After a month of the hit by a 6.5 magnitude earthquake, Kanangga town and Ormoc City in Leyte was placed under a state in calamity by President Rodrigo Duterte.
On August 7, the Chief Executive signed the Proclamation 238 on the state of emergency declaration upon NDRRMC’s (National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council) commendation.
The temblor which struck the areas last July 6 killed two people and injured many others. Building collapsed and thousands of families were displaced as the result of the quake.
“The declaration of a state of calamity in the aforesaid areas will hasten the rescue, recovery, relief and rehabilitation efforts of the government and the private sector, including any international humanitarian assistance,” as stated in the proclamation.
The declaration of the state of emergency would also regulate the control of the prices of essential goods and other commodities in the areas affected by the calamity and it will also give way for the government’s freedom to utilize funds for the relief, recovery, rescue and rehabilitation works.
Government’s departments and agencies were ordered to implement the relief and rehabilitation works, and to communicate with and expand the basic facilities and services of the local government units who are in need.
The military in cooperation with the law enforcement agencies were assigned to maintain peace and order in the affected areas.
Not until the President put a lift on it, the state of calamity will remain.