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DavNor eyes resolution declaring state of calamity

TAGUM CITY (31 January) -- Davao del Norte Vice Governor Anthony del Rosario refused to skirt the guidelines in proclaiming a state of calamity saying a resolution from the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council is needed for the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to take action.

In a press conference, del Rosario explained that guidelines in proclaiming a state of calamity requires the local disaster and coordinating council to convene and pass a resolution requesting the local legislative body to declare a state of calamity during emergency situations such as the occurrence of destructive calamities.

A declaration of a state of calamity enables the release of calamity fund that a local government unit can use to provide assistance to victims and restore infrastructure damage wrought by a calamitous occurrence.

But del Rosario said the local chief executive, however, can withdraw part of the calamity fund to immediately respond to the needs of the victims.

"Di na kinahanglan nga hulaton pa ang (declaration) ng state of calamity. (The declaration of a state of calamity need not be there)," he said.

Six municipalities in the province of Davao del Norte experienced flood at the start of the year due to continuous rains.

River bank areas of the municipalities of Kapalong, Asuncion, Sto. Tomas, Carmen, Braulio Dujali and the city of Tagum swelled to a high level wrecking damage to crops and infrastructure.

Provincial Governor Gelacio Gementiza secured bags of rice for flood victims and requested the Sangguniang Panglalawigan to place the province under a state of calamity.

But the provincial legislative body failed to immediately act on the request which was not backed with a resolution from the PDCC.

Del Rosario, however, assured the public that SP immediately acts on and declare the state of calamity as soon as the resolution is forwarded to the provincial law-making body.

PDCC passed Resolution No. 030 and transmitted it to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan which declared the State of Calamity on January 22, 2007. (PIA XI/JMDA) [top]

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