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PGMA declares state of calamity in NCR, 27 provinces

Manila (1 October) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has declared a state of calamity in the National Capital Region (NCR) and in 27 provinces in Luzon in the aftermath of devastation brought by tropical storm "Ondoy."

The Chief Executive issued Proclamation 1891 on the day "Ondoy" hit most parts of Luzon and Metro Manila, so the national calamity fund under the General Appropriations Act could be disbursed.

Covered by the proclamation were the National Capital Region; Pangasinan, Ilocos Sur and La Union in Region 1; Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya and Isabela in Region 2; all the seven provinces in Region 3; Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal and Quezon in Region 4 A; Marinduque, Oriental Mindoro and Occidental Mindoro in Region 4B; Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte and Catanduanes in Region 5; Mountain Province, Benguet and Ifugao in the Cordillera Autonomous Region.

The Local Government Code confers upon the local government units the power to determine and declare a state of calamity in their respective localities but without a Presidential Proclamation, calamity funds could not be released.

The rains submerged entire villages, cities, municipalities and provinces under water, causing tremendous damage to life and property.

President Arroyo ordered all departments and other government agencies concerned to implement and execute medical assistance, relief and rehabilitation work.

As of 6 a.m. today (Sept. 30), the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) reported that 373,675 families or 2,254,915 persons have been affected by the flooding.

The total number of casualties is 293 with 246 dead, five injured and 42 missing.

Estimated cost of damages is P4,792,309,020 with infrastructure damage pegged at P1.59 billion and agriculture P3.20 billion. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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