PH government has spent ₱760 million so far for Typhoon Yolanda relief goods

The amount will go up. reports that "the government has spent P760 million so far for relief goods for survivors of Typhoon Yolanda."


Department of Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima revealed that "some two million relief packages have been packed so far." Purisima, who heads the Manila distribution hub for the relief goods, disclosed that "each family pack contains 6 kilos of rice, 8 canned goods, 8 noodles and 8 sachets of 3-in-1 coffee." Each pack is "considered enough to feed a family of 5 for two days."


The report quoted Purisima, who said, "This is a massive relief operations, unprecedented in our history... The average cost, the direct cost of each pack is about P380. Since we hit 2 million already, you multiply that, that’s P760 million so far. That’s accumulating every day because we need to support our kababayans in the affected areas."


The report also noted: "When asked why the government does not pack enough relief goods to last for a week, Purisima said the government is trying to make sure the available resources are given to as many survivors as possible."


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