By Liezelle Soriano
MANILA — President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. formally signed Proclamation Number 84 declaring a state of calamity in Region IV-A, V, VI and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) after Severe Tropical Storm Paeng hit the country.
“More than 1.4 million of the population in Regions IV-A (Calabarzon), V (Bicol), VI (Western Visayas), and BARMM were adversely affected by Severe Tropical Storm Paeng,” Marcos said.
Marcos added that it is time to declare a state of calamity to speed up the rescue, recovery, relief, and rehabilitation of the affected regions.
Meanwhile, in order to improve the basic services and facilities of the affected areas, it was also stated that all departments and other responsible government agencies were to coordinate with the local government units.
“It will effectively control the prices of basic necessities and prime commodities, and afford the national government as well as the local government units, ample latitude to utilize appropriate funds for rescue, recovery, relief and rehabilitation efforts, and for the continuous provision of basic services to the affected populations, in accordance with the law,” the Chief Executive added.
The Proclamation specified that unless the President lifted it earlier, the state of calamity would last for a period of six months. (ai/mtvn)