The City Council in an emergency session has declared a state of calamity this evening after hundreds of families were affected by the heavy and continuous rain since Wednesday brought by Typhoon Paolo which damaged spillways, bridges, roads and other vital infrastructure. Fortunately, no casualties were reported.
In declaring a state of calamity, the City Council determined that the destruction of bridges and spillways particularly in Barangay Taclobo and Colon extension caused disruption to the lifelines of the public, the flood rendered roads impassable that cannot be fixed within two weeks and clearly affected more than two barangays of the city.
City Planning and Development Coordinator Leonides Caro said that the damage to infrastructure caused by the heavy downpour of Typhoon Paolo was greater than what was sustained during Tropical Storm Sendong.
Seven private homes were totally damaged or washed out by the flood dozens of others were partially damaged or inundated especially the houses along the swollen Banica and Ocoy rivers.
Some 269 families or nearly 1,000 individuals from eleven barangays have evacuated to Angtay Golf Course, multi-purpose halls, public market and barangay halls prompting the City Social Welfare and Development Office to provide food and relief goods to the evacuees. Some of them have returned home in the morning only to return during night time.
The barangays affected are Poblacion 2, Poblacion 8, Bantayan, Batinguel, Bunao, Cadawinonan, Camanjac, Candau-ay, Junob, Tabuc-Tubig and Bagacay.
The declaration of state of calamity was upon the recommendation of the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council chaired by Mayor Felipe Antonio B. Remollo early in the afternoon, which will allow the city to access the P 9 million Quick Response Fund to feed the evacuees, purchase other relief supplies and fund rescue operations.
Councilor Alan Cordova said that Mayor Remollo received a call from Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Secretary Michael Lloyd Dino offering to facilitate the request for the appropriation of P 500 million for the repair or construction of bridges to ensure safety and convenience of the traveling public.
Rescue teams, the Philippine National Police, Liga ng mga Barangays and Bureau of Fire Protection are jointly monitoring the situation especially in the critical areas.