President Benigno Aquino 3rd flew on Wednesday to Bohol to see for himself the destruction from Tuesday’s 7.2-magnitude earthquake and to supervise relief efforts.
The President arrived at Tagbilaran Airport at around 10:45 a.m. He was accompanied by Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman and Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras.
He proceeded to Tagbilaran’s CPG Sports Complex and distributed relief goods to about 800 quake evacuees sheltering there.
Aquino then presided over a command conference with Cabinet officials and local government leaders on the effects of the earthquake in the area.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported that 107 people were confirmed dead, 97 of which came from Bohol.
The quake is the strongest in the province in the last 400 years, according to the government.
Soliman said it will take a week before residents in the stricken areas can return to their home places.
She said if necessary, the Department of Social Welfare and Development can provide emergency shelter assistance for the evacuees.
Soliman said that as of Wednesday her agency had delivered 2,000 food packs
flown in by a transport plane and 38 pieces of tarpaulin that can be used for tents.
“The next round of C-130 delivery will complete 100 more, and we are
negotiating to deliver from Zamboanga City 500 shelter box tents, because we already are able to provide bunkhouses for some and the shelter box is not able to withstand the floods,” she said
CATHERINE S. VALENTE