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    Relatives of Cristile Cahutay carry her body to a grave in Palo, Leyte on Sunday. The 22-year-old woman was washed out to sea when typhoon Yolanda hit the province. AFP PHOTO

    Relatives of Cristile Cahutay carry her body to a grave in Palo, Leyte on Sunday. The 22-year-old woman was washed out to sea when typhoon Yolanda hit the province. AFP PHOTO

    President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Sunday traveled to typhoon-hit areas in Eastern Visayas to check the progress of government relief operations there.

    Accompanied by Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd, Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman, Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson and Speaker Sonny Belmonte, the President arrived at around 11 a.m. in Guiuan, Eastern Samar where Typhoon Yolanda made its first landfall on November 8.

    The President commended local officials for their efficient disaster mitigation and response.

    Guiuan Mayor Christopher Gonzales said at least 99 people were killed in his town while 16 others still missing.

    Aquino said the death toll was lower in Guiuan because the people had done their best to prepare for Yolanda’s onslaught.

    ”The ones ready will get aid first,” he said.

    The damage in Guiuan to infrastructure, agriculture, and private property is estimated at P7.17 billion.

    The President again took to task some local officials for being not being prepared for the disaster.

    ”As your President, I have no right to get angry. I’ll just keep my anger to myself,” he said as he urged the officials to work with the national government to speed up the relief and rehabilitation efforts.

    ”If you initiate rebuilding in your areas, the process will be faster,” Aquino told them.

    The President earlier admitted that much of the provincial government was paralyzed because its members were attending to their own families’ safety.

    He said the national government had to step in to continue the delivery of vital government services, especially during a calamity.

    ”The local government unit, acting as first responders, failed to respond appropriately—then there was that breakdown. People became desperate, and that’s why we are trying to fast track the situation where the national government takes over local government functions,” he said.

    ”The national government did not just have to augment what the local government could do, but also replace a lot of personnel with personnel from other regions, to take care of the government’s vital functions,” Aquino added.

    From Guiuan, the President proceeded to Tacloban City, his second visit since Yolanda hit on November 8.

    Roxas reported that all 40 municipalities of Leyte were now linked to the government’s main supply routes, making it possible for a “conveyor belt of food supply” to reach even the farthest towns.

    Hilongos and Palompon, the two towns previously not reached by relief goods, finally established contact with the government’s logistics hub in Ormoc City on Saturday. Officials of the two towns brought food packs and other relief items back to their constituents.

    “We can now confirm that relief goods have reach all the municipalities of Leyte,” said Roxas, who is concurrent vice chairman for disaster preparedness of the National Diaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

    “This is just the start. A lot more has to be done. But one thing’s sure: the flow of relief goods will be continuous because the main supply routes are now open,” he said.

    The goods will be distributed from two hubs. The Tacloban hub will be servicing 24 towns while the Ormoc hub will send relief goods to 16 towns.

    The affected municipalities in Eastern Samar will get their food supply from the logistics hub set up at the airport in Guiuan.

    “Our teams in the distribution hubs are working 24/7. The goods are repacked at night and distributed the whole day,” Roxas said.

    Each pack is made up of six kilos of rice, six canned goods (3 sardines, 3 corned beef), eight instant noodles and eight sachets of coffee. Each food pack, for a family of five, will last for two to three days.

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    1. This president always has somebody else to blame, he can never admit that he messed up. Pinoy i is such a weak leader and his tactics of placing blame on other people is getting old!!!!!!!! Man up and help the people together with your pet dog Roxas who was quoted a day ago as not putting search and rescue of people, a top priority. They both say no politics during this time of disaster, but he is the first to blame the LGU’s and even the people who died as being unprepared and at fault.

    2. Alam nyo mga kabayans…Hindi kayo nakakatulong bagkus nakakasira pa kyo ng diskarte. Wag na kyong magsisihan. Nandyan at nangyari na yan. Dapat magtulungan na lang para maipakita sa lahat ng bansa na may pagkakaisa ang mga pinoys. Wag nyong sisihin at siraan ang ating pangulo. Alalahanin nyo na sya lang ang matino sa mga binoto nyo. Kaya ngayon magkaroon na kayo ng aral. Pagisipan ng isandaan beses Kung sino ang karapatdapat na ihalal nyo. Wag padadala sa mga tamis ng dila ng mga kandidato…sa mga perang ipamudmod dahil susulitin din nila yang mga gastos nila sa kaban ng bayan. For the meantime, kailangan natin mag kapitbisig sa paglutas sa present situation ng ating bansa. With GOD’s help…United we stand..divided we fall

    3. Sa magnitude ng pinsala,Diyos lang ang makakatugon agad ng maaga at maayos na solution sa lahat ng pangangailangan ng lahat. Kung yung mga nakaraan bang administration hindi nangurakut at inayos ang karamihan sa ating bansa pati na ang militar,sana may kapasidad ang gubierno na tugunan ang karamihan sa pangangailangan kung may calamity with this magnitude.Sa mga maghuhusga,puwede ba magbitbit na lang kayo ng kahit isang bag na puwede ninyong itulong.Kung 100 ang magaabot sa 100 familia malaking bagay po yun.Huwag ng manira- tumulong na lang.Hindi naman siguro kurakot si Pnoy-ngayon nga lang lumalabas ang mga pagnanakaw,siguro kung noong ibang administrasyon nabulgar ito,patay ka.Ano nga pala ang ginawa ng mga nanghuhusga ngayon sa mga nakaraang administrasyon? o kasali sila sa pangungurakot?

      • “”The national government did not just have to augment what the local government could do, but also replace a lot of personnel with personnel from other regions, to take care of the government’s vital functions,” Aquino added.” There you go!! How come the “augmentation” came too late it seems?

    4. To ALL MAG NANAKAW politicians from makoy era to the present. RETURN all ILL GOTTEN WEALTH NOWWWWWWWWWW. imelda, imee, bo bong, tandang enrile, unggoy estrada, shorty macapal na mukhang CHIMAY, napoles , bo bong revilla, etc,

    5. Jessie Serrano on

      “Adopt a family” who were totally devastated by yolanda, at least if only all public official will do that, thousands of families will be given immediate relief and roof over their heads and most of all away from the depressing scene of the calamity areas. Then volunteering well abled families in nearby provinces will be of great help. PNoy should have thought of this scheme since goverment agencies are helpless because of the enoumosity of the problem.

    6. dapata gayahin mo si pgma. nambabato ng laptop kung mali mga tao niya. di naman siguro masama ang ganun para matuto mga bata niya

    7. What we need is a working President, and one who keeps the flames of survival and getting back to normal alive. Pinoy should continue leading the way, never minding the mouths that splatter his windshield with bitter criticisms.

    8. BS Aquino is angry because he’s been exposed as an Emperor with no clothes. Kakahiya ka. The world now knows what you’re made of…nothing.

    9. The President restated the protocol to the LGU in times of calamity. In this situation, was that necessary or even timely?

    10. Incredibly inefficient and incompetent leadership in both national and local governments, your president in particular! Now, it seems donations coming from foreign governments and organizations, even from private Filipino groups and individuals overwhelm the national government that slows down distribution of relief goods to the victims of typhoon Yolanda. Please, set aside your politics, first and foremost mobilize the armed forces in time of this magnitude of devastation!

      • If I may add President Aquino, yes, you have no right to get angry because of your politics and lack of leadership. Please step aside and let someone else do the job of a competent leader, as I am very disappointed with you.

      • Lalo naman kayong nakakadisappoint kasi putak kayo ng putak parang ang Pilipinas ay napakahightech na para makapunta don sa liblib na lugar. Yong binoto ninyo administration ang may kasalanan dahil pinamulsa nila ang pera na dapat mapunta sa calamity fund at high tech na gamit. Saludo kami sa inyo Mr. President! Huwag pansinin ang mga walang magawang putak ng putak, wala namang magawa sa bayan, kung yong pinuputak ninyo magvolunteer kayo eh di mapapakinabangan pa kayo.

      • sino ang ipapalit mo si Binay, Gloria, Marcoses, romualdez, enrile, etc.
        sabihin mo sa kanila na ibalik ang mga ninakaw nila lalo na si imee marcos na may swiss bank account siya $2.3 B. LOL

    11. Kayo ang Boss Ko! on

      A sudden turnaround ang gunggong, yan na nga ba ang sinasabi ng mga tao…iba ang sasabihin sa isang araw at iba ang gagawin sa ibang araw! You have no tight to br angry, but we have the right as your bosses to kick you out of the palace. Resign now!
      Pampagulo ka lang sa bansang ito!

      • Lalo ka namang pampagulo, isipin mo muna ang sinasabi mo dahl ikaw ang nagsasalita ng walang saysay. Dapat kung may time, magvolunteer ka na lang to pack the food. Hindi yong putak ka ng putak ng walang katuturan. To Mr. President, we are here to support you. Huwag kang masiraan ng loob sa ilan lamang na walang saysay na mga comments.
        Ang mga nagcocomment ng mga walang saysay makikita kung anong kaisipan meron kayo, dapat hindi ko ito sagutin dahil kayo ang mga walang silbi sa bayan.

    12. This catastrophe should be a unifying event for the Philippines to show the world that at least in times of calamity we as Filipinos are brothers and sisters and united as a nation. It is disappointing to see that Mr. Aquino is playing the blame game. To a poor nation there is no amount of preparation for a world record super typhoon that can prevent this monstrous disaster. This should be a time to reflect for our politicians to think about making the country better prepared for the next disaster to come. They should set the example as leaders that are pro active and not reactive ones. God help us.