State of calamity in Guimaras mulled

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The provincial government of Guimaras is eyeing to place the province under a state of calamity after the devastation left by Typhoon Odette.

The Guimaras Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) passed a resolution on December 18, recommending the declaration of a state of calamity in the entire province.

Governor Samuel Gumarin said he plans to hasten the declaration to pool and utilize funds for relief and assistance. (

Based on the Municipal Disaster Risk National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Memorandum Order No. 60 series of 2019, which provides for the revised guidelines for the declaration of a state of calamity, PDRRMC identified four out of the seven conditions set by the order to support the declaration in the province.

The four conditions include the following:

-at least 15 percent of the forecasted affected population based on science-based projection are in need of emergency assistance;

-at least 30 percent of the means of livelihood on agricultural, business, and industrial sectors are affected;

-damage to critical and lifeline infrastructure/facilities such as major roads and bridges, power stations, potable water supply systems, and telecommunication facilities; and

-widespread destruction of fishponds, crops, poultry and livestock.