GOVT DECLARES PRICE FREEZE IN TYPHOON-HIT AREAS / ASEAN OFFERS RELIEF AID TO PHL VICTIMS

ALSO: MAKATI CITY PLEDGES P10 MILLION FOR 'YOLANDA' VICTIMS



The devastation caused by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), are seen Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in Tacloban city, Leyte province in central Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms on record, slammed into six central Philippine islands on Friday, leaving a wide swath of destruction and scores of people dead. AP/Toti Navales

MANILA, NOVEMBER 12, 2013 (PHILSTAR) Updated November 11, 2013 - 9:00pm (Xinhua) - The Trade Department declared price freeze in Central Philippine provinces and towns severely hit by typhoon Haiyan on today.

According to the department, the areas declared under price freeze include provinces of Iloilo, Antique, Capiz, Negros Oriental, and municipalities of Coron in Palawan; Baco, Naujan, and Calapan in Oriental Mindoro; and City of Ormoc, Leyte.

The provinces of Bohol and Cebu, which were hit by magnitude 7. 2 earthquake last month, remain under price freeze, the department said.

Philippines' Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo reported that the supply of goods in most of the above-mentioned areas remain stable, except for some places which are difficult to access due to damaged roads, such as Roxas City, in which supplies come from Iloilo City.

The department is monitoring the condition of roads going to Tacloban and Ormoc, Leyte to see if supplies from Manila and Cebu can be delivered in the said cities, he added.

It is reported that survivors of the Typhoon Haiyan that may have killed more than 10,000 people in the Philippines were growing increasingly desperate for aid, and there were mass looting incidents in worst-hit regions such as Tacloban city, Leyte.

ASEAN offers relief aids to Phl over typhoon Yolanda (philstar.com) | Updated November 11, 2013 - 8:00pm 0 0 googleplus0 0

JAKARTA (Xinhua) - ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh expressed his "great concern and sadness" to the Philippine government over typhoon Haiyan that has devastated the central part of the country, and offered aids to the victims, a statement released by the ASEAN Secretariat said here today.

"The ASEAN stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the Philippines in these difficult times and we are ready to show the ASEAN spirit of a caring community to affected populations in the country," Secretary-General Minh said in the statement sent to Philippines Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert Del Rosario.

"Within the framework of the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER), we are working closely with the AHA Centre to ensure ASEAN's effective response to the disaster," he added.

The ASEAN secretary general was mandated by the ASEAN leaders in the 14th ASEAN Summit in 2009 to serve as the coordinator of the Jakarta-based ASEAN Humanitarian Assistance AHA, which can be activated any time at the request of the affected ASEAN member in the event of a major disaster, whether it be a natural disaster or a pandemic.

The AHA Center is the ASEAN's operational engine in monitoring disasters region-wide and coordinating ASEAN's emergency response.

The AHA Center has deployed its team members and the ASEAN Emergency Rapid Assessment Team (ASEAN- ERAT) in Manila and Tacloban City to coordinate with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in discussing possible relief support for the Philippines.

The team in Tacloban helped set up emergency communications prior to the landfall of Haiyan to help the disaster management office communicate with national government in earliest hours after the typhoon hit the city.

An additional ASEAN group that consists of the AHA Centre Field Team Leader, ERAT members from Brunei Darussalam, and a representative from AADMER Partnership Group arrived in Tacloban on Sunday. The area was reported to be the hardest hit by this supertyphoon that has ransacked the Philippine since Friday.

The ASEAN team will assess immediate assistance needed by the disaster management authorities and affected communities. The results of the assessment will be shared by ASEAN member states and potential assisting entities to help them decide the types of assistance to be provided.

The strongest typhoon recorded in history has reportedly killed over 10,000 people and affected 9.5 million others in the country, displacing people and damaging the infrastructure.

Makati pledges P10M for 'Yolanda' victims (philstar.com) | Updated November 11, 2013 - 4:43pm 1 3 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines - The Makati City government on Monday pledged P10 million in aid for the relief of the victims of supertyphoon Yolanda in the Visayas.

Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay said he has asked the City Council to speed up the release of the amount from the city's funds.

“On behalf of the city government and the people of Makati, I am extending our deepest sympathy to the typhoon victims in the Visayas who have lost their loved ones, their homes and livelihood. We are convening the City Council for an emergency session to approve our P10-million allocation for relief assistance to devastated areas,” Binay said.

Binay added that the city’s rescue team is also being readied for deployment in areas where they would be most needed.

Binay also said Makati has started its donation drive at 12 noon Monday at the covered court of Barangay Poblacion under the coordination of the Makati Social Welfare Department.

Binay called on Makati residents and the business community to support the city government’s efforts to extend help and alleviate the suffering of fellow Filipinos in the typhoon-ravaged communities in the Visayas.

“We appeal to all our brothers and sisters in Makati, especially those who can spare some food, clothing and other goods, to extend your generosity to the unfortunate victims. Let them know that they are not alone,” Binay said. - Mike Frialde


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