Typhoon ‘Ferdie’ damages 10M worth of college properties
by: John Hedrick A. Castillo, Hernan Gutierrez & Luthgarda Panganiban
ASIDE FROM CAUSING Batanes to be set in a state of calamity, Category V super typhoon “Ferdie” left P10 million worth of damages to College properties last September 13. Said amount was retrieved from the damage report made by the College Planning Office and the Finance Department.
According to Prof. Ferdinand Bulusan, College Planning Officer, almost all buildings in the College tasted the wrath of typhoon “Ferdie.” “Most air-conditioning units, glass doors, jalousie windows and newly purchased equipment were destroyed by the typhoon,” Prof. Bulusan said.
Pieces of agricultural and fisheries equipment owned by the College were not also spared from the fury of the typhoon. According to Mr. Severino Villarta, Chair of the Agri-Fish Department, the piggery laboratory project, agriculture crop and soil science laboratory farms, the hatchery project, the college nursery and two motorized fishing boats were totally damaged by the typhoon.
OCD validation on-going
Meanwhile, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) has already validated thrice the damage report. BSC Arch. Delma Abad said that funding for refurbishments and procurement of the damages is still underway. “The OCD has yet to finalize the report, but we still keep our fingers crossed that this amount be given to us [BSC] so that we can restore the damaged equipment and properties the soonest,” Architect Abad said.
BSC is hopeful
“As we wait for the Department of Budget and Management’s (BDM) green light for the release of fund, we are hopeful that it be released anytime this second quarter,” Bulusan mentioned. The College President also mentioned that the administration is doing all its efforts to follow-up the release of funds the soonest.
“Syempre nahirapan sila kasi dahil nasira ng bagyong Ferdie kaya wala silang magamit na gamit sa kani-kanilang subjects, especially sa mga laboratory,” Jamila Calucag, Supreme Student Council president, said.