Benjamin Abalos

Abalos: DILG, PNP, BFP ready to respond to needs of Paeng victims

October 30, 2022 Joel dela Torre 415 views

INTERIOR and Local Government Secretary Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos said that the DILG is continuously working with concerned national government agencies in responding to the needs of families directly affected by severe tropical storm “Paeng.”

According to Abalos, regional offices of DILG, the national police and Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) are all hands-on-deck in coordinating with local government units (LGUs) in disaster response efforts amid the destruction brought by the 16th typhoon to enter the country.

The Department he added, is also in close coordination with the Ministry of the Interior and Local Government of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) which is now under a state of calamity to help them access their calamity funds to provide assistance to the affected families.

On orders of President Ferdinand “Bongbong”Marcos Jr., Abalos said that the department is all ready to provide assistance to help the flood-hit BARMM in accessing calamity funds to help affected communities.

“Bagamat ang BARMM ay autonomous at may sariling sistema ng pamamahala, handa po ang DILG na alalayan ang Rehiyon sa panahon ng kanilang pangangailangan. Tayong lahat ay mga Pilipino na nakatira sa iisang bansa kaya may pananagutan tayo sa isa’t isa at tungkulin natin na magtulungan,” he said.

President Marcos directed national government agencies, including the DILG, to extend a helping hand to BARMM after it suffered a high fatality count due to floods brought by Paeng.

Based on the latest report, 40 people died, 31 were injured, while 15 others are missing after Paeng unleashed its fury on the region. Close to 58% of the residents in the province were also affected which is equivalent to 83,326 families or 416,630 affected individuals.

Abalos said the DILG is also closely working with BARMM regarding the status of the search, rescue, and retrieval operations and the management of the dead and the missing.

“Napakasaklap na may mga nasawi sa gitna ng bagyong ito at lubos kaming nakikiramay sa mga namatayan sa BARMM. Patuloy ang aming pakikipag-ugnayan upang maalalayan sila sa panahong ito,” he said.

In his briefing with the President, Abalos shared that a total of 158,040 individuals and 41,378 families have been pre-emptively evacuated ahead of Typhoon Paeng’s landfall.

“Nakikidalamhati po kami sa pagkamatay ng ilan nating mga kababayan sa gitna ng delubyong ito. Sa ating mga kababayan na lumikas at napinsala ng bagyong ito, makakaasa kayo na aalalayan kayo ng pamahalaan,” the DILG chief stressed.

“We pray that the devastation will not worsen as the typhoon moves northward as another low-pressure area (LPA) is expected to enter and possibly affect local weather by Monday. Let us pray that God helps us in these trying times as we do more work ahead for recovery when Paeng leaves PAR and let’s pray for the weather to clear up so we may have a solemn observance of the upcoming All Souls Day,” he added.

As of 2 p.m. yesterday, “Paeng’s” forecast position was 265 kilometers west of Iba, Zambales. It was expected at 335 kms. West of Dagupan City Monday and 390 kms west southwest of Sinait,Ilocos Sur on November 1 before it leaves the country on November 3.