Iloilo to declare state of calamity due to ‘Ursula’

first_imgDefensor said he is currently enjoiningthe affected towns to submit their report so the provincial government couldimmediately record the extent of the damage. ILOILO – The provincial government ispushing to declare a state ofcalamity due to typhoon “Ursula,” which wrought havoc and forcedthousands into evacuation centers in the province’s northern portion onChristmas Day. He added: “Ang plano naton kon mag-abot na ang tiempo nga mabulig kita sa atonmangungoma, we have to request for a declaration of state of calamity fromSP, we cannot do that now because kinahanglannaton mabal-an ang level kon ano gid ang damage saagriculture kay dira naga-depende angpangayuon naton nga pundo,” Defensor said. Defensor also braces for possible foodshortage in the fifth District after most of the farmlands incurred damage.  “Sa subong, ginahulat pa naton ang total damage report sang mga kabanwahanan. We need data sothat we could request properly from the SP and access five percent of the calamityfund,” Defensor said. Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. wants a uniform “enhanced community quarantine pass” throughout the province. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Several areas inWestern Visayas were also placed under a state of calamity: the provinces ofAklan and Capiz; Kalibo town in Aklan; Pandan in Antique; and Balasan, Carles,Batad, and Concepcion in Iloilo province. On Dec. 26, Defensor visited and checkedseveral areas in the northern part of the province, where he personally sawsevere damage to agricultural sector brought by the typhoon, citing productionlosses in Sara town where 70 to 80 percent of its agricultural crops weredevastated.  Should the report be completed, Defensorsaid he will issue a resolution as the chairman of the Provincial Disaster RiskReduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) requesting the SP to enact suchdeclaration. “‘Konwala sang ani may gutom kita kag kinahanglan mabulig kita sa dason ngaplanting season,” he added. As of Dec. 27, Ursula’s deathtoll climbed to 24 as more deaths were reported from thetropical cyclone that plowed through parts of Luzon and Visayas. Among the towns that have yet to passits damage report includes Carles, Estancia, Batad, Balasan, San Dionisio,Lemery, Concepcion, San Rafael, Sara, Ajuy, and Barotac Viejo. Defensor said the towns’ localgovernment officials are expected to submit their report by January 2020.  “Subong, ginabuligan naton ang kada banwa nga masustinter ang relief operation requirements nila,” he added./PN Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. is just waitingfor the final report of typhoon-ravaged municipalities in the 5th Districtbefore he could ask the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) to place the entireprovince under a state of calamity. “Anggina–preparahan naton subong ang damage sa agriculture, ang common sa pila ka munisipyo amo nga nagguba ang humay kag mais.Sa banwa sang Sara ang estimate sang ila municipal administrator 70 to80 percent guba ang ani,”the governorsaid. The northern partof Western Visayas was under typhoon signal No. 3 from the night of Dec. 24 tothe afternoon of Dec. 25. “Ursula” pummelled it with heavy rains that resultedto flashfloods and strong winds that blew away houses and toppled electricposts and trees.last_img

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