Aquino declares ‘state of national calamity’

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MANILA, 11Nov2013 (PNA) – President Benigno Aquino III declared Monday evening a “state of national calamity” to speed up the relief and rehabilitation efforts in “Yolanda”-stricken areas in Eastern Visayas.

“Mahalaga rin ito, hindi lamang para panatilihing kontrolado ang mga presyo ng mga pangunahing produkto at serbisyo na kakailanganin ng ating mga kakabayan, kundi upang maiwasan din ang overpricing at hoarding ng mga mahahalagang bilihin,” Aquino said in a televised address.

He also said some P1.1 billion was added to the quick response funds of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

P-Noy Distributing Relief Goods in Roxas City. Photo from Noynoy Aquino (P-Noy) facebook page
P-Noy Distributing Relief Goods in Roxas City. Photo from Noynoy Aquino (P-Noy) facebook page

President Aquino also ordered all departments and other concerned government agencies to imp├Čement and execute rescue, recovery, relief, and rehabilitat├Čon work in accordance with pertinent operational plans and directives.

“All departments and other concerned government agencies are also hereby directed to coordinate with, and provide or augment the basic services and facilities of affected local government units,” he said.

Law enforcement agencies, with support from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, are also directed to undertake all necessary measures to ensure peace and order in the affected areas, as may be necessary.

Super typhoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) wreaked havoc across provinces in the Eastern Visayas region, leaving hundreds dead. (PNA)

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