ZC declared under state of calamity PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 13:41

by SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

As the water level at the Pasonanca diversion dam has reached critical level due to the dry spell, the City Council during its maiden session Tuesday approved the declaration of Zamboanga City under a state of calamity.

The resolution was based on the recommendation of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) following the request of the Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) for the local government unit to declare the state of calamity to allow the firm to institute contingency plans with the use of calamity funds.

The CDRRMC, headed by Mayor Beng Climaco in a meeting Monday afternoon strongly endorsed the ZCWD request in view of the continuously receding water flow in Pasonanca that has led to the imposition of water rationing in the city effective January 8.

The request of the Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) for the local government unit to declare a state of calamity is to allow the firm to institute contingency plans with the use of calamity funds.

The ZCWD gas started implementation of the water rationing scheme in the city effective Friday, January 8 due to the continuous decline in the water level.

The water rationing scheme is only one of the few measures that the ZCWD seeks to undertake to mitigate the effects of what it termed as one of the worst if not the worst El Niño phenomenon compared to those experienced in previous years.

Given the continuous decline in the water level, the water firm’s calamity fund could not be accessed unless a state of calamity is declared by the local government through the City Council upon the recommendation of the CDRRMC.

Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde said the City Council to into consideration the need to mitigate the impact of the dry spell on the residents and the agriculture sector and other concerned sectors, which is why the august body immediately acted on the CDRRMC recommendation. — Sheila Covarrubias