By Mar Supnad
BATAAN CAPITOL- As typhoon Ompong hit large part of Northern and Central Luzon, several trees were uprooted and blocked portions of roads in Bataan while the roof of Biaan Church in Mariveles was blown away.
The province was also hit by massive blackout.
Also in Biaan, 47 families were also brought to the evacuation site.
In Orion town, barangay captain Christopher Velasco of Calungusan said that several big trees were also uprooted in Camachile, Wawa, Sta Elena and Puting Buhangin but were immediately cleared due to close coordination with local leaders.
As of this writing, power supply has been restored to about 95 percent of the province, according to PENELCO.
As of 12 noon, power was restored in the towns of Limay, Orion, Pilar, Bagac and Morong which experienced power interruption since 4 a.m. PENELCO Engineering Department head Edwin Zaldivar said repair is ongoing to fix minimal and isolated cases of power interruption in Mariveles, Dinalupihan and Samal.
In the coastal town of Orani, barangay captain Marvin dela Cruz of Mulawin deployed 24/7 his 16-man strong and well-trained rescue team to respond in times of flash floods and calamities in the province.
Led by dela Cruz himself, the rescue team underwent rigid training not only in rescuing but also in maintaining peace order, street cleaning, protecting the environment, anti-illegal drugs, among others, newsmen learned.
“We can respond and assist anywhere in Bataan in times of calamities and when circumstances so demand; we are always ready,” dela Cruz.said.
Also, Gov Abet Garcia activated the Emergency Operations Center and the Incident Management Team to respond quickly for typhoons.
Various government agencies reported for duty in the center including DOH, PIA, PNP, MBDA, AFP, BFP, DOST, and provincial government departments.