Duterte says 'more than satisfied' with gov't response on Tisoy

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 05 2019 08:39 PM

Residents stand among their damaged houses after Typhoon Tisoy hit Legazpi City, Albay on Dec. 3, 2019. Around 100,000 residents evacuated as the powerful typhoon lashed the Bicol region on Monday evening. Nino Luces, Reuters

MANILA- President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday he was "more than satisfied" with the government's response to the onslaught of typhoon Tisoy (international name: Kammuri), which damaged parts of the Bicol Region and Eastern Visayas.

Duterte flew to Legazpi City in Albay on Thursday and inspected the domestic airport there which sustained damage. 

He also received a situation briefing on the typhoon's damage from disaster officials.

"I am more than satisfied with the response [of the government]," he said during the briefing.

"I don't have to give any critique because everyone knew what to do before and after [the typhoon]," he added.

The Bicol Region bore the brunt of Tisoy's wrath with damage to crops pegged at P655 million, figures from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council showed.

The President sympathized with Bicolanos over the aftermath of the typhoon as he assured them of enough government funding for relief efforts.

"And I commiserate with the Bicolanos for this fate. Apparently, you are condemned to suffer this kind of crisis every now and then," he said of the region that usually experiences typhoons.

Three provinces in the region--Albay, Sorsogon, and Camarines Sur-- have been placed under a state of calamity.

Tisoy, the strongest storm to hit the country this year, cut power lines in nearly 300 areas and stranded over 3,000 passengers.

Bad weather brought by the typhoon also prompted the suspension of classes in over 900 cities and municipalities.