MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte has issued a proclamation placing four northern Luzon regions under a state of calamity in the wake of the onslaught of typhoon “Ompong.”
Duterte, through Proclamation 593, placed the Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, and Central Luzon regions, as well as the Cordillera Administrative Region, under a state of calamity due to the widespread destruction and loss of lives caused by the typhoon.
“All departments and other concerned government agencies are hereby directed to implement and execute rescue, recovery, relief, and rehabilitation work in accordance with pertinent operational plans and directives,” Duterte said in his proclamation signed last Sept. 25 by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.
Duterte also ordered all departments and concerned agencies to coordinate with, and provide or augment the basic services and facilities of, affected local government units.
When a state of calamity is declared, a price control for basic necessities is implemented, no-interest loans are granted to the affected part of the population, and calamity funds are appropriated.
The total damage of typhoon Ompong to crops and livestock has reached P26.7 billion, smashing initial forecasts, according to the latest data of the Department of Agriculture (DA) released Monday.
This is the second highest damage by a typhoon, next to Yolanda (super typhoon Haiyan) in 2013 with P35 billion, Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol said.
Meanwhile, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said the cost of damage to infrastructure has reached P6.92 billion.
Scores also died after the typhoon ripped through the northern Philippines. Most of the deaths were reported in the landslide-hit province of Benguet.