National calamity declared

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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.

PNA

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  1. We know that we are in a disaster-prone country. Earthquakes and typhoons are common occurrences. Hence, we should stockpile food and water, at least, and have a system to rapidly distribute them when disaster strikes. Disbursing money when disaster strikes has the built-in delay in converting it to what people in distress need most right away.

    Other countries and the World Vision were quicker than our government structures in responding to this disaster because they have ready-to-go stockpiles.

  2. It took BS Aquino more than 2 days to realize that there is a calamity. Well, I wouldn’t be surprised by now at all. He’s not competent in handling emergencies.