Briefing on CDO’s Situation after Typhoon Sendong

This 45 minute video is the Meeting on CDO Situation and Distribution of Relief Goods held last 20 December 2011, 3 days after Typhoon Sendong (Typhoon Washi) hit Cagayan de Oro. President Benigno Aquino (PNoy) was in the meeting with Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Dongkoy Emano and other local officials and DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman who was also was in Cagayan de Oro City on December 23 to personally check on the evacuees and the distribution of the noche buena packs.

President Benigno S. Aquino III ordered the local government of Cagayan de Oro to implement a “No Return Order”-of families residing in identified geohazard areas.

According to the President, he was advised by the fact-finding committee that 172 municipalities, majority of which reported high casualty rate, were sitting on a natural flood plane such as the Isla de Oro, that made them vulnerable to flash floods. The President advised the local government to arrange permanent relocation sites that will safeguard the displaced families from future similar threats. He also assured the local officials that he will exhaust all possible means to bring CDO back to its feet.

In his visit to one of CDO’s evacuation sites, President Aquino announced that upon his return to Manila he will declare a National State of Calamity that will enable the country to receive $3-million funding from Asian Development Bank (ADB) and, if proven not enough, will seek an additional $500-million worth of loan (with minimum interest) from World Bank. Other neighboring countries have also expressed their desire to offer assistance.

President Aquino has already instructed newly-appointed ARMM OIC-Governor Mujiv Hataman to enforce total log ban and has formed a taskforce to represent the following agencies to lead in the investigation that will identify the possible cause of the trajedy: DILG, DSWD, DPWH, DOST, DOJ, DENR and Minadanao Development Aurhority.

Meanwhile, casualties of typhoon Sendong continuous to climb with 957 reported deaths while 49 are still reported missing. Displaced families of typhoon Sendong are temporarily housed in 19 evacuation centers in CDO.

Possible Quote:
“Makakaasa kayo sa tulong ng pamahalaan sa pagkukumpuni ng inyong mga tahanan, ngunit umaasa naman kaming hindi na kayo babalik sa mga lugar na may banta ng panganib. Bibigyan kayo ng trabaho’t pqgkakakitaan, ngunit hindi kami papayag muling mailagay sa peligro ang inyong buhay at ang ating kalikasan.”

“Maging pagkakataon po sana ang trahedyang dala ni Sendong upang makapaglatag ng pababagong hindi matatangay ng hangin o aanurin ng baha; maging hudyat po sana ito ng pangmatagalang transpormasyon sa pananaw, ugali, at kilos ng bawat isa sa atin.”

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2 Comments

  1. Nice post. Thanks for sharing. I hope that preventative measures can be put in place soon. One thing that can be done which costs nothing is each individual take responsibility for their garbage and put it where it belongs instead of throwing it all over the streets, rivers, and everywhere else.

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