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Situation Report: Arroyo sees renewed spirit during Surigao visit, lauds RDCC’s effort to landslide victims

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo sees renewed spirit as she visited Surigao City, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2007 and lauds effort of the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC) – Caraga Region in delivering assistance and relief operations to the seven landslide victims.

After her arrival from Iligan City, the President convened a meeting with officials of RDCC and discussed relief programs and efforts in the disaster-stricken areas. Arroyo was overwhelmed with the quick response and the unified efforts from the member agencies of RDCC. “The damage to lives and property would have been worse were it not for the timely action of the Government. Congratulations to the NDCC, the LGUs of affected areas and all related agencies for their quick response,” the President said in her opening statement. She said further that NDCC will continue to coordinate with other line agencies for more assistance to the victims.

Pres. Arroyo also urged the officials to quickly adopt necessary measures to lessen up the damage. “Be a climate baker rather than a climate maker. We cannot prevent disaster but certainly we can undertake adaptation measures to prevent the lost of life and reduce damage to property,” she said.

Meantime, Pres. Arroyo handed P127,000.00 to each of the victims family with funds coming from NDCC, DSWD and Presidential Social Fund.

From Surigao City, the President proceeded to Tandag City to inspect and turn-over some infrastructure projects in Surigao del Sur. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)



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