Santo Tomas, Davao del Norte under state of calamity due to widespread flooding

Published February 18, 2021, 5:27 PM

by Zea Capistrano

DAVAO CITY – The municipal government of Santo Tomas, Davao del Norte passed a resolution declaring the town under state of calamity due to widespread flooding from localized thunderstorms.

Resolution No. 40, Series of 2021, dated Feb.  16 released by the Office of the Municipal Information Officer Thursday said flooding has affected the town’s agricultural sector, damaging rice, corn, cavendish banana, vegetables crops, livestock and poultry, and fisheries.

Total damage to the agriculture sector is pegged at P47,499,225.83.

Damage to infrastructure is pegged at P8,032,096, including bridges, roads, and schools.

Municipal Information Officer Mart Sambalud said the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) disclosed that  6,545 families were affected in Santo Tomas.

Sambalud said Barangay New Katipunan has recorded 2,200 affected families; Barangay Kinamayan recorded 1,638 affected families; Barangay San Miguel listed 1,131 families; Barangay San Jose has 352 families; Barangay Tibal-og has 660 families; Barangay Kimamon with 100 families; Barangay San Vicente has 15 families; Barangay Pantaron with 53 families; Barangay Lunga-og with 98 families, and Barangay Salvacion with 298 affected families.

The resolution said 8,335 families were displaced but Sambalud said the MSWDO only validated 6,545 affected families.

The resolution authorizes the municipal mayor and the officer-in-charge municipal treasurer to utilize the allocations under the five percent Municipal Disaster Risk and Reduction Management (MDRRM) Fund-Quick Response and conduct immediate relief assistance.