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Prez Duterte waits for clearance to visit areas hit by Typhoon Ompong

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte oversees the disaster preparedness measures for Typhoon ‘Ompong’ as he presides over a command conference with the members of his cabinet at the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) office in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City on September 13, 2018. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

President Rodrigo Duterte could possibly visit the areas hit by Typhoon Ompong on Sunday, September  16.

According to Special Assistant to President Christopher ‘Bong’ Go, Duterte, currently, waits for clearance from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), and waits for a weather advisory from the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

Go said that the President wishes to personally examine areas, particularly in Northern Luzon, that got severely affected by the recent typhoon.

The close aide of the President added that Duterte has orders to focus on damages the Agricultural sector, infrastructure, communication, and electric supply.

Duterte has also instructions to immediately implement clearing operations so that relief goods and assistance can quickly reach affected residents.

Meanwhile, members of the Presidential Cabinet continue to stay in the areas devastated by Typhoon Ompong after being tasked to lead disaster response operations for the affected residents.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that Cabinet members in the affected provinces will deliver post-operational reports in order to ensure that the needs of the affected residents will be provided.

Transportation Sec. Arthur Tugade and Presidential Political Adviser Francis Tolentino are currently making rounds in Cagayan Valley in order to assess the damages.

In a briefing at the office of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, Labor Sec. Silvestre Bello IV reported that Typhoon Ompong has destroyed rice and corn hectares in Isabela.

Public Works and Highways Sec. Mark Villar also said that roads from the Cordillera Administrative Region going to Northern Luzon have been cleared.

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