December 7, 2023

The Cordillera logged 12 deaths due to Typhoon Ulysses while search and retrieval teams from various agencies continue to scour Barangay Viewpoint, Banaue, Ifugao to find one still missing person.

The Police Regional Office-Cordillera reported that authorities are still searching for 18-year-old Clever Piog, grandson of 71-year-old Jose Piog, whose body was recovered earlier.

Earlier search led to the retrieval of the bodies of Public Works and Highways employees Joel Chur-ig, 43; John Limoh, 31; Julius Gulayan Jr., 24; and Roldan Pigoh, 37.

Also retrieved were the bodies of Joshua Culhi, 24; Lance Bruce Guinyang, 3; Renante Boquing, 28; and Johnny Duccog, 50.

The body of Rita Pahitong Yogyog, 72, was also retrieved from a landslide in Hungduan, Ifugao.

Ifugao recorded 10 deaths due to landslide with two injured – James Harold Guinyang of Banaue and Romana Diamas Dinamling, 58 of Tinoc.  

Benguet recorded two deaths and one injured during Typhoon Ulysses.

Thirty-year-old Malner Palonan Damilo from Sebang, Buguias was swept by a landslide on Nov. 12. He was taken to Lutheran Hospital where he was declared dead.

Also on the same date, Felix Boguite, 60, of Busoc, Poblacion, Atok died after a clump of bamboo fell on his home.

Injured from Mansoyosoy, Buguias was Dennis Palbusa, 46.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development-Cordillera reported 1,288 families composed of 5,199 individuals were affected in five municipalities of the region.

There are five active evacuation centers that cater to six families with 27 individuals while 356 families or 1,353 individuals are being catered by their relatives or friends.

Flashfloods and landslides are the main reasons for the displacement of these families.

The Department of Agriculture-Cordillera has reported the region suffered P327,108,178 worth of losses in the agricultural sector including facilities.

The typhoon has affected 12,497 farmers; 11,937.68 hectares of agricultural lands; and 5,932 heads of livestock. – Ofelia C. Empian