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Comprehensive response against ‘Quinta’

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The government is harnessing all its resources in responding to typhoon “Quinta” with no less than President Rodrigo Duterte monitoring the situation and the bureaucracy ready to provide emergency response and assistance to typhoon-hit provinces. In a television interview Monday, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go assured Filipinos affected by the typhoon that concerned government agencies are ready to provide assistance to affected communities, including search and rescue, immediate repair of damaged infrastructures, provision of relief goods and medicines and restoration of electricity. A life lost is life lost forever. “The president was monitoring the situation when I talked to him last night. He assured us that all government agencies are on standby ready to render assistance nationwide,” Go said. The former presidential aide called on regional offices of concerned agencies to be responsive to the needs of Filipinos in their jurisdictions. He also asked affected residents to get verified information about the typhoon situation in their area and urged them to follow protocols set by their local officials in response to the disaster. Twelve people have been reported dead, at least 11 remain missing, and over 6,000 houses were damaged because of typhoon “Quinta.” Over half a billion pesos’ worth of damage to agriculture and infrastructure was also recorded as reports started to trickle in, while the typhoon exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) Tuesday morning. Reports from regional Office of Civil Defense (OCD) units, local disaster management units, and police indicated two fatalities in Magsaysay, Oriental Mindoro, another in Puerto Galera of the same province, one in Mogpog, Marinduque, one each in Siaton and Bindoy of Negros Oriental, one in San Pablo City, Laguna, and two in Palawan. As chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Go asked government officials to ensure that evacuation centers in their areas are COVID-safe. “Be sure to observe all minimum health protocols like wearing mask, social distancing and washing of hands. Survival in these time of a health crisis is very important. A life lost is life lost forever,” he said. Go reminded typhoon victims to cooperate with their local governments. He also urged them to show their bayanihan and malasakit to their fellow Filipinos. Full alert With typhoon “Quinta” being forecasted to re-intensify and reach its peak intensity within 24 to 48 hours, the entire energy family remains on full alert. In this regard, the Department of Energy (DoE) is closely coordinating with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Operations Center, as well as all the members of the energy family for weather updates, and information on the status of energy facilities and systems, or any other emerging problem that may affect energy supply in concerned areas. He assured us that all government agencies are on standby ready to render assistance. There was no reported outage in grid-connected Luzon Power Plants due to typhoon “Quinta,” according to the DoE. As of 10:11 a.m. Monday, the National Power Corporation has reported that Ambuklao, Angat, Caliraya, San Roque and Pulangui 4 dams are in normal operations. Spilling operations are ongoing in Binga, Lake Lanao, and Agus 4 although the dam discharge will not cause flooding in the flood warning zones. The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) already implemented the necessary preparations and precautions to minimize the impact on transmission operations and facilities. It also continues to ensure the reliability of communications equipment, the availability of necessary hardware materials and supplies for the repair of damages to facilities, as well as the positioning of line crews in strategic areas to facilitate immediate restoration work. In addition, NGCP has already undertaken inspection and line restoration activities in the affected areas, and will be in full swing as soon as the weather allows. It is further noted that loss of power may be caused by affected transmission facilities of NGCP or distribution facilities of electric cooperatives. A total of 356,996 customers are still without power service under MERALCO franchise area as of 11 a.m. Monday. The National Electrification Administration (NEA) has advised all concerned electric cooperatives to take all appropriate contingency measures to mitigate the impact of potential threats to their respectively electric services to consumers; activate the Emergency Restoration Organization, when needed to immediately implement emergency restoration plans; and continuously monitor weather conditions. The energy family will keep the public informed of further developments on the matter. NGCP has already undertaken inspection and line restoration activities in the affected areas, and will be in full swing. Preliminary reports showed that some P567,929,618 worth of damage was dealt to rice, high value crops, coconut, fisheries, and infrastructure in the provinces of Sorsogon, Camarines Sur, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque and Romblon, according to regional OCD units. Oriental Mindoro Gov. Humerlito Dolor, in an interview over DZMM, said agricultural damage has reached P600 million in his province alone, as the typhoon affected around 8,500 hectares of farmland. Rains brought by Quinta are also being blamed for low dissolved oxygen and ammonia that caused the deaths of some 20 metric tons of fish in Lake Buhi, Camarines Sur. Meanwhile, the OCD-Bicol reported that 6,428 houses were damaged and 243 more were destroyed at the height of the typhoon. Some 617 were also destroyed and 360 were damaged in Palawan, Marinduque, Romblon, Oriental Mindoro, and Occidental Mindoro, according to OCD-MIMAROPA.

The government is harnessing all its resources in responding to typhoon “Quinta” with no less than President Rodrigo Duterte monitoring the situation and the bureaucracy ready to provide emergency response and assistance to typhoon-hit provinces.

In a television interview Monday, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go assured Filipinos affected by the typhoon that concerned government agencies are ready to provide assistance to affected communities, including search and rescue, immediate repair of damaged infrastructures, provision of relief goods and medicines and restoration of electricity.

“The president was monitoring the situation when I talked to him last night. He assured us that all government agencies are on standby ready to render assistance nationwide,” Go said.

The former presidential aide called on regional offices of concerned agencies to be responsive to the needs of Filipinos in their jurisdictions. He also asked affected residents to get verified information about the typhoon situation in their area and urged them to follow protocols set by their local officials in response to the disaster.

Twelve people have been reported dead, at least 11 remain missing, and over 6,000 houses were damaged because of typhoon “Quinta.”

Over half a billion pesos’ worth of damage to agriculture and infrastructure was also recorded as reports started to trickle in, while the typhoon exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) Tuesday morning.

Reports from regional Office of Civil Defense (OCD) units, local disaster management units, and police indicated two fatalities in Magsaysay, Oriental Mindoro, another in Puerto Galera of the same province, one in Mogpog, Marinduque, one each in Siaton and Bindoy of Negros Oriental, one in San Pablo City, Laguna, and two in Palawan.

As chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Go asked government officials to ensure that evacuation centers in their areas are COVID-safe.

“Be sure to observe all minimum health protocols like wearing mask, social distancing and washing of hands. Survival in these time of a health crisis is very important. A life lost is life lost forever,” he said.

Go reminded typhoon victims to cooperate with their local governments. He also urged them to show their bayanihan and malasakit to their fellow Filipinos.

Full alert
With typhoon “Quinta” being forecasted to re-intensify and reach its peak intensity within 24 to 48 hours, the entire energy family remains on full alert.

In this regard, the Department of Energy (DoE) is closely coordinating with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Operations Center, as well as all the members of the energy family for weather updates, and information on the status of energy facilities and systems, or any other emerging problem that may affect energy supply in concerned areas.

There was no reported outage in grid-connected Luzon Power Plants due to typhoon “Quinta,” according to the DoE.

As of 10:11 a.m. Monday, the National Power Corporation has reported that
Ambuklao, Angat, Caliraya, San Roque and Pulangui 4 dams are in normal operations.

Spilling operations are ongoing in Binga, Lake Lanao, and Agus 4 although the dam discharge will not cause flooding in the flood warning zones.

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) already implemented the necessary preparations and precautions to minimize the impact on transmission operations and facilities.

It also continues to ensure the reliability of communications equipment, the availability of necessary hardware materials and supplies for the repair of damages to facilities, as well as the positioning of line crews in strategic areas to facilitate immediate restoration work.

In addition, NGCP has already undertaken inspection and line restoration activities in the affected areas, and will be in full swing as soon as the weather allows.

It is further noted that loss of power may be caused by affected transmission facilities of NGCP or distribution facilities of electric cooperatives.

A total of 356,996 customers are still without power service under MERALCO franchise area as of 11 a.m. Monday.

The National Electrification Administration (NEA) has advised all concerned electric cooperatives to take all appropriate contingency measures to mitigate the impact of potential threats to their respectively electric services to consumers; activate the Emergency Restoration Organization, when needed to immediately implement emergency restoration plans; and continuously monitor weather conditions.

The energy family will keep the public informed of further developments on the matter.

Preliminary reports showed that some P567,929,618 worth of damage was dealt to rice, high value crops, coconut, fisheries, and infrastructure in the provinces of Sorsogon, Camarines Sur, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque and Romblon, according to regional OCD units.

Oriental Mindoro Gov. Humerlito Dolor, in an interview over DZMM, said agricultural damage has reached P600 million in his province alone, as the typhoon affected around 8,500 hectares of farmland.

Rains brought by Quinta are also being blamed for low dissolved oxygen and ammonia that caused the deaths of some 20 metric tons of fish in Lake Buhi, Camarines Sur.

Meanwhile, the OCD-Bicol reported that 6,428 houses were damaged and 243 more were destroyed at the height of the typhoon.

Some 617 were also destroyed and 360 were damaged in Palawan, Marinduque, Romblon, Oriental Mindoro, and Occidental Mindoro, according to OCD-MIMAROPA.

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