President Bongbong Marcos has placed 4 Paeng-hit regions under State of Calamity.
PRESIDENT BONGBONG MARCOS — Following the onslaught of Severe Tropical Storm “Paeng”, the President has placed 4 regions under a State of Calamity.
The President has placed Region IV-A (CALABARZON), Region V (Bicol), Region VI (Western Visayas), and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) under a State of Calamity for 6 months.
Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin signed Proclamation No. 84 by the authority of the President on Wednesday, November 2, 2022.
The President’s Proclamation directed concerned government agencies and departments to continue the implementation of rescue, relief, and rehabilitation measures in areas affected by “Paeng”.
“All departments and other concerned government agencies are also directed to coordinate with the LGUs to provide or augment the basic services and facilities of affected areas,” the Proclamation read.
Based on the Proclamation, the President may place other areas under a State of Calamity if warranted, considering the continuing damage assessment in affected areas based on the conditions provided by law and the recommendation of NDRRMC (National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council).
The onslaught of Severe Tropical Storm “Paeng” from October 26 to 29 resulted in deaths, damage to agriculture and infrastructure, property destruction, as well as disruption in the livelihood of thousands of people across multiple regions in the country.
According to a report, more than 1.4 million people from Region IV-A, Region V, Region VI, and BARMM were adversely affected by the typhoon.
The NDRRMC, through a resolution, recommended to the President to declare a State of Calamity covering those regions in order to hasten rescue, relief, and rehabilitation efforts by both the private and public sectors.
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The declaration of a State of Calamity allows the government to effectively control the prices of basic necessities and prime commodities and also enables both the national and local governments to utilize their appropriate funds for rescue, recovery, and rehabilitation measures.
On Monday, the President said that a nationwide State of Calamity was no longer necessary since the damage caused by the typhoon was “highly localized.”
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