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PNoy declares state of national calamity

President Benigno Aquino III on Friday declared a state of national calamity after Typhoon Nona barreled through central Philippines. PIA/File

MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino III on Friday declared a state of national calamity at the aftermath of Typhoon Nona (international name Melor) which hit the Visayas and Bicol regions the past week.

The president signed the proclamation after the typhoon left substantial damage and deaths in the provinces of Albay, Northern Samar, Oriental Mindoro, Romblon and Sorsogon.

The proclamation will hasten the rescue, recovery, relief and rehabilitation efforts of the government and private sector.

The declaration also controls the prices of basic goods and commodities in affected areas, allowing the continuous provision of basic services in affected residents.

"Law enforcement agencies, with support from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, are hereby directed to undertake all necessary measures to ensure peace and order in affected areas, as may be necessary," Aquino said in the proclamation.

The proclamation will remain in effect until lifted by Aquino.

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Typhoon Nona has weakened into a low pressure area but Tropical Depression Onyok continues to threaten the Caraga region in northeastern Mindanao.

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