MANILA -- Lawmakers from northern Luzon relayed the needs of their constituents and actions being done by authorities in their respective provinces which felt the wrath of Typhoon Juan (international name: Megi).

Representative Rodolfo Albano Sr. (first district, Isabela) appealed for massive assistance and relief for the people in his province that has been placed under a state of calamity after the typhoon made a landfall there last Monday.

“We need food and also construction materials to rebuild homes and infrastructures damaged by Typhoon Juan," said Albano.

Earlier, Isabela Governor Faustino Dy appealed for urgent assistance to the province's agricultural sector, citing that some 89,000 hectares of land planted to palay and 11,000 hectares planted to corn have not yet been harvested when Juan hit Northern Luzon.

Representative Carlos Padilla (lone district, Nueva Vizcaya) said while the damage in Nueva Vizcaya is not so great as those in Isabela and Cagayan, authorities are still assessing the overall damage of Juan to their province.

Padilla also reported that Dalton Pass, in between Nueva Ecija and Nueva Vizcaya, is already passable.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) earlier reported that the Itogon and Nueva Vizcaya-Benguet Road, is among several roads forcibly closed in Northern Luzon due to slides. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)