AnaKalusugan delivers aid to Antique coastal towns devastated by Odette
AnaKalusugan party-list led a relief caravan in Antique province to help some 1,300 survivors living in coastal barangays badly-hit by typhoon Odette — the strongest to hit the country this year. AnaKalusugan nominee Ray Roquero, along with Mayor Joy Roquero and lawyer Jay Masangcay, distributed rice, noodles and canned goods to some 300 households from Brgy. Igdanlog, Brgy. Arrobo and Brgy. Masayo. “We have to help our kababayans who were displaced by typhoon Odette. Christmas may be bleak for those who lost their homes, livelihood and even loved ones to Odette’s devastation, but we are here to bring a message of hope and cheer,” Roquero said. The AnaKalusugan party-list nominee also emphasized the importance of observing health protocols even in evacuation centers to prevent a possible surge of COVID-19 cases. “We in AnaKalusugan are committed to continue our push for better medical services across the country, including the construction of medical clinics in every barangay and increasing the salaries of our health workers,” Roquero added. AnaKalusugan party-list is a primary author of House Bill No. 5989 which seeks to create a Department of Disaster Resilience. The proposed department is envisioned to be the primary government institution responsible for ensuring safe, adaptive and disaster resilient communities. It will provide a clear and comprehensive direction in the implementation of plans, programs and projects to reduce the risk of natural hazards and the effects of climate change and manage the impact of disasters. The measure also seeks to establish a National Disaster Operations Center (NDOC), Alternative Command Centers (ACC) and Disaster Resilience Research and Training Institute (DRRTI). The proposed department will also have the power to recommend to the President the declaration of a state of calamity.