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Updates on typhoon Pablo

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Areas Under Storm Signals

Signal No. 1
Cagayan, Calayan grp. of Islands, Babuyan grp. of Islands, Batanes grp. of Islands, Abra, Apayao, Kalinga, Mt. Province, Benguet, Pangasinan, Zambales

Signal No. 2
Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union

Signal no. 3
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Latest updates

DSWD turns over housing units to Pablo victims

Cateel, Davao Oriental – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in partnership with the provincial governments of Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley, will turn over some 1,266 permanent shelter units to families whose houses were totally damaged  by Typhoon Pablo in December 2012.

The houses were constructed through the DSWD Modified Shelter Assistance Program (MSAP).

To date, the Department has constructed 742 units in  Banganga, Boston, and this town in Davao Oriental as well as 524 in Compostela, New Bataan, Monkayo, Montevista, and Laak in Compostela Valley.

On Tuesday, December 17,  DSWD and Davao Oriental province led by Gov. Cora Malanyaon initially awarded Titles and Certificates of Occupancy to 53 families in the newly-created Better Living Village in Barangay Madre De Cacao in this town.

Turnover of housing units in other areas will eventually follow within this month.

Earlier, at the December 4 commemoration of Typhoon Pablo, Gov. Malanyaon talking to victims said, “One year seemed too short to regain some semblance of normalcy and healing from our ‘Pablo’ experience,  yet, we have done and achieved so much.”

“All these would not have been possible without the unstinting and dedicated support of our partner agencies, both national and international, government and private.”

The governor lauded the quick response of the DSWD, Philippine Army and humanitarian organizations in working with the provincial government for the efficient delivery of relief goods to the affected areas up to the remotest villages.

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Fukuoka Prefectural Government donates Y1 million for typhoon Pablo victims

A December 30, 2012, press release from the Department of Foreign Affairs

Ambassador Manuel M. Lopez receives the donation from Mr. Fumio Murakami, representative of Fukuoka Prefectural Government in Tokyo

Ambassador Manuel M. Lopez receives the donation from Mr. Fumio Murakami, representative of Fukuoka Prefectural Government in Tokyo

In a letter to President Benigno S. Aquino III, Fukuoka Prefecture Governor Hiroshi Ogawa conveyed sympathies for the devastation and loss of lives caused by typhoon Pablo (international name: Bopha) in the Philippines. Governor Ogawa also sent his representative, Mr. Fumio Murakami, to the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo on  December 20 to present the prefecture’s donation of Y1 million (approximately P500,000) for the typhoon victims.

Philippine Ambassador to Japan Manuel M. Lopez expressed his appreciation for the Fukuoka prefecture’s generous donation. He noted that many Filipino nationals reside in Fukuoka.

Latest Japanese Immigration figures show around 3,700 Filipinos registered in the prefecture.  The Ambassador said that the Filipinos in Fukuoka would be very pleased to learn of the prefecture’s donation to their countrymen.

Fukuoka is located in Japan’s Kyushu island.  According to Mr. Murakami, it is the most dynamic region in Kyushu.  Fukuoka serves not only as the center of Kyushu but also as a focal point for the Asian market due to its proximity to China and Korea. The prefecture is also keen to strengthen its economic and cultural ties with Asian countries.

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DOT assured of UN World Tourism Organization support in Pablo aftermath

A December 20, 2012 press release from the Department of Tourism

The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has pledged its full support to the Department of Tourism (DOT) in light of the aftermath of typhoon Pablo (international name: Bopha) that recently hit the Philippines.

In his letter dated December 11, 2012 addressed to DOT Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr., UNWTO Secretary General Taleb Rifai offered his “sincere and heartfelt sympathies to the people of the Government of the Philippines, particularly those who have lost loved ones.”

“The UNWTO stands ready to support you and your Department, and I would like to personally assure you and the tourism sector of the Philippines of [our] readiness to assist in whichever way is considered appropriate in order to support you during this difficult time,” Mr. Rifai added.

Typhoon Pablo is considered as one of the most devastating typhoons that hit the country. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported last week that the death toll from the typhoon is already at 902. This number could get higher as the search and retrieval operations for the 635 missing still continue.

Secretary Jimenez said he is grateful for the UNWTO support and is looking forward to secure its help in rebuilding the sectors that were badly hit. “The recent events make us think of our most valuable resources. Our environment and our people are of utmost importance. The Department of Tourism is one with the country in offering prayers for those whose homes and livelihood have been destroyed, and more so for those who have lost their loved ones,” the Secretary expressed.

Meanwhile, the DOT has initiated its own relief operations and encouraged all industry members to join in.  Tourism-oriented establishments may send their contributions to the Office of the Undersecretary for Tourism Regulation, Coordination and Resource Generation (TRCRG) at Room 205, DOT Building, T.M. Kalaw St., Ermita, Manila. They may also call 524-98-41 and 5238411 local 179 or 185.

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International community, various groups, and individuals extend help to victims of typhoon Pablo

A December 18, 2012, press release from the Department of Foreign Affairs

Struck by the widespread devastation caused by typhoon Pablo, the international community, aid agencies, various groups, and individuals came together to provide immediate assistance to typhoon victims in the southern Philippines.

As of date, there are 1,046 fatalities and 841 more are reported missing in one of the worst disasters that struck Mindanao. The estimated cost of damage is around 24-billion pesos.

World leaders have expressed their solidarity with the Filipino people for the suffering being endured by our kababayans down south during, what is supposed to be, a festive season in the country.

Numerous Filipino community organizations worldwide also eagerly responded to the pleas for help of their countrymen.

The Philippines has so far received P665,832,787.39 in financial assistance while material donations also continue to arrive.

Country/IO

Amount (Pesos)

Pledges (Pesos)

In-kind

Australia

307,000,000.00

ASEAN-HA 3 generators
Canada

82,660,000.00

China

1,239,900.00

European Union

160,000,000.00

Indonesia

41,330,000.00

Assorted relief goods (4 metric tons)
Ireland Medical supplies (31.99 metric tons)
Japan

172,000,000.00

Assorted relief goods (worth 45M yen)
Malaysia Assorted relief goods (worth P4.7M)
New Zealand

17,065,000.00

Singapore

1,670,000.00

South Korea

8,266,000.00

Spain

16,400,000.00

Switzerland

26,814,000.00

UNICEF Hygiene kits, water containers (500 units each)
United Kingdom

22,200,000.00

United States

4,085,000.00

404,415,000.00

World Food Programme High-energy biscuits (100 metric tons)

The donations received by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and Philippine diplomatic and consular missions abroad were forwarded to various government agencies and private charitable institutions to be spent or used in their respective relief efforts across the affected areas.

Further contributions to the relief and reconstruction efforts may be sent directly either to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), or the Philippine Red Cross.

 

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DSWD, Pastoral Care volunteers conduct stress-debriefing sessions

A December 18, 2012, press release from the Department of Social Welfare and Development

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Claretian Pastoral Care of the Sick deployed volunteers to conduct stress debriefing to families affected by typhoon Pablo in New Bataan, Compostela Valley today.

Thirteen Pastoral Care Volunteers led by Fr. Arnold M. Abelardo, conducted stress debriefing sessions to typhoon-victims to help them cope with the trauma brought by the calamity.

The Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) is a process that prevents or limits the development of posttraumatic stress in people exposed to critical incidents. Professionally conducted debriefings help survivors cope with, and recover from the after effects of the calamity.

Fr. Abelardo explained that sessions enable survivors to understand that they are not alone in their reactions to the typhoon and provides them with an opportunity to discuss their thoughts and feelings in a controlled, safe environment.

“We prioritized New Bataan because it was identified by the DSWD and the local government unit as one of the severely affected towns in Compostela Valley which resulted to high number of casualties.” Fr. Abelardo said.

He continued that they will also conduct stress debriefing sessions in other typhoon-affected areas which will be identified by the DSWD and the local government units.

“The survivors will be subjected to different CISD approach while children will undergo draw-and-tell sessions to encourage them to portray their experiences through drawings in the hope of mitigating the effects of their trauma,” Fr. Abelardo said.

“Many of the survivors have lost their livelihood and family-members. Through the sessions, we hope to ease the tension, anger and other negative emotions brought by typhoon Pablo.” Fr. Abelardo said.

Meanwhile, as of December 18, the DSWD has deployed seven teams of social workers in Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley to conduct stress-debriefing sessions to typhoon victims.

Each team is composed of stress debriefers and camp coordinators. They conducted CISD to families for five days, after which, a new batch of stress debriefers arrive to continue the sessions.

Social workers from the DSWD regional office XI, XII, and Caraga were sent to Baganga, Cateel, and Boston in Davao Oriental; and New Bataan, Monkayo, Compostela, and Montevista in Compostela Valley.

Secretary of Social Welfare and Development Dinky Soliman emphasized that the main goal is to relieve the survivors of the stress brought about by the typhoon.

“We are very thankful that faith-based organizations, such as the Pastoral Care Volunteers are helping the Department provide much needed stress debriefing sessions to typhoon victims,” Secretary Soliman said.

As of December 18, the DSWD has served 2,299 families housed in 25 evacuations centers in Compostela Valley. The DSWD also assisted 97,477 families outside of the evacuation centers in Baganga, Boston and Cateel in Davao Oriental; and Compostela, Monkayo, New Bataan, and Montevista in Compostela Valley.

Meanwhile, the DSWD distributed 39,797 family food packs amounting to P29,847,750 to 19,199 families in Mabini, Maco, and Nabunturan in Compostela Valley.

Each family food pack contains ten kilos of rice, four cans of sardines, two cans of beef loaf, six packs of noodles, and six sachets of coffee.

“The DSWD continues to deliver relief goods to affected areas. We want to bring the supplies quickly, and in large volumes to serve all of the affected families especially in those hard-to-reach areas,” Secretary Soliman said.

Secretary Soliman added that the DSWD want to ensure that all affected families have food supply, safe water and clothing. “We are working as fast as we can to serve the residents in areas hit by typhoon Pablo,” she continued.

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DSWD extends P3.7-M burial assistance

A December 18, 2012 press release from the Department of Social Welfare and Development

To respond to the immediate needs of the families affected by typhoon Pablo, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) provides burial assistance worth P10,000.00 for every deceased household member. At present, the department has disbursed a total of P3,730,000.00 to all “Pablo” casualties in Davao Region.

Laureana Quinto, 75, of Brgy. Poblacion Monkayo, lost her husband due to cardiac arrest during the “Pablo” scare: “First time gyud ni nga nahitabo diri sa Monkayo. Hadlok kaayo gyud. Dako kaayo nga tabang ang diyes mil nga gihatag sa DSWD. Magamit namo ni nga kwarta sa pagpalubong sa akoang bana unya ang mabilin mapalit namo og sin para sa amoang balay” (This is the first time that this has happened in Monkayo. It was really scary. The P10,000.00 burial assistance that DSWD gave will really help us in the burial of my deceased husband. The remaining amount will be used to purchase GI sheets for our house).

A total amount of P750,000.00 as burial assistance has been disbursed to the 75 casualties in the municipality of Monkayo. All 21 barangays in Monkayo was devastated by “Pablo” with 25,570 families affected and 12,882 damaged houses.

DSWD social workers deployed in the area administer the General Intake Sheet (GIS) for profiling of affected households. The GIS will also reflect what other interventions can be extended to the family.

To claim the burial assistance from DSWD, the family with a deceased member must be interviewed by a DSWD social worker and accomplish the GIS. The claimant should also present a copy of the death certificate and certificate of indigency.

As of December 18, 8 a.m., 133.89 million worth of relief assistance has been provided to the affected population in Region 11 and P76.2 million worth of relief augmentation support or approximately 304,848 family food packs to affected local government units in Regions 4B, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, and 12; Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao; and Caraga.

For queries, clarifications, and updates on DSWD’s relief operations, contact any of these text hotlines: 0917-6429366 (Globe), 0928-8681532 (Smart), and 0922-7710061 (Sun).

 

 

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NCR students donate over P1M for typhoon Pablo victims

A December 18, 2012, press release from the Department of Education

Students from the public schools in the National Capital Region (NCR) surely know the true meaning of Christmas.

In a simple turnover ceremony today at the Bulwagan ng Karunungan, DepEd Central Office, Secretary of Education Armin A. Luistro FSC received coin donations from public school students in NCR to help areas in Mindanao devastated by typhoon Pablo.

A total of P1,254,499.05 was raised during the five-day fund drive initiated by the DepEd-NCR through a regional memorandum issued to all public schools in the region.

Luistro expressed his appreciation to DepEd-NCR, public schools, and most specially the students. “Sa ginawa n’yong ito, pinatunayan n’yo na sa pagtulong, posible na ang lahat ay kasama. ‘Di lang ‘yung may pera ang makakapagbahagi at makakatulong. ‘Di man malaki ang maibibigay ng bawat isa basta galing sa puso, malaking bagay na ito,” said Luistro.

“More than just the amount, it is the gesture that comes from the ordinary people to share to those suffering and join them at this time that makes this special. Mas malaki pa sa isang milyon ang inyong naibahagi,” Luistro added.

Meanwhile DepEd-NCR Director Luz Almeda said that they thought of the campaign to not only help those in need but more importantly, to teach the students the value of sharing especially this Christmas season. “The modest amount we will be giving the victims of typhoon Pablo is a collective expression of love to those suffering,” Almeda said.

This Christmas, Luistro continues to appeal for donations from DepEd employees to help teaching and non-teaching personnel who are affected by the typhoon as well as those who are seeking shelter in schools.

“Ngayong Pasko, sana isipin ng bawat isa sa atin ay kung ano ang ating maibibigay para sa kapwa at hindi kung ano ang ating matatanggap,” Luistro said.

DepEd is now accepting cash donations to help buy food, clothing and school supplies for over 50,000 student victims of typhoon Pablo. DepEd has also mobilized the deployment of school tents to serve as temporary learning spaces in affected regions.

Donations may be deposited at the Landbank OSEC Trust Account No: 0672-1000-20. Donors are requested to send a copy of the deposit slip to DepEd Cash Division at telefax no. 6337220 for accounting and documentation purposes.

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Situation report on the effects of typhoon Pablo (NDRRMC), as of December 18, 2012, 8 a.m.

Updated as of December 18, 2012 at 8:00 a.m.

Effects

State of National Calamity

  • On December 7, 2012, President Benigno S. Aquino III declared a State of National Calamity thru Proclamation No. 522.

Affected population

  • 701,257 families / 6,203,991 persons were affected in 2,911 Barangays / 312 municipalities / 40 cities in 34 provinces of Regions IV-B, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, and CARAGA.
  • 6,608 families / 25,953 persons are being served inside 63 evacuation centers.

Casualties

  • 1,046 dead (648 identified)
  • 2,662 injured
  • 841 missing

Status of lifelines

  • 10 bridges and 1 road are still not passable.
  • 36 areas are still experiencing power interruption.
  • East Coast Cateel, Boston, Caraga, Baganga in Davao Oriental are still having interrupted communication.

Damaged properties

  • A total of 167,295 damaged houses were reported in Regions I, IV-B, VI, VII, X, XI, XII, and CARAGA, of which 101,758 were partially damaged and65,537 were totally damaged.

Cost of assistance

  • A total of P172,036,014.56 cost of assistance:
    • P82,906,120.30 from DSWD
    • P46,122,352.23 from LGUs
    • P26,099,032.70 from DOH
    • P3,505,706.93 from NDRRMC
    • P13,402,802.40 from NGOs/other GOs

Cost of damage

  • A total cost of P24,222,823,528.07: of damages:
    • P7,822,986,310.00 damages to infrastructure
    • P16,350,605,805.07  to agriculture
    • P48,959,413.00 worth of damages to private property

Actions Taken

NDRRMC

  • NDRRMC Operations Center was on RED ALERT status to monitor and disseminate Severe Weather Bulletins and Gale Warnings on typhoon Pablo to all OCD Regional Centers through SMS and facsimile and uploaded on the NDRRMC website for further dissemination to their respective local disaster risk reduction and management councils (LDRRMCs) from the provincial down to the municipal levels.
  • NDRRMC has planned to implement the cluster approach coordination mechanism to immediately address the needs and requirements in the areas in Mindanao.
  • As part of the cluster approach humanitarian response, the UNDAC team through the UN–OCHA arrived in Manila to support the NDRRMC in the conduct of immediate Rapid Damage and Needs Assessment (RDANA)
  • The NDRRMC OPCEN, in coordination with the UN Humanitarian Country Team (UNHCT), conducted a brief initial planning meeting last  December 4, 2012, 9:00 a.m. to plan for the conduct of Joint–NDRRMC-UNHCTRDANA. It was agreed in the meeting that Regions X, XI, and CARAGA will be prioritized for the initial conduct of RDNA and second assessment in Regions IV-B, VI, VII, and VIII.
  • The NDRRMC issued two (2) Memoranda :
    •  First, inviting the national and global cluster leads /or any representative to attend the Inter-cluster coordination meeting last 4 Dec at 1:00 PM to discuss        the conduct of the Joint NDRRMC-HCT RDANA in the above regions. The agenda of the meeting will cover the following: initial update of impact of TY Pablo; issues and concerns, organization of the joint NDRRMC-HCT team (terms of reference and timeline of deployment)
    • Second one is informing the Regional Directors of OCD Regions X, XI, and CARAGA that three (3) teams will conduct a Joint NDRRMC-HCT RDANA in their respective regions. Further, directing them to schedule a regional briefing for the Joint RNA upon arrival and to provide the itinerary and logistics for the rapid needs assessment teams in terms of accommodations, meals, and vehicles, working area and Internet connection. Also to provide the team with list of Regional counterpart (name and agency) and list of most affected areas that has not enough.
  • The ASEAN Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance (AHA) on Disaster Management along with the joint NDRRMC-HCT will be deployed in the conduct of Rapid Needs Assessment (RNA) on December 5, 2012, in the Mindanao area to gather information/data on humanitarian needs. The AHA Center is also willing to provide support to the NDRRMC on the requirements in the disaster stricken areas. Moreover, the NDRRMC-OPCEN issued a Memorandum Order regarding the OCD Team who will join the joint NDRRMCHCT RNA.
  • UN-OCHA prepares their team for humanitarian action in all areas affected by typhoon Pablo.

PAGASA

  • Assigned Detailed Duty Officers (DDO) at the NDRRMC OPCEN for prompt coordination with their respective bureaus; continuously disseminates Severe Weather Bulletins, provides media interviews regarding weather updates. And continuously track the movement of typhoon Pablo.

OPS-PCDSPO

  • Continuous posting of updates on typhoon Pablo on the Official Gazette (www.gov.ph) and its social media channels.
  • Continuously provides updates on Typhoon Pablo via traditional and social media from the Presidential Spokespersons.
  • Posted Proclamation No. 522, declaring a state of national calamity at the Official Gazette website.

AFP

  • Alerted its operational units to assist local DRRMCs and LGUs and prepositioned SAR equipment.
  • 8th Infantry Division, TOG8-PAF, PCG, PNP and PN response teams are on standby for possible deployment.
  • AFP prepositioned a PAF Aircraft for the use of OCD5 for disaster response and assessment operation in Bicol, particularly in Masbate province and Ticao Island.
  • The 65IB and 51IB of the Phil Army were dispatched to assist the population affect.
  • 671B and 701Bde conducted search and rescue and retrieval operations at Municipality of Boston, Davao Oriental.
  • Eastmincom provided trucks and assisted the transportation of Non-Food Items to Municipality of New Bataan, ComVal Province.
  • 6718 and 701st BOE conducted search and rescue and retrieval operations at Municipality of Boston, Davao Oriental.

PNP

  • Issued Memo to all RDs in affected areas and concerned NSUs on December 2, 2012, directing them to activate respective Disaster Incident Management Task Groups (DIMTGs); forward deployment and prepositioning of Search and Rescue (SAR) assets; inform/warn community leaders on necessary disaster preparedness/actions; and coordinate with the local DRRMCs; provide police assistance in the evacuation of residents and deployment of personnel at the evacuation centers: clearing of major thoroughfares and highways in coordination with DPWH and LGUs: provide assistance in the conduct of medical and relief operations and conduct of actual SAR operations.
  • PNP-PRO IV-B activated DRRM Committee, assisted stranded passengers in Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Romblon, and provided assistance at the evacuation centers in Palawan.
  • PNP-PRO X deployed 142 SAR Teams and cooperated in the joint cleanup operations conducted by various government agencies in the affected areas.
  • PNP-PRO XI conducted search, rescue and retrieval operations in Compostela Valley and Davao Provinces.
  • PNP Maritime Group – RMU 8 deployed teams in Samar and Leyte. RMU 10 also deployed teams in Cagayan de Oro, Ozamiz, Oroquieta, Mahinog, Camiguin, lligan, Lugait, and Manticao. RMU 11 deployed teams in Davao del Norte.
  • PNP thru PCRG donated 1,800 pcs. Blankets for relief operations for the flood victims.
  • PNPXI mobilized one (1) company of 8AR for Search & Retrieval Operations.

Red Cross

  • Prepositioned relief goods in Mandaue City and held an emergency meeting for the tasking of volunteers.
  • PRC Davao Chapter together with ComVal Chapter deployed and assisted the search and rescue operations.
  • Ongoing rescue operations in Compostella Valley (Municipality of Compostela, New Bataan)
  • Iligan: Facilitated transfer of 900 individuals to identified evacuation centers, Facilitated transport of 3 individuals to Adventist Medical Center for immediate medical attention, Rescued a total of 34 persons (2 elderly, 3 children, 29 adults).
  • Compostela Valley: facilitated evacuation and first aid management to 41 wounded individuals in New Bataan.
  • Bacolod: assisted 92 families 1437 persons during preemptive evacuation.
  • Davao Oriental: 1 PSP team deployed from Cagayan de Oro to Baganga Cavao Oriental, 3 teams are still deployed in Baganga.

BFP

  • OIC, PCG directed all Fire Stations under Red Alert and prepositioned their respective manpower and equipment.
  • BFP RO 10 conducted search and rescue operations, clearing operations, assisted in the evacuation centers, and rationed water to evacuation centers.
  • BFP Tandag City together with PNP conducted roving and announced the coming of tropical storm Pablo using its public address system to the communities near the shoreline areas and assisted in the preemptive evacuation conducted in the same area.
  • A total of thirty nine (39) fire trucks and 310 personnel were deployed in CARAGA
  • BFP Tandag City Fire Station personnel distributed goods to the evacuees in Tandag City Gymnasium.
  • BFP XI provided fire trucks for delivery of portable water to evacuation centers.
  • BFP X Cagayan de Oro Fire District office is currently conducting water rationing to some affected areas.
  • BFP XI provided fire trucks for delivery of potable water to various evacuation centers in the region:
    • Deployed 4 fire trucks with 24 personnel to provide potable water to New Bataan.
    • Mati City Fire Station deployed 1 fire truck with 3 personnel to provide support services in Baganga.

Coast Guard

  • Warned the operators of small vessels, MBCAs and FBCs’ to avoid sailing in the southeastern and eastern section of the country.
  • CGS Davao has cancelled all voyages from Sta. Ana Pier Davao City bound to Kaputian and Talicud Island, Island Garden of Samal.
  • PCG & NAVY of VI suspended sea vessels trips.
  • PCG transported relief goods and medicine with a medical team of doctors and nurses from Mati Port to Cateel, Davao Oriental.
  • PCG transported assorted relief goods from Manila to Sasa Wharf, Davao City
  • Conducted transported relief goods to the Municipalities of Baganga, Cateel, and Boston, Davao Oriental.
  • PCG K-9 Search and rescue dogs with handlers were deployed in New Bataan, Compostela Valley, under the operational control of 10th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army for the conduct of on-going Search & Rescue Operations to the affected areas.
  • PCG donated and transported 55 boxes of medicine intended for Municipalities of Baganga, Cateel, and Boston.

DPWH

  • Directed its District Engineers in areas likely to be hit by typhoon Bopha to be on stand-by and preposition all heavy equipment in strategic areas.
  • DPWH provided three (3) trucks for the transport of 2,000 family packs from DSWD to the province of Davao Oriental.
  • DPWH XI conducted assessment and coordinated clearing of roads.

DOH

  • Directed CHDs likely to be hit by typhoon Bopha to raise code white alert status and activate their respective disaster operations center (DOCs) in Regions V, VI, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, CARAGA, and ARMM.
  • Region VIII – First aid kit worth P183,000.00 and family kit worth P106,200.00
  • Region X – drugs and medicines worth P50.000.00 and buffer stock worth P500,000.00
  • Region XI – drugs and medicines worth P50,000.00 to each province.
  • Region XII – drugs and medicines worth P250,000.00 to each province, with buffer stock of P1.5M
  • CARAGA – drugs and medicines worth PhP180,000.00 to each of the 5 provinces
  • ARMM – drugs and medicines (amount still undetermined
  • DOH coordinated with UNICEF for provision of three (3) units of Mobile Water Treatment Device, two (2) for Davao City and one (1) for CARAGA, 450 units of Latrine Slabs, and 100-200 units of Portable Toilets. Nutrition Cluster Partners involved in the Initial Rapid Assessment are UNICEF, WFP, Save the Children, ACF. and Plan International.
  • CHD-XI is on Code Red Alert Status, provided fifty cadaver bags to Command Post in New Bataan, Compostela Valley, and deployed Assessment Team in New Bataan, Compostela Valley.
  • DOH-CO prepared P5,455,112.23 worth of assorted drugs and medicines, aquatabs, lime, cadaver bags, waterine, and oral rehydration salt to be delivered to CHD XI and CARAGA.
  • CHD-XII provided 100 pcs cadaver bags, aqua tabs and assorted medicine worth P399,744.00.
  • MHPSS cluster coordinated with deployment teams such as NCMH, Southern Philippines Medical Center, Cotabato Regional Medical Center, Cotabato Regional Medical Center.
  • MHPSS cluster facilitated reproduction of MHPSS IEC materials for dissemination to affected regions.
  • Dispatched Health Workers to different Health Units of the region to support the health requirements
  • Delivered assorted drugs and medicine, supplies and cadaver bags to Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley Province.
  • Dispatched two (2) Rapid Health Assessment Teams to Cateel, Boston, Baganga, and New Bataan.
  • DOH-HEMS provided 1,200 cadaver bags.

DSWD

  • Alerted its Field offices along the typhoon path such as FOs CARAGA, V, VI, VII, VIII, X, and XI and advised to closely monitor the situation particularly those flashflood and landslide prone areas within their jurisdiction and provide reports on any events, status of stand-by funds and stockpile.
  • Prepositioned P82.83 million standby funds and P28.27 million worth of relief supplies amounting to P111 million in all DSWD-FOs lying along the path of the typhoon.
  • DSWD VII activated Quick Response Teams (QRTs), pre-positioned food and nonfood items for Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental, and Siquijor, readied 2,000 family packs containing rice and canned goods.
  • DSWD X pre-packed food items for 10,000 families; activated its Crisis Intervention Office and Quick Response Fund (QRF) is in place.
  • DSWD XI has standby 2,155 packs of food items and they’re now packing additional 2,000 packs of food items.
  • DSWD I prepositioned 500 family food packs per province for the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, and Pangasinan.
  • DSWD is continuously managing evacuation centers nationwide. Food and non-food items were distributed in affected areas.
  • DSWD XI provided 14,500 food packs for Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley.
  • DSWD CAR activated SWAD and QUART Teams.
  • DSWD IV-B prepositioned P393,592.38 in standby funds, P1,332,379.09 worth of relief supplies and 1,049 family food packs for Palawan.
  • DSWD provided P76,315,034.30 worth of relief augmentation support or approximately 193,097 family food packs to affected LGUs.
  • Transported 600 sacks of rice worth P1,050,000.00 for Region XI through the C-130 of the U.S. Air Force.
  • Released P14 million to DSWD-CARAGA earmarked for standby funds for relief (P13 million), assistance to individuals in crisis (P280,000.00) and for emergency shelter assistance (P720,000.00).
  • DSWD allocated the P9.57 million donation from the Government of Japan thru JICA to Region XI consisting of tents (300 sets), plastic sheets (200 pieces), polyester tanks (2,130 units), and sleeping mattress (2,820 pieces) set for airlifting on board the C-130 of the PAF-AFP.
  • Installation of two (2) mobile storage units (MSUs) for relief warehousing and management scheduled for setting-up today in Nabunturan and Trento, all in the Province of Compostela Valley. The former will serve the 11 affected towns in Compostela Valley and the latter will serve the affected towns in Agusan del Norte and Sur, Surigao del Norte and Sur, Dinagat Islands, all in CARAGA, and the Province of Davao Oriental in Region XI.
  • Deployed a 31-man team of stress debriefers (15) and evacuation center managers (16) from DSWD XI in the hardest hit towns in the Provinces of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental. The conduct of stress debriefing shall be based on the readiness of the victims to undergo the process.
  • DSWD-FO XI and DSWD-CARAGA received donations amounting to P2,545,000.00:
    • P1,500,000.00 from the Tarlac Provincial Government
    • P1,000,000.00 from Metro Bank Foundation, Incorporated
    • P45,000.00 from private donors
  • A total of 1,182 evacuation centers were activated which provided temporary shelter to 159,066 families / 680,665 persons.

DILG

  • Activated the DILG Disaster Monitoring System and directed all LGUs in Regions CARAGA, 10, 11, 8, 7, 6, 12, ARMM, 5, 4A, 4B, 3, and NCR to immediately convene their respective LDRRMCs, reactivate their respective LDRRMOs, assess local community vulnerability and institute appropriate measures such as pre-emptive evacuation in order to ensure the safety of all residents.
  • Directed all coastal LGUs in the Eastern seaboard to prevent fishermen from going to sea effective December 3, 2012.
  • Directed LGUs to ensure that all early warning systems are working, immediately prepare evacuation centers, and to continue to coordinate with OCD, DSWD and other concerned government agencies.
  • Culasi MDRRMO instructed LCE to be ready and alert; transportation on standby at the Public Market beginning afternoon of December 3, 2012.
  • DILG provincial office identified the immediate needs in Compostela Valley. The needs are as follows: potable water, relief goods (food), and clothing.

DENR

  • Advised LGUs/local executives to check geo-hazard maps to locate flood-prone areas.

National Grid Corporation

  • Ensured the reliability of communications equipment, availability of hardware materials and supplies necessary for the repair of damages to facilities, as well as the positioning of line crews in strategic areas, to facilitate immediate restoration work.
  • Overall Disaster Command Center, which operates 24 hours a day, will monitor all power restoration activities, reports, updates from the Regional Command Centers in North Luzon, South Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
  • NGCP Bohol activated its operation center to respond to power outages due to broken lines.

PIA

  • Assisted OCD in the dissemination of weather and warning bulletins to the public.

PNRC

  • Provided hot meals and distributed relief items and bottled waters in evacuation centers in affected areas. SAR Teams were also deployed.
  • PNRC Camiguin Deployed 1 team (composed) to conduct assessment and data gathering in the area.
  • PNRC COMVAL Established welfare desk at New Bataan.
  • PNRC Davao Oriental Assessment 3 (NHQ) deployed to Baganga through Philippine Naval Ship.
  • PNRC Surigao del Sur distributed relief goods to all affected Barangays.
  • PNRC Palawan PSP provider was activated in Roxas to give CISM to affected relatives of missing and dead.
  • Deployed 2 chapter Disaster Response Teams to Roxas and Taytay Municipalities.
  • 21 students from PSU mobilized to repack relief goods.

DA

  • DA XI in coordination with NIA XI conducted assessment on damages to agriculture.
  • DA Regional Field Units (RFUs) are continuously assessing damages and preparing to rehabilitate the affected areas.
  • DA positioned seeds and planting materials to supply affected farmers so they can replant and recrop losses.
  • DA the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) has already prepared payment of insurance claims valued at P21M, which will be released within 20 days.
  • DA XI and NIA conducted assessment on the affected areas regarding the agricultural aspect.

MARINA

  • MARINA is coordinating the vessel owners for the transport of relief goods in Mati City.

MMDA

  • MMDA rescue team assisted NDRRMC New Bataan for search and retrieval operations.
  • Rescue team assisted MDRRMC New Bataan in Search and Retrieval Operations in the Municipality of New Bataan, Compostela Valley.
  • Rescue Team headed by Mr. Daet of Albay assisted P/M/DRRMC in conducting Search and Retrieval Operations in the Municipality of Cateel, Davao Oriental.

NBI

  • NBI Medical Team assisted New Bataan Municipality in identifying the dead bodies.

 

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Photo release: MinDA Chair meets with residents of Brgy. Babag, Monkayo

A December 18, 2012, photo release from the Mindanao Development Authority

Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Chair Luwalhati Antonino meets with residents of Brgy. Babag, Monkayo, during a recent relief operation in Compostela Valley. Most residents rely on the banana plantations, which were wiped out by typhoon Pablo. MinDA is identifying long-term strategies to rebuild the lives of the typhoon victims, in partnership with key government agencies and international development partners.

Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Chair Luwalhati Antonino meets with residents of Brgy. Babag, Monkayo, during a recent relief operation in Compostela Valley. Most residents rely on the banana plantations, which were wiped out by typhoon Pablo. MinDA is identifying long-term strategies to rebuild the lives of the typhoon victims, in partnership with key government agencies and international development partners.

Residents of Brgy. Babag participate in the distribution of hygiene kits during a recent relief operation by the MinDA. This barangay is one of the least accessible areas in the typhoon ravaged town of Monkayo, and residents are asking for more food, water and hygiene items as they struggle to get back to normalcy. Majority of them have lost their livelihood.

Residents of Brgy. Babag participate in the distribution of hygiene kits during a recent relief operation by the MinDA. This barangay is one of the least accessible areas in the typhoon ravaged town of Monkayo, and residents are asking for more food, water, and  personal hygienic items as they struggle to get back to normalcy. Majority of them have lost their livelihood.

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Massive relief distribution ongoing

A December 17, 2012, press release from the Department of Social Welfare and Development

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Secretary of Social Welfare and Development Corazon Juliano-Soliman led the distribution of 5,000 relief packs for typhoon Pablo victims in Monkayo, Campostela Valley, recently, together with Governor Arturo T. Uy (far right). The food packs, amounting to P1.25M, were provided by DSWD to augment the resources of the local government unit (LGU) in responding to the food needs of the victim. Also present during the distribution of goods were Mayor Manuel B. Brillantes Jr. of Monkayo, 1st District Representative Maria Carmen Zamora, and DSWD Field Office Director Priscilla Razon.

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office XI provided 5,000 food packs amounting to P1.5 million as augmentation support to Laak, Campostela Valley recently.

The goods were received by Mayor Reynaldo B. Navarro of Laak and Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer (MSWDO) Vivian Sumangil, which were distributed to the victims. Grateful for the augmentation support, Mayor Navarro said he could not express in words how much thankful he is for DSWD, World Food Programme, and other organizations for their assistance.

The Department of Social Welfare, together with the local disaster risk reduction and management councils (LDRRMCs) at all levels, local and international agencies and non-government organizations (NGOs) are currently undertaking a saturated and massive relief distribution to address the emergency food requirements of the affected families, especially in isolated areas.

As of December 17, cost of assistance to 199,991 families or 840,172 persons affected by typhoon Pablo has reached P94,599,037.00. Of the total amount, P55,424,720.00 came from DSWD; P29,124,590.00 came from LGUs and P10,049,727.00 came from NGOs and other GOs.

A total of 265,002 food packs amounting to P52,153,970.00 were distributed to Baganga, D.O. (49,154); Boston, D.O. (8,872); Cateel, D.O. (32,464); Compostela, ComVal (46,146); Monkayo, ComVal (81,652); New Bataan, ComVal (31,378); and Montevista, ComVal (15,336).  Non-food items such as clothings, kitchen utensils, mats, blankets, towels, and flashlights amounting to P842,874.02 were also distributed to affected families in these areas.

According to DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman, 21 evacuation camps are still housing 2,463 families. DSWD also serves 96,267 families outside of the evacuation centers in Baganga, Boston and Cateel, Davao Oriental; Compostela, Monkayo, New Bataan, and Montevista, Compostela Valley.

Likewise, 15 debriefers are deployed in Baganga, Boston, Cateel, Monkayo, and New Bataan (three debriefers each) to render critical incidence stress debriefing (CISD) to help the survivors cope with their traumatic experiences.

Hard-to-reach barangays in Caraga (Barangay San Antonio), Baganga (Barangay Lamiawan), Monkayo (Barangay Bantacan and Barangay Diwalwal), and New Bataan (San Mariano) are being serviced by choppers from Mati City and Nabunturan town.

Secretary Soliman informed the survivors that they will be provided Noche Buena packs for Christmas.

Police Director General Nicanor A. Bartolome today turned over a replica of a P2 million check to DSWD F.O. XI as contribution of members of the Philippine National Police for victims of typhoon Pablo. The money will be used in building permanent houses of the victims.

 

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Situation report on the effects of typhoon Pablo (NDRRMC), December 17, 2012, as of 8 a.m.

Updated as of December 17, 2012, 8:00 a.m.

Effects

State of National Calamity

  • On December 7, 2012, President Benigno S. Aquino III declared a State of National Calamity by virtue of Proclamation No. 522. 

Affected population

  • 701,224 families / 6,203,826 persons were affected in 2,910 Barangays / 312 municipalities / 40 cities in 34 provinces of Regions IV-B, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, and CARAGA.
  • 6,608 families / 25,953 persons are being served inside 63 evacuation centers.

Casualties

  • 1,043 dead (645 identified)
  • 2,662 injured
  • 844 missing

Status of lifelines

  • 11 bridges and 4 roads are still not passable.
  • 33 areas are still experiencing power interruption.
  • Davao Oriental is still having interrupted communication.

Damaged properties

  • A total of 167,295 damaged houses were reported in Regions I, IV-B, VI, VII, X, XI, XII, and CARAGA, of which 101,758 were partially damaged and 65,537 were totally damaged.

Cost of assistance

  • A total of P171,805,054.56 cost of assistance:
    • P82,906,120.30 from DSWD
    • P45,846,392.23 from LGUs
    • P26,099,032.70 from DOH
    • P3,505,706.93 from NDRRMC
    • P13,402,802.40 from NGOs/other GOs 

Cost of Damage

  • A total cost of P24,160,920,528.05: of damages:
    • P7,761,431,310.00 damages to infrastructure
    • P16,350,529,805.05  to agriculture
    • P48,959,413.00 worth of damages to private property

Actions Taken

NDRRMC

  • NDRRMC Operations Center was on RED ALERT status to monitor and disseminate Severe Weather Bulletins and Gale Warnings on typhoon Pablo to all OCD Regional Centers through SMS and facsimile and uploaded on the NDRRMC website for further dissemination to their respective local disaster risk reduction and management councils (LDRRMCs) from the provincial down to the municipal levels.
  • NDRRMC has planned to implement the cluster approach coordination mechanism to immediately address the needs and requirements in the areas in Mindanao.
  • As part of the cluster approach humanitarian response, the UNDAC team through the UN–OCHA arrived in Manila to support the NDRRMC in the conduct of immediate Rapid Damage and Needs Assessment (RDANA)
  • The NDRRMC OPCEN, in coordination with the UN Humanitarian Country Team (UNHCT), conducted a brief initial planning meeting last December 4, 2012, 9:00 a.m. to plan for the conduct of Joint–NDRRMC-UNHCTRDANA. It was agreed in the meeting that Regions X, XI, and CARAGA will be prioritized for the initial conduct of RDNA and second assessment in Regions IV-B, VI, VII, and VIII.
  • The NDRRMC issued two Memoranda :
  •  First, inviting the national and global cluster leads /or any representative to attend the Inter-cluster coordination meeting last 4 Dec at 1:00 p.m. to discuss      the conduct of the Joint NDRRMC-HCT RDANA in the above regions. The agenda of the meeting will cover the following: initial update of impact of TY Pablo; issues and concerns, organization of the joint NDRRMC-HCT team (terms of reference and timeline of deployment)
  • Second one is informing the Regional Directors of OCD Regions X, XI, and CARAGA that three (3) teams will conduct a Joint NDRRMC-HCT RDANA in their respective regions. Further, directing them to schedule a regional briefing for the Joint RNA upon arrival and to provide the itinerary and logistics for the rapid needs assessment teams in terms of accommodations, meals, and vehicles, working area and Internet connection. Also to provide the team with list of Regional counterpart (name and agency) and list of most affected areas that has not enough.
  • The ASEAN Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance (AHA) on Disaster Management along with the joint NDRRMC-HCT will be deployed in the conduct of Rapid Needs Assessment (RNA) on December 5, 2012, in the Mindanao area to gather information/data on humanitarian needs. The AHA Center is also willing to provide support to the NDRRMC on the requirements in the disaster stricken areas. Moreover, the NDRRMC-OPCEN issued a Memorandum Order regarding the OCD Team who will join the joint NDRRMCHCT RNA.
  • UN-OCHA prepares their team for humanitarian action in all areas affected by typhoon Pablo.

PAGASA

  • Assigned Detailed Duty Officers (DDO) at the NDRRMC OPCEN for prompt coordination with their respective bureaus; continuously disseminates Severe Weather Bulletins, provides media interviews regarding weather updates. And continuously track the movement of typhoon Pablo.

OPS-PCDSPO

  • Continuous posting of updates on typhoon Pablo on the Official Gazette (www.gov.ph) and its social media channels.
  • Continuously provides updates on typhoon Pablo via traditional and social media from the Presidential Spokespersons.
  • Posted Proclamation No. 522, declaring a state of national calamity at the Official Gazette website.

AFP

  • Alerted its operational units to assist local DRRMCs and LGUs and prepositioned SAR equipment.
  • 8th Infantry Division, TOG8-PAF, PCG, PNP and PN response teams are on standby for possible deployment.
  • AFP prepositioned a PAF Aircraft for the use of OCD5 for disaster response and assessment operation in Bicol, particularly in Masbate province and Ticao Island.
  • The 65IB and 51IB of the Phil Army were dispatched to assist the population affect.
  • 671B and 701Bde conducted search and rescue and retrieval operations at Municipality of Boston, Davao Oriental.
  • Eastmincom provided trucks and assisted the transportation of Non-Food Items to Municipality of New Bataan, ComVal Province.
  • 6718 and 701st BOE conducted search and rescue and retrieval operations at Municipality of Boston, Davao Oriental.

PNP

  • Issued Memo to all RDs in affected areas and concerned NSUs on December 2, 2012, directing them to activate respective Disaster Incident Management Task Groups (DIMTGs); forward deployment and prepositioning of Search and Rescue (SAR) assets; inform/warn community leaders on necessary disaster preparedness/actions; and coordinate with the local DRRMCs; provide police assistance in the evacuation of residents and deployment of personnel at the evacuation centers: clearing of major thoroughfares and highways in coordination with DPWH and LGUs: provide assistance in the conduct of medical and relief operations and conduct of actual SAR operations.
  • PNP-PRO IV-B activated DRRM Committee, assisted stranded passengers in Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Romblon, and provided assistance at the evacuation centers in Palawan.
  • PNP-PRO X deployed 142 SAR Teams and cooperated in the joint cleanup operations conducted by various government agencies in the affected areas.
  • PNP-PRO XI conducted search, rescue and retrieval operations in Compostela Valley and Davao Provinces.
  • PNP MARITIME GROUP – RMU 8 deployed teams in Samar and Leyte. RMU 10 also deployed teams in Cagayan de Oro, Ozamiz, Oroquieta, Mahinog, Camiguin, lligan, Lugait, and Manticao. RMU 11 deployed teams in Davao del Norte.
  • PNP thru PCRG donated 1,800 pcs. Blankets for relief operations for the flood victims.
  • PNPXI mobilized one (1) company of 8AR for Search & Retrieval Operations.

Red Cross

  • Prepositioned relief goods in Mandaue City and held an emergency meeting for the tasking of volunteers.
  • PRC Davao Chapter together with ComVal Chapter deployed and assisted the search and rescue operations.
  • Ongoing rescue operations in Compostella Valley (Municipality of Compostela, New Bataan)
  • Iligan: Facilitated transfer of 900 individuals to identified evacuation centers, Facilitated transport of three (3) individuals to Adventist Medical Center for immediate medical attention, Rescued a total of 34 persons (2 elderly, 3 children, 29 adults).
  • Compostela valley: facilitated evacuation and first aid management to 41 wounded individuals in New Bataan.
  • Bacolod: assisted 92 families 1437 persons during preemptive evacuation.
  • Davao Oriental: 1 PSP team deployed from Cagayan de Oro to Baganga Cavao Oriental, 3 teams are still deployed in Baganga.

BFP

  • OIC, PCG directed all Fire Stations under Red Alert and prepositioned their respective manpower and equipment.
  • BFP RO 10 conducted search and rescue operations, clearing operations, assisted in the evacuation centers, and rationed water to evacuation centers.
  • BFP Tandag City together with PNP conducted roving and announced the coming of Tropical Storm PABLO using its public address system to the communities near the shoreline areas and assisted in the preemptive evacuation conducted in the same area.
  • A total of 39 fire trucks and 310 personnel were deployed in CARAGA
  • BFP Tandag City Fire Station personnel distributed goods to the evacuees in Tandag City Gymnasium.
  • BFP XI provided fire trucks for delivery of portable water to evacuation centers.
  • BFP X Cagayan de Oro Fire District office is currently conducting water rationing to some affected areas.
  • BFP XI provided fire trucks for delivery of potable water to various evacuation centers in the region:
    • Deployed four (4) fire trucks with 24 personnel to provide potable water to New Bataan.
    • Mati City Fire Station deployed one (1) fire truck with three (3) personnel to provide support services in Baganga.

Coast Guard

  • Warned the operators of small vessels, MBCAs and FBCs’ to avoid sailing in the southeastern and eastern section of the country.
  • CGS Davao has cancelled all voyages from Sta. Ana Pier Davao City bound to Kaputian and Talicud Island, Island Garden of Samal.
  • PCG & NAVY of VI suspended sea vessels trips.
  • PCG transported relief goods and medicine with a medical team of doctors and nurses from Mati Port to Cateel, Davao Oriental.
  • PCG transported assorted relief goods from Manila to Sasa Wharf, Davao City
  • Conducted transported relief goods to the Municipalities of Baganga, Cateel, and Boston, Davao Oriental.
  • PCG K-9 Search and rescue dogs with handlers were deployed in New Bataan, Compostela Valley, under the operational control of 10th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army for the conduct of on-going Search & Rescue Operations to the affected areas.
  • PCG donated and transported 55 boxes of medicine intended for Municipalities of Baganga, Cateel, and Boston.

DPWH

  • Directed its District Engineers in areas likely to be hit by typhoon Bopha to be on stand-by and preposition all heavy equipment in strategic areas.
  • DPWH provided three (3) trucks for the transport of 2,000 family packs from DSWD to the province of Davao Oriental.
  • DPWH XI conducted assessment and coordinated clearing of roads.

DOH

  • Directed CHDs likely to be hit by typhoon Bopha to raise code white alert status and activate their respective disaster operations center (DOCs) in Regions V, VI, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, CARAGA, and ARMM.
  • Region VIII – First aid kit worth P183,000.00 and family kit worth P106,200.00
  • Region X – drugs and medicines worth P50.000.00 and buffer stock worth P500,000.00
  • Region XI – drugs and medicines worth P50,000.00 to each province.
  • Region XII – drugs and medicines worth P250,000.00 to each province, with buffer stock of P1.5M
  • CARAGA – drugs and medicines worth PhP180,000.00 to each of the five (5) provinces
  • ARMM – drugs and medicines (amount still undetermined
  • DOH coordinated with UNICEF for provision of three (3) units of Mobile Water Treatment Device, two (2) for Davao City and one (1) for CARAGA, 450 units of Latrine Slabs, and 100-200 units of Portable Toilets. Nutrition Cluster Partners involved in the Initial Rapid Assessment are UNICEF, WFP, Save the Children, ACF and Plan International.
  • CHD-XI is on Code Red Alert Status, provided fifty cadaver bags to Command Post in New Bataan, Compostela Valley, and deployed Assessment Team in New Bataan, Compostela Valley.
  • DOH-CO prepared P5,455,112.23 worth of assorted drugs and medicines, aquatabs, lime, cadaver bags, waterine, and oral rehydration Salt to be delivered to CHD XI and CARAGA.
  • CHD-XII provided 100 pcs. cadaver bags, aqua tabs and assorted medicine worth P399,744.00.
  • MHPSS cluster coordinated with deployment teams such as NCMH, Southern Philippines Medical Center, Cotabato Regional Medical Center, Cotabato Regional Medical Center.
  • MHPSS cluster facilitated reproduction of MHPSS IEC materials for dissemination to affected regions.
  • Dispatched Health Workers to different Health Units of the region to support the health requirements
  • Delivered assorted drugs and medicine, supplies and cadaver bags to Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley Province.
  • Dispatched two (2) Rapid Health Assessment Teams to Cateel, Boston, Baganga, and New Bataan.
  • DOH-HEMS provided 1,200 cadaver bags.

DSWD

  • Alerted its Field offices along the typhoon path such as FOs CARAGA, V, VI, VII, VIII, X, and XI and advised to closely monitor the situation particularly those flashflood and landslide prone areas within their jurisdiction and provide reports on any events, status of stand-by funds and stockpile.
  • Prepositioned P111,085,505.04 stand-by funds and P28,272,948.82 worth of relief supplies amounting to P139,358,453.86 in all DSWD-FOs lying along the typhoon.
  • DSWD VII activated Quick Response Teams (QRTs), prepositioned food and nonfood items for Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental, and Siquijor, readied 2,000 family packs containing rice and canned goods.
  • DSWD X pre-packed food items for 10,000 families; activated its Crisis Intervention Office and Quick Response Fund (QRF) is in place.
  • DSWD XI has standby 2,155 packs of food items and they’re now packing additional 2,000 packs of food items.
  • DSWD I prepositioned 500 family food packs per province for the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, and Pangasinan.
  • DSWD is continuously managing evacuation centers nationwide. Food and non-food items were distributed in affected areas.
  • DSWD XI provided 14,500 food packs for Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley.
  • DSWD CAR activated SWAD and QUART Teams.
  • DSWD IV-B prepositioned P393,592.38 in standby funds, Php1,332,379.09 worth of relief supplies and 1,049 family food packs for Palawan.
  • DSWD provided P76,315,034.30 worth of relief augmentation support or approximately 193,097 family food packs to affected LGUs.
  • Transported 600 sacks of rice worth P1,050,000.00 for Region XI through the C- 130 of the U.S. Air Force.
  • Released P14 million to DSWD-CARAGA earmarked for standby funds for relief (P13 million), assistance to individuals in crisis (P280,000.00) and for emergency shelter assistance (P720,000.00).
  • DSWD allocated the P9.57 million donation from the Government of Japan thru JICA to Region XI consisting of tents (300 sets), plastic sheets (200 pieces), polyester tanks (2,130 units) and sleeping mattress (2,820 pieces) set for airlifting on board the C-130 of the PAF-AFP.
  • Installation of two (2) mobile storage units (MSUs) for relief warehousing and management scheduled for setting-up today in Nabunturan and Trento, all in the Province of Compostela Valley. The former will serve the 11 affected towns in Compostela Valley and the latter will serve the affected towns in Agusan del Norte and Sur, Surigao del Norte and Sur, Dinagat Islands, all in CARAGA and the Province of Davao Oriental in Region XI.
  • Deployed a 31-man team of stress debriefers (15) and evacuation center managers (16) from DSWD XI in the hardest hit towns in the Provinces of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental. The conduct of stress debriefing shall be based on the readiness of the victims to undergo the process.
  • DSWD-FO XI and DSWD-CARAGA received donations amounting to P2,545,000.00:
    • P1,500,000.00 from the Tarlac Provincial Government
    • P1,000,000.00 from Metro Bank Foundation, Incorporated
      • P45,000.00 from private donors

DILG

  • Activated the DILG Disaster Monitoring System and directed all LGUs in Regions CARAGA, 10, 11, 8, 7, 6, 12, ARMM, 5, 4A, 4B, 3 and NCR to immediately convene their respective LDRRMCs, reactivate their respective LDRRMOs, assess local community vulnerability and institute appropriate measures such as preemptive evacuation in order to ensure the safety of all residents.
  • Directed all coastal LGUs in the Eastern seaboard to prevent fishermen from going to sea effective December 3, 2012.
  • Directed LGUs to ensure that all early warning systems are working, immediately prepare evacuation centers, and to continue to coordinate with OCD, DSWD and other concerned government agencies.
  • Culasi MDRRMO instructed LCE to be ready and alert; transportation on standby at the Public Market beginning afternoon of December 3, 2012.
  • DILG provincial office identified the immediate needs in Compostela Valley. The needs are as follows: potable water, relief goods (food), and clothing.

DENR

  • Advised LGUs/local executives to check geo-hazard maps to locate flood-prone areas.

National Grid Corporation

  • Ensured the reliability of communications equipment, availability of hardware materials and supplies necessary for the repair of damages to facilities, as well as the positioning of line crews in strategic areas, to facilitate immediate restoration work.
  • Overall Disaster Command Center, which operates 24 hours a day, will monitor all power restoration activities, reports, updates from the Regional Command Centers in North Luzon, South Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
  • NGCP Bohol activated its operation center to respond to power outages due to broken lines.

PIA

  • Assisted OCD in the dissemination of weather and warning bulletins to the public.

PNRC

  • Provided hot meals and distributed relief items and bottled waters in evacuation centers in affected areas. SAR Teams were also deployed.
  • PNRC Camiguin Deployed 1 team (composed) to conduct assessment and data gathering in the area.
  • PNRC COMVAL Established welfare desk at New Bataan.
  • PNRC Davao Oriental Assessment 3 (NHQ) deployed to Baganga through Philippine Naval Ship.
  • PNRC Surigao del Sur distributed relief goods to all affected Barangays.
  • PNRC Palawan PSP provider was activated in Roxas to give CISM to affected relatives of missing and dead.
  • Deployed 2 chapter Disaster Response Teams to Roxas and Taytay Municipalities.
  • 21 students from PSU mobilized to repack relief goods.

DA

  • DA XI in coordination with NIA XI conducted assessment on damages to agriculture.
  • DA Regional Field Units (RFUs) are continuously assessing damages and preparing to rehabilitate the affected areas.
  • DA positioned seeds and planting materials to supply affected farmers so they can replant and recrop losses.
  • DA the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) has already prepared payment of insurance claims valued at P21M, which will be released within 20 days.
  • DA XI and NIA conducted assessment on the affected areas regarding the agricultural aspect.

MARINA

  • MARINA is coordinating the vessel owners for the transport of relief goods in Mati City.

MMDA

  • MMDA rescue team assisted NDRRMC New Bataan for search and retrieval operations.
  • Rescue team assisted MDRRMC New Bataan in Search and Retrieval Operations in the Municipality of New Bataan, Compostela Valley.
  • Rescue Team headed by Mr. Daet of Albay assisted P/M/DRRMC in conducting Search and Retrieval Operations in the Municipality of Cateel, Davao Oriental.

NBI

  • NBI Medical Team assisted New Bataan Municipality in identifying the dead bodies.

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179,000 food packs given to Pablo victims in Region XI

A December 14, 2012, press release from the Department of Social Welfare and Development

DSWD intensifies relief efforts

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The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said that some 179,931 food packs, amounting to P52,347,950 were already given to victims of typhoon Pablo in Region XI, as of December 14, 2012.

Secretary of Social Welfare and Development Corazon Juliano-Soliman, who is now in Region XI to oversee relief operations, led yesterday the distribution of 20,000 family packs in affected areas in Compostela Valley to augment the resources of the Local Government Units (LGUs). Those who received relief goods yesterday were the municipalities of Compostela, Monkayo, Montevista, and Laak. An additional 10,000 pieces of food packs will be delivered today to other municipalities in Compostela Valley such as Mawab, Mabini, New Bataan, Nabunturan, and Pantukan.

In a strategic meeting with the DSWD Field Office XI disaster team, the Secretary emphasized the need to intensify relief distribution efforts to ensure that the food needs of the victims are addressed. She commended the field office staff for their vigorous public service 24-hours a day and motivated them to continue vigilance in disaster operations.  Secretary Soliman also instructed the region to strengthen disaster monitoring and the information dissemination system.

In light of the massive destruction brought by Pablo, Secretary Soliman said that relief operations must be continuous, timely and consistent to the needs of the 176,617 families recorded to be affected by the typhoon in Region XI alone. Further, she added that DSWD will provide Noche Buena packs to the victims to share the spirit of Christmas.

Secretary Soliman also said that DSWD is also facilitating the construction of bunkhouses in seven severely affected areas, namely Compostela, Monkayo, Montevista, and New Bataan in Compostela Valley; and Baganga, Boston, and Cateel in Davao Oriental. The bunkhouses will be finished within December.

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Volunteers

Given the daunting task of speedy provision of relief items, DSWD Field Office XI is calling for more volunteers to help in the repacking of goods. Volunteers in Davao may get in touch with DSWD Regional Office at telephone nos (082) 227-1964 or through mobile hotline numbers 0917-6429366 (Globe), 0928-8681532 (Smart) and 0922-7710061 (Sun).

Repacking of goods is also on-going at the National Resource Operations Center (NROC) at the NAIA Chapel Road, Pasay City (beside Airport Police Department and back of Air Transportation Office).  Volunteers may get in touch with Ms. Francia Fabian at telephone numbers  8528081,  8512681.

Happy day for evacuees

reliefPablo3Meanwhile, as part of the therapy  and stress debriefing of evacuees, social workers who lead in camp management conduct socialization for the evacuees and play therapy for children.

“Aside from taking care of the food needs of the evacuees, our social workers will also conduct stress debriefing to the affected families to lessen the impact of the disaster and to ensure their normal functioning. The DSWD is now preparing to deploy stress debriefers to the affected areas,” Secretary Soliman said.

 

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Photo Release: Relief operations in Compostela Valley, December 13, 2012

Photos courtesy of Secretary of Social Welfare and Development Corazon Juliano-Soliman

Peaceful and orderly distribution of family packs by Monkayo purok leaders and the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Peaceful and orderly distribution of family packs by Monkayo purok leaders and the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Mayor Manuel Brillantes of Monkayo, with Brigadier General Yerson Depayso and Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman, pinpointing areas hit by flash floods.

Mayor Manuel Brillantes of Monkayo, with Brigadier General Yerson Depayso and Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman, pinpointing areas hit by flash floods.

Civilian volunteers in Nabunturan, capital of Compostela Valley, distributing relief goods.

Soldiers and civilian volunteers repacking relief goods.

Soldiers and civilian volunteers repacking relief goods.

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Situation report on the effects of typhoon Pablo (NDRRMC), December 14, 2012, as of 7 a.m.

Update as of December 14, 2012, 7 a.m. (NDRRMC)

Effects

State of National Calamity

  • On December 7, 2012, President Benigno S. Aquino III placed the country under a State of National Calamity, by virtue of Proclamation No. 522, s. 2012.

Affected Population

  • The total number affected in 1,999 barangays / 263 municipalities / 38 cities in 32 provinces of Regions IV-B, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, and CARAGA: 537,445 families / 5,516,181 persons.
  • The total number being served inside 55 evacuation centers is 13,772 families / 59,764 persons.

Casualties

  • 906 persons dead (with 575 identified)
  • 2,660 persons injured
  • 932 missing

Status of lifelines

  • Twenty (20) bridges and eight (8) roads are still not passable.
  • Sixteen (16) areas are still experiencing power interruption.
  • Six (6) areas are experiencing interruption in water supply.
  • Communication was restored in Compostela Valley, and areas in Davao Oriental are currently having interrupted communication.

Damaged Properties

  • A total of 149,748 houses were reported damaged in Regions IV-B, VI, VII, X, XI, and CARAGA, of which 88,925 were partially damaged and 60,823 were totally damaged.

Cost of Damage

  • The total cost of damage amounts to PhP15,116,602,128.05. Breakdown as follows:
    • PhP5,379,849,200.00 = damage to infrastructure.
    • PhP9,696,793,515.05 = damage to agriculture.
    • PhP48,959,413.00 = damage to private property.

Cost of Assistance

  • The total cost of assistance amounts to PhP100,050,734.98. Breakdown as follows:
    • PhP47,624,187.30 from the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
    • PhP24,076,801.73 from local government units.
    • PhP16,587,036.62 from the Department of Health.
    • PhP3,505,706.93 from NDRRMC.
    • PhP9,257,002.40 from NGOs/other GOs.

Actions Taken

NDRRMC

  • NDRRMC Operations Center was on RED ALERT status to monitor and disseminate Severe Weather Bulletins and Gale Warnings on Typhoon “Pablo” to all OCD Regional Centers. Updates were sent through SMS and facsimile and were uploaded on the NDRRMC website, for further dissemination to the OCDRCs’ respective local disaster risk reduction and management councils (LDRRMCs), from the provincial down to the municipal levels.
  • NDRRMC has planned to implement the cluster approach coordination mechanism, to immediately address the needs and requirements in affected areas in Mindanao.
    • As part of the cluster approach humanitarian response, the UNDAC team, through the UN–OCHA, arrived in Manila to support the NDRRMC in the conduct of immediate Rapid Damage and Needs Assessment (RDANA)
    • The NDRRMC OPCEN, in coordination with the UN Humanitarian Country Team (UNHCT), conducted a brief initial planning meeting at 9 a.m. on December 4, 2012 to plan for the conduct of Joint NDRRMC-HCT RDANA. It was agreed in the meeting that Regions X, XI and CARAGA will be prioritized for the initial conduct of RDNA and second assessment in Regions IV-B, VI, VII and VIII.
    • The NDRRMC issued two (2) Memoranda:
      • First memorandum: Inviting the national and global cluster leads or any of their representatives to attend the Inter-cluster coordination meeting at 1:00 p.m. of December 4, 2012, to discuss the conduct of the Joint NDRRMC-HCT RDANA in the above regions. The agenda of the meeting will cover the following: initial update of impact of TY Pablo, issues and concerns, and the organization of the joint NDRRMC-HCT team (terms of reference and timeline of deployment).
      • Second memorandum: Informing the Regional Directors of OCD Regions X, XI, and CARAGA that three (3) teams will conduct a Joint NDRRMC-HCT RDANA in their respective regions. Further, directing them to schedule a regional briefing for the Joint RNA upon arrival, and to provide the itinerary and logistics for the rapid needs assessment teams in terms of accommodations, meals, vehicles, working area, and internet connection. Also, to provide the team with a list of regional counterparts (name and agency) and a list of most affected areas.
      • The ASEAN Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance (AHA) on Disaster Management, along with the joint NDRRMC-HCT RDANA, will be deployed in the conduct of Rapid Needs Assessment (RNA) on December 5, 2012 in the Mindanao area, to gather information/data on humanitarian needs. The AHA Center is also willing to provide support to the NDRRMC on the requirements in the disaster-stricken areas. Moreover, the NDRRMC-OPCEN issued a Memorandum Order regarding the OCD Team who will join the joint NDRRMCHCT RNA.
      • UN-OCHA is preparing their team for humanitarian action in all areas affected by Typhoon Pablo.

PAGASA

  • Assigned Detailed Duty Officers (DDO) at the NDRRMC OPCEN for prompt coordination with their respective bureaus; continuously disseminated Severe Weather Bulletins, provided media interviews regarding weather updates. And continuously tracked the movement of typhoon Pablo.

OPS-PCDSPO

  • Continuous posting of updates on Typhoon Pablo on the Official Gazette (www.gov.ph) and its social media channels.
  • Continuously provides updates on Typhoon Pablo via traditional and social media, from the Presidential Spokespersons.
  • Posted Proclamation No. 522, declaring a State of National Calamity at the Official Gazette website.

AFP

  • Alerted its operational units to assist local DRRMCs and LGUs, and prepositioned SAR equipment.
  • 8th Infantry Division, TOG8-PAF, PCG, PNP, and PN response teams are on standby for possible deployment.
  • AFP prepositioned a PAF Aircraft for the use of OCD5, for disaster response and assessment operation in Bicol, particularly in Masbate province and Ticao Island.
  • The 65IB and 51IB of the Philippine Army were dispatched to assist the population affect.
  • The 671B and 701Bde conducted search and rescue and retrieval operations at Municipality of Boston, Davao Oriental.
  • Eastmincom provided trucks and assisted the transportation of Non-Food Items to Municipality of New Bataan, ComVal Province.
  • 6718 and 701st BOE conducted search and rescue and retrieval operations at Municipality of Boston, Davao Oriental.

PNP

  • Issued Memo to all RDs in affected areas and concerned NSUs on December 2, 2012, directing them to activate respective Disaster Incident Management Task Groups (DIMTGs); to forward deployment and prepositioning of Search and Rescue (SAR) assets; to inform/warn community leaders on necessary disaster preparedness/actions; and to coordinate with the local DRRMCs; to provide police assistance in the evacuation of residents and deployment of personnel at the evacuation centers; to the clearing of major thoroughfares and highways in coordination with DPWH and LGUs; to provide assistance in the conduct of medical and relief operations and conduct of actual SAR operations.
  • PNP-PRO IV-B activated DRRM Committee, assisted stranded passengers in Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Romblon, and provided assistance at the evacuation centers in Palawan.
  • PNP-PRO X deployed 142 SAR Teams and cooperated in the joint cleanup operations conducted by various government agencies in the affected areas.
  • PNP-PRO XI conducted search, rescue and retrieval operations in Compostela Valley and Davao Provinces.
  • PNP Maritime Group – RMU8 deployed teams in Samar and Leyte. RMU 10 also deployed teams in Cagayan de Oro, Ozamiz, Oroquieta, Mahinog, Camiguin, lligan, Lugait, and Manticao. RMU 11 deployed teams in Davao del Norte.
  • PNP, through PCRG, donated 1,800 pcs. Blankets for relief operations for the flood victims.
  • PNPXI mobilized one (1) company of 8AR for Search & Retrieval Operations.

Philippine Red Cross

  • Prepositioned relief goods in Mandaue City and held an emergency meeting for the tasking of volunteers.
  • PRC Davao Chapter together with ComVal Chapter deployed and assisted the search and rescue operations.
  • Ongoing rescue operations in Compostella Valley (Municipality of Compostela, New Bataan).
  • ILIGAN: Facilitated transfer of 900 individuals to identified evacuation centers, Facilitated transport of 3 individuals to Adventist Medical Center for immediate medical attention, Rescued a total of 34 persons (2 elderly, 3 children, 29 adults).
  • COMPOSTELA VALLEY: facilitated evacuation and first aid management to 41 wounded individuals in New Bataan.
  • BACOLOD: assisted 92 families 1437 persons during preemptive evacuation.
  • DAVAO ORIENTAL: 1 PSP team deployed from Cagayan de Oro to Baganga, Davao Oriental, 3 teams are still deployed in Baganga.

Bureau of Fire Protection

  • OIC, PCG directed all Fire Stations under Red Alert and prepositioned their respective manpower and equipment.
  • BFP RO 10 conducted search and rescue operations, clearing operations, assisted in the evacuation centers, and rationed water to evacuation centers.
  • BFP Tandag City together with PNP conducted roving and announced the coming of Tropical Storm Pablo using its public address system to the communities near the shoreline areas and assisted in the preemptive evacuation conducted in the same area.
  • A total of thirty nine (39) fire trucks and 310 personnel were deployed in CARAGA.
  • BFP Tandag City Fire Station personnel distributed goods to the evacuees in Tandag City Gymnasium.
  • BFP XI provided fire trucks for delivery of portable water to evacuation centers.
  • BFP X Cagayan de Oro Fire District office is currently conducting water rationing to some affected areas.
  • BFP XI provided fire trucks for delivery of potable water to various evacuation centers in the region:
    • Deployed four (4) fire trucks, with 24 personnel, to provide potable water to New Bataan.
    • Mati City Fire Station deployed one fire truck with three personnel to provide support services in Baganga.

Philippine Coast Guard

  • Warned the operators of small vessels, MBCAs and FBCs’ to avoid sailing in the southeastern and eastern section of the country.
  • CGS Davao has cancelled all voyages from Sta. Ana Pier Davao City bound to Kaputian and Talicud Island, Island Garden of Samal.
  • PCG & NAVY of VI suspended sea vessels trips.
  • PCG transported relief goods and medicine with a medical team of doctors and nurses from Mati Port to Cateel, Davao Oriental.
  • PCG transported assorted relief goods from Manila to Sasa Wharf, Davao City.
  • Conducted transported relief goods to the Municipalities of Baganga, Cateel, and New Boston, Davao Oriental.
  • PCG K-9 Search and rescue dogs with handlers were deployed in New Bataan, Compostela Valley, under the operational control of 10th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army for the conduct of on-going Search & Rescue Operations to the affected areas.
  • PCG donated and transported 55 boxes of medicine intended for Municipalities of Baganga, Cateel, and Boston.

Department of Public Works and Highways

  • Directed its District Engineers in areas likely to be hit by Typhoon Pablo to be on stand-by and preposition all heavy equipment in strategic areas.
  • DPWH provided three (3) trucks for the transport of 2,000 family packs from DSWD to the province of Davao Oriental.
  • DPWH XI conducted assessment and coordinated clearing of roads.

Department of Health

  • Directed CHDs likely to be hit by Typhoon Pablo to raise code white alert status and activate their respective disaster operations center (DOCs) in Regions V, VI, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, CARAGA, and ARMM.
  • Region VIII – First aid kit worth PhP183,000.00 and family kit worth PhP106,200.00.
  • Region X – Drugs and medicines worth PhP50.000.00 and buffer stock worth PhP500,000.00.
  • Region XI – Drugs and medicines worth Php50,000.00 to each province.
  • Region XII – Drugs and medicines worth PhP250,000.00 to each province, with buffer stock of PhP1.5M.
  • CARAGA – Drugs and medicines worth PhP180,000.00 to each of the 5 provinces.
  • ARMM – Drugs and medicines (amount still undetermined.
  • DOH coordinated with UNICEF for provision of three (3) units of Mobile Water Treatment Device, two (2) for Davao City and one (1) for CARAGA, 450 units of Latrine Slabs, and 100-200 units of Portable Toilets. Nutrition Cluster Partners involved in the Initial Rapid Assessment are UNICEF, WFP, Save the Children, ACF and Plan International.
  • CHD-XI is on Code Red Alert Status, provided fifty cadaver bags to Command Post in New Bataan, Compostela Valley, and deployed Assessment Team in New Bataan, Compostela Valley.
  • DOH-CO prepared PhP 5,455,112.23 worth of assorted drugs and medicines, Aquatabs. Lime, Cadaver Bags, Waterine and Oral Rehydration Salt to be delivered to CHD XI and CARAGA.
  • CHD-XII provided 100 pcs cadaver bags, aqua tabs and assorted medicine worth PhP399,744.00.
  • MHPSS cluster coordinated with deployment teams such as NCMH, Southern Philippines Medical Center, Cotabato Regional Medical Center, Cotabato Regional Medical Center.
  • MHPSS cluster facilitated reproduction of MHPSS IEC materials for dissemination to affected regions.
  • Dispatched Health Workers to different Health Units of the region to support the health requirements .
  • Delivered assorted drugs and medicine, supplies and cadaver bags to Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley Province.
  • Dispatched two (2) Rapid Health Assessment Teams to Cateel, Boston, Baganga, and New Bataan.
  • DOH-HEMS provided 1,200 cadaver bags.

DSWD

  • Alerted its Field Offices along the typhoon path, such as FOs CARAGA, V, VI, VII, VIII, X, and XI; and advised to closely monitor the situation, particularly those flashflood- and landslide-prone areas within their jurisdiction; and to provide reports on any events, status of stand-by funds and stockpile.
  • Prepositioned PhP111,085,505.04 stand-by funds and P28.272,948.82 worth of relief supplies in all DSWD-FOs along the typhoon path, amounting to P 139,358,453.86.
  • DSWD VII activated Quick Response Teams (QRTs), pre-positioned food and nonfood items for Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental and Siquijor, readied 2,000 family packs containing rice and canned goods.
  • DSWD X pre-packed food items for 10,000 families; activated its Crisis Intervention Office and Quick Response Fund (QRF) are in placed.
  • DSWD XI has standby 2,155 packs of food items and they’re now packing additional 2,000 packs of food items.
  • DSWD I prepositioned 500 family food packs per province for the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan.
  • DSWD is continuously managing evacuation centers nationwide. Food and non-food items were distributed in affected areas.
  • DSWD XI provided 14,500 food packs for Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley.  §  DSWD CAR activated SWAD and QUART Teams.
  • DSWD IV-B prepositioned P393,592.38 in standby funds, Php1,332,379.09 worth of relief supplies and 1,049 family food packs for Palawan.
  • DSWD provided PhP46.62 million worth of relief augmentation support or approximately 186,497 family food packs to affected LGUs. Repacking of family food packs are continuously being undertaken to address the demand for relief support, especially in isolated areas in the hardest hit areas of Region XI and CARAGA
  • Transported 600 sacks of rice worth P1,050,000.00 for Region XI through the C-130 of the U.S. Air Force.
  • Released P14 million to DSWD-CARAGA earmarked for standby funds for relief (P13 million), assistance to individuals in crisis (P280,000.00) and for emergency shelter assistance (P720,000.00).
  • DSWD allocated the P9.57 million donation from the Government of Japan thru JICA to Region XI consisting of tents (300 sets), plastic sheets (200 pieces), polyester tanks (2,130 units) and sleeping mattress (2,820 pieces) set for airlifting on board the C-130 of the PAF-AFP.
  • Installation of two (2) mobile storage units (MSUs) for relief warehousing and management scheduled for setting-up today in Nabunturan and Trento, all in the Province of Compostela Valley. The former will serve the 11 affected towns in Compostela Valley and the latter will serve the affected towns in Agusan del Norte and Sur, Surigao del Norte and Sur, Dinagat Islands, all in CARAGA and the Province of Davao Oriental in Region XI.
  • Deployed a 31-man team of stress debriefers (15) and evacuation center managers (16) from DSWD XI in the hardest hit towns in the Provinces of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental. The conduct of stress debriefing shall be based on the readiness of the victims to undergo the process.
  • DSWD-FO XI and DSWD-CARAGA received donations amounting to P2,545,000.00:
    • PhP1,500,000.00 from the Tarlac Provincial Government
    • PhP1,000,000.00 from Metro Bank Foundation, Incorporated
    • PhP45,000.00 from private donors

Department of the Interior and Local Government

  • Activated the DILG Disaster Monitoring System and directed all LGUs in Regions CARAGA, 10, 11, 8, 7, 6, 12, ARMM, 5, 4A, 4B, 3 and NCR to immediately convene their respective LDRRMCs, reactivate their respective LDRRMOs, assess local community vulnerability and institute appropriate measures such as pre-emptive evacuation in order to ensure the safety of all residents.
  • Directed all coastal LGUs in the Eastern seaboard to prevent fishermen from going to sea effective 03 December 2012.
  • Directed LGUs to ensure that all early warning systems are working, immediately prepare evacuation centers, and to continue to coordinate with OCD, DSWD and other concerned government agencies.
  • Culasi MDRRMO instructed LCE to be ready and alert; transportation on standby at the Public Market beginning afternoon of 03 December 2012.
  • DILG provincial office identified the immediate needs in Compostela Valley. The needs are as follows: potable water, relief goods (food) and clothing.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources

  • Advised LGUs/local executives to check geo-hazard maps to locate flood-prone areas.

National Grid Corporation

  • Ensured the reliability of communications equipment, availability of hardware materials and supplies necessary for the repair of damages to facilities, as well as the positioning of line crews in strategic areas, to facilitate immediate restoration work.
  • Overall Disaster Command Center, which operates 24 hours a day, will monitor all power restoration activities, reports, updates from the Regional Command Centers in North Luzon, South Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
  • NGCP Bohol activated its operation center to respond to power outages due to broken lines.

Philippine Information Agency

  • Assisted OCD in the dissemination of weather and warning bulletins to the public.

PNRC

  • Provided hot meals and distributed relief items and bottled waters in evacuation centers in affected areas. SAR Teams were also deployed.
  • PNRC Camiguin Deployed 1 team (composed) to conduct assessment and data gathering in the area.  PNRC COMVAL Established welfare desk at New Bataan.
  • PNRC Davao Oriental Assessment 3 (NHQ) deployed to Baganga thru Philippine Naval Ship.
  • PNRC Surigao del Sur distributed relief goods to all affected Barangays.
  • PNRC Palawan PSP provider was activated in Roxas to give CISM to affected relatives of missing and dead.
  • Deployed 2 chapter Disaster Response Teams to Roxas and Taytay Municipalities.
  • 21 students from PSU mobilized to repack relief goods.

DA

  • DA XI in coordination with NIA XI conducted assessment on damages to agriculture.
  • DA Regional Field Units (RFUs) are continuously assessing damages and preparing to rehabilitate the affected areas.
  • DA positioned seeds and planting materials to supply affected farmers so they can replant and recrop losses.
  • DA the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) has already prepared payment of insurance claims valued at P21M, which will be released within 20 days.
  • DA XI and NIA conducted assessment on the affected areas regarding the agricultural aspect.

MARINA

  • MARINA is coordinating the vessel owners for the transport of relief goods in Mati City.

Metro Manila Development Authority

  • MMDA rescue team assisted NDRRMC New Bataan for search and retrieval operations.
  • Rescue team assisted MDRRMC New Bataan in Search and Retrieval Operations in the Municipality of New Bataan, Compostela Valley.
  • Rescue Team headed by Mr. Daet of Albay assisted P/M/DRRMC in conducting Search and Retrieval Operations in the Municipality of Cateel, Davao Oriental.

National Bureau of Investigation

  • NBI Medical Team assisted New Bataan Municipality in identifying the dead bodies.

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DBM skips Christmas bash to aid Pablo victims

A December 13, 2012, press release from the Department of Budget and Management

Sec. Abad: Generosity in lieu of holiday splurging

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) today announced the cancellation of its annual department-wide Christmas celebration, electing instead to support continuing relief efforts for communities affected by typhoon Pablo, which swept through several parts of Visayas and Mindanao earlier this month.

Secretary of Budget and Management Florencio B. Abad confirmed that the decision to cancel the yearly Christmas party was made in the wake of a survey among DBM officials and employees, majority of whom opted to skip the celebration in favor of extending financial aid to the typhoon victims.

“Typhoon Pablo left a great trail of destruction in its wake, as well as whole communities that are still grappling with their losses. DBM officials and employees collectively decided that it would be best to forgo the Christmas party this year and, instead, direct all our extra funds—whether from the agency budget or from their own pockets—for the benefit of Pablo’s victims,” Abad said.

The budget agency is expected to generate around P1.1 million in donations to help typhoon-stricken areas, even as the Aquino administration—together with donor agencies, the private sector, and various other groups—mobilizes post-disaster assistance to all affected regions.

According to Abad, the cash donations will be handed to communities-in-need through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to expedite aid amidst the holiday rush.

“I’m due for an on-site visit to affected areas over the coming days, and our plan is to hand the donations to DSWD while we’re there. We will of course ensure the transparency, accountability, and efficiency of this process, so that every peso will be used for the swift recovery of all affected families and communities,” Abad said.

He also enjoined other groups and institutions to extend aid to Pablo’s victims, especially with the holidays quickly approaching.

“We are calling on our colleagues from the public and private sector to provide as much aid as they can to the victims, instead of splurging needlessly during the holidays. Extravagance isn’t the point of this season. Christmas should be a celebration of the natural generosity of the human spirit, as well as its ability to give infinitely of itself to those in need,” Abad said.

 

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Situation report on the effects of typhoon Pablo (NDRRMC), December 13, 2012, as of 10 a.m.

Update as of December 13, 2012, 10 a.m. (NDRRMC)

Effects

State of National Calamity

  • On December 7, 2012, President Benigno S. Aquino III placed the country under a State of National Calamity, by virtue of Proclamation No. 522, s. 2012.

Affected Population

  • The total number affected in 1,946 barangays / 252 municipalities / 36 cities in 30 provinces of Regions IV-B, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, and CARAGA: 528,750 families / 5,474,313 persons.
  • The total number currently being served by 63 evacuation centers is 19,212 families / 79,885 persons.

Casualties

  • 902 persons dead (with 567 identified)
  • 2,661 persons injured
  • 934 missing
  • 136 rescued

Status of lifelines

  • Nineteen (19) bridges and seven (7) roads are still not passable.
  • Thirty-five (35) areas are still experiencing power interruption.
  • Six (6) areas are experiencing interruption in water supply.
  • Communication was restored in Compostela Valley, and only three (3) areas in Davao Oriental are currently having interrupted communication.

Damaged Properties

  • A total of 148,887 houses were reported damaged in Regions IV-B, VI, VII, X, XI, and CARAGA, of which 88,090 were partially damaged and 60,797 were totally damaged.

Cost of Damage

  • The total cost of damage amounts to PhP14,303,051,878.05. Breakdown as follows:
    • P4,575,011,300.00 = damage to infrastructure.
    • P9,679,353,165.05 = damage to agriculture.
    • P48,687,413.00 = damage to private property.

Cost of Assistance

  • The total cost of assistance amounts to PhP76,361,221.48. Breakdown as follows:
    • P34,268,968.20 from the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
    • P21,337,801.73 from local government units.
    • P16,587,036.62 from the Department of Health.
    • P3,505,706.93 from NDRRMC.
    • P2,661,708.00 from NGOs/other GOs.

Actions Taken

NDRRMC

  • NDRRMC Operations Center was on RED ALERT status to monitor and disseminate Severe Weather Bulletins and Gale Warnings on Typhoon “Pablo” to all OCD Regional Centers. Updates were sent through SMS and facsimile and were uploaded on the NDRRMC website, for further dissemination to the OCDRCs’ respective local disaster risk reduction and management councils (LDRRMCs), from the provincial down to the municipal levels.
  • NDRRMC has planned to implement the cluster approach coordination mechanism, to immediately address the needs and requirements in affected areas in Mindanao.
    • As part of the cluster approach humanitarian response, the UNDAC team, through the UN–OCHA, arrived in Manila to support the NDRRMC in the conduct of immediate Rapid Damage and Needs Assessment (RDANA)
    • The NDRRMC OPCEN, in coordination with the UN Humanitarian Country Team (UNHCT), conducted a brief initial planning meeting at 9 a.m. on December 4, 2012 to plan for the conduct of Joint NDRRMC-HCT RDANA. It was agreed in the meeting that Regions X, XI and CARAGA will be prioritized for the initial conduct of RDNA and second assessment in Regions IV-B, VI, VII and VIII.
    • The NDRRMC issued two (2) Memoranda:
      • First memorandum: Inviting the national and global cluster leads or any of their representatives to attend the Inter-cluster coordination meeting at 1:00 p.m. of December 4, 2012, to discuss the conduct of the Joint NDRRMC-HCT RDANA in the above regions. The agenda of the meeting will cover the following: initial update of impact of TY Pablo, issues and concerns, and the organization of the joint NDRRMC-HCT team (terms of reference and timeline of deployment).
      • Second memorandum: Informing the Regional Directors of OCD Regions X, XI, and CARAGA that three (3) teams will conduct a Joint NDRRMC-HCT RDANA in their respective regions. Further, directing them to schedule a regional briefing for the Joint RNA upon arrival, and to provide the itinerary and logistics for the rapid needs assessment teams in terms of accommodations, meals, vehicles, working area, and internet connection. Also, to provide the team with a list of regional counterparts (name and agency) and a list of most affected areas.
      • The ASEAN Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance (AHA) on Disaster Management, along with the joint NDRRMC-HCT RDANA, will be deployed in the conduct of Rapid Needs Assessment (RNA) on December 5, 2012 in the Mindanao area, to gather information/data on humanitarian needs. The AHA Center is also willing to provide support to the NDRRMC on the requirements in the disaster-stricken areas. Moreover, the NDRRMC-OPCEN issued a Memorandum Order regarding the OCD Team who will join the joint NDRRMCHCT RNA.
      • UN-OCHA is preparing their team for humanitarian action in all areas affected by Typhoon Pablo.

PAGASA

  • Assigned Detailed Duty Officers (DDO) at the NDRRMC OPCEN for prompt coordination with their respective bureaus; continuously disseminated Severe Weather Bulletins, provided media interviews regarding weather updates. And continuously tracked the movement of typhoon Pablo.

OPS-PCDSPO

  • Continuous posting of updates on Typhoon Pablo on the Official Gazette (www.gov.ph) and its social media channels.
  • Continuously provides updates on Typhoon Pablo via traditional and social media, from the Presidential Spokespersons.
  • Posted Proclamation No. 522, declaring a State of National Calamity at the Official Gazette website.

AFP

  • Alerted its operational units to assist local DRRMCs and LGUs, and prepositioned SAR equipment.
  • 8th Infantry Division, TOG8-PAF, PCG, PNP, and PN response teams are on standby for possible deployment.
  • AFP prepositioned a PAF Aircraft for the use of OCD5, for disaster response and assessment operation in Bicol, particularly in Masbate province and Ticao Island.
  • The 65IB and 51IB of the Philippine Army were dispatched to assist the population affect.
  • The 671B and 701Bde conducted search and rescue and retrieval operations at Municipality of Boston, Davao Oriental.
  • Eastmincom provided trucks and assisted the transportation of Non-Food Items to Municipality of New Bataan, ComVal Province.
  • 6718 and 701st BOE conducted search and rescue and retrieval operations at Municipality of Boston, Davao Oriental.

PNP

  • Issued Memo to all RDs in affected areas and concerned NSUs on December 2, 2012, directing them to activate respective Disaster Incident Management Task Groups (DIMTGs); to forward deployment and prepositioning of Search and Rescue (SAR) assets; to inform/warn community leaders on necessary disaster preparedness/actions; and to coordinate with the local DRRMCs; to provide police assistance in the evacuation of residents and deployment of personnel at the evacuation centers; to the clearing of major thoroughfares and highways in coordination with DPWH and LGUs; to provide assistance in the conduct of medical and relief operations and conduct of actual SAR operations.
  • PNP-PRO IV-B activated DRRM Committee, assisted stranded passengers in Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Romblon, and provided assistance at the evacuation centers in Palawan.
  • PNP-PRO X deployed 142 SAR Teams and cooperated in the joint cleanup operations conducted by various government agencies in the affected areas.
  • PNP-PRO XI conducted search, rescue and retrieval operations in Compostela Valley and Davao Provinces.
  • PNP Maritime Group – RMU8 deployed teams in Samar and Leyte. RMU 10 also deployed teams in Cagayan de Oro, Ozamiz, Oroquieta, Mahinog, Camiguin, lligan, Lugait, and Manticao. RMU 11 deployed teams in Davao del Norte.
  • PNP, through PCRG, donated 1,800 pcs. Blankets for relief operations for the flood victims.
  • PNPXI mobilized one (1) company of 8AR for Search & Retrieval Operations.

Philippine Red Cross

  • Prepositioned relief goods in Mandaue City and held an emergency meeting for the tasking of volunteers.
  • PRC Davao Chapter together with ComVal Chapter deployed and assisted the search and rescue operations.
  • Ongoing rescue operations in Compostella Valley (Municipality of Compostela, New Bataan).
  • ILIGAN: Facilitated transfer of 900 individuals to identified evacuation centers, Facilitated transport of 3 individuals to Adventist Medical Center for immediate medical attention, Rescued a total of 34 persons (2 elderly, 3 children, 29 adults).
  • COMPOSTELA VALLEY: facilitated evacuation and first aid management to 41 wounded individuals in New Bataan.
  • BACOLOD: assisted 92 families 1437 persons during preemptive evacuation.
  • DAVAO ORIENTAL: 1 PSP team deployed from Cagayan de Oro to Baganga, Davao Oriental, 3 teams are still deployed in Baganga.

BFP

  • OIC, PCG directed all Fire Stations under Red Alert and prepositioned their respective manpower and equipment.
  • BFP RO 10 conducted search and rescue operations, clearing operations, assisted in the evacuation centers, and rationed water to evacuation centers.
  • BFP Tandag City together with PNP conducted roving and announced the coming of Tropical Storm Pablo using its public address system to the communities near the shoreline areas and assisted in the preemptive evacuation conducted in the same area.
  • A total of thirty nine (39) fire trucks and 310 personnel were deployed in CARAGA.
  • BFP Tandag City Fire Station personnel distributed goods to the evacuees in Tandag City Gymnasium.
  • BFP XI provided fire trucks for delivery of portable water to evacuation centers.

Philippine Coast Guard

  • Warned the operators of small vessels, MBCAs and FBCs’ to avoid sailing in the southeastern and eastern section of the country.
  • CGS Davao has cancelled all voyages from Sta. Ana Pier Davao City bound to Kaputian and Talicud Island, Island Garden of Samal.
  • PCG & NAVY of VI suspended sea vessels trips.
  • PCG transported relief goods and medicine with a medical team of doctors and nurses from Mati Port to Cateel, Davao Oriental.
  • PCG transported assorted relief goods from Manila to Sasa Wharf, Davao City.
  • Conducted transported relief goods to the Municipalities of Baganga, Cateel, and New Boston, Davao Oriental.

DPWH

  • Directed its District Engineers in areas likely to be hit by Typhoon Pablo to be on stand-by and preposition all heavy equipment in strategic areas.
  • DPWH provided three (3) trucks for the transport of 2,000 family packs from DSWD to the province of Davao Oriental.
  • DPWH XI conducted assessment and coordinated clearing of roads.

DOH

  • Directed CHDs likely to be hit by Typhoon Pablo to raise code white alert status and activate their respective disaster operations center (DOCs) in Regions V, VI, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, CARAGA, and ARMM.
  • Region VIII – First aid kit worth PhP183,000.00 and family kit worth PhP106,200.00.
  • Region X – Drugs and medicines worth PhP50.000.00 and buffer stock worth PhP500,000.00.
  • Region XI – Drugs and medicines worth Php50,000.00 to each province.
  • Region XII – Drugs and medicines worth PhP250,000.00 to each province, with buffer stock of PhP1.5M.
  • CARAGA – Drugs and medicines worth PhP180,000.00 to each of the 5 provinces.
  • ARMM – Drugs and medicines (amount still undetermined.
  • DOH coordinated with UNICEF for provision of three (3) units of Mobile Water Treatment Device, two (2) for Davao City and one (1) for CARAGA, 450 units of Latrine Slabs, and 100-200 units of Portable Toilets. Nutrition Cluster Partners involved in the Initial Rapid Assessment are UNICEF, WFP, Save the Children, ACF and Plan International.
  • CHD-XI is on Code Red Alert Status, provided fifty cadaver bags to Command Post in New Bataan, Compostela Valley, and deployed Assessment Team in New Bataan, Compostela Valley.
  • DOH-CO prepared PhP 5,455,112.23 worth of assorted drugs and medicines, Aquatabs. Lime, Cadaver Bags, Waterine and Oral Rehydration Salt to be delivered to CHD XI and CARAGA.
  • CHD-XII provided 100 pcs cadaver bags, aqua tabs and assorted medicine worth PhP399,744.00.
  • MHPSS cluster coordinated with deployment teams such as NCMH, Southern Philippines Medical Center, Cotabato Regional Medical Center, Cotabato Regional Medical Center.
  • MHPSS cluster facilitated reproduction of MHPSS IEC materials for dissemination to affected regions.
  • Dispatched Health Workers to different Health Units of the region to support the health requirements .
  • Delivered assorted drugs and medicine, supplies and cadaver bags to Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley Province.
  • Dispatched two (2) Rapid Health Assessment Teams to Cateel, Boston, Baganga, and New Bataan.

DSWD

  • Alerted its Field Offices along the typhoon path, such as FOs CARAGA, V, VI, VII, VIII, X, and XI; and advised to closely monitor the situation, particularly those flashflood- and landslide-prone areas within their jurisdiction; and to provide reports on any events, status of stand-by funds and stockpile.
  • Prepositioned P132.46 million stand-by funds and P28.27 million worth of relief supplies in all DSWD-FOs along the typhoon path, amounting to P 160.73 million.
  • DSWD VII activated Quick Response Teams (QRTs), pre-positioned food and nonfood items for Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental and Siquijor, readied 2,000 family packs containing rice and canned goods.
  • DSWD X pre-packed food items for 10,000 families; activated its Crisis Intervention Office and Quick Response Fund (QRF) are in placed.
  • DSWD XI has standby 2,155 packs of food items and they’re now packing additional 2,000 packs of food items.
  • DSWD I prepositioned 500 family food packs per province for the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan.
  • DSWD is continuously managing evacuation centers nationwide. Food and non-food items were distributed in affected areas.
  • DSWD XI provided 14,500 food packs for Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley.  §  DSWD CAR activated SWAD and QUART Teams.
  • DSWD IV-B prepositioned P393,592.38 in standby funds, Php1,332,379.09 worth of relief supplies and 1,049 family food packs for Palawan.
  • DSWD provided P33.6 million worth of relief augmentation support or approximately 134,396 family food packs to affected LGUs. Repacking of family food packs are continuously being undertaken to address the demand for relief support, especially in isolated areas in the hardest hit areas of Region XI and CARAGA
  • Transported 600 sacks of rice worth P1,050,000.00 for Region XI through the C-130 of the U.S. Air Force.
  • Released P14 million to DSWD-CARAGA earmarked for standby funds for relief (P13 million), assistance to individuals in crisis (P280,000.00) and for emergency shelter assistance (P720,000.00).
  • DSWD allocated the P9.57 million donation from the Government of Japan thru JICA to Region XI consisting of tents (300 sets), plastic sheets (200 pieces), polyester tanks (2,130 units) and sleeping mattress (2,820 pieces) set for airlifting on board the C-130 of the PAF-AFP.
  • Installation of two (2) mobile storage units (MSUs) for relief warehousing and management scheduled for setting-up today in Nabunturan and Trento, all in the Province of Compostela Valley. The former will serve the 11 affected towns in Compostela Valley and the latter will serve the affected towns in Agusan del Norte and Sur, Surigao del Norte and Sur, Dinagat Islands, all in CARAGA and the Province of Davao Oriental in Region XI.
  • Deployed a 31-man team of stress debriefers (15) and evacuation center managers (16) from DSWD XI in the hardest hit towns in the Provinces of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental. The conduct of stress debriefing shall be based on the readiness of the victims to undergo the process.

DILG

  • Activated the DILG Disaster Monitoring System and directed all LGUs in Regions CARAGA, 10, 11, 8, 7, 6, 12, ARMM, 5, 4A, 4B, 3 and NCR to immediately convene their respective LDRRMCs, reactivate their respective LDRRMOs, assess local community vulnerability and institute appropriate measures such as pre-emptive evacuation in order to ensure the safety of all residents.
  • Directed all coastal LGUs in the Eastern seaboard to prevent fishermen from going to sea effective 03 December 2012.
  • Directed LGUs to ensure that all early warning systems are working, immediately prepare evacuation centers, and to continue to coordinate with OCD, DSWD and other concerned government agencies.
  • Culasi MDRRMO instructed LCE to be ready and alert; transportation on standby at the Public Market beginning afternoon of 03 December 2012.
  • DILG provincial office identified the immediate needs in Compostela Valley. The needs are as follows: potable water, relief goods (food) and clothing.

DENR

  • Advised LGUs/local executives to check geo-hazard maps to locate flood-prone areas.

National Grid Corporation

  • Ensured the reliability of communications equipment, availability of hardware materials and supplies necessary for the repair of damages to facilities, as well as the positioning of line crews in strategic areas, to facilitate immediate restoration work.
  • Overall Disaster Command Center, which operates 24 hours a day, will monitor all power restoration activities, reports, updates from the Regional Command Centers in North Luzon, South Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
  • NGCP Bohol activated its operation center to respond to power outages due to broken lines.

PIA

  • Assisted OCD in the dissemination of weather and warning bulletins to the public.

PNRC

  • Provided hot meals and distributed relief items and bottled waters in evacuation centers in affected areas. SAR Teams were also deployed.
  • PNRC Camiguin Deployed 1 team (composed) to conduct assessment and data gathering in the area.  PNRC COMVAL Established welfare desk at New Bataan.
  • PNRC Davao Oriental Assessment 3 (NHQ) deployed to Baganga thru Philippine Naval Ship.
  • PNRC Surigao del Sur distributed relief goods to all affected Barangays.
  • PNRC Palawan PSP provider was activated in Roxas to give CISM to affected relatives of missing and dead.
  • Deployed 2 chapter Disaster Response Teams to Roxas and Taytay Municipalities.
  • 21 students from PSU mobilized to repack relief goods.

DA

  • DA XI in coordination with NIA XI conducted assessment on damages to agriculture.
  • DA Regional Field Units (RFUs) are continuously assessing damages and preparing to rehabilitate the affected areas.
  • DA positioned seeds and planting materials to supply affected farmers so they can replant and recrop losses.
  • DA the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) has already prepared payment of insurance claims valued at P21M, which will be released within 20 days.
  • DA XI and NIA conducted assessment on the affected areas regarding the agricultural aspect.

MARINA

  • MARINA is coordinating the vessel owners for the transport of relief goods in Mati City.

MMDA

  • MMDA rescue team assisted NDRRMC New Bataan for search and retrieval operations.
  • Rescue team assisted MDRRMC New Bataan in Search and Retrieval Operations in the Municipality of New Bataan, Compostela Valley.
  • Rescue Team headed by Mr. Daet of Albay assisted P/M/DRRMC in conducting Search and Retrieval Operations in the Municipality of Cateel, Davao Oriental.

NBI

  • NBI Medical Team assisted New Bataan Municipality in identifying the dead bodies.

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DSWD offices cancel department-wide Christmas party

A December 13, 2012, press release from the Department of Social Welfare and Development

In unity with our brothers and sisters who were affected by typhoon Pablo, and along with other national government agencies led by the Office of the President, the Department of Social Welfare and Development cancelled all activities relating to the Department’s annual holiday celebration to harness all of its manpower for relief and rehabilitation efforts in all the areas affected by typhoon Pablo.

Secretary Soliman ordered the cancellation of its annual department-wide Christmas party to continue assisting thousands of victims of typhoon Pablo, especially in Davao Oriental. “Let us focus on the essential programs and services that are expected of the DSWD at this critical time,” Secretary Soliman said.

As of 8:00 a.m. today, December 13, affected at least 1.59 million people, with 59,764 individuals still being served in 55 evacuation sites. A total of 188,296 families-evacuees composed of 795,220 persons who opted to stay with their friends and relatives are continuously being assessed and provided assistance.

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DOLE orders release of initial P5.5-M in emergency employment, livelihood funds in regions affected by typhoon Pablo

A December 12, 2012, press release from the Department of Labor and Employment

Secretary of Labor and Employment Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday ordered the release of an initial P5.5-million funding for emergency employment and livelihood of workers who were displaced by typhoon Pablo in Caraga Region and Compostela Valley, particularly in the town of New Bataan, where workers of Freshmax Corporation, a Korean-owned plantation company, have been heavily displaced because its banana plantation was totally wiped out by flash floods.

Of the amount, P500,000 will be for livelihood and emergency employment assistance to workers in the Caraga Region. The rest of the amount will be for affected workers in the Compostela Valley.

“We have to respond immediately to the workers’ call for assistance, especially those who were hardest hit by the typhoon,” Baldoz said.

Barely two weeks ago, Freshmax Corporation and its workers’ union, Freshmax Workers Union-NAFLU-KMU, peacefully ended a labor dispute after Secretary Baldoz sent in a team of NCMB mediator-conciliators, and finally concluded a collective bargaining agreement, scheduling its signing this month, but typhoon Pablo totally set-back this timetable.

In a report to Secretary Baldoz, the National Conciliation and Mediation Board said the corporation needs at least $1.2 million to rehabilitate its banana plantation.

DOLE Regional Office No. 11 Director Joffrey Suyao said the initial funding assistance will enable those workers displaced by the typhoon to work for more than 15 days in clean-up and rehabilitation work, such as dredging of silted canals, road and bridges repair, repair of public buildings, and other repair work.

Meantime, Baldoz had instructed Director Suyao to work with Region 11′s Banana Industry Tripartite Council (BITC) in the implementation of the strategies contained in the Banana Industry Convergence Plan, which is being supported by the DOLE’s tripartite sectors and the local governments in the region.

“We need to work together to realize the goals of this DOLE-led convergence plan for the country’s banana industry to restore and maintain its footing as a pillar of the country’s rural agriculture, and at the same time ensure its capacity to surmount and bounce back from any crises, including typhoons and other calamities, affecting the global market at any given time.

Meanwhile, Suyao also reported to the labor chief that the recent typhoon left 322 deaths, 250 missing persons, and 15,000 families with 95 percent totally wrecked/damaged houses in the areas of Cateel, Boston, and Baganga in Compostela Valley. He also emphasized that most of the victims are from the informal sectors whose daily income depends on their daily work—vending and other micro entrepreneurial activities that demand their daily presence.

To address the pressing needs of the affected workers, Suyao proposed an emergency employment assistance program, which will provide temporary employment for 1,000 individuals from the families affected by the calamity including the displaced workers of Freshmax Corporation.

Funding for the said project will be sourced from the DOLE-Adjustment Measures Program (AMP) while the LGU or the business enterprise counterpart will provide the tools, equipment, and other materials worth P1,000,000. This makes the total cost of the program amount to P4,000.000.

The beneficiaries, who will be screened and selected by the Public Employment Service Office (PESO), will work for 12 days, or the period between December 16, 2012, to January 31, 2013, to clean-up debris, declog canals, and assist in other priority infrastructure projects of the LGU including the rehabilitation of agricultural structures.

“This project is in coordination with the LGUs, Barangay Council, PESO, and Municipal Social Welfare District Office (MSWDO),” Suyao said.

“The income that the worker-beneficiary will get from this emergency employment program will help them rise from the tragedy that took everything they had and start anew,” Suyao added. 

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DOLE orders OWWA to locate, assist, and care for families of OFWs affected by typhoon Pablo

A December 12, 2012, press release from the Department of Labor and Employment

Two days after typhoon Pablo wrought havoc and destruction on many parts of Mindanao and the Visayas, notably the Compostela Valley in Region 11 and the Surigao provinces in the Caraga Region, Secretary of Labor and Employment Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz had ordered the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), to work overtime and locate families of OFWs who were affected by the typhoon and to care and provide them all forms of appropriate assistance until such time their lives return to normal.

Baldoz issued the directive at the sidelines of the awarding ceremonies of the 2012 Model OFW Family of the Year Awards (MOFYA) held yesterday at the Sofitel in Pasay City.

“The regional welfare offices of the OWWA, in the areas hit by typhoon Pablo should prioritize search and rescue in coordination with local government units. They should identify, provide care, and assist members of families of OFWs who were dislocated and distressed by the typhoon,” Baldoz said, adding, “There is no time to be wasted in the effort because Christmas is coming and we don’t want our OFW families, or any Filipino worker for that matter, to be gloomy.”

The labor and employment chief said a fast response is needed at this hour, and explained that the OWWA might need to do emergency relief operation, just like what it did in the aftermath of typhoon Sendong.

OWWA Administrator Carmelita Dimzon said she had already relayed the Secretary Baldoz’s directive to all OWWA field offices in parts of Mindanao heavily affected by the typhoon.

“Just like in 2011 after typhoon Sendong hit Mindanao, our regional welfare offices are now doing an inventory of families so that we can plan a relief effort. As soon as we get a clear picture of how many families were affected and where, we will conduct a welfare mission to bring them food, water, medicines, and other basic necessities. We will also provide counseling services,” Dimzon said.

 

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DSWD sets up media center for public inquiries to assist relief efforts in Davao Oriental

A December 12, 2012, press release from the Department of Social Welfare and Development

To date, a total of P5.3 million-worth of goods were released to Baganga, Davao Oriental, one of the worst hit municipalities.

For queries, clarifications, and updates on typhoon Pablo Disaster Relief Operations, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has set up an Information Booth at the Operations Center at the DSWD Seminar Hall, Regional Office along R. Magsaysay Avenue corner Suazo Street here.

The Information Booth contains data of the number of food packs and non-food items delivered in affected areas. It also has information and latest data on disaster relief and rehabilitation clusters such as shelter, food and non-food, camp coordination and camp management, livelihood, protection, and communication.

The DSWD also has a text hotline where the public can direct their queries. They may contact any of these numbers: 0917-6429366 (Globe), 0928-8681532 (Smart) and 0922-7710061 (Sun).

Typhoon Pablo devastated 1,544 barangays, 34 cities, 226 municipalities, and 31 provinces in nine regions.

 

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DSWD fast tracks distribution of relief goods for Pablo victims

A December 12, 2012, press release from the Department of Social Welfare and Development

Social Welfare and Development Secretary Dinky Soliman said over the weekend that the DSWD has organized relief hubs to fast-track distribution of relief goods to families and individuals displaced by typhoon Pablo.

“One such hub is in Trento, Agusan del Sur, which will cater to the typhoon-struck areas in the provinces of Agusan del Sur and the isolated towns of Boston, Cateel, and Baganga of Davao Oriental,” Secretary Soliman explained.

Some blue sheets are part of the first delivery of plastic sheets that DSWD sent the day after through the C130 of the Philippine Airforce. The plastic sheets shield them from the elements. We need to act fast to bring relief to the devastated areas in Davao Oriental, and other affected areas,” Secretary Soliman emphasized.
The DSWD will be distributing 40,195 tarpaulins or plastic sheets. In addition, AUSAID will also distribute 15,000 pieces.

Bunk houses are being built through the cash for work to have temporary shelter for the families.

To date, 125 evacuation centers are still operational and sheltering 23,503 families or 100,690 persons. A total of 163,848 other family-evacuees composed of 690,162 persons are with their friends and relative’s houses and are continuously being provided with relief assistance.

Some P46.72 million worth of assistance was provided to the typhoon victims, broken down as follows: DSWD, P 26.2 million; LGUs, P19.3 million; and NGOs and other government organizations (GOs), P1.19 million.

Further, an additional P7.53 million worth of additional relief augmentation has been released to Region XI from the DSWD-National Resource Operations Center (NROC).

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Situation report on the effects of typhoon Pablo (NDRRMC), December 11, 2012, as of 5 a.m.

Update as of December 11, 2012, 5 a.m. (NDRRMC)

Effects

State of National Calamity

  • On December 7, 2012, President Benigno S. Aquino III placed the country under a State of National Calamity, by virtue of Proclamation No. 522, s. 2012.

Affected Population

  • 486,554 families / 5,408,900 persons in 1,926 barangays / 249 municipalities / 37 cities in 30 provinces of Regions IV-B, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, and CARAGA were affected.
  • The total number currently being served by 134 evacuation centers is 25,812 families / 116,404 persons.

Casualties

  • 714 persons dead
  • 1,906 persons injured
  • 890 missing
  • 110 rescued

Status of lifelines

  • Twenty (20) bridges and nine (9) roads are not passable.
  • Six (6) areas are experiencing interruption in water supply.

Damaged Properties

  • A total of 114,583 houses were reported damaged in Regions IV-B, VI, VII, X, XI, and CARAGA, of which 70,591 were partially damaged and 43,992 were totally damaged.

Cost of Damage

  • The total cost of damage amounts to PhP7,116,388,040.07. Breakdown as follows:
    • PhP3,479,131,300.00 = damage to infrastructure.
    • PhP3,618,868,247.07 = damage to agriculture.
    • PhP18,388,493.00 = damage to private property.

Cost of Assistance

  • The total cost of assistance amounts to PhP3,296,799.68, with PhP1,250,000.00 coming from the Department of Social Welfare and Development and PhP2,044,199.68 from local government units.
  • The total cost of assistance amounts to PhP55,279,323.64. Breakdown as follows:
    • PhP25,098,232.95 from the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
    • PhP19,328,994.53 from local government units.
    • PhP7,206,431.23 from the Department of Health.
    • PhP3,505,706.93 from NDRRMC.
    • PhP139,958.00 from NGOs/other GOs.

Actions Taken

The AFP, BFP, PNP, DOH, PCG, DPWH, DSWD, PRC, and RDRRMCs prepositioned their personnel, vehicles, and equipment.

NDRRMC

  • NDRRMC Operations Center was on RED ALERT status to monitor and disseminate Severe Weather Bulletins and Gale Warnings on Typhoon “Pablo” to all OCD Regional Centers. Updates were sent through SMS and facsimile and were uploaded on the NDRRMC website, for further dissemination to the OCDRCs’ respective local disaster risk reduction and management councils (LDRRMCs), from the provincial down to the municipal levels.
  • NDRRMC has planned to implement the cluster approach coordination mechanism, to immediately address the needs and requirements in affected areas in Mindanao.
    • As part of the cluster approach humanitarian response, the UNDAC team, through the UN–OCHA, arrived in Manila to support the NDRRMC in the conduct of immediate Rapid Damage and Needs Assessment (RDANA)
    • The NDRRMC OPCEN, in coordination with the UN Humanitarian Country Team (UNHCT), conducted a brief initial planning meeting at 9 a.m. on December 4, 2012 to plan for the conduct of Joint NDRRMC-HCT RDANA. It was agreed in the meeting that Regions X, XI and CARAGA will be prioritized for the initial conduct of RDNA and second assessment in Regions IV-B, VI, VII and VIII.
    • The NDRRMC issued two (2) Memoranda:
      • First memorandum: Inviting the national and global cluster leads or any of their representatives to attend the Inter-cluster coordination meeting at 1:00 p.m. of December 4, 2012, to discuss the conduct of the Joint NDRRMC-HCT RDANA in the above regions. The agenda of the meeting will cover the following: initial update of impact of TY Pablo, issues and concerns, and the organization of the joint NDRRMC-HCT team (terms of reference and timeline of deployment).
      • Second memorandum: Informing the Regional Directors of OCD Regions X, XI, and CARAGA that three (3) teams will conduct a Joint NDRRMC-HCT RDANA in their respective regions. Further, directing them to schedule a regional briefing for the Joint RNA upon arrival, and to provide the itinerary and logistics for the rapid needs assessment teams in terms of accommodations, meals, vehicles, working area, and internet connection. Also, to provide the team with a list of regional counterparts (name and agency) and a list of most affected areas.
      • The ASEAN Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance (AHA) on Disaster Management, along with the joint NDRRMC-HCT RDANA, will be deployed in the conduct of Rapid Needs Assessment (RNA) on December 5, 2012 in the Mindanao area, to gather information/data on humanitarian needs. The AHA Center is also willing to provide support to the NDRRMC on the requirements in the disaster-stricken areas. Moreover, the NDRRMC-OPCEN issued a Memorandum Order regarding the OCD Team who will join the joint NDRRMCHCT RNA.
      • UN-OCHA is preparing their team for humanitarian action in all areas affected by Typhoon Pablo.

PAGASA

  • Assigned Detailed Duty Officers (DDO) at the NDRRMC OPCEN for prompt coordination with their respective bureaus; continuously disseminated Severe Weather Bulletins, provided media interviews regarding weather updates. And continuously tracked the movement of typhoon Pablo.

OPS-PCDSPO

  • Continuous posting of updates on Typhoon Pablo on the Official Gazette (www.gov.ph) and its social media channels.
  • Continuously provides updates on Typhoon Pablo via traditional and social media, from the Presidential Spokespersons.
  • Posted Proclamation No. 522, declaring a State of National Calamity at the Official Gazette website.

AFP

  • Alerted its operational units to assist local DRRMCs and LGUs, and prepositioned SAR equipment.
  • 8th Infantry Division, TOG8-PAF, PCG, PNP, and PN response teams are on standby for possible deployment.
  • AFP prepositioned a PAF Aircraft for the use of OCD5, for disaster response and assessment operation in Bicol, particularly in Masbate province and Ticao Island.
  • The 65IB and 51IB of the Philippine Army were dispatched to assist the population affect.
  • The 671B and 701Bde conducted search and rescue and retrieval operations at Municipality of Boston, Davao Oriental.
  • Eastmincom provided trucks and assisted the transportation of Non-Food Items to Municipality of New Bataan, ComVal Province.
  • 6718 and 701st BOE conducted search and rescue and retrieval operations at Municipality of Boston, Davao Oriental.

PNP

  • Issued Memo to all RDs in affected areas and concerned NSUs on December 2, 2012, directing them to activate respective Disaster Incident Management Task Groups (DIMTGs); to forward deployment and prepositioning of Search and Rescue (SAR) assets; to inform/warn community leaders on necessary disaster preparedness/actions; and to coordinate with the local DRRMCs; to provide police assistance in the evacuation of residents and deployment of personnel at the evacuation centers; to the clearing of major thoroughfares and highways in coordination with DPWH and LGUs; to provide assistance in the conduct of medical and relief operations and conduct of actual SAR operations.
  • PNP-PRO IV-B activated DRRM Committee, assisted stranded passengers in Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Romblon, and provided assistance at the evacuation centers in Palawan.
  • PNP-PRO X deployed 142 SAR Teams and cooperated in the joint cleanup operations conducted by various government agencies in the affected areas.
  • PNP-PRO XI conducted search, rescue and retrieval operations in Compostela Valley and Davao Provinces.
  • PNP Maritime Group – RMU8 deployed teams in Samar and Leyte. RMU 10 also deployed teams in Cagayan de Oro, Ozamiz, Oroquieta, Mahinog, Camiguin, lligan, Lugait, and Manticao. RMU 11 deployed teams in Davao del Norte.
  • PNP, through PCRG, donated 1,800 pcs. Blankets for relief operations for the flood victims.
  • PNPXI mobilized one (1) company of 8AR for Search & Retrieval Operations.

Philippine Red Cross

  • Prepositioned relief goods in Mandaue City and held an emergency meeting for the tasking of volunteers.
  • PRC Davao Chapter together with ComVal Chapter deployed and assisted the search and rescue operations.
  • Ongoing rescue operations in Compostella Valley (Municipality of Compostela, New Bataan).
  • ILIGAN: Facilitated transfer of 900 individuals to identified evacuation centers, Facilitated transport of 3 individuals to Adventist Medical Center for immediate medical attention, Rescued a total of 34 persons (2 elderly, 3 children, 29 adults).
  • COMPOSTELA VALLEY: facilitated evacuation and first aid management to 41 wounded individuals in New Bataan.
  • BACOLOD: assisted 92 families 1437 persons during preemptive evacuation.
  • DAVAO ORIENTAL: 1 PSP team deployed from Cagayan de Oro to Baganga, Davao Oriental, 3 teams are still deployed in Baganga.

BFP

  • OIC, PCG directed all Fire Stations under Red Alert and prepositioned their respective manpower and equipment.
  • BFP RO 10 conducted search and rescue operations, clearing operations, assisted in the evacuation centers, and rationed water to evacuation centers.
  • BFP Tandag City together with PNP conducted roving and announced the coming of Tropical Storm Pablo using its public address system to the communities near the shoreline areas and assisted in the preemptive evacuation conducted in the same area.
  • A total of thirty nine (39) fire trucks and 310 personnel were deployed in CARAGA.
  • BFP Tandag City Fire Station personnel distributed goods to the evacuees in Tandag City Gymnasium.
  • BFP XI provided fire trucks for delivery of portable water to evacuation centers.

Philippine Coast Guard

  • Warned the operators of small vessels, MBCAs and FBCs’ to avoid sailing in the southeastern and eastern section of the country.
  • CGS Davao has cancelled all voyages from Sta. Ana Pier Davao City bound to Kaputian and Talicud Island, Island Garden of Samal.
  • PCG & NAVY of VI suspended sea vessels trips.
  • PCG transported relief goods and medicine with a medical team of doctors and nurses from Mati Port to Cateel, Davao Oriental.
  • PCG transported assorted relief goods from Manila to Sasa Wharf, Davao City.
  • Conducted transported relief goods to the Municipalities of Baganga, Cateel, and Boston, Davao Oriental.

DPWH

  • Directed its District Engineers in areas likely to be hit by Typhoon Pablo to be on stand-by and preposition all heavy equipment in strategic areas.
  • DPWH provided three (3) trucks for the transport of 2,000 family packs from DSWD to the province of Davao Oriental.
  • DPWH XI conducted assessment and coordinated clearing of roads.

DOH

  • Directed CHDs likely to be hit by Typhoon Pablo to raise code white alert status and activate their respective disaster operations center (DOCs) in Regions V, VI, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, CARAGA, and ARMM.
  • Region VIII – First aid kit worth PhP183,000.00 and family kit worth PhP106,200.00.
  • Region X – Drugs and medicines worth PhP50.000.00 and buffer stock worth PhP500,000.00.
  • Region XI – Drugs and medicines worth Php50,000.00 to each province.
  • Region XII – Drugs and medicines worth PhP250,000.00 to each province, with buffer stock of PhP1.5M.
  • CARAGA – Drugs and medicines worth PhP180,000.00 to each of the 5 provinces.
  • ARMM – Drugs and medicines (amount still undetermined.
  • DOH coordinated with UNICEF for provision of three (3) units of Mobile Water Treatment Device, two (2) for Davao City and one (1) for CARAGA, 450 units of Latrine Slabs, and 100-200 units of Portable Toilets. Nutrition Cluster Partners involved in the Initial Rapid Assessment are UNICEF, WFP, Save the Children, ACF and Plan International.
  • CHD-XI is on Code Red Alert Status, provided fifty cadaver bags to Command Post in New Bataan, Compostela Valley, and deployed Assessment Team in New Bataan, Compostela Valley.
  • DOH-CO prepared PHP 5,455,112.23 worth of assorted drugs and medicines, Aquatabs. Lime, Cadaver Bags, Waterine and Oral Rehydration Salt to be delivered to CHD XI and CARAGA.  §  CHD-XII provided 100 pcs cadaver bags, aqua tabs and assorted medicine worth P399,744.00.
  • MHPSS cluster coordinated with deployment teams such as NCMH, Southern Philippines Medical Center, Cotabato Regional Medical Center, Cotabato Regional Medical Center.
  • MHPSS cluster facilitated reproduction of MHPSS IEC materials for dissemination to affected regions.  §  Dispatched Health Workers to different Health Units of the region to support the health requirements  §  Delivered assorted drugs and medicine, supplies and cadaver bags to Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley Province.
  • Dispatched two (2) Rapid Health Assessment Teams to Cateel, Boston, Baganga, and New Bataan.

DSWD

  • Alerted its Field Offices along the typhoon path, such as FOs CARAGA, V, VI, VII, VIII, X, and XI; and advised to closely monitor the situation, particularly those flashflood- and landslide-prone areas within their jurisdiction; and to provide reports on any events, status of stand-by funds and stockpile.
  • Prepositioned P137.06 million stand-by funds and P28.97 million worth of relief supplies in all DSWD-FOs along the typhoon path, amounting to P 166.03 million.
  • DSWD VII activated Quick Response Teams (QRTs), pre-positioned food and nonfood items for Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental and Siquijor, readied 2,000 family packs containing rice and canned goods.
  • DSWD X pre-packed food items for 10,000 families; activated its Crisis Intervention Office and Quick Response Fund (QRF) are in placed.
  • DSWD XI has standby 2,155 packs of food items and they’re now packing additional 2,000 packs of food items.
  • DSWD I prepositioned 500 family food packs per province for the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan.
  • DSWD is continuously managing evacuation centers nationwide. Food and non-food items were distributed in affected areas.
  • DSWD XI provided 14,500 food packs for Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley.  §  DSWD CAR activated SWAD and QUART Teams.
  • DSWD IV-B prepositioned P393,592.38 in standby funds, Php1,332,379.09 worth of relief supplies and 1,049 family food packs for Palawan.

DILG

  • Activated the DILG Disaster Monitoring System and directed all LGUs in Regions CARAGA, 10, 11, 8, 7, 6, 12, ARMM, 5, 4A, 4B, 3 and NCR to immediately convene their respective LDRRMCs, reactivate their respective LDRRMOs, assess local community vulnerability and institute appropriate measures such as pre-emptive evacuation in order to ensure the safety of all residents.
  • Directed all coastal LGUs in the Eastern seaboard to prevent fishermen from going to sea effective 03 December 2012.
  • Directed LGUs to ensure that all early warning systems are working, immediately prepare evacuation centers, and to continue to coordinate with OCD, DSWD and other concerned government agencies.
  • Culasi MDRRMO instructed LCE to be ready and alert; transportation on standby at the Public Market beginning afternoon of 03 December 2012.
  • DILG provincial office identified the immediate needs in Compostela Valley. The needs are as follows: potable water, relief goods (food) and clothing.

DENR

  • Advised LGUs/local executives to check geo-hazard maps to locate flood-prone areas.

National Grid Corporation

  • Ensured the reliability of communications equipment, availability of hardware materials and supplies necessary for the repair of damages to facilities, as well as the positioning of line crews in strategic areas, to facilitate immediate restoration work.
  • Overall Disaster Command Center, which operates 24 hours a day, will monitor all power restoration activities, reports, updates from the Regional Command Centers in North Luzon, South Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
  • NGCP Bohol activated its operation center to respond to power outages due to broken lines.

PIA

  • Assisted OCD in the dissemination of weather and warning bulletins to the public.

PNRC

  • Provided hot meals and distributed relief items and bottled waters in evacuation centers in affected areas. SAR Teams were also deployed.
  • PNRC Camiguin Deployed 1 team (composed) to conduct assessment and data gathering in the area.  PNRC COMVAL Established welfare desk at New Bataan.
  • PNRC Davao Oriental Assessment 3 (NHQ) deployed to Baganga thru Philippine Naval Ship.
  • PNRC Surigao del Sur distributed relief goods to all affected Barangays.
  • PNRC Palawan PSP provider was activated in Roxas to give CISM to affected relatives of missing and dead.
  • Deployed 2 chapter Disaster Response Teams to Roxas and Taytay Municipalities.
  • 21 students from PSU mobilized to repack relief goods.

DA

  • DA XI in coordination with NIA XI conducted assessment on damages to agriculture.
  • DA Regional Field Units (RFUs) are continuously assessing damages and preparing to rehabilitate the affected areas.
  • DA positioned seeds and planting materials to supply affected farmers so they can replant and recrop losses.
  • DA the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) has already prepared payment of insurance claims valued at P21M, which will be released within 20 days.
  • DA XI and NIA conducted assessment on the affected areas regarding the agricultural aspect.

MARINA

  • MARINA is coordinating the vessel owners for the transport of relief goods in Mati City.

MMDA

  • MMDA rescue team assisted NDRRMC New Bataan for search and retrieval operations.
  • Rescue team assisted MDRRMC New Bataan in Search and Retrieval Operations in the Municipality of New Bataan, Compostela Valley.
  • Rescue Team headed by Mr. Daet of Albay assisted P/M/DRRMC in conducting Search and Retrieval Operations in the Municipality of Cateel, Davao Oriental.

NBI

  • NBI Medical Team assisted New Bataan Municipality in identifying the dead bodies.

The Presidential Spokesperson on Pablo relief and rescue efforts of the PCG, AFP, and DOLE, December 11, 2012

Statement of Secretary Edwin Lacierda:
On the efforts of the Philippine Coast Guard, AFP Eastern Mindanao Command, and the Department of Labor and Employment in Mindanao

[December 11, 2012]

We are pleased to announce the rescue and ongoing medical treatment of three fishermen from capsized boats off the coast of Davao Oriental. According to a report from Secretary of Transportation and Communications Jun Abaya, the fishermen were rescued by a fishing vessel, Lady Gelaine, yesterday and subsequently fetched by a vessel manned by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) that ferried them to Mati City. Peter Madlasi, Dennis Cudilla, and Rene Maulas are now in the provincial hospital of Davao Oriental. The three PCG-manned vessels that comprise a search and rescue task force will refuel at Mati City today and continue operations thereafter.

Meanwhile, the Eastern Mindanao Command led by Lieutenant General Jorge Segovia continues to coordinate inland, maritime, and aerial search and rescue operations. They are also helping immensely with the logistics and movement of relief goods.

More humanitarian efforts are pouring into areas hardest-hit by the recent calamity. Yesterday, Secretary of Labor and Employment Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz ordered the release of an initial P5.5 million for emergency employment and livelihood for displaced workers. The bulk of the amount, P5 million, will be given for those in Compostela Valley while P500,000 is for the Caraga region.

Once again, we call on our countrymen to be of service to those affected by Typhoon Pablo and give generously to organizations helping our brethren in the south.

Statement: The Presidential Spokesperson on the call for private helicopters to aid relief operations in Mindanao, December 10, 2012

Statement of Secretary Edwin Lacierda:
On the call for private helicopters to aid relief operations in Mindanao

[Released on December 10, 2012]

General Jorge Segovia of the Eastern Mindanao Command has been tasked by the President to be Ground Commander of the Search and Rescue operations in the hardest-hit areas in the wake of Typhoon Pablo. Meanwhile, the Department of Social Welfare and Development is taking the lead for relief operations. As such, Secretary of National Defense Voltaire Gazmin asks the private sector to augment government efforts in delivering relief to these provinces. In keeping with the tradition of private sector involvement in humanitarian efforts following calamities, we call on companies and individuals to coordinate with the Eastern Mindanao Command for the use of private helicopters to transport much-needed relief goods and resources to afflicted provinces at the soonest possible time. The Eastern Mindanao Command may be contacted via 09176201980.

General Segovia and the troops under his command have tirelessly worked for the betterment of our countrymen in Mindanao in the wake of this calamity. Theirs is an example of heroism that we call on others to emulate. The work continues and hope remains strong as we relieve, rebuild, and restore stricken communities in the south. With the civilian and uniformed services of the government and the private sector working together as one, we shall overcome.

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