Place Mindanao under state of calamity, Arroyo urged
By Katherine Evangelista
MANILA, Philippines—The National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) on Wednesday recommended that a state of calamity be declared in Mindanao in light of the power crisis being experienced in the region.
Defense Secretary and NDCC chief Norberto Gonzales said he expects President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to agree to the agency’s recommendation and issue a proclamation as soon as possible.
“We expect that she will sign this the moment she sees it,” Gonzales told reporters after an emergency meeting held at the NDCC headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo.
Gonzales added that the Department of Energy will spearhead the implementation of the plan once it is approved.