On December 4, 2012 at about 5:00AM, Compostela Valley province was hit by Typhoon “Pablo” that took hundreds of lives with several more individuals missing, injured a large number of residents, caused a path of destruction that left a large part of the populace homeless, as well as causing major damage to properties and agriculture amounting to millions of pesos.
Prior to the landfall of Typhoon “Pablo”, the announcement from the PAGASA weather bureau was disseminated to all lower units. CVPPO heightened its alert level status to level 3, wherein lower units rendered hourly situation report.
ComVal PPO Public Safety Company conducted road clearing operations with the help from local residents in Barangay Linda, Nabunturan, Compostela Valley up to Monkayo.
Majority of ComVal PPO utilized mobile phone as the primary medium of communications. Base radio signal of this PPO was hardly affected by Typhoon. Liaisoning at the Provincial Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council was established for direct contact between PPO and the local government units.
Power lines have been shut off since 3:00 o’clock in the morning of December 4, 2012. All power supply of the province is under repair except for Maco, Mabini and Pantukan municipalities which are already restored. Almost 90% of the province’s electrical post and wires are damaged. Currently 30% were restored while 60% is still undergoing repairs.
Major thoroughfares including the Davao City – Butuan City and Davao City – Mati City routes are now passable.
The process of packaging, loading and transporting of the relief goods from the Relief Operation Center, in the provincial capitol to the designated evacuation centers were all provided security by PPSC personnel.
Casualty Statistics as of 6:00 PM December 10, 2012