MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino III has signed Proclamation No. 522 declaring a state of national calamity due to the “severe gravity of the damage” wrought by typhoon “Pablo”, according to Malacañang.
Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental and Davao del Norte in Region XI; Surigao del Sur in CARAGA Region; Lanao del Norte, Misamis Oriental and Cagayan de Oro City in Region X; Siquijor in Region VII; and, Palawan in Region IV-B were hard hit by the typhoon that left over 400 people dead and destroyed billions of pesos worth of property and crops.
The palace said the proclamation would hasten the rescue, relief and rehabilitation efforts of the government and the private sector, including international humanitarian assistance, and will “effectively control the prices of basic goods and commodities for the affected areas.” Price control lasts for 60 days unless lifted.
The proclamation will also allow the granting of no-interest loans by government financing or lending institutions to victims and further affords local government units ample latitude to utilize their respective calamity funds, it said.