Ilocos Sur declared under state of calamity due to ‘Lawin’

By Freddie G. Lazaro and Imelda C Rivero, PIA 1


VIGAN CITY, October 25 (PIA)-   Ilocos Sur officials headed by Governor Ryan Luis V. Singson has formally declared on Friday that the province is placed under a state of calamity due to the devastating effects of super typhoon “Lawin” in the province.

In a special session on October 21, the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan unanimously approved and enacted Resolution No. 16-189 declaring the entire province under a state of calamity.

Singson said that the growing palay crop in the farms and several infrastructures were seriously hit by Lawin which resulted to assessed partial damages estimated at P313.18 million and P338.65 million, respectively.

However, Singson said no lives were claimed despite the strength of the typhoon.

“We are very proud that despite the strength of Super Typhoon Lawin we have zero death casualty for human, courtesy of our intense pre-emptive evacuation a day before the coming of the typhoon,” Singson said.

Super typhoon Lawin left the province of Ilocos Sur with devastated infrastructures worth P189.7 million,  the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported.

The PDRRMC said affected areas by “Lawin” are Candon City and eight towns namely Alilem, San Juan, Caoayan, Quirino, San Emilio, Cabugao, Santo Domingo, and San Vicente.

“Of the impacted areas, the municipality of Caoayan has the biggest damage worth P175 million,” the PDRRMC report stated.

In Caoayan, partially damaged are the Tamurong river control project, the sea walls of barangays Fuerte, Puro and Villamar, the Tamurong-Nansuagao provincial road, and the Baggoc flood control project.

The mountainous  towns of Alilem and San Emilio also have major damages.

In Alilem,  P24 million worth of damage in the slope protection in barangay Kiat and  from Barangay Batbatu to poblacion, so with the road shoulder of barangay Dalawa is recorded.

San Emilio also incurred P17 million worth of damage in the footbridge crossing Abra river and the farm-to-market roads in barangays Danao and Malammin.

Two school buildings in Cabugao town have totally damaged roofs worth P1 million.

Mountainous Quirino was reported to have P4.2 million worth of damage.

The destructed covered court and river control project of Candon City worth P2 million was also documented.

In San Vicente town,  P2.4 million losses have been recorded due to partially damaged school fence in San Sebastian and two school buildings in the  poblacion.

San Juan town also suffered from partially damaged public market and the river control in Danao, and the Malammin road worth P 2 million.

In Santo Domingo, P2.3 million worth of damages were due to partially damaged public market, slaughter house, bridge in Nanerman, a demo farm in Santo Tomas, and the Suksukit road.

“Our relief operation to the affected families is ongoing with the distribution of the food packs from the provincial government and from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD),” Singson said.

Ilocos Sur experienced storm signal number 4 at the height of the effects of Lawin  last Thursday.#