Baguio suffers P67 million damaged properties due to Typhoon ‘Maring’

Typhoon ‘Maring’ inflicted an estimated P67,387,811 in damage to properties in the Summer Capital according to a Rapid Disaster Assessment and Needs Analysis (RDANA) report of the Buildings, Architecture and Engineering offices.

This was disclosed by City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) chief Antonette Anaban during the regular management committee meeting, October 19, of local officials led by Mayor Benjamin Magalong at Baguio Convention Center.

Of the amount, public infrastructure damage cost totaled P27,927,811 while that of private infrastructure amounted to P39,460,000, she said.

The CDRRMO incident report covering October 11 to 15 disclosed that the cyclone left three people dead, injured one person, and affected 352 families composed of 1,362 individuals in the city.

It also revealed a total of 66 incidents caused by Typhoon Maring including 36 soil erosion incidents; 16 that are tree-related; five flooding; one property damage (torn roof); and seven electrical damage incidents.

Anaban said her office activated the operations center at the onset of the rains and  coordinated the response to reported incidents with teams from other city government offices, line agencies, volunteer groups and private companies.

City Social Welfare and Development Office head Betty Fangasan said assistance were given to those affected by the calamity including the families of those who perished who received financial and logistical assistance from the city government, Dept. of Social Welfare Cordillera and Burgos La Union municipal office, Bureau of Fire Protection, Pyramid Baguio-Benguet crematory, Baguio Memorial Chapel, St. Vincent Parish and SM City Baguio.

Major roads leading to the city were also hit by soil erosions and falling rocks and trees causing temporary passage disturbances at some point at the height of the howler but these were immediately acted on by the Dept. of Public Works and Highways and the Baguio City District Engineering Office, Anaban said. — Gaby B. Keith