Marikina Under State of Calamity; No Classes Tomorrow
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The City Council or Sangguniang Panlungsod of Marikina has placed Marikina City under a state of calamity today, Sunday, amid flooding.
The Council approved Resolution No. 115 to facilitate relief and rehabilitation efforts in calamity-affected areas, especially low-lying areas and those near the Marikina River, where the water reached more than 17 meters earlier today. The Council approved the resolution based on the recommendation of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
Placing Marikina under a state of calamity is also intended to control prices and prevent the hoarding of basic commodities, and to carry out the remedial measures in affected areas such as granting calamity loans to victims of the disaster by the Social Security System, Government Service Insurance System, Pag-ibig, as well as the release of funds from both the local and national governments.
“Marikina City is placed under the state of calamity in order to provide timely response to disasters or emergencies occurring within its respective areas of responsibility,” the resolution said.
“The declaration is done to guarantee emergency status and urgency of action necessary to save lives and properties,” it said.
Metro Manila and other areas of the country experienced rains due to typhoon Josie, which continued to enhance the habagat.
Due to the bad weather, Mayor Marcy Teodoro has suspended earlier today the classes in all levels, both private and public schools, in Marikina City tomorrow, Monday.
Meanwhile, the City Government has evacuated 1,170 families and 4,889 individuals from low-lying areas and residents near Marikina River. They are temporarily staying in 8 evacuation centers.
As of 6:00 pm tonight, the water level at the Marikina River fell to 15.6 meters from around 17.4 meters earlier in the day.
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