CAUAYAN CITY, Isabela, Nov. 5 (PIA) – – President Rodrigo Roa Duterte ordered the Department of Works and Highways (DPWH) in Region 2 to immediately rehabilitate all major roads and bridges destroyed by typhoon Rosita particularly the Siffu Bridge along the Santiago, Isabela-Tuguegarao Road.
The Siffu Bridge, which connects the towns of Mallig and Roxas in Isabela, collapsed Tuesday afternoon of October 30, 2018 due to the strong river current during the onslaught of Typhoon Rosita.
President Duterte, who presided over a situation briefing at Hotel Andrea in Cauayan City, Isabela on Thursday, November 1, 2018, ordered all concerned agencies to immediately address problems and bring back to normal situations in the typhoon-hit areas.
DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, who was also present during the situation briefing, said they already prepared a rehabilitation plan for the Siffu Bridge in Roxas, Isabela
Villar also assured the President of the immediate clearing of all road networks going to Natonin, Mt. Province for the conduct of massive search and rescue operations in the landslide zone.
The President, on the other hand, also encouraged the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 2, all Local Government Units (LGUs) and other organizations that distribute relief packs to typhoon victims to give ready-to-eat foods and refrain from giving kitchen utensils.
“Ensure enough food and water supply for all the victims. Give them bread, cooked foods and other ready-to-eat foods,” Duterte told DSWD-2 officials and other concerned agencies.
He also ordered the Department of Agriculture (DA) to submit damage report on the agriculture sector and address immediately the concerns of the farmers.
“We have enough funds for agriculture. We need to know the extent of damage to the sector so that we know how to help the farmers,” Durterte said.
DA-2 Regional Technical Director Rose Mary Aquino earlier reported to the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) that they are validating the reported P913 million worth of damages affecting at least 58,000 hectares of agricultural plants regionwide.
Meanwhile, the President expressed his satisfaction to the response operations conducted by the various concerned government agencies on the damaged brought about by typhoon Rosita.
“We need to bring back the normal situation in all typhoon affected areas,” the President added. (ALM/OTB/PIA-Cagayan)
Source: PIA Feed