Duterte ordered gov’t agencies to tap quick response funds for ‘Odette’ victims’ aid
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has directed government agencies to use its quick response funds (QRF) to help those affected by Typhoon Odette.
Senator Bong Go disclosed this Monday, adding that Duterte has requested an additional budget for government offices handling disaster response in order to quickly restore normalcy after the severe tropical storm barreled many parts of the Philippines last week.
Typhoon Odette, which international name is Rai, is said to be the strongest typhoon to hit the country this year.
“Nagbigay rin ng dagdag na directives si Pangulong Duterte sa mga ahensya, katulad ng paggamit ng mga Quick Response Funds nila; pagbibigay ng housing assistance, including provision of housing materials for repair of damaged houses; tulong para sa nasirang mga bangka ng mga mangingisda at iba pang agricultural machineries; repair ng mga nasirang gusali, tulay, paliparan, daungan, kalsada at iba pa,” the senator, a long-time aide of Duterte, said in a statement.
(President Duterte has given additional directives to agencies such as the use of their Quick Response Funds; provision of housing assistance, including the provision of housing materials for repair of damaged houses; aid for the restoration of fishermen’s boats and other agricultural machinery; repair of destroyed buildings, bridges, airports, ports, and roads, among others.)
Aside from this, Go said Duterte has ordered the provision of community tents to serve as temporary evacuation centers; as well as additional food, water, and medicine for those affected by the typhoon.
“Inihanda na rin ang MARINA, Philippine Navy, Coast Guard, Army, Air Force at iba pang frontliners para tumulong sa rescue and recovery operations at masigurong makakarating ang mga relief items, equipment at essential personnel sa mga apektadong lugar,” Go said.
(MARINA, Philippine Navy, Coast Guard, Army, Air Force, and other frontliners are ready to help in the rescue and recovery operations and ensure that relief items, equipment, and essential personnel will reach affected areas.)
“Naka-deploy na rin ang mga available vessels tulad ng ‘BRP Ang Pangulo’ para magsilbing floating hospital sa Dinagat Islands at Siargao Island. Magpapadala rin kaagad ang DOH (Department of Health) ng dagdag na mga gamot, medical equipment at health personnel para maalagaan ang kalusugan ng evacuees,” the senator added.
(Available vessels have also been deployed to serve as floating hospitals in Dinagat Islands and Siargao Island. The DOH will send additional medicine, medical equipment, and health personnel to aid the evacuees.)
Further, Go said Duterte is set to visit Negros Occidental to personally check the situation in the province.
Duterte earlier assured those affected by Typhoon Odette that he is trying to look for funds for their aid, saying that government coffers have already been “immensely depleted” due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported that over 1.8 million people were affected by the storm.
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