Duterte checks storm-lashed Surigao del Sur: official

Jamaine Punzalan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 23 2021 11:51 AM | Updated as of Feb 23 2021 07:23 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the 52nd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on Feb. 22, 2021. Rey Baniquet, Presidential Photo/File

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday checked the southern province of Surigao del Sur that tropical storm Auring battered over the weekend. 

A contributed video shows Duterte leading an aerial inspection of the province. 

Officials would brief him on the storm's impact there, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said earlier Monday. 

The President brought along Cabinet officials to quickly remedy gaps in disaster response, he said.

Financial assistance has been extended "to all those affected especially to our fellow Mindanaoans in Surigao Del Sur," Nograles told reporters. 
 
Auring hit 2 regions, including the country's nickel mining hub of Caraga, with floods damaging some houses and bridges in Surigao del Sur, according to the disaster monitoring agency's initial report. 

Packing maximum winds of 65 kilometers per hour and 80 kph gusts, Auring was the first storm to hit the Philippines this year. It has since weakened into a low pressure area, which state weather bureau PAGASA said fizzled out early Monday. 

The Philippines sees around 20 tropical storms annually. 

— With a report from Reuters 

Video courtesy of PTV