BY GERRY LEE GORIT
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – As Typhoon Odette arrived in Mindanao on Thursday, infrastructures such as small bridges and crops were destroyed as residents fled their communities while floodwaters rampaged many parts of Mindanao.
In Cagayan de Oro, for instance, 2,402 families have evacuated, according to the City Social Welfare and Development in a press briefing yesterday.
Many of those who evacuated reside along or near Cagayan de Oro coastal areas.
As Odette made landfall, Mayor Oscar Moreno has ordered the suspension of the following: face-to-face classes, work in all city government offices, and Covid-19 vaccination operations, but vital operations and essential service will however continue.
Suspension of work in the private sector, he added, will be up to the sound discretion of the business owners and management, “but the latter is reminded to ensure the welfare and safety of the workers.”
The regional disaster risk reduction and management council said all vessels and water crafts plying within the areas of Western Misamis Oriental are suspended until further notice, while flights via Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific are all cancelled.
For its part, the Department of Social Welfare and Development-10 said it has prepared its standby funds and stockpile assistance consisting of family food packs valuing P80.6 million for utilization, while the health department has prepared its medicines and personnel support for rollout.