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    Duterte puts Luzon under state of calamity

    MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte declared Tuesday the state of calamity for entire Luzon after the successive typhoons that caused major damage and flooding to some areas of the country's largest island.

    Duterte puts Luzon under state of calamity
    President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the people after holding a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) core members at the Malacañang Golf (Malago) Clubhouse in Malacañang Park, Manila on November 17, 2020. PCOO

    As stated in Proclamation No. 1051 released on Wednesday, Palace cited the "widespread devastation, destruction and damage to infrastruture and agricultural crops and brought severe disruption to the lives of the Filipinos in areas affected of the typhoons."

    A declaration of a state of calamity hastens rescue, relief, and rehabilitation efforts of the government and the private sector, including any international humanitarian assistance.

    It also effectively controls the prices of basic goods and commodities in the affected areas.

    State of Calamity in Luzon by The Summit Express on Scribd



    Typhoon 'Quinta' (Molave), which made landfall on October 25, left PHP1.56 billion and PHP2.66 billion worth of damage to agriculture and infrastructure, respectively.

    Super Typhoon 'Rolly' (Goni) left PHP5 billion worth of agricultural damage and PHP12.9 billion worth of infrastructure damage.

    Typhoons Siony and Tonyo did not cause significant damage but Typhoon Ulysses (Vamco) left PHP2.1 billion and PHP483 million worth of damage to agriculture and infrastructure, respectively.

    Earlier, Duterte created a task force to implement immediate solutions to disaster rehabilitation and recovery of typhoon-hit areas outside of the current bureaucratic framework.

    An executive order to form the task force, which will be headed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, is being drafted.

    — The Summit Express

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