GMA orders NDCC to step up preparations for typhoon "Yoyong"

from Government of the Philippines
Published on 01 Dec 2004
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo today directed all agencies under the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) to step up preparations for typhoon "Yoyong" (international codename: Nanmadol).
The President issued the order during her surprise visit to the NDCC headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo, where she was briefed by Defense Undersecretary for Operations Ernesto Carolina on "Yoyong," and the relief operations for the victims of tropical storm "Winnie."

During the briefing, the President ordered 14 agencies under the NDCC to hold an emergency meeting to prepare for the possible effects of "Yoyong."

One of the directives that the President issued was the prepositioning of food supplies and medicine for distribution to affected areas once "Yoyong" strikes.

Defense Secretary Avelino Cruz, Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman and Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Efren Abu were present during the briefing.

During the briefing, Carolina informed the President that as of Wednesday morning, 182 were confirmed dead, 27 injured, hundreds of people are still missing, and 37,100 families displaced by "Winnie."

Earlier, the President motored to the base operations of Villamor Air Base in Pasay City to personally oversee the uploading of 1,600 family packs of relief goods ready to be airlifted by the Philippine Air force to Infanta, one of the hardest hit towns in Quezon.

From Villamor the President motored to NDCC in Camp Aguinaldo and from there proceeded to Rodriguez, Rizal where she personally conveyed her condolences to the families of seven who died in the flashfloods.

The President also led the distribution of relief goods to 450 evacuees from six barangays of Rodriguez directly hit by flashfloods during the height of the typhoon Monday.