Gov't ready to help Pinoys as 'Jolina' arrives–Roque

Published September 7, 2021, 4:48 PM

by Ellson Quismorio

The national government is ready to respond to Filipino citizens’ plight should typhoon “Jolina” cause them problems, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Tuesday, Sept. 7.

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“Nandyan po lahat ng tulong, naka pre-position na (All assistance is available, they’ve been pre-positioned),” Roque sais during a virtual press briefing.

The Palace official was asked about the government’s response to the typhoon’s arrival amid the continued fight to control the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“Naka pre-position na po ang ating magiging tulong galing sa DSWD [Department of Social Welfare and Development], nakahanda po ang ating mga centers na paglilipatan kung kinakailangang lumikas ng tinitirhan (Assistance from the DSWD has been pre-positioned, and our centers have been readied in case there’s a need to evacuate people from their homes),” Roque said.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has made responding to calamities such as typhoons difficult since existing community quarantine regulations prohibit mass gatherings of any kind as a defense against the deadly virus.

But the Philippines has at least gained a measure of experience from dealing with typhoons amid the pandemic, like what happened during typhoon “Rolly” in November last year. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the pandemic in March 2020.

“Handa rin po ang ating mga health protocols sa mga centers na yan, ‘no. Ang sinasabi ko po, sanay na po tayo sa mga paghamon dahil po sa bagyo at sa ulan, eh pa-igtingin lang natin yung health protocols lalung lalo na kung pupunta po tayo sa mga evacuation centers (We have our health protocols ready in those centers. What I’m saying is that while we are used to the challenges brought by typhoons and rains, let’s step up the observance of health protocols especially when going to these evacuation centers,” Roque said.

“Pero handa po tayo (But we are ready),” the spokesperson assured.

The Philippines is visited by an average of 20 typhoons a year.