MIDSAYAP, North Cotabato – The provincial board of North Cotabato on Tuesday placed the entire province under state of calamity due to natural and man-made calamities that hit the province this year.
Boardmember Rolly Sacdalan said the provincial council passed Resolution No. 10 in response to recommendation by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC).
Sacdalan said the province was hit by both floods and armed hostilities perpetrated by outlawed elements that led to the displacement of civilians.
Hit by calamities were Kidapawan City and the towns of Makilala, Pigca-wayan, Tulunan, Kabacan, Pikit, Carmen, Alamada, Magpet and Antipas.
The calamities affected more than 10,000 farmers and destroyed crops and infrastructure amounting to P400 million.
Among the man-made calamities that hit the province was the attack by outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters Malagakit that left two persons dead and about 3,000 villagers fleeing.
The attackers also vandalized a chapel in Barangay Malagakit, Pigcawayan, North Cotabato.
Floods also hit the villages in the borders of North Cotabato and Maguindanao due to torrential rains affecting Mindanao in June and July.
In January this year, more than 100 inmates of the North Cotabato District Jail escaped after gunmen attacked the jail facility to rescue comrades from detention.
Of the 130 escapees, about 80 remained at large. A jail guard and two others were killed in the incident. Three other inmates were killed during manhunt operations after the attack. PNA