By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
President Duterte said he is satisfied with how the government responded to the effects of Typhoon Rosita in Isabela early this week.
Duterte made the statement as he presided over the situation briefing with national and local government officials Thursday evening after conducting an aerial inspection.
In his remarks, Duterte took note of how extensive the damage the typhoon has caused, particularly with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) building in Mt. Province which was buried due to the landslide.
“From the looks of it, the damage has been very extensive lalo sa (especially with the) road network. There’s a lot to do there, plus the missing persons which is worrying us now. How many are still inside that DPWH [building] and those houses swept away never caught our attention,” he said.
Despite this, Duterte said he is satisfied with the government’s response and noted how the main objective should be bringing the province back to normal.
“I’m satisfied with the response of government. Everybody is here. I think everybody is doing his duty. I’d like to thank you for that,” he said.
“Verily, the rule in crisis management, or whatever calamity or whatever, the number one rule is you have to return to normalcy as soon as possible,” he added.
Duterte noted how the DPWH has ready response and are beginning to their work, especially in rescuing those who are trapped.
“The mitigating measures that were taken by all is impressive. And I’d like to thank you. So I did not waste my time coming here,” he said.
Meanwhile, Duterte also ordered Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol to provide livelihood to those affected by the typhoon for the time being.
“Find something productive for them so that they can be extended the usual — not a dole out but the money to keep them going until such time that they can stand on their own,” he said.
The President also advised giving the typhoon victims cooking tools, noting that they are “bewildered and disoriented” to use them.
“They are bewildered, disoriented and probably the first thing really is to for the health services guys to go there to treat the wounded or if they are seriously suffering from injuries that they should be right away be brought to the place where the choppers land and ‘yung mga helicopters na magdala ng tulong doon (and the helicopters that would go there) for those that are — that would need medical attention,” he said.
“Tubig tapos pagkain. Hindi na kailagan lutuin. Diretso na lang ‘yan kainin (Food and water. Those that do not need to be cooked any more and can be eaten directly). Sardines and canned,” he added.