President Benigno Aquino 3rd declared a state of national calamity on Monday evening to speed up the relief and rehabilitation efforts in typhoon-stricken areas in Eastern Visayas.
The declaration will enable the government to control the prices of prime commodities and services, Aquino said in a televised address.
He said some P1.1 billion was added to the quick response funds of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
The President also ordered all departments and other concerned government agencies to implement and execute rescue, recovery, relief, and rehabilitatìon work in accordance with pertinent operational plans and directives.
Law enforcement agencies, with support from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, were directed to ensure peace and order in the affected areas.