P125.7-M aid given to ‘Ulysses’ victims

Published November 22, 2020, 2:17 PM

by Martin Sadongdong

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported Sunday that the government has given at least P125.7-million worth of assistance to victims of typhoon “Ulysses” from eight regions across Luzon.

Rescuers evacuate residents from their flooded homes after Typhoon Vamco hit, in Marikina City, suburban Manila on November 12, 2020. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

In a situational report, NDRRMC Executive Director Ricardo Jalad said the bulk of the assistance – around P78 million – came from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Meanwhile, some P44.2-million worth of aid were distributed by local government units (LGUs), P2.8 million were from private partners, and around P730,000 were from non-government organizations (NGOs).

These were given to typhoon victims in Metro Manila, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Ilocos region (Region 1), Cagayan Valley (Region 2), Central Luzon (Region 3), Calabarzon (Region 4-A), Mimaropa (Region 4-B), and Bicol region (Region 5).

At present, Jalad said a total of 932,467 families or 3,830,602 individuals were affected by typhoon Ulysses in 6,321 barangays.

Of these, at least 34,328 families or 139,866 individuals were still staying at evacuation centers.

The death toll remained at 73 while 68 others were injured. At least 19 people were reported missing, Jalad added. 

The damage to infrastructure and agriculture have  increased to P8.7 billion and P4.2 billion, respectively.

While search and rescue operations in some regions continue, especially in Cagayan Valley where almost two-thirds of the region was submerged in flood, authorities in other areas have since shifted to massive relief operations to address the needs of the typhoon victims.

On its 10th straight day of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) operations, the Philippine Air Force (PAF) performed another flight mission to Cagayan to deliver relief assistance to typhoon victims in Alcala, Cagayan Saturday.

Personnel from the Tactical Operations Group (TOG)-2 under the Tactical Operations Wing Northern Luzon brought 283 packs of assorted relief goods and 16 packs of bread to residents of Barangay Tamban, which was isolated due to heavy flooding.

An aerial reconnaissance was also conducted over the Cagayan River going to Aparri, Cagayan to assess the damage and spot the possible routes that may be taken by government authorities in delivering aid to the typhoon-hit municipality.

Meanwhile, engineers from the Philippine Army 51st Engineering Brigade and heavy equipment were mobilized to conduct a clearing operation in Hermanos, Marikina.