President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday conducted an aerial inspection of areas hit by Typhoon Auring (international name: Dujuan) in Surigao del Sur.
The president was accompanied by his former top aide, Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, who took photos and videos of the Philippine leader aboard an aircraft.
Earlier in the day, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said the chief executive wants to see the damage caused by “Auring” so he can give directives to officials to facilitate the recovery efforts needed for typhoon-hit areas.
“Weather-permitting, ha, the President intends to visit and bring with him some Cabinet members para mabilis din ang aksyon pag may nakita siyang gaps na dapat pang gawin over and above sa mga ginagawa na ng gobyerno,” Nograles said in a televised briefing.
“Based on the briefing, the reports and his visual observation on the ground ay magbibigay naman po ng direktiba si pangulo,” he added.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management on Tuesday afternoon said the typhoon affected over 121,000 individuals from Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Northern Mindanao, and Caraga region underwent pre-emptive evacuation. Of the said number, some 77,000 people have taken shelter in evacuation centers.
At least 179 houses were damaged in these regions.
Photos from the Facebook page of the Public Information Agency showed that several structures in Caraga Region suffered from severe damage due to Auring.
The state weather bureau lifted all storm signals on Monday afternoon after “Auring” further weakened into a low pressure area, as it crossed Rapu-Rapu Islands in Albay just two hours after it made landfall over Batag Island in Northern Samar.
Classes in all levels in private and public schools, as well as government work in parts of Visayas and Mindanao, were also suspended due to the typhoon.