Siquijor’s Typhoon Damage Reaches P50-M

SIQUIJOR (PIA) - Siquijor province was not spared by Typhoon Pablo which hit parts of Mindanao and the Visayas last December 4 and reports obtained from the provincial and municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Centers (DRRMCs) here estimate that damage wrought by typhoon to crops, livestock, homes and other property, as well as infrastructure has reached an estimated P50 million.

Of six towns in the province, Siquijor was reported to have been severely affected with a total estimated cost of damage at P19.483 million, including almost 1,000 houses wrecked and over 50 percent of the municipality's crops and agricultural products ravaged.

The town of Maria comes next with some P15.218 million worth of estimated cost in damage; Enrique Villanueva with total cost of damage estimated at P9,361,331; Lazi, P4.5 million; and Larena , P1,453,165.

San Juan town, meanwhile, reported an estimated total damage cost of P2,460,000 involving crops and houses.

Siquijor province was placed under typhoon Pablo signal no. 3 when the typhoon struck last December 4.

Power lines, particularly in the province's barangays and other infrastructure were down, causing a total blackout for two days.

Trees were uprooted everywhere even as a boat sank, with its six-man crew missing for several hours but luckily rescued the following day.

Another fishing boat midway from Bohol to Siquijor was reported to have capsized with passengers Ayte Almani, 17, and Banjeing Dumay Yankee Hapay, 38, both from Tutolan, Dauis, Bohol able to swim safely to shore at Enrique Villanueva town in Siquijor.

The typhoon claimed one life, with one Helbert Daniel, 25, who was on a motorcycle killed on the spot after he was hit by a fallen coconut tree in Lazi, Siquijor.

Meanwhile, MV Euro 3 of Villa Shipping Lines, with a crew of 16, was pushed off the coast in Maria town. One crewman who was reported to be missing was found floating, 300 meters away from the ship, safe.

Last December 6, the Siquijor provincial government passed a resolution declaring the island-province under a state of calamity due to severe damage to houses and crops, said the province's DRRMC executive officer Arturo Pacatang.

Currently, electrical power has been restored to most of the island and the situation in the province is getting back to normal, according to Pacatang.

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