Typhoon Ineng brought a tremendous loss in the province of Ilocos Norte as it registered more than P1.16 billion total damages in agri infra, buildings, agri-fisheries and other facilities in the province.

Ilocos Norte Governor Matthew Joseph Marcos Manotoc revealed this during a short briefing with Senators Imee Marcos and Bong Go together with Department of Agriculture and Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretaries William Dar and Rolando Baustista yesterday during the officials’ provincial sorties to assess the situation in Ilocos Norte.

Based on the damage assessment report discussed by Mr. Marcel Tabije, Head of the Resiliency Office in the Province, typhoon Ineng has caused a loss of around P999.6 million in buildings, roads and bridges and other infrastructures while the agriculture sector registered a total loss of P166.8 million including the agri infra loss of 122.6 million.

From among the four major crops in the province, the rice sector was the most affected as it registered a total loss amounting to P25.1 million, followed by the livestock sector with P7.5 million registered losses. The fisheries sector was also heavily affected by the widespread flooding as it registered a loss of P6.3 million followed by the high value commercial crops and corn sectors amounting to P3.8 million and P1.3 million.

According to Mr. Tabije, there were a total of 9,873 families affected from the flooding involving 167 barangays with twenty (20) totally damaged houses and forty six (46) partially damaged houses. Two casualties was also reported and two were injured due to the incident while 276 individuals were still isolated.

As a quick response of the Provincial Government, families affected by the calamity were provided with food packs and sleeping kits through the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

In the agriculture and fishery sector, DA upon the approval of Secretary William Dar has distributed P18.1 million worth of assistance composed of 4,000 bags of hybrid and inbred palay seeds, 200 bags of corn seeds and 1,886 cans of assorted vegetable seeds.

Meanwhile, DA-RFO I Regional Executive Director Lucrecio R. Alviar, Jr. mobilized members of the Regional Disaster Risk Management and Operation Center I (RDRM OpCen I) to assess and evaluate the degree of damage in the heavily affected municipalities in collaboration with the Provincial Task Force headed by Provincial Agriculturist Ms. Norma B. Lagmay.

Among the identified municipalities heavily affected by the flooding came from the first district of the province to include the City of Laoag, Vintar, Pagudpud, Bangui, Burgos, Bacarra and Pasuquin. From the second district are the municipalities of Paoay, San Nicolas, Batac City, Solsona, Dingras and Sarrat.

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