A PARTY-LIST representative appealed for power generators to areas in Cebu where electricity supply has yet to be restored following the onslaught of typhoon Odette, with international name Rai, on Dec. 16.

The people in Cebu are struggling because they do not have electricity, water, and telecommunication signal, Ako’y Pilipino party-list Rep. Ronnie L. Ong said after an aerial survey and visit of the province.

He also noted that some gas stations in affected areas were taking advantage of the situation by selling overpriced fuel.

“They charged P100 to P200 per liter,” Mr. Ong said in Filipino.

The coastal towns were the hardest hit, he said.

Mr. Ong also said some vaccines against the coronavirus were wasted in typhoon-struck areas as there was not enough fuel to sustain the operation of storage facilities.

On Monday, the Health department reported that 100 vials of Pfizer vaccines were wasted in the Western Visayas region, which does not cover Cebu.

“The National Vaccines Operations Cluster shall replenish (the) stocks of Region 6 in the future,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario S. Vergeire told reporters via Zoom.

She added that teams were still assessing the condition of other vaccines and storage facilities in areas with reported blackouts due to the typhoon. — Jaspearl Emerald G. Tan

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