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Typhoon Odette leaves estimated P247 million damage in Bukidnon

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MALAYBALAY CITY (BukidnonNews.Net/27 December 2021) Typhoon Odette left Bukidnon with two dead and a partial estimated damage of P247 million in infrastructure, agriculture, and houses, according to the December 23, 2021 situational report from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO).  

Typhoon Odette, which hit provinces in the Visayas and Mindanao temporarily displaced a total of 6, 068 families or 24,404 individuals in 64 of the province’s 464 barangays. The report cited damage in two cities and seven towns out of Bukidnon’s 20 towns.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported as of Sunday, December 26, 2021 that Typhoon Odette claimed a total of 378 lives, injured a total of 742 persons and 60 others still declared missing. Nationwide, the number of affected individuals has been estimated at 3.95 million.  

Two of the dead were reported in Bukidnon and were identified as Jayson Sagubay, 14, who was hit by a fallen tree in Brgy. Dao, San Fernando town and Florante Pahay, 40, who drowned in Brgy. San Luis, Malitbog town. The latter was, however, considered as an isolated case as it transpired after the onslaught of the typhoon. Three other persons were identified to be injured.   

More than half of individuals reported affected in Bukidnon were from Valencia City at 13, 404 individuals or 2,997 families. Malitbog town has the second highest in terms of number of persons temporarily displaced with 1,924 families or 8,587 individuals. The rest came from Malaybalay City, and the towns of Libona, Impasug-ong, Sumilao, Cabanglasan, Maramag, and Manolo Fortich.

Ten areas in Bukidnon were placed under Storm Signal No. 2: Cabanglasan, Lantapan, Talakag, Baungon, Libona, Manolo Fortich, Sumilao, Impasug-ong, Malitbog, and Malaybalay City, Bukidnonnews.net reported on December 16, 2021.

Mr. Israel Johan M. Damasco, Bukidnon Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Coordinator told BukidnonNews.Net on December 27, 2021 most of those who fled did so on preemptive evacuation as Bukidnon was already placed under Orange rain fall alert level. 

He said most of the evacuees have returned to their homes at least a day after, while others did so two to three days after in some areas, especially in the flood prone communities. 

Most of the evacuees have sought refuge in barangay or municipal covered courts and local gyms, schools, in barangay and sitio halls and health centers, and in houses of relatives and other residents. In Impasug-ong town, some residents sought refuge in the tribal halls in Brgy. Guihean and Brgy. Kalabugao. There were also those who sought refuge in areas identified as “isolation units” in Sitio Kilablab, Brgy. Poblacion and Brgy Capitan Bayong, also in Impasug-ong,  

In Valencia City, where more than half of the temporary evacuees were reported from, most of those who fled were from Brgy. Batangan, at the riverbanks of the Pulangi. The Valencia City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office reported a total of 1, 804 families or 8, 208 individuals affected in Brgy. Batangan, which is almost the size of affected population in the whole of Malitbog town.

A total of 17 out of 31 barangays in Valencia City have reported evacuees for Typhoon Odette. 

In Malitbog, 10 of its 11 barangays have reported evacuees. The total affected households were estimated to be around 39 percent of the town’s total number of households. The biggest number of the town’s evacuees were reported in Brgy. San Luis, its biggest barangay in terms of land area, with 4,023 of the 8,587 total affected households.

Mr. Damasco said most heavily affected in Malitbog were barangays Sta. Ines and Silo-o, which up to December 27, 2021 have been declared isolated after flooding brought by Typhoon Odette destroyed foot bridges and spillways.

Bukidnon placed its partial estimates of damage to infrastructures at least P138.67 million in terms of roads and bridges, electricity, water system, communication, and flood control. Total damage to roads and bridges in Bukidnon was estimated at P50.67 million, with P48.87 million attributed to damages in Malitbog town.

The province also suffered a total loss of P85.80 million estimated damages in agriculture with Valencia City owning P47.69 million or about 56 percent of the damage for all crops. The PDRRMO report cited that corn suffered worst with an estimated damage of P30.73 million in about 1,934 hectares in six towns accounted for.

Typhoon Odette also left about P22.25 million damage to houses with 67 totally damaged and 267 partially damaged, according to the PDRRMO report. The most devasted barangay in terms of total damaged to houses is Siloo, Malitbog with P20 million total value for 28 houses totally damaged and nine partially damaged in the village.

State of calamity
President Rodrigo Duterte issued Proclamation No. 1267 on December 21, which declared provinces in six regions, including Northern Mindanao, where Bukidnon is, under State of Calamity. This means the national government and corresponding local government units can use funds for rescue, recovery, relief, rehabilitate and continue basic services to affected areas.  

Mr. Damasco said the provincial government’s disaster response has been completed with the distribution of relief goods to identified households. The Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office distributed a total of 5,428 sacks of 25-kilogram rice packs and 5, 428 boxes of canned beef loaf from December 20 to 23, 2021.  

He, however, noted that rehabilitation of damaged infrastructures will take time. He said they are prioritizing the immediate repair of the foot bridges and spillways in the isolated barangays of Malitbog. The rest of the infrastructure repairs will take time as it will go through the usual procurement process.

He cited that the affected local governments may use their quick response fund (QRF), which is 30 percent of their calamity fund. The bigger part, 70 percent, goes to disaster risk reduction or mitigation, prevention, and preparedness activities.

The Provincial Government of Bukidnon, with around P70 million quick response fund in 2021, will augment the allocations from the affected towns and cities, said Mr. Damasco. But he noted that they can only use the 2022 QRF of around P80 million because the current QRF has been used up for the province’s COVID-19 response. (BukidnonNews.Net)

IN PHOTO: Drone shot of a flooded portion of Brgy. Batangan, Valencia City taken on December 17, 2021 at 7:30a.m.The New Batangan Bridge nearby, partly shown in the uppermost left side of the frame, was then declared closed to traffic. Photo courtesy of Jundapz TV
  

IN PHOTO: Drone shot of a flooded portion of Brgy. Batangan, Valencia City taken on December 17, 2021 at 7:30a.m.The New Batangan Bridge nearby, partly shown in the upper right side of the frame, was then declared closed to traffic. Photo courtesy of Jundapz TV

IN PHOTO: Drone shot of a flooded portion of Brgy. Batangan, Valencia City taken on December 17, 2021 at 7:30a.m.The New Batangan Bridge nearby, partly shown in the upper right side of the frame, was then declared closed to traffic. Photo courtesy of Jundapz TV

IN PHOTO: Relief goods from the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP)-10 arrive in Brgy. Siloo, Malitbog town on December 24, 2021. Photo courtesy of FB account of Datu Mapawa Dominador Sambalon

IN PHOTO: Relief goods from the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP)-10 arrive in Brgy. Siloo, Malitbog town on December 24, 2021. Photo courtesy of FB account of Datu Mapawa Dominador Sambalon

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