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PNoy to distribute relief goods to Caraga flood victims

President Benigno S. Aquino III will lead the distribution of relief goods in Butuan City on Friday (Jan. 14) and assess what else can be done to assist the victims of floods and landslides.

The President is expected to arrive at the Butuan City Airport by noon to personally turnover government assistance to the people displaced by the mass flooding and landslides spawned by the tailend of the cold front (TECF) in the region the past weeks.

Expected to welcome the President are local officials including Governor Eripe John Amante, Agusan del Norte; Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr., Butuan City; Representative Jose Aquino II, District ! Agusan del Norte; Maj. Gen. Victor Felix, Commander of the 4th Infantry Division and Police Chief Superintendent Reynaldo Rafal, Regional Director of Provincial Regional Office 13.

The Chief Executive will be briefed on the effects of the TECF in CARAGA by Regional Director Blanche Gonbenciong of the Office of the Civil Defense 13 and Chair of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council 13.

The President will then turn over the goods, from agencies including the Department of Agriculture, Department of Health and the Department of Social Welfare and Development, to respective recipients at the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines office.

The provinces of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and the city of Butuan will receive three shallow tube wells, two boxes of assorted vegetable seeds and 50 bags of palay seeds each from the Department of Agriculture.

Apart from these, one box of assorted medicines and supplies worth P26,691 will also be given to each recipient from the Department of Health (DOH) as well as some 1,200 family food packs containing rice, canned goods and noodles from the DSWD.

The President will also extend assistance to victims in the provinces of Albay and Southern Leyte.

As of Thursday, seven people were added to the growing list of fatalities in the widespread flooding and landslides in Mindanao, Eastern Visayas and Southern Tagalog due to prevailing severe weather conditions in the regions.

Based on the latest data gathered by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, 40 people have died either due to drowning or were buried alive by landslides.

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