TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- The provincial government of Cagayan has declared state of calamity throughout the province due to the heavy damage brought by super typhoon Lawin.
The Cagayan provincial information office said Governor Manuel issued the Executive Order No. 8 placing the province under state of calamity.
The declaration of state of calamity came two days after the typhoon hit the province, with the victims still clamoring for housing aid and relief materials from government.
Mamba said he already issued the executive order since the provincial board members have yet to convene and to act on his recommendation to declare state of calamity.
In his declaration, Mamba said the province has suffered “widespread destruction and substantial damage to the properties” in the province.
There are about 75,000 affected families, 34, 421 partially blown houses and 9, 306 totally damaged houses.
In the summary report issued by the Cagayan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC), there are about P6.3 billion of damage in agriculture.
They have also recorded P121 million cost of damage in infrastructure so far in 6 municipalities. These infrastructures include the irrigation systems, farm to market roads, government facilities including the school buildings and the bridges.
“There are also reports on overpricing or profiteering and hoarding of prime commodities, medicines and petroleum products,” Mamba said.
Mamba has directed all department heads and concerned offices to implement rescue, relief and rehabilitation and to provide the basic services of the affected towns. TNF/Rappler.com