MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte wants “more funds” from the proposed national budget for 2022 to be used for response and recovery efforts in areas affected by Typhoon Odette, MalacaÃ±ang said Monday.
Acting presidential spokesman, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, said Duterte made the statement during his visit to typhoon-affected areas in Cebu and Bohol on Sunday.
âPresident Duterte stressed that if the effects of the typhoon are devastating even as the country continues its battle against Covid-19, the government must help because people need help. He then pledged that the national government would urgently provide for the typhoon-affected areas and their inhabitants, including rice and water, building materials for the reconstruction of damaged houses and a housing assistance, top priority being given to the poor, âNograles said in a statement.
“The president also indicated that with the new budget for 2022, more funds can be used for response and recovery efforts,” he added.
Nograles said Duterte first visited Argao Municipality in Cebu, where he tasked Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development secretary Eduardo del Rosario to provide housing assistance to residents. whose places of residence were damaged by the typhoon.
Duterte also called on Department of Energy (DOE) secretary Alfonso Cusi to call on the private sector to help and encourage the opening and operation of gas stations, he added.
The DOE is working in duplicate to restore energy to Cebu. Currently, electricity has been restored to parts of Cebu for utilities such as hospitals, among others.
The Agriculture Ministry, for its part, has allocated PHP 445.1-M to help farmers and fishermen in the area who have suffered badly from the damage caused by Typhoon Odette, Nograles said.
Duterte also traveled to Bohol province where he interacted with local government officials and evacuees.
He reiterated that a large portion of the National Council for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management fund was used for the government’s response to Covid-19, including quarantine spending for the return of Filipino workers to the country. foreigner.
Meanwhile, Nograles urged the public to join efforts to help communities devastated by the typhoon.
“As we continue to fully assess the damage Typhoon Odette caused to the livelihoods and property of our people and to the local economy, let us stand united in the midst of adversity to help each other and exemplify the bayanihan spirit. Filipino, âhe said. (ANP)