President Benigno S. Aquino III is will fly Sunday to areas in Eastern Visayas badly hit by Super typhoon “Yolanda” to check on government relief efforts there.
Aquino will fly to Guiuan in Eastern Samar before proceeding to Tacloban.
In Guiuan he will inspect the town plaza, public market, and Guiuan Central Elementary School and distribute relief goods to the typhoon victims.
In Tacloban, Aquino is expected to visit the Bethany Hospital, NFA Repacking Center, Leyte Capitol Building, Remedios T. Romualdez Hospital, Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center and the seaport.
Relief operations were going at full steam. Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman said her agency has distributed 430, 435 food and rice packs, 46, 646 one-liter water and 84, 878 high-energy biscuits.
In Tacloban, 114 out of 138 barangays are getting aid; all the 40 towns of Leyte province and nine out of the 12 municipalities of Eastern Samar. Chopper drops were done in three remote towns of Eastern Samar.
The Bureau of Fire Protection reported that 780 bodies were recovered over the weekend. All but 83 were buried at the grave site in Basper village in Tacloban. Of the number 732 were unidentified.
The number of bodies retrieved since Monday in Tacloban has reached 1,199.
For clearing and cleaning operations, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Francis Tolentino said it needs 4,000 trips at six cubic meter per truck to be able to clear storm debris in Tacloban alone.
The MMDA has 24 dump trucks in Tacloban helping the Department of Public Works and Highways in clearing and cleaning operations.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) said no major looting and criminal incidents were reported.
As of Sunday, there are 1, 126 officer from the Police Regional Office 8 (PRO 8) and augmentation forces.
The focus is on providing security to major vital installation and depots. Police are also coordinating with the Armed Forces in guarding supply routes.
Brig. Gen. Jett Velarmino, commanding officer of the 8th Infantry Division, reported they have 1, 606 troops on the ground to provide security and distribute relief goods.