By: Edipolo A. Mosquito, Jr.affected road going to budlingin before approaching bailey bridge caused by overflooding of magtiaco river

Continuous rains coupled with strong easterly winds that started January 12, 2009 and ended up January 16, 2009 (weeklong heavy rainfall) in most parts of Mindanao brought damage to houses, agricultural crops and infrastructures. In Alegria alone, estimated damages reached to 18.5 million pesos in properties and infrastructures that prompted Mayor Dominador G. Esma, Jr. to declare the entire municipality under State of Calamity through Executive Order Damaged flood control dike at the foot of magtiaco bridge Brgy. San Pedro due to strong current and flashfloodNo. 04, series of 2009 on January 15, 2009 supplemented by resolution of the Municipal Council of Alegria due to the extent of damages incurred. Residential homes near riverbanks and of Lake Mainit were mostly damaged due to flashfloods numbering to 110 households per reports from the 12 Barangay Disaster Coordinating Councils (BDCC’s) . Luckily, no casualty ever reported from this calamity but only displaced families were accommodated in evacuation centers while others went to their relatives to seek shelter.

Ricefield area under water around 300 hectares along Mainit Lake at Brgy. San JuanIn agriculture, no less than 501 hectares of rice field was destroyed and over flooded caused by the rising of Lake Mainit waters (Go-ob) while other crops such as bananas, root crops, coconuts & fruit trees were partially damaged due to strong winds, flashfloods and landslides. Infrastructures such as roads and bridges were also affected and damage.

Immediate relief operations in the form of foodstuffs were immediately ordered by Mayor Esma to affected families. Congressman Guillermo Romarate, Jr. also sent his relief assistance as augmentation in our operations. Likewise to World Vision-Australia through the Surigao del Norte People’s Initiative Development Alliance (SNPIDA) under the chairmanship of incumbent SB Member Reynaldo B. Ranay Damaged houses and trees felt down due to occurrence of strong winds whirlwinds at Brgy. Julio Ouanodistributed relief goods to more than 460 households of beneficiary barangays such as Ombong, San Juan and Pongtud. The Local Government Unit of Alegria is still awaiting relief augmentation from the Phil. National Red Cross, Provincial Government of Surigao del Norte and that of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Rehabilitation works of damaged infrastructures has to be undertaken by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and of the Provincial Engineering Office (PEO) of Surigao del Norte as mandated by law.


Final report of damages was submitted to Hon. Governor Robert Ace S. Barbers being the Chairman of the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council and to Hon. Congressman Guillermo A. Romarate, Jr., 2nd Congressional District of Surigao del Norte for their appropriate and immediate action.

The damage concrete road at Brgy. Camp Eduard due to landslides caused by heavy rainfall

Mayor Esma, Vice Mayor Odjinar, Engr. Sarvida of DPWH inspect the reported road damages at Brgy. Ombong-Camp Eduard on January 19, 2009

Displaced culverts at Brgy. Ombong to Camp Eduard provincial road

Traces of overflooding along the Magtiaco river at Barangay Ombong

Ricefield area in Brgy. Poblacion overflooded by Lake Mainit


Ricefield area overflooded by Lake Mainit at Brgy Alipao

Destroyed roads at the upper portion of Brgy Camp Eduard going to Brgy. Ferlda

Damaged houses and trees at Brgy Anahaw due to occurrence of strong winds-whirlwinds

Silted ricefield between Brgy. San Pedro and Alipao due to overflooding caused by the strong current of Magtiaco river