Misamis Oriental declares ‘state of calamity’ due to lingering effects of inclement weather

MISAMIS ORIENTAL -- The provincial board of Misamis Oriental has declared a state of calamity in the province at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Francisco Dy, the head of the Provincial Disaster, Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), said that the ordinance was approved during an emergency session by provincial board members here Thursday evening.

He said that the PDRRMO has recommended to the Office of the Provincial Governor the declaration of the state of calamity after more than 7,000 people in various parts in Misamis Oriental were evacuated since Monday.

Provincial Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano asked the provincial board to hold an emergency session Thursday night after approving the PDRRMO recommendation, Dy said.

Four people died, including a 3-year-old boy, due to drowning at the height of the heavy rains spawned by the lingering Low Pressure Area (LPA) in Northern Mindanao since Monday.

The heavy rain resulted in overflowing of rivers and creeks in the province's mountain villages and semi-urban centers, which resulted in the evacuation of residents, Dy said.

Dy identified the fatalities as CJ Lapuz, 7, of Magsaysay; Ian Montecino, 10, of Opol; Nilo Quiloman, 54, of Gingoog City; and Jaime Castillo, 3, also of Gingoog City.

While the province declared a state of calamity Thursday, classes in all levels from elementary to high school in Misamis Oriental would resume Friday, Dy said.

The declaration of the state of calamity is a requisite for the provincial government to release the much needed funds for the relief of the severely affected villages and the rehabilitation of the damaged infrastructure.

In the Cagayan De Oro City, the City Council had also approved an ordinance declaring the entire city under the state of calamity due to serious urban and rural flooding affecting more than 5,000 people and the death of three persons.

Source: Philippines News Agency