Both provincial and municipal government units were put into test when tropical storm Tisoy visited the province early December 2019 damaging households amounting to P213,027,970.00
In a report written by Occidental Mindoro Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) signed by Officer-In-Charge (OIC) Ma. Antonia M. Javier, tropical storm Tisoy poured his might on December 2 and left the Province with 3,012 totally damaged houses and 13,500 partially damaged households.
The damage estimates were set at more than P213 million.
Out of the damaged households, the affected individuals numbered to 114, 687 from 28,557 families.
Damaged area coverage
With international name Kammuri, typhoon Tisoy swept through all over eleven (11) municipalities of Occidental Mindoro.
To accommodate the displaced individuals, twenty-four (24) evacuation centers were activated in all municipalities including municipal covered gyms and public schools.
By the number
A registered social worker, PSWDO – OIC Javier said the Municipality of Sablayan topped the list in terms of affected persons at 45,231, followed by Mamburao with 41,285 persons.
The Municipality of Mamburao meanwhile registered the most number of affected families with 12,271. At far second is Sablayan with 9,276 distressed families.
The Municipality of Lubang came in third with 3,453 persons and 1,137 families respectively.
Meanwhile, the the Municipality of Magsaysay reported the least number of affected persons and families at 673 and 173 accordingly.
The consolidated figures is based on the jointly validated and recorded reports of Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO), Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO), and the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO).
Javier added that, considering Philippine Statistics Agency’s Occidental Mindoro population as of August 1, 2015, the total affected persons comprises 23% of the Province’s total population.
To support the affected families, concerned MDRRMOs, MSWDOs and PDRRMO agreed in a meeting held last December 10 that the municipal government units will provide the financial assistance for the partially damaged households within their areas of responsibility.
The amount of which shall be based on their available calamity fund.
The totally damaged household erstwhile will get assistance amounting to P5,000.00 from the Provincial Government through PDRRMO and PSWDO.
A total of P11,150,000.00 was culled out of PDRRMO’s calamity fund for the same purpose.
As of January 6, 2020, 480 families with totally damaged household so far has received their financial assistance from the Provincial Government with Gov. Gadiano at times personally handing the amount to beneficiaries during his visits to the affected areas.
Tisoy was spotted by Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) hurling 65 kilometers per hour (kph) and 80 kph gusts at 2,335 kilometers east of Visayas in November 26, 2019.
Considered as the Philippine’s 20th tropical storm for the year 2019, Tisoy entered Philppine Area of Responsibility (PAR) 4:00am, Saturday, November 30.
After landing thrice – Sorsogon, Masbate and Marinduque, it was seen heading to Batangas – Mindoro area, registering position at 55 kilometer east of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro as per December 3, 11:00 am briefing of PAGASA.
Signal #3 was subsequently raised by PAGASA in the following areas, including Oriental and Occidental Mindoro:
- Burias Island
- Oriental Mindoro
- Occidental Mindoro
- Southern part of Quezon
By December 5, Tisoy was classified as tropical depression as it leave PAR.