Samar Rep. Sarmiento Urges Decentralizing Relief Efforts for Yolanda Victims

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 A Visayan lawmaker on Tuesday proposed the decentralization of relief efforts away from Manila and nearer to the typhoon-hit provinces of Leyte and Samar so aid will be delivered faster.

“Huwag na nating ipadala sa Maynila (ang relief goods). Magkaroon (na lang) ng packing station sa mga congressional district office (or) along the national highway para decentralized ang packing system natin,” Samar Representative Mel Senen Sarmiento said in a press conference Tuesday.

Sarmiento, whose district was spared from the devastation brought by super typhoon Yolanda, said other Visayan provinces can be crucial in the efforts to bring aid to those hard hit by the typhoon.

“Marami tayong kasamahan na hindi apektado. Maraming magvo-volunteer. Kesa naman magsiksikan tayo sa isang lugar. There are lots of cities along the Maharlika Highway that can provide the logistical support that we need,” Sarmiento said, outlining his plan on a projected map.