La Union declares state of calamity

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, Sept. 19 (PIA) — A state of calamity was declared in the entire province of La Union.  

Members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan during their 116th session on Tuesday approved Resolution No. 568-2018 declaring the province under a state of calamity due to the damages brought by Typhoon Ompong.

Before Typhoon Ompong made its landfall, La Union Governor Francisco Emmanuel “Pacoy” Ortega III and San Fernando City Mayor Hermenegildo “Dong” Gualberto visited the RDRRMC-1 Operations Center and communicated with OCD-1 Regional Director Melchito Castro updates on the typhoon and the status of preparations. (JNPD/PIA La Union)

On September 17, Governor Francisco Emmanuel R. Ortega III, also the chairman of the Provincial Disaster Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC), called the department and unit heads of the Provincial Government of La Union (PGLU) for an emergency meeting to assess the effects of the said typhoon.

During the meeting, it was reported that while Ompong left with zero casualty in the province, La Union’s agriculture and infrastructure sectors have been severely affected with over P1 billion worth of damages.

Bulk of the losses was noted in crops and livestock and poultry with combined amount of P934,916,142.50 while damage to infrastructures reached P982,998,741.66.


Landslide area along San Fernando City-Bagulin Road due to Typhoon Ompong (VAV/PIA-La Union)

It was also reported that there were approximately 111,947 individuals and 29,824 families in La Union who were affected in terms of evacuation and livelihood as of 4:30 p.m. of September 18.

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“With the above facts and figures, and after careful assessment, review, and endorsement by the Governor and the chairman of the PDRRMC of the Province of La Union, it is now imperative the Province be declared under state of calamity,” the resolution stated.

MDRRMO Aringay reported that as of 1 PM, September 15, 2018, there have been 268 families or 1,019 individuals that are housed in the town’s amphitheater which served as one of the evacuation centers within the town. The evacuees come from the following villages: Alaska, Dulao, Samara, San Benito Sur, and Sto. Rosario. (ETN/PIA-1)

Meanwhile, the municipalities of Luna and Bangar earlier passed Sangguniang Bayan Resolution Nos. 59 and 198, respectively, declaring their area under a state of calamity also due to Typhoon Ompong, in addition to the towns of San Gabriel and Naguilian which are still under a state of calamity due to the damages sustained by previous strong southwest monsoon rains.

With the declaration, the PGLU can utilize emergency fund in providing relief assistance to the affected residents in the province.

Also, La Union residents, who are members of the Pag-IBIG Fund and the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), may avail of calamity loan and emergency loan, respectively to help them recover from the adverse effects of the typhoon. (JNPD/PIA-1,La Union)

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