Due to intense rainfall brought by tropical storm “Henry”, specifically, last July 15-16, 2018, the 18th Sangguniang Bayan of Lamut, thru majority vote, approving Resolution No. 2018-18-061, declared the whole Municipality of Lamut under State of Calamity. The adoption of the above-mentioned resolution was in response to the recommendation made by the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (MDRRMC), after forwarding Resolution No.03-2018 to the Office of the Sangguniang Bayan.

Six Barangays of the Municipality, namely, Barangays Nayon, Payawan, Bimpal, Salamague, Lucban and Hapid submitted their respective calamity reports with attached pictures to support their request for their barangays to be declared under state of calamity. Among the above-stated Barangays, Bimpal and Payawan sustained worst agricultural and infrastructural damages, as validated by the MDRRMC, which even prompted for the immediate evacuation of some families to safer grounds.

Though calamities or catastrophes’ cannot be prevented or avoided, also called “Force majeure or acts of God”, which may at times, unfortunately, cause the loss of property or much worst life, it should be noted that the Government, in its effort to mitigate the effects and ultimately to preserve properties and life, has allotted ample funding for disaster preparedness and mitigation purposes. The needed trainings are also regularly conducted from national down to barangay level, to properly equip, not only the members of the MDRRMC, but also the BLGUs and all volunteers as means of disaster preparedness. Active participation is enjoined from all constituents and there be continuous proper coordination between concerned agencies or offices, both of which still prove to be the key factors in achieving a disaster prepared and resilient community. #KSFLeones