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President Aquino says national government temporarily takes over LGU in Leyte to strengthen relief efforts

President Benigno S. Aquino III distributes relief goods to families displaced by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Hainan) at the evacuation center during his visit to the Roxas City to personally assess the extent of the damage in the area on Sunday (November 10). Typhoon Yolanda is the world's most powerful typhoon in 2013. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III distributes relief goods to families displaced by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Hainan) at the evacuation center during his visit to the Roxas City to personally assess the extent of the damage in the area on Sunday (November 10). Typhoon Yolanda is the world’s most powerful typhoon in 2013. (MNS photo)

TACLOBAN, Leyte, Nov 11 (Mabuhay) — The national government temporarily takes over local government works in Leyte to process data from the ground and property determine the needs of the people so the government could send necessary assistance, President Benigno S. Aquino III said during his visit to here on Sunday.

The issue is the availability of the data from the ground, the President said in an interview in Tacloban airport. He added that this kind of information is needed in order for the government to match the resources needed.

The local government couldn’t function well because the personnel, especially the first responders, were also affected by the typhoon and failed to report to work, the President said.

Aside from ensuring the local government is running, the President said he ordered additional police and military forces for Tacloban to restore order after receiving reports of looting. He said armored personnel carriers will arrive in Tacloban to help enforce the law.

President Aquino arrived in Tacloban Sunday morning to personally assess the devastation wrought by Typhoon Yolanda this week. After arriving around 10:30 a.m. he inspected the heavily damaged passenger terminal of the Tacloban airport.

After that the President had an aerial inspection of Leyte followed by briefing national and local officials.

Accompanying the President were Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras and Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson.(MNS)

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