NDRRMC recommends placing entire Luzon under state of calamity
Robie de Guzman • November 16, 2020 • 413
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.
Tropical Depression Auring has affected a total of 13,816 families or 53,236 persons in the regions of Caraga, Davao, and Northern Mindanao, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported Monday.
In its 8 a.m. situation report, the NDRRMC said that 12,825 families or 49,236 persons of the total affected individuals are currently staying in 308 evacuation centers while others sought shelter with their relatives.
A total of 16,059 families or 59,170 persons were pre-emptively evacuated in Regions 7, 8, 10, and Caraga.
A total of 179 houses were damaged in the provinces of Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur due to the impact of the storm, the agency said.
Five roads and one bridge were reported affected in Regions 8, 11 and Caraga. Two of the affected roads were already passable, the NDRRMC said.
Due to the inclement weather, a total of 40 domestic flights of the Philippine Airlines were cancelled from Friday, February 19 to Monday, February 22.
A total of 2,931 passengers, 857 rolling cargoes, and six vessels were also stranded in ports in Regions 7 and 8 after sea trips were suspended due to the storm.
The NDRRMC also noted that the province of Negros Oriental has suspended classes and work in government on Saturday and Sunday.
Tacloban City also announced the suspension of classes and work in government on Monday while the municipality of Calatrava in Romblon canceled work on Monday, the agency said.
MANILA, Philippines — Eight people were killed and one went missing in the onslaught of Tropical Depression Vicky in Visayas and Mindanao during the weekend, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) confirmed Monday (December 21).
Based on the report of the NDRRMC as of December 21 at 8:00 a.m., two casualties were reported from Region 8.
In CARAGA , five people were reported killed, two were injured and one is still missing. Region 11 logged one casualty.
A total of 8,924 families or 36,030 individuals in Regions VII, VIII, IX. and CARAGA were affected by TD Vicky. Around 3,800 families or 15,800 individuals are currently staying in evacuation centers.
Meanwhile, a total of 12 road sections and five bridges in Region VIII, IX, and CARAGA were damaged by flooding, landslide, and soil collapse due to heavy rains. Several areas in the regions also experiencing power interruption.
The NDRRMC said they will continue to monitor areas affected by the tropical depression. AAC
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