Quezon City
14 November 2013

President Benigno S. Aquino III visited five food repacking centers especially set up to meet the target of 140,000 food packs daily that will be sent to the victims of super typhoon ‘Yolanda’ (international name:  Haiyan) in the Visayas region.

The President first went to Ateneo de Manila University and thanked the student volunteers for their efforts in helping the government muster the necessary sustenance for all the victims and lessen the impact of Yolanda’s aftermath.

In brief remarks, President Aquino said that the government is doing its best to attend to the needs of roughly 1.4 million people who do not have food, water, electricity and have sparse communication.

He added that some local government units (LGUs) have ceased to function and their disaster risk response deals heavily with the backbone provided by the LGUs.  But transport is ready, funding is available and the national government is working on the supply chain which is a challenge.

“We’ll be able to overcome this,” the President said in closing.

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