Leyte PDCC recommends declaration of state of calamity
by Gay B. Gaspay
Tacloban City (29 February) -- The Leyte Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) members unanimously signed and approves a Resolution recommending the Declaration of State of Calamity of the whole Province of Leyte to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and approved by Leyte Governor Jericho Icot Petilla.
Resolution 02-08 Series of 2008 was made last February 28, 2008 after receiving situational damage reports coming from the different municipalities of Leyte affected by floods after several days of continuous rainfalls over Eastern Visayas area caused by the tail end cold front.
The approval of the Resolution was made during the recently concluded Leyte PDCC meeting held at the Provincial Assessor's Office, Capitol Bldg, Tacloban City.
The meeting presided by Vice Chair and Executive Office Atty. Ralph Iriarte, the members see the importance of passing a Resolution in order to help affected municipalities to rehabilitate damaged infrastructure, restore damaged plants & crops, and provide further needs on shelter, foods and bringing back to normal people's means of living.
According to Atty. Iriarte, there is really a need to declare Leyte in State of Calamity since Republic Act 7160, Presidential Decree 1566 and RA 8185 and under NDCC Memo No.4 series of 1998 provides the declaration of calamities especially when two or three municipalities are affected by disaster. In the case of Leyte, around 28 of the 40 municipalities are already affected and damaged by the heavy rainfall flooded mostly the towns of Leyte, he added.
Around 4,674 farmers are affected in 28 municipalities of Leyte he said, with a production loss of 12,479.29 metric ton volume worth more than 35million pesos. Rice was the mostly damaged plant since affected rice were in stages of seedling, tillering, booting, flowering, milking, ripening, vegetative, newly transplanted, dough, maturity and reproductive which may delay harvesting for this season.
Municipalities affected includes Abuyog, Alang-alang, Barugo, Burauen, Capoocan, Carigara, Dagami, Dulag, Hindang, Jaro, Javier, Julita, Kananga, La Paz, Leyte, MacArthur, Matag-ob, Mayorga, Merida, Palo, San Isidro, San Miguel, Sta. Fe, Tabon-tabon, Tacloban City, Tanauan, Tolosa and Babatngon. (PIA-8) [top]