TACLOBAN CITY — Two weeks after Super typhoon Yolanda caused massive destruction in Eastern Visayas, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas declared Friday that “the worst is over.”
Roxas said that based on what is being seen on the ground, the government was able to respond to priority concerns to include relief distribution, law and order, mobility, resources and cadaver recovery.
In a coordination meeting at the Leyte Sports Academy command center, he reported that 230 pieces of heavy equipment are being utilized for relief and emergency operations.
Some 3,300 soldiers and 1,600 police officers are being harnessed not just for security but also for relief distribution, he said.
Roxas lauded local and national government officials and ordinary people who contributed one way or the other to the stabilization of the situation.
But he urged everyone not to be complacent even with the positive development that is currently happening.
To give the working people a break and spend time with their families, he announced that there will be no regular meetings this Saturday and Sunday, and instead it will resume on Monday.
“Take some time to be with your family, you have to be strong,” he said.
He instructed cluster heads to continue with their respective responsibilities and report updates on Monday.
Typhoon casualties are pegged at 4,927 while retrieved bodies as of Thursday reached 1,755 in Tacloban alone.
The damage was initially set at P5.6 billion.