Gov’t assures aid for ‘Quinta’ victims
By Azer Parrocha
TYPHOON AFTERMATH. Photo shows the aftermath of Typhoon Quinta in Sitio Ologon, Barangay San Isidro in Libon, Albay on Monday (Oct. 26, 2020). Malacañang assured that the national government is ready to assist the affected families. (Photo courtesy of Albay 3rd District Rep. Fernando Cabredo)
MANILA (Philippines News Agency)– The national government is ready to assist the families who have evacuated as Typhoon Quinta (international name: Molave) continues to batter more parts of the country, Malacañang said Monday.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this assurance saying President Rodrigo Duterte’s top concern is Filipinos’ health and safety.
“Doon sa mga nasalanta ng bagyo, huwag po kayong mag-alala, darating na po ang tulong ninyo (To those affected by the typhoon, don’t worry, help is on the way),” he said in an interview over DZRH.
The Department of Agriculture (DA) will be providing loans to farmers whose crops were affected by the typhoon, Roque said.
In a Palace press briefing, he said the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has also prepared food packs and standby funds amounting to PHP890.59 million in its central and regional offices.
He reminded local government units to continue to enforce minimum health and safety standards in evacuation centers.
“Magkaroon na ng evacuation centers kung saan susundin ang minimum health standards kagaya ng pagsuot ng mask at ng face shields (Ensure that evacuation centers observe minimum health standards such as wearing of face masks and face shields),” he said.
Roque said LGUs should also observe Covid-19 mitigation measures in the distribution of relief goods and management of evacuation centers.
“Bawal pa rin ang mass gatherings at inaabisuhan ang LGUs na maglagay ng designated areas na may appropriate safety markings (Mass gatherings are still not allowed and we remind LGUs to place safety markings in designated areas),” he added.
According to Roque, LGUs should immediately isolate persons who show symptoms of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
“‘Yung mga mayroong (Those showing) symptoms no matter how mild should be isolated from the rest of the population who are being evacuated,” he said.
Duterte, who is currently in Davao City, has been monitoring the situation in areas affected by the typhoon, according to Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go.
According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, Quinta will bring moderate to heavy with at times intense rains over Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, northern Palawan including Calamian and Cuyo Islands, Calabarzon, Aurora, and Isabela from Monday until Tuesday.
The typhoon slightly intensified as it moves west-northwestward over the West Philippine Sea and is forecast to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) Tuesday morning, it added. (PNA)