4 provinces under state of calamity

state-calamityWorkers of the Department of Social Welfare and Development on Tuesday pack rice to be given to victims of typhoon “Labuyo” at a warehouse in Pasay City. The government has given assurances that there will be no rice shortage even if the typhoon devastated rice farms in Regions 1 and 2. The provinces of Quirino and Cavite and several towns in two other provinces were placed under a state of calamity in the aftermath of typhoon Labuyo (international codename: CItor), which left at least four people dead, displaced thou­sands and destroyed crops and infrastructure, The Manila Times reports.

The damage caused by Labuyo to the agriculture sector reached P438.27 million, the Department of Agriculture (DA) reported on Tues­day.

 In its initial damage report, the DA said that the typhoon devas­tated farms in Cordillera Admin­istrative Region, Regions 2 and 3 affecting rice, corn, banana and vegetable crops. Corn and rice fields sustained the biggest damage at P320.91 million and P93.93 million, respectively. The DA said 26,800 metric tons (MT) of corn were lost while 4,617 MT of rice were damaged. Region 2 suffered the biggest loss at P52.78 million, followed by Region 3 at P39.43 million and CAR at P1.7 million. The DA said it has already put in place various mechanisms to help affected farmers.

The NDRRMC said Labuyo dis­placed at least 7,100 families or 31,256 people in 154 villages in 45 towns and three cities in 12 provinc­es in Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Bicol, and Cordillera. It said that at least 229 houses were destroyed and 1,384 were damaged and some 69 evacuation centers were set up. The NDRRMC also said that 1,158 PEOPLE were still stranded as 23 roads and 13 bridges were damaged, while power outages were reported in 13 areas. Damage to property as of early Tuesday was estimated at more than P57.4 million in Cagayan Val­ley and Central Luzon, including P14.3 million in agriculture in Ca­gayan Valley.

In Quirino province alone, some 1,883 families were affected by the storm, prompting the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to pass a resolution declaring the entire province under a state of calamity. The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Office (PDRRO) reported that P200-mil­lion worth of crops was damaged.

“Based on our latest monitoring, the floods caused by heavy rainfall brought by typhoon Labuyo de­stroyed standing crops of rice, corn, banana, citrus and other crops,” said Agathon Pagbilao, provincial disaster action officer. “We are still monitoring the dam­ages and the figure is expected to increase,” Pagbilao said.

In Maddela town, the typhoon spawned the swelling of the Cagay­an River which affected barangays Santo Nifio, Manglad, San Pedro and Villa Ylanan that remained iso­lated as of Tuesday. Pagbilao said that by declaring the province under a state of ca­lamity, the provincial government will be able to maximize the use of calamity funds for relief and reha­bilitation works.

In Aurora, three isolated towns were placed under a state of calam­ity by the provincial board following a special session attended by Gov­ernor Gerardo Noveras. The badly- hit towns are Dinalungan, Casigu­ran and Dilasag. National Disaster Risk Reduc­tion and Management Council (NDRRMC) head Eduardo del Ro­sario and his regional counterpart, Josefina Timoteo, were also pres­ent during the special session.

With the declaration, Aurora will utilize the full five percent of the province’s budget allocation for di­saster operations. Based on the initial reports to the Regional Disaster Risk Reduc­tion and Management Council (RDRRMC), the damage on agricul­ture and infrastructure was pegged at P157 million.

Engineer Elson Egargue, head of the Aurora Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, said that they could not get updates from the three towns because com­munication lines were down. The governor, together with mili­tary and disaster officials, will con­duct aerial inspection to assess the situation and determine the extent of damage.

Meanwhile, in Zambales, the town of Masinloc was also placed under a state of calamity by Mayor Desiree Edora, who made the dec­laration as almost the entire town was submerged under floodwater.
In a report reaching the RDRRMC, seven barangays in Masinloc town were inundated by two to five feet high floods on Monday afternoon. These are North Poblacion, South Poblacion, Inhobol, Santo Rosario, Tapuac, Santa Rita, and Collat.

RDRRMC report also showed that some 4,200 families or 25,229 individuals were displaced and are now in evacuation centers. A portion of the national highway in Palauig town also eroded and now only has one passable lane. Similarly, in Cavite, the provin­cial government declared the whole province under a state of calamity not only because of the typhoon but also due to the oil spill disaster in the shorelines of Rosario, Tanza, Naic and Ternate. Cavite Vice Governor Ramon “Jolo” Revilla 3rd said majority of the board members of the provin­cial legislative body affirmed the declaration of the state of calamity after a through evaluation of the condition on the ground. He said the provincial board members signed two measures adopting Resolution 067 series of 2013 for the state of calamity due to Typhoon “Labuyo” which, like in other provinces, wrought extensive damage on crops and poultry. Another measure, Resolution 068 series of 2013, also declared a twin state of calamity brought about by the diesel spill that affected resi­dents of coastal towns.
Worst-hit Nueva Vizcaya, one of the worst hit provinces in Region 2, recorded three fatalities.