Rosita spares Benguet

Sun.Star Baguio - - Top Stories - Lau­ren Alimondo Sun*Star Reporter

BENGUET was spared from the re­cent pass­ing of Typhoon Rosita.

Benguet Gov­er­nor Cres­cen­cio Pa­calso, who also chairs the Provin­cial Dis­as­ter and Risk Re­duc­tion Man­age­ment Council said there was no ef­fect of the typhoon as crit­i­cal ar­eas have un­der­gone pre-emp­tive evac­u­a­tion with bulk of the af­fected fam­i­lies com­ing from the mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Ito­gon.

“As far as vic­tim of land­slides, there is no record yet, few land­slide in­curred along roads which was im­me­di­ately open. So far at least there is no ca­su­alty, there is one in­jured in Bakun which is still sub­ject to val­i­da­tion if it is typhoon re­lated,” Pa­calso said.

As of Oc­to­ber 31, a to­tal of 1,142 fam­i­lies or 3,962 in­di­vid­u­als were evac­u­ated in Benguet.

Pa­calso said most res­i­dents in Ito­gon vol­un­tar­ily evac­u­ated as they have seen the ef­fects of the re­cent Ty-

phoon Om­pong.

For the ‘Rosita,’ bulk of the evac­uees were from Ito­gon with 2,127 in­di­vid­u­als or 658 fam­i­lies, fol­lowed by Tuba with 225 fam­i­lies or 915 in­di­vid­u­als, and Buguias with 33 fam­i­lies or 159 in­di­vid­u­als.

“With the many iden­ti­fied crit­i­cal ar­eas in Ito­gon, they have to be evac­u­ated,” he added.

Mean­while, La Trinidad Mayor Romeo Salda said at least five par­tially dam­age houses were re­ported in barangay Am­biong. He cited the roof of the shanties were dam­age, with two houses hit by land­slide.

At the Benguet AgriPi­noy Trad­ing Cen­ter, chief of op­er­a­tions Vi­o­leta Salda dis­closed trad­ing of high­land veg­eta­bles con­tinue.

“We still have reg­u­lar day, with the same vol­ume of veg­eta­bles,” added Salda.

The dif­fer­ent mu­nic­i­pal dis­as­ter risk re­duc­tion man­age­ment council of the 13 towns of Benguet en­forced tem­po­rary sus­pen­sion of out­door ac­tiv­i­ties and the con­duct of pre-emp­tive evac­u­a­tion of com­mu­ni­ties lo­cated in high risk ar­eas.

Photo by Jean Ni­cole Cortes

CLEAN-UP. Work­ers from the City En­vi­ron­ment and Parks Man­age­ment Of­fice round up garbage at the Baguio Pub­lic Ceme­tery af­ter the All Saints and All Souls day com­mem­o­ra­tion.

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