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PHL able to handle relief efforts in Mindanao after earthquakes —NDRRMC

The Philippines can handle the requirements of the relief efforts in Mindanao after three major earthquakes hit parts of the island in October, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has said.

NDRRMC executive director Ricardo Jalad said there was no need for assistance from foreign governments and entities.

"We can still handle it. There is no necessity to call for international assistance," Jalad said on Tuesday.

He, however, said that the NDRRMC was grateful to others countries that had expressed readiness to assist and those that had already sent donations.

"The big challenge now is ensuring the efficient and orderly distribution of relief goods and management of evacuation centers," Jalad said.

Jalad said that the relief efforts would be done in collaboration with local government units and various national government agencies.

He added that the next challenge for the NDRRMC was to ensure the transition of affected quake victims to early recovery.  —NB, GMA News