Robredo visits typhoon-ravaged Cagayan

Harris Julio, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 21 2016 07:36 PM

A crowd gathers around Vice President Leni Robredo and Peñablanca, Cagayan Mayor Marlyn Taguinod. Robredo visited the province, one of the worst hit by Super Typhoon Lawin, on Friday. Photo by Isagani Temporal, ABS-CBN News

Vice President Leni Robredo on Friday visited Cagayan after Super Typhoon 'Lawin' devastated the province.

She met with Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba and local disaster officials to inquire about the damage, which will be the basis for the kind of assistance her office will provide.

Mamba said restoration of power and clearing of roads are their priorities at the moment, and they have already extended help to badly affected constituents.

He also confirmed the death of two persons, one of whom was member of a family in Baggao who got tossed around when their house was blown away by strong wind.

Mamba estimated, 11 municipalities were affected by 'Lawin', the strongest to have hit the province. He said, Lawin's wrath is a life- changing lesson for them.

Vice President Leni Robredo met with Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba and local disaster officials on Friday after Super Typhoon Lawin devastated the province. Photo by Harris Julio, ABS-CBN News

Robredo, for her part, shared what she learned during her visit in Batanes, which was also hit hard by a super typhoon recently. She noted, old Ivatan houses stood the typhoon's wrath while modern ones sustained most of the damage.

Robredo, concurrent head of the National Housing Authority, suggested that houses should now be patterned after these stone houses to make them calamity-proof or ready.

She also wants the government to be more involved in crafting the designs of houses to be built for typhoon victims.

But, she emphasized that funds should also be allocated for mitigation programs and projects rather than consumed in recovery efforts during calamities.

She vowed, government's help will arrive quicker than it did in the past. She is also mulling tapping Pag-IBIG for a more extensive support to those in need of calamity assistance.

After the meeting with Mamba, Robredo also went to Peñablanca, one of the areas hit hardest by the typhoon, where she addressed the concerns of the residents in a brief talk with them.

Most residents here are busy repairing their homes. In Tuguegarao City, flood is slowly subsiding.

Robredo also visited Ilagan City, Isabela later in the afternoon.