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President Duterte visits Naga landslide victims

President Rodrigo Duterte visited the victims of the landslide in Naga who are taking shelter at the Enan Chiong Activity Center, where more or less 400 families are staying after fleeing their homes in Sitio Sindulan, Barangay Tinaan. 

“I was saddened by what happened. The crisis that you are now going through is not easy. It is excruciating because many people were affected and many had died,” Duterte said on Friday as he spoke to the families whose relatives were either reported dead or missing.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Office of the President will provide a total of P45,000 to each family whose kin died in the landslide and P10,000 to those who were injured.

Apart from the cash aid, Duterte ordered government agencies to attend to the needs of the victims – from food to medical and burial support.

He also asked the local government to provide the evacuees a proper relocation as they can no longer return to their previous homes because of the location’s potential danger.

Duterte added he will assign National Housing Authority (NHA) General Manager Marcelino Escalada Jr. and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Chairperson Eduardo Del Rosario to administer the construction of houses for the landslide victims.

“So, now that I told you about the relocation, I will also send the NHA here. I will look for funding,” he said.

Duterte also mentioned the dangers of mining to the environment and the people’s lives.

The landslide in Naga last Thursday was triggered by the heavy monsoon rain. Days earlier, there was a landslide in Itogon, Benguet as Typhoon Ompong battered Northern Luzon.

According to the local DSWD, 32 are confirmed dead and nearly 50 are still missing. Rescue and retrieval operations continue in the area.

Accompanying the President during the visit were Secretary Christopher Lawrence Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President, Presidential Assistant for Visayas Secretary Michael Dino, Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu, DSWD Acting Secretary Virginia Orogo, Department of the Interior and Local Government Officer-in-Charge Eduardo Año, Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III and Naga City Mayor Kristine Chiong.#