THE Philippine government has snubbed offers of assistance from the international community to areas affected by Typhoon Ruby after local resources proved more than enough to sustain ongoing operations to provide needs of victims and other efforts aimed at restoring normalcy.
National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) chief Undersecretary Alexander Pama on Thursday explained that starting from pre-typhoon preparations up to the relief and recovery operations at present, everything has been taken care of and thus they saw no need to avail of the offers from international donors.
“You might be wondering why there were no international support coming in. It happened because based on the preparations and the reactions, it appears that there is no more need to declare a state of national calamity,” Pama said in Filipino.
“Everything definitely is being handled and on the basis of the recommendations by the various clusters, it appears that we were able to provide the needs [of the victims]. At the present situation, it appears that we are able to provide, but if needed we can talk about it, but under the present situation it appears that we don’t need it,” he added.
Pama earlier disclosed that the United Nations and at least 11 other countries and private individuals have offered their assistance to the typhoon victims.
Those who offered their help were the governments of Australia, Japan, United States, Malaysia, Singapore, Canada, Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Thailand, United Kingdom and China and the UN.
“We have received offers of assistance not only from foreign government but also from foreign militaries and in fact even private individuals not to mention the United Nations,” Pama said.
Meanwhile, Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd said they consider the situation now stabilized as businesses, transportation, communications, airports and seaports and other services, including law and order, in affected regions have all started to normalize.
“We consider the situation stabilized, but it does not mean that everything is stable. If you likened it to patient, the emergency room period is over, already out of the ICU [intensive care unit], and we are already in the regular room, the patient is already in a regular room,” he added.
As of Thursday, the NDRMMC reported only 11 fatalities, not 12 as earlier listed, while 480 others were reported injured and no one was reported missing.
Damage to agriculture and infrastructure has reached a total of P3.189 billion. Of the amount, P1.912 billion was in agriculture and P1.277 billion in infrastructure.