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Dagupeños thank PGMA for immediate disaster relief

By Venus H. Sarmiento

Dagupan City (13 October) -- Dagupeños badly hit by the severe flooding brought by typhoon Pepeng sighed relief with the personal visit of the highest official of the land.

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo together with Mayor Alipio Fernandez, Jr. handed out more than 28,000 packs of relief goods to typhoon victims at the City Astrodome today.

Fernandez said 100 percent of the city was flooded with 60 percent severely affected. Some 32,000 families and 155,000 individuals have already received initial relief from city operations distributed in the 32 evacuation centers in the city that included high-rise private buildings.

In the distribution ceremony, Fernandez thanked the President for immediately giving assistance thru the Manila Water Sewerage System. An emergency water treatment facility was brought by MWSS Administrator Jojo Collado to the city to purify water.

"Madam President, for three days, we have no potable water, we relied on chlorinated water brought by fire trucks and tankers of volunteer groups. Upon your instruction, the MWSS brought the water treatment facility which is now at the Pantal river and now we have mineral water fit for everyone. Thank you madam." Fernandez said, to the cheers of the crowd.

Shortly before the distribution of goods, the President presided over the regular Cabinet meeting at the West Central Elementary School.

In the said meeting, the President praised the city government for its reliable disaster response system and encouraged other areas to follow the city’s emergency operations measures and risk-reduction programs.

Fernandez explained that the risk reduction program trainings by project PROMISE was passed on to the barangays. Every barangay now has emergency operations center manned by barangay and city workers including private individuals.

The mayor also thanked all those who helped in the rescue operations for "truly dedicating their service in rescue efforts." (PIA Pangasinan) [top]

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