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President to visit Masbate to deliver enhanced public services

Manila (14 July) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is scheduled to visit the fourth class municipality of Placer in Masbate province Tuesday (July 15) to personally deliver enhanced social services to the poor.

She will also preside over the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC)-Cabinet meeting at the Floro V. Casas Hall of the Celera Inocencio Central School for an update on the rehabilitation efforts being undertaken by government agencies in the areas hit by Typhoon Frank.

The President will also receive a briefing on the latest developments on the MV Princess of the Stars tragedy.

She will also lead the delivery of enhanced social services including healthcare, snack packs and vitamin A gels for Grade 1 pupils, school chairs, certified rice seeds and hybrid corn seeds, among others.

The municipality of Placer is one of several areas devastated by Typhoon Frank. Local officials will brief the President on the extent of damage in the province, as well as the status of ongoing efforts to bring back to normal the lives of the people.

The Masbateņos' main source of livelihood, farming and fishing, was severely affected by the typhoon.

Residents claim that the small fishing industry suffered a big blow as some of the typhoon casualties were fishermen. The bodies of some of the victims were washed ashore after the calamity.

Masbate was among the provinces placed under a state of calamity in the aftermath of Typhoon Frank. Close to 8,000 families in the province, most of them living in the coastal areas, were evacuated to higher grounds at the height of the typhoon. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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