GUINDULMAN, Bohol.Mayor Ma. Fe Piezas of this town and Mayor Conrada Amparo of neighboring town of Duero appeared convinced that storms, like
Queenie that struck their respective turfs, are consequences of the so-called climate change. Interviewed by this writer, residents of coastal barangay Bunga Mar of Jagna, one of ?Queenie? badly hit towns, said in vernacular that climate change they only heard before has come to reality. Some of them also suffered the fury of the storm which they blamed on climate change. Mayor Amparo said that indeed what happened last week was an effect of the climate change. She bared that she has been reminding the residents residing within the coastal areas to start thinking of transferring to higher lots for their
safety. The call, she said, is somewhat part of the preparedness of her administration.
She’s just thankful that there were no casualties, except for the few injured. She added that the storm left the town?s infrastructure in
shambles, like the municipal operated Duero beach and public swimming pool and DepEd’s Central Elementary School were badly damaged worth millions of
pesos. For her part, Mayor Piezas said it seemed the storm is already a reality of climate change. As this developed, the mayor said that she has been calling residents residing at coastal areas to start packing and relocate their dwelling to elsewhere away from shoreline.
Her call is also done to give way the 40-meter salvage zone in her turf. And her administration is looking for a site that is suitable for relocation for the said residents. Mayor Piezas revealed that it?s somewhat the mentality of the residents of being hard headed. They won?t do something for their safety until they
themselves are victims of the calamity, she said. She said that Vice-President Jejomar Binay is expected to give aids to her constituents-victims sometime next week. She did not give details. But her administration has already assessing the extent of the damage and preparing to provide assistance to the victims.
She presided over the meeting of the Municipal Peace and Order Council on Friday, assessing initial damage reports from the barangays. Initial report show that some 113 families of five barangays are affected of the storm, but zero casualty, Mayor Piezas said. The barangays are CAsbu, Guinacot,Tabajan, Sawang, and Guio-ang. There were 37 fishing boats and 57 houses that were either totally or partially damaged, initial report prepared by MPDC Pablo Bertumen showed.