Luzon placed under state of calamity

Marje Pelayo   •   November 18, 2020   •   585

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)

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

Isabela province under state of calamity due to Typhoon Ulysses

Robie de Guzman   •   November 13, 2020

The province of Isabela on Friday declared a state of calamity due to heavy flooding that submerged many houses during the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses, Governor Rodito Albano said.

Albano said most of the towns in the province were inundated by floodwaters that have reached the roofs of houses.

The governor said the declaration of state of calamity will allow the local government to tap calamity funds to aid residents severely affected by the typhoon.

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported that 163 barangays remain submerged in floodwaters.

At least 14 roads and bridges are also impassable.

Local authorities reported two deaths due to drowning. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Grace Doctolero)


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