MANILA, Philippines – A state of calamity was declared in the municipality of Pilar in Capiz as Typhoon Ruby (international name: Habagat) continued to bring strong winds and rain.
In a radio interview on Monday, December 8, Pilar Mayor Gideon Ike Patricio said he declared on Sunday, December 7, a state of calamity in order to augment the calamity fund for the rehabilitation of his town.
Public Storm Signal Number 2 was raised over Capiz on Sunday. “We are experiencing heavy rain and wind since yesterday until today. Though it’s a bit weaker now as we speak,” Patricio said.
He added that his town had already sustained some damage in agriculture and infrastructure. “We are so sad because we’re still in the process of rehabilitation due to Super Typhoon Yolanda,” Patricio said.
Despite the town being battered by the typhoon, the mayor gladly announced that there was no casualty in Pilar. “[Interior Secretary Manuel] Roxas called us up, and he was happy to hear that our town has zero casualty,” Patricio said.
Republic Act 10121 explains that a state of calamity may be declared to help facilitate release of emergency funds for use in a disaster or emergency. – Rappler.com
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