The Provincial Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) sitting en banc passed a resolution yesterday recommending to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Cotabato that the province be placed under the state of calamity.

This after the PDRRMC chaired by Governor Emmylou “Lala” J. Taliño-Mendoza heard damage reports from the Offices of the Provincial Agriculturist, Provincial Veterinarian, Provincial Engineer, Social Welfare and Development, and the Integrated Provincial Health Office.

Provincial Agriculturist Engr. Eliseo M. Mangliwan revealed that from January – July 2017, P461.6M worth of agricultural crops consisting of rice, corn, squash and watermelon were damaged by flash floods, landslides, pests, and diseases mostly affecting the towns of Pikit, Kabacan, Tulunan, Pigcawayan, Kidapawan City, Magpet, Alamada, and Antipas.

Mangliwan recommended to the PRDDMC that P20 million be appropriated for seeds to be distributed as calamity assistance to affected farmers.

In his report, Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Rufino C. Sorupia said drugs and biologics were administered through their Operation Sagip Hayop to treat, deworm, and vaccinate 12,969 livestock, poultry, and pet animals in various barangays affected by natural calamities in the last six months.  Vitamins were also given to the animals.

The recent flashfloods experienced in the province has also affected several sections of  provincial road.  Provincial Engineer Esperidion S. Taladro proposed the construction of a flood control structure at the Inug-ug Fort Pikit Dike and the construction of a reinforced concrete deck girder (RCDG) bridge along the Paco- Inac road section at Del Pilar, Magpet.

Aside from concerns and needs resulting from natural calamities, the provincial government has also addressed the needs of victims of human-induced disasters. The series of bombings, landmine explosions, and armed conflicts in the municipalities of Midsayap, Aleosan, Kidapawan City, Pigcawayan, Alamada, Pikit Arakan, Antipas, and Pres. Roxas displaced some 1,666 families.

Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Ms. Vergelita D. Guilaran reported that 110,023 individuals affected by natural calamities and families from 1,666 households displaced due to armed conflicts were served with food packs, community kitchen, laminated sacks, and other non-food items.

Financial assistance totaling P396,000.00 was also given to Cotabateños injured or killed including the families of soldiers and civilians involved in the Marawi City incident.

The Integrated Provincial Health Office has also mobilized various health care providers to man and serve the health stations in areas affected by both natural and human-induced calamities in the province from January to July, 2017.  Basic medicines were provided to 678 patients consisting of children and adults and water treatment through chlorination was also conducted.

Considering the situation in the province, the PDRRMC has deemed it necessary that the province be placed under the state of calamity so that calamity funds can be utilized to replenish expended budgets and appropriate funds for response and rehabilitation programs.//end//

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