September 26, 2023

TABUK CITY, Kalinga – The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) reported a zero casualty from Typhoon Egay.

A key to this achievement is the preparedness and dedication of the Provincial Risk Reduction Management Council member, Gov. James S. Edduba said.

He expressed gratitude for the PDRRMC’s relentless efforts during the recent typhoon.

The provincial government also acknowledged that “collaboration and dedication of various agencies played a crucial role in minimizing the impact of Typhoon Egay in the province, ensuring the safety and well-being of its residents.”

Vice Gov. Jocel C. Baac also commended the people of Kalinga for their resilience during difficult times.

As reports from the municipalities come in, consolidated reports show there were 801 families composed of 3,939 individuals affected by the typhoon.

Three houses were totally damaged while 104 houses and two schools were partially damaged.

Agriculture suffered the most damage with initial cost of damage at P64 million particularly rice, corn, and high-value crops. The torrential rains submerged many of the crops.

Typhoon Egay also damaged various road sections mostly due to landslides.

The Department of Public Works and Highways led clearing operations to make more roads passable.

As of Aug. 1, the Piat-Tuao-Pinupuk Road and the Kalinga-Abra Road are temporarily closed due to collapsed soil.

During the visit of President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. to Cagayan on July 28 for a briefing and to assess the situation in the aftermath of Typhoon Egay, Edduba presented the actual situation in Kalinga.

The President handed a check for P5M as relief assistance to Kalinga.

Relief and rehabilitation efforts are continuing and the PDRRMC Emergency Operations Center remains in blue alert for monitoring and consolidation of final reports.

The PDRRMC also constantly issued advisories for the public to be cautious and be vigilant at all times and to get latest information about the typhoon. – PIA