Guv calls on mayors: Use calamity funds efficiently-A A +A
Thursday, August 22, 2013
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — Governor Lilia Pineda on Thursday called on mayors in flooded towns here to use their calamity funds efficiently in addressing the needs of families in evacuation centers and in flood mitigation efforts as 290 of Pampanga’s 505 barangays are still under floodwater.
Pineda added that the Provincial Government of Pampanga is ready to augment relief operations, rescue teams and other logistical support in case municipal resources are not sufficient.
As of 2 p.m. Thursday, while rains have stopped in much of the afternoon, some 102,929 families have been reported to be affected by floodwater in all of the municipalities and one city of the province. This accounts for 464,468 individuals affected.
The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council here reported that some 3,612 families are in evacuation centers while majority have sought high ground with relatives. Some 14,716 individuals are still in various evacuation centers in Pampanga as of press time.
Pineda said they have been doing the rounds of relief operations in various parts of the province and coordinating sandbagging operations and monitoring of vital waterways.
The incessant rains brought about by the southwest monsoon, or habagat, intensified by tropical storm Maring have left three dead namely Renato Lacasamana, 64 and Roman Sanchez, 29 both of Lubao town who died of drowning and electrocution, respectively. A one year old baby was also reported to have drowned in Barangay Sta. Lucia in Lubao town.
One Michael Silverio of Floridablanca town was also reported missing during the onslaught of the rains.
Pineda said she is currently coordinating with various agencies to assess the total damage brought about by the monsoon rains in the province’s agriculture, infrastructure and private properties.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 23, 2013.