29 Dec CdeO Now Under The State Of Calamity
In a special session, on December 27, the City Council has officially placed Cagayan de Oro under a state of calamity due to the extent of damages left by Tropical Storm Vinta.
According to an article by Sunstar PH, Majority Floor Leader Councilor Ian Mark Nacaya said that they saw the need for the declaration so that all affected Kagay-anons can be given immediate calamity assistance.
Nacaya stated that there is enough evidence to put the city under the state of calamity; thousands of residents were displaced, houses were destroyed, water and power supply facilities have been damaged which are still affecting most of the city.
With this declaration, the city government can now make use of the 5% calamity fund to assist all victims. In accordance with this, victims will also be able to avail loans from the companies they are working, government agencies and banking institutions at the lowest interest rate.
Meanwhile, City Social Welfare and Development Chief Teddy Sabugaa has announced that the initial damage is now worth P9.5 million in infrastructures such as roads, dikes, and bridges. He also added that 549 houses were totally destroyed and 403 are partially damaged.
Sabugaa said that they are now attending the needs of displaced families in evacuation centers. As of now, the major concern is the city’s water supply. The city together with the Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD) and the fire bureau are closely working for the immediate rationing and delivery of water.