Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ cuts power in parts of Oriental Mindoro, Romblon

Robie de Guzman   •   December 3, 2019   •   174

MANILA, Philippines – Power supply was temporarily cut off in parts of Oriental Mindoro and Romblon provinces as typhoon ‘Tisoy’ (international name: Kammuri) pummeled these areas on Tuesday.

Local disaster officials reported that Tisoy’s violent winds and heavy rains swayed electric posts and uprooted many trees which obstructed some roads going to the city proper Calapan.

Local authorities said swollen rivers that are in danger of spilling over are also being monitored as the typhoon continues to dump rains in Oriental Mindoro.

In Occidental Mindoro, more than 500 families are currently staying in temporary shelters after they fled their homes ahead of the onslaught of Typhoon Tisoy.

These residents were evacuated from the towns of Mamburao, Abra de Ilog, Sta. Cruz, Sablayan, Magsaysay, Lubang, Paloan, and Rizal which were heavily battered by the storm.

Violent winds also swept through Romblon, toppling trees and damaging power facilities which prompted power cuts in the province.

Tisoy’s heavy rains also drenched Infanta town in Quezon province and prompted more than 8,000 residents to flee their homes in coastal areas in Batangas.

The evacuees are taking shelter in 55 evacuation centers opened in the province.

“Since kagabi o kahapon ay nagtuloy-tuloy ang ating preemptive evacuation. Ipinakita ng ating mga counterparts yung dedikasyon ating objective na ang ating mga kababayang Batangueño ay maiiwas dun sa maaaring sakunang mangyari,” Joselito Castro of Batangas Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office said.

Tisoy also pounded and caused flooding in parts of Laguna, particularly in Kalayaan and other portions of the province’s Fourth District.

The power supply was temporarily out, and more than 1,000 individuals were evacuated.

Local officials said a relief operation will be conducted on Wednesday to areas affected by the typhoon.

As of this writing, winds and rains experienced in the said areas have weakened after Tisoy made another landfall around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday over Naujan, Oriental Mindoro.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its 2 p.m. severe weather bulletin that Tisoy has further weakened as it traverses the northern portion of Mindoro provinces.

It was last spotted in the vicinity of Baco, Oriental Mindoro, packing maximum sustained winds of 140 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center, and gustiness of up to 195 kph.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signals are still up in a number of areas.

Tisoy is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility on Thursday morning. — RRD (with reports from Correspondent Sherwin Culubong)

DA estimates Typhoon Tisoy damage, losses

Maris Federez   •   December 9, 2019

Fishermen secure boats in anticipation rain and strong winds brought by Typhoon Kammuri, in Cavite City, Philippines, 03 December 2019. EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

MANILA, Philippines— The Department of Agriculture on Monday (December 9) released the estimated damage and losses brought by Typhoon “Tisoy”.

The department announced that Tisoy caused damage and losses to around Php 3.70B.

In a statement released on Monday, the DA said: “the volume of production loss on rice, corn, high-value crops, livestock, and fisheries amounted to 195,046 metric tons, affecting 132,166 hectares and 92,701 farmers and fisherfolks.”

It explained that the increase from the initial estimate of Php 1.93B happened when updated and additional reports from Central Luzon, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol Region, Western Visayas, Ilocos Region, and Eastern Visayas arrived.

The DA added that, “The damage and losses are only equivalent to 1% of the estimated total rice production by the end of 2019.”

Based on the DA’s monthly projection, losses in rice production is only 9% of the projected production for December. The estimated loss in corn production, meanwhile, was only 1.56%.

The Department said it has an available Php 250 million from the Quick Response Fund (QRF) for rehabilitation.

“The Agricultural Credit and Policy Council (ACPC) allocated PhP 65 million under the Survival Recovery (SURE) Program for assistance. The Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) will fast-track the release of indemnity to farmers and fisherfolk hit by the typhoon,” the statement added.

It further said that they have prepared a total of 93,711 bags of rice seeds, 17,999 bags of corn seeds, 1,979 kgs of high-value crops seed reserves ready for distribution to affected farmers who are ready to replant.

Moreover, 7,500 coconut seedlings from the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) and 151,142 bags of RCEF seeds for eligible RCEF beneficiaries from the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) are also ready for distribution in Region 5.

Affected fisherfolks in the region will also receive relief goods, tilapia fingerlings, and fishing paraphernalia (gill nets, bottom set long line, 30ft fiberglass boat engine) from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Region 5 (BFAR-5).

The DA also said that the concerned RFOs are still conducting field validation to give more accurate reports regarding the impact of Typhoon Tisoy. —mbmf

DOH releases tips to avoid illnesses in calamity-stricken areas

Maris Federez   •   December 9, 2019

A handout photo made available by Greenpeace-Philippines shows villagers working among damaged houses in the aftermath of Typhoon Kammuri in Legazpi city, Albay Province, Philippines, 03 December 2019.

MANILA, Philippines— The Department of Health on Monday (Dec. 9) issued warnings on the possible illnesses that might spread brought about by Typhoon Tisoy, particularly in Southern Luzon, and the continuous rains experienced in Isabela and Cagayan.

The health department said illnesses such as coughs and colds, flu, gastroenteritis, pneumonia, typhoid fever, cholera, leptospirosis, hepatitis A, hypertension, dengue, and malaria are not uncommon during calamities.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, nevertheless, assured that the department is ready to respond to the medical needs of the residents in areas severely affected by the climate disaster.

“Kumpleto tayo sa gamut. Kumpleto tayo ng mga tao […] Siyempre bumuo rin tayo ng mga teams, health emergency medical teams. They are the ones providing the care. Iyong tinatawag natin water, sanitation, and hygiene. The mental and psychosocial health services and all the logistics and supplies,” said Duque.

To avoid these diseases, the DOH advises the public on the following:

  • to get water only from safe sources. And if in doubt, boil the drinking water for two minutes;
  • make hand-washing a habit – use alcohol or hand sanitizer if the water is not available, before eating and after using the comfort room;
  • always cover food to protect them from flies, cockroaches, and mice;
  • refrain from wading through floodwaters, especially when with open wounds to avoid leptospirosis;
  • immediately change rain-soaked clothes to avoid coughs and colds that could lead to flu and/or pneumonia;
  • most of all, stay indoors and keep dry

The public is also advised to take heed of the authorities’ instructions and experts’ advice, particularly when there is a calamity that is expected to hit the country.  (with details from Aiko Miguel) /mbmf

Price hike of prime commodities to take effect this month – DA

Maris Federez   •   December 6, 2019

(FILE) A Filipino vendor bags vegetables for a customer at a public market in Quezon City, east of Manila, Philippines. EPA-EFE/ROLEX DELA PENA

MANILA, Philippines – With the spike in the prices of fish and vegetables in the market due to the low supply caused by the onslaught of Typhoon Tisoy in Luzon, the Department of Agriculture (DA) on Friday announced an impending price hike of prime commodities this holiday season.

The department said it is currently processing the importation of 45,000 metric tons of small variety of fish such as galunggong and mackerel.

This is seen as a way to increase the supply of galunggong and help decrease its price in the next two weeks.

The department also expects the lowering of the price of vegetables as the harvest season has started and will go on until February 2020.

Despite this, the DA said it expects that prices of other price commodities will take a spike this month.

Agriculture secretary William Dar explained that the consumers’ buying power gets stronger with the release of their 13th-month pay and bonuses in preparation for the holiday season.

This, the department said, affects the movement of the prices of goods in the market.

“Number one, again, demand. Number two, supply always has to be a factor. Number three, yung (the) weather. So, it’s a confluence of events,” Dar said.

Secretary Dar, meanwhile, urged consumers to buy pork and other pork products to help hog raisers cope with the season and ensure a price cut on these commodities.

The DA said that although there is an over-supply of pork meat in the market, its price is still relatively high as sale of these products is still low.

The DA official also allayed consumer fears on the threats of African Swine Fever (ASF) as this is not contagious to humans, especially when the pork meat products go through the correct process. (from the report of Asher Cadapan, Jr.) /mbmf

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