PGMA taps Palace properties in Baguio, Ilocos as evacuation centers for “Pepeng” victims

October 10, 2009 12:30 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 10 — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo today opened Malacanang properties in Baguio City and Ilocos region as evacuation and monitoring centers of the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC) of Region 1.

In her statement issued this morning, the President said the Mansion House, the presidential residence in the country’s summer capital, would immediately be opened to government employees displaced by typhoon “Pepeng,” in much the same way that Malacañang were earlier opened to victims of typhoon “Ondoy”.

The “Malacanang ti Amianan” in Ilocos was made the temporary office of RDCC Region 1, whose jurisdiction was expanded to include Abra province.

The Vice President cottage, a property owned by the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) in Baguio City, was converted by the President as the office of the Baguio City Disaster Coordinating Council (DCC).

The President also obliged officials and cadets of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) to provide assistance to displaced state employees inside Mansion House.

Meanwhile, the President reassured affected residents in Northern and Central Luzon that the government would continue to do its best to help ease their plight even as rescue, relief, and rehabilitation efforts in other areas nationwide were ongoing.

“Maaasahan ng ating mga kababayang nasalanta ng bagyong ‘Pepeng’ pati na rin ng ‘Ondoy’ ang patuloy na pagtaguyod at pagtulong ng pamahalaan, ng mga kasundaluhan at kapulisan,” she said, adding that she was personally extending the nation’s sympathy and concern for the families heavily affected by typhoon ‘Pepeng.’ (PNA)

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