THE Cagayan de Oro City Council, in a special session on Wednesday, December 27, has placed the city under a state of calamity due to the destruction caused by flooding in the wake of Tropical Storm Vinta last week.
Majority floor leader Councilor Ian Mark Nacaya said local lawmakers saw the need for the declaration so flood victims can be given immediate calamity assistance.
Nacaya and Vice Mayor Rainier Joaquin Uy initiated the plan to declare a state of calamity even without the proposal from the executive department.
None opposed the declaration.
"The City Council has to be proactive since walay proposal for the declaration nagpatawag mi ni vice mayor sa session because we need to support and assist the flood victims (The city council has to be proactive since there is no proposal for the declaration and we need to support and assist the victims)," Nacaya said.
Nacaya said “Vinta's” onslaught was devastating since thousands were displaced, houses were destroyed, water and power supply have been disrupted which affected various communities in the city.