MANILA, Philippines – To aid relief and rehabilitation efforts in areas struck by Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut), President Rodrigo Duterte declared a state of calamity in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, and Central Luzon.
He signed Proclamation No. 593 on Tuesday, September 25, but the document was made publicly available on Thursday, September 27.
The proclamation is based on the recommendation of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, which assessed the impact of Ompong on the regions – including widespread damage to agriculture and utilities, loss of livelihood, and percentage of population affected.
A state of calamity is meant to hasten relief and rehabilitation efforts by local governments in the regions covered by the proclamation.
The following will now take effect given Duterte's proclamation:
#PresidentDuterte declares state of calamity in Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, and Cordillera Administrative Region to aid relief, rehab efforts post-Ompong. @rapplerdotcom pic.twitter.com/GmukJAXg52 — Pia Ranada (@piaranada) September 27, 2018
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