Forming Task Force For Rehabilitation Of Typhoon-hit Areas ‘Unnecessary’, Says Palace

Forming a task force for the rehabilitation of typhoon-hit areas was “unnecessary”, Malacañang said.

Malacañang on Wednesday said that forming a task force for the rehabilitation of typhoon-hit areas may be “unnecessary” since President Rodrigo Duterte was on top of the situation.

This, as Camarines Sur Rep. Luis Raymund Villafuerte earlier proposed the creation of a task force in order to lead the rehabilitation of Calabarzon and the Bicol region which were hit by typhoons “Quinta” and “Rolly”.

Forming Task Force For Rehabilitation

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in an interview over CNN Philippines that a task force perhaps was unnecessary because the President’s style was that he relied on the people on the ground in case of disasters.

In addition, Roque said that the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) already prepositioned its equipment in typhoon-hit areas for its post-typhoon rehabilitation efforts.

Roque then assured that the rehabilitation process would immediately be underway in the Bicol region as soon as all roads were passable.

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The President is on top of the rehabilitation effort, the task force may not be necessary because the President is personally attending to ensure that the rehabilitation of these devastated areas would proceed as soon as possible“, Roque said.

In a report on Manila Bulletin, Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 5 was raised over parts of the Bicol region over the weekend after then Super Typhoon “Rolly” made its landfall in Catanduanes.

Meanwhile, PLDT said that the company was focusing its network restoration efforts on Catanduanes, the hardest hit by typhoon “Rolly”.

Also, Smart Communications had began offering internet access, free calls, and charging stations in Albay, Camarines Sur and Norte, and Sorsogon.

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