By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson also came to the defense of local government units (LGUs) in the province following several criticisms over the LGUs handling of the disaster response brought by super typhoon “Odette.”
According to Lacson, any assistance will never be enough for a victim, but the intention of the government is to help as many as they could, adding the LGUs, especially in southern Negros, are doing everything they can.
“They did not want to be in this situation. They themselves are victims of the calamity. In situations like this the assistance may come in slowly,” Lacson pointed out.
Earlier on Sunday, January 2, Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer also came to the defense LGUs in southern Negros following criticisms of delayed response and distribution of food packs.
“We have to understand that employees of the local government were also victims of the typhoon. The response hinges on availability of manpower and power,” Ferrer said.
He said that one or two government officials or employees cannot possibly address the destruction caused by the typhoon, adding LGUs can only respond effectively when it has the personnel to do it./DGB, WDJ