NDRRMC Chairperson and National Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana convened, today 4 November 2019, the NDRRMC Response Cluster to ensure effective delivery of relief to communities affected by the Mindanao earthquakes.
The Response Cluster meeting, attended by representatives of various government agencies, was highlighted by reports on the ongoing response activities in the affected regions.
Hearing the update on the situation in the affected localities, Sec. Lorenzana directed the NDRRMC to continue providing support to the relief efforts on the ground being done by the local government units. “I am directing all agencies of government to support the ongoing relief operations spearheaded by the DSWD and OCD,” Sec. Lorenzana said.
About the reports of some displaced persons going to the streets to seek help, Sec. Lorenzana emphasized that people in the affected areas must go to their designated evacuation centers and barangay halls to receive assistance. He likewise reiterated to the barangay officials to assist in the distribution of relief items as well as in the management of the evacuation camps. Local officials and the PNP were also directed to clear the highways of displaced persons and bring them all to the evacuation centers so that they can receive relief services. “They should go to those places where the assistance is waiting for them,” he said.
“We encourage the NDRRMC and all its partners to closely collaborate to ensure the expeditious and effective delivery of response services that would support the various evacuation centers in the affected areas”, Sec Lorenzana said. He added that alongside the relief efforts, agencies should undertake steps to facilitate the early recovery of the communities.
Previously, the Officer-in-charge of the executive branch of government, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, designated Sec. Lorenzana to oversee the rescue and relief efforts in Mindanao.
The NDRRMC has been supervising the mobilization, transport, and delivery of relief items from Manila and other regions to the affected LGUs since the onset of the earthquakes in Mindanao last October.