CEBU CITY: Mayor Michael Rama has slammed the City Council for not declaring 31 drought-hit mountain barangays (villages) under a state of calamity.
The council held two separate executive sessions on the scarcity of water in the upland villages on May 4 and 6, but they still did not declare the mountain barangays under a state of calamity.
“I wish they have to go to the mountain barangays. When was the last time any of them have gone to the mountains?” Rama said.
The Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CCDRRMC) recommended on April 24 to the City Council for the declaration of a state of calamity after some mountain barangays said they were having a water crisis.
“Barangay officials in upland barangays are now asking for assistance through provision of water barrels and water hoses to sustain the daily water needs of their agricultural crops and livestock,” the CCDRRMC resolution read.
Most of Cebu City’s upland residents rely on agriculture, cutflower growing and livestock growing for livelihood.
The CCDRRMC also said there is a need for sufficient supply of potable water to all upland barangay residents.
The declaration of the mountain barangays under state of calamity will allow the CCDRRMC to use the disaster funds to address the water shortage in the barangays.