Pres. Duterte in Albay despite unrest of the volcano, immediately hands P25-M, and a promise of P50-M more

President Duterte and the scene near Mt. Mayon in Albay (ctto)

Manila, Philippines – On Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte visited the evacuees affected by Mt. Mayon’s eruption amid the unpredictable and the unrest of the volcano.

On his visit, the president vowed to prioritize the food and sanitation needs of thousands displaced residents near the area.

Sanitation and food shortage are now the main concern of around 80,000 residents who fled their homes and found refuge in evacuation centers. 

With his generous heart, President Duterte immediately handed out P25 million in checks to the provincial government with a promise to add P50 million more in the next few days. The initial amount is for the two main concerns- food and sanitation. 

“Iyung short-term is food and, well, an increased surveillance of contamination,” the president said during the briefing of current situation in Legazpi city with the local government officials and disaster management authorities.

“If there is a congregation near each other infection can break [out] in a matter of days. So it is always demanded of the situation that we safeguard health so we have to provide temporary shelters.” The chief executive said.

He also said that he might task the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to transport more portalet at the evacuation centers.

“In the meantime if there is none constructed, we have to somehow deliver a sanitary way of disposing human waste. If there are available portable toilets in Manila, we can always send them,” he said.

Up to date, Mayon remains on alert level four, which means the threat of a violent eruption is still high, as it continued to spew out lava, ash, and other superheated materials out from its crater.

Source: ABS CBN

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