PGMA orders DOH teams, AFP reserve force to Haiti

January 15, 2010 10:50 pm 

CATICLAN, Aklan, Jan. 15 — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Friday ordered the Department of Health to deploy medical teams to Haiti to assist the victims of the 7.2 earthquake Wednesday and for the Armed Forces to form a reserve peacekeeping force that will be deployed to Haiti in case the United Nations “would ask for our help.”

“Having been victims once of powerful calamities, storms Reming, Ondoy and Pepeng, and a recipient of international aid, it is our turn to help those who are in need of help,” the President said during a speech at the groundbreaking of the P2.507-billion Caticlan Development Program here.

The President said she will award medals to the “brave and heroic Filipino peacekeepers in Haiti who have not just maintained peace in that country but also rendered the quake victims immediate assistance.”

The President recalled that during the vast destructions wrought by the previous typhoons, the Philippines lost thousands of lives in these storms and the international community responded quickly to our plight.

“Now it is our turn to help those in need,” the President said adding that Haiti has lost 100 times more lives than the Philippines.

She said that she is glad that the province of Aklan, particularly Kalibo, worst hit by storm Frank in June 2008, has bounced back to life again. (PNA)

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