Doing it better

September 20, 2018

The purpose is apparently a more focused and well-coordinated effort to provide emergency assistance to typhoon victims.

When natural calamities strike, speed and efficiency in the delivery of vital supplies to victims are critical to their survival. 

And since the government is the single biggest source of manpower, logistics, and machinery/equipment to move them fast all donations for calamity relief would be better manage if handled by concerned government agencies

And so, President Duterte urged the public to send donations for victims of Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) to the government, particularly the military, and or humanitarian organization Red Cross instead of private TV stations.

“I will not mention it but yung mga (those) prominent TV network, I’m giving you a testimony, personal. Ang sabi (They say), mag-donate kayo, used clothes ganun, sa kanila (to them) then they’ll give you a bank account number where you can deposit your donation. You’re better off giving it to government or to the military and let them distribute it direct,” Duterte said in a situation briefing at the Provincial Capitol Guest House in Isabela.

The President claimed that he personally saw how staff members of a TV station, which he did not name, would sort out donations that were usable for them.

“Because I have a TV program, nakikita ko yung matatanda diyan sa opisina (I can see the older employees in the office) they were sorting out the things that were usable or are usable for them,” Duterte said.

“Maniwala kayo sa akin (Believe me) as your president, I’m giving you what I saw and what I have learned so ‘yan lang muna (that’s all for now),” he added.

The President acknowledged that people have a tendency to distrust the government’s sincerity in terms of disaster relief efforts but noted that most officials are really just doing their job.

“Hindi naman mapilit ang perception ng tao sa amin (We cannot force the perception of people on us),” Duterte said.

“But most of the officials who have sworn their duty to the people, nandiyan ‘yan nagta-trabaho (they’re just doing their job),” he added.

Duterte also lauded the local government units (LGUs) of Isabela province for their quick disaster response on the onslaught of the typhoon.

“Ang pumunta ako dito is (I came here) to congratulate the officials, the governor, vice governor and everybody of you who were ready at the forefront really to face the onslaught and I admire the preparation…” Duterte said.

He called on officials anew to build more gyms that could serve as refuge centers for families displaced by calamities and minimize the use of public schools as evacuation centers.

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