Tayasan declares state of calamity

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

DUMAGUETE. One of the 270 flooded houses in Tayasan, Negros Oriental. (Victor L. Camion)


THE local government unit (LGU) of Tayasan, Negros Oriental declared a state of calamity on Monday following the damages brought by Tropical Depression Queenie.

Vice Mayor Julius Bromo, in a telephone interview, told Sun.Star that the Municipal Council approved the request of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC) to declare a state of calamity so that the executive department can use the five percent calamity fund for rehabilitation.

The LGU of Tayasan has P5-million calamity fund for the calendar year of 2014, Bromo said.

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He stressed, however, that the P5-million fund is just a little amount compared to the rehabilitation needs.

He said that aside from the rehabilitation needed for the roads destroyed by several landslides in the hinterland villages, crops were also destroyed by the storm.

The vice mayor said about 50 to 70 percent of rice fields was devastated by Queenie, according to the Municipal Agriculture Office.

Bromo also said that there is about 40 percent damage on corn fields, 30 percent on bananas and other crops.

He said the LGU is also planning to allocate P5,000 each for owners of houses washed out by Queenie, and P2,000 to P3,000 for those that are damaged.

Tayasan Social Welfare Officer Manon Juaban, for his part, said that of the 270 affected families from five coastal villages, three houses were totally washed out while 20 were damaged. Others were flooded.

Edfoldo Bahi Jr., owner of a house washed out in Matuog village, said that he and his family were sleeping inside their house when the river waters hit around 5 a.m. Friday. They immediately left their house to save their lives.

Two other houses in the same village were also destroyed by raging waters from a river located few meters away.

Municipal local government officer Sheila Reyes said the MDRRMC has convened to sponsor a resolution requesting the Municipal Council members to authorize the mayor to declare the state of calamity.

But it was only Monday morning during the regular session that the Municipal Council approved the request in the absence of estimated damages from the hinterland villages due to massive landslide.

Five hinterland villages were isolated until Monday due to landslide, Vice Mayor Bromo said.

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