Six provinces are affected in Davao Oriental as storm signal number three is raised yesterday morning. According to Sr. Supt. Rommel Mitra, some municipalities have no power supply and no communication line. I tried to give my friend a ring to check their current situation but I could hardly reach her. However, no flood and landslide is reported. Heavy rain and strong winds is experienced though. In Mati, there’s light interruption at 3 in the morning. No bus going to Davao is running to avoid possible road accidents caused by fallen trees that somehow blocked the way. There are families being evacuated when heavy rain started to fall at 12 in the morning. Cateel and Boston are the most affected where coastal barangays are isolated. Two hours after, heavy downpour is experienced in Davao City.
Compostela Valley Province comprises Compostela, Laak, Maco, Mabini, Maragusan, Mawab, Monkayo, Montevista, Nabunturan, New Bataan and Pantukan. These municipalities are really affected by typhoon Pablo that gets Signal number three along with Samal Island. Ferry boats in Sta. Ana Wharf going to Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS) are not allowed to operate. In Carmen, banana plantation is destroyed. While some fish cage caretakers were stranded and got rescued in Panabo City. Some houses are ruined too. Before seven in the morning, Mayor Sarah ‘Inday’ Duterte of Davao City suspended preschool and high school classes since signal number two is raised. There are also universities which did the same like Ateneo de Davao University, San Pedro College and Assumption College of Davao.
Sta. Maria, Malita and Jose Abad Santos belong to Davao del Sur where 7-9 houses are reportedly damaged. In Butuan which is said to be a ‘catch basin’ has announced that 14 families voluntarily left their residences. Some area in Agusan del Sur experience flood including Bunawan where crocodile Lolong is housed.
Undersecretary Benito Ramos of NDRRMC announced that seafarers in Central Visayas and Eastern Mindanao are not allowed to sail. He intensified that small cale miners should delay their operations to prevent them from being killed due to possible landslides.
Airline companies have to cancel their operation as well due to bad weather condition. Some roofs of the pathway at Davao City International Aiport are blown away. Philippine Airlines has canceled 35 flights and Cebu Pacific, 43 flights that are bound for Davao, Zamboanga, Butuan, Carticlan and other affected areas.
At noon time, I saw a big gray mass of cloud when I looked out the window. Two hours later, the heavy rain subsided in Davao City. I went out to see the sky and it was only drizzling.
Cateel in Davao Oriental and New Bataan in Comval Province need the help most. According to Gerry Pedrico, PAGASA XI Director, people in Mindanao should stay alert. Metro Manila,some cities in Visayas and partly in Mindanao normally get hit by typhoons but we rarely have it in Davao City. That’s why storm Pablo is hard to forget.