City pushes for nat’l declaration of state of calamity PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 October 2013 11:42

The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) has sought the assistance of its national counterpart to recommend to President Aquino the declaration of a state of calamity in Zamboanga City on the basis of human crisis.

“With a similar purpose, the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) in a meeting Wednesday also requested the NDRRMC to recommend to his Excellency, President Aquino the declaration of Zamboanga under a state of calamity on the basis of humanitarian crisis,” said Mayor Beng Climaco.

A national declaration of a state of calamity will allow international donors to contribute additional funding to augment the support of the national government to the City, she added.

The three-week crisis cost the City an estimated P4 billion, an amount equal to two years of the City’s annual budget.

While the national government pledged P3.8 billion for rehabilitation efforts, this will primarily go into the establishment of the temporary and permanent shelters. The development of the planned relocation sites and its necessary facilities and utilities, as well as the rehabilitation of livelihood and education institutions, will be shouldered by the local government.

Additionally, the local government will have to sustain the relief operations for the approximately 23,000 families still sheltered in 33 evacuation centers.

The DSWD has expended a total of P106 million as part of their ongoing support to the evacuees, but according the Mayor, this will end by October 9. — Jasmine Mohammadsali