NegOcc awaits DSWD's aid, verifies damage reports amid Paeng’s onslaught  

Residents affected by the recent onslaught of Typhoon Paeng receive relief packs from the Philippine Army as the tropical storm while lashes through Negros Island last week. (Philippine Army Photo)
Residents affected by the recent onslaught of Typhoon Paeng receive relief packs from the Philippine Army as the tropical storm while lashes through Negros Island last week. (Philippine Army Photo)

NEGROS Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said yesterday, November 3, that he will discuss with concerned departments of the provincial government to verify the reports on houses damaged or destroyed by the recent onslaught of Typhoon Paeng.

"We will wait and see the action of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD),” Lacson said.

He said that’s the time they could decide whether the province needs to augment (in the distribution of aid), adding that there is also a need to validate the total figures of destruction.

Meanwhile, the governor stressed that declaration of President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. placing Western Visayas including Negros Occidental under the State of Calamity is a welcome development as it gives local government units the opportunity to access their calamity funds if there is still any.

"It can be used in a very positive way," he said of the declaration.

Although price control is automatically observed in areas under the State of Calamity, but Lacson said he have not heard of prices going up in the province.

As of November 2, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Merle Garcia initially reported that there were 936 damaged houses in the province and 107 others were destroyed.

As to agriculture, fisheries and irrigation facilities in Negros Occidental, Typhoon Paeng’s damage is placed at P256, 807, 870. 35, reports from the Office of the Provincial Agriculture (OPA) showed.

In a report submitted by Provincial Agriculturist Edmundo Raul Causing to Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson dated November 2, 2022, rice was badly-hit with P187, 482, 232. 35 worth of damage.

High-value crops sector incurred P2, 985, 810 in damage; corn - P1,641, 324; fisheries - P14, 698, 510; and irrigation - P50,000.

Typhoon "Paeng" induced rains which caused massive flooding in the southern part of Negros from October 26 to 31, 2022.

Moreover, Lacson said he still trusts the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) even as the country's weather bureau comes under strong criticism over its forecasting following the onslaught of "Paeng.”

According to the governor, he personally thought that "Paeng" would hit the upper portion of Luzon.

However, he pointed out that as the storm got closer it became clear that the storm radius would cover almost the whole country.

"We heard what happened in Mindanao, [it] was very unfortunate and then in the Visayas that is why Region 6 was included in the calamity areas," Lacson said.

"It is not the first time that [the state weather bureau’s forecast] was quite inaccurate, although as it was happening they began giving out the right information," he added.*

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