President Duterte promised a P5,000 cash grant to each family displaced by Typhoon Odette and said he would work to ensure its distribution until Christmas.
“I will work even on Christmas. I won’t celebrate New Year. I will really go out,” Duterte said during his visit to typhoon victims in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan two days before Christmas.
To ensure the orderly distribution of grants, the President stated that the military and police would not take vacations.
He expressed the hope that the cash assistance, which amounts to P5,000 per family, would be delivered to the affected residents by Christmas.
“But if it does not arrive by Christmas, please give me some elbow room, but it will surely arrive within three days,” Duterte said.
“I said we would be going overtime. The government will not be closed even during Christmas. I told them (government workers) to make a sacrifice given that we had so many Christmases already. This Christmas, let’s give it to the people,” he said in Filipino.
“So, we will work, including the military and the police. I told them to stay put so the distribution of aid will be orderly. Not that I don’t have confidence in people, but just to have a little discipline and to ensure that everyone will receive aid from the government,” the President said.
He had previously stated that the government had cut the budget of some of its projects in order to provide immediate relief to the typhoon victims.
Duterte’s team flew to Cebu City shortly after distributing relief goods, where they led the distribution of food packs and financial aid to typhoon victims at the Labangon Elementary School Gym.
Sen. Bong Go stated that the President values these visits because they allow the national government to better respond to the needs of victims on the ground through the representation of local leaders.
“The President has instructed the use of all government assets in order to help raise affected communities back on their feet,” he said.
Duterte giving P5,000 to each family affected by Odette|Philstar