Gov't agencies assure President Aquino of sufficient supply of potable water in calamity areas

December 7, 2012 11:18 pm 

MANILA, Dec. 7 — Government agencies have assured President Benigno S. Aquino III of enough supply of potable water as well as the immediate installation of water purifiers in affected communities in areas devastated by Typhoon Pablo in Mindanao.

In a briefing by the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council at the Davao International Airport, Executive Director Benito Ramos said the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority has sent potable water in New Bataan, Compostela Valley.

Potable water supply from Manila Water is also arriving Saturday.

Albay is also giving water to the typhoon victims.

The Dept. of Social Welfare and Development will coordinate where to locate the water supplies for easy access of the people, Secretary Dinky Soliman told the President during the briefing.

However, while the people are waiting for the supply of clean water, the Dept. of Health has distributed chlorine tablets, Health Secretary Enrique Ona said.

The DOH is also distributing medicines to affected areas, although Ona admitted there are some problems in distributing medicines because many devastated areas are still inaccessible at this time.

He made an assurance however that the supply of medicines is more than adequate.

The President said he expects government agencies to report to him the deployment of water purifiers in the affected areas to ensure that residents are given clean supply of water.

Ramos said the Dept. of Trade and Industry is also doing price monitoring in coordination with the Philippine National Police to prevent traders from jacking up their prices.

At the same time, the government is also spearheading a “Diskuwento Caravan” on Saturday to provide the people with affordable basic necessities.

The caravan is scheduled to go to New Bataan tomorrow and on December 11 it will service the municipality of Boston in Davao Oriental.

The government has tied up with manufacturers that vowed to assist affected communities by selling at discounted prices. (PNA)

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