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Nothing wrong with asking for help, retorts Davao gov

by JMD Abangan

Tagum City (15 October) -- Nothing is wrong with asking international assistance for the country to rehabilitate what typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng have wrecked, Davao del Norte Provincial Governor Rodolfo P. del Rosario said.

In an interview, del Rosario said world agencies can be tapped for a much-needed resources to put back what have been damaged by the typhoon onslaught, and help affected families get back on their feet.

"We are a member of the United Nations and we contribute as a member of the United Nations. Is it wrong to go the United Nations and ask for assistance?" he said.

Aside from the UN, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the World Bank (WB) were among the official development assistance (ODA) entities that the national government can ask assistance from, he said.

"We must make it clear to the world that we are in dire need of assistance," he said.

Del Rosario said international assistance agencies such as the UN would fail in its mission of helping nations gain democracy, freedom and be free from extreme poverty if they would not help.

His statement ran in line with what Albay Governor Joey Salceda wanted President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo should do.

A national broadsheet report said that Salceda had urged President Arroyo to admit that the country would not be able to recover, on its own, from typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng.

Salceda, a known economic adviser of the President, proposed that the national government should seek at least $1 billion worth of foreign grants and concessional loans to be administered by a special reconstruction commission.

The National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) reported that Pepeng damaged P5 billion worth of farm products, roads and bridges in Northern Luzon, and Ondoy wrought a P10.5 billion worth of damage to agriculture and infrastructure. (PIA XI) [top]

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