Representative Luis Raymund Villafuerte said Monday that Camarines Sur (CamSur) was placed under the state of calamity after Super Typhoon Rolly severely damaged it.
“The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of CamSur has just declared a state of calamity for the province of CamSur due to Super Typhoon Rolly,” Villafuerte told reporters in a message.
During a state of calamity, the CamSur provincial government would be allowed to use funds to assist those affected by Rolly.
Earlier, Villafuerte and his son, Governor Migz Villafuerte, asked President Rodrigo Duterte to give immediate assistance to at least 80,000 families in the province affected by the considered strongest typhoon in the world for 2020.
“We are appealing for immediate assistance from the President for the devastation wrought by super typhoon Rolly, particularly for the most severely affected 80,000 families all over the province’s 1,036 barangays, many of whom have totally or partially lost their homes to this extremely potent ‘Category 5’ cyclone that hit Bicol a week after the onslaught of Typhoon Quinta,” Rep. Villafuerte said in a statement.
CamSur now under a state of calamity due to Rolly
“We need aid right away from the DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development) and the NHA (National Housing Authority) for CamSur folk who are now reeling from the triple whammy of super typhoons Rolly and Quinta and the lingering coronavirus pandemic,” he added.
Camarines Sur Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) said around 251,000 families totaling 1,025,770 individuals were affected by Super Typhoon Rolly.
PDRRMC added Rolly flooded a total of 186 barangays in 29 municipalities while 20,658 houses were totally damaged, and 55,515 homes were partially damaged.
The latest National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) report said Super Typhoon Rolly affected over two million residents from 12 regions.
Public Works Secretary Mark Villar said 18 road sections were damaged in infrastructure due to fallen trees and poles caused by the typhoon.