ORMOC IS now under a State of Calamity because of the dengue epidemic. It was declared such on the evening of August 7, after the Health Board and the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council recommended its declaration to Mayor Richard Gomez.
The city council, on the other hand, convened for a special session on this afternoon, August 8, to pass a resolution declaring the city under a state of calamity. The resolution was passed on mass motion by the council members.
In both instances, city disaster risk reduction management officer Ciriaco Tolibao, City Health Department OIC Dr. Edmund Kierulf, and infectious disease monitor nurse Elsie Jaca were present to clarify questions on the need for the declaration.