‘Pedring’ out, ‘Quiel’ in

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PEDRING’S FURY Huge waves and strong winds brought by Typhoon “Pedring” knocked down this bronze statue of the late Manila Mayor Arsenio Lacson at Baywalk on Roxas Boulevard in Manila. NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

Typhoon “Pedring” roared out of the country Wednesday, leaving an official death toll of 21, including 10 children with ages ranging from seven months to 10 years.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) has lowered all storm signals, but said Pedring would continue to enhance the southwest monsoon to bring scattered to widespread rain over western Luzon.

It also said it was closely watching a tropical storm that could enter the Philippine area of responsibility from the Pacific Ocean at any time.

The storm will be called Quiel once it enters the PAR, the weather bureau said.

As damage reports trickled in, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) confirmed that 21 people were dead, 25 more were injured and 33 others were missing as of 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Five people died in the National Capital Region, seven in Central Luzon, two in Bicol, two in the Cordillera Administrative Region, two in Ilocos, two in Cagayan Valley, and one in Calabarzon.

The NDRRMC said that 112 people were rescued at the height of the typhoon, and that nearly 10,000 families (or about 48,000 persons) were still in evacuation centers.

From initial reports, Pedring (international name: Nesat) destroyed at least P912 million worth of crops, livestock and fisheries, and at least P72 million in infrastructure, including nearly 5,000 damaged houses.

Weeping farmers

In Candaba, Pampanga, Mayor Jerry Pelayo said he saw farmers weeping as they tried to harvest the palay flattened by Pedring’s winds.

“This is the second time that their crops were ruined. The first was in July. The second time was painful because they planted on loans again, while others pawned their land to get loans,” Pelayo said by phone.

At least 61 road sections in Luzon remained impassable due to floods, landslides, mudflows and fallen debris.

Pedring intensified over the West Philippine Sea but no longer posed a threat as it exited the Philippine area of responsibility at around 1 p.m. and headed to southern China, Pagasa said.

Power ‘emergency’

In preparation for the new storm, Energy Secretary Jose Almendras on Wednesday declared a “state of emergency” in power in Luzon in order to undertake an “emergency procedure” that would ensure safe and timely water releases from the dams.

Almendras said at a briefing that the procedure involved putting hydropower facilities on priority dispatch so that water released from the dams could be used for power generation.

He said the declaration of the state of emergency was intended to allow the Department of Energy to direct transmission operator National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) and the wholesale electricity spot market (WESM) to give priority to such facilities in Luzon.

This means that the capacity generated by these plants should be the first to be consumed among other power sources.

Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) said that as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, only 189,000 customers (or 3.8 percent of its 4.9-million franchise base) remained without power and that only seven of its 698 circuits had yet to be energized.

“[These] are mostly isolated circuits, or circuits which have been badly damaged, or the restoration of which is made more difficult by obstructions like debris,” said Alfredo Panlilio, Meralco senior vice president and head of customer retail services and corporate communications.

Panlilio said Meralco’s service crews would continue to work around the clock until power had been restored to all its clients.

In a separate report, NGCP said eight provinces in Luzon still had areas without power as of 4 p.m. Wednesday because of damaged transmission lines and facilities.

NGCP said 96 percent of Nueva Vizcaya province remained without power, 81 percent of Isabela, 67 percent of La Union, 57 percent of Bataan, 73 percent of Nueva Ecija, 6 percent of Pampanga, 98 percent of Zambales, and 63 percent of Benguet.

The power supply in eight towns and a city in western Pangasinan, cut off by fallen trees, has yet to be restored. More than 70 villages in central Pangasinan were also without power.

Agri damage

As much as P729 million worth of crops and infrastructure were damaged, according to the Department of Agriculture (DA).

The latest DA figures showed that P725.109 million worth of corn, rice and high-value commercial crops were lost when Pedring pummeled Luzon with raging winds and strong rains.

Damage to fisheries infrastructure was estimated at P4.08 million.

According to the DA, 45,607 metric tons of crops were damaged during the typhoon. Of these, rice made up 35,175 MT; corn, 6,322 MT; and high-value commercial crops, 110 MT.

The “affected” areas added up to 77,864 hectares, the DA said.

But it said 77,062 ha (66,825 ha of rice, 10,127 of corn and 110 of high-value commercial crops) had a chance of recovery.

To ensure that families would not go hungry, the National Food Authority (NFA) issued 10,425 bags of rice for distribution to typhoon victims.

NFA Administrator Angelito Banayo said in a statement that the bags of rice were distributed to families in Bicol, Central Luzon and Cagayan Valley.

Banayo also said that despite the damage, the rice stock was still sufficient.

He said that as of the third week of September, the overall food security inventory was at 2.5 million MT—equivalent, he said, to 75 days’ supply given the estimated domestic daily requirement of 34,000 MT.

The NFA said its rice inventory was equivalent to 52 percent of the country’s total rice stock.

Delayed impact

As Pedring moved toward the West Philippine Sea, residents of Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon began feeling the impact of the heavy rains it dumped on Tuesday. Waterways swelled and dams began releasing water, causing massive flooding.

Among the provinces worst hit by floods are Isabela and Bulacan.

Reports from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in Isabela said at least four people drowned in Cauayan City and the towns of Angadanan, Naguilian and Jones.

Heavy water releases from Magat Dam in Isabela sent 3,285 residents fleeing to high grounds and evacuation centers.

Saturnino Tenedor, Magat Dam instrumentation section chief, said the reservoir level breached the 193 meters above sea level (masl) critical level by 1.71 masl on Wednesday. Seven gates of the dam were opened.

Marooned on rooftops

At least 55 villages in the capital Ilagan had been flooded since Tuesday, said information officer Antonio Montereal Jr. He said teams had been going around town to rescue residents marooned on their rooftops and to give them food.

The northern villages of Isabela were also isolated after the Tagaran Bridge in Cauayan was rendered impassable by rising river water.

In Bulacan province, rising waters in Bocaue town forced residents to park their cars on a flyover.

Bulacan Governor Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado said the release of water from the Angat, Bustos and Ipo dams caused widespread flooding in 21 towns including Norzagaray, San Miguel, San Rafael, Bustos, Baliuag, Plaridel, Calumpit, Pulilan, Paombong and Hagonoy.

He ordered a forced evacuation of 30,314 people.

At least 12 of the 49 villages of San Miguel town were submerged after dikes there and in nearby Doña Remedios Trinidad town were damaged on Tuesday.

Trash slide kills 2

In Olongapo City, 26-year-old Lanivhie Ganseco and her 14-month-old daughter, Shanaia, were killed on Tuesday night when a portion of the city dump was loosened by rains.

Mayor James Gordon Jr. said the trash slide buried the huts of three families but that as of 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, only the Gansecos’ bodies had been found. A man identified as Eduardo Doesnt, 38, was reported missing.

In Pangasinan province, Governor Amado Espino Jr. asked operators of the San Roque Dam in San Manuel town to order a “preemptive release” of water from the reservoir and not wait until the water reached critical level.

The reservoir’s level was recorded at 276.49 masl, more than 3 masl below its spilling level of 280 masl as of 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

“It is difficult to ease the people’s apprehension. National Power Corp. and San Roque Power Corp. should coordinate on the water releases,” Espino said.

Refuge in cemetery

Reports from the Office of Civil Defense in Central Luzon said Pedring flooded 224 of 3,102 villages there, sending 66,849 people to barangay halls, schools and churches for shelter.

Displaced residents of Cabanatuan City sought refuge in a cemetery.

Four people remained missing in the provinces of Aurora, Tarlac and Pampanga. They include a boy and a girl who were swept away by lahar that the rains remobilized in the Pasig-Potrero River in Porac, Pampanga, on Tuesday.

The typhoon left 672 families homeless and 326 others with damaged houses.

Floods and winds destroyed palay valued at P865.4 million, vegetables worth P3.05 million, and P26.9 million worth of fish stocks, the DA said. Aurora incurred the biggest losses.

41 evac sites in Calabarzon

In Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon), 18,271 persons (or 3,736 families) remained at 41 evacuation sites.

The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council  said 21,767 persons (or 4,517 families) were affected by the typhoon that caused storm surges and floods in parts of the region and damaged roads and infrastructure.

In Batangas province, 60 houses in the towns of Sta. Teresita and Taal and in Lipa City were totally ruined, while 12 were partially damaged by the strong winds.

The Bagbag bridge connecting the towns of Nasugbu, Lian and Calatagan remained closed to light vehicles because of damage caused by the flood.

Knee- to waist-deep floods were reported in the towns of San Pedro, Sta. Cruz, Mabitac and Sta. Maria in Laguna province. Reports from Dona Z. Pazzibugan, TJ Burgonio, Amy R. Remo and Leila B. Salaverria in Manila; Carmela Reyes-Estrope, Tonette Orejas, Robert Gonzaga, Armand Galang and Jo Martinez-Clemente, Inquirer Central Luzon; Villamor Visaya Jr., Yolanda Sotelo, Gabriel Cardinoza and Vincent Cabreza, Inquirer Northern Luzon; and Maricar Cinco and Mar Arguelles, Inquirer Southern Luzon

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ROZRWC4WU72ZA7JGUQXQ24TBAI Verbl

    Is Quiel’s international codename Nalgae?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MAVNEFXUT5OTDLRSUXPQST6SUI catmanjohn

    The water bourn diseases will come next. This is why the Aquino government should make Water and Sewage Infrastructure improvement his top priority. Where does one get the money…?, you ask. With all the money the Arroyos stole from the Philippine people, one could have a state of the art sewage/treatment, water/ system, in place for the next 50 years. What a shame that so many people must suffer for the corrupt few.

  • Anonymous

    Huwag na po tayong magtanim ng palay at madaling masira sa bagyo na madalas dumaan sa lugar natin. Patatas,kamote, kamoteng kahoy, bawang, sibuyas o di kaya mani na lang. Nasa ilalim lahat ng lupa ang mga bunga.

    Fellow OFW

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JC4WVPIMEEDJ5OYFCTK3XANGIA urbad

      brod pasensya ka na pero alam mo ba na ang no. 1 na pagkain na kailangan ng pilipino sa araw araw ay bigas? para sa may kaya sa buhay ok lang yan na kuma in sila ng mga mamahaling pagkain pero sa kapwa namin mahirap ay bigas ang kailangan ng aming tiyan, at ang ikinabubuhay namin ay ang pagtanim ng palay..dyan kami kumikita ng pang araw araw ng pangangailangan sa aming palayan. pasensya ka na brod kasi para sa iyo ok lang na kumain ka ng ganyang mga pag kain kasi marami ka namang pera na pambili. kahit anong kailangan mo pwdng pwde sa yo. wala lang sama an ng loob. pwd mo bang makain sa pang almusal, pananghalian at hapunan ang bawang at sibuyas? kaya ba ng sikmura mo yan?

      • http://www.perakoto.com Invest in Your Future

        It’s high time for the government to do its best for the farmers. They are the people who produce the food that we eat. They shouldn’t be left alone to pawn their land to get loans. Farmers have been neglected far too long in this country.

      • Anonymous

        the only priority of P-Noys government is to get rid of GMA

      • Anonymous

        tsk tsk tsk….ang hirap naman pala talaga ng buhay nyo kabayan. ang ikinabubuhay nyo lang ay ang pagtatanim ng palay, at bawang at sibuyas lang ang inyong pang-ulam…tsk tsk tsk…mabuti naman nakakapag-internet ka pa?

  • Anonymous

    yan si visaya binabalita mai para lang kumita di pa sya pumupunta dun sa area n pinanggalingann ng balita. nangingikil pa sa mga politiko ginagamit ang iinquirer para magkapera dapat palitan niyo n yan. 

  • Anonymous

    di na ma-reverse ang ginagawang pinsala ng malalakas na bagyo. lalo pa itong lalakas sa paparating pang mga panahon dahil sa global warming na patuloy na tumataas kada taon. wala tayong magawa kundi umiwas at limitahan ang carbon footprint ng bawat isa sa atin. ang carbon footprint ay yung mga bagay na ginagawa nating araw-araw na kung saan ito ay directly o indirectly nagpo-produce ng carbon dioxide sa pamamagitan ng pag sunog o paggamit ng coal o karbon, gasolina, diesel at oil. ang carbon dioxide ang nagiging sanhi upang magkaroon ng shield sa mundo na ang init ay hindi maka eskapo sa atmosphere. kaya para limitahan ang pinsala…hanggat maari magtipid ng kuryente, mag lakad o mag bike papunta sa trabaho. mag segregate ng basura, yung pwede pang gamitin muli ito ay gamitin o kaya ay mag recycle. gumamit ng bayong kung mamalengke, magtanim ng puno sa likod ng bahay at higit sa lahat… matutong mamuhay ng simple. sa bawat material na bagay na ating binibili o ina-ari, ang katumbas nito ay yung energy na ginamit sa paggawa nitong mga bagay na kalimitan ay sa pamamagitan ng pagsunog ng gasolina o diesel.

    kumbaga ” An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” kaya di pa huli ang lahat…starting with myself, let’s all make a difference. inumpisahan ko na di gumamit ng tv at aircon, kasi wala rin naman kaming tv at aircon sa bahay hahaha.

    • http://twitter.com/alixkaren Karen Alix

      tama, pwede ring bawasan ang pagkain ng karne? meatless monday? maraming paraan at madali lang naman ring gawin. :)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F54VUDPX3E6BQCUR5E3CG3SJMA Jonas

    I hope the local gov’t of Pampanga can intervene to ease the payment terms of farmers who loaned for their crops.  None of us wanted this to happen.  Farmers are weeping but am sure the locat gov’t can do something about this.  Kahit papaano they get something out of the production, so please do something for them. 

    • Anonymous

      aasikasuhin ni Pnoy yan kapag tigok na si GMA…yun ang priority nya

  • Tyopando

    I hope the government pursue a mandatory crop insurance for the farmers.  This will ensure the farmers’  livelihood when their crops are damaged by the typhoons…. 

    As it is, lalong nababaon sa utang ang mga farmers tuwing malulugi dahil sa pinsala sa pananim dulot ng bagyo…….

  • http://twitter.com/marshmara ma. katrina villamor

    sobrang kawawa ang mga farmers na tinamaan ng bagyo ang mga tanim. hay. kung marami lang akong pera di lang pautang na pera gagawin ko sa kanila—babayaran ko yung inutang nilang capital para di na nila problemahin yung nawala nilang puhunan na utang. sana ganito rin ang naiisip gawin nila henry sy, lucio tan, gokongwei, ayala at kung sino pa. 

    • http://twitter.com/alixkaren Karen Alix

      di nila siguro iisipin yun :)

    • Oki Buri

      Ang iyong salita ay sa asa ka umaasa. Nasa Diyos ang asa nasa tao ang gawa.

      • http://twitter.com/marshmara ma. katrina villamor

        hindi ko po maintindihan ang nais mo ipaalam sa akin. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Z6U25GIY66GOY64DA3QY7OEB54 ricky

    Nakaligo ka na ba sa dagat ng basura? – Manny Villar

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