Absence of Treñas allies derails city-wide state of calamity declaration

Due to lack of lack of quorum, the Sangguniang Panlungsod failed to tackle the recommendation of a disaster council to place the entire city of Iloilo under a state calamity due to lack of quorum.

All allies of Congressman and mayoral bet Jerry Treñas were absent during their regular session on Tuesday, April 23.

Councilors Jay Treñas, Ely Estante, Armand Parcon and Love Baronda, ex-officio members SK Federation president Leila Luntao and Liga ng mga Barangay president Ma. Irene Ong, and Vice Mayor Jeffrey Ganzon did not attend the session.

Present were Councilors Ed Peñaredondo, Lyndon Acap, R Leone Gerochi, Daylee Zulueta, Candice Tupas, Joshua Alim, and Plaridel Nava.

Councilor Mandrie Malabor was on official leave.

Peñaredondo, Acap, Gerochi, Zulueta, Tupas, and Malabor are allies of Mayor Jose Espinosa III, the political rival of Treñas.

The City Council was supposed to tackle the recommendation made by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) chaired by Espinosa.

On Monday, April 22, the CDRRMC agreed to recommend declaring a city-wide state of calamity due to “water scarcity” caused by El Niño.

City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) head Donna Magno said 117,265 individuals or 24.92 percent of the 472,491 projected 2019 total population of the city are affected.

The figures, according to Magno, were based on a “rapid assessment” of villages in the city conducted the CDRRMC’s adhoc committee.

The declaration is needed to allow the city government to use the P115-million Disaster Risk Reduction and Management fund.

Magno said 30 percent of the fund will be used to buy water for affected barangays.

The City Council is set to hold a special session on April 26.IMT

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