Legarda supports PGMA’s state of calamity declaration

March 12, 2010 11:38 pm 

MANILA, March 12 – Nactionalista Party vice presidential candidate Loren Legarda supported on Friday the decision of President Gloria Macalagal-Arroyo to declare Mindanao in state of calamity.

“I am for declaring a state of calamity in Mindanao if it will swiftly address the worsening power crisis in the region,” Legarda said.

Legarda, who is also the presidential bet of Nationalist People’s Coalition and Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (LDP), though urged the people to be vigilant for possible abuse of power.

”We should remain vigilant to prevent any abuse of power. President Arroyo should use this power to solve the energy crisis and to rescue the livelihood of farmers and fisherfolk,” she said.

The NDCC has reported that 300,000 hectares of agricultural land and P5.11 billion worth of crops have been damaged by El Nino.

Legarda, who chairs the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food, said if government has to acquire additional generator sets, it should strictly follow the provisions of the Government Procurement Law and uphold transparency in the bidding process.

“The last thing we need in a time of crisis are unscrupulous government officials taking advantage and earning kickbacks while the rest of the country suffers the devastation of El Nino,” she said.

Some areas in Mindanao have been experiencing six to 12 hours brownouts everyday, affecting the local economy and tourism. (PNA)<b> vcs/jfm

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