Batanes province under state of calamity due to ‘Ferdie’

TUGUEGARAO CITY — The province of Batanes was declared Thursday under state of calamity due to the effects of typhoon Ferdie.

Batanes Governor Marilou Cayco declared said calamity funds will be utilized to immediately respond to the restoration needs of some facilities which were greatly affected by strong the typhoon and to enable quick response and service delivery to the affected families.

Cayco said they will prioritize areas with families whose houses were totally blown down by the typhoon as well as those with livelihood that were totally damaged.

The Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) region 2 reported that 50 houses were totally destroyed and 100 partially damaged, while damage to infrastructure included the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) building, Technical Education Development Authority (TESDA) office, Basco Central School, Batanes National High School, Provincial Capitol building and Sto. Domingo Church.

The governor also advised municipalities to utilize portion of their calamity fund for rehabilitation. PNA/