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The Cebu City Council has declared the entire city under a state of calamity following a series of heavy downpour which has resulted to flash floods, affecting the lives of many residents. The declaration will authorize the Cebu City government to utilize its calamity fund and provide assistance to the displace families and to purchase additional equipment that will be used in the event of similar occurrences in the future.

Areas badly affected by the flash floods were Barangays Kalunasan, Mabolo, Basak-Pardo, Buhisan, Pulangbato, Mambaling, Talamban, Guadalupe, Apas, Pahina-Central, and Inayawan.

The city has a P200 million calamity fund for this year and with the declaration of the state of calamity, a portion of the total amount will be used to purchase rubber boats, suction pumps, and other such important relevant equipment. The city’s Department of Engineering and Public Works have started dredging the Mahiga Creek along the boundary of Cebu City and Mandaue as well as the Manalili Creek.

A private contractor, Gonzalodo Construction, volunteered to dredge the Mahiga Creek running from Maria Luisa in Banilad to Subangdaku in Mandaue. The dredging of Tinago and Tejero creeks will be undertaken by the Cebu Contractors Association.

Meanwhile, the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC) has urged mayors in the different municipalities and cities here to closely monitor their respective areas as heavy rains continue to pummel Cebu. RDRRMC Provincial Coordinator Esterlita Escanan said the mayors were asked to also prepare their rescue personnel and rescue equipment for immediate dispatching if flash floods and/or landslides occur in their localities.

Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia also convened yesterday the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council for an emergency meeting regarding the situation in the city. She told reporters that the state of affairs in the different towns and cities in Cebu province with regards the extent of damage brought by continuous rains will be assessed and updated.