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Cebu Governor Will Not Demand Aid From National Government

Cebu Governor Will Not Demand Aid From National Government

Amidst the destruction that Typhoon Odette has caused, Cebu governor Gwen Garcia has decided that the province will not be requesting aid from the national government.

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“We will not demand because of the massive destruction of Typhoon Odette also in other provinces. We will just help ourselves here in Cebu. We will just do what we can,” Garcia stated. She also emphasized the provincial government’s role in providing help to those in need.

“I will be grateful, but we will not demand and I will just try to manage as much as we can,” she said.

Typhoon Odette ravaged the Visayas and Mindanao region of the Philippines on December 16, leaving almost 400 people dead and countless more injured or missing. With winds up to 160 mph, the super typhoon quickly became the strongest storm to hit the country this year.

Areas like Cebu, Bohol, Siargao, and Surigao del Norte were severely affected, as many civilians continue to struggle without water, power, and other basic necessities.

Photo from Sugbo News

In the aftermath of the storm, Garcia has remained active in providing relief to those in Cebu. Aside from refusing to demand government aid, the governor has affirmed that relief ops in the province were going well.

“The people are disciplined. Everything is orderly. There is no chaos, no riot,” she stated, denying reports that Cebu was in a state of “disorder” after the typhoon.

She also recently allocated P500 million to help restore the livelihood of Cebuanos and has set aside funds in the 2022 budget for the procurement of generator sets. Additionally, satellite phones and UHF-VHF radios have been distributed to LGUs.

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