President Rodrigo Duterte will most likely declare Bicol region, Mimaropa and Calabarzon under a state of calamity following the onslaught of Typhoon “Rolly.”
President Rodrigo Duterte. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
“Most likely po, pero antayin na natin ‘yung papel na manggagaling mismo sa Tanggapan ng Presidente (Most likely but let us wait for the declaration coming from the Office of the President),” Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said Monday when asked if the President would heed the recommendation of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
The council last week recom-mended that the three regions be placed under state of calamity because of the widespread damage from typhoons “Quinta” and Rolly.|
On November 1, Rolly, considered as the world’s strongest storm so far this year, destroyed almost 100,000 houses in Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon), Mimaropa (Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan), Bicol Region and the Cordilleras.
It also left over P11 billion worth of damage to infrastructure in Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Cordilleras, Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon and Metro Manila.
Damage to agriculture meanwhile reached over P2.9 billion, affecting 65,897 hectares of land.