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Roxas: Intrigues wont stop Government relief effortNovember 21, 2013

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Roxas: Intrigues wont stop Government relief effort

November 21, 2013

Roughly 275,000 families or 1.4 million individuals in Leyte and Samar provinces will continue to receive relief goods as part of the national government’s “Yolanda” disaster response, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas said Wednesday.
Leyte and Samar provinces are areas with most damaged homes numbering about 26,598. These areas account for almost 94% of the recorded fatalities totaling 3,982 as of the latest report of NDRRMC.
Roxas, vice chairman of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council(NDRRMC), said providing survivors with relief goods remain as the government’s top priority, saying that he will not step down the level of those who continue to sow intrigues to undermine the government’s relief efforts in typhoon-affected areas.
“Kahit na tuloy tuloy ang intriga. Kami dito tuloy tuloy lang ang ginagawang pagtulong,” Roxas said. He earlier belied claims made by the camp of Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez that the he is muscling the official out of city hall. “Kalokohan yun,” he said, even though he expressed dismay over the apparent breakdown of LGUs because of the devastating impact of the supertyphoon.
“Last week, baso-baso. Naging tabo-tabo. Gagawin nating balde-balde hanggang maging drum-drum at maging hose ang buhos ng tulong sa mga kababayan natin. Tuloy tuloy lang ang magiging operasyon natin hanggat kailangan,” Roxas said.
The NDRRMC has divided focus into five clusters as part of the “Yolanda” disaster response. These include peace and order, distribution of food and other relief goods, cadaver recovery and burial; clearing operation and normalization.
Roxas, who has been leading the national government’s “Yolanda” disaster response, said so far, a total of 524,147 family food packs have been distributed by the government, 192,975 liters of water and 58,876 units of high-energy biscuits. Because of the scale of the damage wrought by the supertyphoon, government and private volunteers have to work 24/7 to reach all the affected areas.
A total of 24,770 personnel from government and private corporations, according to Roxas, have been providing the overall relief effort a big boost.
Roxas also underscored the support of local and foreign medical teams that have been working in various parts of Samar and Leyte provinces to provide survivors with medical attention. A total of 88 local and foreign medical teams are providing medical assistance in strategic areas. “We are very thankful for all the humanitarian effort of our neighbors,” he said.
The foreign medical teams are from Belgium, Japan, Germany, Australia, Hungary, Canada, Norway, Switzerland, USA, Korea, South Africa, France, Italy and Israel.
Roxas said assured that relief efforts will continue without delay, noting that delivery of food packs is now faster and more organized with the establishment of “conveyor of food supply”. He said that 1,306 vehicles, 104 seacraft and 163 aircraft and 27,532 units comprising of various equipment are operating in the field to fast track delivery of relief goods, clearing of debris, recovery and identification of cadavers for burial.
Meanwhile, Roxas said that water supply has been restored in most parts of Samar and Leyte and provinces. Likewise, he said that mobile communication lines have been fully restored in the provinces of Bohol, Cebu, Guimaras, and Negros Oriental.
In Leyte, the services of the dominant carrier has been restored. He said the government is now stepping up efforts in Eastern Samar to fast track service restoration in the area.

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