• PNoy books return trip to Leyte

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    President Benigno Aquino 3rd will be visiting the Typhoon Yolanda-ravaged Leyte province on Sunday, the Palace announced on Saturday.

    The Sunday visit will mark the second time that the President will set foot on Leyte wherein only 23 out of the 40 towns have been able to recieve relief goods from the government.

    “The people are housed in the evacuation centers, and we will continue to provide relief for them. Moving forward, we will have an assesment,” Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said in an interview over Radyo ng Bayan.

    On top of racing against time in ensuring the smooth flow of aid for Yolanda victims, the Aquino administration is battling criticisms of disorganized response as a result of the huge unexpected number of casualties that included the first responders: the local government units.

    Next week, Valte disclosed that the government will construct bunkhouses for the evacuees.

    “We are hoping to do more and more for them as each day passes. What is important for us is to provide relief for them, including trauma counseling and stress debriefing,” Valte said.

    To date, a total of 122,833 food and rice packs, 8,100 liters of water, 11,000 units of high energy biscuits for children and the elderly have been distributed in 138 barangays in Tacloban.

    Ormoc, Leyte, for its part, received 10,000 food packs. Eastern Samar, on the other hand, were given  23,594 food and rice packs and 213 boxes of canned goods. LLANESCA T. PANTI

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    1. The President must appoint at least 5 heads of executive and under secretaries to officially manned the relief operation and should augment 5 repacking centers, to divide the depleted and undermanned logistics. People who are on the ground will serve as the main post, and in command. 5 centers must used as donation conduit to different Provinces. More military to dispatch on the ground to augment volunteers rescue, relief and rehabilitation. More people more movement.