Cagayan province declares state of calamity after series of typhoons

CAGAYAN in northern Philippines has been placed under a state of calamity following damage from four typhoons since August, the provincial government announced on Tuesday.   The provincial council unanimously approved on Oct. 24 the state of calamity declaration, which paves the way for the release of local disaster response funds to assist affected residents.   The […]

EXPLAINER: Why Cebu City Council tarries on declaring state of calamity for ‘Agaton.’  State of calamity unlocks funding.  State of preparedness isn’t in the law or ordinance, is unclear on what it means.  

AT A GLANCE. [] The Sanggunian has delayed the declaration of a state of calamity. If the issue is put to a vote, however, administration Barug will get its way; it dominates the City Council.[] “Agaton” is gone. The declaration is to meet the law’s requirement for the disaster fund to be used for rehabilitation […]

PHL has enough calamity response laws — solons

EXISTING Philippine laws are sufficient for the implementation of quick response measures during disaster situations, solons asserted on Tuesday after President Rodrigo R. Duterte said “stupid laws passed by Congress” restricted him from immediately declaring a state of calamity.  “That law should be changed. And it behooves upon this Congress, if they want to, or […]