“Rolly” worst typhoon to hit Tabaco City in years – Mayor Luistro

Published November 5, 2020, 10:18 AM

by Noreen Jazul

Typhoon “Rolly” was the “worst typhoon” to hit Tabaco City in Albay in years, Mayor Krisel Lagman Luistro said.

(Tabaco City Mayor Krisel Lagman Luistro / MANILA BULLETIN)

“Grabe po talaga ang [damage sa] Tabaco (The damage in Tobaco was really bad). This is the worst typhoon recorded since Typhoon Trix in 1952,” Luistro told DZMM Teleradyo on Thursday.

Luistro also said the “Rolly” was worse than Typhoon Reming, which battered the Albay province in 2006.

“Fifty percent of all the houses [were] damaged in various stages of unrepair. Yung aming 1800s pa na century-old house devastated…yung pblic market naming nawaln ng bubong (Our centry-old house built in the 1800s was devastated…our public market is now roofless),” Lusitro said.

Despite the city incurring extensive damage from “Rolly,”, Luistro said she is still grateful that Tabaco recorded zero casualties, which she attributed to the pre-emptive evacuation done by the local government.

“Ang pinaka importate, zero casualty kaming mga Tabaco (The most important thing is that we had zero casualties this time),” she said.

Lusitro meanwhile said the city will be needing at least P1.2 billion for the rehabilitation of damaged flood control, buildings, and roads.

As for electricity, Lusitro said restoration might take longer as 90 percent of electrical posts in the city were knocked down by Typhoon “Rolly.”

“I’m sure di pa ma re-restore (it won’t be restored yet) by December, it will take a long time,” she said.