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Marcos orders intensified response, efforts to aid Aghon-hit Filipinos

AGHON’S DELUGE. As severe storm Aghon barrels thru the Bicol region, flood waters reached rooftops in barangay Lual in Mauban, Quezon. Pagasa forecasts Aghon to move out of the country on Wednesday. Mae Alsado
Charles Dantes

President Marcos on Tuesday ordered a whole-of-government response to aid recovery efforts following Typhoon Aghon, before departing to visit Brunei Darussalam and Singapore this week.

In his departure speech, President Marcos instructed the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Agriculture (DA), and Department of Health (DOH) to provide comprehensive assistance and medical support to affected areas.

He also tasked the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Department of Transportation (DOTr) with rapidly restoring infrastructure and transportation facilities.

Citing official government data, Mr. Marcos said Calabarzon, Bicol, Western, Central and Eastern Visayas regions were hit. At least 12,043 families or 26,726 individuals were affected while three airports and 29 seaports became non-operational due to the typhoon.

The DSWD has distributed P1.35 million in aid, with P607.9 million on standby.

The Chief Executive also highlighted the preparation of 841 search and rescue teams, 465 transportation assets, and 436 emergency telecommunications units.

“Before the typhoon even arrived, we already placed relief goods near the expected path of the typhoon so they are all ready when it hits,” Mr. Marcos said.

“So, as soon as our forces, our DSWD, our Coast Guard, our search and rescue teams get in, all our assets can enter immediately because we were prepared since the typhoon arrived,” the President added.

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