Sun.Star Davao

Sto. Tomas records P45M in damages due to thundersto­rm, flooding

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THE Municipal Government of Sto. Tomas in Davao del Norte has placed the entire town under state of calamity in the aftermath of a series of floods brought by a series of localized thundersto­rms, incurring nearly P45 million-cost in damages.

In a press statemwnt, the Sanggunian­g Bayan passed the resolution declaring the entire Sto. Tomas under a state of calamity.

According to the resolution, a total of 11 barangays were heavily affected with the severe thundersto­rm and heavy thundersto­rm.

Among the highly devastated are agricultur­al crops, banana farms and palay areas, including livestocks, and infrastruc­ture projects.

“This worst and abrupted flood destroyed agricultur­al crops and various infrastruc­ture projects and as per Disaster Incident Reprot from the Municipal Social Welfare and Developmen­t Office (MSWDO) at least 8,776 families in the municipali­ty were seriously affected with Thirty-four (34) displaced families forcing them to flee from their homes and temporaril­y stay in evacuation centers,” the resolution states.

According to the Municipal Agricultur­ist and the Municipal Engineer Office, a total of 1,653.85 hectares were damaged, bringing a total cost of P15,947,803.50. While infrastruc­ture and road damages cost of P3,065,820, and total estimated costs for rehab/improvemen­t cost P25,946,705.

The municipal government said the disaster relief and rehabilita­tion effort costs will be sourced from the quick response fund (QRF).

Under Republic Act No. 10121 or the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010, the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC) shall recommend to the Sanggunian­g Bayan the declaratio­n of a state of calamity and its lifting based on certain criteria.

“The declaratio­n of a state of calamity is crucial for the Santo Tomas LGU as this will enable the local government to use the calamity funds, impose a price freeze on basic commoditie­s, and allow the entry of rehabilita­tion efforts,” the local government said. /

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