Devastation — Roxas City and Capiz


After assessing the damage to our home and our relatives’ homes in Baybay, Roxas City, we turned our attention to the homes of our loved ones in the surrounding towns and barangays.

In the town of Ivisan, 15 kilometers away from Roxas City, there were reports that only 20 – 30% of the homes were left unscathed. Roofs were blown off and homes were damaged as evidenced by the photos taken of homes of my aunts, uncles, and cousins.

The roads to Iloilo and Aklan were impassable – either flooded or blocked by debris.

Slowly, we were seeing the extent of the devastation from local and national news sources and especially from the Internet. Here are some photos of the extent of the damage in the province of Capiz.

Galen S. Altavas

Galen Altavas has worked in both the private and public sectors both in the Philippines and the United States, as a rural banker, fishpond operator, marketing manager, financial analyst, IT manager and IT project manager. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Ateneo de Manila University and an MBA in Finance from the Seattle University in Seattle, WA. He resides in Baybay, Roxas City, Philippines and Seattle, WA.