Swamped by monsoon floods since Sunday, the cities of Pasay and Parañaque have been placed under the state of calamity.
The Pasay City Council convened a special session on Wednesday to declare the state of calamity.
Mayor Antonino Calixto said the move will allow the city to tap its calamity funds to help thousands of displaced residents.
The City Social Welfare Development (CSWD) lists 4,671 families or 45,919 individuals affected by the flood since Sunday.
At the height of the monsoon rains on Tuesday afternoon, half of Pasay’s streets were submerged and Barangays 180, 181, 182, and 183 were under five feet of water, Calixto said,
The Parañaque city government declared the state of calamity on Tuesday night.
Mayor Edwin Olivarez said Parañaque sustained infrastructure and property damage from the floods.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reported three Parañaque barangays were severely affected by the floods.
It said 197 families sought shelter in six evacuation sites in Barangays Marcelo, Moonwalk and Don Galo.
“This declaration of a state of calamity will enable the City and the barangays to utilize our calamity funds for rescue and relief operations, ensuring immediate delivery of food, shelter, medicines and other necessary services, as well as allow us to carry out infrastructure and community rehabilitation,” Olivarez said.
RITCHIE A. HORARIO