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  • Writer's pictureChristian Malnawa

Bakun officials sought help after ‘Maring’ wreaked havoc in the locality

Bakun, Benguet – The town of Bakun, having incurred massive damages due to Typhoon Maring, is now seeking help from various agencies, organizations and individuals to help them cope with the losses.

Barangay officials in Poblacion, Benguet reports that a health station and a barangay hall were among those damaged by a landslide during the onslaught of the typhoon. The barangays suffered losses up to P3.5 million due to said damages, aside from the six families whose houses were totally wrecked.

Assistance is being sought to help them recover, especially for the families who were severely affected by the typhoon are now inside evacuation centers.

Report from the Mountain Province Broadcasting Corporation Sunday, October 16 stated that in their interview with Punong Barangay Osias Mateo Jr. of Poblacion, the chairman admitted that they are facing difficulties in starting over again, as most of their files were damaged and irretrievable due to the incident.

Mateo relates that they are now temporarily using the multi-purpose hall in the area as their office while the families whose houses were totally damaged are temporarily housed in evacuation centers, and some living with their relatives for the time being.

Though still needing further assistance, Mateo expressed gratitude to the Local Government of Bakun, Provincial government of Benguet, Congressional Office, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and local residents who provided assistance to the affected families.

A Rapid Damage and Need Assessment (RDANA) will be conducted next week by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office to describe, as quickly and objectively as possible, the health impact of the incident, while considering the response capacity and ascertaining what additional resources are required to address immediate and future effects.

As recalled, after an assessment conducted by the barangay officials on Friday, October 15, the initial ballpark figure of the damage to the barangay health clinic amounts to P1.5 million while the barangay hall building is about P2 million.

Aside from said government buildings, barangay officials also reported that an old house was partly destroyed due to continuous rains brought by Severe Tropical Storm Maring that hit the province on October 11.

Aside from six houses reported to be totally damaged, 6 houses were also partially damaged.


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