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NDCC: Damage from ‘Frank’ seen to reach P4.27B

By Lira Dalangin-Fernandez
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 15:48:00 06/24/2008

Filed Under: Sulpicio ferry disaster, Typhoon Frank

MANILA, Philippines -- The damage caused by typhoon "Frank" (international codename: Fengshen), which battered Metro Manila, the Visayas, and Southern Luzon, could cost as much as P4.27 billion pesos, officials said Tuesday.

National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) executive director Glenn Rabonza placed the damage to agriculture and fisheries at P3.3 billion, infrastructure at P750 million, schools at P212 million, and fishing boats at P110 million.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was supposed to preside over the NDCC meeting Tuesday in Malacañang through video conference from Washington DC but was unavailable because of a dinner engagement and several meetings.

Agriculture Undersecretary Jesus Emmanuel Paras said damage to crops totaled almost P1 billion: P670 million in rice, P165 million in corn, and P194 million in high value crops.

Damage to fisheries reached P2.2 billion after some 25,000 metric tons of bangus (milk fish) and some 5,000 metric tons of shrimp were lost to the typhoon.

But Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Augusto Santos said that damage to infrastructure and food production would hardly have an impact on rice supply or the total Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Education Secretary Jesli Lapus said 351 schools were damaged by the typhoon, while some 140 others are being used as evacuation centers.

Cost of total or partial damage to public schools was estimated at P212 million, he added.

At least six power lines have yet to be restored in Luzon while 50 percent of Panay Island in Western Visayas has yet to be energized, according to the Department of Energy.

Authorities said power has also started to normalize in Bicol, Leyte, Cebu, Bohol and Negros.

Parts of Tayabas, Kalayaan, Famy, Gumaca and Atimonan, all in Quezon province, are still without power, officials of the National Transmission Corp. said.

The Manila Electric Co. has reportedly restored 99 percent of its power loads although one circuit in Tanay, Rizal is still down.

Michael Lim Ubac, Phil Daily Inquirer


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