Residents in coastal villages of Anini-y town in Antique province are left homeless after strong winds accompanying Typhoon Odette (international name: Rai) uprooted trees and tore walls and roofs away. (File photo courtesy of CINDY LOQUIAS) MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte instructed the Social Welfare and Development Secretary Rolando Joselito Bautista on Monday to supply tarpaulin sheets and lumber from uprooted coconut trees to displaced families so that they could make temporary shelter. "Tarpaulin would protect people from the cold at night — instead of letting them sleep under plastic," Duterte said in Filipino during his taped weekly briefing with Cabinet officials that aired late on Monday night. "Buy the tarpaulin sheets first, if it can be done within 48 hours — a tarpaulin sheet that covers a family of six in the areas where no repairs can yet be done," he added. Duterte also ordered Bautista to make use of uprooted coconut trees in Siargao and turn them into lumber for temporary shelters for displaced families. "All of them were toppled. So let's just get the materials there. The ones that were knocked down, that's what we're going to use," Duterte said. "'Yung may ari ng mga lands… Read full this story
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