Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad who attended CDRRMC meeting here on Thursday (Oct. 18) to look into the response efforts as well as on the progress of the recovery and rehabilitation plan for the Typhoon Ompong- affected areas in the region, encouraged the Council to prepare a comprehensive recovery and rehabilitation plan. This he said will play an important role in asking for rehabilitation fund support from Houses of Congress, national government agencies and other funding resource institutions.
While expressing his gratitude for the laudable cooperation and response efforts of CDRRMC member agencies in responding to the need of the affected communities and families in the region, Jalad urged them to look closer into the region’s experiences in the aftermath of Ompong.
Take serious considerations on the points that can be considered as lessons that need improvement, where everyone can work together to minimize casualties in such similar calamities in the future, he advised.
Jalad together with CRDRRMC chair and OCD – Cordillera Regional Director Ruben Carandang and several council member agency officials, also had a meeting with Itogon officials headed by Mayor Victorio Palangdan where they were briefed on the recovery and rehabilitation efforts and concerns in the municipality.
The USec assured that he will help in bringing their concerns to the concerned government agencies. He recommended the strengthening of the disaster risk reduction and management effort of the municipality and offered OCD’s assistance for capacity building activities.
Based on CRDRRMC data, Typhoon Ompong caused billions- worth of damage in infrastructure and agriculture; affected the lives of 102,371 families with almost 900,000 individuals; and caused the death of 114 people, including 89 from Itogon due to massive landslide incidents in the municipality. This prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to put the Cordillera region under state of calamity to hasten relief and rehabilitation efforts. By Carlito C. Dar (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)