Batanes Bishop Danilo Ulep on Thursday, September 16, appealed for help after Typhoon Kiko left a trail of destruction in their province.
“In the aftermath of…typhoon Kiko that recently hit Batanes, I am humbly appealing for assistance on behalf of our people,” Ulep said in a message of appeal on Thursday, September 16.
“With your support, we know that we can get back on our feet and move on with our life after this yet another trial,” he added.
Kiko made landfall in the municipality of Ivana in Batanes at 8:30 am on Saturday, September 11. It was almost a super typhoon at its peak, with maximum sustained winds of 215 kilometers per hour. Batanes recorded zero fatalities, but nine people were injured.
In an interview with Rappler on Monday, Batanes Governor Marilou Cayco said that based on their initial assessment, around 70% to 80% of the families in their province were severely affected by the typhoon.
According to Cayco, many of these families saw their houses destroyed. The provincial government recorded an initial P358.88 million worth of damage, as of September 13.
Ulep said even religious facilities were destroyed by Kiko.
“Many buildings have also sustained damage with partially destroyed roofs, including the rectory/ convent in Ivana Parish and the St. Dominic College, the only Catholic and private college in the province,” the bishop said.
For those who wish to extend help, Ulep said monetary donations can be sent through the following:
Prelature of Batanes