CASIGURAN, Aurora — The cost of damage to agriculture caused by tropical storm ‘Jolina’ in the northern part of Aurora was initially pegged at some PHP41.27 million.
Engineer Elson A. Egargue, chief of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), said that this town where the storm made landfall Friday night was worst hit with an estimated agricultural loss of PHP34.3 million.
Egargue said the agricultural sector of Dilasag town was likewise affected by the tropical storm with an initial PHP5.69 million loss. Damage to livestock and fisheries sectors were also initially placed at PHP39,600 and PHP50,000, respectively.
The town of Dinalungan was also not spared by Jolina with some PHP1.19 million agricultural loss.
Egargue added that a total of 3,083 individuals or 881 families were evacuated in the towns of Baler, Maria Aurora, Dipaculao, Casiguran and Dilasag.
Meanwhile, he said the Villa Maria Aurora boundary to Bongabon, Nueva Ecija Road is not passable due to the swollen Labi creek at Barangay Labi, Bongabon, Nueva Ecija.
On the other hand, he said the Baler-Canili-Pantabangan national road, Baler-Casiguran national road, Baler to Villa Maria Aurora are passable to all types of vehicles.
Egargue said early preparation was made by the PDRRMO personnel with all mayors, municipal local disaster risk and management councils and other offices in the province for the possible impact of Jolina.
Prior to the tropical storm’s landfall, Egargue said that precautionary measures and other pre-disaster response activities were put in place, including the early prepositioning of 9,000 family food packs as well as non-food items.
Heavy equipment, medicines and medical supplies were also readied.
He said that medicines were on standby at the Provincial Health Office while those from the Department of Health (DOH) were prepositioned in northern Aurora.
Likewise, he said there was constant coordination with the different concerned offices. PNA-northboundasia.com