A huge swathe of land in the City of Tuguegarao is submerged, no thanks to incessant rains dumped Wednesday night by typhoon Ulysses and the huge volume of water released from Magat Dam that all but necessitated the massive flooding in the province of Cagayan. Many households were also swamped with thick mud. (Photo courtesy of Cagayan Provincial PIO)
By Glen S. Ramos/Benjamin F. Cuaresma
ALIMANNAO Penablanca – The Office of the Governor today issued Executive Order No. 27 series of 2020 suspending work for two consecutive days and declaring November 16 and 17, 2020 as “Komunidad Ko, Linis Ko” days.
Under the order, all government officials and employees of the province will engage in an intensive clean-up activity to remove all flood debris in their homes and communities for two days.
“There is an urgent necessity for Cagayanos to act in the spirit of “Bayanihan” and help one another through a concerted community clean-up drive that will be led by public officials and employees,” Governor Manuel N. Mamba stated.
“The recent spate of typhoons including the continuous discharge of water from Magat Dam have caused unprecedented floods that have never been experienced in the history of the province.”
“It inundated numerous households and destroyed thousands of hectares of agricultural lands which greatly intensified the suffering of our people under the present Covid-19 pandemic,” he lamented.
The clean-up days or work rendered by government workers will be considered as alternative work arrangement for purposes of compliance with civil service rules and regulations.
Governor Mamba assured that all government offices will continue to be have normal operations under a skeletal force with the exemption of medical services and rescue operations which are required to maintain full operation.
“Private companies are hereby encouraged to have the same alternative work arrangement to afford their employees time to manage their respective homes and assist in the clean-up activities in their own communities,” Mamba urged.
The province of Cagayan was placed under the state of calamity on November 14, 2020 due to the severe damage to livelihood, agriculture, infrastructure and houses.
According to the Provincial Public Information Office, there are 24 towns including the City of Tuguegarao that were flooded, affecting about 84,257 individuals.
The City of Tuguegarao also declared suspension of classes and government work from November 16-17, 2020 effected Executive Order 128, series of 2020 to support the province’s effort of a simultaneous clean-up activity.
President Rodrigo R. Duterte on the other hand, visited the province yesterday and assured the residents that rescue operations will remain until all affected families are saved. He also led in the distribution of 1,140 family food packs in the town of Solana.