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Valencia town reports PhP30M damage due to floods as state of calamity declaration mulled

DUMAGUETE — Mayor Edgar Teves of Valencia, Negros Oriental is considering declaring a state of calamity as heavy rains in the past days resulted in flooding and damage to crops and property amounting to millions of pesos.
As of Thursday, an initial estimated damage was pegged at P30 million, disclosed Desiderio Tilos, Jr., Valencia's public information officer, but the figure is expected to go up.
For the past two days, Mayor Teves personally led an assessment team and to inspect the damage wrought by massive flooding especially at the Okoy River, Tilos said.
Teves has directed the town's Agriculture Office and Engineering Office to submit evaluation reports before the week is over to determine if there is a need to declare a state of calamity, Tilos said.
According to Tilos, there are certain parameters or guidelines stipulated by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to be met prior to the declaration of an area under a state of calamity.
Once the evaluation reports are in, Mayor Teves is expected to ask the municipal council to convene a special session where, hopefully, they will pass a resolution to that effect, Tilos said.
Massive flooding triggered by heavy rains have caused landslides, landslips, swelling and overflowing rivers and impassable roads and spillways in Valencia and nearby areas like Dumaguete City, Bacong and Sibulan.
Dikes, ripraps and breakwaters were reported destroyed at the Okoy River while scouring of riverbanks was also observed.
Meanwhile, the Energy Development Corporation or EDC's Southern Negros Geothermal Power Plant in Valencia has mobilized its Barangay Emergency Response Teams (BERTs) to help monitor affected families within their partner-barangays, said Norreen Bautista, head of EDC's Community Partnerships, External Relations and Watershed Management or CREW department.
Bautista said EDC is closely coordinating with the barangay captains for updates while the company's Energy Camp has been opened as temporary evacuation site for nearby residents.
The EDC has also "helped the local government unit of Valencia with a stake truck for debris clearing," she said.
"For minor landslides in our area, we have cleared the roads to make it passable while we continue hauling the debris," Bautista said.
EDC trains people from their host communities in Valencia to be first responders of the BERTs.
They are trained by EDC's Emergency Response Team, according to Bautista. (PNA)

Last Modified: 2021-Oct-18 21.17.24 UTC+0800