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NDRRMC: Twin typhoons leave P11B in agri, infra damage

One of the flood-control projects in MIMAROPA Region which was designed to prevent flooding in the area.

THE National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) yesterday reported that twin typhoons Rolly and Ulysses have caused more than P11 billion in damages to infrastructure and agriculture.

These figures are expected to rise as regions assess the extent of the damage wrought by Rolly and Ulysses. Also, Typhoon Ulysses’ (Vamco) death toll alone rose to 67 as of Sunday, November 15.

Ulysses battered the Philippines while it was still reeling from super typhoon Rolly (Goni), the world’s strongest tropical cyclone in 2020, which left at least 25 dead in November.

Following their trail of destruction, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in partnership with the private sector underscored the need for more resilient architecture and urban planning in the Philippines.

In a statement, the Legacy Construction Corporation affirmed its commitment to help Filipino communities thrive with their flood-control infrastructure.

As we’ve all witnessed, typhoons cause massive and costly damage to both agriculture and infrastructure, and it takes long for communities to recover,” said Legacy Construction Corporation President Alex Abelido. “Keeping this in mind, we are proud to work with the national government to prevent further damage with our expertise in construction, starting with our flood-control projects.

The floods from typhoon Rolly affected more than 230,000 families and damaged over 44,000 houses in the Bicol, Mimaropa, and Cordillera Administrative Regions. The country’s geographical location makes it a direct path of an average of 20 typhoons annually, and the Philippines is expected to experience more tropical cyclones this year.

By ensuring the robust designs of their infrastructure projects are executed efficiently, Legacy Construction Corporation is able to effectively deepen the waterways by rivers to channel rainwater and prevent both dangerous flash floods and landslides. Thus far, they have worked on enhanced disaster resilience measures in over 20 projects nationwide.

The company has implemented these projects in Davao, General Santos, and Romblon. They are also looking into implementing these disaster-risk efforts and innovations in other parts of the country, with the same objectives of proactive protection.

In all the projects that we do, we keep the welfare of the community in mind. We are always looking out for more opportunities to help uplift the lives of Filipinos. We hope that our construction expertise manifested through our carefully-planned projects can help us achieve that vision,” said Abelido.