A Call for Support

At least 11 persons have reportedly died from the onslaught of severe tropical storm Vinta last week, the victims coming mostly from Mangsee Island, Palawan’s most remote island barangay in Balabac close to the country’s maritime border with Malaysia.

The death toll is still an initial report released by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) and by all indications, it is expected to rise as more information trickles in from the south. PDRRM says they have received yet unvalidated reports that storm casualties may rise to around 30 persons.

Death and destruction were shown in the initial photos taken by the first ground team that went to the island via aircraft earlier this week. The full account of this tragedy has yet to be written and reported, as information from Mangsee are hard to come by because of its sheer physical isolation and absence of telecommunications services.

A timely and appropriate action was undertaken by the provincial government of Palawan this week, placing the entire southern portion of the province under a state of calamity and allowing the government to allocate their budgetary resources for relief and rehabilitation efforts. It also launched a campaign for donations that will not only benefit those from Mangsee but many other communities which had been hard hit by the double whammy of storms that hit the province in the past two weeks.

Even as Vinta has left leaving destruction in its path, another weather disturbance was reported to be shaping up outside the country and the weather bureau PAGASA has stated that this new one could follow the same path taken by Urduja and Vinta.

The tragedy that has befallen Palawan’s southern communities necessitates this appeal for help. Palawan News is one with the local government in calling for support from individuals and groups to donate any possible assistance they can give to the provincial government’s Operation Tabang Casimanua.

Below are contact information for donations to this campaign:

– Provincial Information Office: piopalawan@gmail.com
– Landline: (048) 4334566

– Mobile: 0907-02186664

– Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office: pswdopalawan@gmail.com
Landline: (048) 434-5130

– Mobile: 0919-8831419

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