Cebu City barangays placed under state of calamity due to fire, floods

December 31, 2011 5:56 am 

CEBU CITY, Dec. 30 –- The Cebu City government has declared a state of calamity in four barangays that had separate fire incidents and all 35 mountain barangays in the city, 19 of which experienced either heavy flooding or landslides, or both.

Local Disasters Risk Reduction Management Council Executive Director Alvin Santillana told the City Council some P25 million can be utilized under the calamity fund.

The P5 million comprises 30 percent of the total calamity fund intended as standby fund for quick response in cases of disasters, while the P20 million is what remains of the 70 percent fund for disaster preparedness.

A total of P176 million was appropriated as calamity fund this year, and Councilor Alvin Dizon wants a report on how the P151 million was spent.

In Consolacion town in northern Cebu, Mayor Teresa Alegado said she will declare a state of calamity so she can use the municipality’s calamity fund, as some 105 families living near Cansaga Bay were evacuated, after the river overflowed due to heavy rains that started Monday night.

Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia said the provincial government will help Consolacion acquire a relocation site for the informal settlers living near the river banks, such as the Pitogo River.

Mayor Alegado was thankful there were no reported deaths despite the damage to her town’s infrastructure, like foot bridges.

Wilson Ramos of the Provincial Social Welfare’s Office said they are not yet done distributing relief goods because they are still finalizing the records.

Some families are listed even if they are not actual flood victims.

He said they are continually coordinating with the social welfare office of Consolacion. (PNA) RMA/LAM/EB/gb

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