MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Damage caused by tropical storm Maring (international name Trami), which battered the country’s richest regions over the past few days, has reached almost P79 million, the latest report of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) showed Thursday, August 22.
NDRRMC placed damage from Maring at P78,868,659.40 in Regions I (Ilocos), III (Central Luzon), IV-A (CALABARZON), IV-B (MIMAROPA), and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).
Damage to infrastructure totaled P56,582,000, while agricultural damage amounted to P22,286,659.40.
The amounts are expected to go up as the agency has yet to report losses in Cavite, Pampanga, Batangas as well as Metro Manila or the National Capital Region (NCR), where 5 cities and a municipality were placed under a state of calamity because of heavy flooding.
The damage however is not the only concern. Maring forced government and private offices and establishments to suspend work starting Monday, paralyzing a large part of NCR and the other affected regions – most of which are main contributors to the economy.
Damage to agriculture, infrastructure
Initial damage, according to the NDRRMC report, is broken down as follows:
CAR (damage to agriculture):
- Benguet – 4,500,000
Region I (damage to agriculture):
- Ilocos Sur – P3,028,179
- Pangasinan – P939,750
Region IV-A (damage to agriculture):
- Rizal and Laguna – P8,433,082
Region IV-B (damage to agriculture):
- Occidental Mindoro – P5,385,648.40
Region IV-B (damage to infrastructure):
- Occidental Mindoro – P3,490,000
- Oriental Mindoro – P4,392,000
- Romblon – P48,700,000
Cavite damage at P100-M
Cavite Governor Johnvic Remulla told Rappler that damage in the province was placed initially at P100 million.
Remulla said damage to agriculture stood at P30 million and infrastructure, at P40 million. Some P30 million worth of personal properties (homes and furniture) were also destroyed.
He said the estimates are “very raw,” and will still go up.
Maring hit richest regions
Most of the regions affected by Maring are among the fastest-growing and largest contributors to the economy.
Data from the National Statistical Coordination Board showed NCR grew 7.3% in 2012; CALABARZON grew 7%; Central Luzon, 6.3%; Ilocos, 5.2%; and MIMAROPA, 4.2%. CAR was a laggard, with a growth of 1%.
In terms of share in the country’s total gross domestic product, NCR accounted for the biggest – 35.7% – in 2012, slightly higher than the 35.6% in 2011. This was followed by CALABARZON (17.4%) and Central Luzon (9.2%). – with reports from Cherrie Regalado, Rappler.com