• State of calamity declared in Batangas

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    BATANGAS: Governor Vilma Santos-Recto on Tuesday declared Batangas under a state of calamity due to the devastation brought about by Typhoon Glenda (international codename: Rammasun.)

    In a second special session of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan headed by Vice Gov. Mark Leviste, Board Member Caloy Bolilia proposed the declaration of the province under a state of calamity and the 10 other members agreed.

    Based on the report of the Provincial Disasater Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, the typhoon destroyed P458 million worth of crops in four districts.

    In the livestock industry, the damage was estimated at P3.6 billion pesos from poultry, piggery and fishing while repair on infrastracture will cost around P891 million including the rehabilitation of Calumpang bridge in Batangas City.

    An estimated 85,000 families from 878 of 1,078 barangays in Batangas were affected by the typhoon, which also left 7,952 houses totally damaged while 77,210 were partially damaged.

    Asked why the declaration of the state of calamity in Batangas was delayed, Batangas Public Information Officer Jing Segismundo replied: “As per PDRRMC they waited for the reports of all the cities and municipalities to come in”.

    The governor said “it took a while because ang gusto ko pag nag-declare ng state of calamity ang Batangas ay kumpleto sa support ng results sa PDRRMC. Malaki ang tama ng Glenda typhoon sa atin so yung hindi natin makakaya sa calamity fund, hihingi din tayo ng tulong sa national government. We will do our best! Priority ang mga mahihirapan bumangon and important infras, like schools , hospital and roads”.

    Leviste, who was acting governor during the onslaught of Glenda, said two days after the onslaught of the typhoon, they already acknowledged the province under a state of calamity sans a formal declaration.

    Laguna and Quezon, however, were able to declare their provinces under a state of calami- ty two to three days after the devastation.

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