The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has recommended that the whole of Luzon be placed under a state of calamity due to the massive damage and displacement of people caused by the successive typhoon to his the country.
In an emergency meeting on Monday, the NDRRMC agreed with the recommendation of President Rodrigo Duterte to place the entire of Luzon under a state of calamity, NDRRMC Executive Director Usec. Ricardo Jalad said in a statement.
“It was approved during the meeting the recommendation for President Rodrigo Duterte to place under state of calamity the entire Luzon to address the impacts of the latest typhoons that hit the country,” he said.
The NDRRMC guidelines states that the President’s declaration of state of calamity “may warrant request for and acceptance of international humanitarian assistance upon the recommendation of the NDRRMC.”
Under a state of calamity, local government units will also have easier access to public funds for relief and rehabilitation,
The latest storm to hit the Philippines, “Ulysses,” almost caused caused the same damage as Typhoon “Ondoy” in 2009. And while Ulysses death toll so far is only 69 while Ondoy’s is 747, those affected by Ulysses said the recent storm caused more flooding and displacement of people.
The NDRRMC has so far tallied more than 428,000 families displaced by Ulysses, mostly from Luzon.
So far, the NDRRMC has placed Cagayan province and Marikina City under a state of calamity due to Ulysses. Those placed under a state of calamity due to Super Typhoon “Rolly” was Camarines Sur and Cavite, and Batangas province and Oriental Mindoro due to Typhoon “Quinta”. JONATHAN ARACELI FOR SOVEREIGHPH