The Cebu provincial board has declared 15 municipalities under state of calamity after Tropical Depression ‘Queenie’ hit southern Cebu last Thursday, Novermber 28.
The resolution authored by PB Celestino Martinez III was passed during its regular session yesterday afternoon.
The affected towns are Alcantara, Alcoy, Alegria, Argao, Badian, Boljoon, Dalaguete, Dumanjug, Ginatilan, Malabuyoc, Moalboal, Oslob, Ronda, Samboan and Santander.
Some municipalities suffered crops and livestock loss and severely damaged infrastructures.
In the partial data of Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), a total of 501 households or a total of 2,505 individuals have been affected.
As of December 1, PDRRMO has reported an initial total overall damage cost in housing, infrastructures and agriculture with an estimate of P230,225.000.00.
The estimates were provided by the municipalities and will be subjected to further evaluation.
According to PDRRMO Head Baltz Tribulano there will be more updates in the data since assessment of the data is still ongoing and they will release a final report when full assessment and observation is complete.
In recent reports, Provincial Budget Officer Danilo Rodas said the province has P99 million remaining DRRM funds. At least P30 million is allocated for disaster response.
For the provincial government to provide immediate assistance to the affected municipalities and to set aside appropriation, it is essential to declare under state of calamity.
Based on Section 3 of Republic Act 10121 or known as the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan is sanctioned to declare a state of calamity in the affected municipalities upon the recommendation of the PDRRMO, based on the results of the damage assessment and needs analysis. (Heart Rizarri)