TUGUEGARAO CITY — The Sannguniang Panlalawigan of Cagayan will declare anytime the province of Cagayan under state of calamity.
Sangguniang Panlalawigan member Vilmer Viloria said the delayed declaration is due to the difficulty in çonvening the board as even the boardmembers themselves are also victims. This is aside from the fact that all road remain closed because of fallen trees and electric posts.
The declaration will come even in the absence of official reports of damage from the province’s executive department because the situation calls for it.
The province suffered from Super Typhoon Lawin’s fury that caused enormous losses in lives and properties of Cagayanos.
Earlier, Governor Manuel Mamba has told PNA that he will rely on the declaration of the national government for Cagayan to be placed under state of calamity.
Meanwhile, the province is still in the process of collating reports of affected population including damages to agricultural crops, livestock, infrastructure, power lines, among others.
As of this posting, official report of total affected population includes 8,940 families or 40,644 individuals in 195 barangays of 28 towns, including the city of Tuguegarao. The municipality of Rizal has yet to send its report.
Initiàl çount of houses totally damaged is 481 while those partially damaged is placed at 1,236. Vivian de Guzman/PNA-northboundasia.com