Sat. May 28th, 2022
“Wala na kami pagkaon!” declares an improvised poster, as women are seen crying on the sides after seeing the President right before their eyes.

President Rodrigo Duterte landed last December 22 at the Siargao Airstrip before proceeding to the Siargao evacuation center where distribution of relief goods to the typhoon victims proceeded immediately.

Later in the day, he also brought some relief goods for distribution at the Cuarinta barangay hall in Dinagat Islands.

The President wanted to personally hear the officials of the impacted communities in Siargao Island and Dinagat Islands to get an up-close view of the damage and discuss how the national government can provide assistance.

Senator Christopher Bong Go accompanied the President.

Nakakalungkot ang nangyari na habang unti-unti na nating nalalampasan ang pandemya ay maraming mga kababayan naman natin ang naging biktima ng bagyong Odette. Papalapit na ang Pasko at ang Bagong Taon ngunit panibagong pagsubok na naman ang dumating sa ating bansa. Gayunpaman, nakikita kong nananatiling matatag ang diwa ng bayanihan na nagbibigay ng lakas at pag-asa sa ating mga Pilipino,” Go said.

“Kailangang maibalik kaagad ang kuryente at telecommunications upang mas mapabilis ang coordination ng mga field personnel at maging ng mga kababayan nating kailangang makausap at makumusta ang kanilang mga mahal sa buhay,” he added.

The presidential party included DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista, DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año, NHA General Manager Marcelino P. Escalada, DITC Secretary Emmanuel Rey R. Caintic, Human Settlements Secretary Eduardo del Rosario, PCOO Secretary Martin M. Andanar, DA  Usec Ariel Cayanan, DPWH Usec Rafael Yabut, and NDRRMC Administrator and Usec Ricardo Jalad.

Meanwhile, the President explained how the national government is working with local partners to address the needs of the affected areas.

He has issued Proclamation No. 1267 which puts Regions IV-B, VI, VII, VIII, X, and XIII under a State of Calamity, thereby compelling all departments and other concerned government agencies to implement and execute rescue, recovery, relief, and rehabilitation work in accordance with pertinent operational plans and directives.

The proclamation aims to hasten the rescue, relief, and rehabilitation efforts of the government and the private sector, including any international humanitarian assistance.

It also allows the imposition of a price ceiling for basic necessities  and prime commodities by the President, programming/reprogramming of funds for the repair and safety upgrading of public infrastructures and facilities, utilization of the Quick Response Fund of LGUs within the areas affected by the disaster or calamity, among others.

The State of Calamity will remain in force and effect for one year unless sooner lifted.

Beachfront Siargao shows the extent SuperTyphoon Odette dealt on what was recently adjudged as the best surfing tourism destination in the world. Once a palm paradise, many coconut trees are shown decapitated.

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