Quezon to help typhoon victims

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LUCENA CITY: The provincial government of Quezon will provide assistance to residents of Leyte and Samar, two of the provinces devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda last week.

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Gov. Daid Suarez said that Quezon was lucky because Yolanda veered off the province, contrary to the initial prediction of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) where Yolanda will also affect the province.

“It’s better that we are the ones giving assistance than needing it, and for the past four years, God has blessed us with perfect weather. It’s our turn to let our brothers in the Visayas feel the love and concern of our province,” Suarez told The Manila Times.

The governor also advised the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) to send immediate assistance to the Yolanda affected provinces once normal situation has been established in Quezon.

Besides relief goods, Suarez will also send skilled workers including carpenters, plumbers, electricians, heavy equipment operators, as well as doctors, nurses and social workers to help in the Visayas.

Suarez also requested the provincial employees to help in any way they can to raise additional donations for the residents of the affected provinces.

The governor also thanked the efforts of PDRRMC led by Dr. Henry Buzar and the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office headed by Sonia Leyson. Their quick actions and preparation enabled the province to cope more with oncoming and past typhoons and other natural calamities.

A PDRRMC report showed only two casualties and five houses were destroyed during a hurricane in the town of Burdeos.

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