By Anthony Giron
In Cavite, the provincial government released Monday a P10 million fund as assistance for the province’s “habagat” or southwest monsoon-stricken municipalities and cities, following Governor Jesus Crispin C. Remulla’s declaration of a state of calamity in the province last Sunday.
Declared on Sunday a state of calamity after the strong “habagat-” induced rains had affected the province’s seven districts particularly the cities and municipalities near the seas.
The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (Provincial Board) under Vice Governor Ramon “Jolo” Revilla III approved during the Monday session the P10 million calamity fund as requested by Remulla himself.
It was the biggest fund intended for “habagat” that the provincial government approved in years.
Cavite, deemed as Luzon’s most populated province, had been struck by “habagat” on typhoon days yearly.
Just in the last two weeks, the province was stricken by “habagat” caused by three tropical depression namely “Henry,” “Inday” and “Josie.”
The recent “habagat” rains had caused floods in low-lying areas in Cavite City, Kawit, Rosario and Noveleta (1st district), Bacoor (2nd) and Imus (3rd). The other province’s seaside or coastal municipalities affected are Tanza (6th), Naic, Ternate and Maragondon (7th).
Floods were reported until Monday on some roads in Bacoor and Noveleta and elsewhere. The floods have eventually subsided as the weather improved in the areas.
There were also reports of landslides or land erosion in some areas in upland districts.
Remulla declared again the suspension of classes in all levels in public and private schools on Monday (July 23) as the state weather bureau hoisted an orange rainfall warning in the province due to “habagat.” Classes were also suspended on some days in the last two weeks due to the inclement weather.
The governor tasked the Cavite Office of Public Safety (COPS) and its wing, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO), the engineering department and other concerned offices to monitor the “habagat” situation in the turf now and then.