RDRRMC-6 asks President Aquino to declare WV areas in state of calamity
By Jaime S. Cabag, Jr.
ILOILO CITY, Dec. 29 (PIA6) -- The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) passed a resolution requesting President Benigno S. Aquino III to declare a state of calamity in areas of Western Visayas adversely affected by typhoon “Quinta”.
The move was made by the council chaired by Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Regional Director Rosario T. Cabrera to hasten relief, rehabilitation and other response efforts for affected areas, families and individuals with the needed help from the national government.
The passage of the resolution was one of the highlights of the council’s special meeting convened by Cabrera Dec. 28 at the Jalaur Hall of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)- 6 here. The meeting also updated its members and members of the media on the assessment of damages wrought by the typhoon and the aerial inspection of affected areas conducted by the council last Dec. 27 with the support of the AFP’s Tactical Operations Group-6 headed by Col. Frederick Cutler.
During the meeting, Cabrera announced that more relief assistance is underway for families and individuals who were affected especially by flooding and landslides caused by the typhoon that hit the region on Christmas Day.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development-6 (DSWD-6) said they have procured on Dec. 27 some P1.2 million worth of relief goods including foodstuffs for affected families. DSWD is the vice chair of the council for disaster response.
DSWD-6’s Judith Tanate said they have already prepositioned rice stocks in the provinces that they can withdraw in times of emergencies such as this one.
DSWD-6 reported that 33,257 families were affected by the typhoon including 170,037 individuals.
Tanate also bared that they will soon be piloting the model of the evacuation center that would be adopted in communities.
The initial consolidated report prepared by the RDRRMC showed that damages wrought by the typhoon to rice, corn, high-value crops especially vegetables and livestock have reached P62 million, the bulk of which is accounted for by the staple crop valued at P43 million.
These figures need further validation, said Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Executive Director Larry Nacionales at the meeting.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DWPH) said they have deployed needed equipment including dump trucks and excavators to render maintenance and clearing activities.
Cabrera said they are monitoring the situation in affected areas in the aftermath of the typhoon and coordinating relief and other response efforts.
“Until now, there are many areas in Iloilo and Capiz that are still under water. These are areas where people badly need relief assistance,” Cabrera said.
She also acknowledged the assistance extended by disaster volunteer groups and members of the council who came to the aid of typhoon victims and ease the situation in Aklan, Capiz, Iloilo and Negros Occidental.
While these activities by the RDRRMC are going on, concerned local government units have been exerting extending help as first-line responders to ease the plight of their affected constituents. (JCM/JSC-PIA6)