Region 8 lawmakers have called for the declaration of a state of calamity in the area after the July 6 earthquake.

while there has been minimal physical damage, lawmakers point out their areas have been without power since the quake struck.

Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone made the call on behalf of the region’s lawmakers in a press conference in Congress. “nababahala kami sa sitwasyon sa REgion 8 lalo na pagdating sa kuryente. initially sinabi na marerestore in the next 3 days. pero nung isang araw nagkaroon sila ng testing. ang initial sana na solution gagawa ng bypass kukuha from Cebu papuntang Samar and Leyte. nagtest kung pwede gamitin. nung unang test puwede kaya lang nung nagkaroon ng malaking aftershock, tuluyan nang nasira yung 4 na transformers ng NGCP”

Evardone says the loss of power has hit the local economy, citing the loss of about 300-500M a day in terms of economic activity. Region 8 requires about 210 Megawatts of electricity. “marami na umaangal na negosyante… so  kami po nagusapusap kami  congressional caucus na magkaisa manawagan  na declare na state of calamity ang region 8. “

Evardone says the copra industry has been affected—-which is the top manufacturing industry in the area.

Evardone says power supply can be rotated and a declaration of a state of calamity can prevent a massive increase in power rates.

Evardone hopes government can deploy generators and barges to cover the electricity needs of the area.

Region 8 covers  BiliranLeyteNorthern SamarSamarEastern SamarSouthern LeyteOrmoc and Tacloban