During visit to Auring-hit areas, PRRD gives officials one week to address needs of victims

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the State of Qatar Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani who paid a courtesy call on the President at Malacañan Palace on August 15, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Government officials have been given a week by President Rodrigo Duterte to submit a complete assessment report on the impact of ‘Auring’, together with a response plan for affected areas.

“You have one week to do it, all of you. Kung may kulang, if there’s anything to be fixed, do it, come back here,” said Duterte to Cabinet members and other officials at a media briefing in Surigao del Sur.

The President’s order came after the executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, Usec. Ricardo Jalad, said that the agency is now in the process of completing its typhoon impact assessment.

“That will include already the identified interventions for the areas and populace affected,” he said.

Jalad and Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado also told Duterte that there are enough funds to address the needs of the victims.

“It’s just a matter of procuring the needed supplies,” said Jalad. “DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development) still has stocks and we will continue to provide the needed services assessed by the various national government agencies here as necessary for the augmentation of the local government units.”