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PIA Press Release
2008/07/01

Leyte gov't continues relief operations in typhoon-affected coastal communities

Tacloban City (1 July) -- The provincial government of Leyte continues its relief operations to the hard-to-reach coastal barangays which have been hard hit by the recent typhoon Frank.

No less than Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho L. Petilla personnaly led the relief operations using two rubber boats and speed boat in order to easily reach the coastal barangays.

The most recent relief operations was conducted at the coastal barangays of Talairan in the municipality of Capoocan; Culasian in the municipality of Leyte; Ubay in the municipality of Calubian and Taglawigan in the municipality of San Isidro.

These barangays are in the hinterlands and are not easily reached except through water transport.

Governor Petilla personally handed to the affected families the P200.00 worth of relief packs per family, consisting of rice, noodles, canned goods and various first aid medicines particularly ointment for skin diseases and other over the counter medicines.

The affected families usually expressed surprised at realizing that the Governor himself was the one distributing the relief packs to them.

Leyte has about 103,352 families or a total of more than half a million people affected by devastation wrought by typhoon Frank, the worst hit in the Region 8.

About 18,223 houses in Leyte which were totally destroyed and about 74,075 houses which were partially damaged, notwithstanding the millions of damage to agriculture and aquaculture, and infrastructure.

In fact, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan has immediately declared a State of Calamity so that the provincial government and the municipal government within its area of jurisdiction can utilize the five percent calamity fund for the relief and rehabilitation of the damages caused by typhoon Frank. (PIA 8) [top]

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