Duterte earmarks P50 million for typhoon aid

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Posted at Dec 27 2016 06:31 PM | Updated as of Dec 27 2016 10:57 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said he is allotting around P50 million as aid for those affected by Typhoon Nina.

Speaking in Camarines Sur, one of the areas devastated by the typhoon, the President said he has ordered his Cabinet members to start giving aid to the victims of the typhoon.

"He (Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol) has the money, corn and rice, and he has around P50 million to give you. Titingnan ko lang, if needed, then I might add something to it. Mabuti na lang PAGCOR (Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation) has an earning, a very good one this year, makadiskarte ako ng tulong sa tao," Duterte said.

Duterte added that he also allocated P1 billion for social services nationwide.

"I released P1 billion, I remember, para sa mga tao, all over the Philippines, P1 billion, 'yung may mga hawak hawak na reseta, na wala namang pambili. Then another million for the idiots, drug addicts na community based, kasi wala pa akong pera na panggawa ng malalaking rehab," he said.

(I released P1 billion, I remember, for people all over the Philippines, especially those who cannot afford medicines. Then another million for community based rehabilitation for drug addicts, because I don't have enough money to build big rehabilitation centers.)

He advised local governments to immediately focus on rehabilitation.

"So the thing is, after whatever it is, catastrophe, war, sunog, calamity, is really to go back immediately to the normal ways. 'Wag na tayo maghintay and wallow in self-pity, nakakaawa tayo. Balik na kaagad tayo kinabukasan. We return to normalcy ASAP, as soon as possible," Duterte said.

(After whatever it is, catastrophe, war, fire, calamity, is really to immediately go back to normal. Let us not wait and wallow in self-pity. Let us move forward immediately.)

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said it is prioritizing the delivery of relief supplies to Albay and Catanduanes, which have declared a state of calamity. 

The agency has sent some 1,458 food packs to Catanduanes and will make two more relief deliveries to Bicol on Tuesday, NDRRMC spokeswoman Mina Marasigan said. 

The Department of Social Welfare and Development has also called on volunteers to join soldiers and policemen in repacking relief goods at their warehouse in Pasay.