• Aquino wants all-weather communication system

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    President Benigno Aquino 3rd has tasked Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Mario Montejo to study a proposal for a communication system that could withstand calamities.

    This, after super typhoon Yolanda (international codename: Haiyan ) toppled all communication and power lines in the eastern Visayas region, making it difficult to establish contacts there.

    “Inutusan niya si Secretary Mario Montejo na pag-aralan at magbigay ng konkretong suhestiyon kung paano ma-address itong problema na kapag merong ganitong bagyo o kalamidad ay napuputol ang komunikasyon,” Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr said in a television interview.

    Aquino, who is now at the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council together with Executive Sec. Paquito Ochoa Jr and Cabinet Sec. Rene Almendras, also ordered government authorities to intensify relief operations, search and rescue operations in affected areas.

    Coloma said the President has also ordered Ochoa to release P365 million to the Philippine Air Force for the maintenance of aircrafts that would be used for the disaster operations.

    Coloma also said the government’s top concern is people’s lives and safety.

    “Sa ngayon, ang prayoridad ay ang buhay at kaligtasan ng ating mga mamamayan. Kaya pag-iibayuhin ang search and rescue and relief operations dahil nga sa pangamba na mayroon pang hindi natutunton na mga casualties dahil sa mga lugar kung saan ay walang kuryente at walang komunikasyon,” he said. PNA

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