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Davao del Norte recommended under State of Calamity; Gov calls help for flood victims

DAVAO DEL NORTE (PIA) -- Four local government units in Davao Del Norte have been placed under the State of Calamity as of January 18, 2024, giving the grounds for the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) to  work for a provincial  level declation of the state of calamity. 

These are the municipalities New Corella  through  Sangguniang Bayan (SB) No.  2024-001, s 2024; Carmen, SB Res. No. 1095, s. 2024; Sto Tomas, SB No. 16 s. 2024; and Asuncion, SB No. 24-001, s. 2024.

Tagum City and the Municipality of Kapalong are also recommended by its respective local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (DRRMC) to be placed under the state of calamity due to the effects of shear line weather system that resulted in flooding in said areas.

The Davao del Norte Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) approves a resolution recommending to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to declare the province under the State of Calamity due to massive flooding

During the meeting of the Provincial DRRMC presided by Governor Edwin I. Jubahib as chairperson, the entire province of Davao del Norte has been recommended to be declared under the state of calamity through a PDRRMC resolution.

In an interview, Jubahib was optimistic of the leadership of Vice Governor Decarlo “Oyo” Uy for the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to soon come up with a legislative measure to declare Davao del Norte under the State of Calamity.

Uy together with Provincial Administrator Josie Jean Rabanoz among other LGU officials, provincial department heads; officials of the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection and Philippine Army and sectoral representatives in the province  attended the PDRRMC Full Council meeting.

The declaration  will unlock the   calamity funds  that the provincial government  can maximize to provide the needs of flood victims and possibly recoup their  losses.

Jubahib was looking at immediately assisting some 244,000 individual-victims of flooding as a result of the continuous  rains since  afternoon of January 15 due to the Shearline Weather System.

Based on the PDRRM Office Progress Report  released at 1:00 p.m. of January 18,2024, eight LGUs with a total of 81 barangays have been affected by inundation as heavy volume of floodwaters from nearby provinces of Bukidnon, Davao de Oro including those from upstream sources within the province, rushed downstream beyond the capacity  of Davao del Norte rivers to  hold.

The Asuncion town has the most number of affected barangays at a total of 16;    Tagum City, 15; New Corella 15; Sto. Tomas, 12 ;  Kapalong, 12 ; Carmen,  three ; Braulio E. Dujali,  five; Panabo City, three.

The latest release of PDRRMO Progress Report indicated a total of 48,508 affected families.

Agriculture damage is initially pegged at P6.199 million but the PDRRMC discussion on January 18 revealed that much damage is expected to be assessed when flood waters will totally subside.

Jubahib revealed in an interview after the meeting that the Davao del Norte is currently using the Provincial Governor’s Office funds to provide the emergency relief assistance, and to run the necessary  operation to save lives and property from the massive flooding.

Davao del Norte governor Edwin I. Jubahib relays his public call for help to sustain the emergency provisions for some 244,000 individual flood victims.

Meanwhile, the governor calls for assistance from benevolent individuals, business people, government agencies and national government officials.

“Hinaut nga daghan sa atong mga kaigsoonan nga adunay ‘big hearts’ sa paghtag ug tabang sa atong mga kaigsonan nga biktima. (Hoping that some of our brethrens would have a big heart to help the vicims),” he said as he pitched his call for assistance also specifically to the offices of the Senators, the Vice President and the President.

While the city, municipal and provincial governments have been able to provide the evacuation facilities and the initial  emergency relief assistance, Jubahib made this  call for help to sustain the daily needs especially of those severely affected families.

“Kinhanglang nato nga magtabangay ta para sa pag-sustain sa pagkaon aning kaigsonan nga affected kay daghan  kaayo (We need to help each other to sustain the food of our affected brothers and sisters. There are a number  of them),” he said.  (JMDA/PIA Davao del Norte)

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