The Philippine government is still struggling in transporting the relief goods to the affected areas of Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) seven says after the storm left at least 3,000 people dead and wiped out Leyte and some parts of Samar and Palawan, a Palace official said Saturday.
Palace Deputy Spokesman Abigail Valte made the admission on the same day that the relief reached at least 30 of the 40 affected towns of Leyte began receiving much needed aid from the government that include rice, canned goods, energy biscuits and water.
“There is a production target of 149,000 food packs that we need to distribute on a daily basis as instructed by the President. The moving of these goods. . .our C-130s can only carry up to 20 tons. . . the moving and distribution remains a challenge,” Valte said in a radio interview with Radyo ng Bayan, referring to President Benigno Aquino 3rd.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development has already deployed 80 of its personnel to work with the barangay officials to ensure that aid will reach each affected barangay.
But there has been a gridlock in distributing aid for the Yolanda victims because of damaged roads and lack of vehicles route to the affected areas, with the Matnog port in Sorsogon already swarmed with relief goods but there are not enough ships to transport the aid to Allen, Samar which is few hours away from the devastated areas of Eastern Samar and Leyte.
“We have been devising other routes for the aid to decongest the bottleneck. There is a hub for the transfer of relief goods in Tacloban and Ormoc [in Leyte], but we know that delivery is a continuing challenge,” Valte added.
Aside from the delivery of relief goods, the government has deployed the Department of Health to provide vaccinations for children against measles and other communicable diseases thru the 14 hospitals in Leyte, seven of them are located in Tacloban.
There are 20 local teams and 31 teams from international organizations who are working on the ground to aid the people who perished from Typhoon Yolanda. LLANESCA T. PANTI