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Cebu News

Telecom problem delays aid for Cebu

Caecent No-ot Magsumbol - The Freeman
Telecom problem delays aid for Cebu
Fallen electric pylon blocks a road while a destroyed truck lay idle along a road in Surigao City, Surigao del norte province, on December 19, 2021, days after super Typhoon Rai devastated the city.
AFP / Ferdinandh Cabrera

CEBU, Philippines — Communication problem between the national government and other local government units outside Cebu has caused delay in the assistance, according to Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama.

Rama said he had received several messages from mayors from other LGUs as well as from some concerned senators, but could not reply to them as communication lines of telecommunication companies here have not been fully restored yet as well.

As it is, it’s not only electricity, water and food supplies are the main problems of people here but even also communications.

“Tanan nakong communications, failure!” said Rama in a press conference Tuesday.

For those that were already briefed on what the LGUs here need, donations of water are on their way accordingly.

The likes of Senators Christopher “Bong” Go and Richard Gordon have also extended their support while Presidential candidate Francisco “Isko” Moreno Domagoso turned over some medicines and other supplies to Rama as assistance earlier.

Rama, however, told constituents to be self-reliant and help each other instead of just waiting for donations and help from the national government and other LGUs.

Meanwhile, the Visayas Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines has also called on everyone to help each other out to recovery.

“Bangon Visayas”. May we come together as a community to help each other stand in these most trying times. By playing our part in helping, we can bring normality back to those most affected. We are all in this together!” the 3rd Civil Relations Group social media post says.

Viscom is also willing to take donations for affected LGUs in the Visayas. The collection point is at Viscom Headquarters at Camp Lapu-Lapu, Cebu City.

The Philippine Air Force also continues to help out Cebu in assisting in clearing and in the distribution of relief goods to typhoon-affected communities.

Rama reiterated that anyone who wants to donate may send their donations directly to the communities.  GMR (FREEMAN)

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