Affected families await relief from government agencies after the onslaught of typhoon Odette. (Photo courtesy by CNN Philippines)
MANILA — Following President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to concerned government agencies to fast-track relief and recovery efforts in areas ravaged by typhoon Odette (International name Rai), Partido Reporma has stressed the need for everyone to unite together in facing the problems resulting not only from natural calamities but also those coming from the myriad concerns rooting from the health crisis and government corruption.
Right after the onslaught of typhoon Odette that wrought extensive destruction and injury across the archipelago, the president issued the directive to galvanize the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and its local government unit (LGU) counterparts in order to assuage the hardships and emergency situation experienced by those affected by the typhoon.
Partido Reporma senatorial candidate Guillermo Lorenzo Tolentino Eleazar enthused that although disaster response managers and local officials have already begun their respective rescue and relief operations, the citizenry has to cooperate and coordinate with the government’s efforts to resolve and mitigate the difficulties brought by the disaster.
The former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief shared the president’s advocacy that “the people should not get hungry” and that should be done by the Department of Social Welfare and Development and other concerned agencies mandated to act during crises besetting the country.
Duterte had pledged several million pesos for recovery aid for affected LGUs but he also admitted that the government’s funds may be insufficient to cover the damage caused by typhoon Odette. Apart from the relief and rescue operations as well as financial assistance, the former Davao City mayor had likewise instructed the police and the military to ensure peace and order in areas most affected by the typhoon.
“Ito ang panahon para magkaisa tayo kaya dapat tayong sumunod sa pinapairal na kaayusan na pinapatupad ng ating mga awtoridad. Kailangan magtulungan tayo dahil ang mga sarili lang natin ang ating maaasahan sa panahon ng mga kalamidad, lalo na dahil sa may banta pa ng sakit dulot ng pandemya at Covid-19,” Eleazar pointed out.
The former PNP chief opined that even though the government is mandated to serve the people, it is also important that every Filipino should cooperate and try to help in every way they can so that rescue and calamity response efforts are successful and do not go to waste.
“Inuulit ko na dapat mag tulungan tayo Para hindi maging mahirap ang pagbangun natin mula sa anumang problema na ating naranasan o kakaharapin,” the senatorial aspirant concluded with emphasis to his strong belief of Filipino resilience and united live for country.