MANILA — President Benigno S. Aquino III said last Wednesday that there are “sufficient funds” from which regions devastated by typhoon “Pablo” (international codename: Bopha) may draw for necessary relief expenses and construction of emergency infrastructure facilities.
Here in Michigan, the Filipino American Community Council (FILAMCCO) said it is collaborating with the FILAMCCO Foundation in the efforts to support the relief operations for the typhoon victims.
Initial reports stated that the destruction was widespread and that at least 280 people were killed in the typhoon that packed winds of 120 kilometers per hour.
Speaking to reporters at the sidelines of the League of Municipalities of Philippines General Assembly at the Manila Hotel, President Aquino announced the availability of P8 billion that may be immediately disbursed for relief operations.
He said the amount came from the government’s calamity fund and “revenues from unexpected sources” such as the recent government sale of the Food Terminal complex in Taguig City.
“So Secretary (Florencio) Abad informed me that there is at least P8 billion ready to take care of necessary expenses and also of necessary emergency infrastructure facilities — ‘yung mga roads that were closed, etcetera, kung may damages. There is sufficient fund at this time,” the President said.
He also reiterated his appeal to Filipinos to heed storm warnings and vacate their premises if need be.
“Nakikiusap rin ako sa ating mga kababayan. Kung kinakailangang lumikas, lumikas na po tayo agad. Huwag nang maghintay pa ng pang-apat, o pang-limang bisita ng mga rescue units bago tayo lumikas. Buwis-buhay po ang trabaho ng ating mga rescue teams, kaya’t malaking tulong po kung manatili tayong disiplinado, may kooperasyon at mahinahon habang isinasalba nila tayo,” he said.