State of calamity declared over 9 municipalities in Eastern Samar

Marje Pelayo   •   May 19, 2020   •   902

EASTERN SAMAR, Philippines — Nine municipalities in the province have been placed under state of calamity in the aftermath of Typhoon Ambo. 

These areas are:

  • Sulat
  • Taft
  • Can-avid
  • Dolores
  • Oras
  • San Policarpio
  • Arteche
  • Jipapag
  • Maslog

The declaration was based on the recommendation of Governor Ben Evardone and was approved by the Provincial Board. 

The Provincial Board also approved the release of the P60-M financial assistance to around 30,000 families in the province who did not receive subsidy from the Social Amelioration Program (SAP). 

Each of the 30,000 families will receive P2,000 cash aid, which excludes beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), Tupad and Sure Aid. 

Also among those who are entitled to the P2,000 cash assistance are barangay healthcare workers, barangay tanod and barangay nutritional scholars. MNP (with inputs from Bernard Dadis)

Palawan placed under state of calamity due to surge of COVID-19 cases

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 9, 2021

Palawan was placed under state of calamity after recording a high number of COVID-19 cases.

Under Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Resolution No. 004 series of 2021, the local government would be able use other funds such as the trust fund and quick response fund for its COVID-19 response.

PDRRMO chief Jerry Alili had previously said that additional funds will be used for food packs, medicine, antigen test kits, personal protective equipment, and additional facilities. AAC

TS Dante leaves Maasin City under state of calamity

Marje Pelayo   •   June 7, 2021

MAASIN CITY, Philippines — The city government of Maasin has declared a state of calamity in the aftermath of tropical storm Dante to make use of its quick response fund (QRF) for disaster relief and rehabilitation efforts.

The move was decided by the Sangguniang Panlungsod upon learning that the number of affected individuals has reached  14,000 out of the total population of 89,000 which is more than the required percentage prior to declaring a state of calamity.

“With the declaration, the LGU will be able to use 30 percent of its calamity fund, the QRF, amounting to P10 million, more or less, for recovery and other disaster-related activities,” city councilor,  Zaldy Olita  said.

The official added that the extent of damage on agriculture and infrastructure is still being assessed.

Non-stop rains caused by Tropical Storm Dante prompted the raising of tropical cyclone wind signal number 2 over the area. Rising tides of 1.6 meters high flooded most of the areas along RK Kangleon national highway as drainage canals choked with excess water.

Likewise, the rivers in barangays Combado and Tunga-Tunga overflowed, trapping residents along the way, some struggling in breast-deep waters. Nevertheless, no fatality was reported.

Tropical Storm Dante nears landfall, aims for Eastern Samar — PAGASA

UNTV News   •   June 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippine — Tropical Storm Dante is aiming for Eastern Samar where it is expected to make its initial landfall Tuesday night (June 1) or in the morning of Wednesday (June 2).

Based on PAGASA’s latest weather bulletin, the weather system is continuously moving towards the Eastern Visayas Region.

Tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) #2 is hoisted over Eastern Samar, Samar, and Northern Samar where damaging gale-force winds prevailing or expected within 24 hours.

Meanwhile, Signal #1 remains over several areas in the country due to the effects of the storm. Areas to experience prevailing strong winds expected within 36 hours include:

LUZON
Masbate, Sorsogon, Albay, Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, and the southeastern portion of Quezon

VISAYAS
Leyte, Southern Leyte, Biliran, and the northern portion of Cebu including Bantayan and Camotes Islands

MINDANAO
The northern portion of Surigao del Sur, the northern portion of Agusan del Sur (Sibagat), the northern portion of Agusan del Norte, Dinagat Islands, and Surigao del Norte

This tropical storm is forecast to intensify in the next 48 hours and reach a severe tropical storm category on Wednesday evening or Thursday early morning.

However, given the increased likelihood of landfall in the next 24 hours, such an intensification scenario may be slightly deterred.

Based on its forecast track, TS Dante is expected to pass in the vicinity of Camarines Sur-Catanduanes area tomorrow afternoon following its initial landfall.

Then, it will likely turn generally northward over the Philippine Sea east of Northern Luzon on Thursday and northeastward on Friday.

Residents in areas identified to be highly or very highly susceptible to hazards associated with the storm are advised to follow evacuation and other instructions from local officials.

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