Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Typhoon 'Nona' causes PhP3.3-B damage in Bicol

LEGAZPI CITY, Jan. 4 (PNA) -- Typhoon "Nona" slapped Bicol with a PhP3.3-billion damage to public infrastructure and agricultural crops when it ravaged the region in December last year, the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) said on Monday.

Showing its fury with howling winds and heavy rains, "Nona" destroyed hundreds of public school classrooms amounting to PhP1.1 billion and PhP298 million worth of public infrastructure, according to the RDRRMC final damage assessment report.

Ramon Abcede, Department of Education (DepEd) regional director, said around 710 classrooms were totally destroyed while at least 1,199 public school classrooms were partially damaged in Bicol.

Abcede said Sorsogon posted the highest number of classrooms that were totally damaged, 534; followed by Albay, with 71; Masbate, 65; and Camarines Sur, 40.

The DepEd official also said that additional PhP77.6 million worth of damage was recorded in non-infrastructure (furniture, learning manuals and computer equipment) assets.

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) reported PhP7.2 million in damage while the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) listed PhP980,000.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) had PhP220 million in damage to various national roads and bridges, flood control structures and seawall projects across the region.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) reported only four provinces suffered enormous losses in agriculture, amounting to PhP827 million -- with Sorsogon having the highest losses amounting to PhP351 million; followed by Masbate, PhP48.3 million; Albay, PhP7.1 million and Catanduanes, PhP7 million.

The DA report said damage caused by "Nona" affected 25,469 farmers tilling 25,139 hectares of rice lands, 6,044 hectares of corn, and 4,611 hectares of land planted with high-value crops.

The fisheries sector also incurred some PhP39 million in damage.

The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) reported that "Nona" destroyed PhP70.7-million worth of communal irrigation systems and national irrigation system projects. (PNA) SCS/FGS/MSA/CBD/EDS