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Cooperation between national government, LGUs needed to help Yolanda victims, Palace says

President Benigno S. Aquino III and Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas personally inspect the extent of damage wrought by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Hainan) during his visit to Tacloban City, Leyte on Sunday (November 10). Typhoon Yolanda is the world's most powerful typhoon in 2013. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III and Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas personally inspect the extent of damage wrought by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Hainan) during his visit to Tacloban City, Leyte on Sunday (November 10). Typhoon Yolanda is the world’s most powerful typhoon in 2013. (MNS photo)

MANILA, Nov 11 (Mabuhay) — Malacañang on Monday stressed anew the need for the national government to work with local government units to help Filipinos affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

Secretary to the Cabinet Jose Rene Almendras reassured the LGUs that there is no finger-pointing going on, especially now that the national and local governments are pressed for time.

“Hirap na hirap ang national government to penetrate the locality. Hindi namin kilala ang barangay captain. Hindi ko alam ang pangalan ng barangay, much more kung nasaan sila. Sa Pablo ang daming natutunan doon. Kapag ang local government at national government maganda ang coordination, napakadaling iabot ang tulong (The national government has a hard time getting to the residents in the localities. We cannot identify the barangays, much less locate them immediately. But one thing I learned while addressing the needs of victims of Tropical Cyclone Pablo is that if officials of the national and local governments work together, they can quickly reach those who need help),” Almendras said at a media briefing.

“We’re pressed for time, we need to respond, we need to move,” he added.

Besides, Almendras said President Benigno S. Aquino III had instructed them to deliver the needed relief items to affected areas in the most efficient way possible.

Several areas in the Visayas and Southern Luzon had been affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda that made landfall six timeslast Friday before exiting the Philippines the next day.

Almendras said they particularly need the local governments, including those at the barangay level, to set up a leadership structure that will make sure the relief items for residents are received and distributed properly.

The local leaders would also be in the best position to know how long relief goods such as food packs would last, he added.

“It makes the whole process more efficient if the ground is well-organized and ready to accept relief goods,” he said.

“We all need to work together… There’s a need to organize ourselves well,” he added. (MNS)

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