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PRRD hopes that the NPA will not sabotage the government’s Odette reaction.

President Rodrigo Duterte expressed optimism that the communist New People’s Army (NPA) would not interfere with government efforts to restore normalcy in the areas hit by Typhoon Odette.

Duterte said he has been mobilizing all of the government’s resources to augment disaster response and relief operations within the typhoon-hit areas, including Regions 4-B (Mimaropa), 6 (Western Visayas), 7 (Central Visayas), 8 (Eastern Visayas), 10 (Northern Mindanao), and 13 (Northern Mindanao), during his prerecorded “Talk to the People” on Monday night (Caraga).

“I hope the NPAs don’t mess with the operations nitong response ng gobyerno (on the government’s response),” Duterte added, recalling his recent visit to Sipalay City, Negros Occidental.

People in typhoon-affected areas, including as those in Sipalay City’s coastal districts, Duterte remarked, urgently require government support.

“We had no idea that so many individuals had been taken from Sipalay City and that their homes had been demolished. However, noong pagpunta namin doon wala pa (However, when we arrived, there was nothing). Even on that day, we were not aware till later that sa Sipalay City, maraming na-damage pati tao (that there were many have been damaged in Sipalay City, including its people). As a result, kayong mga taga-Sipalay (those living Sipalay), we express our heartfelt sympathies to you “As he asked national government agencies to cooperate together in sending humanitarian aid to typhoon victims, Duterte remarked.

“The only thing we can do now is see how quickly we can return to normalcy. The first is actually how we go about it; we’d like to know what’s in the reports so we can tailor the right help [for them] “Added he.

In his report to the President, Secretary of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Eduardo Ao stated that the overall number of people affected had reached 4,204,601.

There are 1,179 evacuation facilities to serve the 570,906 people who have been displaced.

According to Ao, the government is concentrating its relief efforts on six regions, 14 provinces, and 222 cities and municipalities that have been severely impacted by the typhoon.

So far, disaster-related incidents have resulted in 21 flooded locations, nine road sections and three bridges that are still impassable, and 52 seaports and two airports that are still closed.

The government still has 130 power outages, 17 water supplies, and 371 communication lines to restore in the impacted districts, according to Ao.

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