Thursday, August 15, 2013

25 fishermen missing during typhoon Labuyo all rescued

Lingayen --- Twenty-five fishermen from Bolinao and Infanta towns who were reportedly missing last August 11 when they ventured to the sea during typhoon Labuyo were all rescued, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) Executive Officer Fernando de Guzman said. Based on the report, 10 Infanta fishermen (Ramil Rosal, Ricardo Etac, Iguan Bulig, Balong Nical, Narding Nical, Daniel Maloon, Andy Lebios, Efepanio Rosal, Dodong Rosal and Joseph Aripin) returned home in the evening of August 12.
 Six others from Bolinao (Jose Rolly Bagor, Tito Dagun, Manding Caranza, Rosendo Cas Jr., Rolly Boy Maratas and Jerry Barrientos), were rescued on August 13 in San Fernando City, La Union. Nine more Infanta fishermen identified as Larry Evangelista, Geronimo Igang, John Malicdem, Oscar dela Cruz, Reynaldo Corpuz, Pablito Evangelista, Arren Lauren, Alyas "Pedro" and Alyas "Bong" were rescued yesterday, August 14, Ret. Col. de Guzman added. As of the final report of the PDRRMC, the onslaught of the disaster affected about 15,553 residents (3,107 families) in 43 low-lying barangays of 13 towns (Bolinao, Infanta, Mabini, Bugallon, Calasiao, Sta. Barbara, San Fabian, San Jacinto, Sison, Asingan, San Nicolas, Tayug, San Quintin) and Urdaneta City, 947 of them were rescued and brought by the PDRRMC crewmen to evacuation centers.
 Meanwhile, Geronimo Lacson, 64, a resident of brgy. Samat, Bugallon, was reported dead after he slipped off a wet floor while bracing up some weak portions of his house at the height of the typhoon The same report said Jun Rivo Pescano, 18, from brgy. Maticmatic, Sta. Barbara was reportedly got drowned in a floodrush and still missing. A Water Search and Rescue (WASAR) team was deployed to locate and retrieve the body of Pescano.
 The PDRRMC reported damage to agriculture (P26.4M) and public infrastructures (P42.3M) in the province with an estimated total cost of P68M. Damage to agriculture include: palay (12.3M), high value commercial crops (5.4M) and Fisheries (8.7M) while in infrastructure: provincial roads (36.9M) and barangay road dikes (5.4M).
 All provincial roads are now passable to all types of vehicles although some damages like washed out asphalt pavement, eroded road shoulders and potholes, are being repaired. The Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) distributed some 144 family packs of relief goods to evacuees in Bugallon (30 packs), Calasiao (10 packs) and Urdaneta City (104 packs) during the onslaught of the typhoon. (PIO/Mark Gerry Naval Oblanca)

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