Think positive! Shirley Abundo lauds Catanduanes residents’ resiliency


LEGAZPI CITY — After Bicol Region was ravaged by Typhoon Tisoy, Catanduanes managed to show the Bicolanos’ resilient spirit.

In an interview on Friday, Catanduanes Acting Governor Shirley Araojo Abundo said the people are now going on with their lives with a positive outlook in life after the typhoon.

“Catanduanes is the land of howling winds. We have been always known for being resilient. Umaga pa lang after mismo ng bagyo ay talagang malinis na ang mga kalye (Right after the typhoon, as early as morning, our roads are clean,” Abundo said.

Announcing its fury with howling winds and heavy rains, Tisoy destroyed mostly agricultural livelihood, fishery, and poultry in the island province.

Abundo said Tisoy damaged 25,942 hectares of abaca; 5,649 hectares of rice; 15,756 hectares of coconut; 1,671 hectares of vegetables; and 4,367 hectares of land planted with high-value crops.

“Our agriculture sector incurred PHP224-million damage, fisheries sector-PHP1.8-million, provincial operated Agri and fishery project-PHP3.1-million, and poultry products with PHP532,650,” she added.

The damage to infrastructure in the province reached PHP10-million.

Abundo said she endorsed to the provincial board that Catanduanes be placed under the state of calamity. (PNA)