PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has declared a state of national calamity due to widespread destruction and deaths in several areas, including the provinces of Albay, Northern Samar, Oriental Mindoro, Romblon, and Sorsogon caused by Typhoon Nona.
The issuance of Proclamation No. 1186 was recommended by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
"The declaration of a state of national calamity will hasten the rescue, recovery, relief, and rehabilitation efforts of the government and the private sector, including any international humanitarian assistance," said the proclamation signed Friday.
The declaration will, among others, effectively "control the prices" of basic goods and commodities for the affected areas and afford the government ample latitude to utilize appropriate funds for rescue, recovery, relief and rehabilitation efforts of, and to continue to provide basic services to, affected populations, in accordance with law, it added.
With the proclamation, Aquino ordered all the concerned government agencies to implement and execute rescue, recovery, relief, and rehabilitation work in accordance with pertinent operational plans and directives.
The state of calamity shall remain in force and effect until lifted by the President. (SDR/Sunnex)