PGMA orders immediate assistance to flood victims in Cagayan, Isabela
Manila (24 November) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo directed the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and other concerned government agencies to extend all possible assistance to the victims of the flashfloods in the provinces of Cagayan and Isabela.
Deputy Presidential Spokesman Anthony Golez Jr. told the Radyo ng Bayan program "Pilipinas, Pilipinas!" that more than 32,000 families in the two provinces have been affected by the widespread flooding.
Two persons, both from Cagayan province, were also reported to have died in the floods.
He said the President issued the directive from Lima, Peru where she is attending the 16th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders Summit.
The President is getting a regular update of the situation in the two northern Luzon provinces which have been hit hardest by heavy rains over the past few days, he added.
Golez said 18 towns were the worst-hit by the floods. The towns were not immediately identified.
"Umabot na sa 32,575 pamilya ang na-apektuhan ng heavy rains na dulot ng flashflood sa 18 municipalities," Golez said in the interview.
He added that evacuation centers have already been set up in five Cagayan municipalities.
Damage to agriculture has reached P14 million, Golez said, adding that the NDCC already has released 800 sacks of rice to assist the flood victims in the two provinces.
Aside from the NDCC and DSWD, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) are also in the forefront of the rescue and relief operations.
"Umaabot sa 800 sacks na ang ni-release ng NDCC sa Cagayan at Isabela; bukod pa dito 'yung tulong ng DSWD."
"Mabilis rumesponde ang mga ahensya, kasama na ang PNP at AFP -- tumulong po sila. Nagtutulungan ang NDCC at regional offices ng pamahalaan para makatulong sa pag-relief at rehab ng mga komunidad na naapektuhan," Golez said. (PIA-MMIO) [top]