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Quinta aftermath, DILG steps up disaster management operations in Western VisayasDecember 28, 2012

From the Website of DILG

Quinta aftermath, DILG steps up disaster management operations in Western Visayas

December 28, 2012

photo of flodded areas in Capiz during storm Quinta Manila, Philippines The Department of the Interior and Local Government has stepped up its efforts to coordinate the delivery of government services in Western Visayas as it continues to assess the damage resulting from the onslaught of tropical depression “Quinta.”

DILG Undersecretaries Rafael Antonio M. Santos and Austere A. Panadero – acting on orders of Secretary Mar Roxas – said they have instructed DILG Region VI Director Evelyn A. Trompeta to continue working with the local government units heads in the region to obtain reports on the impact of Quinta in their respective jurisdiction.

Santos said initial reports coming from the DILG Regional Office said that as of 3:00 PM Thursday, four persons were confirmed dead while a total of 2,431 families were affected by Quinta.

He added floods also left roads in Capiz impassable such as the Mambusao-Jamindan Road, Dao-Manhoy-Cuartero Road, and the Pototan-Duenas-Zarraga road-impassable.
Santos said there is no power supply in Capiz, Aklan, as well as the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th districts of Iloilo province.

He added search and rescue operations and evacuation are ongoing in the towns of Dumalag, Dao and Mambusao in Capiz. The Armed Forces of the Philippines also sent choppers to assist in these rescue.

Santos said the DILG will continue to monitor the situation in the Panay Islands even if the rains has stopped and floodwater subside.

He added it is important that the DILG gets regular updates from the field so the government can deliver the necessary assistance to them.

In the same manner, the DILG wants to gather information on the damage to property, especially public infrastructure, so the department can relay this to the Department of Public Works and Highways, Santos said.

He also said the reports gathered from the DILG Regional Office would be used to request assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development for relief goods as well as the additional manpower and equipment from the Philippine National Police. Santos added DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya is also ready to send additional search and rescue support from the Philippine Coast Guard.

The NDRRMC on Wednesday reported that Quinta has weakened into a tropical depression as it moved over Western Visayas, particularly in Roxas City, Capiz. It, however, caused heavy floods in the towns bordering Iloilo and Capiz.

It will continue to move west of Coron, Palawan. It is expected to be out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Thursday evening.###

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