The entire Capiz province has been placed under a state of calamity after the recent flash flood inundated its 14 municipalities and displaced more than 14,000 families or more than 66,000 individuals.
During its regular session, members of the provincial body unanimously approved the resolution placing the province under a state of calamity based on the recommendation of Governor Victor Tanco Sr.
For his part, Vice Governor Esteban Evan Contreras said there is a dire need to place Capiz under the calamity status so it can use its calamity fund reserve apart from the financial assistance from the national government to help thousands of families affected by the massive floods.
Flooding inundated the 14 Capiz towns after days of rains brought about by the tail-end of a cold front affecting the country, particularly Luzon and Visayas.
The flash flood, according to the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) headed by Esperidion Pelaez, has damaged an initial P35 million worth of agriculture and fishery products, particularly rice farms and fish ponds in the province.
Last Saturday, Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Mar Roxas visited his home province to see the sad plight of the affected townsfolk.
The DOTC secretary gave a P1-million financial assistance to the provincial government for the purchase of medicines, food and other basic needs of the displaced families temporarily housed in various evacuation centers.
While in Capiz, Roxas also extended a P10,000 assistance to each family of drowning victims.