Philippines (Dec. 12, 2014) — The damage caused by typhoon “Ruby” has reached P3.2 billion with thousands of homeless Filipinos still staying in evacuation centers, but top disaster management officials said there is no need to declare a state of national calamity.
Retired Navy Admiral Alexander Pama, executive officer of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), said even the international community appears to be appreciating the government response that led to the minimal human casualties.
“It appears that there is no need to declare state of national calamity, everything is definitely being handled well and also on the basis of the recommendations of different clusters, it appears that we are able to meet the needs of the affected people,” said Pama in a press briefing in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City. - Tempo
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