President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday visited Cauayan, Isabela to attend a briefing on the effects of the typhoon to the Northern Luzon region saying he wants areas hit by Typhoon Rosita to “return to normalcy as soon as possible.”
“The rule in crisis management or whatever calamity or whatever, the number one rule is you have to return to normalcy as soon as possible,” the President told government officials present in the briefing.
Duterte said he was satisfied with the government’s response to the typhoon.
“The mitigating measures taken by all are impressive, I'd like to thank you. I did not waste my time coming here,” the President said.
Duterte conducted an aerial inspection over the areas devastated by the storm and saw the extensive damage wrought by “Rosita.”
He was concerned for those affected by the typhoon and those believed to be trapped inside a collapsed building of the Department of Public Works and Highways in Natonin, Benguet.
Local officials recovered at least eight bodies from the collapsed building that was buried in mud during Rosita’s onslaught.
According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, “Rosita” has left at six fatalities in Natonin, Mountain Province; six from landslides in Banaue, Ifugao; two from landslides in Tinglayan, and one who drowned in Abra.