Gov. Espino directs PDRRMC to stay on alert for Typhoon “Lawin”

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — Gov. Amado “Pogi” I. Espino III has directed member agencies of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) to stay alert as Typhoon “Lawin” has already entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility in the afternoon of Oct. 17 and is expected to affect Pangasinan by Thursday morning, Oct. 20.

Espino, who is chair of PDRRMC, said the preparations he had set before Typhoon “Karen” lashed out Pangasinan would be maintained and even enhanced as the province anticipated the fury of Tyhoon “Lawin”

As a matter of fact, PDRRM Officer Rhodyn Luchinvar Oro, announced that per the governor’s order, the PDRRMC is still on red alert while his office is still compiling reports of damages from Typhoon “Karen” all over the province.

The PDRRMC, in coordination with the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) earlier distributed 150 packs of relief goods to families who went to evacuation centers situated in Bani, Bolinao and Sual last October 16.

No casualty was reported from Typhoon “Karen”

The PDRRMC also reported the restoration of power supply in 28 affected municipalities except for some barangays in the towns of Malasiqui, Sta. Maria, Anda, Agno, and San Nicolas.

Meanwhile, partial reports from PDRRMC stated that over Php 41-million worth of infrastructure was damaged as a result of Typhoon “Karen” as of 11 a.m. of October 17.

Of the amount, a total of more than Php 39 million worth of provincial roads were damaged while provincial bridges sustained Php 2.2 million worth of damages.

Those damaged were the Tomling Bridge along Nalsian-Umando road in Malasiqui and Binmeckeg bridge in Sison town.

According to Provincial Engineer Antonieta Delos Reyes, these bridges suffered eroded road shoulder on their approaches and damaged protection walls.

On the other hand, the provincial roads suffered minimal damages such as having scoured road shoulder, damaged asphalt pavement, developed potholes and eroded road shoulders, she added.

A total of 34 partially-damaged houses in barangays Angayan Norte, San Quintin in Mabini; and Rajal and San Aurelio III in Balungao town was reported. Two houses from barangay Angayan Norte were totally damaged.