Eleazar asks national gov’t to act swiftly on behalf of typhoon victims

Eleazar asks national gov’t to act swiftly on behalf of typhoon victims

By Tracy Cabrera

MANILA — Amidst the devastation wrought by typhoon Odette (international name Rai) in the Visayas and Mindanao, senatorial aspirant Guillermo Lorenzo Tolentino Eleazar is calling on the government to immediately impose a price freeze in areas affected by the super typhoon even without a declaration by the national government of a state of calamity.

Eleazar disclosed that existing laws already automatically impose price control on prime commodities such as food and other necessities whenever there is a declaration of a state of calamity or emergency.

“Dapat tayong kumilos agad at huwag na sanang hintayin pa na magdeklara ng state of calamity dahil marami sa ating mga kababayan ang naapektuhan ng matinding bagyo at ngayo’y desperadong nangangailangan ng tulong kaya mahalagang pakilusin na natin ang mga local government unit (LGU) sa mga lugar na tinamaan ng bagyo,” the former Philippine National (PNP) chief pointed out in reaction to continues appeals by calamity-stricken families desperately needing food, particularly in Leyte, Bohol and other provinces.

“Alam nating kakailanganin ng mga naapektuhang lugar ng tulong dahil paubos na ang pagkain sa kanilang area at mayroon pang mga kabayanang walang kuryente kaya mahirap makipagkomunikasyon para humingi ng tulong. Huwag na nating hintaying humingi sila ng ayuda,” Eleazar noted.

The retired general rationalized that a price freeze on commodities would ensure that typhoon victims would be able to buy goods at their current prices without having to shell out extra money while facing extreme hardships because of the loss of their homes and livelihood.

He added that imposing price control would also prevent unscrupulous traders from raking in profit and exploiting the situation.

“Sinalanta na ng bagyo ang mga kababayan natin, huwag na nating payagan pang maging biktima sa ulit ng mataas na presyo ng bilihin,” he stressed.

Based on the latest count from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, typhoon Odette has reportedly left more than 100 people dead after ravaging ravaged the central parts of the archipelago. (ai/mtvn)

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