State of calamity declared in La Union province

The La Union government on Friday, October 15, declared a state of calamity in the entire province due to massive agriculture and infrastructure losses after Severe Tropical Storm Maring swept through northern Luzon earlier this week.

The provincial council passed resolution no. 1413-2021 during its 120th regular session. Governor Francisco Emmanuel “Pacoy” R. Ortega III approved the resolution.

This move allowed the provincial government to utilize its quick response fund for some 3,291 families or 9,233 individuals from at least 17 La Union towns that  bore the brunt of Maring.

Maring left agricultural damage valued at P369-million while infrastructure damage were pegged at P63-million, according to initial data from the provincial disaster risk reduction and management council (PDRRMC).

At least P5-million worth of livestock and poultries were all gone due to Maring, the council added.

The towns of Rosario, San Juan, Bauang, Sudipen, Tubao, Pugo, Naguilian, Santo Tomas, Agoo, Bangar, Bagulin, Santol, San Gabriel, Luna, Bacnotan, Balaon, and Burgos were the hardest hit areas in the province.

Bryan Joves, operation head of the PDRRMC, said that floods in these areas reached as high as six to seven feet. He attributed this to floodwaters from nearby Benguet province meeting the high tide.

As of Friday, at least five persons were missing and three were injured in the wake of the storm. No deaths had been reported so far, according to the PDRRMC.

After the storm, the provincial government said that it would continue its recovery efforts, focusing on clearing and relief operations. –