President Ferdinand “Marcos Jr. reassured the public on Wednesday that the government is fully prepared to provide assistance to the Filipinos affected by Typhoon “Egay” (international name: Doksuri).

While on a state visit to Malaysia, President Marcos stated that more than P173 million in standby funds, along with food and non-food items, have been readied to aid the typhoon victims.

“We are continuously taking action to address the potential damages caused by Super Typhoon Egay,” Marcos said in a tweet.

The President also emphasized that the government is committed to ensuring the safety of approximately 38,991 affected families in the regions of Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, and Soccsksargen.

He acknowledged the deployment of search, rescue, and retrieval personnel from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Bureau of Fire Protection, and the Philippine Coast Guard to aid in the affected areas.

“Power has been restored to 93.53 percent of the affected municipalities,” he added.

According to the 8 a.m. weather bulletin from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), Typhoon Egay made landfall in Aparri, Cagayan, at 3:10 a.m. on Wednesday. The state weather bureau warned that many areas in Luzon would continue to experience strong winds as Egay “wobbles” along the coastal waters near Fuga Island in Aparri. (ai/mnm)