PRES. CARLOS P. GARCIA, Bohol – Seaweed farms of various species in this island municipality were a “total loss” that could be worth millions of pesos as a result of the monster typhoon “Ruby” (international name: Hagupit) that struck here the other day. Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (MDRRMC) officer Glenn Allan Boyles bared this in an exclusive interview during the visit of DyTR yesterday. But no one was dead except for three injured, Boyles, who is also the administrative officer V, said. Aside from this, agricultural crops such as bananas in 150 hectares were damaged to the tune of PhP131,000, considered as “partial loss,” municipal agriculturist Gaudencio Lagura said in his report to Mayor Tesalonica Boyboy.
Other crops such as coconut, mangoes, vegetables, and forest trees and bangus and shrimp fishponds have no damage, he said. “Only seaweeds commodity posted significant or total loss,” Lagura said. Fishery technician Felisa Boyles confirmed that some 50 hectares of seaweeds in barangay Bogo alone is worth PhP850,000. She said that some 2,500 kilos of harvestable “cottonii” species of seaweeds in each barangays Popoo and Lapinig were not spared by “Ruby.” Some members of the people’s organizations in these barangays who managed the farms tried to salvage what was left and planted them anew, she said.
Meanwhile, Mayor Boyboy said in separate phone interview that she tried to man the evacuees to return to their respective homes in nearby island-barangays yesterday morning as the weather cooperated. Glenn Boyles said that between 2,500-2,800 evacuees from three island-barangays took sanctuary in this island, including some 700 hundred from nearby island barangay Dawahon of Bato, Leyte. Boyles said that the municipality managed to distribute relief goods in food packs to the evacuees while in different evacuation centers. Six houses in Tilmobo, a remote island barangay between this island town and Maasin City, Southern Leyte, were also destroyed with an estimate worth of PhP240,000, Lagura said.
Typhoon’s fury destroyed the KALAHI-CIDSS funded seawall and unroofed the barangay hall of Tilmobo, and seaport of barangay Agining estimated to cost PhP2 million, Glenn Boyles said.