MANILA, Philippines – About 338,413 people or 132,160 families have been displaced by Typhoon Glenda (Rammasun) as it moved across different parts of Luzon Wednesday, July 16.
In a press conference on Wednesday, Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman said about 458 evacuation centers are currently occupied in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Bicol region, and Eastern Visayas, but said the exact number is still being verified.
This is less than the 500 evacuation centers earlier identified by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD).
"Kailangan lang ho naming ayusin ang bilang ng evacuation centers sapagkat hindi pa po kumpleto at ganap ang pagdadala ng ating mga kasama (We just need to check the total number of evacuation centers because reports are not yet complete and official),” Soliman said.
Most or 206 of the evacuation centers are located in Calabarzon, while 185 are in the Bicol Region.
About 321 houses were also reported damaged, of which 281 are totally damaged and 40 partially damaged.
The eye of Typhoon Glenda is now 35 kilometers southeast of Subic, Zambales, or in the vicinity of Bagac, Bataan, according to state weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronimical Services Administration (PAGASA).
At least 10 areas, including Metro Manila, remain under Public Storm Signal No 3. (READ: #GlendaPH hits Bataan, Zambales)
Soliman directed all personnel tasked for disaster response and the provision of essential services to report for work Wednesday, despite the suspension of government offices in Metro Manila and areas under Public Storm Signal No 2.
Soliman also told Rappler the objective is to have 100,000 food packs in hubs located at Clark, Cebu, and Davao not only for Typhoon Glenda, but also for the entire rainy season.
"We’re prepared. We don’t have to call for volunteers because we have food packs packed. Tuloy-tuloy yan (That will continue) through the rainy season," she added. – Rappler.com
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