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For the victims of ‘Odette,’ Duterte has ordered the mobilization of government assets.

President Rodrigo Duterte has directed the deployment of all government assets to speed the delivery of relief and reconstruction efforts in areas affected by Typhoon Odette, according to Malacanang on Sunday.

“Ang utos nga ni Pangulo (The President’s instruction) is to employ all government resources to ensure that all items are delivered as quickly as possible,” acting presidential spokesperson Secretary Karlo said in an interview with DZBB.

According to Nograles, Duterte named Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rolando Bautista as the crisis manager to ensure that the government’s reaction in Surigao del Norte and the Dinagat Islands is coordinated.

Executive Director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and Civil Defense Administrator Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad will help Bautista.

The two officials will be in charge of facilitating the delivery and transportation of food and non-food items to affected areas, as well as ensuring the immediate and stable delivery of food and water to the devastated areas, delivering tents and tarpaulins to these areas within 24 hours, and implementing food-for-work and cash-for-work programs to assist typhoon victims, as needed.

The Philippine Navy and Philippine Coast Guard will dispatch boats and ships to supplement the rapid delivery of vital supplies, equipment, and food in Surigao del Norte and the Dinagat Islands, according to Nograles.

He stated that the BRP The Ang Pangulo will also be dispatched to the Dinagat Islands and Siargao to serve as a floating hospital after the typhoon destroyed the hospitals in these locations, necessitating the addition of medical personnel to treat the injured and others in need.

He added that the Armed Forces of the Philippines Eastern Mindanao Command has agreed to send medical teams onboard the two Navy ships to supplement the health staff on the islands of Siargao and Dinagat.

According to Nograles, the Department of Health has agreed to deploy required medical supplies as well as more health staff to the Dinagat Islands.

For its part, the Maritime Industry Authority will check the seaworthiness of vessels in Surigao del Norte and the Dinagat Islands right once in order to improve the delivery of food and supplies to these areas.

Duterte directed the Department of Agriculture to deliver boats and seeds to affected fishermen and farmers in Southern Leyte, according to Nograles.

He also requested that the National Housing Authority and the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development provide appropriate support to families who have lost or had their homes damaged.

Duterte also directed the Department of Energy to hasten the restoration of power to impacted areas and the Department of Information and Communications Technology to increase mobile cell sites in affected areas as soon as possible.

According to the NDRRMC, 135 areas in Mimaropa, Regions 7, 8, 10, and the BARMM are still without power.

The DSWD has been asked to ensure that aid goods are distributed to impacted families as soon as possible.

On the way, assistance

Meanwhile, Nograles reported that Duterte has promised local governments in typhoon-affected areas PHP2 billion in relief.

The NDRRMC announced on Sunday that the assault of “Odette” has afflicted 181,500 people in 2,209 barangays.

Nograles reassured residents in typhoon-ravaged areas that help is on the way.

“Ang mensahe ko na lang sa lahat ng mga naapektuhan ng Typhoon Odette: Ginagawa po ng inyong pamahalaan ang lahat ng ating makaya,” Nograles added.

In a press statement, he also urged the public to pray for the typhoon-affected areas.

“As the entire government works quickly to aid typhoon-affected areas and citizens, we ask that everyone pray for those who have died, those who are still missing, and those who have been injured for a speedy recovery.” “Let us all show kindness, charity, and compassion to our needy kababayans,” he urged.

Duterte traveled to Siargao Island in Surigao del Norte, the Dinagat Islands, and Maasin City in Southern Leyte on Saturday to personally survey the devastation inflicted by Typhoon Odette.

Despite conceding that government budgets are “immensely exhausted” as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak, he assured that funding for their relief are being sought.

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