MANILA, Nov 11 (Mabuhay) — Malacanang has called for volunteers to help in the repacking of relief goods at the Department of Social Welfare and Development-National Resource Operation Center in Pasay City for distribution to survivors of supertyphoon Yolanda in Eastern Visayas.
Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda made the appeal to everyone, as more relief goods are needed to be sent to the typhoon-devastated areas of Leyte, Samar, Bohol, Panay Island and Biliran.
Lacierda said some of the prepositioned goods in Tacloban, Leyte were washed away because of the storm surge at the height of supertyphoon Yolanda’s onslaught last Friday.
“We’re asking from volunteers to repack more goods that will be sent to affected areas,” he said.
He said latest data from the DSWD show that there is P206 million total of standby funds and stockpile in terms of food.
“We have prepositioned goods already, may naka-standby na supplies… standby fund and stockpile in terms of food, 206 million ang grand total,” he said.
Meanwhile, in the same media briefing, Cabinet secretary Jose Rene Almendras said at least 140 tons of relief goods and water filtration equipment have been sent to the affected areas.
He also announced that as of 8 a.m., one gas station was opened in Palo, Leyte while two gas stations will be opened in Tacloban this afternoon.
He also appealed to everyone to use their resources and energy in helping those affected instead of criticizing the work of those working in the field.
“I think there’s so much opportunity to help,” he said.
“Your suggestions, comments, are very, very welcome. We do not claim brilliance na alam namin lahat ng solusyon pero ipagtatanggol ko lang ang mga tao na nagtatrabaho in the field. Napaka-unfair ng criticisms to those who are helping fellow Filipinos,” he said. (MNS)