President Rodrigo Duterte has declared a state of calamity in Ormoc City and the town of Kananga in Leyte, a month after a magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit Eastern Visayas.
Duterte on August 7 signed Proclamation No. 283 to hasten rescue, recovery, relief, and rehabilitation efforts of the government and the private sector, including any international humanitarian assistance.
“This declaration, will, among others, effectively control the prices of basic goods anc commodities for the affected areas and afford the government ample latitude to utilize appropriate funds for rescue, recovery, relief, and rehabilitation efforts of, and to continue to provide basic services to, affected populations, in accordance with law,” the proclamation read.
A month after magnitude 6.5 quake, Pres. Duterte declares state of calamity in Ormoc City and Kananga, Leyte @gmanewspic.twitter.com/EKWkcAUktI— Trisha Macas (@trishamacas) August 10, 2017
The state of calamity declaration for the said areas will remain in force and effect until lifted by Duterte. — Trisha Macas/BM, GMA News