Malacañang on Monday said that President Benigno Aquino 3rd is closely monitoring the situation in Mindanao where heavy rains have triggered floods and landslides, affecting thousands of people.
Presidential Communications Secretary Hermnio Coloma Jr. said that the President has already directed all local disaster risk reduction management councils (DRRMCs) to monitor flood and landslide-prone areas in their respective jurisdictions.
“Masinsin ang pagtutok ng mga lokal na DRRMC upang tiyakin ang kaligtasan ng mga mamamayan sa mga apektadong komunidad [The local DRRMCs are closely monitoring the situation to ensure the safety of residents in affected communities],” Coloma said.
“Ang kanilang agarang pagkilos ay sinusubaybayan ng National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council [Their immediate response are being monitored by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council],” he added
Based on the report from the NDRRMC, at least 13 people died while 34 others were hurt due to landslides and flash floods brought by a low pressure area.
The NDRRMC said a total of 26,801 families or 132,379 individuals were affected by the rains and floods. At least 251 houses were either damaged totally or partially. CATHERINE S. VALENTE