Capitol places entire province under state of calamity


With nearly P6billion damages left by super typhoon Odette to crops, properties and infrastructure around Negros Occidental, Gov. Eugenio Lacson has issued an executive order placing the entire province under a State of Calamity.

Lacson in his 2-page EO signed yesterday, December 20, has urged the provincial board to immediately convene and pass a resolution adopting the EO.

Lacson said upon the approval of the board, a portion of the calamity fund will be released to extend immediate assistance to those affected by the super typhoon.

Lacson also pushed to enforce a price freeze on basic necessities and prime commodities in order to curb predatory pricing by businesses and hoarding
of goods.

The provincial board is expected to convene today to approve the request of the governor. But in a statement Vice Gov. Jeffrey Ferrer said “it’s as good as approved”.