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This Thing Called Calamity

The SP of Iligan has been deliberating on an endorsement from the Office of the City Mayor requesting for the passage of a Resolution declaring a state of calamity due to the effects of El Nino on farmers and fishermen.

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The said endorsement has been put on hold due to a technicality. According to SP veterans, a State of Calamity cannot be declared in a local government unit unless the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (DRRMC) convene and resolve based on its findings and justification that there is in fact a calamity in the area.

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An SP Resolution declaring a state of calamity shall then be used as a basis in disbursing Calamity Funds for expenses related to the matter.

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Unluckily, however, the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (ICDRRMC) has not been convened, according to the City DILG Director.

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Reportedly, only the City Mayor can convene and preside over meetings of Special Bodies like the ICDRRMC.

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And in Iligan, it is matter of public knowledge that the incumbent Mayor is under detention for being accused in a criminal case.

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The SP is now in a quandary. Veterans in the Body insist that the provision of the law must always be satisfied in order for legislative actions to be valid.

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Probably out of sheer frustration, a member of the SP wondered aloud, “How about if the Mayor convenes the ICDRRMC in the City Jail.”

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Why not, if this is allowed by law?

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