Gov't assures assistance for typhoon Milenyo victims
by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob
Cagayan de Oro City (2 October) -- The government assures the public that it will spare no effort to get the people and communities affected by Typhoon Milenyo back on their feet.
"The welfare of the people comes first and the paramount objective is to save lives and homes and make sure enough food, medicine and relief supplies are available in these areas," P/Chief Supt. Florante J. Baguio, Regional Director of the Philippine National Police, region 10, who is also the Chairperson of the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC) in Northern Mindanao, said.
Although our region was not that affected by the said typhoon, heavy damages have been reported in the hardest hit areas, such as Metro Manila, Albay, Sorsogon, Calabarzon, Zambalaes and Bataan and to the agricultural infrastructure of the nation, he said.
He also said Pres. Arroyo has extended her deep sympathy to the families in these areas and assured them of necessary assistance from the government and by directing the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to help in the clean up work and in the distribution and delivery of relief goods as well as the Dept. of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the PNP to fend off those taking advantage of the situation.
At the same time, the President has directed the Department of Health (DOH) to coordinate with the local government units (LGU) in anticipation of new dengue outbreaks due to flooding.
Meanwhile, RDCC-10 has renewed its call on all concerned government and non-government agencies in the region to always be prepared for any disaster and calamity that may occur in the region.
Citing the recent devastation of the other parts of the country due to Typhoon Milenyo, Baguio said disasters and calamities know no boundaries and come like the proverbial thief in the night that deprive our people of life, health, sustenance and property.
Thus, he said, preparedness of all key players become indispensable. And although it is the task of government to initiate and lead activities in disaster management, the involvement of the community is very vital and plays an important role in preparing for, responding to and recovering from disasters or emergencies.
These disasters can arise from natural hazards such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, epidemics, cyclones, droughts and floods or from a number of man-made threats, such as food, power or water shortages, environmental and technological disasters like the Guimaras oil spill, acute economic distress, civil unrest, armed conflicts, terrorism, massive repatriation of Overseas Filipino Workers which recently happened in Lebanon and emerging serious health problems such as the reported dengue outbreak in some parts of Luzon.
"Everyone of us should be equipped with the necessary warning, prevention, preparation and both quick and delayed response for relief, welfare and rehabilitation measures to all these events. I, therefore, call on all of us to formulate plans in order to prevent emergencies, mitigate their destructive effects and ensure provision of assistance to those in need," Baguio said. (PIA 10) [top]