Luzon placed under state of calamity

Marje Pelayo   •   November 18, 2020   •   745

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the recommendation to place the entire Luzon region under state of calamity following the onslaught of consecutive typhoons.

The President announced on Tuesday evening (November 17) during his weekly public address that he signed the proclamation in response to the recommendation by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

Based on NDRRMC’s latest report, Typhoon Ulysses caused P2.715-B worth of damage to agriculture and P5.25-B worth of damage to infrastructure.

This is on top of the total amount of damages left by previous cyclones Quinta and Rolly.

Under state of calamity, the national government and the local government units (LGUs) are given authority to use their respective funds to address the needs brought about by the calamity.

Meanwhile, the president stressed his intention to construct sturdy evacuation centers in the country following the devastation of evacuation centers from the recent cyclones.

He asked Congress to fund the construction of such structures as they serve as temporary shelter to victims of calamities and disasters.

“Iyon sana ang tugunan ng Congress kasi kapag ganitong deluge, [That’s something Congress must address because in times of a deluge] they tend to go to places for shelter and relief,” Duterte said.

“We build a strong structure, stronger than a typhoon that would come their way for people to stay. Maybe small rooms with many comfort rooms where people can really stay for a while,” he added.

To date, the NDRRMC reported a total of 73 individuals perished from Typhoon Ulysses in addition to only 25 from Super Typhoon Rolly — the strongest cyclone that hit the country this year. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

DA, irerekomenda ang pagdedeklara ng state of calamity dahil sa ASF

Robie de Guzman   •   March 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Ipapasa na ngayong linggo ng Department of Agriculture (DA) ang rekomendasyon nito para sa pagdedeklara ng state of calamity sa bansa dahil sa epekto ng African Swine Fever (ASF).

Ayon kay Agriculture Secretary William Dar, isinasapinal na nila ang rekomendasyon na isusumite nila kay Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte.

Aniya, ang rekomendasyon ay batay na rin sa panukala ng Senado na magdeklara ng state of calamity upang matulungan ang stakeholders ng hog industry sa bansa na lubhang naapektuhan ng ASF outbreak.

“We are finalizing our recommendation base doon sa rekomendasyong galing po sa Senado. So, anytime this week we will be sending our position and recommendation to the Palace,” ang pahayag ni Dar.

Tiniyak naman ng Malakanyang na bukas ang administrasyon sa lahat ng rekomendasyon ng mga mambabatas pero sa ngayon ay wala pang desisyon si Pangulong Duterte ukol sa panukalang pagdedeklara ng state of calamity kaugnay ng epekto ng ASF.

Iginiit din Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque na may mga ipinatupad nang mga hakbang ang DA para tugunan ang problema sa supply ng baboy.

“Sa ngayon po ang solusyon nga is repopulation at naglaan naman po tayo ng sapat na halaga dyan at bukod pa sa repopulation, yung pag-aangkat po ng bakuna at syempre yung pag aangkat po ng baboy sa iba’t-ibang parte ng Pilipinas at soon po sa ibat ibang parte ng daigdig,” ani Roque.

“But points were taken, we welcome the suggestion it will be considered and it has not been decided upon by the President,” dagdag pa niya.

Una nang naglaan ang pamahalaan ng P2.6 bilyong pondo para sa control and containment ng ASF at repopulation ng mga baboy sa hog farms sa bansa.

Nasa P1.5 bilyon ang nakalaan para sa repopulation project, P500 milyon para sa loan program ng backyard hog raisers, P400 milyon sa pagpapatayo ng breeder farms, P200 milyon sa repopulation sa ASF-affected areas, habang P1.5 bilyon naman ang inilaan para sa Bantay-ASF control and containment program.

Tiniyak din ng DA na nakapag-secure na ito ng P27 bilyong pondo sa bangko, bukod pa sa popondohan nitong 22% insurance para sa commercial hog raisers.

“We have secured from Land Bank P15 billion, P12 billion from DBP, so total of P27 illion as loan program to reinvigorate the hog industry at concessional rate. Mababa yung interest rates not like the commercial rates that we had before, so these are the initial support that government will do… Of course kung tatanungin mo is this enough? of course this is not enough,” ang pahayag ni Dar.

Batay sa monitoring ng DA kaugnay ng ASF-positive incidence sa mga barangay, mula 1,773 cases noong Agosto 2020 ay bumaba ito sa 358 cases noong Enero 2021 at tuluyan pang bumagsak sa 62 incidents ngayong buwan ng Marso. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Marvin Calas)

NDRRMC recommends placing entire Luzon under state of calamity

Robie de Guzman   •   November 16, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Monday said it will recommend the declaration of a state of calamity over the entire Luzon following the widespread damage brought about by the typhoons that pummeled the country in the previous weeks.

NDRRMC executive director Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad said the recommendation was agreed during the agency’s emergency meeting Monday to discuss the impacts of the recent typhoons and the early recovery actions.

“It was approved during the meeting the recommendation for President Rodrigo Duterte to place under state of calamity the entire Luzon to address the impacts of the latest typhoons that hit the country,” Jalad said in a statement.

“It was also agreed during the meeting to convene a technical working group of the joint prevention, mitigation, and preparedness clusters of the NDRRMC to assess the current dam management,” he added.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, who also serves as NDRRMC chairperson, asked the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services (PAGASA) to revisit its historical data to strengthen warnings beforehand.

During the meeting, Lorenzana also raised various concerns to different agencies, including the provision of assistance to the affected farmers and fisherfolks, road clearing operations shelter requirements, and other recovery interventions.

As stated in Republic Act 7581, no price increase will be implemented among basic commodities when a state of calamity is declared.

In the previous weeks, strong storms such as Quinta, Rolly, and Ulysses battered parts of Luzon, devastating many areas and leaving thousands of families homeless.

The recent typhoons also claimed dozens of lives in different areas including Regions I, II, III, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol, and Metro Manila.

Duterte earlier ordered the creation of an inter-agency task force that will ensure speedy gov’t response and relief operations during calamities.

Cagayan, Aurora placed under state of calamity

Maris Federez   •   November 14, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The provinces of Cagayan and Aurora have been placed under a state of calamity due to widespread flooding caused by heavy rains from Typhoon Ulysses.

The provincial council of Aurora declared a state of calamity in the province citing the “severe damage” to livelihood, infrastructure, agriculture and houses.

The move was based on the request made by Aurora Governor Gerardo A. Noveras, urging the provincial council to approve a resolution to place the province under a state of calamity.

“Matapos matanggap ang kahilingan ni Governor Gerardo A. Noveras para sa pagdaraos ng Special Session ng Sangguniang Panlalawigan na kagyat namang tinugon sa pamamagitan ng pagpasa ng Resolution No. 232 na nagsasailalim sa State of Calamity ang buong Lalawigan ng Aurora dahil sa malawakang pinsala sa pangkabuhayan, impraistruktura, pangsakahan, at kabahayan na dulot ng bagyong Ulysses,” a statement issued by the council said.

Meanwhile, the Cagayan provincial information office confirmed Saturday that the council has also placed the province under a state of calamity.

This, after the province was hit by what Governor Manuel Mamba called the worst flooding in memory.

“Sa Special Session ng Sangguniang Panlalawigan ngayong Araw ng Sabado, Nobyembre-14, idineklarang nasa ilalim na State of Calamity dahil sa nararanasang pinakamalaki at pinakamalawak na baha sa kasaysayan ng probinsiya,” a post from the Cagayan Provincial Information Office Facebook page said. —/mbmf

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