MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday (December 18) visited the areas severely battered by Typhoon Odette.
The President was accompanied by Senator Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go and other government officials.
In a brief statement sent to reporters, Senator Go said that they first flew to Maasin in Southern Leyte. There, the President met with local government officials and heads of concerned national government agencies to assess the situation and damage brought by the typhoon.
They then proceeded to Surigao City in Surigao del Norte where he also met with local government units and with Dinagat Island officials.
The President and his team conducted an aerial survey in the typhoon-stricken areas and saw the damage firsthand.
Go said that the president summoned the officials of the Departments of Energy, Agriculture, Social Welfare and Development, Public Works and Highways, the National Housing Authority, and the Office of the Civil Defense.
Go reported that there were many people stranded in Siargao.
The senator also noted the vast damage in infrastructure, as well as trees toppled by the strong winds brought by the typhoon.
Go said electric power and telecommunications were cut in major areas in the said provinces.
According to the senator, the President plans to visit Bohol and Cebu provinces on Sunday (December 19).
On Friday, the President expressed concern over the state of the people in the said typhoon-stricken areas.
“I’m not so much worried about damage to structures, infrastructures of government. Ang takot ko is maraming namatay,” the President said. —/mbmf