COVID-hit Philippines braces for typhoon season, prepares funds

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Posted at Jun 02 2020 11:13 AM | Updated as of Jun 02 2020 04:27 PM

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MANILA - The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management has P200 million in standby funds as the country braces for rainy season during the COVID-19 pandemic, its spokesman said Tuesday.

The Philippines gets hit by an average of 20 storms and typhoons each year. The country's first and only storm yet this year was Ambo (international name: Vongfong), which left at least 6 dead and displaced 140,000 others.

"Unique po ito dahil kakaharapin natin 'yung panahon ng pag-ulan at bagyo nang may kasabay na pandemic," NDRRMC spokesperson Mark Timbal told ABS-CBN's Teleradyo.

Under the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, local governments are allowed to use all of their quick response fund for emergencies, Timbal said.