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article imagePhilippines President Aquino declares national state of calamity

By Leo Reyes     Nov 11, 2013 in Environment
Philippine President Benigno Aquino has placed the nation under a state of calamity after super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda in Phl) flattened a wide area in central Philippines, killing over 1,000 people and destroying many homes and vital infrastructure.
The president's declaration will allow the national and local government units to act swiftly on matters needing immediate action without necessarily observing the usual flow of paperwork on procurement. Examples include public bidding, as required in releasing the needed calamity funds for the affected areas.
The president said the declaration would also hasten the rescue, recovery, relief and rehabilitation efforts of the government and the private sector.
“This declaration will, among others, effectively control the prices of basic goods and commodities for the affected areas and afford government ample latitude to utilize appropriate funds to provide assistance and services to the people.” Aquino said.
Aquino also assured the public that authorities have taken steps to restore law and order especially in Tacloban city in the wake of reports that looting has occurred in some of the business establishments in the city.
“Law enforcement agencies, with support from the Armed Forces, are directed to undertake all necessary measures to ensure peace and order in affected areas, as may be necessary,” Aquino added.
Recognizing the huge damage and destruction brought about by the deadly typhoon, Aquino said help and rescue efforts will be faster in the coming days as clearing operations in the airport and in major streets leading to the city has been partially completed.
“In the coming days, be assured: help will reach you faster and faster. My appeal to you all is: Remaining calm, praying, cooperating with, and assisting one another are the things that will help us rise from this calamity,” he said.
Text of the state of calamity declaration (Proclamation No.682) can be viewed here.
Meanwhile, a new tropical depression (Tropical Depression "ZORAIDA") has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) bringing more rains to the affected areas where restoration of vital infrastructure and clearing of the streets blocked by fallen trees and electric posts are ongoing.
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