PDRRMC recommends state of calamity for NegOcc

BACOLOD CITY–The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) has recommended Negros Occidental be placed under a state of calamity.

In a meeting on Monday, December 20, presided by himself, Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said he will submit the resolution to the Sanggunian Panlalawigan on Tuesday for approval.

Lacson also issued Executive Order 21-59, putting the province under a state of calamity.

The declaration will allow local government units to utilize their respective calamity funds, he explained.

However, he added, part of the province’s calamity fund has been already been used for COVID-19 response.

“Under our quick response funds, only P15 million is left, but we will look for other sources,” Lacson said.

Based on the rapid assessment of the PDRRMC, the province incurred damages amounting to P5,982,94,301.65, the governor said, with the agricultural sector suffering the biggest loss at P4.4 billion.

He added the rest are in livestock and infrastructure, which includes damaged school buildings and hospitals.

The Provincial Health Office, which is already stretched to its limit due to the pandemic, suffered over P13 million in damages.

Negros Occidental has 33 official deaths, 36 injured, and 14 missing as of December 20, he said, adding that the number of deaths is only based on police blotter reports.

There are also 181,110 displaced persons, Lacson said, adding the number may still increase pending validations.

The governor also said that he is still waiting for assistance from the national government. (Eugene Y. Adiong/iNews-Bacolod/Negros Bureau)

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