Vice President Leni Robredo said on Sunday, Nov. 15, that her and President Duterte’s personal presence is a moral boost for the displaced residents of Cagayan, which was hit by massive flooding due to typhoon “Ulysses.”
The country’s top two officials made separate visits to the areas of the province submerged in floodwater.
Robredo, who arrived first in Tuguegarao City, visited the affected people on the ground, while Duterte conducted an aerial inspection of the flooded areas before presiding the disaster relief briefing.
“Tingin ko, kapag mga incidents na ganito, nakakatulong sa pag-boost ng morale ng tao na nakikita kami (For incidents like these, I think that seeing us present helps boost the morale of people),” she said in a media interview.
Robredo explained their presence, including that of other government officials during relief operations, gives hope and assurance to Filipinos affected by calamities.
The Vice President said it should not be an issue among them that she came first to visit the flood-hit province.
“Hindi naman iyon unahan,” she said. “Maganda nga na parang nagse-spread out din kami ng—kasi hindi lang kami ni Presidente pero pati iyong ibang government officials.”
(It’s not a matter of who gets there first. It’s also great that we spread out, because it wasn’t just the President and I who were there but also other government officials.)
In a Facebook live post at 10 a.m., Robredo was seen onboard a vehicle at the boundary of Linao Norte and Annafunan in Tuguegarao City giving updates on the flood situation there.
Most of the requests for assistance her office has received were from Linao East, she said.
Robredo then proceeded to Isabela, which was also badly hit by flooding due to Ulysses’ onslaught.
Much like Cagayan, the lady official said they received many requests for food and drinking water from Isabela.
“We left a team to continue the relief operations,” she said in a separate post after the turnover of relief supplies to the provincial capitol and Ilagan City.