Duterte lauds gov’t response to ‘Rolly’

Published November 2, 2020, 12:47 PM

by Argyll Cyrus Geducos

Malacañang said President Duterte has high praises for all government agencies for their effective response to typhoon “Rolly,” saying their preparations lessened the trouble caused by the natural calamity.


Presidential spokesman Harry Roque made the statement a day after Rolly made landfall in the country, leaving 10 people dead and one injured as of posting time.

In a press briefing with other heads of government agencies, Roque said that the President would like to commend everyone in the government for a job well done.

“Ang paningin ng Presidente (For the President), he would like to commend all local government units, all department and agencies of government dahil napakita naman po natin na dahil sa ating kahandaan, nabawasan po natin ang aberya (because we were able to show that because of our preparedness, we were able to lessen the trouble caused by the typhoon),” he said Monday.

“Thank you very much to all the men and women comprising the agencies and instrumentalities of the Philippine government, including the local government units and the public in general,” he added.

According to Roque, the government will continue to aim for zero casualties in future calamities, saying that while this was not achieved this time, the early and forced evacuation of people minimized the number of deaths during the onslaught of the typhoon.

“Dahil tingin ko naman po nag-evacuate ang mga tao, nagkaroon ng forced evacuation, nabawasan po talaga ang ating casualties sa bagyong ito (Because people evacuated and because of the forced evacuation, we were really able to lessen the casualties in this typhoon),” he said.

“Sa susunod po (Next time) we will still aim for zero casualties so we still ask for the continuing cooperation of our people,” he added.

Roque said they are thankful that n Rolly did not turn out to be as strong as typhoon “Yolanda” (international name “Haiyan”) which killed 6,340 people dead in 2013.

“Nagpapasalamat tayo sa Panginoon at hindi po kasing lala ang danyos na ginawa ni Rolly doon sa danyos na ginawa ni Yolanda (We are thankful to God because typhoon ‘Rolly’ did not cause as much damage as typhoon ‘Yolanda’),” he said.

“Sa casualties po incomparable. So far, sampu pa lang po ang nakokompirmang namatay at no comparison po to Yolanda (When it comes to casualties, it is incomparable. So far, we only have 10 confirmed deaths so it is no comparison to ‘Yolanda’),” he added.