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Gov’t assures ‘back-up’ communication plan during the onslaught of #OmpongPH

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

NDRRMC Executive Director and Civil Defense Administrator Ricardo B Jalad presides over the second Pre- Disaster Risk Assessment Meeting for TY Mangkhut at the NDRRMC Operations Center in Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo. (Image grabbed from Civil Defense PH official FB page)

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The National Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) assures the public that the government has a back-up plan in case communication problems persist during the onslaught of potential super typhoon Ompong.

According to NDRRMC Spokesperson Edgar Posadas, the agency has been preparing measures to prevent communication delays and power outage similar to what happened during the onset of Typhoon Yolanda in 2013.

Meanwhile, Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad of the Office of the Civil Defense wants to make sure a “redundancy” or an alternative means of communication that would be available especially for emergency workers and first responders amid the storm.

Jalad said problems during the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda have prompted them to intensify preparations to avoid similar delays in rescue and relief response.

Posadas, meanwhile, assured that major telecommunication companies, like Smart and Globe, already vowed to allow the use of their facilities and provide alternative communication lines when necessary.

The NDRRMC is determined to achieve zero casualties on the course of typhoon “Ompong.” – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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‘Ompong’ death toll climbs to 81 – PNP

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

Aerial view of the housing community in Baggao, Cagayan, where Typhoon Ompong, internationally known as Super Typhoon Mangkhut made its first landfall

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The number of deaths in the wake of Typhoon Ompong has now risen to 81, based on the latest count from the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Records at the PNP National Operations Center in Camp Crame revealed that as of Wednesday morning (September 19), additional six deaths were recorded in the landslide area in Barangay Ucab in Itogon, Benguet, bringing the tally to 66 in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

This brings the partial total count as follows:

CAR: 66

Cagayan Valley (Region 2): 10

Central Luzon (Region 3): 3

NCR: 2

Ilocos (Region 1): 1

Meanwhile, the number of missing persons is now at 70 with the following breakdown:

CAR: 66

NCR:2

Ilocos Region: 2

— UNTV News and Rescue

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DA sets ‘mercy mission flights’ to help Ompong-ravaged areas

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture (DA) is set to launch ‘mercy mission flights’ to help areas in Luzon that were ravaged by Typhoon Ompong.

According to Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol, the mission will use a 727 cargo plane lent by a businessman who is friends with President Rodrigo Duterte.

“It will be a test flight actually because they also would like to check how much it would cost them to bring fruits and other perishable food items from the distant places production areas of the country to the population centers like Metro Manila,” he said.

The mission flights, set to take off on Thursday (September 20), will transport food products to Cagayan Valley and Ilocos Region. — Charlie Barredo

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Death toll rises to 74 in the wake of Typhoon Ompong

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

Aerial view of the housing community in Baggao, Cagayan, where Typhoon Ompong, internationally known as Super Typhoon Mangkhut made its first landfall

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Death toll continues to rise as a result of the strong Typhoon Ompong.

Based on the 9:00 a.m. count from the Philippine National Police (PNP) Operation Center, the number of fatalities already reached 74.

The highest number was recorded in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) with 60 fatalities from the Itogon landslide. Region 2 (Cagayan Valley) followed with 10 deaths; Region 3 (Central Luzon) with 2 and National Capital Region (NCR) with 1 death recorded.

Meanwhile, the number of missing persons spiked to 55. The CAR marked the highest number with 52; two in Cagayan Valley and one in Metro Manila.

The number of injured persons counted to 74. From the said number, 42 was recorded in CAR; 17 in Cagayan Valley; 12 in Ilocos Region; 2 in Metro Manila; and one Central Luzon.

PNP Spokesperson Benigno Durana Jr. said the rescue teams are working round the clock to help the residents in affected areas. Members of the Special Action Force (SAF), meanwhile, are concentrated in assisting other rescue workers in the landslide area in Barangay Ucab, Itogon, Benguet.

“Sabi nga ng CPNP we will not lose hope and with your prayers, we will not stop until the last of our fellow Filipinos will be accounted for para mabigyan naman sila ng karapat-dapat na libing ng kanilang mga pamilya,” Durana said.

Police personnel is also hands-on in the repacking of relief goods as well as in the clearing operations in affected areas.

“Bahagi rin ang ating mga kapulisan sa repacking centers sa mga relief and distribution centers para makapagbigay pa rin po tayo ng mga dagdag na serbisyo sa ating mga kababayan lalong lalo na yung mga nasalanta ng bagyong Ompong,” Durana added.

The official also emphasized that the PNP is ready to help in the investigation of local government executives who may have neglected their responsibilities in the course of Typhoon Ompong should the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) request for it.

“Sa ngayon wala pa naman kaming natanggap na utos patungkol po doon. But if the DILG want us to be involved, definitely, because the PNP is also under the DILG,” he added. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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