NDCC gets power situation report from 'Frank' devastated areas
U.S. - RP JOINT HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE FOR COMMUNITIES ON PANAY ISLAND. Vice Chairman of the National Disaster Coordinating Council Anthony Golez (Deputy Presidential Spokesman) along with sailors from the USS Ronald Reagan Aircraft Carrier Group (CVN 76) and Philippine military personnel unload bottled water and food supplies that were distributed to various communities on Panay Island by the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
[U.S. Embassy photo 6/26/2008]
Manila (24 June) -- Cluster agencies of the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) reported today that power services were generally restored in Visayas and Luzon regions, particularly in Metro Manila, Cebu and Bohol and that relief and rescue operations are continuing in typhoon Frank devastated areas.
Energy Secretary Angelo Reyes said that only individual households whose electric connections were affected by fallen trees and power posts in their respective areas have remained unenergized.
The energy secretary advised consumers to call Manila Electric Company in case they have other problems during the NDCC update press briefing held at the NDCC in Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.
For the rest of Luzon, Reyes said, at 12 noon today, only a few Quezon province towns -- Fami, Infanta, Guimaca -- and other small areas have remained not energized.
In the Visayas region, Cebu, Bohol, and Negros are now 100 percent energized while Leyte is 85 percent, Samar is 32 percent, Panay is 52 percent energized.
Reyes said that Panay island, the hardest hit of typhoon "Frank" in terms of power disruptions, is only two percent energized.
He said that Iloilo which is part of Panay and serviced by Panay Power Corporation, is now 50 percent energized.
Meanwhile, Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Bernie G. Fondevilla reported to NDCC that Region 8 has suffered only minimal losses in agriculture estimated at only three percent of the total rice area.
Fondevilla said that Region 6 is the hardest hit by 'Frank.' The region covers Panay island where 53,000 hectares of rice fields were totally damaged.
He added that the reported loss of 165,000 rice of bags in the NFA warehouse in Iloilo because of floods are still being verified.
In Marinduque, he said, some 50% of the riceland were destroyed while 100% of its corn areas were totally lost including banana plantations. He said some 40% of its coconut seeds were damaged heavily.
Some 40% of Romblon's areas planted to rice covering 400 hectares were totally lost, he added.
He said in Region IV-A : more than 62,000 metric tons of rice and around 2.8 thousands metric tons of yellow corns were destroyed by typhoon and 250 metric tons of vegetables and 20,000 metric tons of fruits were also totally damaged.
"We are still continuing our efforts to verify the extent of the damage," Fondevilla said.
Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on its part reported that rescue operations is continuing to look for survivors and bodies of passengers of ill-fated MV Princess of the Stars.
PCG said that vessels carrying 30 divers had left for Romblon to make an opening on of the hull of the vessel in the hope that they might be survivors inside it.
Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Anthony Golez said 98 were confirmed dead, 66 injured and 115 missing. (PIA-MMIO)