The provincial government of Palawan declared on Wednesday, December 27, a state of calamity over the entire southern Palawan after confirming reports of at least 11 dead and 26 missing mainly from the remote island barangay of Mangsee in Balabac in the aftermath of Typhoon Vinta.
Cruzalde Ablaῇa, PDRRMO, reported during a special session called by the Provincial Board there were also 75 fishermen rescued by Philippine Coast Guard in Mapun, Tawi-Tawi.
The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) released the names of those confirmed dead due to Vinta: Meradz Kanaing, Muza Sahi, Alliya Abdulmufti, a certain Timiong, an 8-month old infant surnamed Kasim, Romeo Tarsina, Felix Polingtan and Nonoh Fraginal.
The PDRRMO also released a list of rescued survivors: Adan Berdun, Adzmar Laot, Aidin Hji Langkiyu, Al-Jason Usman, Alnasif Sarabi, Arnold Garcia, Aru Serbano, Arsenio Bervisada, Benjie Delaserna, Bobby Delaserna, Bobby Delaserna Jr., Celso Inojo, Edison Oyo, Edwin Alas, Ejaidy Hji Adan, Emmanuel Regala, George Delgado, Gilbert Dela Cruz, Hji Otong Jain, Ifrahim Aprimaldo.
Japet Bancuto, Jason Layal, Jaymark Portunato, Jerry Disamito, Jerry Regala, Jesril Navarro, John Mark Bidano, Marali Sannang, Merson Diaz, Michael Gulani, Ramil Ocario, Randy Salvador, Robin Dampay, Rolie Maramara, Romel Martinez, Samuel Bansilo, Samuel Dela Cruz, Tongdiki Ara, Totoh Hji Adan and Wilfredo Martine, Arjun Munez, Joseph Jimenez and Roger Almonte.
Survivors from the neighboring provinces also identified as Adelaido Emia, Alex Masalihit, Beng Juan Tadefa, Darel Batarilan, Dennis Vicente, Eduarto Beliganyo, Efren Noble, Eliseo Amacna, Elmer Verba, Guilbert Brubo, Heraldo Andalis, Jason Amacna, Jerick Rosagano, Joel Canis, Joshua Cabanatan, Judy Colliamar, Jun Jun Bararilan, Leodolfo Rivera, Mark Anthony Miranda, Randy Gulim, Rey Esmeralda, Rodolfo Arigo, Rodrigo Doron, Romel Mandido, Ronald Andales, Ronnel Rosaragon, Ronnie Verba, Wilbert Magno and Wifredo Magno.
According to the facebook post of Mapun MDRRMO, the survivors are currently at the Cagayan de Tawi Tawi District Hospital.
Ablaῇa said that there are also 26 missing vessels in Mangsee wherein the three were already recovered as reported by Philippine Coast Guard.
“They are continuously doing search doon sa mga nawawalang mga bangka pero sa ngayong ang focus ay more on search, rescue and retrieval of our missing persons,” Ablaῇa said.
Provincial Information Officer Gil Acosta Jr. said the casualties might go up to around 30 dead once they are able to verify reports from the ground.
“We are still verifying the actual numbers because some were already buried during first few days of tragedy and were not documented. Our people still doing documentation plus search and rescue,” Acosta told Palawan News.
The provincial government has allocated P35 million as a quick response fund for the victims of typhoon Vinta in southern municipalities.