Typhoon Rolly damage in Naga Airport pegged at P5.5 million, CAAP says

Robie de Guzman   •   November 2, 2020   •   752

MANILA, Philippines – Several airports in the Bicol region have sustained damage due to the onslaught of Typhoon Rolly, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said Monday.

In its latest report, CAAP said Naga Airport’s passenger terminal building, fire station building, administration building, and vehicular parking area sustained serious damage estimated at P5.5 million.

“The damage was mostly in the form of dismantled ceilings and blown away roofing and window panels caused by the strong winds of Typhoon Rolly,” CAAP said.

Flights in the airport have commenced at 7:45 a.m. Monday after it was suspended on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 12:35 p.m.

Legazpi Airport was also reported to have sustained minimal damage in its ceiling boards and runway lights in the passenger terminal building, according to CAAP.

Bicol International Airport also reported damage to glass wall panels at the second floor of its passenger terminal building; Sangley Airport with damage at glass windows in the hangar and two spans of old CHB fence collapsed at general aviation area; and Marinduque Airport where breakwaters at Runway 16 Runway End Safety Area (RESA) collapsed due to storm surges.

“As early as Friday, October 30, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Airports have secured its powerplant and runway equipment, boarded its facilities, coordinated with the local DRRMC offices, and has activated its procedures for typhoon disaster response as per instructions from DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade,” CAAP said.

“At present, CAAP airport managers are still on high alert and are closely monitoring and conducting inspections at their respective airports,” it added.

CAAP reports no serious damage caused by Typhoon Bising

Maris Federez   •   April 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) on Sunday (April 18) reported that Typhoon Bising has not caused any serious damage in Regions 5, 8, and 12.

CAAP said that the aerodrome in Legazpi, Albay is on normal operations, with precautionary measures implemented days before typhoon landing in preparation of its effect.

Personnel reported for duty in accordance with their regular work schedule (on standby alert), while offices were secured and had been fortified with plywood.

CAAP added that airport employees were instructed to be on standby alert.

Meanwhile, the Airport Manager in Virac, Catanduanes reported that they have installed typhoon guards at the terminal building.

The report said that offices were secured and fortified with plywood and other available materials and that office equipment and documents were secured by personnel. They were also instructed to be on standby alert.

The airport management also said that NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) was filed regarding the suspension of aerodrome operations due to unfavorable weather conditions.

In Region 8, CAAP stated that due to the strong crosswinds experienced by Tacloban, airport authorities have canceled all inbound and outbound flights.

In Region 12, CAAP said that Butuan, Siargao, and Surigao airports are under normal operations.

It added that, as of Sunday evening, there have been no reported flight cancellations as the weather in the region remains relatively fair.

Given the precautionary measures that the aforementioned airports have set up in preparation for Typhoon Bising, CAAP said they have not received any reported damage to airport facilities as of Sunday night.

CAAP said that it is continuously monitoring airport status per strict instructions from Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and CAAP Director-General Jim Sydiongco. —/mbmf

Taiwan donates disaster relief fund to Phl

Maris Federez   •   November 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has turned over to the Philippine government its donation for the country’s disaster relief operations.

Representative Peiyung Hsu of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines led the Taiwan delegation in the handing over of the donation worth US$ 200,000 as its “humanitarian assistance for the victims of the recent typhoons including Rolly and Ulysses, at a hand-over ceremony in TECO on 20 November 2020.”

A media release from TECO said Vice Chairman Gilberto F. Lauengco of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office accepted the donation on behalf of the Philippine government.

On the same occasion, Lauengco also received 700,000 pesos donated by Taiwan Association Inc. in the Philippines, the statement added.

TECO said, “As the closest neighbor of the Philippines, Taiwan expresses its heartfelt condolences to the families which lost their beloved ones in the aforementioned tragic disasters and extends a helping hand to the Philippines for its rehabilitation and recovery work.” — /mbmf

TESDA offers free skills training for residents in calamity-stricken areas

Robie de Guzman   •   November 18, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) said it will conduct free skills training in areas devastated by recent typhoons to help residents recover and revive their livelihood.

TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña gave this assurance as his agency conducted relief operations and turned over solar street light panels and portable charging stations in Marikina City and other affected communities in Region 2, Bicol, CALABARZON, and MIMAROPA.

Lapeña said they are closely coordinating with local government units (LGU) to continue to deliver its programs and help those who have been displaced and rendered homeless by the spate of typhoons that hit the country in the previous weeks.

He said TESDA regional offices have been consulting LGUs and affected residents on the implementation of relevant training programs that could help them find livelihood opportunities.

Lapeña said post-calamity assistance will come in the form of free skills training on carpentry, electrical installation and maintenance, plumbing and other construction-related courses “to help those whose houses were damaged be able to rebuild their dwellings without the need to hire additional carpenters and electricians.”

“In this way, the residents themselves, once equipped with the right skills, can help one another in re-constructing their houses.  Malaking bagay ito na makakatipid sila sa gastusin sa pagpapatayo ng kanilang bahay na nasira ng bagyong Rolly at Uysses,” he said.

The TESDA chief said cookery training program will also be offered for free in evacuation centers and affected communities “as an immediate relief.”

“By implementing a training program on cookery, the evacuees and residents themselves will have the resources to prepare and cook foods for their own consumption and would not be heavily dependent on relief food packs,” he said.

“Once they finish these training programs, these skills will remain useful which they can use to pursue jobs or new livelihoods,” he added.

Lapeña said TESDA trainers will conduct the training at the nearest and most conducive site located in the affected areas so that the trainees will no longer have to travel to the training centers.

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