Power being restored to homes in Quezon; no casualty recorded due to typhoon ‘Rolly’

Published November 2, 2020, 12:37 PM

by Danny Estacio & Aaron Recuenco

LUCENA CITY – About 30 towns are still waiting for their power to be restored as Quezon slowly returned to normal after a second powerful typhoon battered the province in as many weeks.

Quezon Governor Danilo Suarez said that efforts to rebuild power lines across the province was ongoing, and that some towns being serviced by Meralco could have their power restored by lunch time Tuesday, November 2.

But for the other areas being serviced by electric cooperatives, restoring power could take longer.

“But we may have partial electricity within the day (Tuesday),” Suarez said.

The governor also reported that the province did not record any casualty caused by “Rolly”.

He commended the efforts of the local chief executives for enforcing pre-emptive and preparedness measures in their localities.

This was echoed by Quezon Provincial Police Office Director Col. Audie Madrideo, who said that local police were instructed, as early as Friday, October 30, to start evacuating residents in coastal and low-lying areas prone to flooding and landslides.

A total of 244 policemen were tasked to assist in the evacuation.

“Thirty-six hours prior to Rolly’s landfall, Search and Rescue (SAR) Teams from the Provincial Headquarters were already out in the low lying areas of Quezon and pre-emptive warnings were conducted through Oplan Bandillo on high risk areas,” said Madrideo.

“Likewise, infographics were utilized to warn the general public on the strength and danger posed by typhoon Rolly,” he added.

Though the province registered more than 100,000 evacuees, Suarez said he expected most of them to return home by Tuesday.

He also said those returning to their homes would have packed meals with them.

Suarez also reported that communication has not been affected in the province because no cellular site tower was damaged by the typhoon.

Madrideo likewise said that, as of 8 p.m., Monday, all roads and bridges in Quezon were already passable.

But Suared noted that, as of late Sunday, there were still flooded areas in Calauag town (Barangay Tikiwan), and San Narciso town – Barangays Busok- Busukan and Binay.

He likewise said the banana industry in the towns of San Francisco, Buenavista, Mulanay, San Andres, Catanauan and San Narciso were affected by typhoons Quinta and Rolly.

As such, this could jack up the prices of bananas like saba, latundan and lakatan, that are regularly transported and sold in Metro Manila.

“It takes a year before these banana plantations could recover,” he said.