SAN FERNANDO CITY, October 20 – The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) in Region 1 is now exerting its best efforts for the immediate restoration of the power lines and communication networks’ signal in the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur and La Union.
Few hours after Super Typhoon Lawin made its landfall in Peñablanca, Cagayan at 11:45 p.m. on Wednesday, power lines bogged down and communication lines including internet services were hardly hit in said provinces.
Director Melchito M. Castro, RDRRMC1 chairperson, said the members of the council are now resorting to all possible means to contact the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), concerned power distribution utilities and telecommunications companies for the immediate restoration of the necessary services.
“For now, we can only establish communication to Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte using the Coron base radio of the Philippine National Police (PNP),” Castro said.
Castro added that the Emergency Operation Center manned by the RDRRMC member – agencies is now 24/7 open to address the needs of the affected residents.
Several teams such as the incident management team, rapid emergency telecommunication team, and rapid damage assessment and needs analysis (RDANA) team have been deployed to assess damages in Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte.
As of 3 p.m on Thursday, only San Fernando City and Aringay town, both in La Union had restored power supply among the three provinces.
Meanwhile, a report from the PDRRMC in Ilocos Norte as of 11:00 a.m on October 20 showed that a total of 2,078 families composed of 7,530 individuals were evacuated.
For Ilocos Sur, the provincisl disaster council confirmed at least 1,196 families or 6,074 persons from the 23 towns and two cities of the province have been moved to evacuation centers. (Freddie G. Lazaro, PIA 1)