LINGAYEN — Governor Amado I. Espino, III yesterday bared in an interview with a radio program that he has directed the concerned department heads of the provincial government to prepare posthaste the rehabilitation program as he urged them to complete the assessment and final report on damages wrought by the incessant rains and massive flood brought about by Tropical Storm “Inday” and Tropical Depression “Josie.”
Governor Espino said that the provincial government is now preparing the terminal report and rehab program in coordination with local government units which have been affected by the flood citing that the initial reports on the extent of damages to agriculture has already reached P700 million and P500 million on damages to infrastructure.
The assessment will still go up until we get the final report, the governor said as he stressed that he will get the support of the national government agencies like the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) to the rehabilitation and reconstruction program.
This way the calamity fund of the province will be utilized effectively without exhausting all the resources of the provincial government. “Una pa lamang ang sakunang ito ngayong taon at hindi naman po sana mangyari pero dapat may pondo pa tayo na gagamitin sakaling may kasunod pang natural calamity,” the governor said.
He said that the provincial government and the local government units were highly successful in the unified efforts to save lives when flooding became imminent and floodwaters were rising as he commended the mayors and their respective disaster risk reduction management councils who acted swiftly and coordinated closely with the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) for the augmentation of rescue teams and trucks to evacuate flood victims to higher grounds and to the various evacuation centers.
Governor Espino also thanked the national government agencies who have given their full support to the PDRRMO through the rescue and relief operations like the PNP, Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine Army, Philippine Coast Guard and Department of Social Welfare and Development.
“Tuloy-tuloy pa rin ang pagbibigay ng relief goods sa mga nasa evacuation centers pa, pero ngayon ay minamadali na namin ang paghahanda ng rehab plan para masimulan ng matulungan ang mga magsasaka at mangingisda at ma repair ang mga roads, bridges at mga dike para protected ang mga estudyante natin sa pagpasok sa eskwela, ” Gov. Espino said.
It can be recalled that the province of Pangasinan was placed under a state of calamity via Provincial Resolution No. 473-2018 which was jointly authored by the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan on July 23.
Governor in his parting words during the interview, said: “Magtulungan po tayo na bumangon dahil ang importante po ay ang ating kaligtasan at ituloy pa ang serbisyo sa Provincial Government.”
/Shiella Mae C. De Guzman