Chancellor Merkel, our meeting today was indeed historic, insightful, and significant—one that embodies our common values and shared aspirations. We had the opportunity to deepen the relations between our countries, and discuss our strategic vision for the future of the Philippines-Germany relationship—a relationship that has spanned 60 fruitful years—one which has grown into a strong, comprehensive, and pragmatic partnership that allows us to effectively address common challenges, and harness shared opportunities for the benefit of our peoples, our regions, and the larger community of nations.
Situation Report on tropical storm Mario as of September 19, 2014 (5:00 p.m.): Tropical Storm “MARIO” has maintained its strength as it moves toward Northern Luzon.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has provided P6.6 million worth of assistance to Legazpi City, Albay, to meet the needs of families who fled their homes due to the increasing unrest of Mt. Mayon.
There are now 146 evacuation centers providing temporary shelter to 13,247 families from Central and Southern Luzon, Bicol Region, Central Visasyas, and the National Capital Region.
Some 25 evacuation centers are open, providing temporary shelter to 1,276 families or 6,406 persons.
The Sta. Elena section, specifically at km 252+700 of Daang Maharlika in Camarines Norte is not passable due to damaged Cabuluan Detour Bridge caused by flash flood.
Operations at DFA-Aseana will resume on September 22, 2014 (Monday). Operations at mall-based DFA Satellite Offices will resume tomorrow, 20 September 2014 (Saturday) if weather conditions improve. The DFA will post an advisory if there is a need to suspend consular operations at DFA Satellite Offices tomorrow.