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Spokesperson Harry Roque said donations are welcome

Philippines to accept assistance from foreign governments

MANILA – Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said he learned the United Nations System and the European Union expressed their support to the Philippine government cope with the needs as super typhoon “Goni” ravaged Bicol and Southern Tagalog regions last Sunday.

“We are ready to accept their donations because we are in need of assistance at this very moment,” Secretary Roque said in Pilipino.

During the same briefing, Secretary Roque said as of 6:00 A.M. today, over P6.6 million in assistance has been dispensed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). He added there were 269,507 persons temporarily housed in 2,671 evacuation centers.

“The Armed Forces of the Philippines activated its own disaster task force since October 30 where 155 officers and 3,013 enlisted personnel ready for deployment,” Secretary Roque said. He credited the soldiers who assisted in the evacuation of over 300,000 individuals from 1,558 villages when “Rolly” made its first landfall.

He also acknowledged the assistance from the Philippine National Police where 5,804 policemen to attend to search and rescue operations while 1,556 were detailed in evacuation centers.

He also mentioned the efforts by personnel from the Department of Public Works and Highways as well as officers serving air, sea and land transportation. (Melo M. Acuña)

Residents from Barangay San Francisco in Guinobatan town in Albay look at their homes devastated by volcanic debris. (Albay Provincial Government photo)

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