Olango, 3 other islands under ‘state of calamity’
Mitchelle L. Palaubsanon (The Freeman) - August 25, 2019 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines —  The Lapu-Lapu City Council has declared the islands of Olango, Caubian, Pangan-an and Caohagan under the state of calamity, giving the city access to its P7-million Quick Response Fund.

During their August 22 session, members of the council approved in mass motion declaring the whole Olango island, which has eight barangays and the three island barangays of Pangan-an, Caohagan and Caubian under a state of calamity, after the livelihood, work of residents and the economy were affected by the six-day gale warning the weather bureau issued two weeks ago.

The approval could have been done much earlier, but some city councilors were absent in their session last August 15.

The issue was not discussed due to lack of quorum.

As such, Mayor Junard Chan has urged the City Council to concur with the state of calamity declaration so that funds will be released for the affected families.

City Accountant Helen Dungog said even without the individual barangays declaring state of calamity, the Sangguniang Panlungsod can declare a state of calamity for the affected areas to authorize the release of the calamity funds.

City Disaster Head and LDRRMC Secretary Nagiel Bañacia said they will now start purchasing relief items to replenish used items, food, shelter, medical supplies to island residents.

He said the standard DSWD relief items include six kilos of rice, four cans of sardines, four cans of corned beef, and six sachets of coffee.

Workers may also apply for calamity loans in government financial institutions.

The gale or intense Habagat last August 4 brought by Tropical Depression Hanna triggered strong winds and huge waves that prevented wooden-hull motor boats from ferrying passengers from the mainland to the island and vice versa.

The LDRRMC resolution stated that the worst impact of the gale warning has prevented motor boats from ferrying passengers and goods thus stopping the transport of food supplies and resulting in shortage of food stuffs, fuel that triggered black outs and transport of seriously ill patients that need intensive care.

Also professional workers were immobilized in reporting for work.

In a press statement released by the city's Public Information Office, the damage assessment revealed that 2,189 families were affected in Olango island, 582 in Caubian, 300 in Pangan-an.

There was no available data submitted in Caohagan. — GAN (FREEMAN)

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