CAMARINES SUR PROVINCIAL CAPITOL, Pili, Camarines Sur (DWDD) – President Rodrigo Roa Duterte spoke before the local government officials and victims of Typhoon Nina during the ceremonial distribution of relief goods at the Provincial Capitol in Pili, Camarines Sur.
“The thing is after whatever it is – catastrophe, war, sunog, calamity – is really to go back immediately to normal way… Balik na kayo agad kinabukasan. We go back to normalcy as soon as possible,” the President said.
During his speech, President Duterte vowed to give another Php 50 million in assistance aside from the Php 50 million fund of the national government for the affected citizens of the province.
“You have 50 million, I will add another 50 million basta walang corruption,” he said.
According to the partial damage report by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (PDRRMC) as of 27 December 2016, Typhoon Nina affected 1,164,348 individuals; 372,927 families; 696 barangays; and 36 municipalities. A total of 70,027 families or 307,429 individuals were evacuated. The onslaught brought total damages to 20,085 houses, with 49,665 houses partially damaged. There were 12 injured people in the province.
Livelihood damages from 14 municipalities amounted to PhP 642,289,157.63 in the rice industry, and PhP 361,995,857.75 in the corn industry. The cost of damage in fisheries from four municipalities totaled to PhP 8,200,000.
The damages to infrastructure, roads and bridges are still being assessed.
President Duterte was joined in Pili, Camarines Sur by Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, Energy (DOE) Secretary Alfonso Cusi, National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Agriculture (DA) Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Eduardo Año, and the local officials of Pili, Camarines Sur. RTVM / MCAG