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The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council chaired by Governor Joseph C. Cua recommended the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to declare the province under the state of calamity due to incessant rains.

This was agreed upon by the members of the council on Thursday, Dec. 28, during the PDRRMC emergency meeting.

The recommendation for the declaration is in accordance with the National Disaster Coordinating Council Memorandum Order, No. 4, Series of 1998 which stated that when 20% of the population is affected and in need of assistance, a province can already be declared in state of calamity.

As conveyed by the PDRRMO headed by Mr. Jerry Beo, the Bicol Region is affected by three weather systems, the northeast wind or amihan, tail-end of a cold front, and easterlies in the part of Mindanao which take turns in bringing extensive and moderate to heavy rains in the entire region.

Affected municipalities are San Miguel, Caramoran, and Viga with reported incident of landslides and severe flooding. Means of livelihood of the fisherfolks and abaca farmers from said towns are also affected.

Meanwhile, because of successive gale warnings, fisherfolks are prohibited from venturing to the seaboards. Areas prone to landslide and flood are being monitored by the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Offices to mitigate the effect of disaster and avoid having casualties.

All LDRRMOs, barangay officials and other concerned are already alerted for any disaster occurrences.

With the declaration of state of calamity, the province can tap the calamity fund to provide assistance to those heavily affected areas.

Under National Disaster Coordinating Council Memo No.4 series of 1998 known as the Amended Policies, Procedures and Criteria for Declaration of a state of Calamity, upon the recommendation of Local Disaster Coordinating Council, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan must immediately convene and pass a resolution declaring the state of calamity. As of press time the Sangguniang Panlalawigan has not yet pass a resolution declaring state of calamity of the province.



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