CASIGURAN, Aurora–The cost of damage to agri-culture caused by tropical storm ‘Jolina’ in the northern part of Aurora was initially pegged at some P41.27 million.
Engineer Elson A. Egargue, chief of the Pro-vincial Disaster Risk Re-duction and Management Office (PDRRMO), said that this town where the storm made landfall Friday night was worst hit with an estimated agricultural loss of P34.3 million.
Egargue said the agri-cultural sector of Dilasag town was likewise affected by the tropical storm with an initial P5.69 million loss. Damage to livestock and fisheries sectors were also initially placed at P39,600 and P50,000, respectively.
The town of Dinalu-ngan was also not spared by Jolina with some P1.19 million agricultural loss.
Egargue added that a total of 3,083 individuals or 881 families were evacuated in the towns of Baler, Maria Aurora, Dipaculao, Casiguran and Dilasag.
Meanwhile, he said the Villa Maria Aurora boun-dary to Bongabon, Nueva Ecija Road is not passable due to the swollen Labi creek at Barangay Labi, Bongabon, Nueva Ecija.
On the other hand, he said the Baler-Canili-Pan-tabangan national road, Baler-Casiguran national road, Baler to Villa Maria Aurora are passable to all types of vehicles.
Egargue said early preparation was made by the PDRRMO personnel with all mayors, municipal local disaster risk and management councils and other offices in the province for the possible impact of Jolina.
Prior to the tropical storm’s landfall, Egargue said that precautionary measures and other pre-disaster response activities were put in place, including the early prepositioning of 9,000 family food packs as well as non-food items.
Heavy equipment, medicines and medical supplies were also readied.
He said that medicines were on standby at the Provincial Health Office while those from the Department of Health (DOH) were prepositioned in northern Aurora.
Likewise, he said there was constant coordination with the different con-cerned offices. PNA