- President Duterte went with government officials to do an aerial inspection on areas affected by Habagat
- He flew over Metro Manila and also over La Mesa Dam
- President gave instructions to NDRRMC executive director and to social welfare secretary to take care of the needs of people
President Rodrigo Duterte joined the team that would inspect the extent of damage of Habagat. He went with them in the aerial inspection of affected areas last Monday, August 15.
According to the People’s Television-4 (PTV-4), state run television, the President flew over a wide area and inspected several sites.
Reports have it that he flew over Laguna, Marikina and Metro Manila. Aside from checking these known troubled areas during typhoons and heavy rains, he also flew over the two main rivers in Metro Manila – the Pasig River and the Marikina River.
The President also checked the situation at the La Mesa Dam especially that as of Sunday, said dam was still on red alert.
As of 11 am last Sunday, the water level of the dam was at 80.07 meters, which is only short of 8 centimeters before it reaches its spilling level of 80.15 meters.
Teddy Angeles, the dam engineer, has even recommended forced evacuation especially in low-lying areas like Quezon City, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela.
The President was briefed about the situation of the said risk areas by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
Executive Director Ricardo Jalad of the NDRRMC led the briefing. At the same time, Judy Taguiwalo, Social Welfare and Development Secretary updated the President on the status of evacuation centers.
Aside from merely being updated by Jalad, the President gave orders to Jalad to make sure that those living in the danger areas will be kept safe.
As to Taguiwalo, he also gave instructions to ensure that family packs are delivered and are made available. – SD, Kami Media