BY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL G. BAÑAGA
BACOLOD City – Negros Occidental vice governor Jeffrey Ferrer defended the response of mayors in southern Negros to the havoc caused by super typhoon “Odette”.
“We have to understand that employees of local governments were also victims of the typhoon. The response hinges on the availability of manpower and power,” Ferrer said during his Sunday radio program over Aksyon Radyo-Bacolod.
The vice governor’s reaction came amid criticism from netizens of delayed response and distribution of food packs by some local governments.
Ferrer said one or two government officials or employees cannot possibly address the destruction caused by the typhoon.
He added that a local government unit (LGU) can only respond effectively when it has the personnel to do it.
Ferrer pointed out some government personnel were victims themselves and naturally they would have to take care of their own families first.
“e should understand the situation,” Ferrer said.
He appealed to those affected by the typhoon to be more patient as the government is doing its best to reach and bring help to them and their fellow communities.
Despite the criticism, Ferrer thanked the efforts of local officials and frontliners in helping those severely hit by the typhoon.
He added the provincial government is doing its best to help the LGUs.
“Let us stop the criticism and instead help in whatever way we can,” he said./PN