THE Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC) in Masantol town, Pampanga has placed the municipality under state of calamity following the continuous rains that caused flooding in the 26 barangays.
In an emergency meeting held Sunday, July 25, 2021, MDRRMC led by Mayor Danilo Guintu formally submitted its recommendation for declaration of state of calamity to the Sangguniang Bayan, which will be adopted on Monday's session.
According to Guintu, nearly 13,000 families or about 60,000 individuals in town were affected by the flooding.
"The declaration of state of calamity will let us mobilize our funds so we can immediately provide relief assistance to affected residents," he said.
He said some 5,000 relief packs were being prepared as of Sunday, while all rescue vehicles and equipment are already prepositioned.
The mayor added that they have readied three evacuation centers in Barangays Sagrada Familia, Malauli and Bebe Anac in case there is a need to relocate residents.
As of Sunday, Guintu said 40 families or six individuals from Barangay Sapang Kawayan were already evacuated.
"We are utilizing school buildings now because our evacuation centers are being used as isolation facilities. As precaution against Covid-19, we are implementing two families per classroom only," he said.
He advised residents, especially those residing along Pampanga River, to remain alert and prepare for possible evacuation in case water continues to rise.
"Many residents are still refusing to evacuate due to fear of Covid-19 transmission, although most of them have a second floor where they can refuge. I want to assure them that safety protocols are strictly being implemented in our evacuation centers," he said.