Teen reported missing found dead

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Monday, August 6, 2012

A 15-YEAR-OLD boy who was earlier reported missing added to the list of casualties of Typhoon Gener in the region after his body was recovered in Cabuguisan, Natubleng, Benguet.

The Office of Civil Defense in Cordillera region said the casualties have now risen to four after the recovery of John Mark Regueros in Cabuguisan, Natubleng, Benguet, while his companion 18 year-old Jerry Turo is still missing.

The casualties in the region were identified as Efren Forawit, 34, who drowned in Demang, Sadanga, Mt. Province; Prisca Pacyaya, 64; and Clinton Idio, 15, who were killed in landslides in Ucab, Itogon, Benguet.


Injured persons also increased as 55-year-old Margarita Carnate of Talampac, Pacoc, Lacub town in Abra joined motor vehicle accident victims Ezekiel Calubaguib and Rona Del Ramos, both 16; and Veronica Peralta, 19 of Botiwtiw, Balili, La Trinidad; Jennilyn Pallong, 38, of Tocuca, Bontoc, Mt. Province.

As of 11 a.m. Friday, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the region recorded a total of 1,716 families or 8,371 persons affected after “Gener” battered the six provinces of the Cordillera including Baguio City.

DSWD regional information officer Dennis Fernandez said 14 houses were destroyed, while 104 were reported damaged.

Meanwhile, the DSWD is still monitoring eight evacuation centers in the province of Benguet and Baguio City.

Some 158 families or 683 persons are still inside these evacuation centers.

Local government units responded to the needs of affected residents while the DSWD is continuously providing augmentation for relief operations, Fernandez said.

The total cost of assistance has reached P458,753.58 with P147,685.58 from local governments and P311,068.00 from the DSWD.

The DSWD maintains in its regional office at least 2,000 family packs at any given time and has a P500,000 standby fund for quick response.

As of Friday, six roads were closed while four roads are in an open-close situation due to recurring slides immediately cleared by stand-by heavy equipment by the Department of Public Works and Highways-Cordillera.

At the City Camp Lagoon, City Administrator Carlos Canilao said some 150 residents have been placed in preemptive evacuation as 12 houses were submerged in rising waters.

A bayanihan system was implemented by city and barangay officials to monitor and declog the gigantic screens placed in the drainage of the lagoon to the Asin River.

Baguio City Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council responded to some 24 fallen tree incidents, 10 fallen electrical posts problem resulting to power outages, eight minor streets and barangay flooding incidents and seven minor landslide incidents in the Summer Capital since Monday. (JM Agreda)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 06, 2012.

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