Government continues response efforts to typhoon-hit Batanes

The Philippine government through the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) brought relief goods yesterday to another town of Batanes hit by Typhoon Ferdie.

The team headed by NDRRMC executive director Ricardo Jalad and Social Welfare and Development Assistant Secretary Hope Hervilla were airlifted by the Philippine Air Force using C295 to Itbayat town and brought twenty sacks of rice, four boxes of distilled water, twenty assorted boxes containing canned goods and family food packs, as well as assorted medical supplies and medicines.

In a report of NDRRMC's response pillar, the team initially assessed the damages on houses, electric posts, school buildings, crops and livestock and agricultural products such as bananas and coconut trees.

The damage is estimated to have reached P64.7 million.

The local government of Itbayat expressed their need for shelter assistance such as ropes and tarpaulin, candles, food and water. The provincial government is set to provide for their request.

Usec. Jalad stressed in a press conference this morning that the government is not asking for relief assistance from the international community. He said the situation in Batanes is currently being addressed to by both local and national government.

Currently, there are 2,710 families or 10,344 persons who have been displaced in Regions I and II; of which, 20 families or 151 persons are still inside the three (3) evacuation centers in the municipality of Basco, Batanes; while 2,651 families or 10,063 persons are temporarily taking shelter with their relatives and friends.

Source: Philippine Information Agency