Typhoon Ulysses: Weather updates, latest news in the Philippines

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What you need to know

Typhoon Ulysses (Vamco), the Philippines' 21st tropical cyclone for 2020, hit Luzon hardest from November 11 to 12.

The typhoon unleashed powerful winds and torrential rain that killed dozens of people, destroyed thousands of homes, and left swathes of the island region flooded.

Ulysses has become the deadliest tropical cyclone to hit the country this year, so far.

Bookmark this page for the latest on the aftermath of the typhoon.

Latest updates

WATCH: Hearings on Ulysses flooding

Senate of the Philippines | Wednesday, November 25

House of Representatives | Tuesday, November 24

Rappler.com

At House probe, gov’t agencies pass the buck on Cagayan, Isabela flooding

Who’s to blame for the massive flooding in Cagayan and Isabela that submerged homes and displaced thousands of residents?

On Tuesday, November 24, none of the government agencies present during the first day of the House investigation into the flooding in Cagayan Valley took responsibility for the tragedy.

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Mara Cepeda

US pledges additional P168 million in aid

Visiting US National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien announced Washington's additional assistance of about P168 million ($3.5 million) to the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Ulysses (Vamco), which killed at least 73 people, and after the devastation wrought by Super Typhoon Rolly (Goni).

"I want to express my deepest condolences and President Trump's deepest condolences to the people of the Philippines who have been affected by Super Typhoon Goni and Typhoon Vamco. The United States stands with the Philippine people during this very difficult time and this natural disaster," O'Brien said in a speech at the Department of Foreign Affairs on Monday, November 23.

He added, "We are providing life-saving support to those most affected and we’re going to work hard to restore the livelihoods and access to critical resources together with your government."

Sofia Tomacruz

OFWs in UAE initiate relief drives for Rolly, Ulysses victims back home

From a perfumery setting aside a day’s sale for basic commodities, to a Filipino-operated cargo forwarder giving free shipment, and even a basketball game for a cause, Filipinos and other nationals here have initiated various efforts to send relief, in their own little way, to victims of Super Typhoon Rolly (Goni) and Typhoon Ulysses (Vamco), which recently hit the Philippines.

Read the full story here.

Jojo Dass

House seeks P5-billion budget increase for typhoon recovery in 2021

The House of Representatives is seeking an increase of at least P5 billion (P103.69 million) for the country’s calamity fund in 2021 to aid in the recovery of areas devastated by recent typhoons.

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Rambo Talabong

De Lima: Enough of 'Filipino resiliency,' how about actual public service?

Senator Leila de Lima on Thursday, November 19, joined calls to investigate the recent massive flooding in parts of Cagayan Valley, and urged the government to be more proactive in disaster preparedness and response as the country may be hit by more typhoons for the rest of the year.

"As we expect the entry of 4 more typhoons before the end of the year, haven’t we had enough already of 'Filipino resiliency' being offered a mere lip service? How about actual public service?" De Lima said in a statement sent from her detention cell in Camp Crame.

She added: "We need government officials who will act with urgency and compassion and not just do aerial inspections of devastated areas; who will prioritize bigger budgets for disaster risk reduction instead of increasing their own confidential funds; and who will advocate the role of media as crucial disseminators of information during calamities rather than shut them down for selfish personal and political ends. We need genuine public servants."

Rappler.com

Typhoon Ulysses leaves over P88 million agri damage in Bataan

Typhoon Ulysses (Vamco) left more than P88.7 million worth of damage to agriculture in Bataan, according to the provincial government's latest assessment. 

Josefina Timoteo, chief of Bataan's Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, gave a breakdown of the damage:

- rice crops - P34.51 million
- corn - P0.542 million
- cassava - P0.11 million
- fisheries - P5.6 million
- high value crops - P47.98 million

Meanwhile, at least 1,562 families or 6,438 individuals were affected by Ulysses, according to Timoteo. Mostly residing in coastal areas, they were preemptively evacuated for fear of storm surges.

In a report to Bataan Governor Albert Garcia, Timoteo said the typhoon damaged 3 government-owned structures, and partially damaged 24 public school buildings. 

At least 3 houses in Bataan were also totally damaged, while 30 were partially damaged. 

Randy V. Datu

Change in plans: Cimatu, Villar lead Duterte's typhoon task force

After first announcing that Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea will lead President Rodrigo Duterte's typhoon task force, Malacañang said there has been a change in plans. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu and Public Works Secretary Mark Villar will lead the task force instead.

"The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will chair the Build Back Better Task Force, with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) serving as Co-Chair," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement on Wednesday, November 18.

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Pia Ranada

DSWD gives P52.1 million worth of assistance to Ulysses victims

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said on Wednesday, November 18, that it provided P52.1 million worth of relief assistance to victims of Typhoon Ulysses (Vamco).

In a televised briefing, Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista said that relief assistance such as family food packs and non-food items were distributed in Cagayan Valley, Ilocos region, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol region, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Metro Manila.

Bonz Magsambol

FALSE: Robredo donated chicharon to typhoon victims in San Mateo, Rizal

Claim: Vice President Leni Robredo donated chicharon (deep-fried pork rind) to Typhoon Ulysses (Vamco) victims in San Mateo, Rizal.

Rating: FALSE

The facts: Robredo did not donate chicharon to the victims of the typhoon. She had not yet visited San Mateo when the posts first cropped up on social media.

Why we fact-checked this: At least 49 pages and users posted this claim on Facebook, which were flagged by Claim Check. A reader also emailed the claim to Rappler for verification.

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Pauline Macaraeg