THE United Nations (UN) and at least 11 countries have offered help for areas affected by Super Typhoon Ruby, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
NDRRMC chief Alexander Pama on Sunday said there were also offers of assistance from various sectors and private individuals.
“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 added.
The countries that first offered assistance were Australia, Japan, the United States, Malaysia, Singapore, Canada, Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Thailand, the United Kingdom and China.
“We are now assessing the damages and based on protocols and policies, those offers will be responded to in accordance with the needs [of stricken areas],” Pama said.
Most of the offers were in the form of manpower, resources and relief, among others.
Malacañang also on Sunday thanked members of the international community that pledged assistance for people to be affected by Typhoon Ruby.
Palace deputy spokesperson Abigail Valte said various states and institutions have expressed their “readiness and willingness to help” the country.
Valte mentioned the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the World Food Program (WFP) as among those that have guaranteed to provide assistance.
But even as the typhoon weakened, Malacanang urged the public not to be complacent since the threat posed by the weather disturbance is far from over.
In a briefing aired live over state-run Radyo ng Bayan, Valte said it is “better to err on the side of prudence and caution” than be sorry.
As of 4 p.m., Sunday, Ruby was located at 20 km west of Masbate City, Masbat, with maximum sustained winds of 140 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 170 kph.
The weather bureau raised public storm warning Signal No. 3 in Masbate, Ticao Island, Burias Island, Marinduque, Romblon and Oriental Mindoro.
These areas will have stormy weather and residents in low-lying and mountainous areas should be on alert against flashfloods and landslides.
Areas under Signal No. 2 are Sorsogon, Albay, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Lubang Island, Quezon, Occidental Mindoro, Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur in Luzon; and Northern Samar, Samar, Biliran, Aklan, Capiz, Northern Cebu including Cebu City, Bantayan Island and Camotes Island in Visayas.
Public storm warning Signal No. 1 was hoisted over Zambales, Bataan, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Pampanga, Bulacan, Metro Manila, Rizal, Catanduanes and Northern Palawan in Luzon; and Iloilo, Antique, Guimaras, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Southern Leyte and Rest of Cebu in the Visayas.