PNoy tells Mar, Dinky, Lacierda: Go to Bohol
MANILA - From South Korea, President Aquino has instructed three of his top aides to go to Bohol to attend to the efforts of the national government to mitigate the effect of Tuesday's earthquake.
Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman and Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda had a coordination meeting with Bohol officials this morning to make sure there is no duplication in the efforts of the national government.
She said the government is still getting reports of isolated areas since a lot of roads remain impassable.
Government is now working on alternate routes as well as food drops from airlifts and sea lifts.
Malacañang appealed to the media to let the government know if there are still areas that need relief.
"We have been working with some reporters. For example, in Loon (Bohol) may nagtimbre na kailangan ng medical evacuation. Loon can be accessed by sea. Naghahanap ng alternate sea routes aside from Tagbilaran port….mayroon na inabangan nagpadala ng 1,000 food packs. We're looking at several areas, Batasan Island at Antiquerra," Valte said.
Asked about the efficiency of the government response so far, Valte conceded that government response has to adjust to the situation on the ground.
A reporter pointed out that media was able to penetrate more areas and bring more relief than government.
"Helpful for us kung nauuna kayo. Media outfit is not expected to be present in all areas. There's expectation for government to be present. Mahirap ikumpara ang expectation sa pamahalaan at media... There's a template for relief operations, that template has to adjust to the exigencies of circumstances," Valte said.