Sunday, October 12, 2014

National government aid to Albay continues
By Joann Santiago

MANILA, Oct. 11 (PNA) -- National government agencies continue to help in the evacuation and distribution of basic needs of Albay residents who were evacuated as they are living within the six-kilometer permanent danger zone of Mt. Mayon

Deputy Spokesperson Abigail Valte said concerned agencies continue to monitor developments in Albay to ensure that all the necessary needs of the evacuees will be given.

Citing a report from the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC), Valte said more than P55 million has been extended by the national government through government agencies to help the province of Albay.

Forced evacuation of Albay residents residing within the six-kilometer danger zone started last September 16 after the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) raised the volcano alert to Alert Level 3.

Funding requirements for the evacuees is seen to last for about six months based on previous experiences, thus, the provincial government has requested the national government for assistance.

Meanwhile, Valte said impact of Typhoon Ompong to some provinces in the Visayas has been addressed because medicines and basic goods for distribution have been prepared even before the weather disturbance entered the country.

“The NDRRMC also continues to lend assistance to them,” she said.

Further, a proposal in the House of Representatives has been submitted suggesting the establishment of a sole agency that would oversee disaster-related programs of the government instead of an ad hoc committee being formed once there is a looming disaster.

alte said there is a need to study the proposal because the NDRRMC is already working based on the framework of the proposed agency. (PNA) CTB/JS/SSC