OVP ready to aid local governments after typhoon damage

Published September 16, 2018, 11:51 AM

by Patrick Garcia

By Raymund Antonio

Even before Typhoon “Ompong” made landfall in the country, the Office of the Vice President started prepositioning disaster relief teams for response in northern Luzon.

Vice President Leni Robredo (FEDERICO CRUZ / MANILA BULLETIN)
Vice President Leni Robredo

Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo said her office is prepared to help the local governments to address the urgent needs in areas that were hit by the typhoon.

“We are ready. We already formed our disasters teams,” Robredo said in her weekly radio, “BISErbisyong Leni,” aired on RMN-DZXL. “They are positioned and are only waiting.”

The OVP has coordinated with the office of Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba about the relief supplies ready for dispatch to the typhoon-hit areas in the province.

Initial reports showed that Cagayan and Isabela provinces are among the areas heavily devastated by the weather disturbance. The local governments and residents in these provinces have reported severe damage to property and agriculture and are expecting more reports of damage as the day progresses.

Robredo said she prayed for the safety of people and for less damage in the areas following Ompong’s onslaught.

The Vice President raised concerns over the typhoon’s impact, especially as the country is now in a rice crisis.

“We are worried about the extent of the devastation. Aside from the call for donations, we are also worried because we are now in a crisis. Prices of basic commodities are high when the typhoon came. What would be its effect on the goods again?” she asked.

Robredo, a former housing chief, said both Cagayan and Isabela are among the country’s top rice-producing provinces.

“We saw in the news before the typhoon hit, the crops were prematurely harvested that’s why we already know the impact. Our farmers are pitiful that it hit at a time of their harvest,” she said.

The Vice President said her office also wants to help in the government’s rehabilitation efforts.