Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) chairman Atty. Winston Ginez said the Board is issuing special permits to provincial roll-on roll off (RORO) buses with routes coming from Metro Manila to areas in the Visayas and Mindanao regions affected by the recent destruction of super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan).
“Nais po naming bigyan ng paraan upang makapunta sa mga nasalantang lugar ang mga mamamayan po nating nandito sa kamaynilaan at malaman ang kalagayan ng kanilang mga kamag-anakan na sinalanta ng bagyong Yolanda,” Atty. Ginez said.
Department of Transportation and Communications secretary Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya instructed LTFRB to issue the special permits to allow residents of affected areas, particularly in Leyte, Samar, Cebu and Davao, leave ‘ground zero’ until situation returns to normal condition.
With the issuance of the special RORO permits, additional public bus units will be deployed in the affected areas and once the roads become passable, distressed residents can immediately leave the affected area to join their families and relatives in the metropolis.
Super typhoon Yolanda slammed into Tacloban City, Leyte on Saturday, Nov. 9, sending tsunami-like waves and merciless winds rampaging across a huge chunk of the country, including Cebu, Eastern Samar, Surigao del Norte and Palawan.
According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), almost one million families or 4,459,468 people were affected in 1,741 villages in 36 provinces of the country in what is now considered one of the world’s strongest storms in decades. PNA