MANILA - Vice President Leni Robredo is helping relief operations for victim's of Typhoon "Nina" (international name: Nock-Ten) in the Bicol Region, her office said Monday.
Robredo is helping coordinate the relief from the US, where she is on a break that was planned a year before "Nina" hit, according to her spokesperson, Georgina Hernandez.
A team from the Office of the Vice President has been dispatched to the affected areas as relief supplies are being collected, Hernandez said.
"Vice President Leni Robredo has been monitoring and directing the Office of the Vice President to work with regional officials and agencies in setting up local relief centers for immediate emergency response on the ground," Hernandez said in a statement.
Robredo, who hails from Naga City at the heart of the Bicol peninsula, tweeted on Sunday, Christmas Day, that a relief operations center would be set up in the city.
According to Boom Enriquez, head of Robredo's communication and media team, funding for the relief operations came from donations from private partners that are being coursed through the Kaya Natin! Movement for Good Governance and Ethical Leadership.
The movement is spearheading the "Taskforce Tindog Bikol" relief operations.
Hernandez said Robredo's office is also coordinating with Angat Buhay partners and other private sector groups for food and non-food items that can be transported to Bicol.
"While we have faith in the resilience of our people, we still call on the Filipino public to help out in the on going relief efforts of all agencies and private sector partners to alleviate suffering in typhoon-hit areas during this very special time of the year," Hernandez said.