‘Ofel’ leaves city under state of calamity

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Friday, November 9, 2012


THREE weeks after tropical storm “Ofel” hit Eastern Visayas, the City Council of Tacloban placed the entire city under state of calamity.

Vice Mayor Jose Arvin Antoni said the typhoon has caused widespread damage in many portions of the city thus declaring it under state of calamity.

“Immediately after the typhoon, there was a recommendation from the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) to declare the city as calamity-hit but the city council failed to conduct regular and special sessions due to lack of quorum. It’s only last Wednesday that we had a quorum,” Antoni said.

About 13,651 residents of the city, mostly from the northern barangays have been directly affected by floods and minor landslides caused by tropical storm Ofel.

According to a CDRRMC report, Barangay 104-Salvacion was hardly hit by flood when Palanog River overflowed and forced residents to evacuate to higher grounds. Other areas inundated by flood were barangays in V&G Subdivision, Sagkahan, Marasbaras, Caibaan, Naga-naga, Diit, Utap, Apitong, Nula-tula, San Jose, and Abucay districts.

However, no casualties were reported due to the typhoon.

At least P1.85-million worth of damages to crops, the City Agriculturist Office (CAO) reported.

The vegetable-producing barangays of barangays of Sta. Elene, San Isidro, San Roque, New Kawayan and Tabangohay in the northern part of the city suffered the huge losses.

Calamity Loan

Related to this, active members of the Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) with 24 monthly contributions can avail of calamity loan from the agency.

Paulino Talacay, HDMF-Tacloban branch manager, said the member is entitled to borrow up to 80 percent of the total accumulated value (TAV) of his savings.

“For members with existing multi-purpose loans, the outstanding loan balance shall be deducted from the proceeds of the calamity loan. The loan shall be amortized over a period of 24 months with a grace period of five months,” Talacay said.

He said the member-victim must avail of the calamity loan within a period of 90 days from the official declaration of state of calamity.

Aside from HDMF loan, active members of Social Security System (SSS) and Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) living in the city can also avail of calamity loans, said City councilor Jerry Uy.

“It’s official. We have declared the entire city as calamity-hit area. Private and government employees can avail of emergency and calamity loans from SSS and GSIS,” Uy said. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)

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