Rescue ops shift to retrieval in quake-hit Bohol
BOHOL - The search for the missing in quake-hit Bohol continues. At least 13 people are still unaccounted for. But the rescue operation has shifted to retrieval, as they're already feared dead.
“Iyon pong present na 10 response units na nandito ngayon sa Bohol ay tama na po para tumulong sa recovery operations, no more rescue operations,” said Undersecretary Eduardo del Rosario, executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
On Saturday, thousands of relief packs arrived in Bohol on board a C-130 plane and Philippine Coast Guard boats.
Since it's election season, government officials made this warning.
“Huwag ho nating haulan ng pulitika ito,” Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II said. “DILG, national government will exercise its supervisory powers kung mapapatunayan na pinipili po ninyo kung sino ang tutulungan ninyo.”
In some towns in Bohol, patients are still being cared for outside hospital buildings.
Nearly P400 million are needed to rebuild the hospitals that crumbled in the quake.
“Tayo ay magkakaroon ng pagsasagawa ng sturdy tents para sa mga ospital in coordination with Habitat (for Humanity),” Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman said. “Sila ho ‘yung gagawa, pero ho ng DSWD ang gagamitin for the materials,”
The trade and industry department has ordered a price freeze on basic commodities in Bohol. These include bread, sardines, milk, coffee, and laundry soap.
Pandesal - P2.00
Canned sardines - P11.85 - P13.25
Processed milk - P34.05 - P72.50
Coffee - P16.45 - P72.50
Detergent/laundry soap - P17.25 - P44.00
The DTI said those who will violate the price freeze will face sanctions.