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Where’s help? Guv Imee seeks aid for storm-ravaged Ilocos Norte

Aug 24, 2015 @ 5:55

Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos is appealing for assistance from the national government and other government agencies as Typhoon “Ineng” wreaked havoc in the province over the weekend.

Except for some parts of Pagudpud, the entire province has no power due to damaged and toppled electric posts, including a tower of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) in Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur, according to Marcos.

“We continue to seek more support on behalf of the affected communities in terms of medicines, relief operations, immediate attention to the damage in the roads and infrastructure in the province,” the governor was quoted in a Manila Times article.

Marcos also called on the Department of Energy (DOE), NGCP, Energy Development Corporation-Burgos (EDC), North Luzon
Renewable Energy Corporation (NLREC), Northwind and several power companies to help in the immediate restoration of power supply in the province.

The governor has also reminded local gasoline stations to check their stockpile of fuel and replenish it to ensure steady and reliable supply for generators in hospitals, important installations and for rescue operations.

Ilocos Norte remains under a state of calamity since Saturday, August 22.

Citing reports from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC), Marcos said ‘Ineng’ brought damages in infrastructure, agriculture, and properties worth P623.9 million.

She added several dikes were washed out while roads, bridges, irrigation facilities and school and government buildings sustained heavy damages.

Twenty-two villages- Laureta, Nagapatpatan, Sta. Ana, Lipay, Nalasin, Bagbag, Puttao, Bagbago, Solsona, Cabaroan, Cabulalaan, Bacarra, Baresbes, Barong, Elizabeth, San Marcelino, Francisco, Lanas, Ver, Dingras, Caestebanan, and Banna remained impassable due to severe flooding.

The provincial government is set to convene a meeting with farmers’ organizations and various agriculture stakeholders to jointly formulate a recovery plan, Marcos said.

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