The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said damage from typhoons “Pedring” and “Quiel” will exceed P10 billion considering the massive flooding experienced in Central Luzon.
NDRRMC Executive Director Benito Ramos said damage to property from typhoon “Pedring” stood at P8.803 billion –P7.554 billion in agriculture and P1.249 billion in infrastructure. At least 68 bridges and road sections in Central and Northern Luzon hit by landslides and flooding remained impassable as of Tuesday.
A total of 699,909 families or 3,250,104 people were also affected by the two typhoons. The NDRRMC also said 49,886 houses were damaged by “Pedring” and “Quiel,” of which 7,697 were totally destroyed.
Ramos said the NDRRMC has recommended that Isabela, Ifugao, Quirino, Pampanga, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, and Aurora provinces be placed under state of calamity. They have also recommended that Maguindanao be also included in view of the effects of the continuous rains that brought massive flooding in many parts of the province.
Ramos emphasized that the government is doing all necessary actions to address the problem and to come up with a comprehensive rehabilitation plan for the flood-hit towns and cities.
On the residents who are often hit by massive flooding, he said they are looking at relocating these people as one possible way to address the problem. Asked about their plan for those whose houses were totally destroyed, Ramos said initially there will be a tent city for them but the local government units (LGUs) will have to take care of this.
With a number of families still suffering from the effects of the two typhoons, the Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF or Pag-IBIG Fund) declared a three month-moratorium on housing loan payments for member-borrowers affected by the said typhoons.
Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said Tuesday in a press briefing that there is no final decision yet if the Palace will declare a state of calamity, particularly in areas heavily affected by the weather disturbances.