Sulu Gov lauds help of PNP, AFP, US forces during Jolo flooding PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 February 2011 14:43

Sulu Governor Sakur Tan has expressed appreciation and deep gratitude to the Special Action Forces of the Philippine National Police, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, U.S. troops and civilian organizations for their help in saving the people of Jolo during last week’s flooding.

In a radio interview over Radyo ng Bayan, Tan appreciated the efforts and role of government security forces during disasters.

“Hindi lang sa bakbakan, kundi pati sa mga kalamidad, napakalaking tulong ng PNP-SAF, AFP, at mga organisasyon tulad ng ALERT,” Tan said.

He said that air and sea travels were almost impossible during the flooding due to bad weather. In spite of this, government armed forces and government agencies risked their lives to bring relief goods to the people of Jolo.

Reports said that American troops deployed in Sulu helped rescue hundreds of villagers trapped by flash floods in the coastal town of Jolo.

Jolo was battered by heavy rains and flooding last week that placed almost all eight barangays under 8-feet deep water.

The governor said that Jolo town is a catch-basin of flood waters coming from surrounding municipalities. Highly congested with people and poor drainage system, floods easily get its way to low land areas.

Tan said he will push for the decongestion of Jolo by setting up government offices and school buildings outside the town. He said that he will also encourage businessmen to establish businesses already outside of Jolo.

He appealed to the national government to instruct the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) authorities to give attention to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) so that it can help fix the drainage problem of Jolo.

“Mga creeks (in Jolo) ay responsibilidad ng DPWH,” he said, although the local government wanted to help but “di namin kaya mag-isa.”

Acting Regional Governor of ARMM Ansaruddin Adiong ordered Friday the release of P250,000 emergency relief fund for victims of flash floods in Jolo.

Through text messaging from the ground, the BASULTA Information Center and the Regional Office-9 of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) were able to relay in real time situationer reports to various government agencies concerned for appropriate action.

Tan met with Jolo Mayor Hussin Amin and officials of the eight barangays affected to discuss collaborative efforts in the massive cleanup operations of downtown Jolo. (With reports from Dave Malcampo/PIA9-BST