PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte is scheduled to visit on Friday some areas in the Bicol region that were devastated by heavy rains and landslides brought about by Typhoon Usman.
“We’re scheduled to visit tomorrow… in the Bicol area, Camarines Sur. We’ll check on the stricken areas so we could find what else is needed to be done,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador S. Panelo said in a press briefing at the Palace.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has reported 85 deaths and 20 missing persons due to landslides and floods caused by the typhoon in the Bicol and Eastern Visayas regions.
More than P4 million worth of assistance has also been provided by the government and non-government organizations to affected families.
“It’s only natural that the President is saddened in times of calamities, but we have done everything to prepare. But there are things you cannot control, there are times really that there will be tragedies,” Mr. Panelo said.
“We will learn from whatever lesson we have seen…. Like I said, there are certain matters that cannot be responded to quickly and the LGUs (local government units) have an explanation for it. So let’s see what else we can do in order to be prepared in times of disasters,” he added. — Camille A. Aguinaldo