Wednesday, December 28, 2016

President Duterte assures typhoon-affected Catanduanes people of government aid before New Year
By Connie B. Destura

VIRAC, Catanduanes, Dec. 27 (PNA) —- President Rodrigo Duterte arrived Tuesday afternoon in this capital town that was badly-hit by typhoon Nina in the evening of Sunday.

The President, addressing the townsfolk gathered in Barangay Francia, said he came to bring the people much-needed help in the aftermath of the disaster.

Mr. Duterte was accompanied in his visit here by Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol, Secretary of Education Leonor Briones, Secretary Alfonso Kusi of the Department of Energy, and Secretary of Social Welfare and Development Judith Taguiwalo.

The President said members of his Cabinet came here to make an assessment and report when they hold a meeting in Malacanang what needs to be done to help the typhoon-affected people of Catanduanes.

The President affirmed his support for the townsfolk, in restoring what typhoon Nina had taken.

He said, "We have money, I have my social fund and we will make the assessment how much we will be extending help, you will know that before new year".

"What can I assure you, based on money that we have, we will make the restoration, giving the assistance before the new year, because I know, it is important to all of you," he added.

The President stressed government aid will be given as soon as possible, and damaged schools will be rebuilt immediately.

Based on the partial assessment report for the province of Catanduanes, typhoon damage to agriculture reached Php 134,335,393.10.

In Bato town, damage to agriculture was pegged at Php490,000; San Andres, Php 650,000; San Miguel, Php 129,375,000.00 and in Virac, 3,820,393.00.10.

Typhoon Nina first made landfall in Catanduanes at 6:30 p.m. Christmas Day with gustiness of 235 kilometers (146 miles) per hour, placing the province under tropical cyclone warning signal (TCWS) no. 4. (PNA) LAP/CBD