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Legazpi City, [12.28.17] – Incessant rains has affected the fishing populations and abaca farmers in the municipalities of Caramoran and San Miguel has prompted the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council [PDRRMC] to recommend the Sangguniang Panglalawigan of Catanduanes to put the province under the state of calamity this afternoon.
The official declaration of the state of calamity was confirmed by Catanduanes Governor Joseph C. Cua tonight via a social media post by a local resident from Virac, Catanduanes.
Governor Cua spoke to the local media in the capital town of Virac late this afternoon that the PDRRMC reports has accounted the 20 percent of the provincial populations had been affected by heavy rains.
The more than ten days of continuous rains has affected the livelihood of the marginal fisherfolks in the northern parts of the province, as the bad weather has caused them to stop going out to the sea. While abaca farmers are also having their hard time to produce or harvest their fiber/hemp, because of the inclement weather, Cua was quoted in a statement.
Some municipalities were also experiencing floods, particularly in the coastal villages of the province.
In Viga town, the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council are closely monitoring the possible recurrence of landslides, Police Senior Inspector Dexter Panganiban, Acting Chief of Police of Viga Municipal Police Station told The Philippine Examiner in an interview.
According to PSI Panganiban there is no reported untoward incidents to his office from the Viga MDRRMC like floods and landslide. Landslide prone areas like Barangay Summit’s [P. Vera] s still passable, he said.
“We also had a coordination with local fisherfolks of Viga and monitor them in their respective areas and they are still on the top of the situation despite of heavy rains, the only complaints we had learned the problems of abaca strippers, because they are having a hard time in drying their stripped hemp due to heavy rains,” Panganiban ended.