Isko orders all departments on full alert, offers P2.5M financial aid

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MANILA, Philippines (With Benjie Cuaresma) – Manila mayor Isko Moreno has ordered all department heads of the capital city to be in full alert and responsive pronto amid ashfall crisis brought about by Tall Volcano’s eruption.

In relation to this, the local Sangguniang Panlungsod of Manila held a special session in which a resolution was reached providing financial assistance of P2.5M to at least five local municipalities hardest hit by the calamity.

According to Moreno,this means that each of the five municipalities stand to receive P500,000 in cash assistance from the City of Man.

Aside from this, Moreno also ordered Manila’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) under Director Arnel Angeles to visit the places or areas most affected by Taal’s eruption to extend help to people needing immediate evacuation.

The mayor also directed Manila Social Welfare and Development Director Rey Fugoso to rescue all homeless people in Manila and bring them to evacuation centers in Delpan, Manila as they are the ones most exposed to the scourge of ashfall.

Moreno also made it a point they be given food, water to drink and comfort rooms where they can bath.

Manila’s Health Department under Dr. Poks Pangan was also given by Moreno direction to provide “face masks” to all Manilenyos especially children and senior citizens as their prevention against “respiratory diseases.”

Relatively, Moreno also declared suspended at all levels classes in both private and public schools in Manila.

City hall employees were also ordered to stay home and not to report for work except those working in departments concerned with emergency and crisis mitigation.

Meanwhile, Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna warned businessmen against taking advantage of the Taal Volcano crisis especially on the hike of prices of N95 masks which previously sells P25-P30 and now being sold at P200 apiece.

The vice mayor ordered Manila’s Bureau of Permits at Manila Licenses Office to check on stores and storeowners allegedly selling exhorbitant prices of N95 masks. (Benjie Cuaresma/JGo/Currentph.com)

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