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No need for a national emergency: Marcos
President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. stated on Monday that Severe Tropical Storm Paeng’s destruction was “extremely limited” and that there was no need to declare a national state of calamity as a result.
According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, Paeng weakened into a tropical storm status on Sunday but strengthened again into a strong tropical storm on Monday as it moves across the West Philippine Sea (PAGASA).
Marcos made this statement the day after the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) revealed on Sunday that it had presented a resolution suggesting a declaration of a national state of calamity, which would result in a price freeze and allow the disbursement of emergency funds.
“I don’t believe it is required. I discussed my findings with the DENR (Department of Environment and Natural Resources). They claimed that it wasn’t extensive, saying “Sabi hindi naman kasi.” “The damage is largely localized,” he said to reporters during a press conference in Noveleta, Cavite.
He claimed that only three provinces—Quezon, Cavite, and Maguindanao—had seen the greatest infrastructural damage, citing government reports.
“We’re talking about the provinces of Maguindanao, Cavite, and Quezon on the east coast. The areas are those. It does require to have; for example, there is no need for a national calamity in the Visayas. For Regions 1, 2, “hindi naman kailangan ng national tragedy” (it does not merit a national crisis),” he declared.
The NDRRMC should only apply the state of calamity status in the designated areas, according to Marcos.
He continued, “I believe we will concentrate better if we maintain the current crisis state.
On Sunday, the Bicol (Region 5) and Soccsksargen (BARMM), and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) each proclaimed a state of calamity in 55 regions (Region 12).
These regions were severely damaged by Paeng, which caused fatal landslides and severe flooding.
As of the time of publication, the NDRRMC reported that there were 4,188 damaged homes, with an estimated value of PHP12.415 million, 37 damaged pieces of infrastructure, with an estimated value of PHP757.841 million, and agricultural damage totaling PHP435.464 million or more.
The weather agency continues to predict that Paeng will leave the Philippine area of responsibility on Monday afternoon or evening.
Marcos conducted an aerial assessment over the regions affected by the severe tropical storm on Monday morning, focusing on portions of Cavite.
In Noveleta, Cavite, he oversaw the ceremonial delivery of supplies to families and people as well as made a commitment that the government would secure their safe return home.
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