Aftermath of Tropical Storm Paeng


 The 16th tropical cyclone to hit the Philippines in 2022, Severe Tropical Storm Paeng (Nalgae), poured torrential rain that caused landslides and floods in some areas of Mindanao, the Visayas, and Luzon. It happened right before the nation's long weekend to observe All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day.

Courtesy: GMANews TV

All five of Paeng's landfalls occurred in Luzon, but preliminary reports indicate that Mindanao, especially the recently established province of Maguindanao del Norte, saw the greatest number of fatalities.

Representative Joel Chua of Manila's 3rd District, vice chair of the House committee on Metro Manila development, took a shot at the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) for allegedly rushing the process. proposal to President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to assert a state of national calamity due to the onslaught of Catastrophic Tropical Storm Paeng.

He described it as an irrational impulse in a declaration he released on Tuesday, November 1. "This action by the NDRRMC adds support to the demand for the creation of a Department of Disaster Resilience, which has been made by the House of Representatives for many years. The House has been passing DDR bills, which are then opposed vehemently but unjustly.

On Monday, October 31, Marcos rejected the NDRRMC's recommendation, stating that the storm's devastation was "highly localized" and that the recommendation was made on Saturday, October 29, when the storm was still at its height.

The NDRRMC's reporting system includes cases of unconfirmed deaths. In this case, 79 fatalities are known to have occurred, and another 31 are awaiting confirmation

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