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BAGUIO CITY- With the timely conduct of the Pre-Disaster Assessment (PDRA) by the Cordillera RDRRMC and LDRRMCs for Typhoon “Ambo” (I.N Vongfong) during the meeting held on May 15, 2020, the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) was able to better prepare and synchronize their efforts for the typhoon which made landfall a day earlier.
For families pre-emptively evacuated, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-FO CAR reported that a total if thirty-seven (37) families with one hundred and forty-three (143) individuals from Itogon, Benguet and Lamut, Ifugao were pre-emptively evacuated to the designated Evacuations Centers in their areas. Said families and individuals were provided with food and non-food items for their relief.
For damaged roads, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) CAR reported only six (6) barangays in three (3) municipalities have damaged roads due to the typhoon: Barangays Bonglo, Lenneng, and Subagan of the Municipality of Baay-Licuan, Abra; Barangay Duldulao of the Municipality of Malibcong, Abra; and Barangays Kiangan and Gumhang of the Municipality of Tinoc, Ifugao. The damages were due to collapsed stone masonry and landslide. The total damage cost amounted to PhP 7.5 million.
As an extra step for disaster preparedness for future weather disturbances, DPWH-CAR deemed it best to now install early warning devices on these roads for the public to be guided on the possible conditions of the identified roads.
The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) CAR Regional Director and Chairperson of the Cordillera RDRRMC Albert A. Mogol lauded the united efforts of the RDRRMC and LDRRMCs in managing the harmful effects of the typhoon as well as provide timely response for the Cordillera people during the Typhoon “Ambo” national termination meeting with the NDRRMC via VTC on May 19, 2020. OCD-CAR Press Release