PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte visited the province of Biliran, which was hardest hit by Tropical Depression “Urduja”, on Monday.
The President, on board a chopper, surveyed the area with his aide, Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go. The photos of the President were provided to reporters by Go.
Because of the visit to Biliran, the President was unable to go to Camp Crame where he was supposed to award the Order of Lapu-Lapu to the personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) at 4 p.m.
The President is expected to arrive and deliver a speech in Camp Crame at 5:30 p.m.
Earlier on Monday, Palace Spokesman Harry Roque also dropped by Biliran to oversee the distribution of at least 25,000 food packs from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Each food pack contains six kilos of rice, six canned goods and three-in-one coffee packs — good for three days.
As of 1:40 p.m. on Monday, “Urduja” left at least 30 people dead and 49 others missing. Of those who were killed, 23 were from Biliran, five from Leyte, two from Samar and one from Eastern Samar.
Biliran also posted the most number of missing people with 33, followed by Eastern Samar with 11, Leyte with three and Romblon with two.