Relief on Its Way to Mangsee Island in Palawan Badly Hit by Bagyong Vinta

The Philippine government under the leadership of Pres. Rody Duterte reported that the relief mission of the provincial government of Palawan sailed from Puerto Princesa to the heavily affected islands of Mangsee, Balabac town, one of the most badly battered place by Tropical Storm "Vinta" on Christmas eve.

The Duterte Admin through the LGU Palawan and the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) made every efforts to carry out the relief operations and distributions to the affected residents of Bagyong Vinta.

PDRMMO officer-in-charge Cruzaldy Ablaña told local media that the relief missions are carrying food and non-food items to Mangsee in the far south west portion of Palawan, which is home to more than 10,000 residents. Aside from the military and members of the PDRRMO, medical personnel also joined the relief mission.

The medical team sent by PDRRMO and the relief goods boarded, BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17), one of the largest asset of the Philippine Navy on their way to Balabac town, the southernmost town of Palawan Province.

Mangsee Islands is composed of two small islands, they are North Mangsee Island and the South Mangsee Island. It is situated in the Sulu Sea at the south-western tip of the country, at the edge of the international treaty limits separating the Philippines and Sabah, Malaysia. The North Mangsee Islands is the larger of the two islands but measures only 23 square hectares with a population of nearly 9,000.

According to the PDRRMO the estimated travel time from Puerto Princesa City to Mangsee Island will be six to eight hours. The mission is headed by Wester Command (WESCOM) commander, Lt. General Rozzano Briguez, Vice Governor Dennis Socrates, and Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez.

Palawan Gov. Alvarez has ordered the distribution of one sack of rice per affected family, as well as liters of drinking water, and canned goods enough to last for over a week, Ablaña said. With communication lines down in Mangsee, relief authorities have mostly relied on WESCOM for updates using satellite phones to contact military troops stationed in the area, he said.

Based on a PDRRMO update, 11 municipalities were affected by “Vinta” in Palawan. Around 2,178 families or 7,289 individuals were evacuated and most are residents of Balabac. Of the 30 reported missing, 11 have been accounted for as of Tuesday.

Source: PNA

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