northern Abra but Signal No.2 remains over Batanes while Signal No. 1 still prevails over Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, Apayao and Ilocos Norte.

Residents in areas under TWCS are still advised to take safety measures against strong winds associated with STS Ineng.

Meanwhile, occasional gusty conditions still prevail over most of Luzon and Western Visayas due to the Southwest Monsoon or habagat.

According to PAGASA, moderate to heavy rains is still affecting Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Batanes, Cagayan (including Babuyan Islands), Zambales, Bataan, Mindoro Provinces, and northern portions of Palawan (including Calamian and Cuyo Islands).

Also, light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains remains over Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Aklan, Antique, Iloilo, Guimaras, and the rest of Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon.

Ineng is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Saturday afternoon.

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