Gov't spent P760-M so far on relief goods

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 25 2013 11:18 AM | Updated as of Nov 25 2013 07:18 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The government has spent P760 million so far for relief goods for survivors of super typhoon "Yolanda."

On ANC's Headstart, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima said some 2 million relief packages have been packed so far.

Purisima, who heads the Manila distribution hub, said each family pack contains 6 kilos of rice, 8 canned goods, 8 noodles and 8 sachets of 3-in-1 coffee. The pack is enough to feed a family of 5 for 2 days.

"This is a massive relief operations, unprecedented in our history... The average cost, the direct cost of each pack is about P380. Since we hit 2 million already, you multiply that, that's P760 million so far. That's accumulating every day because we need to support our kababayans in the affected areas," he said.

Asked why the government does not pack enough relief goods to last for a week, Purisima said the government is trying to make sure the available resources are given to as many survivors as possible.

"Because of the number of victims, which is unprecedented in our history, almost 300,000 families, we needed to make sure everyone gets their share. We were never prepared for a 300,000 family victim scenario... It's a question of available resources, because of the number of victims. You need to make sure, for the far-flung areas you have to make sure something gets there as quickly as possible," he said.

The DOF chief said starting next week, the operations center will be moved to the Yolanda-hit areas in order to shorten the delivery time of the relief goods.

"Instead of delivering it to the relief sites here, we will try to ship it to Tacloban and Catbalogan and possibly Cebu," he said.