With 23 bodies found, ‘Pablo’ dead now 1,043

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The death toll from Typhoon “Pablo” has reached 1,043 as government workers with the recovery of 23 more cadavers in Compostela Valley, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Monday.

In its latest report, the NDRRMC said the typhoon destroyed more than P24.1 billion worth of properties, including close to P16.4 billion in agricultural crops and products.

The agency said searchers found and identified 22 bodies in Monkayo town and another cadaver in Compostela town, both in Compostela Valley province.

Of the total number of recovered bodies, it said 645 had been identified.

Benito Ramos, NDRRMC executive director, said rescue teams were still searching for 844 people, among them over 300 fishermen, who went missing when the typhoon hit Mindanao on Dec. 4, flattening villages and plantations.

Ramos said 6,608 families composed of 25,953 persons were still staying in 63 evacuation centers in southern Mindanao.

He said 701,224 families, or 6,203,826 persons, in 40 cities and 34 provinces were affected by the typhoon, which also damaged 167,295 houses.

International Labour Organization (ILO) Director General Guy Ryder, who arrived on Sunday for a two-day visit, extended his sympathies to the victims of Pablo and Tropical Storm “Sendong,” which also battered Mindanao a year ago.

Ryder said the ILO was donating 50,000 for the relief effort and was enlisting aid from its partners in the reconstruction of devastated regions.

The ILO estimated that 2.3 million Filipino workers have been directly affected by the two typhoon mostly women, youth aged 15-24, and vulnerable or unpaid family workers with limited income and social security.

The organization is involved in the multiagency Livelihood Cluster, which is engaged in cash-for-work projects and emergency employment in disaster zones.

“Decent jobs and sustainable livelihoods not only help people regain their self-esteem and their lives but also support the nation in rebuilding and moving ahead,” said Ryder said.

Boxing icon Manny Pacquiao visited the hard-hit New Bataan town in Compostela Valley on Sunday morning, consoling victims, distributing relief goods and pledging to help rebuild homes.

Pacquiao’s visit on the eve of his 34th birthday, however brief, lifted the spirits of the storm victims, according to Gov. Arturo Uy.

“His presence was more than the material things he gave to the victims. It was a morale-booster for a people who had endured so much suffering,” Uy said. “Many wanted to shake his hand.”

Also yesterday, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) dared “epal” politicians to match their campaign spending with a donation to victims of Pablo.

In a message posted on his Twitter account, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez challenged politicians to promote themselves by helping the victims of the calamity instead of just focusing on promoting themselves through advertisements and tarpaulins.

“If they have political ads, the public will not benefit from it in any way. But at least, if they give food packs bearing their faces, the point there is some families will be fed,” he added.

Epal is a play on the words “mapapel,” Filipino slang for a scene-stealer or attention-grabber, and “kapal” or someone who is thick-skinned.

In Tacloban City, the Department of Health announced that its regional office in Eastern Visayas is sending today an 11-member medical team to help in relief operations. With reports from Cynthia D. Balana and Tina G. Santos; Frinston L. Lim, Inquirer Mindanao; and Joey Gabieta, Inquirer Visayas

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  • Commentator

    The government should have a massive rebuilding plans for these places. They should do these so people will not move to Metro Manila which is already overcrowded.

  • tata_boy

    Pnoy, kulang na kulang ang tulong na tinatanggap ng mga biktima ni pablo, puro papicture lang ang ginagawa ng pamahalaan, kung di ninyo kaya ang trabaho eh mag-resign na kayo.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6SUIEYQGT5QNJODNNAYSNO5VYY bayan

    gov’t  NDRRMC risk reduction management daw, time to change the management looks more like a failed management

    • buttones

      Very true, seems to me it should be back to the drawing board because I was always taught the efficacy of an organization, or a response mechanism was measured by it’s success… I may have been ill taught of course….

  • bugoybanggers

    Yung mga may ari ng mga LOGGING FIRM na nakatira sa LUZON, singilin na ninyo. Sila ang magbayad sa pagpatayo ng mga bahay at ibalik ang kanilang kinita. Mga BUWAYA ng KATIHAN, mga LEGAL na Logging concessioners. Sana nasama ang inyong mga kadugo at mga kamag anak sa mga namatay para maramdaman ninyo kung papano mawalan ng mga mahal sa buhay.  

    • tata_boy

      ingat ka kabayan, ang mga Cojuangco na kamag-anak ni Pnoy ay nasa logging.

      • bugoybanggers

        Kasama nga. Yung miembro ng PAMILYA Enrile, Consunji, Ramos.

  • Albert Einstien

    itong mga walang KALULUWA at KAMPON ng DEMONYO na mga POLITIKO natin INU-UNA pa ang RH bill na KIKITIL din sa mga FUTURE full blood filipinos…KESA dito sa PAG-ASIKASO sa BIKTIMA ni PABLO..nakikiramay po ako sa mga NAMATAYAN at NASALANTA….so sad!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYX4ZTAV4BUGW2RIMT45CPYBGA Pio Gante

    those numbers speaks for itself, yet people running this nuisance gov’t lauded themselves for being ready.

  • buttones

    And the House is concerned with Justin Beiber comments about Manny- typical….the 6.2 million persons mentioned can rest on the back burner for now…..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/G7AHS4SX7TZDVNZS2AQHAAKYDE Pascal C

    With respect to the preceding comments, Pablo was the worst typhoon to hit this area in most peoples’ living memory. Most people who died did not die as a direct result of the typhoon; but rather for the deluge of rain that caused the flooding and landslides. Many poor people continue to live in areas prone to these slides, mainly because nobody else wants to. 

    Examples of this in the past are the Delta in Ormoc in 1991 (7,000-8.000 perished), the 1996 landslide in Guinsaugon (near St Bernard), Southern Leyte (1,200 dead). 

    Unfortunately one evacuation centre was ravaged, which somebody needs to answer to. But I do feel that this disaster if happened 10 years ago would have caused double the casualties.

    Regarding Manny P. Pre fight he said he would help raise aid for the victims. Surely, somebody of his wealth could make a sizeable donation of say Php50M.

  • BacolodBoy

    usec Ramos should resign too much failure what ………….

    DENR sec paje ano na resign ka rin!!!!

  • Chameleon08

    What the victims need are evacuation centers and resettlement houses. I have yet to read plans of the government regarding this. All they are doing is announce the millions and millions of donations from abroad but watch the news, the victims remain miserable. Crass!

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