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PBBM: Gov’t to continue aiding Aghon victims


President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. on Tuesday ordered government agencies to continue helping victims of Typhoon Aghon, which affected several regions in the country.

“Kaya’t tuluyan kong inatasan ang DSWD, ang DA, DOH, para makapagbigay ng assistance sa lahat ng mga naging biktima ng Typhoon Aghon (I have ordered the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Health to give assistance to all victims of Typhoon Aghon),” President Marcos said in his departure statement at Villamor Air Base in Pasay City.

President Marcos embarked on his first State Visit to Brunei Darussalam and will later participate in the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore.

“Sa kasalukuyan, ang aming nakita ay tinamaan ang Region IV, V, VI, VII, and VIII at ang apektado ay 12,043 families, 26,726 persons, tatlong airport at saka 29 na seaport ang naging non-operational dahil nga sa pagdaan ng bagyo (At present, Regions IV, V, VI, VII and VIII were hit, and 12,043 families, 26,726 persons were affected, while three airports and 29 seaports became non-operational due to the typhoon),” the President said.

Six cities and towns had power outages, and there were 13 flooding incidents and three rain-induced landslides, he said.

President Marcos said the government has been coordinating with several agencies. He said the first responders were Local Government Units (LGUs).

“They have brought all their energies together at the very first instance at nasabayan naman, nasundan kaagad ng national government sa pamamagitan ng pagbigay ng assistance, search and rescue na ginawa (The national government has given assistance, search and rescue missions),” he added.

President Marcos said the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) would be next after the first responders to repair the infrastructures.

The President said the government has already sent relief goods to affected areas.

“Sa unang pagkakataon na makapasok ang ating mga puwersa, ang ating mga DSWD, ang ating Coast Guard, ang ating search and rescue, lahat ng mga asset natin ay makapasok na kaagad dahil nakahanda tayo mula pa noong dumating ang bagyo (Our government forces, the DSWD, Coast Guard, search and rescue, all assets will be able to assist as they have been ready since the entry of the typhoon),” President Marcos stated.

“So, patuloy naman ang ating gagawin at hindi natin titigilan ito siyempre hanggang matapos ang ating pagtulong sa mga nasalanta, sa mga naging biktima dito sa ating mga area na tinamaan ng Aghon (We will continue to work and will not stop until we are able to help out all those affected, to all the victims affected by Aghon),” the President added. PND