‘Jolina’ leaves P13.7M worth of damages in Masbate fishing sector; 8 persons still missing

LEGAZPI CITY, Albay — Typhoon “Jolina” (international name Conson) casued nearly P14-million worth of damage to the fishing sector in Masbate province.

In the latest report issued by the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) Bicol, as of 12:00 noon of September 8, 2021, an initial P13,793,220.00 damage to fishing boats, fishing equipment and fishing ponds in the province of Masbate was estimated.

Ms. Nonie Enolva, spokesperson of Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Bicol told the Manila Bulletin that among the fishery sectors affected are from the towns of Milagros, Mobo, Placer and San Fernando.

A total of 11 fisherfolk were affected by the typhoon.

Typhoon “Jolina” hit the province of Masbate on Tuesday morning which caused floods and storm surge to coastal villages of Masbate.

Meanwhile, according to the report of OCD-5, there are at least 1,474 families or 6,793 persons still at the evacuation centers – all from Masbate and Camarines Norte provinces.

A total of 271 houses were damaged by the typhoon, 53 are totally damaged and 218 are partially damaged.

The towns of Claveria and San Pascual are still powerless since September 6 due to technical problem of Maselco, according to OCD-5 report.

Mr. Gremil Naz, OCD Bicol spokesperson told the Manila Bulletin that the four missing fishermen from Esperanza town were already rescued in Biliran, Leyte and all were in good condition.

“Yung apat na missing sa Esperanza ay rescued and in good condition po. Pauwi na daw po,” Naz said.

According to situational report released by Police Regional Office 5 (PRO-5), at least 61 individuals were rescued by policemen in Masbate.

She said, as of 12 noon of September 8, 2021, eight individuals were still missing in Balud town Masbate.

The missing persons belong to one family who were living in a small islet in Sitio Zapatillo, Brgy. Zapatos in Balud town.

The missing persons were identified as Romeo Bataican, 36 (father); Roda Bataican, 35 (mother); sons Roldan, 18; Rico, 10; Nongnong, 9; Marlon, 6; Toto, 5 and daughter Romelyn, 14.

Search and rescue operations are still ongoing as of press time.