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Dumaguete City, PhilippinesTuesday, October 8, 2013
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ButtonBayawan in state of calamity; bodies of cop, 5 others found
ButtonGuv appeals to PNoy for release of P480M
SU calls for flood donation
Dialog on landholdings held

Bayawan in state of calamity;
bodies of cop, 5 others found


The Sangguniang Panlungsod of Bayawan City in Negros Oriental declared it under a state of calamity after massive flooding claimed six lives and covered several barangays over the weekend.

The SP yesterday unanimously approved the resolution that will allow the city government to use its calamity fund for relief and rehabilitation efforts, Councilor Luis Sumalpong said.

Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council head, Cindy Hisona Salimbagat, said around 11,000 individuals, or 2,000 families, were evacuated or rescued at the height of the flooding Sunday.

Guv appeals to PNoy
for release of P480M

Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo has appealed to President Benigno Aquino III to release the P480 million balance of the calamity fund that had been earmarked for the repair of infrastructure damaged by Tropical Storm Sendong.

Degamo said in an interview that many Negrenses were spared from the floods in Dumaguete City and Siaton town because the construction of river dikes and river dredging and rechanneling projects undertaken by his administration with the initial release of P480 million last year.

The province had identified projects costing a total of P960 million, to repair the damage wrought by Sendong. The Department of Budget and Management then transmitted the initial P480 million but followed it up with a Negative Special Allotment Release Order, indicating that it was getting back the money. The DBM said the fund release did not follow certain required procedures.

SU calls for flood donation

The Crisis Response and Management Team of Silliman University deployed yesterday a group that will bring SU’s initial donation to augment continuing relief operations for flood victims in Bayawan City, Negros Oriental.

A letter from Cleonico Fontelo, vice president for Finance of SU, said thousands were evacuated yesterday during the flooding in Bayawan City and many are left homeless, and hundreds continue to stay in evacuation centers.

She added that they had sent their Volunteer Fire and Rescue Unit to Bayawan but it could not proceed because the roads were impassable.

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