Mary Jane, 31, a resident of the coastal village of Lindero in the town of Barbaza says she watched other nipa huts and trees blown away by the strong winds. “We evacuated when the winds and the rain became really strong; the sirens of the fire trucks warned us to begin evacuation,” says Mary Jane.
Lolita Espares, 69, said that despite efforts to prepare for the typhoon, there was no way they could prepare themselves for the fury of Typhoon Yolanda, one of the world’s strongest typhoons in recent memory. “My elder sister died not because of the typhoon but because
of fear. Never in my life have I seen such a very strong typhoon; it almost destroyed our properties and it brought so much fear,” she recounts.
The fallen and leafless trees you saw on the road are like us Filipinos, they have been blown away by the typhoon, but it will grow again,” says Alice, a retired high school teacher.
News: ‘North Antique survivor recall horrors of Yolanda’
27 November 2013
In Barbaza, Antique, both the local municipal hall and the public market suffered extensive damage during typhoon Yolanda. Yet few would have imagined the benefits afforded by continued RAY DILG-funded rehabilitation efforts.
“There was significant damage to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) office at the second floor of the municipal building,” Sally Balgos explains.
In a word, Mayor Bernard. N. Pescayo summed up the experience of Super Typhoon Yolanda in his municipality of Bugasong, Antique.
Despite widespread damage, “we were still lucky,” he says. In each of the buildings, most of the roofs, gutters, steel trusses and beams were destroyed, each victims of Yolanda’s gale-force winds.
With its destruction, Yolanda brought with it great change to the municipality of San Remigio, Antique.
While the local civic center – partially-damaged by Super Typhoon Yolanda – remains standing, it no longer serves as the town’s main municipal facility. With the support of RAY DILG funds, and with disaster resilience in mind, local officials instead constructed a new municipal facility in a safer land area.
Last October, the newly completed venue played host a Provincial Senior Citizen’s Congress for the entire province.
As with many affected regions, In the hours before Super Typhoon Yolanda reached Sebaste, Antique, the weather was surprisingly calm and clear.
“People were asking each other whether the typhoon had hit us already,” Leonaris D. Dionela, a local planning officer, remembers. “No-one wanted to believe that it could affect us in such a way.”
Yet when Yolanda hit, “the strength of the typhoon was unbelievable, and totally unexpected,” Leonaris says. “Almost everyone cried at the surreal situation we had found ourselves in.”